One of the central San Joaquin Valley's oldest prayer gatherings has a university theme this year.
The Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall, will feature Fresno Pacific University President Pete C. Menjares and his wife, Virginia, as keynote speakers.
In an interview format, the Menjareses will offer a message about the importance of a community that cares, prays and shows concern for its constituents. Then, Pete Menjares will give a talk about the lessons that he has learned on prayer, based on 1 Samuel 12:23-24. He began at Fresno Pacific in July.
The program also includes an interview with Fresno State President Joseph Castro. He was named president in May. Castro's wife, Mary, also is a special guest.
The gathering is designed to celebrate the community's blessings and uphold public officials in prayer as they carry out their duties.
The event began in the 1940s when five businessmen started meeting at a Divisadero Street restaurant for prayer and fellowship. It has grown into one of the Valley's largest annual gatherings, drawing people of faith from various backgrounds.
Also participating in the program are Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Clovis Mayor Lynne Ashbeck, Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andreas Borgeas and Valley clergy members.
Cost is $25.
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