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Most Tuesdays find a group of people gathered around the table in Fellowship Hall at Central Christian Church enjoying community lunch. Pastor Ken Crawford initiated the lunches about two years ago so that people had a place to meet for conversation and fellowship during the work week.

Whether in the field or behind the computer, working alone can become lonely, and Central aims to help remedy that with a weekly pot-luck.   You can bring a lunch, a dish to share or just come and eat.  There is always plenty. 

This week, the group enjoyed sandwiches from Pot Belly, home-made Tortilla soup, salad and carrot cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes to celebrate Pastor Ken’s birthday.   You can’t beat a lunch like that.

Tuesday’s lunch is only one of the ways Central reaches out to the community to provide a place for everyone.  The first and third Sundays of the month there is a 9 a.m. worship service in the one-acre community dog park located on the grounds so that people can bring their dog to church with them.  Twelve-step programs, Yoga, Co-Working are some of the activities that fill the building during the week.

Stop by anytime for a tour or visit Sunday morning at 11 a.m. All are welcome!  And if you come on Sunday, be sure to plan to stay for fellowship following worship.

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What makes a good bowl of chili?  Many Texans say meat, gravy, and spice and no beans or other fillers. Other regions say, “you gotta have beans for a good bowl of red.” 

What do we say at Central Christian Church?  “It has to taste good!” That is about the only rule for entering the annual “John Shinn Chili Cook-Off” that will be held in the church fellowship hall following Sunday morning worship on January 27. 

Join Central as a panel of judges sample crock pots of the meaty stew and declare a winner in the "traditional chili" category and "most creative ingredients" category.  It’s a fun day filled with great food and fellowship.  You don’t have to be a member of Central to enter the cook-off or enjoy a good bowl of chili. It's great family fun and if you are new in the neighborhood, a great way to explore one of Dallas' churches.  

Morning worship begins at 11 a.m. and the cook-off will begin immediately following the service.  Call the church office at 214-526-7291 for details if you want to enter or just come and enjoy.

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Re-gifting, a phrase coined by comedian Jerry Seinfeld more than a decade ago is a controversial practice and can get you in a heap of trouble if you are not careful. However, Emily Post says the once tasteless, social faux pas is now acceptable. And Central Christian Church has gambled and won the unwanted gift dilemma by using them as prizes for White Elephant Bingo. 

Following morning worship, members gathered in Fellowship Hall to play bingo while enjoying cheese and pepperoni pies fresh from the kitchen’s huge pizza ovens. 

While it may sound corny to some, many folks look forward to the annual event. Central member Mary Chris Gibbons loves it.  Artist and jewelry maker, she often finds beauty in stuff that others don’t and refers to the quote “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” An avid Elvis fan, she has added to her Elvis cup collection at After Christmas Bingo, year after year. 

Mary Chris’ good friend Lisa Church won a bird feeder and 10 lbs. of seed this Sunday, brought we believe by bird lover, Katheryn Livengood.  It’s all fun! While members may come to Central to worship, they stay for fellowship! 

Morning worship is at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary and at 9 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month in the community dog park located behind the church.  But it is not a church that is open only on Sunday, there is something going on every day.  Yoga, Bible Study and Tuesday community lunch are only a few of the happenings at Central.  Visit the church website  for more information.     

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Gathering on Sunday Morning

It may be a play date for the doggies, but it is Sunday morning worship for many of their owners. Central Christian Church Community Dog Park practically sings the lyrics “how sweet on a clear Sabbath morning to listen to the clear ringing bells” from the country hymn “The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood.” 

But that is where old time church ends and new church begins. The Sunday morning messages address today’s issues and concerns while appealing to today’s casual, relaxed lifestyle.

Come to the church in the dog park, bring a friend and bring your dogs. It’s a “come as you are” with shorts the dress code for warm weather and sweats and jeans when the temperatures are cooler. Sleeping in with no time to stop at Starbucks? Not a problem, as there is hot coffee and fresh do-nuts for free.

The morning service held at 9 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month started with a handful of people and has grown to a small congregation comprised of a variety of faiths. Everyone is welcome! There is plenty of parking and plenty of seating so come meet Tyson, Ken, Erik, Grady and Michael as well as other folks who love their dog like you love yours.  You already have something in common with the group.  

