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Prayer breakfast to focus on first responders

Prayer breakfast to honor local heroes

By Charlotte Huntley/Contributor

(Published April 24, 2007, 4:40 p.m.)

First responders will be the honored guests at the Walworth County Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 3, from 6:45-8:30 a.m.

The breakfast will be held in the Grand Ballroom of The Abbey Resort.

First responders include members of rescue squads, police and fire departments, dispatch personnel and paramedic services. This year, the Walworth County Prayer Breakfast will give tribute to the people who serve the community and give generously of themselves.

The breakfast program will include area first responder speakers who will tell about their personal experiences and also explain how people in the community can help those who unselfishly serve in these areas. There will also be music and specific prayers for those who work in these fields.

Speakers for the Walworth County Prayer Breakfast in the past have included a former CEO of Wal-Mart, as well as the CEO of ServiceMaster. These men spoke from a stage in the front of the room.

Last year, there were two differences. Local people were honored—Walworth County school personnel—and they were featured on a stage in the center of the room, with the attendees grouped around the stage for a good view of the speakers. Tess Kirk, a board member of the Walworth County Prayer Breakfast, said that that idea worked well and plans are the same for this year.

The theme of the prayer breakfast this year is “America, United in Christ,” based on a verse from the Old Testament, 2 Chronicles 7:14, which states, “If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The Walworth County Prayer Breakfast has been held in the Grand Ballroom in the Abbey, located in Fontana, for four years. In previous years, attendees have been from all walks of life and from a number of different churches in the area, and this year, according to Kirk, will be no different. Expectations are for a full-capacity crowd of 700.

The cost of an individual ticket is $25, but a table for 10 can be reserved for $200. Kirk suggested that a person who wants to host a table can purchase a table for 10. Another option is for a host to contact nine other people, and all will pay $20 for a spot at that table.

The breakfast will begin at 6:45 a.m., so attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6:40 a.m.

“The first Thursday of May is always World Day of Prayer,” Kirk said, explaining why the breakfast is held on a weekday. The breakfast will end at 8:30 a.m. so people can leave for work and other responsibilities.

First responders have been contacted in all the Walworth County communities, but if there is a first responder who would like to attend, but has not been contacted, please call 728-8925 for a complimentary ticket.

For a reservation, send your check to Rev. Paul McGinnet, Community Church of Elkhorn, 4654 Briggs Road, Elkhorn WI 53121. For any questions about the breakfast, call 728-8925.


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