Fasting day, prayer; citywide celebration Wednesday | News

DANVILLE — A fourth annual day of fasting and prayer led by Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. will take place this week in the city.

A note from Williams reads: Dear Community: Greetings! I am writing to you today about the state of our city and our people. As many of you know, thanks to the diligence of our Danville Police Department, the courage of our people to #seesomethingsaysomething, and the help of God, some of the most serious crimes in our community have begun to decline. .

For example, from 2018 to 2021:

• Homicides decreased by 25%

• Burglaries decreased by 28%

• Aggravated assault/battery and bodily harm decreased by 46%

• Arson attacks decreased by 46%

• Robberies decreased by 71%

However, as (Police) Chief (Chris) Yates always says, even if we are heading in the right direction, we cannot be satisfied or rest on our laurels! Therefore, on May 3, 2022, we will decree on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, a Day of Fasting & Prayer in the city of Danville.

I ask everyone to do three things:

1. Unless medically incapable, refrain from eating from sunrise (5:44 a.m.) until sunset (7:49 p.m.).

2. Use the time you would normally eat to pray and/or take action to support the following:

a. Safety of our citizens, municipal staff and visitors;

b. Wisdom and good decision-making for all residents, especially city leaders;

vs. Courage to all the inhabitants, in particular to the leaders of the city;

D. Unity among all the people of Danville, Vermilion County and the greater Illiana area.

3. Join us on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in Lincoln Park for a citywide celebration organized and led by a group of leaders who have supported us in these efforts! (Please bring lawn chairs due to limited bench availability. The rain spot is the First Church of the Nazarene in Danville.)

Even if you cannot attend the celebration, we ask that you stand with us in fasting, prayer and/or taking action to help achieve the goals of the community.

The proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked to “turn unto God in prayer and meditation”; and

WHEREAS, The President is required by law (36 USC § 119) to sign a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on this day; and

WHEREAS 34 of our presidents have designated national days of prayer and/or fasting; and

WHEREAS the courts have upheld the right of all levels of government to follow suit; and

WHEREAS our fellow citizens need to love each other more than ever; treat each other with kindness, respect and understanding; seek solutions and resolutions towards the betterment of each of us as individuals, communities, city, nation and world; and

WHEREAS prayer brings people together, builds bridges between opposing people and even political parties, and reminds us that we are created in the image of God, and He desires us to represent Him wherever we go; and

WHEREAS fasting and prayer have helped people through struggles and fears of all kinds and are also a wonderful way to express love, gratitude and concern, whether in private or between family and friends ; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rickey Williams, Jr., Mayor of the City of Danville, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 4, 2022 as “A DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER” in the City of Danville, and urge all citizens to remember our city, state, nation, and world by fasting from sunrise to sunset, praying for God’s wisdom, guidance, blessing, and protection for this great city, our people, and our leaders and/or taking action to meet the challenges of our time.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature and caused the seal of the City of Danville to be affixed this May 3, 2022.

In other Danville City Council business, council will: hear a proclamation that the week of May 10-16 will be Mental Health Awareness Week; consider reappointing City Clerk Lisa Monson to the Police Pension Board; hear a presentation at the Danville Tennis Center and continue discussions on the proposed American Rescue Plan Act funding allocation, which may include transferring money for another fire truck; act to clarify public consultation periods at municipal meetings; consider approving additional audit costs for city utility billing, the purchase of new police vehicles, and a new city texting service for residents; and approval of a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Danville Police Command Officers Association regarding officers paying 12%, instead of 11%, of the total cost of health insurance premiums for group for their contribution rate. It is the same as for non-unionized employees. Police command salary increases in 2022 and 2023 are 3% and 2% respectively.

Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.

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