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World Day of Prayer

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 2:47 p.m. CST
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Provided photo First Baptist Church will host DeKalb’s World Day of Prayer service on March 1. Pictured are members of the community planning committee. In the front row (from left) are Helen Turner of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Alish Cho of Salvation Army Church, Elaine Goodwin of First Baptist Church, and Elyda Mattern of Westminster Presbyterian Church. In the back row are Anita Wells of First Methodist Church, Marcia Halverson of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kathy Spielman of First Congregational UCC, and Peggy Abbott of St. Mary Parish.

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries will celebrate World Day of Prayer on March 1.

The women of France have chosen the theme, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” The women who prepared the worship service used the scripture from Matthew 25 that tell of welcoming the stranger.

This year, the DeKalb service will be held at First Baptist Church, Third and Prospect streets, in the fellowship hall. Coffee and fellowship time will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Attendees should use the Third Street door or the door at the rear of the church in the alley, which is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available in the lot across from the former DeKalb Clinic.

The community is invited to join the women of France in prayer and song to support this ecumenical effort. Women from several other DeKalb churches will participate in the service.

The annual offering supports the work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps meet the needs of women and families of France who are victims of poverty, violence, discrimination and other injustice. Prayer and action are essential in the service of God’s kingdom.