The YMCA of the Foothills hosted its Annual YMCA Prayer Breakfast, presented by Citizen’s Bank, on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. Doors opened at 6:30 a.m. with the program starting at 7:00 a.m. The Y’s Prayer Breakfast brought more than 400 local community leaders, churches, and residents together for an inspirational morning of praise and fellowship that helped us raise funds to support the Y’s Chaplain Services Program.
We were honored this year to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary. Fuller Seminary, founded in 1947 with its primary campus in Pasadena, is now the largest multi-denominational graduate seminary in the world. Dr. Labberton became the fifth president of Fuller Seminary in 2013, after first serving as director and lead faculty member of the then-newly established Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching.
Prior to joining Fuller’s faculty in 2009, Dr. Labberton held a variety of pastoral positions, including 16 years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. He has published numerous articles and authored 3 books. His newest book, Called: the Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (2014), speaks directly to his vision for the future work of Fuller Seminary. In it he addresses what it means in a broken and hurting world to practice our shared Christian vocation of following Jesus.
Our Master of Ceremony was Rev. Dr. Chuck Osburn, pastor of La Cañada Presbyterian Church (LCPC). Chuck is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He came to LCPC as an intern in 1976, and was ordained here in 1980.
The Y’s Annual Prayer Breakfast has been a staple in the community for the past two decades with previous speakers including: Jim Harricl, John Wooden, Dennis Prager, Father Gregory Boyle, Mike Garrett, Rafer Johnson, Jim Nabors, and Stephanie Edwards.
“One hundred sixty years ago, the Y was founded as a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking to escape from the hazards of life on the London streets,” says YMCA of the Foothills President & CEO Tyler Wright. “At the Y, we believe that faith and the power of prayer are at the heart of a strong community.”