The Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon has been a standing tradition for many years; it allows local elected officials and community leaders to come together on this one day to pray and give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

Gov. Rick Perry has accepted Mayor Salinas’ invitation to serve as the keynote speaker for this event. Local churches and community leaders have begun preparing and organizing this event which could bring over 500 individuals together for prayer on Friday, May 7.

“We are excited about Governor Perry coming for this event; we have invited him many times before but he had not been able to be here for the Prayer Luncheon,” said Aida Lerma, Deputy City Manager and Event Coordinator.

Due to Governor Perry’s schedule, this luncheon will be held one day after the National Day of Prayer, which President Abraham Lincoln first called for as a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863.

“We tried really hard to get the governor here on the 6th (for NDP) but he’s traveling across Texas and this was the only day that was available,” said Mayor Salinas.

This year’s luncheon will be at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center located at 1716 E. Griffin Parkway. As doors open for early seating at 11:30 a.m., guests will enjoy the fellowship music provided by St. Paul’s Catholic Church Men’s A.C.T.S. Choir and the Mission High School Maroon Tunes singing Christian praise songs as a unique addition to this event. The program which will begin at 12:00 noon is being coordinated by the City of Mission, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and the Mission Ministerial Alliance.

The Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon is being sponsored by The 5125 Company, Hunt Valley Development, King Guerra Davis & Garcia, Mission Economic Development Authority, Mission Regional Medical Center, Mission Paving Co., Melden & Hunt Inc., as well as by local churches(as of press time). Everyone is invited to attend this event — general seating tickets can be purchased in advance for only $15 per person at the City of Mission, Mission Chamber of Commerce, and your local church. Reserved tables can be purchased for $250.

For more information on this event, please contact Aida Lerma, Deputy City Manager for the City of Mission at 956-580-8662 ext. 729.