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posted: 11/16/2012 12:35 PM

Annual prayer breakfast Nov. 20 in Gurnee

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Lake County Exchange Clubs will host the annual "One Nation Under God" Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Village Church of Gurnee, 1319 Hunt Club Road.

This event will feature speaker U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Burke. The community is invited to attend this annual event, which is offered free again this year due to the sponsorship of seven Lake County Exchange Clubs.

The "One Nation Under God" Prayer Breakfast has become a long-standing tradition across America and serves to welcome the holiday season, as well as to honor the military men and women who have served and currently serve our country.

This communitywide event draws Exchange Club members from seven Lake County clubs this year: the Gurnee Exchange Club; the Grayslake Exchange Club; the Antioch, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst Exchange Club; the North Chicago Exchange Club; the Round Lake Exchange Club; the Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills Exchange Club; and the Waukegan Exchange Club.

Volunteers from each club are working to make this year's breakfast a joyous and meaningful event for all.

In addition to the featured presentation by Sgt. Burke, members of the Round Lake District 116 Panther Voices Choral Group will perform.

Other program highlights include welcoming remarks by Dan Horan, Presentation of Colors by representatives from the Gurnee police and fire departments Color Guard; recognition of veterans; invocation by the Rev. Todd Habegger, senior pastor at Village Church of Gurnee; and benediction by the Rev. Dr. Ruth Clark of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grayslake.

Exchange is a national organization designed for men and women interested in serving their community, developing leadership and service skills and enjoying new friendships.

The principal areas of Exchange's National Program of Service include Youth, Americanism and Community Service. Child abuse prevention remains their primary commitment and most local clubs dedicate a large percentage of annual fundraising efforts to child abuse prevention each year.