Inter-Church Prayer Meeting celebrates 50th year
The 50th Anniversary of the Inter-Church Prayer Meeting will be celebrated with a gathering at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant Chapel, 401 N. Madison, on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
A light lunch will follow the prayer time.
The former priest of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Bill Zulch, and his wife, Betty, founded the group, which has been meeting at various churches once a month for the past 50 years.
Dottie Sivess, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant, began attending the group prayer meeting 50 years ago while her husband, Harry Sivess, was serving in the military overseas.
According to Sivess, the time of prayer included praying for the U.S. military and was very important to her.
Harry and Dottie Sivess relocated from Mount Pleasant after Harry returned from overseas. Years later, they returned after retirement. Dottie has helped host prayer meetings at First Presbyterian Church since that time.
In 1976 Howard Petty, founder of Logos Christian Church in Mount Pleasant, was invited by Zulch to attend a meeting and become part of the Mount Pleasant Ministerial Alliance.
“He invited our church to meet with some in a monthly prayer meeting to help bring other churches together in fellowship and unity,” said Petty. “This group and the Ministerial Alliance were instrumental in removing denominational and racial walls and working together in reaching the goals we all have. The Inter-Church Prayer Meetings are still carrying out that goal — when we fellowship and pray together it does something wonderful in the Body of Christ.” Dixie Orten, current organizer of the Inter-Church Prayer Meeting hosting schedule, said, “I have been attending Inter-Church Prayer Meetings regularly since 1995. “It is such a blessing to meet in the different churches each month with these prayer warriors. I feel such a connection to each church building when I pass by because I know we are all in the business of bringing people to Christ, no matter the denomination. “I know people who attend these churches that I would not know otherwise. My life would not be the same without this connection. “Prayer works.” Throughout the years, many churches throughout Titus County have participated at various times. In a 1966 Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune article, Betty Zulch was quoted as saying, “ … what we come together for is to increase the power of prayer. Through prayer, we’re trying to make Mount Pleasant what it should and could be. It’s one way of obtaining some help. It gives us a little direction.” Today, the following churches still participate regularly in the Inter-Church Prayer Meetings: Lamb’s Fold Church, Tennison United Methodist Church, Greenhill Methodist Church, St. Andrew Methodist Church, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Logos Christian Center, Calvary Chapel, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Gilmore Baptist Church, Bridges Chapel Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.