Prayer breakfast to be hosted at St. Ann's Senior Center

BALDWIN — Several area faith groups including the Women of Integrity, the Men of Purpose, the Night of Worship and Mesha Ministries are inviting the public to attend a "Unity in our Community" prayer breakfast.

At the breakfast, people will be able to ask their neighbors to pray for them, see if there is any way they can help another or simply enjoy getting to know their fellow Lake County residents. The event is an extension of monthly prayer meetings that members of several different area churches have been a part of since last year.

"We started our monthly prayer meetings in September of 2015," explained Diane Smolinski, one of the breakfast's organizers. "We started with meetings at the courthouse and then we changed it to meeting at a different church in the community each month."

The breakfast will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the St. Ann's Senior Center in Baldwin. Organizer Bill Bomar, of the Men of Purpose, said people will not be disappointed with what they have been able to put together.

"It will be a very good breakfast," remarked Bomar. "We'll have music and plenty of good food. Five or six of the community's pastors will be attending and will pray over whatever people want them to, lead group prayers, and they might even perform a laying on of hands."

The organizers say the core of this event is uniting to work for the good of the whole area. The breakfast and the prayer meetings which preceded it were started as something Smolinski and her fellow organizers think is becoming more and more of a necessity in this community.

"I'm part of a ministry called Women of Integrity and we get together at Christ Community Church. We were talking with Reverend Washington and his wife there about bringing people together to communicate and coordinate and work together," said Smolinski. "The meetings, and this breakfast, came out of this desire to get rid of barriers and start looking at this community as something we all belong to together. We want to bring people together in the body of Christ."

There is no cost to attend, however those wishing to join in are asked to RSVP by calling Diane Smolinski at (231) 872-9331 or Shawn Washington at (231) 745-3078.

"What we want to see happen is the community start to function together more in order to better our community," said Smolinski. "In the military, you have the Army and the Navy and the Air Force all specializing in different area, but all working for a common goal. Right now we have drug addiction and crime and broken homes where children are falling by the wayside. We need to come together to change that."