From the Upper Dublin-Ambler Enterprise of Thursday, April 11, 2002; Page 1 (Vol. 7., No. 4)
The theme for this year's National Day of Prayer will be "America United Under God" and the annual breakfast will take place at the William Penn Inn at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 2. The Rev. Mark E. Dankof will be the featured speaker.
Rev. Dankof is currently enrolled in post-graduate studies in systematic theology and theological German at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While completing his academic program, he is employed as a Security Officer at Fort Washington Estates (ACTS). He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, and received his Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Languages and Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago in 1983.
He has pastored the Turtle Creek Community Church in Kerrville, Texas and St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington. From 1991-1993 he served on the faculty of the Texas Bible College in San Antonio, Texas and was President of the College from 1992-1993.
Rev. Dankof has authored theological and political articles and commentary for the conservative Lutheran weekly, Christian News, and Table Talk, the national publication of the Lutheran Ministerium and Synod--USA. He has appeared as a featured television guest on CNN's "Newsmakers" and on "Conservative Roundtable," a Washington, D. C. based television talk show televised nationally. In the 1980s he recorded radio spots and assisted in guest recruitment for the radio talk show, Mission America, heard on KGNW radio in Seattle. He was also a candidate for the United States Senate in the general election of 2000 in the State of Delaware.
A National Day of Prayer was first called in 1775 by the First Continental Congress. Abraham Lincoln called for a similar observance is 1863. It was established as an annual event in 1952 by a resolution of Congress. President Ronald Reagan set the first Thursday of May in each year to be officially a National Day of Prayer.
People of all faiths are encouraged to participate in this observance, praying according to their own tradition. The events of September 11th focused many Americans on their dependence on a supreme being and the theme this year reflects that response.
The cost of the breakfast is $10. Reservations should be made through Mr. George Saurman of the Kiwanis Club at 215-646-4356 or 1264 Fort Washington Avenue, Apartment S-10, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
"MOTHER'S DAY" MAY 12, 2002