POINT PLEASANT — Main Street Baptist Church is once again getting creative with fellowship and worship.
The church’s annual Critter Dinner is 6 p.m. Saturday at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, featuring a menu of wild game, including venison, bear, bison and possibly catfish (if the fishing’s good this week), as well as vegetables, salads and dessert dishes.
According to Main Street Baptist Church’s Pastor Richard Sargent, there are several outdoorsmen in the congregation who enjoy the event that also acts as an unusual way to reach others who are not a part of the church family.
In addition to the dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, tours will be offered of the farm museum — and especially of the Bauer Memorial Museum, which includes stuffed game trophies and houses the late Chris Bauer’s collection of firearms.
Following the meal, Wade Spencer will be the guest singer and speaker. Wade is an author, musician and host of the TV show “Life’s Highway.”
“I’ve been playing and singing Christian music for the last 35 years,” Spencer said. “When I’m not playing and singing for the Lord, hunting big game out west or fishing, you will probably find me doing mission work in Africa or Ukraine.”
Wade is the oldest son of the original musical family, the Spencers. He began singing at age 8, playing guitar and mandolin at age 11, and recorded his first album at age 14. Wade has written and recorded numerous songs for the Spencers for many years, making more than 6,000 appearances from the East Coast to the West Coast, and throughout the Caribbean Islands. He is married to Theresa. They have two boys — Joel, 30, and Thomas, 27. They live near Perrysville, Ohio..
Seven years ago, Wade and Theresa started a weekly TV show, “Life’s Highway.” It airs weekly on the Cornerstone Network, The Miracle Channel all across Canada, and on Blue Highways TV, channel 73 on Dish Network nationwide. “Life’s Highway” features the Spencer’s hunting, fishing, horseback riding, cooking and singing.
Drawings for door prizes will take place throughout the evening, with the grand prize drawings taking place at the end of the evening. Door prizes will include wild game calls, tactical bags and many other items. The grand prizes drawn at the end of the evening include a handmade Damascus steel hunting knife, a Pietta 1860 Blackpowder .36-caliber revolver, and a Marlin lever action 45-70 rifle.
In addition to door prizes, there will be silent auctions taking place for a Remington 870 20-gauge shotgun combo with two barrels, hunting gift basket, kids items, a ladies gift basket, a crossbow, a deer feeder, a tree stand, tactical bag and other items
The cost of admission for the evening is $5, which is used to help with the expenses of the speaker and the evening. Tickets are available by calling 304-675-3100 or 304-675-4061, or by stopping by the Main Street Baptist Church office Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Calling ahead for reservations is not required, but appreciated.
Portions of this article submitted by Dr. Richard Sargent.