OKLAHOMA—20 Herbert W. Armstrong College students along with dean of students Stephen Flurry and his wife traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to join Philadelphia Church of God members and ministry from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Ohio for the Fulton Family Winter Weekend on February 11 and 12.
On the Sabbath, 80 members gathered for services at the Callaway Electric Cooperative, after which the room was rearranged for a catered dinner and then again for the games night.
Preaching Elder David Weeks kicked off the festivities by shouting, “Welcome to the Fulton Family Winter Weekend! Also known as the Fuh-Fuh-Wuh-Wuh.”
Everyone was invited to participate in a team competition with game stations with the names Jeopardy, Music, Engineering, Relay, and Cups. Each of the 10 teams had 15 minutes per station before rotating to the next game. The team with the most points at the end of the evening won the Missouri congregational cup trophy.
After one and a half hours of competition one team came out on top, consisting of AC Juniors Ian Lexa and Daniel VanHalteren, and four PCG members: Brian Howard, Chester and Jeanette Ewers, and Kayla Ceglenski. The team cheered as they held the trophy above their heads awaiting a photo.
Local member and engineering station head Jacob Zoellner said, “It was a night of genuine competition and of teamwork that created a unifying, family-building atmosphere.”
Early next morning, church members arrived at the Legends Rec-plex in Fulton, warming up with a game of knockout followed by competitive volleyball. They had a breakfast potluck before returning to group activities which included pickleball, table tennis, dodgeball, cornhole and game involving a parachute and a rope.
Before noon, the group headed to the final event of the weekend, America’s National Churchill Museum, located next to Westminster College where Winston Churchill visited and gave his “Iron Curtain” speech on March 5, 1946. Two tour guides greeted the students, faculty and members and explained the importance of the museum. One of the tour guides expressed his opinion that it was the best 19th-century history museum in America. Half of the group went to view a 30-foot portion of the Berlin Wall outside the front of the museum, and the other half went inside to tour the museum. The tour guide explained Churchill’s early life all the way to his death.
After the tour, members and students said their goodbyes and hit the road to travel back home.
Student body president Izaak Lorenz said, “The weekend went well. It was nice to get the students down to Missouri with Mr. Flurry to see the brethren and spend time with them.”