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United Methodists gather at Grove City to find unity as showdown looms on gay issues

Excerpts from the Monday, June 11, 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


A showdown is set for February 2019, when United Methodist delegates from throughout the world meet in St. Louis in a rare special convention. They will vote on a compromise their bishops are presenting.

The bishops’ so-called “One Church Plan” would remove long-standing language from the church’s Book of Discipline that bans “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” from ordination. It would instead give Methodists in the U.S. a local option on such questions.

Under the proposal, recommended by an overwhelming vote of the worldwide denomination’s bishops, each pastor in the American church could decide whether to preside at a same-sex wedding; each congregation could decide whether to host one; each ​board of ministry could decide whether to ​recommend an openly gay person ​for ordination; and churches or congregations conflicted on the issue wouldn’t be forced to take a side, according to a summary presented by conference Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi.

The overseas ​jurisdictions of the church​ ​would be able set their own rules​ based on their own cultural contexts​.​ These include large and typically conservative churches in Africa, where in some countries homosexual activity is illegal.​

Western Pennsylvania clergy already have engaged in various dialogue sessions that give a preview of what’s at stake…

In interviews before and during the conference, local Methodists agreed the church will face change of some kind in February 2019.
Efforts to repeal the current discipline have repeatedly failed at the once-every-four-year General Conventions by increasingly firm margins, largely on the strength of the large numbers of delegates from conservative African churches.

But some liberal U.S. conferences are installing openly gay pastors and one bishop in defiance of church law.

Those supporting the current language in the Book of Discipline say it reflects the church’s traditional understanding of the Bible…

Peter Smith: petersmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1416; Twitter @PG_PeterSmith.

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Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

By Heather Hahn
June 15, 2018 | UMNS

After singing “And Are We Yet Alive,” a number of U.S. annual conferences have weighed in on how The United Methodist Church might live in the future.

Various annual conferences have voted on resolutions related to the Council of Bishops recommendation for a way forward through the denomination’s potentially church-splitting divisions over homosexuality.

In May, a majority of United Methodist bishops recommended what they call the One Church Model.

Some conferences have endorsed that plan, which would leave questions of the ordination of LGBTQ clergy up to annual conferences and same-gender marriage up to local churches. Others have called for stronger enforcement of the denomination’s current prohibitions against same-gender weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy.

The resolutions are aspirational. Ultimately, decisions about the denomination’s direction will be in the hands of the 864 lay and clergy delegates — elected by annual conferences — to attend the special General Conference in 2019.

The U.S. annual conference season is still very much in full swing with more votes to come. Here is a brief overview of some of the actions thus far.

More on annual conferences

Annual conferences are yearly, regional gatherings around the globe that combine United Methodist worship and business. They celebrate the licensing, commissioning and ordination of new clergy and as well as clergy retirements.

United Methodist News Service is posting annual conference reports as we receive them.

See reports.

At least three annual conference sessions — Baltimore-Washington, Northern Illinois and Michigan — approved resolutions that support the One Church Model.

In Michigan, the vote for a “Call for Unity in Diversity” was overwhelming and brought together United Methodists across the theological spectrum, said the Rev. Melanie Carey, a General Conference delegate who presented the resolution.

“In our families, we don’t agree with everybody,” she said. “The church is like a giant family. We don’t agree, but we still get together. Sometimes in families, people don’t talk to each other or they break apart. But we’re hoping we’ll be able to work it out.”

The North Alabama Conference voted against a similar resolution on unity by a written vote of 412 no to 240 yes.

The Holston Conference substituted a One Church Model endorsement with a motion calling on its General Conference delegation to study the upcoming bishops’ report and subsequently set up listening sessions around the conference ahead of the 2019 session.

The New York Conference, which encompasses United Methodists in the greater New York City area and western Connecticut, reaffirmed its longtime stance that the denomination should remove language excluding LGBTQ individuals from the life of the church. The resolution also urges General Conference delegates to consider “the marginalized in any proposed changes in church structure.”

The conference — as permitted by the denomination’s Book of Discipline — also elected a new slate of eight delegates and eight reserves to the special General Conference. Of the 16-member delegation, seven are LGBTQ, 11 are people of color, 10 are women and five are immigrants. Some of the straight delegates elected identify as LGBTQ allies.

