By Faye Gaston
Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, the Rev. Gene Bridgman, welcomed 30 folks to the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at Eastside on July 2, 2018.
It was a time to prepare in prayer for the 4th of July holiday, celebrating the Declaration of Independence of our country.
The pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Gene Nelson, prayed for America.
Pastor Bridgman presented a devotional relating to the 4th of July. He announced that he would be officiating at a military funeral on July 10 for Vietnam veteran, Jimmy Smith in Eclectic, relative to his military service for America. Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. announced there would be a fireworks
display at Ed Farrior Park after dark on the 4th of July. It was noted that five policemen were present at the prayer breakfast, the most ever attending at one time, and two teenagers were present.
One of them prayed in one of the usual categories at prayer breakfasts.
Prayers were offered for national concerns, county and state concerns, the military, firefighters, law enforcement, schools, churches, and for those with catastrophic illness. Mayor Thomas acknowledged the presence of Midway's Mayor Mildred Whittington and other public officials.
Mayor Thomas thanked the eight Eastside Church members for preparing and serving the traditional breakfast of eggs, grits, sausage, bacon and biscuits.
Pastor Bridgman said the prayer service was a time of "good fellowship" while praying for our country.
The adjournment was the singing of the song, "Blest be the Tie that Binds our Hearts in Christian Love."