Welcome to the Central Presbyterian Church website! We are glad that you have found us! As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our congregation. I welcome you to connect with us in any way that suits you. Among the possible connections, you can:
- listen to podcasts or watch videos of our worship services online
- follow us through Facebook or sign up to receive a weekly update from us by email
- watch live broadcasts of our worship services on local cable TV, Channel 33 on Verizon FIOS, and Channel 36 on Comcast Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with a re-broadcast at noon.
- participate in any of our ministries
- worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. at WAVE
- watch our Parish Associate, Rev. Noelle Kirchner, in her parenting TV series, Chaos to Calm
- read our weekly Staff Blog (below)
As part of our music ministry, we have recently launched the Central Arts Academy, a music school open to the public. Click here to visit their website.
May Christ enrich your life with all God’s grace! –Rev. Don Steele, Senior Pastor
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The poor will always be with us- Jesus tells us in Matthew and in Mark. This passage can sometimes move people to complacency or cause us to feel overwhelmed. Even in the richest country in the world, the persistent problems of poverty confront us every day, with the gap between the rich and the poor most obvious in places like New York City.
In a life of Christian discipleship, we respond to people in need spiritually, and physically. We pray for people in need, for courage, for safety and for discernment. We also respond to these needs physically when we can, whether that is by collecting through Stockpile Sundays, partnering with Midnight Run and Bridges Outreach, hosting families through Family Promise, or by small changes in our lives, like using less and living more simply so that we can be more generous with our time and resources.
But, even in a life of Christian Discipleship, we may not see immediate progress in changing the reality of poverty in our community. Pastor Steele told us in his sermon on Sunday, that when we feel overwhelmed, that it is usually because we are questioning our purpose, stating that when we know the why behind our actions, that we feel empowered.
In contemplating poverty, it might be helpful to look at Deuteronomy 15:11- the passage that Jesus was quoting: “Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.’” This passage tells us how God has us respond to poverty- how God wants us to meet the needs of a very needy world.
Opening our hands to the poor will probably not provide an immediate, measurable result in the local, national or worldwide socioeconomic realities, but living our lives with open hands helps us to know that we are a part of the way that God is acting in people’s lives, using us all to bring help and comfort and hope. In knowing the purpose, sometimes we can move from overwhelmed to inspired.
The poor will always be with us- let’s keep our hands open.