Prayer breakfasts slated for early in May
The National Day of Prayer is scheduled to take place Thursday, May 4. Across the country, believers will gather to pray for the U.S., as well as their local communities and states.
Co-organizer Karla Slonaker stated everyone is welcome to come and participate in seven areas of prayer. Those include: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family. These are considered the seven centers of influence in the nation, as well as on a state and local level. The theme for the 2023 prayer day is “Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much,” based on James 5:16b.
Sites for prayer programs include the following:
- The Nampa Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. May 4 at the Nampa Civic Center. One of the Prayer Breakfast committee members is Kathleen Tuck, the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Nampa School District. Prayers will be said for the children of Nampa. Dave Palumbo of the Kiwanis Club of Nampa is the Prayer Breakfast chairman. He may be reached at (208) 440-1736.
- Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 3001 12th Ave. in Nampa, will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 4 for the public to stop in and pray for the seven influences mentioned above.
Events are also planned in Eagle, Caldwell, Meridian, and Mountain Home.
For more information, go to nationaldayofprayer.org (click on Post or Find an Event), or contact Slonaker at [email protected] or 509-669-6179.
Group sets ‘All About Jesus’ prayer event
A Boise group is planning a time of praise and worship at the State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St. in Boise, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20. Everyone in the community is welcome at this event, which promises to be a family-friendly program.
Co-organizer Carlene Hansen, who set up a leadership team to oversee and organize the gathering, explained some of the reasons behind the occasion. “The Satanic Temple has become very active at our State Capitol,” she said, “recently holding an induction ceremony for transgender youth. As well as meeting monthly at the Capitol, the Satanists are praying there and trying to put forth legislation that sides with their points of view. The Lord began to stir my heart.
“God’s vision for this event quickly spread to others like a fire, as one person after the other also wanted to be a part of it. God assembled a very qualified leadership group, as well as Christians from many churches who will be attending.”
Pastor Adam Cooper of Gooding Springs Calvary Chapel will be sharing his testimony of salvation from a New Age cult. Additionally, there will be musicians and vocalists from different parts of Idaho sharing their love for God through worship.
“There will be a time of prayers, testimonies, and worship as we focus on our precious Lord,” said Hansen, explaining, “We felt led to call this event ‘All About Jesus, an Interdenominational Prayer and Praise Event’. It is our hope that many will come to know our Lord, and that they will have an encounter that day that will spark revival in their souls to carry back to their individual churches.”
God and Country Festival set for June
The 57th Annual God and Country Festival is set for June 28 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. The event was first held in 1966.
This year’s non-denominational Festival returns to the outdoor amphitheater and will be a night of family-friendly fun that will include the Treasure Valley’s largest fireworks show, great Christian bands, military appreciation, civic awards, food and fellowship. As always, admission is free; parking at the Ford Idaho Center is $5.
This year the City of Nampa has joined with the God and Country Festival for the official City of Nampa Fireworks Show.
For more information go to www.godandcountryfestival.com.
Love INC Boise plans golf tournament
Love INC Boise will hold a golf tournament Friday, July 28, at Centennial Golf Course in Nampa.
“This is a fundraising opportunity and a really fun way to help support a great cause,” Honi Deaton, Director of Relations at Love INC Boise, said. (See Deaton’s story in this issue.)
The tournament will be sponsored by the Idaho Golf Fellowship.
For more information as it becomes available, go to boiseloveinc.org.