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Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings

Disciples Women of Central Christian Church celebrated their annual Christmas party and cookie delivery Tuesday morning.

The women have been baking and delivering homemade treats during the month of December for more years than most members can remember.  Margaret Wilson was married in the church in 1947 and she can’t recall exactly when the tradition began, “but it was a long time ago” she assured.

Festivities began with a visit from Santa before the meeting was brought to order by President Becky Riggins.

The Christmas program was presented by singer/actress Lois Leftwich.  Lois chose Christmas songs featured in Broadway shows and entertained the women with trivia and stories associated with the song and the storyline from the production.

 Her selections included “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” and of course, the classic, “White Christmas.”  

Accompanied on the piano by Carolyn Shinn, Lois performed the songs and ended the program with the audience joining in to sing “White Christmas.”

Following the meeting, the ladies enjoyed a delicious soup and salad lunch before assembling the plates of Christmas goodies and delivering to the members who are no longer able to attend church activities due to age and immobility. 

The Disciples Women is a service organization who reaches into the community to lend a hand to those who may benefit by caring and nurturing.  If you want to be a part of their ministry, make plans to attend one of their meetings.  You don’t have to be a member of Central or any church for that matter.  Just contact the church or shelia0806@sbcglobal.net to learn more about the organization.   

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Tyson Woods served delicious grilled chili dogs.

Dallas dogs kicked off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and the “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” in Central Community Dog Park on Saturday afternoon.

Tyson Woods, who leads the Sunday morning worship service in the dog park (yes, you can bring your dog to church) served a delicious “top dog” meal to dog owners while long-time park regulars passed out delicious cookies from Festive Kitchen and bags of dog treats from Pets Supplies Plus.

It was a perfect day for the party, sunny and 70, but a winter scene back-drop was available for doggie portraits.  T-shirts sporting this year’s dog park Christmas logo and other Christmas items were for sale. 

Over a hundred dogs showed up for the second annual event to enjoy music and whatever dogs do in the one-acre fenced in dog park located on the grounds of Central Christian Church.  

Sunday morning worship is held in the park on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. It’s casual dress, coffee and do-nuts and camaraderie with other folks who share your love of man’s best friend.  There is plenty of seating and plenty of parking so take your dog to church. All are welcome!

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David Tinney portrays Stage Manager from "Our Town"

During last Sunday’s morning worship at Central Christian Church, actor David Tinney narrated the sermon portraying Stage Manager from the Thornton Wilder play, “Our Town.” 

That may not seem like a typical delivery of a sermon, but as Rev. Dr. Ken Crawford shared,” “Theatre both expresses and forms our feelings, beliefs and ideas. Whether about ourselves, the world, or God, we engage in this drama to re-member and re-create God’s work in and around us and convey our hopes and fears.”

Sunday’s service was in part a celebration to remember the late Ed Delatte, who revived and directed Central’s drama troupe, the Westside Players. The drama company was originally founded by former pastor, Rev. Dr. E.C. Rowand, his wife Mary Louise, and Mary Ellen Cunyus during the 1960’s.  When Ed joined the church in 2000, he developed new interest in the theatrical ministry and presented plays like “Our town” and “I Remember Mama” on Central’s stage in fellowship hall.

Ed was an actor in movies and television commercials, founder and artistic director of the NorthPark-based Dallas Repertory Theater, Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Dance and Drama at the University of North Texas, an instructor of drama at Hockaday School and El Centro College, but it was as church elder and friend to everyone at Central that Ed most wanted to be remembered.  

In addition to fond memories of theatrical productions, Ed left a monetary gift to the musical ministry of Central.  The sanctuary’s beautiful grand piano is a result of Ed’s generosity and love for the church and a plaque honoring his gift was unveiled and placed on the piano during Sunday’s service.

Following the service, a reception in fellowship hall re-united many of the original members of the Westside Players and memorabilia like costume books and photo albums were displayed.

If you or your child has an interest in theater, please contact Lois Leftwich at Central for more information on productions and performances.

