The 2017 Annual Winter Revival was held February 8 – 10, 2017. The theme this year was Recovery and Restoration with the supporting scripture Jeremiah 30:17, 33:3. The guest revivalist was Bishop Mark Walden, Prelate of Northern Georgia Second and pastor of the House of God in Thomson, Georgia. Bishop Walden is also the Area Bishop over the Southeastern states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and West Virginia. He is married to Dorothy Walden and from this union they have nine children, twenty-five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
The revival began on Wednesday night with the Women’s choir rendering music for the night. Elder Morris Hutchins presided over the service with praise and worship led by the praise Team from Freedom of Praise where Elder Sturgis is the pastor. The subject for the revival sermon was “Lifestyle and Body” from Romans 12: 1.2. The revival began with an anointing and soul searching. Thursday night the Gospel Mass Choir rendered music for the night. Missionary Doris Fryer was the presider and praise and worship was lead by the Old Time Way Praise Team. The message for Thursday was “Signs of Believers” from Mark 16:15 – 16 and Acts 2:16 – 18. The service continued to engage the congregation and exalt everyone to serve the Lord. On Friday night, the Young Adult and Sunshine Band choirs were in charge of the music for the service. The presider was Sister Terri James and His Own led the congregation in praise and worship. Every night set the stage for revival and gave the audience an opportunity to seek the Lord and gain strength. Mother Walden was present each night to support and grace Friendly with revival songs and words of knowledge. The Lord poured out his spirit to give the church a jumpstart for the year. We are yet feasting on the Word from these services.