The high number of LGBTQ United Methodists was by design, said Dorothee Benz, who is openly gay and will be a lay delegate in 2019.

“At the very center of this effort was our conviction that we must do whatever we can to rectify the exclusion of LGBTQI people not just from equal standing in the church but from even being in the conversation,” she said. The initials stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex.

The Upper New York Conference voted against two resolutions — one urging the end of all forms of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and another urging a four-book study that advocates a traditionalist approach to sexual ethics and celibacy for gay people.

The conference did approve a resolution urging the General Council on Finance and Administration to add a “non-binary” column to the denomination’s membership statistical reports to allow the reporting of members who do not identify as male or female.

Other conferences are calling for an alternative to the bishops’ recommendation.

The South Georgia Conference approved a resolution urging affirmation of “the present standards of our Discipline” with added accountability when the Discipline is violated.

The South Carolina Conference also passed a resolution affirming the current language in the Discipline.

The Peninsula-Delaware Conference, similarly, amended a resolution that called for “openness to diverse perspectives in matters of human sexuality” to instead “maintain the current language” in the Discipline concerning matters of human sexuality.

At the same conference, Chelsea Spyres announced she was withdrawing from appointment as a licensed local pastor as long as LGBTQ individuals are barred from ordination.

For those who want to maintain the church’s prohibitions, the Rev. Rob Renfroe promised a traditionalist plan will be on the table at the special General Conference. Renfroe is the president of Good News, an unofficial advocacy group that seeks to strengthen enforcement of church laws on homosexuality.

At a luncheon with likeminded United Methodists in the Texas Conference, Renfroe declared he and other traditionalists would defeat the One Church Model at General Conference.

He also urged bishops who support that model to leave The United Methodist Church.

“Admit you no longer have the moral authority to lead this church,” he said. “And if you want to lead others out to something other than The United Methodist Church, we will bless you as you go.”

The bishops plan to make their report to General Conference public after it is translated into the main languages in which the church does business — English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. The deadline to submit legislation to the special General Conference is July 8.

The U.S. annual conference season will continue through the end of June with more annual conference meetings planned around the globe before the special General Conference.

Delegates often take annual conference actions into consideration, but they are not obligated to reflect the opinions of those who elected them. The church’s Judicial Council has stated that delegates must vote “as their conscience dictates” for what is good for the church of Jesus Christ.

Hahn is a multimedia news reporter for United Methodist News Service. Contact her at (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

 

Curse or Gift? – Go! Go! Go!

OverwhelmedKey Bible Verse: Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!   – Psalm 55:6

Bonus Reading:  Mark 3:20-21; 6:31-32

My good friend Ken once got pneumonia from staying up too late, getting up too early, teaching all day, writing and directing a musical all evening, and generally forgetting that he was human. Ken told me later that his sickness was the best thing that could have happened to him because he needed and wanted a break but didn’t know how to schedule one for himself. God did it for him, with a week-long stay in the hospital, complete with hospital food. Now he’s better at slowing down every now and then, but he still has a way to go. So do the rest of us.

Because so many things seem more urgent than they really are, it’s difficult to make the choice to read, write, and reflect—three keys to slowing down the pace of our lives. Our culture promotes the idea of working like crazy and then taking a short but intense vacation (which calls for another vacation we seldom get to take).

If those of us in our twenties do manage to slow down, work hard but less, pace ourselves, and make time for other things, we may not be received too well by those above us who “paid their dues” to the same exhausting system.

—Craig Dunham in TwentySomeone

My Response: When in my life am I overloaded?

Adapted from TwentySomeone (WaterBrook, 2003)

Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to use the time you’ve given me in ways that yield long-term significance.

Memorial Day

Community Pentecost Service – Sunday, May 20, 2018

Instead of having its regular Sunday worship service, Central Church will join with other area Churches for a Community Pentecost Service in the LGI at the Beaver Falls High School at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 20.

See you there!

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Happy Mother’s Day from your friends at Central Church!

Today is the National Day of Prayer

Please take a moment today to remember our country in prayer.

