New senior adult fellowship begins with thank-you banquet

The Rev. Dr. Jan Davis, senior pastor of Central UMC Fayetteville, refills water glasses at the Dec. 7 GoodTimers banquet.

December may have brought cold temperatures to northwest Arkansas, but Central UMC Fayetteville made warm memories with a new fellowship for senior adults called the Central GoodTimers.

Based on the words of the Psalmist, “This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it,” Central GoodTimers is being led by pastors emeriti Dr. Jack Wilson and the Rev. Tony Holifield for the purpose of coming together and celebrating each day as God’s gift with rejoicing.

To launch the new fellowship, the church on Dec. 7 hosted an appreciation banquet to thank Central’s GoodTimers for their past contributions to the church and its many ministries. Music from the ‘30s and ‘40s helped set the atmosphere, along with tables dressed to the nines with centerpieces, tablecloths and china. Church staff members served the luncheon while Central’s director of classic worship, Frode Gundersen, played The Armed Forces Salute to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Already 200 members strong, Central GoodTimers plans to have four events a year—to celebrate, rejoice, and be a continued blessing to many as they fellowship together, making memories of good times shared as God’s people.