LARNED — Revival services at the Larned Church of the Nazarene begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 23 with Rev. Randy Dority, Sarcoxie, Mo., as evangelist. Services are also scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and conclude at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to attend.
Dority, a Salina native, has held more than 170 revivals the past five years after pastoring churches in Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri for 17 years.
“Quite often a church just needs to hear a different voice from a different perspective to move ahead in fulfilling it’s purpose,” Dority said. “I have a love for small churches and a major objective of my ministry is to be an encourager of both pastors and lay people as they develop personal relationships with Jesus Christ.”
Music in each service will be led by Don and Rhea Overbey, Macksville, who have conducted biker and prison ministries throughout the United States in recent years. For the past three summers, they have conduced “Music for the Soul” concerts in Sturgis, S.D.
Dority and the Overbeys will also lead worship this Sunday at the Nazarene Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. The final service will be held Sunday evening, March 27, at the church at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the revival services, the church is hosting a Family Fun Time at the Larned Community Center on Saturday, March 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. An afternoon of fun and entertainment is being provided free to area families. There will be inflatables and games for kids of all ages with hot dogs and soft drinks being served from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Overbeys will provide music and Dority will deliver a message of hope and encouragement followed by the awarding of door prizes by local merchants.
“We know families face many challenges in today’s economy,” said Leroy Lyon, Nazarene church pastor. “Even so, many parents are working hard to give their children the best that life can offer. So often, we fail to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices being made by families throughout Pawnee County. So this week, we at the Larned Church of the Nazarene want to salute families and celebrate their accomplishments.”