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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Laughter’s Healing Art
I remember how relieved I was when, in college, somebody introduced me to C.S. Lewis’ wonderful novel, The Screwtape Letters. Written as a series of letters from a devil, by the name of Screwtape, to his nephew, a devil in training, named Wormwood, everything is upside down in the world of Screwtape. Bad is good. Wrong is right. It’s really quite funny, with one of the letters, number eleven, to be exact, actually focusing on laughter. Uncle Screwtape thinks that there are four causes for human laughter: joy, fun, the joke proper, and flippancy. And while Uncle Screwtape thinks that the devil can use flippancy, and sometimes the joke, he sees less usefulness in joy and in fun, which he sees as often producing “charity, courage, contentment.”
And I was relieved to read this when I was in college, because the Church was to me at that point in my life a huge turn off largely because religion came across to me as something that was so deadly serious, and deeply religious people often seemed to me to be prudes. It’s no overstatement to say that what saved me back then was a community of faithful Christians who laughed and who knew how to have fun.
There’s a line in a wonderful hymn lyric by the late Rev. Fred Kaan about “laughter’s healing art.” Laughter is important, I believe. It’s important in each of our lives, and it’s important in the life of the Church. Which is why, on Sunday, April 29, we are having a Variety Show at Central right after worship. I hope you’ll come. I hope that we can share a laugh and have some fun together.