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Manteca prayer breakfast on May 5
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Carolyn Hall, Judy Vasquez and Lois Page set the stage for the Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast Friday morning, May 5, at the Manteca Senior Citizen Center. Keynote speaker for the event will be Manteca educator Brian Goulart. - photo by GLENN KAHL
East Union High School special education teacher Brian Goulart promises to interject Christian spirit into the Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast next week, May 5, as its keynote speaker.

“Almighty Fortress is Our God” is the theme of the annual event to be held at the Manteca Senior Center beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday.

Goulart has been a member of the Calvary Community Church in Manteca for the last 30 years where his wife Donna serves as a gospel singer.

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to communicate with as many individuals as possible in the country with the need for soul searching and repentance followed by prayer and mobilizing the Christian community to intercede with their maker for the country and its leadership in the seven centers of power: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

Among the task force’s visions, it seeks to foster unity within the Christian church and to protect America’s constitutional freedoms to gather, worship, pray and speak freely and to respect all people regardless of their denomination or creed.

The event was first launched in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by then President Harry S. Truman to be privately funded.

The day of prayer observance is based on the Christian understanding that America was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Holy Bible.

Tickets are $10 and may be obtained from the following committee members. Jay Holmes at 239-9294, Arlene Sevor at 823-5356, Lois Page at 823-6496 and Judy Vasquez 823-6644. The breakfast is scheduled to conclude by 7:45.