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193 years and counting: Annual Ebenezer encampment starts July 17

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Ebenezer Camp Ground near Center Point in Howard County will begin its 193rd annual encampment with an 8 p.m. service on Friday, July 17th

Daily services will be held at 11a.m. and 8 p.m. with an afternoon service at 3 on Sunday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 22.

The camp will conclude Thursday, July 23.

Rev. David A. Moore of Pruett’s Chapel Methodist Church of Paragould will be the evangelist.  Young campers will be under the direction of Jeremy Carter, children’s minister at First United Methodist Church of Magnolia. Carolyn Carter of Junction City will return as pianist, and Morgan Lee of Butterfield, Arkansas will serve as song leader. Rusty Jones of Gurdon will serve as host pastor. Thomas Lee of Butterfield will speak at the lay service on Sunday afternoon, July 19.. 

The Harmony Band will begin singing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

The Testimonies will play and sing Monday, July 20, at 8 p.m., followed by ice cream after the service.

Youth singers from Grace Point Mennonite Church will perform at 7:45 Wednesday evening, July 22. 

The camp ground is located off Highway 278, three miles north of Center Point.

Ebenezer was first mentioned in available church records in 1822.

In 1837, Rev. John H. Propps donated land for the camp ground near the Center Point Cemetery. John Henry, one of the founders of the original camp ground near Historic Washington, sent his son John Henry Jr. to handle moving arrangements. John Henry is buried in the Center Point Cemetery. 

After moving two more times, seeking more space and spring water, Ebenezer trustees purchased the present 40-acre site in 1837.

For more information, contact:

Bob Lee 501-922-3958:  blee_72104@yahoo.com