Bible marathon features week of prayer

Friday, April 25, 2014 ~ Updated 9:18 AM
David Bell / Carroll County News

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr signed a proclamation supporting the Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon and presents it to CCBRM organizer Bonnie Roediger. The marathon kickoff begins Sunday afternoon on the Green Forest Square at 5 p.m.

GREEN FOREST -- The Fifth Annual Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon begins tonight, April 25, with "Come N Go" prayer.

Many people from around Carroll County will gather on the Green Forest Square. Prayer Coordinator Deanna Palmer encourages everyone to come for a long or a little time between 6 and 9 p.m.

"A candlelight vigil will conclude the prayer time," she said.

On Saturday night at the Berryville Community Center, the event continues with "The Awakening" youth rally. Beginning at 6 p.m., it will continue until 9. Coordinators Chad and Dianne Davis are excited about the personal testimonies the area youth will give as other teens sing and perform human videos. Refreshments will be served and the youth will have the opportunity to sign up to read the Bible on the Square in Green Forest as part of the marathon. CCBRM T-shirts will be given away as prizes and will be available to purchase for $10.

"We believe this year's event will be fruitful for God's kingdom," Dianne said. "We encourage everyone -- even adults -- to come and worship with the teens."

The Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon officially begins with an opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Green Forest School District Superintendent Matt Summers will open the ceremony with a prayer.

American Legion Walker/Wilson Post #9 of Eureka Springs will post the colors, and Mike Mercer will lead the pledges. Delene McCoy will lead the singing of our national anthem, followed by welcoming remarks from CCBRM President Charlotte Stratton.

"I've been involved every year for the last five, and I am so excited to see how many will publicly come out to read the Bible," Stratton said. "This week-long event touches hearts and unites believers."

Praise and worship will be lead by Victory Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of Green Forest, and Mayor Charles Reece will be the speaker. Closing prayer will be led by Palmer CCBRM.

Following the opening ceremony, members of the Treks 4-H Club will serve refreshments.

Ninety hours of reading the Bible begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"There is still time to sign up for a 15-minute slot," said Reader Scheduler Gail Keirsey.

Those interested in participating can sign up on the Square or call her at 417-860-8714 before Sunday.

While the reading goes on in Green Forest, many other marathons will be going on throughout America and around the world.

During the Carroll County marathon, time has been set aside to stop the reading and pray. These prayer times are scheduled for Sunday evening from 6 to 7, Monday morning from 6 to 7, Monday evening from 6 to 7, Tuesday morning from 6 to 7, Tuesday evening from 6 to 7, Wednesday morning from 6 to 7 and Wednesday evening from 6 to 7. Different groups from area churches will be leading these prayer times.

The CCBRM Closing Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 1, the National Day of Prayer, at 5:30 p.m. Loree Blackburn will sing the national anthem, followed by welcome and prayer will be led by CCBRM Consultant Bonnie Roediger.

Praise and worship will be lead by Cowboy Church of Green Forest. Randall Christy of the Great Passion Play will be the speaker. The Gideon presenter will be Don McNeely.

Prayer leaders for the seven areas of prayer according to National Day of Prayer Task Force will be led by Buddy Fry Jr., City of Green Forest Public Works; Pastor Kris Villines of Victory Tabernacle Penecostal Church; Pastor Joe Summers, Beth'el Baptist Church; Pastor Steve Cook, United Methodist Church; Bud Philips, Green Forest School Board president; John Bailey, Green Forest Chief of Police; and Reece.

The colors will be retired by Post #9, and the closing prayer will be led by Larry Kirk, CCBRM prayer advisor.

Following the closing, everyone is invited to the United Methodist Church for the Victory Celebration dinner and program. Special speakers from Bible Reading Ministry International, Jess and Bonnie Roediger, will report on their recent trip to Kathmandu, where Pastor Amrit Nepali held Nepal's First Annual Bible Reading Marathon.

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