During the last week of October, we will be having photos taken for the new church directory! In an effort to make selecting your appointment time as easy as possible, you can follow this link and do it online. Please let the church office know if you have any questions or problems.
Central Christian Church is excited for the next show from C3PAM; God’s Favorite, by Neil Simon.
Shows are September 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 and September 21 and 27 at 2:30.
As always our productions are performed FREE of charge.
God’s Favorite Synopsis:
Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day ‘Job” with a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household employees. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton (A Messenger from God) with a mission: Test Joe’s faith and report back to “the Boss”. The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.
As a ministry of New Albany’s Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), our goal is to provide quality
theater with spiritual themes to the residents of New Albany and the greater Southern Indiana/North-central
Kentucky areas. We strive to provide theater that is admission-free, in order to allow everyone to participate,
despite their financial means.
by Jane Godfrey Membership Department
Not once did either of them pull out their smart phones to receive and respond to a text message. Traditional, comfortable, kind, gentle and loving are words that come to mind as I reflect on my visit with Earl and Jean Jackson. In this crazy world of distraction, forcing one’s own agenda, selfishness, lack of respect for others and greed; the two of them are wonderfully, refreshingly the opposite.
My assignment was to interview Earl but I quickly realized I couldn’t very well do this without including Jean because ‘they just go together like peas and carrots’ (Forrest Gump movie quote).
Growing up in southern Indiana in the 30s, Earl and his twin brother, Irvin farmed and learned carpentry work from their father. Earl recalled the hard work and many weeks of bailing hay and cutting firewood. As a young man, carpentry was a skill that allowed him to earn a living as he built houses and worked for various companies in the area. He has used his skills to improve his own places of residence with help from friend and fellow church member, Thurman Spray.
Earl was an order clerk at Belknap Hardware for 20 years not realizing his future wife worked for the same company. He was also the custodian at our church for several years.
In the meantime, Jean McNaughton and her family moved to New Albany when she was 16. She recalls living across the street from Jeannie Ritz (Bob Ritz’s sister). Jean worked for Belknap Hardware for 37 years as a bookkeeper. She started attending Central Christian Church.
Earl and Jean both grew up attending Methodist churches with their families. Both were engaged to someone else for a period of time before they were introduced to each other by mutual friends: Merwyn and Connie Fisher of Pekin, Indiana. After breaking off a 5-year engagement that was not leading to a promising future, Earl was eager to meet Jean. They were married on June 25, 1966 at Central Christian Church by Reverend Ralph Saunders.
Earl and Jean have no children of their own but helped raise her brother’s 3 children who lived next door. Jean laughingly recalls the children checking the dinner menu at both homes before deciding where they wanted to show up for dinner.
Earl enjoys shopping at yard sales for a good bargain. About 18 years ago, he recalls picking up an old-fashioned ladies bonnet at a yard sale that might be useful in a play that our church was getting ready for. He took the bonnet to church and tried it on for fun. Just then the new pastor at the time, Randy Miles saw him. Earl knew he had made a good first impression wearing the bonnet. (Jean was laughing as Earl shared this story.)
Earl and Jean moved to River Crossing retirement apartments in Charlestown in 2012. They enjoy the friendships they have made there. Earl is known by some of their neighbors for telling tall tales. He has fun seeing the look on their faces when they aren’t sure if what he says is true or not.
The two of them play pool and bingo, sometimes winning cash. Earl likes to work jigsaw puzzles; many of which are framed and on display in the hallways. Jean and Earl attend church services in the gathering area of their apartment complex but still think of Central Christian Church as their home church.