Collectible Dolls – Ebay Auction!

As many of you know, one of our members recently passed, leaving Central Church nine collectible dolls.

In order to convert these dolls into proceeds that can be used to further the work of God’s Kingdom, they have been entered this afternoon as separate items into 7-day Ebay auctions.

Some of the dolls are special, numbered limited editions, and none of the dolls are still being produced.  All but one of the dolls also have Certificates of Authenticity, and all of them are in great condition, still in their original boxes (although they have been removed from their boxes from time to time, and so are being sold at a reduced price as used).

If you or anyone you know are interested in high-quality, limited edition or collectible dolls at very affordable prices, here are the nine very special dolls (just click on the name to be taken to the Ebay auction page):

  1.  Ashton-Drake, “Dressed to Delight”;  (photo above)
  2.  Ashton-Drake, “Put on a Happy Face”;
  3. Ashton-Drake, “With Faith, All Is Possible”;
  4. Ashton-Drake, “Baby Mine”;
  5. Ashton-Drake, “Emerie”;
  6. Ashton-Drake, “Madison”;
  7. Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “Baby Jessica Heartfelt”;
  8. Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “My Friend Forever”; and
  9. Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (photo below).

The auction ends in just 6 days, so don’t miss this opportunity to get a collectible or limited edition doll at affordable prices while helping the to further the ministry of Central Church at the same time!

 

 

 

 

The Spectator-to-Server Shift – Skill Position

Throwing a Football to a ChildKey Bible Verse: God has given to each of you … spiritual gifts … so that God’s generosity can flow through you.   – 1 Peter 4:10

Bonus Reading:  Mark 9:33-37

José Morena spends his workdays sweeping trash, wiping toilets, and scrubbing floors as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School in Oxnard, California. Though he excels at his work, it isn’t what he’s known for at the school.

During recess, Morena’s a quarterback. With his ring of keys jangling from his belt loop, he throws spirals to pint-sized receivers. His presence on the field makes the friendly games more fun and prevents spats, according to the students. He does the same on the basketball court.

Morena also helps the teachers in the classroom. Because he’s bilingual, he can translate between teachers and parents. He also stands in for teachers when they have to leave their classrooms. Morena has two daughters of his own, but he also acts as a father figure to many students, particularly boys, who don’t have fathers at home.

The kids on the playground light up when asked about Morena: “José has always been there for me. He’s someone you can talk to, and he understands,” says ten-year-old Amber Castillo. He’s living proof that you don’t have to have an impressive job or powerful position to impact lives. Being important is about serving others, about being a role model for kids.

—Bill McCartney in 4th and Goal

My Response: Who am I uniquely positioned to serve today?

Thought to Apply: No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.—Charles Dickens

Adapted from 4th and Goal (Tyndale, 2002)

Prayer for the Week: You are never weary, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of serving you.—John Wesley

Special Offering – Sunday, April 15, 2018

Prayer Request – Food Ministry – Update!

Yesterday at our “Soup Tuesday” food ministry outreach, a young man suffered a grand mal seizure, and we promptly called for paramedics to come to assist him.

That, and especially the abundance of prayers from Central’s corporeal and online communities, appears to have saved that young man’s life.

As emergency treatment continued at the Medical Center, they discovered that the seizure had been triggered by the combination of a number of very potent medications from several different sources that in combination produced a violent reaction.

The young man was successfully stabilized yesterday, and has now been released from the Medical Center!

We thank God for the skill and prompt treatment provided by medical professionals and praise Him for the quick answer to so many prayers offered for our young man’s care and well being.

We also thank God for the continuing ministry of our community food outreach program. Although we might at times take this important source of nutrition and socialization for granted, If our young man had suffered his violent reaction while at alone home or elsewhere, this story might have had a much more tragic ending.

 

 

Prayer Request – Food Ministry

Central Church provides over 10,000 free, nutritious meals to our community each year, and the numbers of the hungry coming to us continue to increase as we move through 2018, all through the generosity of many small givers and an active congregation of less than 20 dedicated souls.

Today, we are asking for prayers for a man who suffered a grand mal epileptic seizure while participating in our “Soup Tuesday” luncheon outreach.  We called paramedics to assist and medical personnel are attending to him now.

