Thursday, May 4, 2017

• Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 2017

Thursday May 4th, 2017, was the second annual Wildomar Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. This is part of the National Day of Prayer that was taking place all over the country. 

This year's event was held at the city council chambers, but before some of you get your panties in a bunch, it was a privately funded event. Key sponsor was CR&R. 

Other than a change in venue, the first one was at the VFW, you could pretty much read last year's blog and get a fair idea of how I'd describe it. Though a few of the participants were different this year. 

The weather was perfect as the doors were opened at 6:30am. The attendees mingled while enjoying some coffee, juice, bagels, muffins and some fresh fruit.
A look at some of the things that came in the starter kit for the event.

At 7:00am Councilmember Bridgette Moore invited the group to find their seats and Mayor Tim Walker welcomed everyone. The National Anthem was then sung by 12 year old Samantha Aguiar, a student at David A. Brown Middle School. 
Samantha Aguiar singing the National Anthem at the 2017 Wildomar Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.

This was followed by short sermons from several local pastors
  •  Dan Inglese: Cornerstone Church
  •  Wink Davis: Gracepoint Church
  •  Francis A. Grant: St. Frances of Rome
  •  Tim Ferguson: LDS
  •  Scott Burris: VFW Chaplain 
Part way through the program, Sandy Thomas, who attends The Sanctuary in Perris, sang a song called "We Fall" and was joined by fellow guitarist Robert Garza. They also closed out the event with a song.
Even for a guy that is fairly skeptical when it comes to religion, I'm not so jaded that I can't enjoy the morning with those that are guided by faith. 

The divide in our country was mentioned more than once, and though my ideas of how to correct that may differ, I think that most would agree that the first step would be to meet up and rub elbows with people that have differing views.
From left to right: Dan Inglese, Tim Ferguson, Robert Garza, Tim Walker, Wink Davis,
Francis A. Grant, Sandy Thomas, Bridgette Moore, and Scott Burris.

If I were going to offer some advice to the organizers —actually to the participants, next year invite at least 3 people from your church to attend this with you. 

The room was only about half full, and there is space for more chairs (or standing) in the back, even if you all chose to bring 10 additional people with you. This is your event, so it's up to you to make it happen.
2016 Mayor Bridgette Moore and 2017 Mayor Tim Walker enjoy a few light moments as the event came to a close.
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Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896

Wildomar Rap would like to echo the words above... never give up, but would like to remind you that there is an app for knowing when the tides will turn.

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