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Want to include your best friend in the excitement and merry making this holiday season?  Bring your dog to the second annual “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” this Saturday in the Central Community Dog Park.

Santa Paws will be on hand to pass out goodies and pose for pictures.  A great photo op! And you may just capture that perfect shot for creating a fun holiday greeting card.  

Mallory Jacob and her camera will be back in the “indoor photo studio” taking pup portraits against a seasonal backdrop. 

Pets Supplies Plus on Greenville Avenue is preparing doggie bags so that every dog goes home with a treat from Santa while their owner enjoys seasonal foods dictated by the weather. After all, it’s Christmas in Texas.

Christmas Carol sing-a-longs will put everyone in the spirit of Christmas by nightfall when the Christmas Tree and the canopies of the huge Live Oaks will light up the dog park. 

The festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. and end with the ceremonial tree lighting.  The one-acre, fenced-in park is located at 4711 Westside Dr. The event is open to the community and it is free.  Donations are always appreciated and go toward the upkeep of the park.  There is plenty of parking and plenty of seating.  Join the fun and make this a holiday tradition for you and the furry members of your household.

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The “Hanging of the Greens” is one of the most festive days during Advent.  The sanctuary is decorated with greenery and Poinsettias.  The North Texas Jazz Band complements David, Tim and the Chancel Choir in a beautiful musical ministry. 

Following Sunday morning’s 11 a.m. worship service everyone is invited for “A Taste of Christmas” in fellowship hall.  This is the day to bring your favorite Christmas party fare—cheese ball, sausage balls, tamales, fudge, divinity or even a figgy pudding.  Show off your favorite holiday food— that sweet or savory that says Christmas to you! 

Kids love "the Hanging of the Greens" and will be delighted with the sugarplums served after the service, so make this a family celebration during the Christmas season.

At 4 p.m. the sanctuary will again celebrate the beautiful season with “Advent Lessons and Carols,” the third year of a collaboration between Central Christian Church and St. Thomas the Apostle.  Leaders from both churches and members of both choirs will perform readings, carols and anthems. Following the service, holiday refreshments will be served in fellowship hall. 

All are welcome to any or all of these joyous celebrations on Sunday, December 9. All means “all.”

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decorating Gingerbread Houses

It’s Christmastime!  At least it is Christmas Party Time for Central’s Disciples Women. Tuesday, December 4 the women will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the parlor of Central Christian Church to enjoy a special Christmas program and meeting.

Singer and actress, Lois Leftwich, will perform several Christmas selections from Broadway Musicals such as White Christmas from “White Christmas,” Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from “Meet Me in St. Louis” and more. Before each song she will give a brief synopsis of the story-line that led to the musical’s selection.

If that program doesn’t warm everyone’s heart and put them in the Christmas spirit, a delicious hearty soup to warm body and soul will be simmering on the kitchen stove. Hot cider and cocoa will be enjoyed while the traditional cookie and treat plates are prepared for delivery to the elderly and infirm who are no longer able to join the activities at Central. A list of those receiving a plate of homemade treats will be provided at the meeting.

Christmas is the season of giving and the Disciples Women ‘s Ministry is sending a gift of $50.00 to each of the charities and organizations that the group supports.  The list of recipients will be available at the meeting.

As always, cover charge for the event is a can of food or non-perishable item for North Dallas Shared Ministries and the cost for lunch is $5.00. And don’t forget to bring your sweets for the cookie plates.  If you want to bake them in the kitchen, let Becky or Shelia know beforehand so the oven can be pre-heated.

The Disciples Women’s Ministry reaches out to the community throughout the year, but in December the spirit of Christmas fills fellowship hall. The season includes activities like baking and delivering pies to Stew Pot and Austin Street Center, children decorating Gingerbread Houses, filling and delivering Christmas Stockings to Juliette Fowler and more. 

Come and be a part of this special organization. You do not have to be a member of Central, or any church for that matter, to belong with this group of special women that empowers each woman to find her voice and live out her call.  

Please RSVP as only enough food is prepared and enough places set for those who have responded that they are attending. RSVP to shelia0806@sbcglobal.net.