The Anaheim Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast returned last week after a COVID-19 pandemic induced hiatus.

The main ballroom at the Westin Anaheim Resort was full as the Anaheim Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast returned, with former Angel and baseball great Rod Carew as the featured speaker.

The event was emceed by Pastor Phil Hotsenpiller from Influence Church in Anaheim, and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer gavce the invocation and Alicia Valdez from Northgate Gonzalez Markets led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Photo credit: Grant Romantica

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu welcomed the early morning crowd of elected officials, business and civic leaders, and residents to the return of the annual fall event after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Sidhu spoke about how our faith communities sustained us body and soul during the trials of the pandemic, and spoke about his own Sikh faith and its commonalities with other faith communities: equality before God, religious freedom and giving back to the community.

Rod Carew spoke movingly about overcoming enormous obstacles such as horribly abusive home life as a child and long, nearly fatal encounter with heart failure through faith in God – whom the batting legend said was “always in my back pocket” and led him to an amazing life.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” said Carew, urging the audience to put their faith in God and His plan for them.