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- 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!
- Peace At All Times, In All Ways
October 6th is World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with our brothers and sisters around the world. It’s perhaps the most appropriate day of the year to receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering — to think about what it means to be peacemakers, to be witnesses and advocates for compassion, peace and justice. To seek “peace in all times in all ways” (2 Thess. 3:16).
Celebration of World Communion Sunday, as it was originally known, was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate with us, extending the celebration to a large number around the world. World Communion Sunday is a gift of the Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church, and on October 6th it will be celebrated around the world by many denominations.
Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, invites us to the table. It is a big table and we share it with many.
We share our table with those around the nation and the globe who are united in their belief that a culture of rape is not acceptable. Our Peace & Global Witness Offering supports a multitude of ministries and programs on the local and national level to address the fact that one in every three women has suffered gender-based violence.
We share our table with those who are currently incarcerated, and those who were previously incarcerated. Congregations and mid councils around the nation are choosing to use their share of the Peace & Global Witness Offering to help lift up those who seek a better path.
We share our table with those seeking refuge and reconciliation arising from conflict. Our Peace & Global Witness Offering allows many to work for Christ’s peace on local and regional levels, as well as to extend their witness to more distant and war-torn places.
We share our table.
We open our doors.
We answer God’s call, expressed in 2nd Thessalonians, to seek “peace, at all times in all ways.”
And we do this with open hearts. We do it together. On World Communion Sunday, please think about all those with whom we share our table — with all those with whom we share a commitment to “peace at all times, in all ways.” Please give generously to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.
For when we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.
Participate at Central Presbyterian Church on Oct. 6th, or text PEACE to 56512 to learn more or to give to the Peace & Global Witness offering or visit PCUSA.org/peace-global.
- Church Directory Update
Central Presbyterian Church is asking everyone to update their information for a new Church Directory and Prayer Chain. Information provided will not be pass to third parties. We hope to release the updated directory in the fall. Thanks for your participation! Click here to update your information!
- Flooding Response
Now that the waters of the Arkansas River are receding, the real work is beginning.
Many have asked how to help in the wake of the flooding that has plagued Arkansas. So we will answer the question as comprehensively, briefly, and helpfully as we can.
Recovery is a slow process.
What the needs are and what you can do:
Prayer: Prayer is always needed in response to disasters. Please pray for everyone affected by the flooding, those who are assisting in the flood response, and those who are friends and relatives of those affected and responding.
Through the Presbytery Disaster Preparedness and Response Subcommittee (DPRS), which is funded by your contributions:
Your donations help DPRS meet unmet needs in Arkansas. That is, we help community groups resource rebuilding for people who lack their own resources to recover. In recent years, DPRS has helped the communities of Vilonia, Mayflower, Pocahontas, and McGehee rebuild after tornadoes and flooding. We will assist long-term recovery groups in communities along the river.
DPRS collaborates with our community partners, for example, United Methodists, Southern Baptists, Roman Catholics, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and others to be sure that our helping work is coordinated, doesn’t step on each other’s toes, and provides assistance to the neediest survivors first. The partners will help each other now and for the long term. Recovery takes a long time, months and even years. Checks can be made to the Central Presbyterian Church and put Flood Response on the memo line and the donations will be forwarded to the DPRS.
Through Ferncliff: Send money to Ferncliff for supplies for Church World Service cleanup buckets and Gifts of the Heart — or make up buckets and/or kits and send them to Ferncliff. Ferncliff can buy supplies wholesale, so money is a welcome gift. Link to kit and bucket lists is at https://cwskits.org/
Through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), which is funded by your contributions through One Great Hour of Sharing and designated gifts:
The PCUSA disaster arm, PDA, has already reached out to us, and General Presbyter Stewart Smith has already requested a small PDA grant. Other assistance may be available as time passes. You can contribute to PDA’s North American Disaster Relief Fund at https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000015/
Thank you for prayerfully considering how you will respond.
- Save The Dates!
We have several upcoming events at CPC! Saturday May 11th the ladies of the church are headed back to Keo to eat at Charlottes and do some antiquing! Contact Laura Cosner if your are interested! Sunday June 2nd is Senior Sunday! We’ll be honoring our Graduating High School Seniors, Benjimen Neal and Brynne Massey. Finally on Saturday June 15th we’ll be taking a trip to Crenshaw Springs Waterpark in White Hall. If you are interested in joining us please let the church office know! We hope to see everyone at these great events!!
- Holy Week 2019
It’s Holy Week! The Palm Sunday sermon is available here. Holy Week continues with our Maundy Thursday Service at 6pm. This will be a small service with a soup/sandwich potluck meal. We will have 2 opportunities to worship on Good Friday. The first service will be at 2:30pm in the CPC Sanctuary. The Second service will be a joint service at First Presbyterian Church of Stuttgart. That service will begin at 6pm. Bus service from CPC to Stuttgart will be available. The bus will leave at 5:15pm. Our Easter Services will start at 8:30am with a Easter Breakfast. An Easter Egg hunt is happening at 9:30am. And our Easter Morning Cantata Service will take place at 11am. Please make note of this slight change from our usual Easter start times. We’ll be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Easter Sunday. For information about that click HERE. We hope to see you as we celebrate this Holy Week.