Explore the Arts Festival


All That Hath Life and Breath…Praise the Lord!

Friday, March 10 | 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Morningside Presbyterian Church
1411 N Morningside Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

FREE event for All Ages
Snacks and Lunch included on Saturday

Art, Playing with Art with Miranda Cearley
Art, Recycled Bottle Caps with Lucy Baum
African Drumming with Daniel Otu
Movement with Amanda Lower
Dramatic Reading with Matt Baum
Handbells with Dave VanderMeer
Writing Prayers with Baron Mullis
Hymn Text Writing with Michael Morgan
Hymn Tune Writing with Jonathan Crutchfield

This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Guest Speaker Gregory Ellison, Ph.D.

Sunday, Feb. 5The Invitation Committee is Pleased to Welcome Guest Speaker Gregory Ellison, Ph.D. to Central

Join us for “Who Cares? The Lost Art of Seeing the Invisible.”  

9:45 a.m.

Oglesby Atrium (OAC Lobby)

A product of Atlanta Public Schools, Ellison is a proud graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in West Atlanta. 

ge_emory_headshot-2015_loresIn 1999 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and was inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame. He was the first black male bestowed with that honor. Ellison furthered his education at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar. While here he received a Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology. 

Ellison returned to Emory in 2009 to join the faculty of the Candler School of Theology. In his second year of teaching he was awarded the Faculty Person of the Year Award (2010-2011). Three years later he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor.

In 2013, Ellison and a team of colleagues founded Fearless Dialogues, a grassroots initiative committed to creating spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard, heartfelt conversations to see gifts in others, hear value in each others’ stories, and work for change and transformation in self and other.  

At present, Ellison is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Emory. Likewise, he is an ordained Baptist minister and has served on the ministerial staffs at both Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

In addition to Fearless Dialogues, Ellison is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men. To learn more about Fearless Dialogues or Cut Dead But Still Alive by clicking on the links below: Fearless Dialogues Official WebsiteNPREmory MagazineChronicle of Higher Education

Women’s Retreat 2017

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Our annual Women’s Retreat will once again be held at Calvin Center March 3-5, 2017, with Martha Moore-Keish as our speaker. She’s writing a commentary on the book of James and will draw from her work on that for our sessions.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Watkins at annewatkins@bellsouth.net
Tricia Berrett at tbberett@aol.com
Molly McGinnis at mmcginnis@cpcatlanta.org.

Dinner and a Movie


Monday, Jan. 30 | Dinner and a Movie, Celebrating the Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Dinner at Rain Thai and Sushi Bar
followed by the movie ‘In Between’ (Bar Bahar) at Ua Tara Cinema
Meet 7 p.m.

Join the Events Committee for our first get together of 2017. Rain Thai and Sushi Bar is located next door to Ua Tara Cinema in the shopping center on Cheshire Bridge (at the intersection of LaVista Road and Lindbergh Drive).

*Please note the change in restaurant for dinner. Committee members recently dined at HAJIME Japanese Raman Noodle Bar and were concerned about staffing and the ability to service a large crowd Monday evening before the movie. The food, however, was “excellent”. 

‘In Between’ is the directorial debut of Maysaloun Hamoud. Winner Best Debut Feature Film at the Haifa International Film Festival.

This film has been praised as a “remarkable story of friendship, feminine power and the toll of patriarchal societies” telling the story of three Palestinian women who choose a life of freedom, fighting for the right to live on their own terms while sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. While ultra chic criminal lawyer Laila and lesbian disc jockey Slama spend their free time in the city’s underground bar scene, their decidedly more religious roommate Noor, a university student, manages her new found freedom with a different approach. “Struggling to be themselves while finding the right romantic partners, the developing sisterhood negotiates being Arab-Israeli in a predominantly Jewish society.”

Sign up on the Website (click here) or in Tull Hall during lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29.

We strongly recommend buying movie tickets in advance online at www.ajff.org.  Tickets are $13/person and can be printed from the Website.

Fundraiser for Scotland Choir Trip


Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Tull Hall

Unique and Elegant Dinner, Entertainment by Choir Members and Jazz Trio

Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, Jan. 15.
$50.00 per person includes dinner and entertainment.
Buy a single ticket or gather your friends for a table of eight.
Dressy attire requested.

Parking garage will be open.

For more information, contact Frances St. John fstjohn@bellsouth.net or Sandra McDonald smcdonald@cpcatlanta.org

Donations to benefit El Refugio

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In collaboration with Central’s youth ministry, the Rebecca Circle will include donation ornaments on this year’s Chrismon tree to benefit El Refugio (The Refuge), “a ministry of hospitality and visitation serving immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center, their families, and friends.”

