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Falls Creek to Celebrate 100 Years in 2017: Centennial Celebration Committee announces Labor Day events

DAVIS—In 2017, Falls Creek will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Plans to celebrate this milestone are in the works, including major events at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center on Sept. 2-3, 2017.

The Falls Creek 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee, led by chairman Danny Ringer, Director of Missions for Beckham-Mills Association, has been meeting for months to plan various ways to recognize and celebrate Falls Creek’s Centennial year.

“When J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer stood on the Falls Creek grounds in 1917, we are told they envisioned a place where God would work in mighty ways in the lives of young people,” said Ringer. “Even these visionary men, though, could not possibly have imagined just how many lives would be changed forever by Falls Creek over the last 100 years. In 2017, we are planning many ways to celebrate this incredible legacy of faith, including through a major event over Labor Day weekend.”

On Saturday, Sept. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Falls Creek, a Night of Praise concert event will take place, featuring Charlie Hall, Jami Smith, Matt Roberson, Cody Dunbar, The Skit Guys and others.

“The Night of Praise is a modern Falls Creek worship experience like none other,” said Falls Creek Program Director Andy Harrison. The concert is a ticketed event, and tickets will go on sale in the spring of 2017. Harrison anticipates more than 6,000 will attend.

The following evening, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Falls Creek, a reunion-style Homecoming Service will take place, featuring Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan, musical guest Bill Green, a Falls Creek reunion choir and more. The Homecoming Service is free of charge and open to the public.

“The Homecoming Service will present a classic Falls Creek worship service, where we praise God for 100 years of His blessings at Falls Creek,” said Randy Lind, BGCO Worship and Music Specialist, who will direct the reunion choir. Lind and the BGCO Music Office will announce in the coming months details about how Oklahoma Baptists across the state can participate in the Falls Creek Reunion Choir.

According to Jordan, a vast majority of Oklahoma Baptists have a connection to Falls Creek and a story of faith. Calling Falls Creek a “spiritual landmark,” Jordan said, “For many people, Falls Creek was where they professed faith in Christ, believing the Gospel and receiving forgiveness of sins and new life in Jesus. For many others, Falls Creek was where they heard a call from the Lord to vocational ministry.

“Falls Creek had a profound impact on my life and ministry. We are so thankful to the Lord for these 100 years, and I am truly thrilled to see plans come together to celebrate in 2017,” he added.

The Centennial Committee will be announcing ways that churches can participate in the Labor Day weekend events, offering details about attractions that will be offered during that weekend.

Look for coverage in future editions of the Baptist Messenger about the 100th anniversary of Falls Creek or visit www.fallscreek.org/100.

Brian Hobbs

Author: Brian Hobbs

Brian is editor of The Baptist Messenger.

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