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The spring season typically bring in warm weather, flourishing flowers and a new start. So to bring in a fresh approach, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Sweetwater, located at 301 Cedar Street, will be having a revival starting this Sunday, May 5 and running through Wednesday, May 8.
The guest speaker will be Wesley Putnam, a full-time evangelist who has been ministering over 30 years. The revival services start each night at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
According to Brian Brownlow, the pastor of FUMC, the revival was planned because there was a desire for God to move within the church and the community.
"Wesley uses drama and humor to tell the story of Godâ€™s plan of redemption for all people," said Brownlow. "He's a believer who wants to glorify God and build up the Kingdom."
Putnam is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he obtained a Masters of Divinity. An ordained Methodist minister, his talents in music, drama, storytelling and children's ministry outreach allows his ministry to cross denominations and state lines.
Putnam combines his gifts with lively, relevant preaching and uses them in revivals, concerts, youth camps and retreats. His aim is to lead others to a deeper individual commitment, strengthen families, and equip congregations for worldwide service.
Brownlow chose this speaker for the revival because of his passion to reach people for Christ, adding that "[Putnam's] accessible style is perfect for a culture that needs to know God is about relationships not rules."
With the revival theme as DaySpring--an old English word that means "sunrise and symbolizes new beginnings and fresh startsâ€ť--Putnam plans on bringing the Bible to life.
His messages, while warm and humorous, aren't candy-coated, but allow him to connect with the struggles that people face. His desire is to share the Good News in a simple and clear manner, while challenging people to examine their relationship with God and others.
Also during the revival, a class for third through fifth graders called "Bible Quest for Kids" will be held each night at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The fellowship hall can be accessed by entering the north door on 4th Street.
In addition, Putnam and his wife, Felicia, will also be ministering through song during the revival. The husband and wife duo are accomplished musicians who mix gospel singing with evangelistic preaching.
To find a sampling of Putnam's music and drama ministry, visit www.wesleyputnam.org. For more information on the revival at First United Methodist Church, contact the church office by phone at 236-6617 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.