Every other year the members and friends of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, 1014 14th Ave. N. hold services to revive the life of the church. Through what is known as ‘revival,’ Clark has been gearing up for this time again in October.
The theme of the revival this year is ‘Refresh. Renew. Restore.’ These three words are all about a cleansing and to make anew those things which may have become stagnated, stale or just in need of reviewing so they can be made better.
The revival is set to have a variety of speakers each night with a kick off night on Sunday, October 23. In an effort to be more inclusive to the community, the revival is set to begin on Sunday evening at 5 pm at Braden United Methodist Church with special guest speaker, Rev. Paula Smith, pastor of Liberty United Methodist Church.
There will be a light supper at 5 pm and the revival worship service will begin at 5:30 pm.
Each night to follow will have a supper at 6 pm, and the revival worship services will begin at 6:30 pm.
On Monday through Wednesday the services will be held at Clark Memorial with prayer, praise and words of ‘revival’ from Rev. Breonus Mitchell, Rev. Stephen Handy.
Clark church has been undergoing changes over the past several years. As the church is striving to become “an oasis of hope, help, healing and hospitality,” as stated each Sunday collectively from the pulpit and the members to visitors (and a reminder to the members) the community has recognized a personality change in Clark. Clark remains the church of discipline, respect and a strong belief in the word of God, while at the same time reaching out to others who may be in need of a church home.
There are several supportive ministries at Clark, including: a clothing giveaway at least four times each year; a Mardi Gras that invites the public to attend for good food and fellowship; an annual fish fry that serves hundreds of people including elected officials; holiday support with Kroger gift cards; Meals on Wheels; Annual Jazz Festival; Freedom School, a six-week summer program for children; a week-long Vacation Bible School; weekly ‘Jazz & Lemonade’ chat for males; Bingo night once a month; Wednesday services at 7 am with breakfast to follow, ‘One Hour of Power’ noonday service with lunch, and a 6 pm Bible Study.
Clark Memorial is located at 1014 14th Ave. N. Rev. Dr. Herbert Lester, Jr. is the senior pastor, and Dr. Elizabeth Williams is the associate pastor.
Revival will be held on October 23-26 at 6 pm nightly at the church. For more information, contact the church at 615-329-4464.
There are many things to do at Clark: “We are a community sharing God’s love through learning, worship, witness and service.”