The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 1, 2013

Day of Prayer

Area churches lead national observance in county

By STACY MILLBERG
For the Star Beacon

ROCK CREEK — Several area churches will come together today and Thursday for special services in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952. In 1988, the law was amended, designating the first Thursday in May as the day of observance.

Six area churches, of different denominations, will participate in a service Thursday at noon at the Rock Creek Community Center, said Steve Arsulic, associate pastor of adult ministries and outreach at Eagleville Bible Church.

Faith Community Church, Rock Creek Church of Christ, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Creek United Methodist Church and Eagleville Bible Church will participate in Thursday’s service.

Arsulic said the congregation will participate in songs, scripture readings and prayers for families and local churches, schools, local communities, the county, state and nation.

Thursday will mark the 62nd year for the observance.

As many people work during the day and are unable to participate in the service, area ministers got together three years ago to organize an evening community prayer service. Arsulic said it started out with just Jefferson area churches, but organizers are hoping it will expand throughout the county. This year’s community prayer service is being held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eagleville Bible Church.

“We will be praying for the nation, county officials, schools, emergency responders, family, local churches, the military and our youth,” Arsulic said. “We just want to get everyone to come and pray together.”

Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Faith Community Church, Jefferson United Methodist Church and Eagleville Bible Church will all participate in today’s service, but Arsulic said everyone is welcome to come and worship.

Following the service, the church will host a youth event from 8 to 9 p.m. which will include games, food and fellowship for all youth. There will also be fellowship for families during this time as well, he said.

Arsulic said the thing that makes the event so special is all the churches coming together as one.

“There are a lot of other area pastors involved,” he said. “That’s what’s so great. It’s not about Eagleville Bible, it’s about the community of believers.”