Central Youth at Ozarks Food Harvest

The Group has gotten some volunteering in already to start 2018.

We went to the Ozarks Food Harvest and helped pack almost 800 backpacks worth of food that will go to help kids in the Springfield area not miss any meals.

It was a profoundly positive experience and I think we all left feeling good about helping others out.

We look forward to volunteering again at the Food Harvest and at other charities as well. 

PIANIST CLARA CHRISTIAN IN CONCERT

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the third annual Candace L. French Memorial Piano Concert featuring Dr. Clara Christian on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Dr. Christian, assistant professor of Piano and Music History at the College of the Ozarks, earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College.

PIANIST CLARA CHRISTIAN IN CONCERT

OFH/SPS Food Fight 2018

OFH/SPS Food Fight 2018

Springfield Public Schools will participate in Food Fight 2018, Ozarks Food Harvest’s 7th annual district-wide food drive competition, Jan. 14 – 26.

Food Fight 2018 is a food and fund drive competition among Springfield Public Schools with Partners in Education. The mission of the Food Fight competition is to raise hunger awareness across the district and stock community and school pantry shelves following the holiday season.
Participating schools have the opportunity to partner with an area business or organization. All of the food and funds collected at the business will go toward the partnering school’s final donation total.

5lbs. of food = 4 meals; $1 = 4 meals; $1 = 5lbs. of food

KEYBOARDS AT CHRISTMAS

KEYBOARDS AT CHRISTMAS

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the third annual Keyboards a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  This festive concert will feature a wide variety of beloved Christmas hymns and carols using various combinations of two grand pianos and organ and an audience carol sing.  An extended prelude featuring the Central Christian Handbell choir will begin at 2:50 p.m.

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PRESENTS MESSIAH

The Music Ministry of Central Christian Church will present the Christmas portion (part I) of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 10, 2017 as a part of the 9:30 a.m. worship service.  The performance will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and will feature the Chancel Choir of Central Christian Church with soloists Dr. Andrew Campbell, Mosha Clyma, Genevieve Fulks, Kelly Ann Johnson, Abby Mercer, Michael Payne, and Asher Tillman.

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PRESENTS MESSIAH

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

This Sunday, December 3, we will begin the Advent season by preparing the sanctuary for the coming of the Christ Child.  Our service will be based around the Hanging of the Green, and the decorating of the Chrismon Tree.  We will walk through the story, telling events and depicting them with Chrismons to be hung on the tree by our children.

Breakfast with Santa
December 2, 2017
8:30AM - 11:00AM

Breakfast with SantaDecember 2, 20178:30AM - 11:00AM

Every year Central starts the advent season with an event for our community.  Children and their care givers are welcomed in and given a pancake breakfast, the kids are able to do different crafts, to meet Santa, and have their picture taken.  The kids are also given the opportunity to shop for gifts to give to their caregivers.  This is a wonderful event and the children really enjoy “shopping” for gifts to give away.
The event is open to all in the community.  We look forward to seeing everyone there and to begin the celebration of Advent with Central Christian Church.

Thanksgiving Dinner Served on Nov. 23 from 3 to 5PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Served on Nov. 23 from 3 to 5PM

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Central Christian Church will be opening its doors to the community and serving a Thanksgiving Meal.  Again this year we have teamed up with a local restaurant and will be serving a meal to those in our community.  All are invited to come and be in fellowship with one another during this holiday. 

College of the Ozarks Chorale Joins Central Christian for Worship

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Springfield, MO

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College of the Ozarks Chorale Performance
"Festival Lauate" Arr. by john Carter
"Even When He is Silent" by Kim Andre Arnesen
"All Praise to You, Eternal God" Arr. by John Cornish
"Dance of Exultation"
College of the Ozarks Chorale Joins Central Christian for Worship

ORGANIST VICKY CLABORN IN CONCERT

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present organist Vicky Claborn in concert on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in a program titled ‘Tis The Season . . . Almost featuring music for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons.  Mrs. Claborn, organist of Central Christian Church, earned her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance in 2011 from Missouri State University.  In addition to her duties at Central Christian Church she is the accompanist for Logan-Rogersville High School.

ORGANIST VICKY CLABORN IN CONCERT

GUITARIST JOHN WALDO IN CONCERT

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present classical guitarist John Waldo in concert on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Mr. Waldo has performed as soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Stanton Strings, and the Trinity Recorder Consort of Madison, Wisconsin.  Waldo has made multiple appearances on network-affiliated television and has performed live “In the Spotlight” on Wisconsin Public Radio and on the “Studio Live” program on Public Radio of the Ozarks.  Mr. Waldo has appeared on multiple occasions in concerts, recitals, weddings, worship services, and social events.

