The Odyssey Scoop

Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Clubhouse Magazine site feature called The Odyssey Scoop. Categorized under The Odyssey Times.

Timothy Center Hosts Many Different Groups
by Nathan Hoobler

A retreat for inner-city youth. A campout for middle school girls. A meeting place for people with traditional values. What do all of these events have in common? The Timothy Center.

Owned and operated by Tom Riley, the Timothy Center has become one of the most popular sites in Odyssey for meetings, camps and conventions.

Riley opened the Center a few years ago after spending some time with children from Oswald Heights. “I had been praying for a new way to reach people in Odyssey for the Lord,” Riley said. “The Timothy Center really provided the answer to my prayers, more than I could ever imagine.”

Despite Riley’s optimism, the Center has experienced some financial difficulties. Several building projects were recently postponed after a string of group cancellations. However, a fund-raiser organized by Timothy Center employee Connie Kendall and the leasing of a few acres of the property by Novacom, a local media company, alleviated the problems.

Riley said he’s always surprised by the wide variety of groups that use the Center. “We’ve hosted horse enthusiasts, family reunions and even tin can artists,” Riley pointed out.

Next month a local chapter of “positive thinkers” known as SMILE (Society for Mental Improvement and Living Enthusiastically) will be holding its annual meeting on the Timothy Center grounds.

Test your knowledge by answering these questions.

Knows the Show: Connie works at the Timothy Center. Where else does she work?
Whit’s End Wonder: The Shepards also work at the Timothy Center. What is the name of their youngest daughter?
Eu-genius: What are the names of Tom’s three horses?

Answers: Connie also works at Whit’s End. The Shepards’ youngest daughter is Bethany. Leah, Rachel and Little Joe are Tom’s horses.


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