POINT PLEASANT — As if by divine intervention, the weather held out for Thursday’s local observance of the National Day of Prayer outside the Mason County Courthouse.
The year’s national event theme was “Wake Up, America,” and the corresponding verse was: Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression.”
Organizer Denise Bonecutter introduced a new component to the local observance with the presentation of the Paul Chapman Shepherd’s Recognition Award. Bonecutter talked about the commitment to the National Day of Prayer the late Chapman showed along with his wife Lillian. Paul passed away in November.
Bonecutter then introduced Paul’s son Steve who presented the award with his mother also present, speaking about the continuity of his father’s character who was the same person no matter where he was – at home or out in the world, he said. Steve then presented the award to Pastor Johnny Hayman. Hayman, who was surprised by the recognition, seemed to be caught off guard and paused to pray an impromptu prayer with Steve as he was presented the award.
Also new this year, the Erewanna Jefferies Outreach Award which was presented to the Addiction Recovery Support Program under the direction of Jay Sheline.
Also participating in the event were: The Waugh Sisters (Maggie, Jonnie Dawn and Emmie from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ashton), Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings, Fisherman’s Net Youth Choir represented by Olivia Knapp and Andrew, Matthew and Mark Kincaid, Delegate Jim Butler, R-Gallipolis Ferry, Staff Sgt. Monica Willis, Rev. Chip Bennett, Wayne Sanders, David Bonecutter, Revs. Jack and Nancy Mayes, Rev. Bob Wiseman, Rev. Mark Mayes, pastor at Point of Faith Independent Fundamental Church.
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