Two Pine Bluff and Dumas ministry leaders will conduct 2018 National Day of Prayer events Thursday, May 3.


The events follow a recent observance at Washington, D.C., honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., according to a news release.


In Pine Bluff, an all-day prayer session will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday at the House of Bread Deliverance Church/The Pine Bluff Prayer Center, 500 S. Main St. Refreshments will be served at 8 a.m. Saint Mary Harris, the church’s senior pastor and apostle, will also host a 7 p.m. community-wide prayer service focusing on love, unity and reconciliation. A reception will follow the service, according to the release.


In Dumas, a community prayer service will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith, according to the Rev. Arthur L. Hunt Jr., the pastor and the state coordinator for National Day of Prayer.


More than 50 events will take place in Arkansas on the National Day of Prayer. The annual Arkansas State Capitol Salute is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, according to the release.


Hunt is scheduled to return to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Washington, D.C., to lead the “All Lives Matter” Day of Prayer.


Hunt and Harris were among local people who recently traveled to Washington for an observance of the 50th anniversary of King’s death. They went to Washington to preside over the official MLK Memorial Commemoration on April 4, according to the release.


“Hunt has acquired a permit from National Parks to oversee the Commemorative series and to dedicate the first bible in honor of Rev. Dr. King’s Biblical rights calling,” according to the release. “The theme was, ‘We’ve Decided to Be United.’ Now, they return home to lead the National Day of Prayer 67th Observance with the same agenda — unity and love and racial healing for the nation.”


For details on the National Day of Prayer events, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org .