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Faithful Join For National Day Of Prayer

May 9, 2018
BY TELINA FRYE - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Unity was the theme of the National Day of Prayer this year, and this was evident the whole day on Thursday, May 3. Ephesians 4:3 says "Making every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace." That was the key verse this year for the 67th Annual National Day of Prayer. Unity was evident as representatives from several area churches gathered together as one church to pray for several needs in the community.

The day started with a Prayer Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. After everyone was welcomed, there was a Table Blessing, and everyone ate a delicious lunch prepared by the First Baptist Church family. While everyone finished their lunches, the Prayer Service got underway. After the opening prayer, the order of the prayer service was as follows: Amy Witschey, Business/Industry; Jeanette Mann, Media; Leon Heck, Education; Rick Farley, Government (Local, State, National); Judy Krueger, Youth & Family; Mark Link, Military Personnel; Judy Whitener, Area Churches/Pastors. Attendees of the luncheon left encouraged and refreshed by the time spent in prayer together.

Corporate prayer continued that evening when local residents gathered at the New Martinsville City building to pray for unity of the spirit. After everyone was welcomed by Amy Witschey, Telina Frye led those who attented in a song. There were Prayers for the 7 Centers of Influence. The evening prayer service was as follows. Rev. Bruce Taylor, Military; Dr. Ibanga Ekanem, Government; Rev. Mick Frye, Churches; Children's Pastor T.J. Bundy, Families; Rev. Dan Betts, Education; Don Riggenbach, Businesses; Rev. Don Biram, Media. Telina Frye then sang another song, and Amy Witschey closed out the event.

Article Photos

Photos by Telina Frye
Area residents gather for a National Day of Prayer Service in front of New Martinsville City Building.

In an effort to live out the theme of unity, beginning in September, the New Martinsville Ministerial Association churches will begin hosting a monthly prayer service and fellowship lunch on the second Tuesday of each month through February 12, 2019. These monthly prayer services will be for fellowship and corporate worship as a community. Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019, these prayer services will be weekly on Wednesdays during Lent.

All are invited to join each month to worship, pray and fellowship together as the churches of the New Martinsville and Wetzel County area.



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