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Updated: 05/11/2014 08:00:01AM

Kiwanis serves others at Prayer Breakfast

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New Hope Community Church lead pastor, the Rev. Edward DeJesus Jr., right, joins members of eight area Kiwanis Clubs at Saturday’s Annual Prayer Breakfastm to which New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte played host.

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New Hope Community Church lead pastor, the Rev. Edward DeJesus Jr., delivers the keynote address at Saturday’s Kiwanis Annual Prayer Breakfast.

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Terri and Charles DiPietro and their grandson, Matthew Cirino, 11, enjoy the buffet served up at the Kiwanis Annual Prayer Breakfast Saturday, before heading out to Matthew’s championship Little League game with the North Port Knights. DiPietro is with the North Port Early Bird Kiwanis, which most recently participated in a yard sale that raised $2,183 in scholarship money for most-improved North Port High School graduates.

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Steve Lord, right, of the North Port Early Bird Kiwanis, leads the opening prayer with Tom Jones, lieutenant governor of Florida Kiwanis Division 18 South.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — American culture is rife with material possessions, trivial matters and self-absorption, leading to a personal emptiness devoid of soul. But looking out into the crowd at the Kiwanis Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, the Rev. Edward DeJesus Jr. saw the antidote to the societal ills he preaches against.

“You guys are the good neighbors. You’re the ones who take care of your neighbors, that many in the rest of the world pass them by,” said DeJesus, lead pastor of New Hope Community Church in North Port and chaplain for the North Port Police Department. “We don’t do it for the applause. We don’t do it for the recognition. We do it because we love, and we want to make a difference.”

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