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President f Jarvis, Dr. Lester C. Newman addresses the community at the 2019 Unity Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Steve Rutherford.

For the third year, Dr. Lester C. Newman, President of Jarvis Christian College, welcomed the community to an annual unity prayer breakfast at Jarvis College. Many local preachers, pastors, educators, and citizens alike joined in prayer to ask God for unity and peace, and to bless the endeavors of the college, local businesses, citizens, and churches in our community.

The cuisine included everything from bacon and eggs, to biscuits, quiche, grits and much more. And the coffee was well received as it was one of the coldest days in our season. But that didn’t stop those who came. The breakfast this year was well attended as each of the past events, and all are invited to participate next year.

Hosts of the Unity Prayer Breakfast, photos by Steve Rutherford.

Hosted by Dr. Lester C. Newman, President of Jarvis College, Co-Hosted by Supt. Marvin Holland, New Hope Church of God in Christ, Hawkins, Tx, Rev. Jeff Karlson, Whispering Pines Church, Holly Lake Ranch, Tx, Rev. Zachary Tunnell, First Baptists Church, Hawkins, Tx and Rev. Beverly Woodard, Hawkins/Jacksonville Circuit Methodist Church, the Jarvis Unity Prayer Breakfast is poised to be an event where each of us, as community member, can come together in peace, love and harmony. What better weekend to choose than that prior to Martin Luther King Day? Prayers were extended to all those who are in need. Prayers and words of unity were delivered by, Miss De. Janae Tookes, Mrs. Gloria Holland, Supt. Marvin Holland, Rev. Jeff Karlson, Dr. Lester C. Newman, Dr. Tessie S. Bradford, Rev. Sedaric Dinkens, Rev. Beverly Woodard, and Rev. Zachary Tunnell.

Honorees Myra Clift (left) and Ida Mitchell (second from right) with Dr. and Mrs. Newman. Photo by Steve Rutherford

Honorees included Annie Jobe Center United Methodist Church, Hawkins, Tx, Ida Mitchell First Christian Church, Hawkins, Tx and Myra Clift of Jarvis College Christian Church, Hawkins, Tx. These women have worked tirelessly to provide a professional clothing closet on campus to provide almost-new clothing at no cost to students, so that they may be able to present themselves professionally for job interviews, presentations or special events.

As the last prayer ended we were dazzled by the 4 part harmony quartet by the Jarvis Chorus. Such great talent from the young men who sang, thank you to Tyron Jones, Kendrick Walker, Blake Johnson, and Erik Linson. All attendees sang together ‘We Shall Overcome’, the anthem for the civil rights movement. (Originally descended from I’ll Overcome Some Day, by Charles Albert Tindley, made popular by Pete Seeger)

Special thanks to all those who continue to support our local college. In addition, thank you Jarvis College for the hard work, and expense it takes to host each of these events. We look forward to the years to come, and look forward to our local citizens being a part of this special event of remembrance each year.

To see a clip of the young men’s quartet singing, please visit our Facebook page! Click here.