The Portland Good Friday Breakfast attracted over 1200 to the Oregon Convention Center. The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, in partnership with Open Arms International and other local area businesses and non-profits, sponsored this event. The program featured retired CEO and President of Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Ken Calwell. The former triathlete told his amazing story of survival after nearly being killed when hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The Gospel Choir from the University of Oregon shared their talents, and attendees were offered the opportunity to mingle with Y Chaplains before and after the breakfast.
The Fort Wayne Y produced a video for their Good Friday Breakfast that helps to promote the C in their YMCA. Matt Goebel, Chaplain of their Y, is working with Marty Pastura, CEO, to bring Christ to the front of their association. This year’s breakfast was an opportunity for them to raise the awareness of the Y as a part of the larger faith community. Keynote speaker Reggie McNeal asked the audience five questions based on his message, “Get Off Your Donkey and Help Someone” based on the parable of the Good Samaritan.
These Ys and many others are using events like these and the upcoming National Day of Prayer breakfasts next month to promote the Y as a faith-based organization and an active leader in the community. When the YMCA takes the lead, great things can happen! We commend Ys around the country who are creating opportunities for service and partnership for the cause of Christ.