PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - More than a hundred people packed into the Central Activities Center for Phenix City's first Unity in Prayer breakfast.
In conjunction with the Lee-Russell Ministerial Association, the city offered a hot breakfast and words of encouragement for all in attendance.
Reverend Steve Pace with the Lee-Russell Ministerial Association says the event is "to focus on the things that unite us and the central calling of Christ that we all be on in honoring the Lord and serving His people and the community at large."
It's an effort Mayor Lowe says will bring elected officials and constituents together to continue growing the budding city of Phenix City.
"It starts at the local churches and the vision that our council has is that we want to engage Phenix City, and we've got to do it through unity" explains Mayor Eddie Lowe.
To further encourage unity, attendees were asked to break off in groups of four or five people and pray to uplift the city in. It's a demonstration some say is a sign of the change for the city once flooded with by gambling and racism to Positively Phenix City.
"I am so proud of Phenix City and Russell County," adds Cherry Jones, with the Russell County Department of Human Resources. "We do have a diverse crowd here this morning, so I think that's wonderful."
As guest speaker Dr. Emmanuel McCall from Atlanta, Ga. wrapped up his speech on coming together as one, it became clear that Phenix City is moving forward.
"When you are united, everything is possible," says Mayor Lowe.
Mayor Lowe as well as other city leaders say they look forward to hosting the second annual Unity in Prayer breakfast around the same time next year.