Transitions

transition-points-title-screenChange is a constant in this world and Central Presbyterian Church is no different. With that in mind we’d like to announce that we have a new Church Secretary! Justine Anton will now be available 4 days a week. Monday she’ll be in the office from 12:30-4:30pm. Tuesday through Thursday she’ll be in the office from 4pm-6pm. Justine Anton will now be available Monday and Friday Afternoons. This schedule is subject to change. If you have any new announcements or prayer requests please continue to use the email address office@centralprespb.com. That address can also be used to update your contact information, submit an article for the newsletter, or have prayer requests removed from the prayer list. As Justine gets situated please be understanding if something is misspelled, or something is omitted from a bulletin or newsletter. Thanks for understanding as we enter this time of transition.

Holy Week 2017

Holy Weeks starts tomorrow with a joint Palm Sunday Service at First Presbyterian Church @ 717 W. 32nd Ave. Pine Bluff, AR. A meal will be available for a donation after the service in their fellowship hall. Holy Week continues with our Maundy Thursday Service at 6pm. A meal will be provided during this service. We will have 3 unique Good Friday Services available…a short prayer service at 7am, a longer prayer service at Noon, and a traditional worship service at 7pm. Our Easter Services will start at 8am with a Easter Breakfast Buffet at 8am. An Easter Egg hunt is happening at 9am. And our Easter Morning Cantata Service will take place at 10am. We’ll be taking up 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.

OGHS: Restoring Streets in Syria

In 2012, civil war broke out in Syria, where ISIL’s presence continues to create violence and fear. More than 250,000 people have been killed, and 13.5 million others have had to leave their homes to seek safety in Lebanon, Europe, and the United States.

Thanks to our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was able to respond to this refugee crisis soon after it began. Working with churches in the region, primarily the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, PDA helps Syrian refugee children in Lebanon continue their education and provides refugee families food, shelter, and heating oil. Across the denomination, PDA assists efforts by congregations to resettle Syrian refugees. Their welcoming hands bear witness to our biblical imperative
to extend hospitality to the stranger and the foreigner.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

IMG_0764Central Presbyterian Church’s Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is Tues. Februrary 28th at 5:30 pm! 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!

Chili Bowl & Souper Bowl

2017_posterThe Men of the Church will be holding a Chili fundraiser on Saturday, Feb 4th, at 11 am. You can dine in or take one to go! Then, Sunday, Feb. 5th, we’ll be collecting canned goods and monetary donations for Neighbor to Neighbor of Pine Bluff during the annual Souper Bowl of Caring following worship! Thanks for supporting our church and we hope to see you there!

Welcome Pastor Jai Kwak!

14067973_10207133065154164_950544093235807198_oCentral Presbyterian Church is proud to announce Pastor Jai Kwak has accepted a call to join us as Pastor/Head of Staff. Pastor Jai arrives from Chattanooga, TN with his wife Young Ju Oh. They are parents of two sons, who are both currently attending college in Georgia.

Pastor Jai has served as a Trauma and Oncology chaplain, a staff chaplain at a long-term care facility, and an associate pastor of an immigrant church. Central Presbyterian is thrilled to welcome Pastor Jai and his family to Pine Bluff and can not wait to see where the Lord will lead us in the future!

The General Assembly

ga222-circle-colors-vector-smaller-border-300x292Every other year when Our General Assembly meets, it’s helpful to remind ourselves what it is. It’s helpful to remember, too, how we are organized. The Presbyterian Church, USA is a “representational” Church. We are not a “hierarchical” church where many key decisions are made by a bishop or a central body. We are not a “congregational” church, independent from all other congregations and church bodies,
making decisions that apply only to us.

  •  We follow a pattern we find in the Scriptures. We are led by “ruling elders,” elected by a congregation, and “teaching elders,” church pastors and others in different ministries.
  • A group of Presbyterian congregations in a geographical area is a “presbytery.” Central, Faith, and First here in Pine Bluff, along with almost 90 other congregations, are part of Arkansas
    Presbytery.
  •  Groups of Presbyteries in different regions of the country are called a “synod.” Presbyterians in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, are in the Synod of the Sun.

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