Record Crowd Attends Charlotte-Area YMCA Prayer Breakfast

John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com The Central Church Sanctuary Choir brought the more than 2,000 people attending the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's 27th annual prayer breakfast to their feet several times on Thursday April 24, 2014 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The keynote speaker, Richard "Stick" Williams 9in this photo), with Duke Energy, gave a message of reaching out to God to face the giant challenges in your life.
John D. Simmons – jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
The Central Church Sanctuary Choir brought the more than 2,000 people attending the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s 27th annual prayer breakfast to their feet several times on Thursday April 24, 2014 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The keynote speaker, Richard “Stick” Williams 9in this photo), with Duke Energy, gave a message of reaching out to God to face the giant challenges in your life.

Despite a history of success, Duke Energy’s Richard “Stick” Williams said he regularly struggles with a personal fear of failure, which he copes with through faith.

He spoke to a record crowd of nearly 2,200 people at the 27th annual YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Thursday morning.

Williams, Charlotte-based Duke Energy vice president of corporate community affairs and Duke Energy Foundation president, delivered a keynote message about faith in God’s ability to bring believers through challenges, or “giants,” such as doubt, fear and addiction.

“We all confront giants. … They come in different shapes and sizes,” he said. “The question to ask is, do you focus on the giants, or do you focus on the Lord?”

While many prayer events have a somber focus on community issues, event organizers wanted to incorporate more elements of praise into this year’s gathering, said Molly Thompson, spokeswoman for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

Breakfast committee volunteers “wanted to make (Thursday’s meeting) a very inspirational and energetic event … and have it be really, truly uplifting,” Thompson said.

Performances from Charlotte’s Central Church Sanctuary Choir helped meet that goal by bringing attendees to their feet numerous times. A video montage of YMCA staff, volunteers and area branch members singing and dancing to the song “Praise Him” also had the audience clapping and singing along.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/24/4862351/charlotte-area-ymca-prayer-breakfast.html#.U1nCkfldVx0#storylink=cpy

SOURCE: Charlotte Observer – Hilary Trenda

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