Join Christians from throughout the Greater Brandon area for the National Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at The Barn at Winthrop Town Center. The evening will be filled with prayer to lift up the nations leaders, the economy, the military, the community, marriage and families,  children and schools, the nation’s impact on the world and churches and personal revival.
The Winthrop Barn is located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. (between Watson Rd. and Providence Rd.)
Pre-service music begins at 6:30 p.m. with prayer time beginning at 7 p.m. There will be both Spanish translation and interpretation for the deaf.
Local Christian Riverview business owner, Teo Leonard and his wife Stacie are planning to attend this year’s event. “We think its important to come together to pray for our community,” said Leonard.  “We are looking forward to gathering with other Christians.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
This day is a vital part of our nation’s heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming this nation, the call to prayer has continued throughout history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “fasting and prayer.”
The official day was declared in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
 In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
Each year, the President signs a proclamation to encourage Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
This year’s local event will be uplifting and a large turn-out is expected. Seating will not be provided so attendees should bring lawn chairs if they are not able to stand for approximately one hour.
Portable restrooms and a First Aid station will be on site. 
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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.