Community gathers for YMCA’s annual Good Friday celebration

Apr 08, 2015
Courtesy of: Justin Kraemer National media correspondent Megan Alexander speaks at the YMCA of Snohomish County Prayer Breakfast.

More than 300 guests gathered at the Everett Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the XFINITY Arena on April 3 for the 55th annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Snohomish County.

The Prayer Breakfast is a community event designed to bring the community together in a nondenominational setting to give thanks and seek guidance for the year.

The Prayer Breakfast included a welcome by John Reed, President of Trinity Lutheran College, an invocation by Abraham Rodriguez Hernandez, Program Director for the Diversity & Equity Center at Everett Community College; a scripture reading by Yohan Lara, Trinity Lutheran College student; local television and radio personality Pat Cashman introduced the speaker, and Command Chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Carl Stamper of Naval Station Everett, gave the benediction.

Jeff Judy, chair of the YMCA Spiritual Emphasis Committee, was emcee for the event and the Trinity Lutheran College Chamber Ensemble performed.

National news correspondent, host, emcee, speaker, and actress Megan Alexander was the guest speaker. Alexander spoke of being a “believer” and how to co-exist with a belief in God while working in the entertainment industry.

When faith is a part of you, it’s who you are, no matter what job you hold, Alexander said.

“Every person is a missionary, and every job is a mission field,” Alexander was once told. She shared experiences and examples of how she “takes a seat at the table” to do her work.

Alexander shared four rules to live by:

1. Be excellent in all you do

2. Start with a simple prayer

3. Be available and have your eyes open

4. Be you

“Every life has a purpose and a story,” she said, noting that throughout life, you will have a seat at different tables along the way.

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