PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (May 4, 2017) – More than 30 residents, pastors, police, firefighters and city officials attended the City of Pleasantville’s 11th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4 on North First Street in front of City Hall.
Pastor Rich Younger of the Living Waters Wesleyan Church chaired the event, which began with Pleasantville Mayor Jesse L. Tweedle Sr. reading aloud a proclamation to commemorate the Day of Prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
A host of pastors including Mark Michael of Empowerment Tabernacle and John Martin of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church said prayers for the nation, local officials, the armed forces and their families, local children, schools, police and firefighters.
“Where there is unity there is strength. We can do more together than we can separated,” said Bishop Mario Miller of Bethel Evangelical Outreach Ministries. “We need humility, love and respect for one another.”
The audience gave a standing ovation to police and firefighters, who stood with linked arms to represent the teamwork it takes to keep Pleasantville safe.
“It’s not about one person, it’s about a team,” said Pastor and Fire Chaplain Ed Stump.
The observance concluded with circles of small group prayer.
“It’s important that we as a community come together as one,” said Mayor Tweedle. “In prayer, we ask for our neighbors to be blessed and protected and for each one of us to stand firm as men and women of integrity.”