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National Day of Prayer is May 3 at Rose Tree Park

At the April 18 weekly meeting, Delaware County Council was joined by members of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and various pastors and law enforcement chaplains to announce, there will be a National Day of Prayer observance in Delaware County, hosted by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, on Thursday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in Rose Tree Park. People of all faiths are invited to join the observance, which will feature music and special guests, members of the clergy and residents.

“Throughout history, people have turned to prayer for strength, comfort and guidance,” said Councilman Michael Culp, who presented the resolution at the meeting.  “Prayer has been an integral part of the American heritage, and this nation provides its citizens with the liberty to worship according to their conscience. That is a precious freedom that we know is not afforded to people in some parts of the world,” he said.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared the first Thursday of May as National Day of Prayer. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer and the 2018 theme is “Pray for America – Unity,” which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for our country, "making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." 

Delaware County is a diverse county, rich in many cultures and faiths,” said Councilman Michael Culp. “Every day in the news we see that people around the world do not enjoy the same freedom to express their faith and, in some cases, are persecuted or driven from their homelands for choosing to exercise their faith,” he said.

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National Day of Prayer is May 3 at Rose Tree Park

Joined by various pastors and law enforcement chaplains, Delaware County Councilman Michael Culp, center, presents a resolution to Patti Bruno, right, and fellow members of the Delaware County Day of Prayer Task Force, announcing the Day of Prayer event will be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in Rose Tree Park. This is a non-denominational event open to people of all faiths. Pictured in the bottom row, from left, Martha McIlvaine, Joe Bruno, Gabrielle Bruno, Councilman Michael Culp, Patti Bruno, Rev. Ethel Guy, Theresa Agostinelli, Rev. Ben Grenier, back row, from left, Pastor Perry Messick, Councilman Brian Zidek, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Councilman Brian Madden, Chairman John McBlain and RevWylie W. Johnson.