 

Happy Easter Monday!

See you at Central Church – Easter Sunday Service at 11 am!

Happy Easter!

As believers, we celebrate the resurrection every Sunday, but on Easter, we have the opportunity to be even more intentional. We remember and celebrate our salvation resulting from the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. These truths have the power to dramatically change our lives every day of the year.

We pray that as you celebrate Easter with family, friends, and your church, you remember and share the power of the resurrection.

 

 

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

See you at Central Church – Easter Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Easter Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Easter Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Easter Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Community Good Friday Service at 12 Noon!

Good Friday

 

 

 

See you at Central Church – Community Good Friday Service at 12 Noon!

See you at Central Church – Community Good Friday Service at 12 Noon!

See you at Central Church – Community Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm!

See you at Central Church – Community Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm!

See you at Central Church – Community Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm!

New Outdoor Banner!

Just in time for Easter, we now have a portable outdoor banner for Central Church!

The 8-foot tall flexible banner pole is portable in order to abide by a new Sign Ordinance in the City of Beaver Falls, so we can roll it out for special occasions and bring it back in whenever the event is done.  The banner pole even has an attachment so we can use it inside as well if we like.

The banner pole will accept a variety of messages, so we can customize our outside message to our inside events.

The current banner reads “Join Us”, so the next time you’re passing Central Church, take a look at our new banner, and, well, Join Us!

See you at Central Church – Community Maundy Thursday Service at 7 pm!

See you at Central Church – Palm Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Palm Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Palm Sunday Service at 11 am!

See you at Central Church – Palm Sunday Service at 11 am!

Holy Week Services – 2018

Palm Sunday (March 25) – 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday (March 29)- Communion – 7:00 pm

Good Friday (March 30) – 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday Sunrise (April 1) – 6:00 am at Grandview Cemetery  (Breakfast to follow)

Easter Sunday (April 1) – 11:00 am

Please join us for these special times of worship this Lent.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

 

See you at Central Church – Palm Sunday Service at 11 am!

Daylight Savings Time 2018

 

 

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

 Together, we reach children, families and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of disaster.

When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Typhoon Haiyan in 2013—so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared to act.

So don’t be fooled by the word committee.

Since 1940, when UMCOR’s forerunner was established to meet the needs of those suffering overseas at the onset of World War II, we’ve continued to respond to those in desperate need—today throughout more than eighty countries around the world.

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do, it’s something “we” do.

When You Give You Equip Christ’s Body to Serve in His Name

That’s because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God-given worth and dignity—without regard to race, religion or gender—together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need.

Because you give, the United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to human suffering continues today:

  • When tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, we responded
  • When children in Zimbabwe lost parents to AIDS, we responded
  • When a massive tsunami devastated lives in Japan, we responded
  • And when the next mass crisis occurs, we will be prepared to respond

UMCOR will be able to offer aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer because United Methodists give through UMCOR Sunday, (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing).  In fact, it’s your generous giving that allows us to respond when disaster strikes.

Not “they.”

We.

Ensure the United Methodist Church Can Keep Helping

Will you continue to give to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)? Will you continue to meet the needs of the children, families and communities who’ve experienced devastation in the wake of disaster?

When we meet the needs of those who suffer we actually minister to Jesus, who said:

“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.” (Mt. 25:35-36, CEB)

As we respond, we recognize Jesus in those who are reeling in the wake of disaster.

Read stories about the impact you are making with your gifts.

Give Now!

To give by mail:

Send checks to: GCFA
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203

Please put name of Sunday in note section.

 

 

Prayer Request – Pastor Jan

Pastor Janice M. Davis

As many of you already know, Pastor Jan was tripped up by a coat hanger at the curb in the dark on Saturday, and fractured her right hip. She had surgery on Sunday, and has come through the procedure well.

She was transferred this afternoon from the Medical Center to Providence Care Center. She is doing well and is expected to be at Providence for about 10 days.
She is in Room 114. She is awake, alert, not in much pain, and is ready to receive cards, letters, and visitors!

