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Pima Co BoS urges us to pray on the National Day of Prayer

Steve K
2245639
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 55
In recent years, the Pima County Board of Supervisors has issued a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer urging "all citizens of Pima County to join with fellow citizens of all religious faiths and beliefs in prayer for God’s rich blessings on our nation, state, county and city."

In 5 of the last 7 years, they have presented the proclamation at the board meeting on the Tuesday before the NDoP. This year, that would be Tuesday, May 1 (NDoP is on May 3 this year). The presentation is typically made to a representative of the Pima County NDoP Task Force (one of Focus on the Family's many tentacles).

Let your county supervisor know that their job description does not include recommending the practice of religion to his or her constituents. In fact, the US Constitution forbids it.
Steve K
2245639
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 56
The agenda for the next Pima County Board of Supervisors' Meeting is now available at PimaCo_BoS_Agenda_2012_05_01­

Item 5 on the agenda includes "Presentation of a proclamation to Veronica Acosta, National Day of Prayer Committee, proclaiming May 3, 2012 to be: 'NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER"

Also on the agenda are Item 2, an invocation "To be offered by Reverend Lois Blei, Eastside Assembly of God"; and Item 19 "CALL TO THE PUBLIC".

I can't go due to work, but for those interested in attending, the meeting is on Tuesday, May 1 starting at 9:00 am. The location is

    Pima County Administration Building
    130 W. Congress St., 1st Floor
    Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
    Tucson, AZ 85701

And here are the rules for the "CALL TO THE PUBLIC" near the end of the meeting:

    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SPEAKERS ARE LIMITED TO 3 MINUTES

    To address the Board of Supervisors, please complete a Speaker’s
    Card available in the Hearing Room. Clearly print your name/address
    and indicate the relevant agenda item and/or description.

    Place Speaker Card in labeled basket located on the dais. When the
    Chairman announces your name, step forward to the podium, speak
    into the microphone and state your name and affiliation (if applicable).

    The Chairman reserves the right to ensure all testimony is pertinent or
    non-repetitive so the matter will be handled fairly and expeditiously.
    Any questions pertaining to the meeting can be directed to Robin
    Brigode, Clerk of the Board.


Steve K
2245639
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 57
Here is the proclamation they'll be issuing (from PimaCo BoS proclamation for NDoP 2012)


    PROCLAMATION

    WHEREAS, prayer is a vital part of our nation's rich heritage resulting from our founding forefathers who turned to God in prayer as they sacrificially fought for many freedoms that are now freely enjoyed by all citizens of the United States; and

    WHEREAS, President Harry Truman formally recognized the importance of prayer and signed into law, PL 324, designating the observance of an annual national day of prayer; and

    WHEREAS, the United States Congress formally continued this tradition and passed Joint Resolution 382 on April 17, 1952 establishing an annual national day of prayer to join all citizens together as a nation acknowledging God in prayer each year; and

    WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan permanently established the first Thursday of May to be the National Day of Prayer when he signed PL 100-307; and

    WHEREAS, we are especially mindful of the many heroic men and women serving in our Armed Forces, especially those serving abroad; and

    WHEREAS, we join with fellow citizens of all religious faiths and beliefs from throughout our nation under this year's theme of "One Nation Under God."

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Pima County Board of Supervisors, in keeping with a longstanding and time honored tradition, hereby proclaims May 1, 2012, to be:

    "NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER"

    and urges all citizens of Pima County to join with fellow citizens of all religious faiths and beliefs in prayer for God's rich blessings on our nation, state, county and city.

    PASSED AND ADOPTED this 1st day of May, 2012.

Steve K
2245639
Tucson, AZ
Post #: 58
As usual, Pima County is listed an "Official 'Gold' Sponsor" of the National Day of Prayer on the PimaNDP.org sponsor page.





I've written Sharon Bronson (the Pima County Supervisor for my district) in the past asking if 'Gold' sponsorship involves money changing hands, but I never received a reply.

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