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Prayer breakfast in Phoenixville to honor those who give back

By Heather Tyrrell, Phoenix Editor,

Monday, April 1, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE — For the 19th year in a row, residents will gather for the Community Prayer Breakfast which recognizes citizens who give back.
The prayer breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. on April 6 at Phoenixville Area Middle School’s cafeteria. Social Concerns Committee of the Phoenixville Area Faith Council hosts the event each year to remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“This year’s theme is forgiveness,” said Donald J.L. Coppedge, chairman of the Social Concerns Committee. “A prime point in Martin Luther King’s life was forgiveness.”
Coppedge is expecting about 225 people to attend.
The Rev. Nathan Coleman of Bethel Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker. The Inspirational Choir from the church will perform during the breakfast.
In addition, the committee will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Emma Valenteen Award of Compassion.
“The Martin Luther King Jr. Award is given to someone that has shown characteristics of helping the needy and poor to build a bridge for the community, giving back to the community.”
The Emma Valenteen Award of Compassion is named after the late resident who was involved in various organizations in the community, but is well known for starting the local chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for families grieving the loss of children. Valenteen had two children that died.
“The Emma Valenteen Award of Compassion reflects Emma’s compassion for other ones’ lost loved ones, meeting together to share inner feelings on life and respect of the deceased,” Coppedge said. “There is a need for people that meet with other people who have lost loved ones.”
He said three students will also be recognized. One will be performing a skit and the other two will read essays.
The location was changed from Franklin Commons to the middle school partly because it is a new venue, he said. The meal won’t be cafeteria food. It will still be a gourmet meal, Coppedge said.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Coppedge at 610-935-1394. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 1. No tickets will be sold at the door.
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