FLUSHING — A group of local community and church leaders gathered to observe the National Day of Prayer on May 7 and to pray for the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The event, which was held at Mayfair Bible Church in Flushing, featured government officials, pastors and non-profit ministry directors from Genesee County. Speakers addressed key areas of need in their prayers, such as: local, state and national government officials; police and first responders; unemployed workers and businesses impacted by COVID- 19; students and teachers; families; the poor; and church congregations across the state and the nation.
Community leaders also called for unity in all government/ social institutions and prayed for elected officials to receive guidance and peace from God in the face of the crisis.
Government and school officials who participated in the event included: Martin Cousineau, Genesee County Commissioner; Chris Swanson, Interim Sheriff of Genesee County; Brian Pickell, 7th Judicial Circuit Court Judge; and Matt Shanafelt, Deputy Superintendent of Flushing Community Schools.
Ministry and church leaders who prayed included: Terry Bigelow, Program Manager for the Flushing Christian Outreach Center; Michael Breznau, Lead Pastor of Mayfair Bible Church; Dallas Gatlin, Director of Carriage Town Ministries; Angel Garcia, Chaplain for City of Flint Police; JJ Mannschrek, Pastor of Flushing United Methodist Church; Philip Martyn, Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Holly; Jerome Taylor, Lead Pastor of Eastgate Baptist Church; Stacy Swimp, President of Reach4Us; Phil Hall, Director of Adult and Teen Challenge-Flint; and Sudhir Mekala, Pastor of the Charitas Foundation.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May. Each year, the President of the United States issues an official National Day of Prayer proclamation, asking citizens to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The United States Congress first designated the National Day of Prayer in 1952.