Rev. Tommy Cooper, Sr., pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and his wife, Darlean, welcomed all to the 190th Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on February 4, 2019. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

The pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Tommy Cooper, Sr., welcomed all to the 190th prayer breakfast hosted at this church, located at the corner of East Hardaway Avenue and Brown Street.

This was the prayer breakfast held in February, the annual Black History Month.

The printed program featured a collage of photos of black leaders throughout our country's history.

It gave a brief history of the church. "The African-American worshippers first met under the 'bush arbor' for their first meetings."

The church was organized in 1914 under the leadership of Rev. James Thornton in the New Town community.

The original building has been expanded during its history to accommodate the present 120 members.

The church secretary is Charlotte Perry and the Financial Secretary is Kathy Vann.

Deacons are Jesse Disnuite, Jermaine Perry, Paul Phillips and helper, Tommy Cooper, Jr.

The meeting began with a breakfast prayer. After breakfast, Pastor Cooper announced the names of the eight who would offer prayers: Charlotte Phillips for city/county concerns; Darlean Cooper for lost souls; Rev. James N. Robbins for churches; Willie Mae Maybell for schools; Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson for law enforcement and firefighters; Rev. Louis Pugh for state/national concerns; Bruce Smithart for military; and Darlene McGaw for those with catastrophic illness.

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. thanked the ones who prayed, saying that "prayers go up and blessings come down."

He thanked the cooks, and acknowledged public officials. He announced the next Mayor's Prayer Breakfast would be held on March 4, 2019 at the Southern Springs Rehabilitation Center.

The prayer meeting ended with the singing of "Blest Be the Tie that Binds Our Hearts In Christian Love."

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