Estalee Simpson accompanied her daughters, Janet Keefer and Carol Carter and Nathan, all of Lenexa, to Savannah, Ga. for the wedding of her grandson, Jared Simpson to Beth Layer. The wedding was held in Savannah on March 29. Jared is the son of Roger Simpson and grandson of Carney and Estalee Simpson.
Tony and Buena Karleskint enjoyed Easter Dinner with their family at Chicken Annie's. Joining them were; Sue and Jerry Mildfelt, Fort Scott, Tom, Sandy Mildfelt and Hunter of Parsons, Jim and Dee Karleskint, Mayetta, Kans., Lawrence and Millie Karleskint, Jack Karleskint, all of Fort Scott, Matt, Katie Karleskint and Allie of Joplin, Mo., Mary Jo and Robbie Clements, Willard, Mo., Pat and Mike Worford, Springfield, Steve, Noelle Grow, Katie and John, Ozark, Eddie and Becky Karleskint and Tony and Heather, Chris, Leah Kay Karleskint, Lake and Luke all of Fort Scott.
Ron and Linda Center hosted Easter dinner for Grant Center, June Hereford, Ronette Center, Scott and James Center, Lindsey Center, Jake and Kelsie Jo Collins.
Maxine Zimmerman, Lorraine Wynn, Ronette and Linda Center hosted a baby shower in honor of, Drayk Allen Beets; Drayk is the son of Nathan and Alicia (Zimmerman) Beets. The shower was held March 4 the the Family Life Center of Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Maxine had two games prepared to get things started, and then Alicia opened Drayk's gifts. Refreshments of a decorated cake, made by Lorriane Wynn, coffee, punch, nuts, and candy were served to over 30 guests. Drayk is the grandson of David and Teresa Zimmerman, the great-grandson of Eddie and Mildred Bosley, and nephew of Leah Zimmerman and great-nephew of Chris Bosley.
The youth of Grace Baptist Tabernacle enjoyed a youth fellowship at the home of Charley and Diane Clay's after church Sunday night. Everyone enjoyed taco salad, chips and dips, pop, and cupcakes.
The Grace Baptist Tabernacle 2008 Faith Promise Missions Conference, Set Our Course For Spiritual Treasure, Navigate in '08, "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." Pastor Jerry Byars, Overland Park, give a "kick off" message to get things started on Sunday, March 9. The Conference was held, Wednesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 16. Our Missionary guests this year were, Steve and Sheila Campbell, Veteran Missionaries to Philippines, Lanny and Judy Wood, Veteran Missionaries to Brazil, Beau and Valerie Moore, New Missionaries to Portugal. Pastor Jerry Byars brought the Sunday morning and evening messages. On Saturday evening there was a wonderful missions dinner with the following countries represented. Brazil table chairwoman, Lorraine Wynn, Philippines and Asian food table co-chairwomen, Ronette and Linda Center, with Teresa Zimmerman and Tina Harper providing and doing the decorations for the tables and wall for them, Portugal table chairwoman, Heather Russell, American food table chairwoman, Beverly Russell, Italian food table chairwomen, Diane Clay and Susan Hixon, Mexican table chairwoman, Shelley Rooks, and the Junk Food Table chairwoman was Brandy Rhoades. The youth provided food for this table. Everyone enjoyed the different countries food, as well as some of their old favorites.
The youth of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle had a special youth service program, Sunday evening, March 30. Their service was as follows: Garret Rash sang "For One Earthly Reason," A trumpet duet by Jacob and Seth Marshall, "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus," a ladies quartet made up of, Brittani Rooks, Brooke Harper, Monica Ramsey, Emily Aikins; sang, "As the Deer," Chase Rooks brought a message on, Fear, his text was taken from II Timothy 1:7, A trumpet duet by Jacob Marshall and Nathan Geiger, "Wings as Eagles," Chase and Brittani Rooks sang a duet, "What Jesus did for Me," Jacob Marshall brought a message on Faith, the text used was Luke 5:17-26, A ladies instrumental, included Brittani Rooks and Monica Ramsey played their flutes; and Katie Gull played her Clarinet. The song they chose was "Holy, Holy, Holy," A young men's trio, Nathan Geier, Jacob Marshall, and Chase Rooks sang "The Wonder of it All," Chase Rooks closed by playing his saxophone, he played: Shine, Jesus Shine," accompanied by his mother, Shelley. Ryan Ramsey was in the sound booth and Bro. Allen Pruitt played the piano for the offertory. It was a remarkable and well thought out program. Of course, Bro. Brian Rooks, youth pastor, and his wife Brandy, oversaw all of the practices, and helped in any way they were needed.
June Hereford, Linda and James Center enjoyed a day in Joplin on Wednesday,
Scott and James Center enjoyed a guy's day out, Saturday March 29. They did some shopping in Joplin, ate lunch and enjoyed being together.