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2023 National Day of Prayer

May 04, 20232 min read

As a community, coming together to pray is a powerful act of unity and faith

"The Marquette Catholic High School Choir graced us with their beautiful voices at our recent event. It was a joy to have such talented young singers share their gift of music with us. Their performance was truly unforgettable and left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. We are grateful for their presence and look forward to seeing them perform again in the future." #MarquetteCatholicHighSchool #ChoirPerformance #MusicIsLife

The Marquette Catholic High School Choir graced the audience with their beautiful voices and percussion.

Riverbend Rotary recently hosted a local meeting to observe the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance that invites people of all faiths to come together in prayer for their community, country, and the world. It's a time for people to set aside their differences and focus on what unites us as human beings.

At our local prayer meeting, at The Lovejoy in Alton, we had people from all walks of life come together to pray for our community, our nation, and the world. We prayed for healing and unity, for our leaders and for the vulnerable. We also prayed for those who are struggling with illness, loss, and grief.

The power of prayer is undeniable. It has the ability to bring comfort to those who are hurting, hope to those who are struggling, and strength to those who are weary. By coming together to pray, we were able to lift each other up and support each other in our faith.

As a Rotary club, we believe in serving our community and making a difference in the world. Hosting a local prayer meeting was just one small way we could contribute to the greater good. It was an honor to be able to provide a space for people to come together and pray for our world.

We hope that our local prayer meeting inspired others in our community to come together and pray, whether it's on the National Day of Prayer or any other day of the year. It's through acts of kindness, compassion, and unity that we can make a difference in the world.

We encourage everyone to take a moment to pray for their community, their country, and the world. Let us all come together in prayer, and may we find peace, healing, and hope in our shared faith.

Tammy Iskarous, Executive Director of Riverbend Family Ministries prayed for families


Day of Prayer Proclamations for Alton and Godfrey
Mayor David Goins, Alton; Jim Mager, Economic Development Director, Village of Godfrey

Prayer for Fire fighters, Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders
Chaplain Marc Lane, Lead Chaplain, Alton Police Department

Prayer for the Future of Our Youth
Keith Neuber, Executive Director, Kreative Kids Learning Center

Prayer for Health Care Facilities & Workers
Sr. M. Anastasia Maher, F.S.G.M., Mission Lead/Pastoral Care, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony's Health Center

Prayer for Education
Minister Joyce Elliott, President, Alton Chapter - Church Women United

Prayer for the family
Tammy Iskarous, Executive Director, Riverbend Family Ministries

Prayer for Normalcy
Rev. Bill Pyatt, Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church

Prayer for Media
Nick Darr, General Manager, Big Z Media

Prayer for Military
Capt. Bob Philips, Chaplain Corps, USN (ret), Grafton United Methodist Church

Prayer for Government and Elected Officials
Rosetta Brown, Alderwoman, City of Alton

Photos by John Badman | The Telegraph

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Eric McRoy

Eric McRoy is a dedicated community leader and active member of the Riverbend Rotary Club. With a passion for service and a keen interest in making a positive impact on the lives of others, Eric lends his experience and expertise to various local initiatives. As a skilled communicator and enthusiastic volunteer, he enjoys sharing stories of the club's accomplishments, inspiring others to join the mission of creating lasting change in the Riverbend area and beyond.

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