Mayors get ready for annual Prayer Breakfast

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 22, 2015


GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Mayors from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods are getting ready for a longtime tradition in the cities, a time when the communities come together in prayer.

The 29th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 7 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Road.

“It shows the influence, the power or the importance of prayer in our daily lives,” Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Robert Novitke said.

The cities rotate which one will be the host community each year. This year, the host community is Harper Woods.

“Harper Woods gets a chance to host it once every six years,” Mayor Ken Poynter said of this year’s designation as community host. “The National Day of Prayer goes all the way back to George Washington. We consider it to be an important day for our country to hopefully come together and pray.”

This year’s speaker is Craig DeRoche, president of Justice Fellowship in Lansdowne, Virginia. DeRoche became speaker of the House in Michigan at 34 years old in 2004.

“He will share how personal challenges led him to a spiritual epiphany, and from political life to helping to reform the criminal justice system in America,” stated a news release about the event.

President Harry Truman signed the National Day of Prayer into law in the 1950s. It’s an event that encourages people from different faiths to pray for the nation. 

Tickets for the breakfast cost $20 and can be purchased at the city halls of any of the six communities. Through ticket sales and Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, the event provides $400 in scholarship money for one student from each of the following schools: Harper Woods Secondary School, Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, Chandler Park Academy and University Liggett.

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