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Men's Convergence for citywide prayer

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Organizers hope 200 men or more will attend an all-male worship, teaching and fellowship event next Saturday in Federal Way.

The Greater Federal Way Christian Men's Convergence is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to noon at Community of Christ at St. Luke's. The non-denominational proceedings, sponsored by PrayFederalWay.org, will start with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and end at noon.

Bob "Coach" Roach, a leader of PrayFederalWay.org, said the event will be "like a mini-Promise Keepers." He referred to the international ministry based in Denver, Colo. that uses rallies, including one scheduled this October in Tacoma, to encourage men to follow Jesus Christ.

"Mighty men of God as salt and light" is the theme for the Men's Convergence next Saturday. Last year's event attracted more than 120 men. This year, the approximately 90 churches in Federal Way have been asked to send 10 men apiece, with 200-plus the anticipated attendance, Roach said.

The non-profit PrayFederalWay.org also sponsors weekly prayer meetings and other events, including local participation in national and global prayer sessions scheduled for May 5-15. The goal is citywide unity to create a high level of "church life and public witness," the organization's Web site states.

"We're trying to get all the churches in Federal Way to work together," Roach said.

Church leaders who are slated as speakers at next Saturday's event include senior pastors Vic Hippe of Community of Christ at St. Luke's, Andre Sims of Christ the King Bible Fellowship, Pat Hogan of Turning Point Church, Michael Hale of Rose of Sharon Church, Dennis Austin of Bethel Christian Center, Cleveland Hobdy of Love of Life Fellowship and Gary Georgeson of The Vineyard Church, men's ministry leader Keith Cook of Community of Christ at St. Luke's, Mike Khochay of Slavic Gospel Church, and Don Turner, teaching pastor at Lifeway Church.

Roach and Ron Walker of PrayFederalWay.org also are scheduled to speak.

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