Dayton city leaders and members of Eastgate Church gathered in front of city hall Sunday morning to offer prayers of gratitude and to ask for blessings on the city.
Led by Barbara Criner of Eastgate Church, children from the church read prayers they had written for the occasion.
“God bless our city and make this a great city to live in,” said Patience, a member of the Faith Runners group at Eastgate Church.
The City of Dayton was represented by City Manager Theo Melancon, City Councilwoman Sherial Lawson, City Councilman Alvin Burress, Purchasing Agent Amanda Wilson and Planning Director’s Assistant Tammy Green.
“I think it’s wonderful to see engagement with our young generations. Everything we do is for their future,” said Melancon, adding that he will gladly accept prayers.
Lawson, who stopped by between services at her own church, said she is a firm believer that prayers work.
“I think it’s nice that the church thought to come out and pray for the officials. I am appreciative of that,” she said.
By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org