The event, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, strives to unite and encourage the entire Sumter community in fellowship and prayer, is scheduled for May 4 at the Sumter County Civic Center, located at 700 W. Liberty Street in Sumter.
“If we were to walk through the streets of our city and ask people what they would pray for, we would hear a variety of different answers -- financial or work struggles, family issues, homelessness, abused children, wisdom for our leaders and many more,” stated Mayor Joe McElveen. “These differences are just one reason why it is so important for us to gather together in support of and to pray for our community.”
This year the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee has asked local businessman Gifford Shaw to serve as Chair. Shaw, a longstanding member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, serves on several boards and committees within the community and is a graduate of Clemson University. “We need to do all we can to bring the Sumter community together to pray and to enjoy our unity,” says Shaw. “I look forward to continuing this tradition and sharing the Mayor’s vision.”
Tickets for the Sumter Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast go on sale at the end of March. For more information please visit the event’s website at www.sumterprays.com.