Photo by Heather Middleton
By M.J. Subiria Arauz
An annual breakfast will bring local residents, officials, ministers and others together in prayer, in hopes of improving Clayton County and its quality of life.
The Clayton County Ministers' Conference will host the 12th annual "Clayton County National Day of Prayer" observance on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 a.m., at The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, according to Rev. Mike Glanton, a former state legislator.
The celebration is part of a nationwide observance that is experiencing its 60th year. The observance is held annually throughout the United States, on the first Thursday of the month of May, explained the former state representative.
"It is an opportunity to come together and understand that we are one nation under God," said Glanton, who is also the president of the Clayton County Ministers' Conference.
Participants will enjoy a hearty breakfast, which will include scrambled eggs, fish, sausage patties, grits, biscuits and mixed fruit, he said. Sherrie McCrary, a Christian music recording artist, will sing a series of her songs during the event, he added.
The national theme of the observance, this year, is: "A mighty fortress is our God," which is based on Psalm 91:2, in the Bible, said Glanton. The keynote speaker is Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold Melton. "He is a fantastic person and devoted Christian," added Glanton.
The Association of Christian Ministers of Clayton County, and the Forest Park Ministers Association will also be in attendance, he said. Other religious associations are more than welcome to attend the observance, Glanton said.
Participants will pray for the county's cities, public school system, and other entities in the community, he said. "I often hear from community leaders about the lack of communication and collaboration among leaders in the county," he said.
"This is an opportunity that God has provided us to change, not only the perception of the lack of cohesiveness, but the reality of our God-given mandate to work together, in spite of our differences, in the best interest of the residents of this county."
He said the observance attracts local and quasi-government organizations in the county, such as the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and the county's law enforcement departments. Participants also pray for these entities, he added. "I think we ... pray for financial stability, stability among our leaders, collaboration among leaders, and we pray for diversity," he said.
Glanton said it is usually a well-attended event, with about 200 participants each year. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased at the door. Partial proceeds will support next year's observance, various local non-profit organizations and the "Coalition of Clayton County Clergy Community Awards," which will be held in November.
The awards recognize people who have made a positive impact in Clayton County, Glanton said. "This [observance] is another opportunity to come together and pray, on one accord for the betterment of this county," he stressed.