April 22, 2011

The Y brought the Central Florida community together in prayer to strengthen their spirit at the 17th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 21. With the support of Florida Hospital and other community leaders, we prayed to make our community stronger in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Guest speaker Kathleen Kennedy Townsend reinforced the need for faith and social responsibility in her words. She is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former Lt. Governor of Maryland.

She spoke of childhood experiences growing up in Catholic school and how important her parents’ faith instilled values in her own life, especially when tragedies occurred. She shared that it’s not just the happy experiences that we learn from, but the painful ones as well. And it’s places like the Y that can help people and families learn to be faithful at these times.

Mrs. Kennedy Townsend quoted Luke 12:48, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return.” She believes that not only does God care about us, but He demands that we give back. She closed sharing, “This breakfast reminds us to do for others and not focus on ourselves.”

At the Y, we care about the concerns of our community and want to help strengthen them spiritually. We provided prayer request cards and prayed for those in our community in need. The Y is the place for you and your family to connect with opportunities based on Christian values.