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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Holy Week! This Sunday CPC will Join First Presbyterian for Palm Sunday Worship. Services start at 10:30 AM. THERE WILL BE NO SERVICES 3/20 AT CPC! The Final Lesson of the Lenten Bible Study series will happen during out Thursday Noon Potluck. Our Maundy Thursday Worship, with a meal and Communion will be 3/24 at 6pm. CPC will join First again for a Good Friday Service in their Chapel 3/25 at 5:30pm. Easter Sunday will begin at 8 am with a Sunrise Breakfast. The Easter Egg Hunt will be at 9am. Easter Worship will begin at a special time of 10am! Easter Sunday we’ll be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. We hope to see you as we celebrate our risen Lord!
“Faith in Jesus is why I’m involved in this new initiative. It’s not a social program, it’s a gospel program, the way I look it.”
Joseph Johnson, a member of Self-Development of People (SDOP), challenges you to dream big—for all God’s people.
“Jesus told the church, ‘you feed them, you take care of people, you respond to people, you interact with people, you find ways to change lives and ultimately the world,’” he says.
Johnson is part of a new initiative focused on the New Orleans/Delta region. It brings together members of SDOP, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program—all of which are already working within the region on other projects—to more effectively help families still suffering nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. The three ministry areas, all part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, are supported through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering that is taken up during our Easter Sunday service.