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National Day of Prayer observance is today

The National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 5, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. at the Christian Family Life Center of First Baptist Church at corner of Zebulon and Sardis Streets. Its pastor, Rev. Garth Forster, will give the devotional and focus on a prayer of thanksgiving for the victims and volunteers. Rev. Forster was on Grove Street shortly after the tornado ripped the area apart and witnessed the devastation firsthand. Dr. Olin Gunter, Danny and Lynn Gunter and Gabriel Gunter are members of First Baptist Church. ’It was the first disaster for our community to deal with on this level and our own people dealt with it well’, said Forster. He said the Georgia Disaster Team crew spent only one day here because the specialists found trees had been mostly removed from roofs. ’That’s a testament to our people,’ he said. Leading hymns and the National Anthem will be FBC minister of music Greg Burrell. Pre- and post-service music will be brought by the high school concert band led by Nketia Collins. The welcome will be brought by Russ Jenkins the First Baptist education pastor. Lamar County commission chairman Jay Matthews will represent Lamar County. A responsive reading will be led by Marion Underwood, associate minister of West Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Singing will be Austin Ogletree, a student at Lamar County Comprehen sive High School. The Prayer of Confession will be led by John Norman, pastor of Marvin and Milner United Methodist churches. The Pledge to the U.S. Flag will be led by Major Paul Stinson, commander of the high school ROTC program. The pledge to the Christian Flag will be led by Jeffery Morgan, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. The Prayer for the Nation will be led by Mic Savage, pastor of the First Assembly of God in Barnesville; and the benediction will be led by Steve Pattison, seniors and care pastor at Rock Springs Church. The 2011 NDP theme is ‘A mighty fortress is our God,’ based on Psalm 91:2, which says, ‘I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, My God, in Whom I trust.’ Lunch will be available at 12:40 p.m. for a $1 donation towards the Lamar Christian Ministerial Association Fund at the church kitchen. The LCMA fund goes to help individuals and families in need.

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