ALTON — While “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is a nonsense word from Mary Poppins, Main Street United Methodist Church is taking a no-nonsense approach to its revival from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18-20 at the church, 1400 Main St. “The theme for the weekend is Come and Witness the Unfailing Love of God,” Directing Pastor Tim Pate said. “While this was the theme that the Lord placed on my heart, I heard from both of our evangelists separately, that they were being prompted by the Holy Spirit to speak on God’s Love as well. If the Lord placed it on each of our hearts individually, then this must be a message that He wants our congregation and our community to hear.”
Two special evangelists have been invited to participate in the revival — Mike Logan of Mike Logan Ministries and The Rolling Church will deliver the message on Thursday night; and Pastor Dave Buesinger, founder of Word and Spirit Community Church on Humbert Road and now Word and Spirit Church of San Antonio, Texas, will be sharing on Friday and Saturday night. Logan was born in Frisco City, Ala., where he resided until attending Alabama A & M University in Huntsville. After a short stint in Nebraska, Logan found his way to the Riverbend and worked for 20 years at Owens-Illinois Glass in Godfrey. Inspired by the Holy Spirit to write songs, Logan and his family have been traveling as guest evangelists sharing in song and word in churches of many denominations all around the country.
“It is a thrill for us to be invited to Main Street and to be able to share in all the church and community have been doing here and to be able to capitalize on the unifying spirit that was highlighted during the most recent Pietown Gospel Music Festival,” Logan said. “We hope to see both the churched and unchurched this coming weekend, because we all can share in God’s love.”
The weekend’s second evangelist is Pastor David Buesinger, the founder of Word and Spirit Community Church on Humbert Road in Alton. Buesinger served as pastor at Word and Spirit from 1992 to 2009. During that time, the church saw consistent growth and was able to construct a 12,000-square-foot worship center. Most recently, Buesinger has begun a new church in San Antonio, Texas, where he and his family reside.
“I look forward to seeing many of our old friends from Word and Spirit and making new friends this weekend as we encounter God’s love together,” Buesinger said.
In addition to the two evangelists, the weekend is going to be filled with praise music and testimonies from special guests who have also been invited to participate in the weekend event.
“I’m expecting an amazing story from Ethan Rinella from Greenville, Ill., who was a part of an educational mission trip to New Zealand this past school year,” Pate said.
Two other guests also will share their personal stories of God’s amazing love and grace during life’s struggles.
The Main Street Revival is open to the public and promises to lift the spirits of all who attend. For information, contact Pate at (618) 462-2495. Handicapped and surface parking are plentiful at the church campus. For information about the church and its ministries, visit mainstreetumc.net.