Pulaski to celebrate National Day of Prayer on May 2

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People gathered last year to celebrate 2018's National Day of Prayer. This year's event will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. next Thursday.

"Love One Another" - it's a simple phrase. This year it is at the center of the National Day of Prayer. Pulaski County will be participating in the national event next Thursday, May 2, from noon to 12:45 p.m. It will take place at the Pulaski County Judicial Center's plaza, or, in case of rain, on the second floor of the old Pulaski County Courthouse.

Mark Harrell, pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship and spokesperson for the local Day of Prayer, said that the event is a whole community effort and non-denominational.

"Anyone from any church can come," he said. "Even if you're not in the church, if you are concerned about the nation."

Prayer will focus on several aspects of the community: National, state and local elected officials; first responders; military personnel; schools; churches and others.

Around six pastors will lead different prayers. Before prayer begins, Harrell said that there will be a time open for people to meet with one another.

Students from Somerset Christian School will be on hand to sing.

"It's a time for people to connect and support one another," Harrell said.

He added that he understood that people may be attending on their lunch breaks from work.

"It's not a church service, and if they need to eat their lunch it won't bother me a bit," he laughed.

The local meeting is organized by Pastors for Transformation, a local fellowship group.