The Lighthouse will be holding its first prayer rally of the new year beginning on Friday at 7 a.m. The rally will continue for a full 24 hours until 7 a.m. Saturday.

“It will be 1/11/19 at 111 Balsam,” said Lighthouse founder Tara Packer with a laugh. “And we didn’t even plan it!”

As with the event last year, the prayer rally will offer live music and live worship. Packer emphasized that there will be no written agenda, just free-flowing worship and prayer for the country, the state, the city, city officials and families.

“Everything from A to Z,” Packer said. Musicians will be on hand for much of the time. Packer spoke especially highly of Brenda Thomas who will be performing a cappella at noon on Friday. Many other musicians will pitch in as well, with performances scheduled roughly from 7 a.m. Friday to midnight.

The event is also scheduled to coincide with flex Friday to allow people more flexibility in attendance. Packer herself said she hopes to be there the entire 24 hours. Last year, at the first event in the current location, she said she made it for 20 hours. Packer added that things are really intense in the night hours – with a rumor of a special guest at 2 a.m.

As always, people are welcome to come and participate however they wish for as long as they wish – including making use of prayer rooms and posting prayers on the prayer wall.

“Come in for five minutes or five hours,” Packer said.

The Lighthouse was previously known as The Ridgecrest Intercessary House of Prayer, which first opened its doors July 12, 2016. The original location was on the 200 block of North Balsam.

The RIHOP (renamed The Lighthouse) eventually moved down the street to its current, larger location at 111 Balsam Street June 2017. Weekly church services are held Thursdays at 7 p.m. Packer said a new feature this year will be a special guest speaker from a local church at least one Thursday a month.

The Lighthouse has also hosted numerous well-known speakers over the past year. Packer said this, too will continue.

In addition, The Lighthouse is becoming known as a resource hub for community members in need – helping people get hotel rooms, Christmas gifts and even pay utility bills.

“Definitely, we have been called upon in many directions,” Packer said. Plans are in the works to provide more resources for the homeless as well.

Common Ground Gifts adjoins the Lighthouse and is a combination coffee lounge and gift store with tables to allow for socializing and reading. The gift store is run completely on volunteer labor and “every dollar spent there goes back into the city” to help fund various needs, Packer said.

Anyone who knows Packer knows she is personally giving of her own time constantly to help others. She asked that anyone who wants to get in touch with her do so at 760-382-3858.