FISD prayer breakfast Friday; churches to host similar event

FORSAN — A new year of school is fast approaching and a nine-year tradition continues Friday in the Forsan Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria. Forsan Superintendent Randy Johnson is extending an invitation to all residents of Howard County to attend the Forsan Superintendent's Prayer Breakfast, a tradition started when Johnson took over the head position. “School has a lot of opportunity for crisis problems and conflict and I truly believe in the power of prayer,” Johnson said. “I think the start of a new year is a great time to join in prayer and ask for guidance.”Once again, those attending will have an opportunity to go through the cafeteria line starting at 7:30 a.m. The speaking will begin around 7:45 a.m. with the speaker delivering a 15 to 20 minute speech before Craig Felty wraps up with prayer. “We will give every about 15 minutes to get through the cafeteria line and then I will introduce Mr. Dan Gibbs, who will speak about 15 to 20 minutes,” Johnson said. “This is a great opportunity for all those who haven't eaten in the cafeteria in awhile to go come out and enjoy a cafeteria breakfast. We will wrap up the service by 8:30 a.m. so nobody has to miss too much time at work.”Gibbs is a music minister in Monahans, father of a Forsan faculty member and a personal friend of Johnson's. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased for $4 at Forsan Jr./Sr. High School or Elbow Elementary — or the superintendent's office. Money from the tickets will be used to cover the expenses of the breakfast in order to not be using school funding for the event. Also Friday, three area churches — First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church — will also be hosting a community prayer breakfast for teachers. An invitation is extended to Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan and Howard College teachers. Civic leaders are also invited to attend. Dr. Cheryl Sparks, president of Howard College, will be the featured speaker. Serving will begin at 7 a.m. at First Christian Church. “This isn't a competition between the two. I want to encourage everyone in the community to take advantage of at least one of these events as we prepare for the upcoming school year,” Johnson said. For tickets to the Forsan Superintendent Breakfast, call 432-457-2223. For information or to reserve a spot at the community prayer breakfast, stop by 911 Goliad.