FAIRMONT - A group of local men is hosting a poker tournament this weekend, hoping the event becomes an annual affair.
The tournament will follow a free meal and presentation. It is effort to bring together the community for an evening of fun and fellowship.
Curtis Moeckel said the event began to take form at a weekly men's group, with discussion about ways to bring local people together, present them with a gospel message and have an enjoyable evening out.
The pork dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus in Fairmont, with the Texas Hold'em starting by 7:10. The doors close to entries at 6:30 p.m.
There is no cost for the meal or the game.
An eight-minute message will be delivered by Pastor Jerry Bertholet from East Chain Evangelical Church. He said the event is not specifically sponsored by his church, but by a men's group.
"We come from all different churches," Moeckel said.
The title of the message is "Will you be at the final table?"
The message mirrors the event.
"[In a Texas Hold'em tournament] people drop off all night long until you have the final table," Moekel said.
Anyone older than 18 is welcome to attend, with cash prizes awarded to the top three players. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.
"Texas Hold'em is extremely popular in our culture right now," said Bertholet, noting several local groups that meet weekly to play.
Regular players are welcome to the tournament, as are those who haven't played often. "Cheat sheets" will be available at each table for those who don't have much experience.
"It is going to be a ton of fun," Bertholet said. "We are taking the Great Commission to go out into the world instead of asking them to come to us. We want people to know Christians can have a good time, and it is not just about being legalistic. It is about a relationship with Christ, and we want a relationship with you."
"We just really want people to come and check it out," he said.
For more information, contact Bertholet at (507) 525-7110.