7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Monett Area YMCA
Food provided by Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, McDonald's of Monett
and the Monett Chamber of Commerce.
Breakfast prepared by Kiwanis Club of Monett
A brief history of the National Day of Prayer
1775 - the Continental Congress "designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation"
February 19, 1795 -George Washington proclaimed a day of public thanksgiving and prayer
1808 - Thomas Jefferson opposed national days of prayer by the Federal Government.
1813 - James Madison proclaimed a day of prayer, then later recanted the action saying "They seem to imply and certainly nourish the erroneous idea of a national religion."
March 30, 1865 - Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution which called for a day of fasting and prayer during the Civil War.
April 17, 1952 - President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer. Each President would select the day.
May 5, 1988 - President Ronald Reagan signed a bill which made the first Thursday in May the National Day of Prayer.