A message from the Chairman:
Summer is finally here and so many of you will be taking vacations with family and friends. If you are like me, you will have planned well in advance for your summer vacation. Marked it on your calendar, purchased tickets or reserved hotel rooms, and notified all your family and friends of the date. I even have my wife plan meals and any activities that we will do while on the week vacation. I have a trip planned in September which will include 2 of my sons and their wives and children (my grandchildren). I have also invited a great couple to join us on our trip as well. Vacations are a great time to unwind and truly enjoy God’s creation.

Well, the Carroll County Christian Men’s Prayer Breakfast (CCCMPB) Steering committee has been planning for our annual Prayer Breakfast since last October. We prayed about a speaker and special music, we planned the event, we set the date, found a location, and decided on our activities. Just like a vacation. Well, this year’s 21st Annual Prayer Breakfast is sure to be an inspiration. Our guest speaker, Tom Joyce, served in the military as a Top Gun Pilot. Remember the movie “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise, well our speaker was one of the pilots that flew the planes filmed in the scenes of the movie. (You didn’t really think the Tom Cruise flew the plane did you?) He served in combat and then was in his office at the Pentagon on 9/11. I can’t wait to hear that powerful testimony of faith and courage.

Since we have done the planning, set the date, and this is our annual “vacation” of sorts, we are inviting you to bring your fathers, sons, friends and co-workers out to our annual men’s prayer breakfast. To give you an idea of what the morning will be like, we typically open with a prayer for the event and the food. We then open the buffet breakfast for all to enjoy. During breakfast, we have someone perform a few songs for you.

This year, we have the honor of having the McDaniel Gospel Choir to come and sing for us. After breakfast, we have a time of prayer where we focus on specific areas like our country, state, county, schools, family and so on. Wouldn’t be called a prayer breakfast if we didn’t pray, now would it?

Once the main speaker is announced, just sit back and be encouraged. Towards the end of the event, you will see a few steering committee members speak briefly. One will provide you with instructions to fill out the response cards that are on your table and along with a special prayer for the love offering being collected. Wait! Is it mandatory to give? No. But let me share with you what the love offering goes toward. First, we help use that to offset the cost of the tickets. You see, during our ticket sales, we do not charge for any students or pastors. Second, we typically provide the speaker with an honorarium. Okay, back to the events. We will pass baskets down the tables to collect the love offerings and the response cards. Then we will have a final steering committee member close us in prayer.

Now, to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. What time will it end? So we advertise that the event will go from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Some of you will hold us to that and exactly at 10:00 you will quietly get up and move to the exit. We value your time and understand that you have other commitments. But since each speaker is different, we don’t want to limit their message or the moving of the Holy Spirit in any way. If we run a little late, it just means we are extending our vacation and we hope you will relax and enjoy the bonus time we are offering you. If you must leave, we understand and pray that you are leaving with encouragement and blessing from the event. Usually when it is all over, our speaker will hang around and greet you if you want to stop and talk. Once the event is over, guess what? We start the planning for the next vacation (prayer breakfast) and our time of prayer and planning begins all over again.

We look forward to seeing you all at the prayer breakfast. Oh yea. If any of you are thinking, prayer is important and I would like to be a part of the steering committee, please feel free to reach out to me. (If you are interested and want more information about being a part of this committee, contact Don Klapka at 410-259-8951.)

Enjoy your summer, have a great vacation and we look forward to a great prayer breakfast with each of you.
In his service,
Don Klapka

Save the date: 21st annual CCCMPB Ticket Rally:
Date: August 12, 2017 (Saturday) (NEW DATE)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Westminster Baptist Church, 354 Crest Lane, Westminster, MD 21157
Breakfast: Hot meal with coffee and juice provided
Cost: Free (Love offering accepted)
Tickets will be handed out in packets. For questions about tickets,
contact Don Klapka at 410-259-8951

Save the date: 21st annual CCCMPB Prayer Breakfast:
Date: October 7, 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Doors open around 7:30)
Speaker: Captain Tom Joyce (Top Gun Pilot and 9/11 Pentagon Survivor)
Music: McDaniel Gospel Choir
Location: Pleasant Valley Community Fire Hall
2030 Pleasant Valley Road South, Westminster, MD 21158
For questions about tickets, contact Don Klapka at 410-259-8951

Sponsors needed:
Each year generous sponsors help underwrite the costs of the speaker, food, and to provide free tickets for pastors and students.
I invite you to become a sponsor ($100.00). Each sponsor will be listed in the program and receive a free ticket. CALL BOB CONDON AT 410-800-6240.
We are expecting a large attendance at our 21th anniversary (October 7, 2017) breakfast!

About the steering committee: Many men are uncertain about what the committee members do and what their purpose is. Here is a little insight into why we exist.

Mission statement
For men to come together for breakfast to focus on the need for the power and unity of Christ in our lives without regard to denomination or church affiliation as “Brothers in Christ”.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the CCCMPB Steering Committee are:

Encourage Prayer in the community
a. Plan for an annual prayer breakfast
b. Coordinate with local churches for participation in annual prayer breakfast
c. Model prayer amongst the members of the committee

Support men locally
a. Support local men’s organizations with financial donations
b. Encourage men to get connected with a local church

Scriptures that lead our ministry: 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”,
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” and
1 Chronicles 4:10: – Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

If you are interested and want more information about being a part of this planning committee, contact Don Klapka at 410-259-8951.