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Central Presbyterian Church will not be holding in person worship services through the month of May. Follow us on social media for further updates as we decide on when it is appropriate to reopen. Please enjoy our streamed services featured below. If you’re looking for older services check out our Podcast or Videos on our YouTube Channel.
The 5-24-2020 service is featured above. You can find the bulletin for this service here.
- One Great Hour of Sharing
In Isaiah 58, the author is addressing a people who have returned to Jerusalem,
where the Temple—God’s house—was in shambles. I imagine it was a heartbreaking
scene. And in that rubble, the prophet challenges the people not to rebuild the
building or to restore their religious rituals, but to care for the hungry, the weak and
the vulnerable–the prophet called the people to become the house of God. We are called to become, as Isaiah promised long ago, “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in”.
Together, we become the household of God.
During this time of crisis, with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening, we are
reminded that the most vulnerable in our midst suffer first, most and longest. One Great Hour of Sharing has, for over 70 years, supported the most vulnerable among us. Because of our support, the Church is able to deepen its commitment to serve. In the days ahead, staff of Self-Development of People, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be working with presbyteries to identify and support essential congregational ministries, especially in anti-poverty
work. The Church’s response to the present crisis will begin with the most at-risk communities across the country and around the world, as well as those facing spikes of racism in response to this disease.
Through One Great Hour of Sharing, a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we extend shelter to those who have no place to stay, offer compassion to those who have pain—be it physical, emotional, or spiritual—and we set a feast, with God, for those who lack access to enough food to eat. During these uncertain times, we depend on our Church, faith, family and God’s grace to see us through. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. We are the Church, together.
Please Give Generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Donate online at http://presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs or text SHARING to 56512. Thank You.
- A COVID-19 Update 4-5-20
In Light of the COVID-19 Concerns, The session of Central Presbyterian Church has decided to cancel our in person Sunday worship service until further notice. Please enjoy our streamed services featured below. If you’re looking for older services check out our Podcast or Videos on our YouTube Channel or on Facebook.
- 3-22-20 COVID-19 Update
The session of Central Presbyterian Church has decided to cancel our 3-22-20 Sunday worship service. We will be streaming an abbreviated service this Sunday at 11 am. RIGHT HERE & on our Facebook page! We hope you can join us (and wash your hands)! Http://www.facebook.com/centralprespb
- A COVID-19 Update
In Light of the COVID-19 Concerns, The session of Central Presbyterian Church has decided to cancel our in person Sunday worship service. We will attempt streaming an abbreviated service this Sunday, March 15th, at 11 am. We hope you can join us! Http://www.facebook.com/centralprespb
- Shrove Tuesday!
Central Presbyterian Church’s Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Tues. Februrary 25th at 5:30 pm! $8 Per Person, $20 for a family. Bring the family for a heaping helping of Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, and all the fixings! Then come back on Wednesday for our Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 pm. Begin Lent with Central Presbyterian Church!
- Souper Sunday
More than 30 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group…
“Lord, even as we enjoy the Souper Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”
Since that day, more than $153 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. Central Presbyterian Youth has raised $1700 for local charities in the last decade through the Souper Bowl of Caring mission! It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.
Through this mission, CPC Youth learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as they collect food and raise money. Be part of this movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need.
Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. Every dollar and canned good donated will go to Neighbor to Neighbor of Jefferson County our 2020 Souper Bowl of Caring charity of choice.
- It’s Not Too Late
In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up. We scour the stores and shops, hoping to come across the thing that will communicate a depth of love that our words cannot.
As important as gifts to loved ones are, we have an opportunity to give gifts that help many people we do not know through the Christmas Joy Offering. These gifts in particular draw us back to the manger and God’s perfect gift to us — Jesus Christ.
Jesus came to live among us, bringing light into darkness, and reconciliation to God and to one another. A perfect gift from a gracious God.
During this Christmas and Advent Season, we celebrate leadership; past, present and future through support of the Christmas Joy Offering. We do so because church leaders greatly impact our lives of faith, walking with us down the path to be more like Jesus. We want those church leaders and their families who find themselves grappling with a critical financial need to have the resources they need which are provided through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions.
We also support the offering to help our future leaders in the church and world, like those educated at our Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Supporting these students helps the whole church develop leaders who reflect the wideness of God’s intended diversity.
For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift.
Ways To Give
Text JOY to 56512 to learn more or donate
Online at presbyterianmission.org/give/christmasjoy
- The Christmas Calendar
CPC has Christmas Ornaments available! The price is $5 and a display stand is available as well for $3. If you’re interested please contact the Church office. In the picture above the ornament is blue, but it is actually Purple. Also, on the actual ornament it says “Est. 1910” under Pine Bluff, AR
Our Choir is holding it’s Christmas Cantata on the Sunday of December 22nd. Our annual Christmas Eve. Service will be held on December 24th at 4:30 pm. We hope to see you at both events!
- Canned Food Drive
Central Presbyterian Church has been asked to provide 200 Cans of Sweet Potato to Neighbor to Neighbor of Pine Bluff for Their Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals. Any assistance that you can provide would be appreciated. Please leave donations on the table in McElyea Hall. Thanks for your support of our friends and neighbors!
- Trunk or Treat is BACK!
Trunk or Treat is October 26th at 5pm! We’ll have Hot Dogs, Candy, A Bounce House, and a lot more! Make sure you grab a friend, put on your costume, and head on over to Central for a great time! We’ll be collecting Canned Good’s for Neighbor to Neighbor of Pine Bluff. So help out the needy and grab some treats. We hope to see you there!