Breaking News: Church Starts Tradition, Welcoming Community for Thanksgiving Feast

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A local church opened its doors to community members in hopes of starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. Central Christian Church members volunteered to cook meals for hundreds of people.
Residents in Weaver, Weller and Boyd districts were invited here to Central Christian Church for a nice home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
"We're opening the doors for the entire community no matter who they are, where they're from how they live we're just going to let them be here, be happy, be fed and be a part of the fellowship in the community," said Rev. Geoff Weinman.
Rev. Weinman said the church was excited to welcome the community for its first Thanksgiving dinner.
"We're hoping this takes off, that it's a good reception, that everybody has fun and a good time and we continue this for years to come," said Rev. Weinman.
He said it all happened thanks to the help of volunteers.
"Some members of the church and members of the community came to me and said we would like to help feed some people this Thanksgiving dinner," Rev. Weinman said.
Gary Morris and his wife have been members of Central Christian Church for more than 15 years. They've cooked for events before and Thursday they started cooking at 3:30 for 300 people.
"We did dressing and green beans. That's to go with the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls that an anonymous donor donated to the church," said Morris.
He said it's something he's thankful he can do and Rev. Weinman agrees.
"It's for people that are either unable to cook for themselves, unable to provide for themselves and just the general fellowship that we get from having other people in the community come and have a meal with us," Morris said.
"Not very often do we get the chance to give to other people. Christmas and Thanksgiving is about it when we have that opportunity it's nice that we do," said Rev. Weinman.
As the tradition grows the church hopes to open its doors to many more people in the future.

Breakfast with Santa! Dec 3, 8:30-11a

Breakfast with Santa! Dec 3, 8:30-11a

Breakfast with Santa occurs the first Saturday in December. Families are invited families to eat a pancake breakfast together and get their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Other features for the children include: face painting, crafts, and the ability to pick out gifts for their caregivers.

FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

<span style="color: #000000;">FREE</span> Thanksgiving Dinner

For the first time ever, we will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner here at the Church for the members of our community. Dinner will be served Nov 24, 7-9p

Organ Concert by
Daniel & Samantha Koch Hancock

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present organists Daniel & Samantha Koch Hancock in concert on Sunday, November 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  This duo organ concert will feature the church’s Reuter pipe organ, newly rebuilt and expanded by the Quimby Pipe Organs of Warrensburg, Missouri.  The program will include literature for both organ solo and duets in a wide variety of styles and genres.  Both Mr. & Mrs. Hancock are associates of Quimby Pipe Organs with Daniel serving as President and Samantha as Shop Technician.  Both have served as organists at various churches, Daniel, most recently at the Grace United Methodist Church in Springfield, and Samantha at the Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

Central Christian Church is located at 1475 N. Washington Avenue at Division Street in the Mid-Town neighborhood of Springfield, just two blocks east of Cox North.  Contact the church office by phone at 869-7241, via e-mail at office@centralchristianspringfield.org, or brose to the church web site, centralchristianspringfield.org for more information.  The concert is free.
 

<strong>Organ Concert by<br>Daniel &amp; Samantha Koch Hancock</strong>

Central Christian Church's Mid-Town Concert Series

Central Christian Church's Mid-Town Concert Series

24 Apr 2016, 3:00pm
     Drury University Chamber Choir

Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service

March 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm
in the Central Christian Sanctuary

A joint service with Brentwood Christian, Central Christian, National Avenue Christian, and South Street Christian.

We will be doing the service "The Cry of the Whole Congregation" by Walter Wangerin, Jr.  This is an interactive dramatic reading of Jesus' final days.

Come and join us as we remember the crucifixion and prepare ourselves for Easter.

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday Service

March 24, 2016

6:00 pm in the Chapel

 

The Sanctuary is Complete

 The Sanctuary is Complete

Join us for Service

Sundays

Worship 9:30am
Fellowship 10:30am
Sunday School 10:45am

Lots of Events Coming Up...

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