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CASA GRANDE — A group of area pastors will gather in Peart Park Sunday afternoon to pray for the city and its people and to say say “thank you” to God.

This is the seventh consecutive year the Area-wide Pastors Fellowship Group has gathered for a special Thanksgiving service in the park. The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is open to all who would like to attend.

Pastor Juan Humes, senior pastor at Kingdom Living Ministries Church, said the group will pray for different aspects of the city as well as “remember to give thanks for the goodness of God.”

“We’ve been gathering before Thanksgiving for nearly 10 years and praying for the city,” Humes said. “We pray for leadership and acknowledge what God has done.”

Saying specific prayers during the event are:

  • Bill Heinle, First Presbyterian Church, with the opening welcome prayer,
  • Pat Sieler, Calvary Chapel, saying a prayer for government,
  • Robert Castro, Calvary Chapel, saying a prayer for businesses,
  • Paul Elgin, First Presbyterian Church, saying a prayer for churches,
  • Leo Holts, Calvary Chapel, saying a prayer for families,
  • Eric Kluth, Calvary Chapel, saying a prayer for media,
  • Ken Ross, principal of Logos Christian Academy, saying a prayer for education,
  • Phil Calvert, Trinity Southern Baptist Church, saying an invitational prayer and
  • Humes, offering a closing prayer of thanks.

Jamianne Roy and Lahoma Cope of Home of Hope worship team will provide worship music.

Humes said that while the group gathers every year for a thanksgiving service, this year is special as so many continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19.

The service, he said, marks a “new season of worship.”

“This is a celebration,” he said. “It’s not political. Prayer can change things. In a time when we are in need of prayer and hope, this is an opportunity for people from different churches to come together and thank God for how he has blessed our city.”

In the spring, amid growing concern for COVID-19 and protests throughout the nation and state, the group held a public service in Peart Park to pray for the city and those within it.

“I truly believe God has blessed this city and because of it, we are not nearly as stressed here as they are in other parts of the country,” Humes said.

The prayer service is open to all who wish to attend. Social distancing will be observed.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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