Romantic renditions part of tradition

Bill Forbes performing “The Baby Song.”

By Shelia Huffman

Fellowship Hall was transformed into a romantic Cabaret showcasing beautifully appointed tables to host Sunday’s annual Valentine dinner, a Central Christian Church tradition. Lunch was an Italian themed buffet of signature lasagna, garden salad and Parmesan rolls from Dallas landmark Jimmy’s Food Store. Decadent desserts featuring chocolate, strawberries and other confections associated with Valentine’s were provided by members of the church. Entertainment, under the direction of Michael Raines, included classic love songs, a dramatic reading from “Romeo and Juliette” and “The Baby Song” by George Burns. Performing were talented members of Central’s chancel choir: Marsha Anderson, Bill Forbes, Tim Caffee, Lois Leftwich and Eric Stolpe. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make the day another sweet success and a special thanks to Lisa Huisenga for overseeing the kitchen and getting the food on the table.

Central Christian Church may be the oldest continuously operating Protestant Church in Dallas (founded in 1863) but it is young at heart. Fellowship, activities and outings like Sunday’s Valentine dinner are an important part of church life. Central is also home to a community dog park and services are held the first and third Sunday of the month in the park so you can “take your dog to church.”

Saturday will feature a Latke cooking class in the church kitchen; next week the Disciples women will enjoy lunch prepared by the culinary students at El Centro College; and in March the group will head, once again, to the Granbury Opera House for a musical performance.

The church is located at 4711 Westside Dr. in Dallas.