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Jefferson, Van Buren counties partake in Bible reading marathon

Jun 23, 2017

Both Jefferson and Van Buren counties will be taking part in the 2017 Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon.

In Fairfield, those interested in participating are invited to read segments of the Bible for 30-minute or more from 6-9 p.m. Thursday inside a shaded lot at the intersection of Fifth Street and Briggs Avenue. A second session is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1 at Chautauqua City Park.

Volunteers of all ages and denominations are welcome: adults, children, senior citizens, business people or civic leaders, everyone is welcome.

Last year was the first year that the Bible was read aloud in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties. Thousands of people of all ages and every walk of life participated in those readings, which took place primarily at county courthouses.

This year, in order to include even more people, state leaders have encouraged “Taking It to the Cities,” and many counties have expanded opportunities to read the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, in a variety of locations within their county.

In Van Buren County, the Bible reading marathon will run from 1-5 p.m. Sunday on the Van Buren County Courthouse lawn in Keosauqua. Everyone is welcome.

In Psalm 119:105, the psalmist David was inspired to write “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” It’s our goal to share this light of hope throughout our state; and to let it shine from Iowa, which is in the heart of our nation, to all of America.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has chosen to continue former Gov. Terry Branstad’s support of this effort by once again, signing a proclamation for 2017.

This proclamation recognizes the history of biblical principles, and the importance of their influence in the development of our nation by many of our great national leaders. The proclamation encourages Iowans to join in the 2017 Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon, and in reading the Bible in their homes.

For more information, contact Jan Allen, Jefferson County captain, by calling 436-1756.

 

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