By Melanie Williamson
The Community Prayer Breakfast held Thursday, October 18, has been going on for over 30 years providing several local churches the opportunity to come together along with residents and other community stake holders to discuss issues pertinent to the community, as well as simply come together in fellowship to strengthen community bonds. The event is hosted by the Vermilion chamber of Commerce and the Vermilion Ministerial Association and is held twice a year at German’s Villa.
According to Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandy Coe, “The Community Prayer Breakfast is a tremendous asset to the community and the surrounding area as it brings people together for amazing fellowship, good food and a wonderful positive way to start your day.”
The theme throughout the October breakfast was “Safety in Our Lives.” Nick Cacciatore, pastor of the Vermilion E&R Church offered the opening and closing prayers. Vermilion Local Schools Superintendent Phil Pempin spoke on “safety in our schools.” Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church pastor and Vermilion Police Department Chaplain Jim Cooper spoke on “safety in our community,” and Grace United Methodist pastor Allison LeBrun spoke on “safety in our homes.” LeBrun recently led Grace United Methodist in a week of activities intended to raise awareness about domestic violence and help individuals being impacted by domestic violence.
Other community pastors including David Zerby, Heidi Strickler, Todd Hathaway, and Cliff Morris participated by offering prayers for the community, local government leaders, the schools, and the nation.