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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Mayor reinstates prayer breakfast

  • “With the City of Bastrop surviving a recession, after enduring the loss of the International Paper Company, I feel this is the perfect time to come together and show our appreciation,” said Mayor Betty Alford-Olive about the upcoming Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
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  • “With the City of Bastrop surviving a recession, after enduring the loss of the International Paper Company, I feel this is the perfect time to come together and show our appreciation,” said Mayor Betty Alford-Olive about the upcoming Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. Originated by former Mayor Clarence Hawkins, the MPB has been a time set aside for the community to join together and give thanks for all they have. Although the event hasn't taken place in three years, Alford-Olive feels it is time to bring it back. “When I first came into office, I had to wrestle with the 2009 budget, while sustaining services to all our citizens,” she said. “This is the first time I've had to take a breath. We survived these challenges that our economy has imposed on us. I wanted to bring the Prayer Breakfast back because we have a so much to be thankful for.” Marc Vereen, the City of Bastrop community affairs and Main Street Program director, felt this was a good time to resume the event. “This was traditionally held in May because that was National Prayer Week,” Vereen said. “The timing this year seems to be ideal since the theme of the event is a time for thanksgiving and unity.” Vereen said “although the City is not where it needs to be, the Mayor is thankful for all that we have sustained and feels we are truly blessed to have fared as well as we have. “She is optimistic the future is bright. Through everyone working together for the cause of bettering our city we can move forward at record speed.” Alford-Olive said when she attends churches in the community, she witnesses the hope and faith of the citizens first hand. “People often come up to me and say, 'I'm praying for you Mayor,' or, 'I'm praying for our City,'” she said. “I have so much appreciation for our clergy and their church members. They need recognition as an anchor in this faith-based community.” The MPB will be at 6:30 a.m. on October 30 at the Bastrop Municipal Center. Those who attend will eat a complete country breakfast as they arrive. At 7 a.m., everyone will hear an inspirational message about thanksgiving and unity. “I would like to invite our school system, churches, businesses and everyone else who would like to attend,” Alford-Olive said. The MPB tickets are $5 per person and $30 per table of six. Tickets can be purchased at the Bastrop City Hall in Room 134 or the Visitor Center. For more information, call the Mayor's office at 283.3301.
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