Expanding the mission field to Newton County residents
Prospect UMC hosting nationally known speaker
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.
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.