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12th annual Community Prayer Breakfast draws a crowd to hear VU Coach Bryce Drew

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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 of Allegiance.

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.

 

Posted 10/11/2013