GUITARIST JOHN WALDO IN CONCERT

Fellowship Dinner - July 16, 2017

Fellowship Dinner - July 16, 2017

Following Sunday School this Sunday everyone is invited to come and gather together in the McGinnis Fellowship Hall so we may dine in community.  As Central Christian continues to be a guide to the city of Springfield and to our own members, we have upgraded our presence online with a new website and a new church program that can bring our members closer together.  With our presence on the internet we have many different ways to connect with each other and with others around Springfield and beyond.  Our new website now hosts our worship service in two different areas, video and audio.  The new church program will give us the ability to “talk” to each other via the internet and connect the different groups that make up our diverse congregation.  Each of these items will allow us to be in community with each other as we go about our week outside of the walls of our church.  Both new aspects of our ministry bring with them new and exciting opportunities.
This Fellowship Dinner will be a place for everyone to see and, hopefully, understand how to use these new tools so we can continue to strive to be a community not only here in Springfield, but throughout the world.  Please plan to join us and learn about the new items that Central Christian Church now has at our disposal. 

VBS at Central in July

VBS at Central in July

Our Vacation Bible School program is picked and getting ready to go.  This year we will be having VBS in July at the church.  The dates will be:

Thursday, July 13th - 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Friday, July 14th - 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Saturday, July 15th - 9:00AM to 3:00PM


Ages 3-12 are welcome.

There will be a meal served before the event.  If you are interested in attending please contact the church office to register at 417/869-7241. 

Columbia Handbell Ensemble to Perform in Springfield - June 10 at 4:00pm

Columbia Handbell Ensemble to Perform in Springfield - June 10 at 4:00pm

The Columbia Handbell Ensemble will be performing at Central Christian Church of Springfield on Saturday, June 10, at 4:00 pm.  The nationally recognized ensemble which hails from Columbia, Missouri, will be performing a concert entitled, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” a takeoff from the Broadway musical, Hairspray.  The concert is one of the final performances for the ensemble prior to playing in Massachusetts for Area 1 of the Handbell Musicians of America at the end of June. Come and hear one of the country’s finest ensembles as they perform music of Biebl, Handel, Duke Ellington and Chuck Mangione.

This promises to be a concert unlike any ever experienced in Springfield – it will allow the audience to hear the choir at an incredible performance level and act as a source of support for their trip north.  Included on the concert will be Jazz standards “Misty” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing:” two tangos by the Argentinian composer, Piazzolla; a lovely hymn arrangement; a Celtic dance; and the premiere performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”
Conducted by Ed Rollins, current President of the Handbell Musicians of America, the ensemble is made up of twelve ringers from Columbia, Jefferson City and St. Louis.

Guest Preacher - May 14th

Guest Preacher - May 14th

Central Christian will have a guest minister on May 14th.
Rev. Geoff Brewster is the Stewardship Director at Phillips Theological Seminary and will be giving our message.

 

CHANCEL CHOIR PRESENTS BEGINNINGS

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the cantata
Beginnings by Buryl Red and Regan Courtney on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Beginnings
is accompanied by a unique combination of three percussionists, organ, piano and narrator and
tells the story of creation, the fall of man, and redemption. This short work will be presented by
Central Christian’s Chancel Choir accompanied by percussionists Dorothy Thurman, David
Nace, and Joe McTaggert, organist Vicky Claborn, pianist Pat Pennel, and narrator David Smith.

CHANCEL CHOIR PRESENTS BEGINNINGS

Easter Sunday 2017

Celebration of the Risen Christ with brass, bells, voices, words, children, and fellowship.

Ozarks Food Harvest Fish Drive
March 1 - April 16

Ozarks Food Harvest Fish DriveMarch 1 - April 16

It is an unfortunate fact that too many of our neighbors in southwest Missouri are food insecure, and often have to make hard choices when it comes to being able to have nutritious food.

This year we are joining other people in the Ozarks in collecting food during the season of Lent.  The drive will be targeting fish - a nutritious, high protein and low calorie food in order to provide a creative way for many Lenten observers to incorporate community giving into their spiritual practice.

From March 1 through April 13 we will be collecting fish and other non-perishable food items.  In the entry there is a receptacle to place your donations.  Please join us, as you can, in making sure that all of God's children in the Ozarks have food so that they might go through their day without hunger. 

