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.
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!!
Our Annual Valentine Banquet is this Sunday following worship! The youth will be helping prepare spaghetti and sides. Donations will be accepted and will go toward funding repair projects around the church campus. We hope to see you there!
Junior High Youthquake Registration is now open! If you have a sixth through ninth grader who would be interested in going please contact Zac Cosner to get them registered. JHYQ is Sept. 28th-30th and this years theme is “A Place @ The Table. The trip will cost $95 per person. We have scholarships available for those in need. We’re looking forward tot this fun and spirit filled event!
The Pentecost Offering unites us in a churchwide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.
Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future.
Studies show that a foundation of faith established during childhood through young adulthood, helps ensure lifelong faith and service. Psalm 71 testifies to this same truth. Verse 17 says “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person’s life.
These lessons might be taught through a congregation’s commitment to Educate a Child, Transform the World in ministries that shape a child’s academic achievement, setting them on a path toward a stable future. They might be taught through one of the youth events sponsored by Ministries with Youth at the national church that brings together young people from all over the country to share their experiences of faith with one another, and learn how their faith can help them address challenges all over the world. Or our young adults may be guided through a year of intentional service where they discern God’s call upon their lives by our Young Adult Volunteer Program.
Our Youth Celebrated Granparents Day on 9/10/17 with a performance of “The Butterfly Song”! The choir sang along with the kids and then goodies were passed out to all of the Grandparents in the congregation. Fun was had by all! Video of their performance can be seen on our Facebook page.
Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure! We’ll be helping to ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s Love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times. The Cave Quest VBS will be July 14 through 16th. Meals will be provided! We’ll have fun music, crafts, and a Bounce House on Saturday. An Adult Bible Study will also be held. Evening Classes will run from 5:30 p to 8:30 p. Saturday we’ll be starting at 9 am and ending at 3 pm. Download the official VBS apps from Google Play or the Apple App Store! We hope to see you there!
Truck or Treat returns Saturday, October 31st! We’ll be opening out Trunks for Treats of all ages starting at 3pm till 5pm! We hope a lot of our neighborhood children start their night with us! We can’t wait to see you there!!
UPDATE: We will be having Trunk or Treat RAIN OR SHINE! If it rains we will move the “trunks” into the Education wing. See you there!
The next day will be Heritage Sunday. It’s our annual joint worship service with the other two PC(USA) congregations in Pine Bluff. This year we will be worshiping at Faith Presbyterian Church. Again, there will be NO SERVICE at CPC on Nov. 1st. Faith Presbyterian is located at 913 University Drive. We will be providing Bus Service from CPC to Faith at 9:15 am and 10:30 am. The bus will return after the completion of lunch at Faith. It will make 2 trips back to accommodate everyone. Please join us in this wonderful worship experience!
It’s may be Hot outside but a cold wind will be blowing into Central Presbyterian Church this July when the Everest VBS starts July 23rd! We’re looking forward to learning about God with our Bible Buddies Klymer, Cliff, Yeddy, Mallory, and Pike. If you’re interested in helping or are looking for more information about volunteering or signing your children up for Everest, Contact the Church Office, Laura Beth Pierce, or Amanda Chandler. You can also get the official Everest app for Android and iOS!
Mark your calendar for June 13, for our first Summer Fun Youth Trip. We will load up and head to Hot Springs to tour the newly remodeled Mid-America Science Museum. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in McElyea Hall. We will leave at 10:00 a.m., eat lunch in Hot Springs, and then head to the museum. We plan to return around 6:00 p.m. Volunteers, chaperons, and donations are needed and welcomed to help with this trip.