Area cooridators gear up for National Day of Prayer

Allison West
Staff Writer

Community members are invited to observe National Day of Prayer with a ceremony taking place on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fox Township Park, located at 347 Main St. in Kersey. The event will take place rain or shine.
Sherry Hoffman, a Ridgway resident, alongside Mary Maloney and Laurey Kraus of Elk County Right to Life, and Pastor Scott Wiest of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church, have been working together to coordinate this year’s community event.
In years prior, the night of prayer has been held in various locations including the St. Marys Diamond and Elk County Courthouse Lawn.
For 2019, the theme of National Day of Prayer is ‘Love One Another,’ which is derived from John 13:34 where Jesus states, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” Despite race, social status, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or age, the leaders within the Church hope that this year’s theme will inspire all to love one another more each day.
The National Day of Prayer event at Fox Township Park will consist of 11 prayers concerning all of those around out in multiple careers, skill sets, and situations. Among the presenters will be Elk County Right to Life spokeswomen Mary Maloney and Laurey Kraus. The group hopes to educate and be a ‘voice of life’ for women and offer support for expecting mothers including information about pregnancy, a safe haven for infants and post-abortion healing.
In a National Day of Prayer press release, published on October 31, 2018, Dr. Robbie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, stated “We tend to forget that Jesus didn’t say we would be known by our creeds or by our knowledge or by how much we know about the bible — He said we would be known only by our love. And love has been painfully absent in America in so many ways.”
Dr. Floyd has been an inspiration for Hoffman and Pastor Wiest during this year’s preparation for National Day of Prayer.

For more on this story, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Friday, April 26, 2019.)