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2009 Woodbury Prayer Breakfast deemed successful

The 2009 Woodbury Prayer Breakfast held Tuesday, May 5, "shined as an inspirational and powerful morning for all who attended," said event organizers.

The theme "Seeking God's Direction Through Prayer" was established as the foundation of the event and in evidence throughout the morning.

The morning was filled with music from Woodbury's Community Orchestra and Choir, along with readings, community prayers and testimonials from a variety of area leaders and dignitaries.

Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis also provided opening remarks.

Keynote speaker Joe Senser, owner and operator of Joe Senser's Sports Theatres and former tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, was passionate about his faith.

Emcee Dave Clutter, long-time metro traffic announcer and local radio personality, shared his testimony with an energized crowd.

According to event organizers, attendees commented that "overall this was one of the best (prayer breakfast)" events, "the music was exceptional" and "it was wonderful to see so many community members at the event!" More than 55 percent of survey respondents said that they felt "inspired" and that it "made me think."

This year, the Prayer Breakfast Connection (PBC) was added to better communicate with those who would like more information or want to get connected to the faith community in Woodbury.

"It's a great way to get resources, submit prayer requests, volunteer or just stay connected with us year round," said Mary Giuliani Stephens, chair of the Woodbury Prayer Breakfast Committee.

"In addition to encouraging everyone to sign up to receive e-mail Prayer Breakfast notifications, we also encourage individuals to visit the website to submit their specific prayer requests.

"We don't believe prayer to be a one day event. We want to continue to pray throughout the year for the needs of the people in our community," she said.

All prayer requests submitted on the Woodbury Prayer Breakfast website will remain confidential.

If you attended this year's event, but have not yet completed the survey, you can connect online through the website at

Help the organization to go paperless by signing up via the Prayer Breakfast Connection (PBC) link.

The committee reviews all feedback provided from the survey and the website when planning future events.

The next Woodbury Prayer Breakfast will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010.

For more information, visit

The Woodbury Prayer Breakfast is part of a larger national movement in communities across the nation. Modeled after the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., it is held the same time every year along with similar events at the state and local levels.