by Susan Mikula Campbell
The small crowd at the Wheatfield Community Center last Thursday made frequent use of two words that have been expelled from schools and come under attack in the government - "God" and "prayers."
About 60 people, mostly senior citizens, attended the second annual Wheatfield Day of Prayer at 11 a.m.
As Wheatfield Supervisor Bob Cliffe pointed out to the group at the start of the hour-long event, "Prayer is an important part of all our lives."
The Rev. Robert Heisner, director of the Project Future in Wheatfield, did the welcome, recruiting one of his Project Future students, Nathaniel Mann, 11, of Lockport to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The national anthem was sung and Pastor Ron Maines of Forestview Church of God in Sanborn read the 2011 Day of Prayer official prayer.
"What a privilege it is to pray!" Maines said.
Then, various community members and pastors led prayers touching on various aspects of life, including government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Adding their voices to the ceremony were the Rev. Bruce Gamache, pastor of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sanborn, Cal Kern, owner and general manager of the Niagara Power collegiate baseball team, Pastor Dan Mann of Niagara Community Church in Wheatfield, local businessman Gary Haseley, St. Peter's Lutheran School Principal Michelle Scibetta, Pastor Justin Marple of Niagara Presbyterian Church in the Town of Niagara and Pastor Jeff Milsten of St. James Lutheran Church in Bergholz.
Dottie Haenel and a friend drove in from Cambria for the event. With everything going on in the country and the world, strength is needed, they agreed.
"Right now, we can use all the prayer we can get," Haenel said.