Rev. Janice Davis
Providence Care Center
900 3rd Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Barb Manor will deliver the message this Sunday, March 4.
Our Six Million Dollar Pastor anticipates being back in the pulpit the following Sunday!

Billy Graham dies at age 99, the most influential Christian of the 20th Century

Billy Graham has died today at age 99 – Preacher to millions in massive football stadiums. Counselor of Presidents, Kings and Queens.

It would not be too much to say that he single-handedly averted the decline of the Christian Church in the West more than anyone else of his generation. But God also achieved amazing things through him in every continent of the World.

A life well lived.

A death infused with hope of spending an eternity with his LORD.

I’m sure the words that Billy would want us to hear today are these:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” (Billy Graham).

His death marks the end of an extraordinary era.  He was an outstanding Evangelist the like the world has never seen before or since, and perhaps never will see again.

 

Schedule of Our Lenten Worship Services

  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Community worship service of all of the downtown Beaver Falls churches at First Presbyterian Church (11th Street & 8th Avenue), beginning at 7 pm

 

  • Sunday, February 18 – The First Sunday of Lent –        Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, February 25 – The Second Sunday of Lent –   Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 4 –  The Third Sunday of Lent –            Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 11 –  The Fourth Sunday of Lent –         Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 18 –  The Fifth Sunday of Lent –            Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 25 –  Palm Sunday  –                                Central, 11 am

 

  • Thursday, March 29 –  Maundy Thursday – Combined community worship service at Central at 7 pm
  • Friday, March 30 –  Good Friday – Combined community worship service at Central at 12 Noon.

 

  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunrise Service – Combined service with Christ’s Lutheran Church at Grandview Cemetery, 6 am (with breakfast to follow)
  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter– Central, 11 am

Please join us for these special times of worship this Lent.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”1 Corinthians 1:18

2018 Lenten Devotionals (February 14 – April 2) – The Light Shines in the Darkness

Lent 2“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Isaiah 9:2).

In John 9:5b Jesus declared, “… I am the Light of the world.”  That will be the theme of our Lenten journey as we follow Jesus of Nazareth to His cross and empty tomb.  From the very beginning of His Gospel to the end, John follows the tremendous struggle between Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness gathered together against Him.

Lent 3We will see Jesus wrestle with the darkness all around Him—the darkness of Satan and his demons, the Jewish crowds and religious authorities who made themselves His enemies and even those who called themselves His friends and followers.  But Jesus Christ will also wrestle with the darkness that still hides in the corners of our hearts, our families, our churches, and our world.

Each day, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 14, through Easter Monday on April 2, we will read portions of John’s Gospel in our 2015 Daily Lenten Devotionals on our “Food for Thought” page, but we encourage you to read the verses in between as well. 

Lent 4May our Lord richly bless your Lenten journey. 

Along the way expect to see a few surprises; you may see a side of Jesus Christ you never saw before and a side of yourself too.

Lent Your Way!

Worship Services, Printed Devotionals, and Online Devotionals

In addition to our weekly and special worship services during Lent, this year, we also have “Journey to the Cross”, a 40-day printed guide for family or individual reflection.

If your tastes run to the electronic format, we will also offer special daily Lenten devotionals on the “Food for Thought” page.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Isaiah 9:2).

In John 9:5b Jesus declared, “… I am the Light of the world.”  That will be the theme of our online Lenten journey as we follow Jesus of Nazareth to His cross and empty tomb.  From the very beginning of His Gospel to the end, John follows the tremendous struggle between Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness gathered together against Him.

We will see Jesus wrestle with the darkness all around Him—the darkness of Satan and his demons, the Jewish crowds and religious authorities who made themselves His enemies and even those who called themselves His friends and followers.

But Jesus Christ will also wrestle with the darkness that still hides in the corners of our hearts, our families, our churches, and our world.

Each day, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 14, through Easter Monday on April 1, we will read portions of John’s Gospel in our 2018 Daily Lenten Devotionals on our “Food for Thought” page, but we encourage you to read the verses in between as well. 

May our Lord richly bless your Lenten journey.  Along the way expect to see a few surprises; you may see a side of Jesus Christ you never saw before and a side of yourself too.

