Christmas Eve Schedule:
10:00 a.m. 4th Sunday of Advent Service
4:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service with Pageant
7:30 p.m. Musical Prelude
8:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
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
by Rev. Deborah Huggins
This next week we will be lighting the pink candle on our advent wreath. Tradition puts this candle as the Joy candle or the angel candle- I have always thought of it as a special reminder of the place of women in the church. It is not tied to any kind of orthodoxy or tradition, I just remember looking at that pink candle as a kid and thinking “The pink one is the girl’s candle.” Although my understanding of gender roles (and traditional colors) has evolved, I still like thinking of this coming Sunday as “Women in the Church” Sunday.
In the life of the church we see the gifts of women all around us. We see women who make faith a priority for families, we see women who lead in our Sunday School and music programs, and women who serve as Deacons, as Elders and as pastors and musicians. It turns out that women have always had a big role in the church. In the New Testament, three women of great note are Priscilla, Lydia and Phoebe. Priscilla was one of the first female teachers and authors in the first century church, and many attribute the book of Hebrews to her. Lydia was a wealthy cloth merchant, who financed much of Paul’s ministry, and Phoebe was one of Paul’s Patrons, by whose authority Paul found access and protection. Women leadership was crucial to the development of our faith.
As we light the Pink Candle this Sunday- I hope that all of us- women of the church- and all of us who love and respect women feel the light of these amazing women- saints of the church who have loved God and served people- creating a beautiful legacy for us all.