By Melissa Burnor
Tradition is important and when that tradition has united women of several Christian denominations for nearly a century it is something sacred enough it shouldn’t be allowed to disappear.
For Liz Seeburger the Lenten Breakfasts with the highlighted World Day of Prayer that women of faith in the Blissfield have been attending since 1933 was one of those traditions.
But in 1998 the tradition might have gone by the wayside.
“Attendance was down and churches dropped out,” Seeburger said. At the time, 65 years of local women gathering to pray had passed.
“I didn’t want to see it end, not under my watch,” Seeburger said. So she did what she could do to help. She had retired from her second-shift job in Toledo, Ohio just a few years before and was involved in catering. Providing a nice meal was something she could do. That is what she does for one of the breakfasts during the Lenten season with other churches providing breakfasts at their own events.
This year the Lenten Breakfasts began with the first one at the First United Methodist Church. St. Paul’s Lutheran, Emmanuel United Methodist, Riga Trinity Lutheran and Light of Christ each hosted a breakfast. The World Day of Prayer event will be March 4, the first Friday in March at the First Presbyterian Church this year.
All events are at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. The public is invited to attend.
For the complete story, please see the Feb. 10, 2016, edition of The Advance.