By Melody Vallieu
The Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast events will begin again this fall.
The non-denominatonal breakfast meetings — held to offer a time of friendship and fellowship — have been going on for more than 40 years, according to Troy resident Nelson Dohme, an original member.
Dohme said the meetings originated when he was in high school at Troy when there was issue between students.
“There was a conflict between the blacks and white back then and we formed the group to work things out,” said Dohme, who said Harry Jackson of Richard’s Chapel also is an original member of the group. “Everything was just fine after that.”
Dohme, a member of First Baptist Church, said the local pastors, the Rev. Porter and the Rev. Peters organized the group back then. He said the pastors would then go to each others’ churches, one made up of black residents, the other of whites, and speak and bring their choirs to perform.
“It was a show of unity,” he said.
Today, the prayer breakfasts are held at 7:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month and are hosted by different churches in the Troy community. Men can come for a full meal — made by the host church members. The friendship and fellowship theme continues, said Dohme, who said a lot of retired men attend the breakfasts.
The group doesn’t meet in June because of the Troy Strawberry Festival, or July, due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
In August, the prayer breakfast will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. Those attending should use the Canal Street entrance.
“People come for the fellowship. They love to meet each other and talk about the month past,” said Dohme, who said there are usually 30-45 people in attendance each month.
Breakfast is a $3 donation, if possible, Dohme said.