During the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in January, the Central youth group will journey on a mission trip to Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA. One of the days will be spent with Koinonia’s partner agency El Refugio (Click here for Website).

El Refugio provides hospitality and packs bags with clothing for immigrants detained and awaiting deportation at the Steward Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA. These individuals are detained and deported with only the clothing they are wearing when apprehended by immigration.

As part of our service with El Refugio, our youth will pack bags with items for the individuals awaiting deportation.

We would like to give the congregation an opportunity to participate in this project by featuring a needed clothing item on each of the donation ornaments. Parishioners can take one of these ornaments from the tree, purchase the item featured, and bring it back as a donation to El Refugio.

A bin for the donated items will be located on the landing near the Chrismon tree in Tull Hall.

Listed below are the items that will be featured on the donation ornaments:

(Men’s clothing only)

  • • Shirts (Sizes Small, Medium, and Large)
  • • T-Shirts (Sizes Small, Medium, and Large)
  • • Pants 30, 32, 34
  • • Underwear (Medium, Large)
  • • Socks
  • • Jackets or sweater (Sizes Medium, Large, Extra Large)
  • • Shoes (Sizes 8, 8.5, 9, and 9.5)
  • • Back packs or duffle bags

Deadline for returning donated items is Sunday, Jan. 8.

Adult Winter Studies 2017


CPC Adult Winter Studies sponsored by the Invitation Committee

This is Our Story: Listening Closely and Reaching Out

This is not a learning series about evangelism – or even grappling with evangelism. Instead, we will create a space which will allow everyone – including ourselves – to be seen. We will hear stories from others and learn to recognize value in our own stories as well. We know we are a church that can “get a lot done,” but without seeing gifts and hearing value in stories, we simply walk and talk past each other.

Each week we’ll have a combination of facilitated focusing, small group conversation, and theological reflection.

  • Jan. 8 | Fearing Less
  • Jan. 15 | Seeing More
  • Jan. 22 | Asking Hard Questions
  • Jan. 29 | Finding a Center in the Margins
  • Feb. 5 | Living the Questions

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. in the Atrium

Click here for other Adult Classes



The Joy of Giving

Click here to donate

Advent asks us to open our hearts to God’s love and grace.

Three ways to share the Joy of Giving:

  • Christmas Joy Offering
  • Christmas Greeting Advent
  • Christmas Flowers

Funds from the Christmas Joy Offering help the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provide critical financial assistance to eligible workers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families, and to qualifying retired church workers and their families.

The Christmas Joy Offering also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to creating opportunities and environments for racial ethnic students built on a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, two secondary schools that ready students for a path of higher learning, as well as Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

Too busy to send Christmas cards this year? How about sending some greetings to your Central family–with all of the payoff but none of the work, while contributing to the transformative work of Central OAC?

This year, send a Christmas Greeting at Central! Your donation – which can be as small or as large as you wish – will help purchase birth certificates and state identification for guests of Central Outreach & Advocacy Center. A seemingly insignificant piece of plastic, a state ID makes it possible for guests to receive other services around our city – from housing and healthcare, to getting a job and accessing benefits.

You can submit your greeting and payment online (click here). Your greeting will be published in a special mailing and in the bulletin on Dec. 18. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 12. So, this season, skip the cards and send a Christmas greeting that will help open doors out of homelessness!

The flowers in the sanctuary during Advent and Christmas reflect the beauty and spirit of the season. Each year, Central offers you the opportunity to remember or honor a loved one through a gift to the Advent and Christmas flower fund.  Your gift will continue to bring joy and beauty throughout the New Year. A portion of the gift will also go toward the general flower fund.

Click here for any of the above donation opportunities.

The Art of Delro Rosco


New Art Exhibit in Tull Hall Art Gallery, Nov. – Jan.
Longing for Eden by Delro Rosco
We welcome a new art exhibit which is a series inspired by biblical scripture about the Garden of Eden and beauty found and experienced in nature. The works are explorations about natural creation, diminishing goodness and a longing to return to that ideal reality.
Click here to visit the artist’s Website.

Children’s Advent Event


Sunday, November 20 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

9 a.m. Breakfast
No Children’s Choirs (Bethlehem and Nazareth)
9:45 a.m. Sunday School (No Children’s Sunday School)
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Children’s Advent Crafts & Activities in Tull Hall
There will be Advent-themed activities and games. For children ages 12 and younger.
Come one, come all families with young children to the kickoff of our annual advent event featuring a hearty breakfast served by Chef Lo at 9:30 a.m. and advent craft activities including; Danish heart decorations, pine cone bird feeders, advent candles, cookie decorating, goody bag decorating for the Central Night Shelter and Central Outreach & Advocacy Center Guests and a Jesse Tree.  Activity time will be from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  We hope to see you there!