The city celebrated downtown on May 2.
National Day of Prayer has long been a fixture in City Hall — more than 20 years and counting now — and Plant City officials made the May 2 edition as special as any before it.
Mayor Rick Lott presented a proclamation from the city to honor the holiday and Plant City churches’ unwavering commitment to serving the community at large.
“When people talk about the character of our community I can point to this and say Plant City is well,” Lott said. “I’m thrilled to live and serve in a community that celebrates National Day of Prayer in City Hall.”
Plant City’s main event calls upon church leaders from the community to lead a string of prayers for aspects of life ranging from local government and families to schools and national security. Those included in the 2019 event were Rev. Norm Blanton of Somebody Cares Plant City, Pastor Joe Kelley of the Common Ground Movement, Pastor Brian Stowe of First Baptist Church Plant City, Pastor Tim Knighten of St. Mary’s Community Church, Rev. Matt Moore of Ellel Ministries, Commissioner Mary Mathis, Chaplain Dan Middlebrooks of First Call at Sydney Baptist Church, Pastor Calvin Callins of Greater New Hope Anointed Ministries, Pastor David Delph of First Presbyterian Church Plant City, Rev. Paul Pickern of All Pro Pastors, Lew Frye of Integrity Business Referrals, Pastor Luis Ramirez of Iglesia Nueva Jerusalem and Cheryl Johnston.