Bible Marathon begins Monday in Washington

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Over the course of two days, Washington residents will share in the words of the Good Bood as they take part of a statewide initiative to read the entire Bible.

John and Diana Hartmann and Richard and Cathy Leazenby, Iowa Bible Reading Marathon area co-captains, are pleased to bring the initiative back to Washington for the third year in a row. In the past, the reading has been done on the Washington County Courthouse lawn. This year, however, the event will be held in Central Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25 and 26.

John Hartmann said there would be multiple readers at the same time. Each reader will be assigned a portion of the Bible, with each assignment being about 30 minutes in length. Readers may use their own Bible in their own language. ?We plan to bring the whole county together to read here,? John said.

This is not the only event planned for Washington as there are two more events planned.

On July 14, Washington County, along with residents in the state?s other 98 counties, will be assigned 12 chapters of the Bible, with the goal to have the entire Bible read throughout the state. The event will begin at 7:14 a.m. Washington County has been assigned Obadiah 1, Jonah 1-4, and Micah 1-7. The event is expected to take about an hour.

The group also will hold a school reading and prayer throughout the county. The reading will be Psalm 91 for protection and from the book of Proverbs for wisdom on the sidewalk in front of each school. This will be done during the week of Aug. 13-17, before school starts. The goal is to have as many students participating as possible.

For questions, contact Hartmann at 461-3836 or Richard of Cathy Leazenby at 653-1958.