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Day of Prayer observed in Front Royal

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Area residents attend the 12th annual Front Royal National Day of Prayer community service last Thursday. — Courtesy photo

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Participants gather last Thursday for the Front Royal National Day of Prayer community service at the gazebo in Front Royal. The National Day of Prayer began in 1988. — Courtesy photo

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Area residents took part in the 12th annual Front Royal National Day of Prayer community service last Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Front Royal. Special music was provided by the band from the Servant's Heart and Hands Outreach Ministry, an active mission-based faith community, according to a press release from David Linebach, who helped organize the local event.

The group's focus is serving the community through local community projects.

The event was part of the National Day of Prayer, designated by the United States Congress as a day when citizens may gather together to pray, especially for the country, its people and its leaders. The annual event takes place on the first Thursday of May and was established by President Reagan in 1988.

The Front Royal service was organized in 2001 by a committee of local Christians who wished to make it an annual event in Front Royal. The group is led by Denni Giovinazzo and assisted by Cherie Ray and Lingebach.

The committee relies on volunteers and donated or borrowed equipment while footing the bill for advertising, printing, mailing, and other expenses, with their own personal funds, the release said.

Giovinazzo led the service along with The Revs. James and Maime Bridgett from St. Paul Baptist Church, Retired reverend Alfred Woods from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Front Royal Police Chief Richard Furr and town councilman Bret Hrbeck, among other local leaders.

"It's all well worth everything we give to it," Giovinazzo was quoted in the press release as saying. "Only God can bring the kind of change our country needs. It's up to those who believe in Him to come together to ask for His mercy and grace. And we consider it an honor to serve in this way."

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