POMEROY — The intersection of Court and Second Streets in front of the Meigs County Courthouse was filled with people when the 22nd annual Meigs County National Day of Prayer observance got underway Thursday.
Brenda Barnhart welcomed the crowd and the call to worship came with Michelle Musser blowing the shofar. The flags were posted by Drew Webster Post 39 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Ty Collins led in the pledge to the Christian flag and Amber Heil in the pledge to the Bible.The proclamation designating May 2 as Meigs County’s Day of Prayer was read by Commissioner Randy Smith. Steve Blackwell gave the call for repentance, David and Julia Hopkins, new pastors of the Middleport Church of Christ sang “Pray,” and Carleton School students sang and signed to the music of “If I Were a Butterfly” and “Jesus Loves Me.”
Numerous people including Richard Gilkey, David Hopkins, Mike Gerlach, Gary Bates and Gene Hoalcraft had prayers at the observance. Praying for local officials were David Jackson for the judges, Father Tom Fehr for the new waterways ministry,l Jim Crace for the prosecutor’s office, Bill Downie for the schools, and Adam Will for a resolution to the drug problem in the county. On behalf of the Sheriff’s office, Charlie Mansfield had a prayer about concerns for the needs of residents in today’s poor economy.
Gladys Cumings, who has been active in the Day of Prayer programs since the beginning, gave a prayer for the country, Musser and her granddaughter, Amber Heil, sang “Blessings,” and the program closed with the Mid-Valley Christian School singing “Jesus Messiah.” followed by a closing prayer by Pastor Barnhart.
Today from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Pomeroy Parking Lot there will be Family Fun Night with inflatables, games, music and prayer, all at no cost to those attending. The Rutland Fire Department will be there selling refreshments. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday.