VANCOUVER — Dennis Fuqua says Clark County Board of Councilors Chair Marc Boldt tries to give him the credit for the annual Weekend of Reflection and Prayer for Clark County but Fuqua says it’s Boldt who he is grateful for .
“He sort of blames me for the idea and I blame him for the idea, but I remember it was his idea and he was the one who had the capacity to pull it off,’’ Fuqua said of Boldt. “I am grateful that our county leaders give a place and invitation for those who believe in prayer to focus on praying for the county.’’
The weekend of March 31-April 2, 2017 will serve as the sixth year the Board of County Councilors have proclaimed A Weekend of Reflection and Prayer for Clark County. A proclamation was made by Boldt at the Tuesday board meeting in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center and served to Fuqua, one of the leaders of Clark County Prayer Connect.
“Marc and I have been praying together for years,’’ Fuqua said. “Obviously, they (councilors) are not saying that everybody must pray. That’s why they say it’s a weekend of reflection. But, statistics say about 90 percent of people say they pray so this is simply the county councilors recognizing the need for prayer for them and the county.’’
Thanks in large part to the involvement of Clark County Prayer Connect, the annual event has been expanded. This year, it will include a 27-hour schedule of continuous worship and prayer featuring 13 different worship leaders and various prayer leaders and styles. This event, called Align 2017, will take place this weekend, March 10-11.
The event will take place at City Harvest Church, located at 8100 NW 9th Ave., Vancouver. The opening session of worship and prayer will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Friday (March 10), followed by two-hour time blocks through 10 p.m. Saturday (March 11).
“We are encouraging people to come to the opening session and then to come as they are interested in the other sessions,’’ Fuqua said. “Each two-hour block will be divided equally between worship and prayer.
“The purpose of the event is basically in response to the county councilors,’’ Fuqua said. “They have said, ‘if you believe in prayer, will you pray for us on this weekend?’ We thought of instead of something happening generically and spontaneously, we would focus on this request and how us believers can respond.’’
Fuqua said organizers are encouraging pastors in Clark County to read the county’s proclamation in Sunday services this weekend and also to take a moment to pray for the county during those services.
Here’s a look at the schedule for the 27-hour event:
Fri., March 10 – Sat., March 11
|7-10 p.m.||City Harvest Team||Contemporary|
|10 p.m.-midnight||Felix Rosalez||Hispanic|
|Midnight-2 a.m.||Ryan Bates||Contemporary|
|2-4 a.m.||Zack Shoote||High School|
|4-6 a.m.||Skyler Savala||High School|
|6-8 a.m.||Fuqua & Zimmerman||Classic worship|
|8-10 a.m.||Jack Spencer||Contemporary|
|10 a.m.-noon||Joy Russell||Contemporary|
|Noon-2 p.m.||Kevin Kruse||Quiet Reflection|
|2-4 p.m.||Bracey Weaver||Soaking|
|4-6 p.m.||Mark Kelly||Hymns and Classic|
|6-8 p.m.||Voice of Hope||Slavic|
More information about Clark County Prayer Connect can be found at ccprayerconnect.net
Clark County Prayer Connect is the local expression of International Renewal Ministries.
The Mission/Calling of Clark County Prayer Connect is, “Encouraging more, better, united, strategic prayer by and for the people of Clark County for the exaltation of Jesus Christ.’’