Grant County citizens honor Day of Prayer Thursday, May 1

JOHN DAY - The National Day of Prayer will be observed with a brief gathering to be held 12:20-12:40 Thursday, May 1, at the John Day City Hall.

The community is invited to join in the annual event in which millions of Americans unite to pray for our country and our leaders. This year's theme is "Righteous exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).

Pastor Dennis Sams of the Church of the Nazarene said, "The National Day of Prayer provides us an opportunity to call upon God to transform our nation and to give our leaders guidance and wisdom."

Sams referred to concerns of Americans, such as safety since 9/11, military personnel fighting in foreign countries, and the future of confronting the hatred of terrorists. And closer to home, the complexion of our community is changing with our friends and loved ones moving to other communities for work and the inability to utilize our natural resources.

"We are responding to such changes in many different ways," Sams said. "For generations, America has been known as a Christian nation, and one of the options available to us is found in II Chronicles 7:14: 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.' "

Following the gathering, the First Christian Church will be open for anyone wanting to join in prayer until 4:30 p.m.

Walker's Christian music offered at Baptist church

JOHN DAY - "God's Country," performed by country Christian musician Charlie Walker, will be presented 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the First Baptist Church, 300 W. Main.

Walker was born in Kentucky, but now lives in the high desert near Prineville. He's been singing since 1980, and has focused on Christian music since 1998. Walker has produced two albums, "God's Country" and "Rest in His Promise."

The public is invited to this special performance. For more information, call 575-1355.

Seventh-day Adventists present Gem State Academy

JOHN DAY - The Gem State Academy's music department will give three performances on Saturday, May 3.

The group is scheduled to be heard at the following times and places: Dayville Sandstone Chapel at 9 a.m.; Seventh-day Adventist Church in John Day at 11 a.m.; and the Long Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3:15 p.m.

Gem State Academy, is a Christian boarding high school located at Caldwell, Idaho.

For more information, call Pastor Rod Bieber at 575-2099.

Women's Aglow group meets May 3 at First Christian Church

JOHN DAY - The Aglow International Lighthouse John Day group will meet 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the First Christian Church fellowship room. All ladies are welcome.

Dorothy Biamont of Portland will bring a message of inspiration. For more information, call 575-0522 or 575-0773.

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