National Day of Prayer was celebrated Thursday in Madera with the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Nearly 350 people gathered in Hatfield Hall at the Madera District Fairgrounds for the event, hosted by the Madera Ministerial Association and the Madera Chamber of Commerce. This affair is one of 40,000 special events held throughout the country each year in observance of the National Day of Prayer, according to the chamber.
Mayor Robert Poythress, Madera’s first four-year elected mayor, spoke of how his faith in God touches every aspect of his life.
“I believe as the mayor goes, so goes the city,” said Poythress. “We seek God’s grace in the business of Madera.”
Connecting with the community service projects hosted by local churches, Poythress has begun a lunch with the pastors program. Once a month he and a couple of pastors share lunch and brainstorm on ways to improve their neighborhoods and the community at large...