By Faye Gaston
The Mayor's 200th Prayer Breakfast was held on December 2, 2019 at the First Missionary Baptist Church on Holcombe Avenue East in Union Springs.
Each table was centered with a Christmas figurine. Rev. Gene Bridgman, pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, prayed the opening prayer. He thanked God for Jesus during this Christmas season since Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift. He prayed that all churches would be used to spread the Good News about Jesus, the reason for the Christmas season.
Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. asked for volunteers to sign up to ring the Christmas bell for donations at the grocery stores of Piggly Wiggly and AG.
Donations will go to the local Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Food Bank to be used for Bullock County citizens. He thanked the cooks for the buffet breakfast.
Rev. Gary Lewis, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church since 1996, gave the welcome to the church and secured volunteers to pray in eight categories: Rev. Gene Bridgman for lost souls; James Scott for churches; Willie Maybell for schools; Rev. Gary Lewis for state and national concerns; Bruce Smithart for the military; Mayor Thomas for city and county concerns; Jimmy Martin for law enforcement and firefighters; and Mozelle Benton for those with catastrophic illness. (James Scott and Jimmy Martin are deacons at First Missionary Baptist Church.)
The mayor announced the public is invited to the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on January 6, 2020 at Person Chapel E.M.E. Church on Orum Street in Midway. All joined hands and sang "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love."