Gearing up for Everest!

everest-vbs-logo-HiRes-CMYKIt’s may be Hot outside but a cold wind will be blowing into Central Presbyterian Church this July when the Everest VBS starts July 25th! We’re looking forward to learning about God with our Bible Buddies Klymer, Cliff, Yeddy, Mallory, and Pike. If you’re interested in helping or are looking for more information about volunteering or signing your children up for Everest, Contact the Church Office, Laura Beth Pierce, or Amanda Chandler. You can also get the official Everest app for Android and iOS!

MASM Summer Fun Trip!

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Mark your calendar for June 13, for our first Summer Fun Youth Trip. We will load up and head to Hot Springs to tour the newly remodeled Mid-America Science Museum. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in McElyea Hall. We will leave at 10:00 a.m., eat lunch in Hot Springs, and then head to the museum. We plan to return around 6:00 p.m. Volunteers, chaperons, and donations are needed and welcomed to help with this trip.

Forging a Future of Faith

pent_donationpage-350x0What led you to becoming a believer?

Chances are, your relationship with God started when you were young. You were probably introduced to the church by your parents. But what kept you coming back?

Can you think of a time you had a chance to volunteer through church, and learn to serve God by serving others? Did a youth pastor help you understand Scripture, and deepen your faith? Did you attend a youth group, and make lifelong friends? Did you face a challenge, and find help in a church-supported program?

Growing up is hard. Growing up without these positive experiences is hard to imagine. Studies show young people who participate in their religion reap benefits not only in their youth, but well into adulthood.

That’s why the Pentecost Offering (received April 6-May 24) is so important. This Offering supports a diverse range of youth programs: helping children at risk, providing opportunities for Young Adult Volunteers to serve around the world, sharing the gospel and making connections through youth ministry, and creating bright futures through advocacy for and education of children.

The Pentecost Offering is your chance to give the positive influence of our faith to a young person who needs it today.

If you like the idea of lending support close to home, know that 40% of your Pentecost Offering gift will stay with your congregation to help youth right in your own community. But whether the Offering is used near or far, every gift helps young people grow with God—making an incredible difference in the world.

Please give generously:

A Busy Busy May!

month-of-may-flowersWe have a lot going on around CPC this month! Here are just a few of the things on the calendar that are happening soon!

Saturday, May 9th the CPC Men invite everyone to join them in the NAMI Walk at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock at 9 am. Click Here for more info and Click Here to Donate to NAMI!

Sunday, May 24th is Pentecost Sunday and we’ll be welcoming Lance Jones as our Guest Minster! We’ll also be taking up the Pentecost offering. Click Here to Give to the Pentecost Offering!

Sunday, May 31st is Youth Sunday. Our Youth and Youth Leaders are planning a wonderful service. You will not want to miss this time to see our youth in action as they lead our worship that day.

The Digital Scene

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The Central Scene has gone digital! As always we’ll continue to host the Central Scene here at the website, but in an effort to be more environmentally responsible and cost conscious, we’re changing the newsletter’s preferred delivery method to E-mail! April’s Newsletter has already been sent via E-mail. We’ll also be delivering this month’s via postal mail as well. April will be the last delivered to your postal address if you don’t let the church office know of your preference for postal mail. If you didn’t receive one via email, would prefer to keep receiving the newsletter via postal mail, or would like to add someone to the mailing list for the newsletter, please contact the church office.

The Impact of OGHS

one-great-hour-of-sharing-logo“Faith in Jesus is why I’m involved in this new initiative. It’s not a social program, it’s a gospel program, the way I look it.”

Joseph Johnson, a member of Self-Development of People (SDOP), challenges you to dream big—for all God’s people.

“Jesus told the church, ‘you feed them, you take care of people, you respond to people, you interact with people, you find ways to change lives and ultimately the world,’” he says.

Johnson is part of a new initiative focused on the New Orleans/Delta region. It brings together members of SDOP, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program—all of which are already working within the region on other projects—to more effectively help families still suffering nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. The three ministry areas, all part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, are supported through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that is taken up during our Easter Sunday service.

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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

Our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place Next Tuesday at 5:30 PM. Come and enjoy a fabulous fellowship meal!

For Ash Wednesday this year we’re making a small change to what we do. We’re adding a second Noon Ash Wednesday service to our regularly scheduled Evening service that happens at 6pm. We hope this allows everyone who would like to attend a chance to participate in our Ash Wednesday services.

Crystal Bridges Field Trip

216654_10151568303052328_910392769_nThe Presbyterian Women have scheduled an overnight trip to Northwest Arkansas to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this February 20th and 21st. A new traveling exhibit called Van Gogh to Rothko:Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is opening on Feb. 21st! A signup sheet is available for those interested in McElyea Hall. Since this will be an overnight trip there will be a deadline of February 12 for signing up. This trip is open to all members and friends! We hope that you can join us on this exciting trip!

New Year Chili Luncheon! Postponed!

Chili-Logo-FINAL-WEB-31-200x300AHappy New Year! The Men’s Fellowship group will be holding our annual Chili Luncheon on UPDATE: Sunday January 25th after morning worship. We rescheduled due for to worship cancelation on the 11th. The 3rd Sunday fellowship luncheon will go on as scheduled. The cost will be $6 per person and $18 per family of 3 or more. To go orders will be available for purchase! The proceeds raised will go toward various projects around the church including painting the wooden fence around the building and it will also help fund the Men’s bi-annual retreat. We hope to see everyone there!