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The Session of Central Presbyterian Church is happy to announce we are returning to in person worship on Sunday May 2nd! Things will look a bit different starting out. We’ll be requiring mask usage in the church and asking everyone to socially distance in the sanctuary. We’re excited to see everyone and hope to everyone can join us!
For those who won’t be able to join us in person we’ll be attempting to stream the service on Facebook and YouTube. There are some technical issues we’ll need to iron out before then so please be patient with us while we get all of this up and working!
- Because Water is Life
When Manuel Nazario casts his net into the water these days, his catch is far less plentiful.
In the remote area of Bolivia near the Paraguay-Argentina border, Manuel and the members of his indigenous community are finding that fishing, their traditional livelihood, is now in severe jeopardy.
The Capirendita (pronounced CAP-IR-EN-DITA) community is grappling with the devastating impact of climate change, irregular rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts, disease and mining pollution. As a result, their age-old ways of life and their means of economic support are increasingly threatened. The degradation of the environment and the mounting lack of access to water threatens their very survival.
Manuel has emerged as one of the leaders in his fishing community. A born innovator and community organizer, he is now leading the families in Capirendita toward the promise of a better way, in partnership with a local organization called CERDET (Center for Regional Studies of Tarija). Together they are working to develop irrigation systems and to collect and store rainwater for safe drinking.
Because of gifts received through One Great Hour of Sharing, like the gifts you and I will make to this Offering here in our congregation, CERDET is building infrastructure to address the communities’ critical water shortage. Their goal is to create 500 meters of pipes to transport safe well water to those in need. Manuel will be responsible for carrying out the excavation work on the underground piping system. Our gifts will also support the distribution of plastic containers to collect and save rainwater.
One Great Hour of Sharing helps us address critical water needs in places like South Sudan, training technicians to dig water wells for their communities and on maintenance, hygiene and sanitation. And in places like Detroit, our gifts have joined We the People of Detroit to secure access to water for those who have had their water shut off during the pandemic. Imagine not being able to wash anything during the pandemic! One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to share God’s love by becoming “repairers of the breach,” joining with people in need to build God’s house, together. Together we are making a better world for those in need no matter where they are. Please give generously, for when we all do a little — it adds up to a lot.
Text SHARING to 56512 to learn more about how your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing makes a difference, or visit http://pcusa.org/oghs
- Building a Life of Faith
Take a minute to look back on your life. Who all have you lived with? In the earliest parts of our lives, we might live with parents or grandparents or other caring adults. Perhaps siblings. Over the years, we might live with friends and extended family, family of choice or even sometimes with strangers. And sometimes we might find ourselves living alone.
No matter whom we live with now, or whom we have lived with before, God’s vision for the world is that everyone find a place within God’s kingdom—God’s house. What we celebrate at Pentecost is God’s pouring out of the Holy Spirit so that people of every identity and language can hear a word of welcome into God’s household. All belong in God’s household, and we get to live together, and learn together and celebrate together.
At Pentecost, we look especially to the children, youth and young adults with whom God has called us to live. The psalmist reminds us of the importance of faith being established during our earliest years, saying, “God from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” God’s youngest family members need support to build their full potential in both faith and life, and all of us have a role to play.
These young ones also show and sometimes teach all of us more about faith in Jesus Christ and how the Holy Spirit is moving in our world.
The Pentecost Offering lets us support the development of children, youth and young adults in our community and throughout the country. Forty percent of this offering stays within our community because we want to build the household of God together, in this place. The remainder is sent on to our denomination so that young adults can lay a foundation for their lives through a year of service as part of the Young Adult Volunteer program. It is also used to support ministries with youth, through experiences of worship and formation like the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, which gathers nearly 5,000 young people every three years to learn and grow together. There is also a portion of this Offering that supports the education of every child in this country, through the Educate a Child, Transform the World national initiative. Even when there are no children or young people in the places where we live, there are many, many with us in the household of God.
During this Pentecost season, I want us to celebrate the fact that we are building a life of faith and building the household of God with our children, youth and young adults. Through our gifts today, we join with them and with God in building that household together. And you know what we always say … if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.
Please Give Generously to the Pentecost offering by clicking this link or by mailing a check to Central Presbyterian Church 6300 Trinity Dr. Pine Bluff, AR 71603 and putting “Pentecost Offering” on the subject line.
- 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!