Proclamation 2001 – City of Santa Paula

Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer, May 2001

Whereas national days of prayer were called as early as 1773 with the First Continental Congress and Abraham Lincoln called for such a day in 1863. The National Day of Prayer was finally established by Joint Resolution of Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Truman. It was amended in 1988 and signed by President Reagan to be the first Thursday of May each year.

Whereas, we live in a time of great and historic changes in our country and in the world and each of seeks to chart our own course to find peace and happiness,

Whereas, our ancestors trusted in the faithfulness of God and frequently turned to Him in humble, heartfelt prayer during feasts, wars and famines. When they finally reached their shores, the early settlers gave thanks for their very lives and for the promise of freedom in a new land,

Whereas, the great American experiment in liberty and self-government has not only endured but prospered. The triumph of freedom in this country has inspired the advance of human rights and dignity around the globe.

May the National Day of Prayer be significant in our country’s desire to be the best we can be, inviting God’s blessings and presence, and may Santa Paula’s National Day of Prayer be the beginning of honoring God and restoring honor for each other in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods and our homes.

Therefore, I, Donald L. Johnson, Mayor of the City of Santa Paula, California, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 3, 2001 as National Day of Prayer and invite all residents to the Community Breakfast sponsored by the Spirit of Santa Paula and to the Evening Prayer Program sponsored by the Ministerial Association of Santa Paula.

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and two cats at home.

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