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Day of Prayer events begin locally Saturday, continue through Thursday evening

(Talk of the Town file photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) A group of women is gathered in prayer near the gazebo on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn in 2009.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Local residents are preparing for a powerful week of prayer in Whitley County, beginning Saturday and continuing through the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, 2011.
According to a planner of the event, Susie Langohr, local events will begin with a Walk/Run/Bike Ride for Jesus on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9 a.m. in Columbia City's Morsches Park. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the pavilion. There will be a waiver for you to sign before participating. The race day registration fee is $15 per person.
On Sunday, May 1, the rumbling of engines will signal the Motorcycles for Jesus ride across Whitley County. Langohr said the courtege will leave First Church of God in Columbia City at 2 p.m.
"We're just praying over our community," Langohr said. "They'll be riding and praying for our community on Saturday and on Sunday."
Then, on Thursday, May 5, during the annual National Day of Prayer celebration, activities will begin with a breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church at 7 a.m.
"At that time, we'll be praying for local pastors and government leaders," Langohr said.
To attend the prayer breakfast, send an RSVP to slangohr@embarqmail.com or call Suzie Langohr 229-1037.
Then, at 6 p.m. that evening, the community is invited to attend a service at Community of Hope Church on Jackson Street in downtown Columbia City. Participants will then leave the service and walk a block south to the Whitley County Courthouse where they hope to once again physically surround the building, link hands and
pray for government leaders and for the nation as a whole.
The community is invited to participate in all of the National Day of Prayer events planned in Whitley County.


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