03-02 CHU LR Interfaith Check

Lakes Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast committee member Rev. Paula Gile (center), associate pastor of the Congregational Church of Laconia, presents a check to Navigating Recovery Executive Director Daisy Pierce, left, and Valene Colby, right, certified recovery specialist. (Courtesy Photo)

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Committee has announced that the theme of this year’s event will be "Prayer and Faith in the Military."

The fifth annual Lakes Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will take place on Thursday, May 2, in the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall.

The theme was suggested by an attendee at last year’s breakfast. Guest speaker will be Chaplain (Maj.) Steve Veinotte who currently serves as full-time support chaplain for the New Hampshire National Guard.

Proceeds from the event will be shared equally between the Gilford-based Patriot Resilient Leader Institute, which provides four-day retreats (Camp Resilience) for disabled veterans from throughout New England, and the Laconia Veterans of Foreign Wars' “Field of Flags” commemorative display for Memorial Day.

This local breakfast is but one of thousands conducted across the county every year on the first Thursday in May. It originally was designated in 1952 as the National Day of Prayer. The local effort has committee members from several area churches: the Congregational Church of Laconia, First United Methodist Church, Gilford Community Church, Lakes Region Vineyard Church, Parish of St. Andre Bessette, and Temple B’nai Israel.

Other area churches wishing to participate may contact Chris Ray at 603-528-2920.

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