 

 

Worship Services During Lent

For many of us, we have come to assume Easter is all about chocolate and Easter bunnies, but originally it was the celebration of the Christian church to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He did that on his own power as the God who had come into human history in human form and died on the cross to redeem people from their sins. In all of history, no one had ever made that claim before.

Because of this fact, history was split in two; the Christian church was started, and the disciples who ran away in fear after the cross became the fearless messengers of this message

Many people today believe that life goes on after death and we would agree with that, but we also think it is important to share that though we believe that God created everyone to live eternally, we won’t all live in the same neighborhood. Not only do we believe that because of Jesus we can spend eternity in heaven, but we also believe that those who do not trust Jesus will spend eternity separated from God in conscious torment forever.

Join us for our worship services during Lent and learn how you can choose to live in the neighborhood of joy forever.

Schedule of Our Lenten Worship Services

  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Community worship service of all of the downtown Beaver Falls churches at First Presbyterian Church (11th Street & 8th Avenue), beginning at 7 pm

 

  • Sunday, February 18 – The First Sunday of Lent –        Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, February 25 – The Second Sunday of Lent –   Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 4 –        The Third Sunday of Lent –      Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 11 –       The Fourth Sunday of Lent –   Central, 11 am
  • Sunday, March 18 –      The Fifth Sunday of Lent –       Central, 11 am

 

  • Sunday, March 25 –       Palm Sunday  –                           Central, 11 am

 

  • Thursday, March 29 –   Maundy Thursday – Combined community worship service at Central at 7 pm

 

  • Friday, March 30 –        Good Friday – Combined community worship service at Central at 12 Noon.

 

  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunrise Service – Combined service with Christ’s Lutheran Church at Grandview Cemetery, 6 am (with breakfast to follow)

 

  • Sunday, April 1 – Easter– Central, 11 am

Please join us for these special times of worship this Lent.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is this coming Wednesday, falling on Valentine’s Day this year.

Join us and the people of the other downtown Churches at First Presbyterian Church, 11th Street & 8th Avenue, at 7 pm for a combined worship service as we begin our season of Lent and consider the depth of love our Father God has for His children.

Mixed Bag – Corruption Fighters

Martin Luther King and BussesKey Bible Verse:  The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked.  Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

Bonus Reading:  Isaiah 64:5-9

The subject of sin is full of ironies, and surprises.  During the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery Improvement Association led thousands of blacks through months of hardship and to bring down city walls of injustice and break municipal bus segregation.

Many black citizens supported the boycott with a spirit of mutual help and accountability. They rode bicycles, trudged miles to and from work, and formed car pools that local police regularly harassed. They stopped and interrogated drivers, making them demonstrate their wipers and lights, and writing them up for tiny, often bogus, violations. Drivers adapted. According to historian Taylor Branch, they “crept along the road and gave exaggerated turn signals, like novices in driving school.”

Remarkably, a number of blacks also figured out ways to defraud their own movement. By submitting phony reimbursement claims, they hustled the Montgomery Improvement Association for “oceans of gasoline and truckloads of imaginary spare tires.” The MIA, says Branch, was constantly trying to deal with the corruption within and “plug the holes in the reimbursement system.”

—Neal Plantinga in Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be

My Response: Have I undermined a virtue I believe in? If so, how?

Adapted from Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be (Eerdmans, 1995)

Prayer for the Week:  Lord, help me to stop kidding myself about what I’m really like.  Thank You for loving me even though You know the worst.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone from the kind folks of Central Church!

Our doors are always open to you. 

Why not make a New Year’s resolution to join us for worship on Sunday?

Central Church’s doors decorated for Christmas

Our Christmas Prayer for You

Christmas Eve is Sunday!

Christmas Eve, December 24, is on Sunday this year!

Join us for morning worship at 11 am and for our Christmas Eve organ and piano concert at 6:30 pm, followed by our candlelit Christmas Eve service at 7 pm.

Our Christmas Prayer for You

Christmas Prayer

“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth 
of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake, Amen!”

by Robert Luis Stevenson

May the blessings of this Christmas fill your heart and home. 

All of the kind folks at Central Church wish you a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

Christmas Caroling Tonight at 6

Come and join us!