Long Branch: The first National Day of Prayer at the Long Branch High School was held by the Greater Long Branch and the Long Branch Urban Ministerium at the school gym on Thursday, May 3.
By an act of Congress, the third Thursday of May is designated as a special event, a tradition traced back to George Washington and more recently to presidents Harry Truman who signed the day into law.
The event was coordinated by Apostle Dr. Gloria M. James, Pastor of the Power of Christ’s Gospel Ministries, and Rev. Norwood Cuff, Pastor of Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev Susan Mamchak had helped in the preparation stages along with students, families, various clergy and friends.
The proceedings included opening prayer and dedication by Elder Carolyn Bennett, the High School ROTC Color Guard, and the student choir. Prayers were for the Nation and State and its leaders; Military service members; school administrators, students, teachers; churches and ministries; families and the PTO; and city officials, police, firefighters and “those who help us in the community.”
Councilwoman Joy Bastelli and Superintendent Michael Salvatore offered special remarks, as did Apostle James.