Monday, May 9, 2011
Wellsville's National Day of Prayer Observance
The National Day of Prayer was observed this past Thursday, May 5. It is a day where members of the community and area clergy come together to offer prayers for the government at all levels, our safety forces, our schools and our community.
In Wellsville the National Day of Prayer is organized and sponsored by the Wellsville Area Ministerial Association. It was held at the Gazebo at starting at 12 Noon. This year's observance was chaired by the Wellsville Nazarene Youth Minister Aaron Smith. The decorations were handled by Mt. Sinai Pastor Darlene Zanders and the sound system was supplied by New Life Worship Center's Bishop Bill Rudder. Musical selections were sung by the WHS Ebony & Ivory Show Choir.
Wellsville Councilman Joe Soldano led the Pledge of Allegiance to open this year's observance. Pastor Mike Dyer welcomed everyone. Councilman Randy Allmon offered a prayer for our national leaders and Supreme Court justices. CC Commissioner Penny Traina led prayers for our state leaders and Aaron Smith prayed for our county leaders, judges and Sheriff Department members. Pastor Darlene Zanders offered prayers for the Village of Wellsville. WVFD Firefighter Marty Thorn, with the assistance of his daughters Avery & Zoe, prayed for our Wellsville police officers and EMTs. WHS Action Club President Brittany Salsberry prayed for all parents, teachers and students. Nazerene Pastor Dirk Hall prayed for our community needs and its economy. Bishop Rudder prayed for relief from disaster and relief from the mess we adults are leaving to our children. First Christian's Greg Newlin offered thoughts for the citizens of Wellsville.
After reciting the Lord's Prayer, led by Councilman Soldano, the crowd released red, white and blue balloons symbolic of sending all the prayers to the heavens to close out this year's observance.
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