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. We also broadcast our WAVE services and TV show Chaos to Calm during the following time slots: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Sundays at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
- participate in any of our ministries
- worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or select 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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by Rev. Don Steele
UNTYING FATHER’S DAY
The traditional gift for Father’s Day is a necktie. I don’t think that I ever got one, but as it turns out, it’s no accident that the traditional gift on Father’s Day has been a necktie or some other item of clothing. That’s because the celebration of Father’s Day in the United States on the third Sunday of June was promoted into a national holiday in the mid-Twentieth Century by men’s clothing manufacturers. To this day, according to one study I read, among retailers of male oriented products, Father’s Day is second only to Christmas in sales.
It’s different in other parts of the world where Father’s Day isn’t celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but is instead celebrated on March 19—St. Joseph’s Day. In those parts of the world, the traditional gift is food for the poor, the idea being for everyone to honor the memory of St. Joseph, the man who treated Jesus as his own child, even though he wasn’t. In those parts of the world, people are encouraged to honor St. Joseph by acting like him, caring for children who are not their own as if they were.
And that’s a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. For our closets are full. And there are children frightened to go to school for fear of being shot there, carrying clear backpacks and bullet proof notebooks and regularly engaging in active shooter drills. There are immigrant children torn away from their parents as they try to enter the United States, seeking asylum from violence at home. There are African American children being taught the truth that the rules for them are different than the rules for white children. There are children who, in this hyper-connected society, are left feeling alone, bullied and rejected, never quite good enough. I wonder if it would be best to start “untying” Father’s Day, and I wonder if instead we could roll up our sleeves and find ways to get to work—St. Joseph work—treating all children as if they were our own.