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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
PARENT AND CHILD
I remember when it really first hit me that I was a father. I was standing in one of these huge grocery stores in the florist department, buying flowers for my wife who had just given birth to our first son. A friend saw me and after hearing the news said, “”To be a father to a son is a special thing.” It was not a particularly profound statement, but it took my breath away. I was a father! I had a child, a son! Over the years, my children—my two sons have had their share of ups and downs, like all people. And yet, I have felt those ups and maybe especially those downs unlike I have felt them for anyone else. Watching them go through something difficult has been worse than going through something difficult myself. And I think of other parents whose children have experienced situations even more difficult than the ones that my boys have faced—the parents who have lost a child—the parents whose child was never born. Here at Central, we are beginning to plan for how we can acknowledge the losses over which parents grieve. Starting with a children’s library and stars on a bulletin board, I wonder what suggestions you have about how we can lift each other up when child’s life takes a downward turn.
–Pastor Don Steele