Sunday, April 1, 2012

Worship on the Water returns Memorial Day Weekend

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Story by

Kelly Caldwell

Worship on the Water began at Lake Wedowee Memorial Day weekend four years ago. While there have been some changes, the message remains the same: Come by Boat, Come By Car, Come As You Are.

“We offer a really casual environment to hear the Word of God,” Marie Lanier, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT) said. “We are nondenominational and have speakers from all over the area each Sunday.”

The service, under the trees at Lakeside Marina, begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend and continues each week through Labor Day Weekend.

“The crowds have really grown over the years and of course the holiday weekends are biggest,” Lanier said. “Memorial Day last year, we had 280 in attendance and then Labor Day it was well over 300.”

The service began as an outreach program through Community Life Church in Roanoke and was spearheaded by Oliver and Sandra Kitchens.

“Oliver and Sandra decided to go into the mission field full time and Community Life Church did not have a group to handle it. So they approached us and it was a great fit.

“We are here and it allows us and opportunity to give back to our local community that supports us,” Lanier said.

In the second season, former University of Alabama football player, John Croyle of Big Oak Ranch came to Wedowee to share his message.

“We try to have different speakers and musical groups each week; that way we can appeal to everyone,” Lanier said.

There is an optional offering during the service that helps maintain operating costs for Worship on the Water.

“It's used for things like maintaining the sound equipment, chairs and small honorariums,” Lanier said.

Since its first service Chuck and Evelyn Smith have been instrumental in the success of Worship on the Water.

“They help get the speakers lined up for us every year,” Lanier said. “We wouldn't be do this without Chuck and Evelyn Smith. They help so much.”

Schedule of Speakers and Music


May 27 Message by Steve Dean, Community Life Church, Roanoke Music by Bill Stone, OK 2 Carrollton


June 3 Message by Ryan Mitchell, Member Community Life Church Music by Cedar Creek Quartet,

June 10 Message by Nate Paulk, SIFAT, Lineville Music by Learn & Serve Staff SIFAT

June 17 Message by Rev. Russell Hestley, First United Methodist Church, Wedowee Music by Laura Campbell & The Joyful Sound From First United Methodist Church

June 24 Message by Jacob Wilkerson, Bear Creek Methodist Church, Woodland Music by Bear Creek Methodist Church Choir


July 1 Message by Rev. Elvis North, Lineville Music by Bill Stone, OK 2 Carrollton

July 8 Message by Rev. Steve Baccus, First United Methodist Church, Roanoke Music By First United Methodist Singers or John McKinney

July 15 Message by Curtiss Sessions, Genesis Worship Center, Jacksonville, AL Music by Paul Frye & The Gospel Expression

July 22 Message by Cody Shelton, Crumleys Chapel of God Music by Ryan Robertson & Emily Shelton

July 29 Message by Dorothy Ann Webster, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Lineville Music by Scott Brand, Roanoke


August 5 Message by Tim Craft, Malone Baptist, Wadley Music by The Connection, Wedowee

Augut 12 Message by Barry Cosper, Tallapoosa Baptist Association Music by Witness For Him, Wedowee

August 19 Message by Billy Watts, North Main Christian Church, Roanoke Music by Karen Norred, Wadley

August 26 Message by Tripp Skipper, Four Corners Ministries, Roanoke Music by Lauren & Rusty Nall, Oxford


September 2 Message by Billy Coleman, Grace Extension Ministries Music by Homegrown, Carrollton


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