Batesville to observe National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7


Since 1952, the first Thursday of May has been set aside as the National Day of Prayer in the United States. With the COVID-19 crisis, many of these observances across the country will look much different as social distancing guidelines are still in effect.

Independence County residents are encouraged to participate in this year’s event to be held at the Batesville Community and Aquatics Center parking lot, located at 1420 20th St. Attendees are to remain in their vehicles and tune their radios to 87.9 FM to listen to the event.

With much of the nation’s attention focused on health care, White River Health System CEO, Gary Paxson, will be leading the program beginning at noon.

Also speaking will be Chad Graves, pastor of The Compass Church in Batesville, who says, “I think it’s more important than ever to be able to come together as a community and pray for those in our leadership (and) for those who are dealing with the difficulties of this disruption in their lives.”

The program is expected to last less than 30 minutes.

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