Prayer Breakfast Committee Announces Matthew Grundy As Keynote Speaker

The Madera Chamber of Commerce and the Madera Ministerial Association are pleased to host the 2024 Madera Prayer Breakfast on May 2 in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Matthew Grundy. Respected by many and known for his inspirational messages, Grundy is a believer, builder, and visionary.

Matthew, his wife Jocelyn and their six children delight in seeing the goodness of God’s kingdom realized in every facet of life. As an author, speaker, leadership coach and advisor, Matthew is called to help people and organizations navigate their purpose in life.

Grundy served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Fresno under the Dyer Administration. He worked to help steward the City’s “One Fresno” Vision. Before his work in public service, Matthew was the CEO for Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area. Nationally, Matthew has helped lead strategic visioning for 1,200 Habitat operations across the US. Matthew’s leadership has led to the expansion of building homes and hope with families across two counties and four countries.

Prior to his non-profit role at Habitat, Matthew worked as an organizational consultant, developer, and President of a national for-profit supplemental educational services company that focused on turning around failing public schools. His efforts helped improve K-12 academic outcomes for 250,000 low-income students across 16 states within 1,000 schools.

Formerly homeless, Matthew is from Southern California. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies, from the University of Southern California.

Matthew believes that all of his accomplishments are solely due to the loving grace of Jesus Christ, his Savior.

The Madera Prayer Breakfast will be held on May 2, 2023, from 6:50 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Hatfield Hall, Madera Fairgrounds. CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP INFO. Reservations must be made in advance.

Individual Reservations: Cost is $15 per person.

National Day of Prayer – Senior Celebration

The Prayer Breakfast Committee will also host the Senior Celebration Luncheon on May 2 beginning at 12 noon at Hatfield Hall, Madera Fairgrounds. Guests 55 or over are free courtesy of our sponsors and those under the age of 55 are $5.00 per person.

The Senior Celebration is organized to pay tribute to our senior community and serve as a time for them to pray in unity for our nation. The luncheon speaker will be Pastor Charles Fryer.

Music at both events will be performed by 53:5.

For tickets to both events, sponsorship, or more information please contact the Madera Chamber of Commerce Office, 120 North E Street in Madera. Telephone (559) 673-3563.

2024 Travel to Normandy, Paris & the Seine River

2024 will mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. D-Day was the name given to the June 6, 1944, invasion of the beaches at Normandy in northern France by troops from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries during World War II. France at the time was occupied by the armies of Nazi Germany, and the amphibious assault—codenamed Operation Overlord—landed some 156,000 Allied soldiers on the beaches of Normandy by the end of the day.

Despite their success, some 4,000 Allied troops were killed by German soldiers defending the beaches. At the time, the D-Day invasion was the largest naval, air and land operation in history, and within a few days about 326,000 troops, more than 50,000 vehicles and some 100,000 tons of equipment had landed. By August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and in spring of 1945 the Allies had defeated the Germans. Historians often refer to D-Day as the beginning of the end of World War II.

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