When one door closes, another opens is a cliche that holds true for a growing church in the small town of Cullison, a few miles west of Pratt.
When the Methodist congregation in Cullison closed the door to the church at 203 East Central in 2011, Cullison residents Chris Booi and the late Don Rose bought the building in memory of their late wives, which led several years later to a new door opening and the establishment of Round Up Saturday Night Church, pastored by Darin Dauner, assisted by daughter Krystal Dauner.
“As far as I know, we’re the only church in the area holding services on Saturday nights,” said Krystal Dauner. “We welcome everyone. Dress is casual.”
Dauner said some have been confused about the Cullison church in thinking it is only for cowboys.
“We are not a cowboy church,” she said. “Saturday Night we call Round Up Saturday Night and Round Up for short. We chose Saturday night so people attending Sunday church could also worship with us.”
“We have about 20 to 30 attendees weekly for worship, with some driving in from as 60 miles to attend,” said member Bobbie Booi of Cullison.
This Saturday the church will hold baptisms and child dedications during their regular 6:15 p.m. service.
The Round Up Church is under the affiliation of Asland Ministries, which also sponsors “CelebrateRecovery,” a program led by Joe Novotny of Coats, which meets at 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cullison Church.
“It’s a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for any hurt, habit or hang-up that has negatively affected your life,” Dauner said. “Whether it’s low self-esteem, abandonment, rejection, drugs, pornography, co-dependence, fear, failure, control, grief, shame, smoking, past abuse or alcohol, there is hope for regaining peace in your life.”
“CelebrateRecovery meets every single Wednesday night and we welcome anyone 18 or older who is struggling with any kind of hurt,” she said. “Participants remain anonymous and everything is confidential.”
In addition to other activities, Round Up Church hosts a potluck dinner at 5:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, prior to worship service.
“Anyone who wants to can come,” Booi said.
Dauner also holds a women’s faith conference, “Affinity in Christ,” every first Saturday of the month at 1 to 3:30 p.m at The Barron, 313 South Main, in Pratt, open to all ages of women.
The Dauners, who have roots in Sawyer where they make their home, sponsor the websites: www.aslandministries.com, www.cullisonroundup.com, and maintain a Facebook presence as “Affinity in Christ.”