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Mayors Prayer Breakfast draws a crowd

Posted: May 1, 2014 3:20 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 3:20 p.m.
 

Approximately 300 people gathered early Thursday morning for the annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast — an event that included time for both reflection and prayer and laughter from a keynote address by a man dubbed by some as “God’s Comic.”

The breakfast, now in its 10th year, coincides with the National Day of Prayer and is one of many events held across the nation, according to Joe Messina, president and chairman of The Dunamis Group — an organization that aims to promote Christian values in business and hosts the event.

Messina said one of the purposes of the event is to pray for guidance for city leaders and those in city government.
Fittingly, Thursday’s crowd included a collection of Santa Clarita Valley elected officials, including Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste.

“I pray every day,” Weste said. “And I know that my prayers are answered because I live in a community that is truly blessed.”

Former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth was also on hand Thursday and said as an elected official he felt the power of prayers on his behalf.

“I can tell you firsthand that events like these, the prayers that you offer, they do make a difference,” the former Santa Clarita Valley representative said.

While the keynote speaker at last year’s event, Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, drew a collection of protesters to the event at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, this year’s speaker, Christian comedian Brad Stine, drew mainly laughs and applause from the audience.

During a keynote that was part performance and part speech, the conservative Christian comedian touched on a variety of issues, including his belief that Christians need to be warriors for their faith and his distaste for “political correctness.”

“The single biggest threat to free speech is political correctness,” Stine said.

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