The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend C.F. McDowell, III

Baptist's Children's Homes of North Carolina
Thomasville, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Mike McIntyre, (D-NC)
Date of Prayer: 07/26/2000

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. McINTYRE. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I recognize the gentleman who is today's guest chaplain, the Reverend C.F. McDowell, III, who just offered our prayer .

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Reverend McDowell currently serves as executive vice president of Special Ministries for the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina.

He is immensely involved in community, civic and church–related activities, and he has served the citizens of North Carolina through his decision, dedication, and determination.

He is a man of decision who has provided support and guidance to many, including myself, and many others in many communities throughout North Carolina.

He is a man of dedication who has provided a positive example for all to follow and whose hope he shares with many, especially young people and children, now in his current position.

Finally, he is a man of determination who understands that we face challenges every day, not only as families, but also as a Nation, challenges that will define our future.

Reverend McDowell is one of those special folks that provides advice and guidance to those seeking answers to life's most difficult questions and problems.

Mr. Speaker, Reverend McDowell has spent his entire life serving people. So it was very appropriate today that he came from North Carolina to join us here in the people's House to provide us with keen insight, a man of decision

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and dedication and determination who is, indeed, I am sure my colleagues will agree, his words in his prayer offered up to God have blessed us and will bless us in this day of decision and dedication and determination for all of us and for America.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Almighty God, You are worthy of our time and attention as we begin this day.

For each person in this Chamber, may these moments represent a day full of the blessings of Your loving presence, amazing grace, guiding hand, sustaining strength, and perfect wisdom.

May each of us as Americans fulfill the hope of the late Dr. Peter Marshall in casting off all Pharisaical garments, laying down the overcoats of smug complacence, putting aside self–interest and pride, and become truly righteous so that America might rise to her God appointed destiny of world leadership.

May Thy will be done in this place today above party and personality for the good of every American, peace in the world, and Your glory. Amen.

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