By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Prayer services are scheduled throughout the area today in observance of the 55th annual National Day of Prayer.

Until noon, prayer services will be held at a "cluster of churches" in Killeen and at locations in other local cities.

The city of Killeen has been divided into several geographical neighborhoods, each consisting of a "cluster" of churches, said Dan Galanffy of the local National Day of Prayer Task Force.

These clusters will hold various combined prayer events throughout the day involving the other churches within their respective clusters. The objective of these combined events is to allow the Holy Spirit to build unity among God's people within the community that will no doubt bring pleasure to God's heart, Galanffy said.

In Killeen, they are:

n Cluster 1, 9 a.m. – Pershing Park Baptist Church, 1200 Old FM 440, Pastor Joda Weston.

n Cluster 2, 11:30 a.m. – Faith Temple, 3504 E. Central Texas Expressway, Cecil Bowles.

n Cluster 3, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. – (Come and go) Abundant Life Church of God, 1210 Florence Road, Pastor Steve Molton.

n Cluster 4, 6:30 a.m. – Faith Community Church, 3705 Zephyr Road, Pastor Alvin Dillard.

n Cluster 5, 10 a.m. – Jehovah Es Mi Pastor Church, 805 W. Hall Ave., Pastor Mike Herrera.

n Cluster 6, 11 a.m. - noon – The People's Choice Worship Center, 4710 E. Rancier Ave., Haywood Polk.

n Cluster 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. – (Come and go) Rivers of Living Water, 700 Whitlow Drive, Deborah Reynolds.

n Cluster 8, 9-11 a.m. – First Baptist Church of Trimmier, 6405 Chaparral Road, Les Bailey.

Other citywide prayer events planned for Killeen:

n Noon - 1 p.m. – Killeen City Hall (flagpole), 101 N. College St., Pat Galanffy.

n Metroplex Hospital Chapel opens 24 hours for prayer, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, Chaplain Jaime Guajardo.

n Central Texas College from noon - 1 p.m. at 6200 W. Central Texas Expressway, Room 1064, Building 150 (Nursing & Science Building), Michael Flynn.

In Harker Heights:

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – (Come and go) Harker Heights United Methodist, 208 West Cardinal Lane, Steve Moody and Trudy Foy.

In Copperas Cove:

Noon – Copperas Cove Library Conference Room, 501 S. Main St., Ed and Peggy Thompson.

On Fort Hood:

Noon - 1 p.m. – Comanche Chapel, Chaplain Wyne Hutchings.

Everyone who is on post during the noon hour is invited.

In Temple:

Noon – Municipal Building, Mayor's proclamation, prayer and praise, Pat Dalrymple.

In Salado:

6 a.m. - 6 p.m. – The Worship Center, First Baptist Church, Robert and Doris Denman.

In Belton:

At 7 p.m. at the Bell County Expo Center, it's the Regional Prayer & Worship – a mass gathering that will include patriotic music and songs, a proclamation and prayers for the government, the media, for education, for the church and for the family by folks from Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Lampasas and Waco.

"Its purpose is to call the people of God in Central Texas in community for prayer today for repentance, for revival in the church and spiritual awakening in the land," said the Rev. Ken Wooten of the local National Day of Prayer Task Force.

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