Erica Benjamin, for the SNAP
Sunday, May 5, 2013 —
Residents and officials bowed their heads in prayer Thursday afternoon in observance of the National Day of Prayer. In Stanly County, events were conducted at noon in the cities of Locust and Albemarle, and in the town of Oakboro.
Albemarle’s event, which was at Courthouse Square Park, began with a welcome from WSPC and WZKY station owner Matt Smith, who asked those in attendance to pray not only on this designated day, but every day.
Smith was followed by Albemarle Mayor Whit Whitley and Stanly County Commissioner Lindsey Dunevant who read proclamations declaring May 2 as the National Day of Prayer in Albemarle and Stanly County.
Stoney Benfield, pastor of Prospect Baptist Church, gave the devotion. Benfield spoke to the crowd about the rapid decline of morals in the United States.
“America is in desperate need of a spiritual revival. We’re in a spiritual decline,” Benfield said, adding that the country needs healing.
“We’ve got to be humble people. We need to humble ourselves and seek the face of God.”
Benfield was followed by Gina Russell, director of the Pregnancy Resource Cen-ter, who offered prayers for marriages and family, and Stanly County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Ramseur, who asked for prayers for the business community.
Ramseur addressed the current state of the economy, noting that although it has been a tough five years for businesses and business owners, the economic climate seems to be changing and opportunities for growth are emerging.
“We know Stanly County is positioned for new opportunities and economic development,” he said.
Ramseur asked the community to pray for businesses, workers who have lost their jobs and for veterans, many of whom are “returning from conflicts around the world,” to have a successful re-entry into the workforce.
Following prayers for the country by First Assembly Church’s Bob Gruver, Starr Wagoner of Little Red School House and Executive Director of the Boy Scouts Central NC Council Todd Walter requested prayers and guidance for the nation’s youngest citizens.
The event concluded with a closing prayer by Brian Wright, who urged those in attendance to put their hope in God, and a performance of “God Bless America” by Miss Stanly County Outstanding Teen 2013 Abigail Isenhour.