On May 3rd five local community leaders in the Santa Ynez Valley will join with Santa Ynez Valley Christian Business Men’s Conection to recognize the role prayer plays in the following areas: Family & Church, Education, Government & Military, Media and Business.

The National Day of Prayer (NDP) has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually by millions across the nation. Last year, local communities, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer. On May 3rd this year Santa Ynez Valley will celebrate their first National Day of Prayer event the “Community Prayer Breakfast” with the rest of America.

History of the National Day of Prayer

  • 1775: The first Continental Congress called for a National day of prayer.
  • 1863: Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
  • 1952: Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.
  • 1988: The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May.
  • 2012: The first annual Santa Ynez Valley Community Prayer Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.

Community members are invited to join as five community leaders lead prayers in the areas of family & church, education, government & military, media and business.

Richard Fisher will lead prayer for Family & Church, Gretchen Smith will lead prayer for Education, Chris Nielsen will lead prayer for Government & Military, Shawn Knight will lead prayer for Media and Teri Harmon will lead prayer for Business.

Event sponsors include A&A Pump & Well Service, Larry Saarloos & Sons, Church at the Crossroads, Elam & Associates, Boardroom 246, MacFarlane Faletti & Co., Cascade Capital Services and Nielsen’s Market.

The first SYV Community Prayer Breakfast on the National Day of Prayer is led by Neil Steadman and the committee comprised of Jim Reid, Bob Brohrbough, David Lehman, Eric Christianson, Michael Roberts, Brian Nelsen, Ron Huber and Bobby Ladner.

For more information, to help sponsor the event or to reserve seat(s), go to www.syvcbmc.org or call 805.266.2718.


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