Orangeburg will observe its 19th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 2 at The Cinema.
The theme of this year’s event, which coincides with the National Day of Prayer, is “Pray for America” with the scripture passage from Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
The featured speaker will be retired Charleston Southern University head football coach Jay Mills.
Breakfast will be served at 6:45 a.m. and the program will follow at 7:30. Piggly Wiggly will cater the breakfast, which traditionally consists of grits, bacon, eggs and biscuits.
First Baptist Church music director David Childers will be directing the musical entertainment.
Mills, 51, retired earlier this year after 10 years as Charleston Southern University head football coach.
While at CSU, Mills compiled a 48-63 record but he is credited with turning around the football program. In 2005, CSU became the Big South Conference champions and Mills was named Big South Conference coach of the year.
In 2006, he led the team to a 9-2 record, the best in school history. During 2005-2006, the team had a 14-game winning streak.
Mills and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Goose Creek and are the parents of six children.
The couple attend Fellowship of Oakbrook Church, where Mills has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
In addition to Mills, pastors offering prayer and attending the breakfast will include:
* The Rev. Ryan Tucker, First Baptist Church of Orangeburg -- prayer for government leaders
* The Rev. Shane Stutzman, Northside Baptist Church -- prayer for schools and universities
* The Rev. Virginia White, St. Paul Baptist Church -- prayer for family
* The Rev. Paul Hamilton, Regional Medical Center director of pastoral care -- prayer for medical, business and industry
* The Rev. Joseph Holman, First Southern Methodist Church -- prayer for world peace and unity
* The Rev. Hayes T. Gainey Jr., Edisto Fork United Methodist Church -- prayer for churches and clergy
The opening prayer will be offered by The Rev. Jerome Anderson of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and the closing prayer will be offered by The Rev. Don Johnson of St. Luke Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Nate McMillan of Petra Community Ministries will read the National Day of Prayer observance and proclamation.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the RMC Chaplain’s Office, 803-395-2356; Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce, 803-534-6821; Orangeburg City Hall, 803-533-6000; Centrex Promotions, 803-531-8503 or from McMillan, 803-268-0690 or 747-1803.