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Annual YMCA prayer breakfast set for Wed.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
Lincoln County YMCA’s 12th Annual Prayer Breakfast, set to take place Wednesday morning in downtown Lincolnton, is aimed at uniting the community in “prayer, worship and spiritual enrichment” during one of the busiest and most highly anticipated seasons of the year.
“The holidays can become so crazy and stressful,” Julie Foreman, YMCA Senior Program Director, said. “This event does a nice job of reminding us to reframe ourselves around the true meaning and spirit of this time of year.”
Last year’s breakfast sold out and drew in a crowd of nearly 400 people. This year, YMCA officials are expecting at least 450 attendees. The event has significantly grown since it was observed in the basement of First Presbyterian Church during its first year, Foreman said.
While a majority of the money raised from the breakfast goes to pay-off event expenses, any additional funds will be used to support the area’s underprivileged children, seniors and families through scholarships, camps and various other kinds of sports and outreach programs.
“Last year, we were able to send 420 children to summer camp, where their lives were forever enriched through activities that include science, nature, sports…drama, music…socializations and so much more,” Foreman noted.
William Becton, senior pastor of Charlotte’s House of Worship Ministries, is scheduled to both speak and sing at the event. The Lincolnton High School Acapella Choir and three members of First Baptist Church of Lincolnton’s worship team will provide additional musical entertainment.
Foreman and Jeff Townsend, executive director of both Lincoln County and Sally’s YMCA, considered the breakfast “one of the association’s signature events,” which has been sponsored by the YMCA before the Lincoln County branch was even built more than a decade ago.
“It’s an opportunity to come together as one community and feel the impact of a Christian message that pertains to us all…a time to pause and be reminded of what matters most in life,” Townsend said.
The breakfast is from 6:45-8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. Tickets are $10 apiece or $80 per table.
Volunteers are still needed for both event setup on Tuesday and ushering at the breakfast. Individuals who are interested in volunteering or sponsoring a table can contact Julie Foreman at 704-716-4505.

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