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Ministerial Association observes National Day of Prayer

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By Ethan Campbell

HILLSVILLE – Citizens and members of the Carroll County Ministerial Association gathered on the historic courthouse lawn in Hillsville on May 3 in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

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Leading the congregation were Amanda Hatfield Moore of Hillsville Christian Church, Mike Jones of Dalton Hill Christian Church, JoAnn Bunn of Gladesboro Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rudy Robinson of Woodlawn Church of God and Terri Gregory of Mount Olive United Methodist Church; among several other members from surrounding churches; including the First United Methodist Church of Hillsville.

“The Carroll County Ministerial Association will be leading prayers today on a variety of topics we thought were relevant to our lives here in Carroll County,” said Moore in an opening to the congregation.

“One of the reasons this ministerial association exists is because we thought it was important for Christians to come together, for the community to come together, and for us to leave behind those divisions of congregations and demonization and to remember that the most important thing of all is that we are all people of God, and that we are strongest when we stand together.

“I thank you all, and I invite you to stand with us, and sing with us, and pray with us for the good of our community, our nation, and the whole of God’s creation,” she said.

Jones followed the opening by leading the gathering through several verses of “Sweet Hour of Prayer” on the guitar. He concluded with a prayer for the nation’s leaders; as well as “the hardworking men and women who have opened their hearts and hands [to God].”

Other attending ministers concluded with prayers for education and school systems, for the success and desire to learn for all children of the community and for the community law enforcement agencies that help keep schools safe.

Gregory also gave a short prayer, and was proud to display a project that had been conducted with local middle school students.

“We talked about prayer. And each one of these young folks took a sticky note and we talked about how God answers prayers. They have put their prayers on these two boards, and I would ask that everyone here would come forth and lay hands on these boards as we follow up in praying for these students,” said Gregory.

Next, Jones led the congregation into several versus from “Amazing Grace” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” She concluded the gathering with a moment of silent prayer and reiterated thanks to the congregation, the community and God.

“We have spent this hour together and let us leave here remembering that we need God every hour,” Jones said.

Moore also mentioned that Hillsville Christian Church will hold a benefit on May 18 at 7 p.m., with all proceeds going to the back to school program for children in the community. Moore reports that this will be the second year in a row that local churches have come together to raise money. “Every child who attends will receive a new pair of shoes and a backpack full of school supplies.” Moore said.