BY CHRISTOPHER AADLAND
MURPHY NEWS SERVICE
On the breakfast menu for Thursday, May 1: Coffee, water, fresh fruit and breakfast rolls. The food will be paired with prayer during the 17th West Metro National Day of Prayer Breakfast.
The event will be at Medina Entertainment Center Grand Ballroom, in Medina 6 a.m. Thursday, May 1. Cost to attend is $20. Reservations are necessary. For information, contact Dar Sjostrom, 763-473-3730 or Pastor Carol Skjegstad, 763-231-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s west metro celebration will be emceed by the Rev. Carol Skjegstad, associate pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley and co-chair of the event. Music for the prayer session will be performed by Tonia Hughes and Friends.
Local Christian author Jean Peterson is slated to be the keynote speaker.
Dar Sjostrom, longtime co-chair of the west metro gathering, said participating in this day of prayer is important for the nation “because government leaders are under tremendous pressure these days. They need to know they are being supported.”
“The breakfast gives business and political leaders of various beliefs the opportunity to gather to ask us blessing on our world’s communities and citizens,” she said.
Sjostrom also stressed the event is open to people of all beliefs and religions.
“We have many people come that are not Christians,” she said. “That’s why it’s not in a church; a lot of people just want to pray for the country but wouldn’t be caught dead in a church.”
Thirty-five churches from around the western suburbs will be represented at the event and will include prayers from several pastors from the area, Sjostrom said.
The government, military, media, business, education, the church and families will all be addressed by prayers from the pastors.
The west metro event will be held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, which is a nationwide observance the first Thursday of May. The event is organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force — a privately funded organization — which invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation, the task force’s website said.
The event was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
While the National Day of Prayer is open to all faiths, beliefs and is not a political event, the task force’s website said the efforts of the task force are “executed specifically in accordance with its Judeo-Christian beliefs.”
Registration beforehand is suggested. Send a check and registration form to Calvary Lutheran Church, 1520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN 55447. Fee is $20, and a limited number of tickets are available at the door the day of the event.
Christopher Aadland is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota