Ex­pand­ing the mis­sion field to New­ton County res­i­dents

Prospect UMC host­ing na­tion­ally known speaker

The Covington News - - Religion - By Colleen Capes Jack­son

Prospect United Methodist Church, lo­cated, 6752 GA. High­way 212, in Cov­ing­ton, will wel­come na­tion­ally- known speaker, David Ring for two ser­vices at 10: 30 a. m. and 6 p. m. on Septem­ber 21.

A na­tive of Arkansas, Ring was born with cere­bral palsy and was or­phaned at age 14. He chose to be vic­to­ri­ous rather than be­ing a vic­tim and shares his story with more than 100,000 peo­ple each year at churches, con­ven­tions, schools and cor­po­rate events.

“ We are very ex­cited about hav­ing David Ring come,” said the Rev. Ronny Bran­nen, se­nior pas­tor of Prospect UMC. “ He is a man who has been through so many dif­fi­cul­ties, prob­lems and dis­abil­i­ties. When the world says you can’t, David shows that with God, all things are pos­si­ble and you can. It’s not just an op­por­tu­nity to hear a great man speak; it’s an op­por­tu­nity to see what great God does with ves­sels that are made avail­able to him.”

The host church is pre­pared to seat 1,150 in the sanc­tu­ary and an ad­di­tional 300 in an over­flow area. They plan to feed ap­prox­i­mately 500 guests im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the ser­vice in the fam­ily life cen­ter.

Dur­ing the morn­ing ser­vice, Prospect UMC will honor 13 men from the church who have en­tered the min­istry over the years.

A con­cert with Small Bless­ings, a South­ern gospel group, will be­gin at 5 p. m. and Ring will de­liver the evening mes­sage at 6 p. m. Four UMC church choirs will com­bine with the Prospect choir for this ser­vice.

Chil­dren and youth are in­vited to at­tend a grand fi­nale at 6 p. m. Sun­day in the fam­ily life cen­ter. The Rev. Lawrence Lock­ett, pas­tor of fel­low­ship, will be fea­tured as Rocky Lock­ett vs. the Devil in a box­ing match.

The Rev. Chuck Nave, pas­tor of evan­ge­lism, was drawn to Prospect through an in­vi­ta­tion to play ball in 1975 and agreed to at­tend one ser­vice per month. Friends from the team en­cour­aged him to at­tend Sun­day school and through their evan­ge­lism, he ac­cepted sal­va­tion.

Nave co­or­di­nated a men’s min­istry called the Fish­er­man’s Club. He soon re­al­ized it needed to be­come more of an out­reach and evan­ge­lism tool rather than a so­cial event. With no prior ex­pe­ri­ence, Nave be­gan go­ing doorto- door shar­ing the gospel with his tes­ti­mony and two scrip­tures — Ro­mans 3: 910 and Eph­e­sians 2: 8- 9.

“ God called me to be a fisher of men, not to clean them,” said Nave who led seven soul- winning min­istries. “All I am re­quired to do is wit­ness ef­fec­tively.”

Nave said the min­istry team chose the home­com­ing theme Re­turn the Fa­vor to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all who in­vest in the lives of oth­ers.

“ So many peo­ple have in­vested time, love and money in my life — I have an obli­ga­tion to re­turn the fa­vor,” said Nave. “ None of us can claim to be a Chris­tian based on our own abil­i­ties, skills gifts or tal­ents. We are Chris­tians be­cause some­one loved us more than we loved our­selves and in­tro­duced us to the Sav­ior.”

Nave has co­or­di­nated an­tique car shows, movies on the green and bar­be­cue events in an ef­fort to meet the 25,000 peo­ple who live within a 4 to 5 mile ra­dius of Prospect UMC.

The Rev. Randy Petry, pas­tor of min­istry de­vel­op­ment, has made in­roads to neigh­bor­ing schools.

Prospect UMC is a polling place for elec­tions and is des­ig­nated as an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter in the event Oak Hill Ele­men­tary has an emer­gency.

“ We want our church to make a dif­fer­ence in this com­mu­nity,” said Bran­nen.

“ This is the most pop­u­lated area in New­ton County. We would love for this church to be the place where peo­ple turn to when they have a need.”

A na­tive of De­catur, Bran­nen earned a B. S. in recre­ation from Ge­or­gia State Uni­ver­sity, and holds a Mas­ters of Divin­ity from Can­dler School of The­ol­ogy at Emory Uni­ver­sity. He has shared the gospel and served on mis­sion trips to Africa, Thai­land, Mex­ico, Brazil and Is­rael. Prospect UMC built a church called Prospect Ghana in West Africa and has ties with a girls home in Chi­ang Rai, Thai­land. Bran­nen and Lock­ett serve on the Board of Global Ser- vants which is a mis­sions and evan­ge­lism or­ga­ni­za­tion reach­ing thou­sands of peo­ple world­wide through cru­sades, sem­i­nars, camps, books, tapes, lo­cal evan­ge­lism projects, church plant­ing and lead­er­ship train­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Prospect United Methodist Church, call ( 770) 786.6303 or visit www. prospectchur­chon­line. org.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Na­tion­ally known Chris­tian speaker David Ring will speak for two ser­vices on Septem­ber 21 at Prospect United Methodist Church lo­cated at 6752 Ga. High­way 212 in Cov­ing­ton.

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