Pictured (L to R) during Thursday’s Day Of Prayer at the Heritage Room in Winona Lake are: Rich Maron, veterans affairs coordinator; Derek Pike, Washington STEM Academy teacher; Jeff France, Life Touch Ministries; Curt Hermann, Season’s Healthcare; Matt Goebel, YMCA director of Christian education; Melissa Montana, Star 88.3 station manager; Joe Thallemer, Warsaw mayor; Dr. Roger Peugh, featured speaker; and Ken Locke, Warsaw Ministerial Association. Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
Pictured (L to R) during Thursday’s Day Of Prayer at the Heritage Room in Winona Lake are: Rich Maron, veterans affairs coordinator; Derek Pike, Washington STEM Academy teacher; Jeff France, Life Touch Ministries; Curt Hermann, Season’s Healthcare; Matt Goebel, YMCA director of Christian education; Melissa Montana, Star 88.3 station manager; Joe Thallemer, Warsaw mayor; Dr. Roger Peugh, featured speaker; and Ken Locke, Warsaw Ministerial Association. Photo by Jennifer Peryam, Times-Union
WINONA LAKE – The community came together Thursday to pray and celebrate National Day Of Prayer.
The prayer was at the Winona Heritage Room, Winona Lake, and the theme was “Wake Up, America.”
Attendees had the opportunity to break up into groups and pray.
Ken Locke, Warsaw Ministerial Association, welcomed attendees. The national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Optimist Singers.
Dr. Roger Peugh was the keynote speaker and spoke about the importance of prayer.
“Jesus constantly prayed without ceasing to pray. Prayerlessness is our declaration of independence from God,” Peugh said.
Peugh said the Apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray because they saw he had a different type of prayer life than they had.
Peugh said there needs to be continuous prayer.
He and his wife, Nancy, served in Stuttgart, Germany, in a church-planting ministry for 20 years. Since his return to the states in 1989, he has been teaching at Grace College and Seminary. He is co-author of the book “Transformed In His Presence: The Role Of Prayer In Counseling.”
Local leaders led the community in prayer.
Washington STEM Academy teacher Derek Pike prayed for education; Mayor Joe Thallemer prayed for government; Matt Goebel prayed for family; Jeff France prayed for ministry and missions; the Rev. Richard C. Maron prayed for the military; Curt Hermann prayed for business; and Melissa Montana prayed for media.
Music was provided by the Optimist Club Singers, led by Martin Becker. Millie Paxton played the piano.
The event ended with attendees singing “God Bless America.”