The Minute for Mission

stop-watch-icon-hiWe’ve traditionally used the PC(USA) Mission Yearbook for our “Minute for Mission” during worship each Sunday. But, some of you have had questions about it recently. Here is some of what we’ve heard:

  • “Why do we have a Minute for Mission every Sunday?”
  • “Why is it about people and places we don’t know about?”
  • “Why is it always a lot more than a minute?”

Those are the kinds of questions we pastor-types enjoy hearing. That means you’re taking worship seriously.

One of the ways we Presbyterians have talked about worship over the centuries is that “through the Word and Sacrament the church is empowered to serve God in the world.” Notice that last phrase: “to serve God in the world.” When we come together to worship it isn’t to hide out from a harsh world. We worship to give thanks for God’s presence in our lives and to help us see more clearly that God is active in our world. Worship will give us more commitment and energy to serve God beyond the church walls.

So, to make that part of our worship more clear and less boring, we’re going to be doing some things differently:

  • The Minute for Mission will be more focused, more clear, more condensed;
  • It will include more information about church mission in our community, our state, and our region, as well as the rest of the world;
  • It will help us learn more about how our mission dollars and other gifts are being used in the name of Jesus Christ to ease people’s burdens and give them hope;
  • It will challenge us to find ways to give thanks for God’s blessings to us by making gifts that will help others also experience God’s blessings.

We hope to see you Sunday!

Holy Week Schedule


We have a full schedule of events leading up to Easter here at CPC this week.

4/5 Maundy Thursday– A Last Supper meal will occur in McElyea Hall at 6p.m. The meal will include the communion elements.

4/6 Good Friday– the Sanctuary will be open for quiet meditation from Noon until 3p.m.

4/8 Easter / Resurrection Sunday


  • An Easter Morning Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.
  • An Easter Egg Hunt will be held in front of the Youth Activities Building at 9 a.m.
  • Our Easter / Resurrection of the Lord worship service will be held at 10 a.m.
    • Please note this change in worship time!
  • Our One Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected during this service. For more information on this worthwile cause a video is available at “Click to read more …” below.



We hope to see everyone at these events to celebrate the risen Christ!


Japan Disaster Assistance

PDA Japan
Rescue efforts continue in Japan following the March 11 tsunami and earthquake and the growing nuclear crisis. Thousands have been confirmed dead, tens of thousands are missing, and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated. Central Presbyterian Church and the PC(U.S.A.) is responding through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and our ecumenical and mission partners. Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center is a focal point in the disaster assistance by assembling Hygiene and Baby Kits that are being shipped to Japan. They have asked that we help by donating the items in these kits and sending them to Ferncliff. The list of items needed and a place to donate the items can be found in McElyea Hall. The list can also be found here. Thank you for your assistance in their time of need.
UPDATE: It is asked that you don’t assemble the kits before you deliver the items to the church. The campers at Ferncliff will prepare all the items into kits before delivery to disaster regions.

10 A.M. Prayer Tradition

It was a tradition at Belair Presbyterian for the members to stop each day at 10 a.m. and pray for the members of the congregation and any other prayer concerns that they might have. Now that they have joined our family we are adopting this tradition. So set a calendar reminder and take a little time out of your day to pray together!