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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 17 - September 23, 1999 Sell-out crowd welcomes Peale widow to prayer breakfast Mrs. Peale, the daughter of a Methodist minister and widow of one of 20th-centu- ry America's most influential spiritual leaders, delighted in the Happy Birthday song delivered by the 350 faithful at the prayer breakfast. Guideposts as the "all-time inspi- rational best seller" and is based on Dr. Peale's lifelong message that anyone could put his princi- ples of positive thinking and strong faith into practice and im- prove their own life dramatically. When Dr. Peale died at the age of 95 on Christmas Eve, 1993, he had served as pastor for the Mar- ble Collegiate Church in Manhat- tan for 52 years. His sermons were mailed to more than 750,000 peo- ple each month, and his weekly radio show, The Art of Living, which he hosted for 54 years, reached millions more. A 1964 movie entitled One Man's Way was based on Dr. Peale's life and his message of communicating positive, faith-filled principles that empower people to reach their maximum personal and spiri- tual potential. After an opening prayer prais- ing God, guests enjoyed the fine buffet breakfast and table conver- sation, with ambient music pro- vided by the Bethel Brass ensem- ble of Keith Parsell, Gary Tate, Beebe Fraser, Clay Monroe and Rev. Charles Moyer. Everyone lifted their voices in song as they were led in hymns by the Epworth - By Jim Cresson A'sellout prayer breakfast of 350 faithful people from the Del- marva Peninsula and beyond filled the Baycenter at Rudder- towne Sept. 11, as the Lewes-Re- hoboth Association of Churches and Guideposts magazine offered the assembly a spiritual message of the power of prayer. Ruth Stafford Peale, widow of the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and chairman of the board of trustees for Guideposts magazine, which she and Dr. Peale founded, was the guest of honor at the an- nual prayer breakfast. She was ac- companied by current Guideposts president and CEO John F. Tem- ple, who led the assembly in singing Happy Birthday to Peale, who turned 93 the day before. "We are delighted to have Mrs. Peale with us today," said Temple. "And we are fortunate tO have her still very active in the Guideposts organization; She still comes to work every day and continues to take an active interest in our spiri- tual publications." Temple then noted that every table setting had a complimentary hardcover edi- tion of Guideposts' Prayer Com- panion book for people to take home with them. When the Peales formed Guide- posts in 1945 with $1,200 of fi- nancial backing from newspaper magnate Frank Gannett, Philadel- phia industrialist J. Howard Pew and B'rooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, Dr. Peale's idea was to make it a non-denomina- tional forum for people to relate their inspirational stories to pro- vide a spiritual lift to all readers. Today, Guideposts magazine, the monthly mainstay of the publish- ing company, is the 13th largest paid-circulation magazine in the country with a subscription list of more than 4 million. The company also published Dr. Peale's 47 books, among which is The Power of Positive Thinking, his fourth book which was printed in 41 lan- guages and has sold more than 20 million copies. It is referred to by If you've always wanted to play the piano, organ keyboard,, NOW IS YOUR CHANCEl WEDNESDAY IS FREE LESSON DAY United Methodist Church choir directed by Judith Moore. The Rev. David Simpson, ad- ministrative assistant to Bishop Felton E. May of the Baltimore- Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, read scripture and gave a spiritual mes- sage of "Why the Church Needs to Pray." Praying is a basic part of getting connected to God, to know His values and open the door so we can receive God's gifts, said Simpson. Other prayers offered were: for country, by Rev. Anne Pruett-Bar- nett of Epworth United Methodist Church; for family and children, by Rev. Edwin Thress of Lutheran Church of Our Savior; for schools, by Dr. Harry W. Hughes of Lewes Presbyterian Church; for community, by Rev. Idola J. Williams of St. George AME Church; for churches, by Rev. John Dean of Westminster Pres- byterian Church; and for spiritual growth by Rev.. Douglas Culton of St. Peters Episcopal Church. "This year's prayer breakfast Was sold out in July, and we had a wonderful gathering," said Rev. Randall Booth, pastor of Conley Chapel and president of the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches. "It was a real pleasure to have Mrs. Peale and Guide- posts join us." 4 Jim Cresson photos Mrs. Ruth Stafford Peale, chairman of the board of trustees for Guideposts and guest of honor at the annual Lewes-Re- hoboth Association of Churches' annual prayer breakfast Sept. 11, autographs a copy of Guideposts' Prayer Compan- ion book for Sylvia Simpson and Rev. David Simpson, of Montgomery County, Md. Seminar on pdvatization offered Oct. 4 The Delaware Public Policy Institute and Washington, D.C.'s Reason Public Policy Institute will present a seminar, "New Trends in Privati- zation: Social Services, Education and Health Care" from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 4, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall in Newark. The seminar is sponsored by the Longwood Foundation. The seminar is designed to provide public and private decision mak- ers with the tools to address the issue of privatization across a broad spectrum of social policy areas, from child welfare to health care. 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