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The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, in partnership with the Springfield Missouri chapter of the American Guild of Organists, presents organist Dr. Melody Turnquist-Steed in concert on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m..  Until 2017 Dr. Steed was an Associate Professor of Music, College Organist, and Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.  Dr. Steed has performed on regional and national conventions of the AGO and the International Trumpet Guild.

SBU Choral at Central

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The Chorale of Southwest Baptist University is the premiere choral ensemble of the university and has performed extensively across the state, the country, and the world.  This selectively auditioned ensemble performs regularly as well for major music education and denominational conventions.  The choir specializes in a cappella sacred music from the Renaissance through modern periods and each year presents a major choral work with orchestra.  In addition to numerous appearances across the state each year at schools, churches, and major state gatherings, the Chorale jas undertaken two international tours in recent years.  The Chorale has performed in such venues as St. Vitas Cathedral in Prague and for Mass at the Salzburg Dom.  The Chorale has appeared in recent years at the Missouri Music Educators Association state convention and before the Missouri Baptist Convention.
          The Chorale is under the baton of Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU. Dr. Tarrant earned his Master of Music degree at Eastern Kentucky University in choral conducting and piano, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Memphis. Choirs under his direction have performed across the United States andEurope, including a notable command performance for the Royal Family of the United Kingdom. Dr. Tarrant is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator across Missouri and also directs the university’s chamber vocal ensemble. He currently serves as the organist of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Springfield, Missouri and is a past director of the Missouri Music Men.
The Music Department, part of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts, and Letters is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The department offers scholarships to successful applicants in a wide variety of performance endeavors from orchestral to winds to choral to opera and more.
          Southwest Baptist University was established in 1878 and is located in Bolivar, Missouri.  With 3600 students, its four campuses seek to live out the mission of preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society through a Christ-centered, caring academic community.  The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association


The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the Song & Larsen Duo on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  Chi Young Song, violin, and Josquin Larsen, viola, first began performing together as a duo while students at the Boston Conservatory.  Their collaboration has led to performances throughout the United States.  Dr. Song currently holds the position of Coordinator of Strings and Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Arkansas State University, Mr. Larsen serves as Lecturer in Viola at the University of Arkansas.

Honoring Greg Walton and
John & Mary Bermond

Central Christian Church honored a few members for their dedication and devotion to Central, it's members, and the neighborhood.
Greg Walton was honored as being the Board Chair for many years and helping the church grow within the walls and outside of our building.  John & Mary Bermond were honored for their commitment to the church and to it's members.
We thank all of them for everything they have done in the past and look forward to seeing how they will help Central in the future.

New Little Free Library

Brownie Scout Troop 71676 recently built, stocked, and placed a Little Free Library in our church parking lot. The project was part of the Take Action step on their Quest Journey. The location has been included on the Little Free Library global map. Take a book, leave a book.

Disciples Summer Mission
June 24-28

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On June 24th, over 200 Disciples will be coming to Springfield, MO for a week of service and fellowship.  Central Christian Church will be host to some of the worship events that will be going on during the week.  We look forward to gathering with the youth and sponsors who are coming to Springfield.
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2019 Pentecost Offering
June 2 and 9

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“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” - John 15:5

Your gift to the 2019 Pentecost Offering on Sunday, June 2 and 9 will help fund the new church movement and the bounty it yields. Each year, half of this offering stays in your local Region or Area to start and uphold new churches. The other half is used across the United States and Canada to support the recruiting, assessing, training and coaching of new church leaders at events like Leadership Academy.
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Children in Action will meet this Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month’s activities include going out into the community to help others, followed by a walk and picnic at the Nature Center. If you know     anyone in grades K-6, please invite them to join us in learning how we can interact with our community and God.
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The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the choral ensembles of The College of the Ozarks on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  The performance will include The Chapel Choir, under the direction of Mr. Gregg Busch, and The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. John Cornish in a concert of a wide variety of styles and genres from the sacred choral music repertoire.
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Lent Fish Drive 2019
March 6 - April 18

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In 2015, the community began “fishing” for struggling families and neighbors through a food drive that collects high-protein fish products during Lent.
Churches, businesses, schools and other organizations will be participating in the 5th annual drive anytime between March 6 and April 18.
Collected fish items will benefit the one in five children and one in seven adults who face food insecurity in the Ozarks. Fish contains many nutrients and has a high protein value, and it is requested by many people who receive food assistance through our network of 270 hunger-relief partners.
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The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present The Divas on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  Sopranos Rebecca Claborn, Dawn Gutierrez, and Jennifer Forni, accompanied by Jonathon Raney, have put a new flare on classic show stoppers.  Hear works from opera, oratorio, and musical theater with new harmonies and dramatic interpretations.  All three are professional singers and teachers of voice known in the region and around the country.  You’ll be laughing, you’ll be crying, but most importantly, you will be blown away!
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Culver Stockton Concert Choir

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     On Saturday evening, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., the Culver-Stockton College Concert Choir and Band will present a concert at South Street Christian Church in Springfield.  It is the first stop on their 2019 concert tour.  On Sunday morning, March 10, the choir will sing at Central Christian Church.
     The Concert Choir is the premier choral ensemble at Culver-Stockton College, and the singers in the group represent a variety of majors and previous experiences.  The tie that binds this group together is their individual commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the performance of choral music.  The Concert Choir has performed by invitation at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and for the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.  It has undertaken a national or international tour annually for nearly 70 years.
     The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will also be a part of the tour.  These groups perform band and wind ensemble music, and a variety of jazz and contemporary styles in a standard big band instrumentation.  Musicians in both ensembles are chosen by audition and must also be members of the Symphonic Band.
     Culver Stockton is one of our Disciples of Christ colleges, located in Canton, MO
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Seeking Knowledge/Gaining Fellowship

We will be discussing the season of Lent.  This includes why we celebrate, the services in which we partake of, and the meaning behind everything that we do throughout the Lenten Season.

