Prayer is a powerful thing in Portage

2014-04-30T00:00:00Z Prayer is a powerful thing in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The National Day of Prayer was designated by the United States Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of their faith are asked to come together and pray in their own way as Americans.

I was taught from a very young age that prayer is very powerful, it is a time for reflection, a time for contemplation and a time for forgiveness.

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law and in 1972 the National Day of Prayer Committee was formed. It was President Ronald Reagan who signed a bill into law making the first Thursday of May the official day.

Look in your heart on Thursday and pray for whatever and whomever you feel compelled to pray for in this world of ours.

Mayor Snyder will host a breakfast for the religious community in the morning to commemorate this National Day of Prayer and we will be praying for our city employees. There will also be a service in front of city hall at noon, hosted by our Portage Pastor’s Prayer Group commemorating the day and the public is welcome to come and pray together.

Thursday is also the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee’s, Senior Health Fair chaired by Councilperson Sue Lynch. The health fair will take place at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. All seniors will be able to browse around for free information and free health screenings. A light luncheon will be served for seniors at noon. This is great opportunity for all our senior citizens.

Lastly, this Sunday is Tri Kappa, Zeta Mu Chapter’s, Hat’s Off to Tri Kappa Luncheon and Style Show at Duneland Falls Banquet Center, 1100 N. Ind. 149, Portage.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with the Bazaar Boutiques, which is just loaded with all kinds of vendors that would appeal to all kinds of ladies. Jewelry, purses, scarves, clothes, candles and much more to satisfy what you desire and right before Mother’s Day too. At 1 p.m., the luncheon will commence with the style show, by Fashions by Dune Clothiers.

I’ve had the pleasure to know many of these ladies that put together this every year and they definitely have a heart for Portage. Last year, they gave away $10,000 to about 20 non-for-profits and scholarships for college-bound Portage seniors.

Tickets for this event are $40 per person and are still available. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event where girls can just have fun and help our community at the same time. For tickets or donations please contact Debra Willis at willisd@ada.org or call (312) 215-8845. Hurry and get your tickets for a great time.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Email her at robinwilkening@yahoo.com.

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