The 12th annual Duneland Community Prayer Breakfast, held at Trinity Banquet
Hall, at St. Patrick’s school and church, drew a large crowd.
St. Patrick students and community members and leaders gathered for a
breakfast celebration based on Christian fellowship and prayer.
“We’ve sold out of tickets, we’ll have to make room or the committee will
have to listen in the kitchen,” said ticket sales coordinator Ken Keller
just prior to the event.
The music of Carol Hazen welcomed all in attendance with room for all
without having to eat in the kitchen.
The event was opened by master of ceremonies Mike Harris when he introduced
the Chesterton police department color guard under the direction of police
chief David Cincoski for the presentation of colors and to lead the Pledge
Former Valparaiso University men’s basketball coach Homer Drew, shared a
thoughtful invocation before a breakfast of assorted Danish, fresh fruit,
scrambled eggs, sausage and stuffed French toast, served by the Trinity
Banquet Hall serving staff under the direction of Jerry Paliga of Popolano’s
Restaurant of Chesterton. Special music was performed by Dan Santana of the
Road to Life Church.
After the meal Harris recognized the many local community leaders in
attendance and introduced Chesterton Chamber of Commerce president Tracy
Freeze who welcomed the entire community and business leaders. Tom Cornwell
of Dune Acres read a scripture reading followed by a prayer for our
community, state and nation led by Robert Welsh.
The newest member of the community prayer breakfast program was Scott
Trying, the new pastor at Chesterton United Methodist Church as he led the
group in a patriotic sing-along.
This year’s keynote speaker was Valparaiso University men’s basketball coach
Bryce Drew. Coach Drew spent very little time discussing his rather
impressive 2013-14 season basketball team, his storied NBA career or the
“shot” but instead shared his passion both on and off the court for his
personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Drew went on to challenge
attendees with what he has learned in basketball practice. “One hour of
practice can always bring improvement” said Coach Drew. He then shared how
he and his family have felt blessed just by being residents of the United
States and particularly of Northwest Indiana.
After the coach’s closing remarks Dan Santana returned to play another
selection before a closing prayer was offered by Cheryl Keller.
This event was organized by a committee of local business leaders and
volunteers. Trent Albert, Mike Anton, James Anton, Jane Deligatti, Heather
Ennis, Carol Hazen, James Jeselnick, Ken Keller, Jerry Phelps, Terry Rhine
and Mike Trout make up that committee and are currently seeking ideas for
next year’s speaker and program.
The decorations of multi-colored mums and assorted gourds and pumpkins for
the event were provided by Bob Rhoda of Rhoda Farms on Old 49 in Jackson
Township. Thank you all who contributed to make this Community Prayer
Breakfast so spiritual and possible.