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 of our worship services online
- follow us through Twitter or “friend” 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.)
- 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
Demolition of the Glass Hallway for the Ramp Project begins on Monday, July 18. The roadway/parking area outside the Glass Hallway will be closed. Parking will be available in the nursery school lot via Elm Street, and the Maple Street lot directly from Maple Street. Please use caution as the Maple Street exit will have 2-way traffic!
Please use the Maple Street door to access the church.
OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
This summer, we are undergoing construction at Central Church, but we are open! The entrance that most of us use is being made handicap accessible—evidence in brick and mortar of our vision to be central to the life of our community, accessible to everyone. And while the construction will shut down that entrance, we will remain open with current information here on this website about how to gain access to the building.
And we hope that you will be coming by this summer, because while the summer is a time to take vacation, Central is still active. In morning worship, Rev. Huggins and I are collaborating on two series of sermons, the first being based on a wonderful, older book by Frederick Buechner, entitled, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale. While our sermon series will deal with the themes of the book, nothing replaces reading it, and I would encourage you to do that. The second sermon series will be based on the Lord’s Prayer, but not the version that most of us know, taken from the Gospel of Matthew. Our sermon series will be based on the version of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of chapter eleven of the Gospel of Luke.
We will also be holding our usual rite of summer—a worship service that is a “hymnsing,” on Sunday, August 14 at 10 am. Of course, in August, every morning service will begin with a short hymnsing in which members of the congregation will pick the hymns that we will sing, but on August 14, our entire service will consist of hymns that you are invited to help to pick by “voting” for five of your favorites. I will be offering a short meditation during the service on the 14th based on one of my favorite hymns, “Lead On, O King Eternal.” We hope that you will vote even if you don’t plan to be here on August 14, because we will use the suggested hymns as we select hymns throughout the coming year.
And we will have evening WAVE services on Sunday, July 24, August 14 and 28 at 5:30 on the Maple Street lawn, weather permitting, each including dinner. I will be engaging those attending in conversations about race, in particular focusing on issues of prejudice, privilege, and power. As usual for WAVE, the atmosphere will be informal and relaxed—one that I hope will prove to be conducive for some honest reflection on how race has impacted each of our lives.
And so, we hope to see you this summer. And wherever you might find yourself over the next weeks, we hope that you will sense God’s love surrounding you. Until we meet again…..
Pastor Don Steele