The Possible Impossible - Week of Compassion

Special Offering 2019

We sometimes think that “imagination” means something escapist or illusory. Yet, imagination is not something unreal or fake. No, it is essential to God’s hope for creation. Hear how the Apostle Paul put it: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish
 abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine...” (Ephesians 3:20-21). And God imagines a world where all are safe, all are loved, all are fed.
You see, when we use our imaginations in the way that God does, we can begin to envision – and work for! – a world
where no child goes unfed, un-housed, or unloved;
where no one ever fears abuse or violence;
where clean water is not a dream but a reality for all;
where small farmers do their work with dignity and are paid a fair wage for their labors;
where agricultural practices enrich and renew the land rather than deplete it;
where survivors of natural disasters have the resources they need, now and for years to come;
where vulnerable immigrants are welcomed in Christ’s name. Can YOU imagine these things? Through your gifts to
 Week of Compassion what we can imagine becomes
 ever more a reality for more and more people.

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The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the fourth annual Candace L. French Memorial Piano Concert featuring Gregory Worthley on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  Mr. Worthley is a junior piano performance major at Evangel University where he is a student of Dr. Greg Morris.

About Gregory Worthley

Gregory Worthley started his piano career in a junior high keyboard class where he discovered his aptitude and love for music. After the class concluded, he began to take lessons from Mark Lawley until his senior year of high school, when he became a student of his current teacher, Dr. Greg Morris at Evangel. Throughout this time, Gregory has won several top ratings at the Missouri state solo and ensemble contest, received first place in the Missouri Music Teachers Association piano competition in the freshman/sophomore division, and received third place at the Jefferson City Piano Concerto competition. He has also taught private lessons and judged for the Federation Piano Festival. Gregory is currently a junior at Evangel University studying piano performance and hopes to pursue a masters in performance after he graduates. He is active in Evangel’s sinfonia, jazz orchestra, jazz combo, chorale, and men’s ensemble, as well as being an accompanist for several other students. His hobbies (besides living in a practice room) include hiking, biking, reading classic literature, and spending time with friends.
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Ofh food fight 2019
One in five kids in Ozarks struggle with hunger. To help, we are participating  in Food Fight 2019! We are partnering with Pipkin Middle School. Get involved and stop by our office to donate food and funds. #SPSFoodFight #HungerHeroes

Click on Online Giving in the header above to support the children of Pipkin Middle School.
Advent hymn sing
Come and join us on Sunday, December 30th to sing all of the favorite hymns of the Advent Season.  The worship service will be built around all of the hymns that we love through this time of year.  If you have been missing some of the traditional music, this service will be what you need.
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The Music Ministry of Central Christian Church will present Rejoice! Rejoice!, the first cantata of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Sunday, December 9, 2018 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 Cameron Byrley, Esteban Valintin-Martinez, Shayne Piles, Asher Tillman, Sydney Winders, and Carly Wingfield.
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Breakfast with Santa
December 8, 2018
8:30AM - 11:00AM

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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.

This year we were able to serve around 200 people breakfast and allowed 125 children to meet Santa and find gifts for their guardians.  It was another wonderful event.

Hanging of the Green
Sunday, December 2nd
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The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present organist Bradley Jent, in concert on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with a program titled Praise and Worship with Hymns.  Mr. Jent, organist of the Schweitzer United Methodist Church in Springfield, comes to the area from Atlanta, Georgia where he was organist at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church for the last 20 years.  Mr. Jent is known for his improvisation and inspirational hymn accompaniments which will be a prime feature of his concert.


The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present flutist Betsy Nace in concert on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.  Mrs. Nace is a native of Springfield, Missouri and alumna of Missouri State University.  She was a member of the Springfield Symphony before winning the second flute position in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo, New York serving for 16 years.  She is featured on a number of professional recordings including the CD Café featuring The Reeds/Ali Flute & Guitar Duo on their tour performance in Barcelona, Spain.

Central Christian Welcomes
Alyssa Spradlin

Central Christian Church is proud to welcome Alyssa Spradlin to its staff.  Alyssa accepted the call to be the Associate at Central and this Sunday, August 19th will be her first with the church.

Come by this Sunday and help us welcome Alyssa to our church family.
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VBS 2018

We have finished with our Bible School.  Four Sundays in July we met together to hear about God, to celebrate with each other, To work on projects to deliver to those who are unable to leave their dwelling, and to eat ice cream on the last day!!   We were joined by around 30 children a day and around 25 volunteers to helped with the programs.  Thank you for all the help and support that was given to our VBS this year. 

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.