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PRESENTS
IT WAS HIS LOVE

The Chancel Choir of Central Christian Church will present a Lenten musical service, It Was His Love, on Sunday, April 9, 2017 as a part of the congregation’s 9:30 a.m. worship service.  The entire service will portray the events of Holy Week through liturgy and music focusing on a collection of five seasonal anthems sung by the choir.  The presentation will be accompanied by organist Vicky Claborn, timpanist Dorothy Thurman, and a string quartet consisting of Allison Steiner, Aleksis Zarins, Yuxin Zhao, and Jessica Hunt.  Narration will be provided by Larry Graham using an original script by local author Jan Bass.

CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PRESENTS IT WAS HIS LOVE

Evangel University Chorale in Concert

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the Evangel University Chorale in concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  The University Chorale is a 45 member select choir which performs both on the Evangel University campus and in the community.  The mission of the Chorale is to prepare and present only the best of sacred classical choral literature.  In addition to on-campus performances, the Chorale regularly performs with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.  The Chorale completed an international performance tour to Italy in November 2017 including a premier performance in St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican.  The University Chorale is under the direction of Mr. Tom Matrone, associate professor of music and chair of the music department, and accompanied by Dr. Greg Morris, professor of music.

Evangel University Chorale in Concert

Wine Into Water
A Week of Compassion Initiative

Wine Into WaterA Week of Compassion Initiative

Friday, March 24, 2017
7 to 9 pm

The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church
1515 S National Ave


Tickets $25

Come and join the other DoC Churches in the area as we raise money for Week of Compassion water help in the United States.
Pick up your tickets on Sunday mornings or call the church office.

CWF Love Gift Luncheon

CWF Love Gift Luncheon

Sunday, March 12 at 11:30 am
McGinnis Fellowship Hall


Menu: Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, & a variety of desserts.

All donations given for the event will go to help fund the charitable giving of the CWF for the 2017 year.

Soprano Rebecca Claborn in Concert

The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present soprano Rebecca Claborn in concert on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Ms. Claborn holds degrees in voice performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Simpson College. She has had the great privilege of performing with multiple opera companies including the Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, and has completed two seasons with Wolf Trap Opera Company of suburban Washington, D.C. including a cover role of Stonatrilla in the U.S. premier of Florian Gassmann’s L’Opera Seria. While with Wolf Trap she also had the great honor to perform sele...ctions from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Claborn’s concert will feature a wide range of excellent vocal literature representing opera, oratorio, and musical theater genres.

Soprano Rebecca Claborn in Concert

Central Christian Member Gets Nominated for an Award

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/jefferson-award-nominee-is-a-navy-veteran-who-served-her-country-continues-to-serve-community/648987255

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Lisa Lynch has been a regular face at Boyd Elementary School the past 11-years. She doesn’t’ get a paycheck, she doesn’t want one.

Friends call Lynch, “One of a kind”, who has a love for children and a passion for giving to others. In the last quarter alone at Boyd she has volunteered nearly 450 hours.

“I love kids and I can make a difference and if I can make a difference to a kid, I’m good. Kids are the most awesome things we can ask for, they are the greatest gift that we can ever ask for,” said Lynch.

Lynch is a 68-year old Disabled Navy Veteran. She served 13 years and during that time she married her husband Gene Lynch. He was also a Navy Veteran. Together they had five children and later adopted two more. Lynch says they were a very happy family but faced hardships along the way.

Gene, passed away after 32-years of marriage. He lost his battle with cancer 2008. Soon, more tragedy would come to the family. Her youngest born son died two years later.

“He was born with some major birth defects, but he taught me there is nothing you can’t do,” said Lynch.

Charlie Lynch was born with many disabilities including spin bifida. Lynch calls him a miracle child because the doctors she said doctors didn’t expect him to survive birth. He lived to be 26.

“He taught me there is nothing you can’t do.”

Lynch began volunteering in Marjie DeWilde’s 5th-grade classroom at Boyd nine years ago.  She and DeWilde developed a close friendship after Lynch’s granddaughter attended her class.

“Honestly, I’m a better teacher because she’s here and the student’s get so much more help and they can turn their work around so much faster. The whole classroom is a better place, DeWilde said.

The students grow close to Lynch. They call her Ms. Lisa, some even call her Grandma Lisa.

Naveah Smith is in her class. “ She’s like a  third grandma to me," said Smith. "She’s very helpful. She helps you with your work and your math and makes it where you can understand better.”

Lynch says the kids are like her won and they mean very much to her. Outside of volunteering in classrooms she also has four book fairs a year at four different schools in Springfield. She’s been doing so more than a decade. Lynch is trying to make sure children who can’t afford a book of their own will get a book of choice