2017 Holy Week

Sunday, April 9 – 16


Palm Sunday, April 9

9:45 a.m. | Courtyard fellowship with capitol area churches. Please bring a breakfast food to share.

10:15 a.m. | Street Parade

HolyWeek11 a.m. | Worship


Maundy Thursday, April 13

12:15 p.m. | Rand Chapel Service

6:30 p.m. | Parish Gatherings (Click here)


Good Friday, April 14

12:15 p.m. | Rand Chapel Service

7 p.m. | Combined Worship with Central, First, and Morningside Presbyterian Churches

at First Presbyterian Church. Tenebrae Service with Seven Last Words, Homilies, and Combined Choirs.


Easter Sunday, April 16

9 a.m. | Easter Breakfast in Tull Hall

11 a.m. | Worship

A Movie Buffet and Lunch too


Saturday, April 1 | Movie Buffet and Lunch

12 p.m. | Plaza Theatre
Briarcliff Plaza, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Event Committee is at it again. This time we will meet Saturday, April 1 for the 41st Atlanta Film Festival. For the first time, we will offer a movie buffet featuring a selection of two movies, both starting at 12:15 p.m., showing at the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon. Please plan to meet outside the theatre no later than noon.

Your first choice, “the meat dish”, is ‘In the Radiant City’, the story of a man who must return home to rural Kentucky, where his testimony against his brother in a murder trial still carries the stigma that caused a rift within the family 20 years earlier. Now, he must face his angry sister, doped-up mother, and degrading town folk while deciding whether to participate in his brother’s parole plea. Can what was broken ever be put back together again in this complicated story of resentment and betrayal, or will the waters be further muddied by unpredictable circumstances?

For the documentary/foreign film fans, we offer “the fish taco”, ‘La Selva Negra’ (The Modern Jungle) in Spanish with English subtitles. ‘La Selva Negra’ is an intimate story of the Zoque culture, indigenous people of Mexico who speak the Zoque language, painted through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman. The film highlights the issues of globalization and commodity fetish through documentary, while portraying the shaman’s financial hardship and hopes for a better future.

After the movies, we will meet down the street from the theatre at La Fonda Latina for great pan Latin food and conversation.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.atlantafilmfestival.com ($10.00 + $1.54 ordering fee). To sign up and let us know you are coming, you can click here, visit the Events Committee table during Sunday lunch on March 19 & 26, or call Rick DeFeo at 347-852-1317.

Central Women for All

Thursday, March 16 | Central Women for Allcentral.women

7 p.m. | Not just for Central Women, EVERYONE is Invited 

Do you believe that children should be in worship? Do you believe that children should be in the nursery until they can sit quietly in worship? Do you want to be equipped to help children experience worship more fully? 

These are some of the questions we will engage during the March 16 gathering of Central Women. We invite EVERYONE to come and share your hopes and questions as Kathy Dawson, Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Seminary facilitates our conversation. 

We will begin at 7 p.m. with food and drink followed by our program. Click here to RSVP and to sign up to bring an hors d’oeuvre or dessert.

Prayground, Ways to Play


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.

Exploring the Arts Festival All That Hath Life and Breath…Praise the Lord!Expolre the Arts Poster

Fri., March 10 | 7-9 p.m.

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

Sunday, March 12 | Create a Zen Space

6 p.m. | Zen and Now Clay Studio

2534-D Royal Place, Tucker, Ga 30084

Wear clay clothes…play clothes. Includes a light supper. Adults and youth ages 12 and older.

Saturday, March 25 | Acts of the Imposters 

10 a.m. | Location to be announced

Upper elementary school aged children through really old folks! Includes lots of snack. Details to be announced.

Sunday, April 23 | Keep on Swinging!

2 p.m. | Location to be announced

 Ages 1-100. Includes food and drink. Details to be announced.

Dates to be announced….I Once Was Lost and ContraBand

Lenten Home Worship 2017

Food, Fellowship, Education, and Worship – All in one!

March 8, 2017 – The Ministry of Worship will be offering informal worship services during the season of Lent in various congregational homes throughout the city. All home worship services will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.lent.home.woeship

You may choose to attend one or all of them. These evenings will be designed by various clergy-affiliate members and friends of Central and include an educational component and close with a short worship service. Heavy appetizers or a simple supper will be offered by the host home, and you are invited to bring adult beverages to share.  

Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. | Contact Dave Vandermeer for details or see this week’s electronic church newsletter.

  • Kim Wagner, clergy-affiliate member will lead our worship experience.

Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m. | Contact Dave Vandermeer for details or see this week’s electronic church newsletter.

  • Tom Long, clergy-affiliate member, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program, Emory Candler School of Theology will lead our worship experience.

Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. |Contact Dave Vandermeer for details or see this week’s electronic church newsletter.

  • Leigh Campbell-Taylor, former member of Central and Interim Pastor at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, will lead our worship experience. Please RSVP to Sandra McDonald at smcdonald@cpcatlanta.org.

Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m. | Monthly Taizé Prayer Service in Rand Chapel

  • 6 p.m. Labyrinth will be available for centering prayer in Tull Hall
  • Parking in front of the church on Washington Street.

Faith and Immigration Sunday School

Faith and Immigration Sunday School

adams.mark.escobar.miriam 9:45 a.m. | OAC Atrium

On Sunday, March 19, Central will host the Rev. Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar, PCUSA mission co-workers from the Arizona-Mexico border. Mark and Miriam work with Frontera de Cristo, a border nonprofit supported by Central and visited on Central mission trips. Join us at 9:45 a.m. in the atrium to hear from Mark and Miriam about their important work on behalf of our denomination.

Click here for more information about Mark and Miriam.

Lenten Origami Bird Kits

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March 8, 2017 – As a part of a Lenten discipline, you are invited to pick up a Origami Kit in Tull Hall. Instructions, origami paper, and names of members of Central to write on each piece of paper are in the kits.

The completed origami birds will be added to our A Wing and a Prayer art installation in September.

2017 Lenten Devotional Available

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March 8, 2017 – Copies of the 2017 Lenten Devotional, Meeting Jesus, from Presbyterians Today will be available in the church narthex.

This year’s Lenten devotional by Jodi Craiglow invites us to join 47 biblical figures, one for each day of Lent, who encounter Jesus during his earthly life and ministry. Speaking in unique, first-person conversational form, these characters tell us “in their own words” what they’ve seen and learned. They draw us in to share their joys and struggles, and help us understand Jesus in a newer, richer way. The narratives are rounded out with a daily Scripture reading and short prayer.

Along with the text, Meeting Jesus includes a collection of multimedia artwork from Creation Lab in Chicago featuring ancient Lenten symbols expressed in a contemporary, urban style.

An Evening with Anne Lamott

Join us for An Evening with Anne Lamott 

anne-lamott-photo-and-book-01122017Saturday, April 8 | 7 p.m. in Sanctuary

Tickets | $22-$30

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches,  Anne Lamott offers a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it and how we can embrace it in her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. 

This is a ticketed event, $22-$30. Included in your ticket is the price of Anne’s book, Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy. Click here for details about the event and to purchase ticket(s).

Do I have to buy Hallelujah Anyway to get into the event?

We have two ticket options. If you wish to attend the event alone you should choose the single ticket option for $22.00, which will include a copy of Hallelujah Anyway. For couples, households, or others who wish to attend the event together but do not need two copies of the book, you may choose the “Couples ticket” option for $30.00, which gives you two tickets for admission and one book for you to share.  Click here for more details from Charis Books about the event, including FAQs.

If you have already purchased your book for this event and didn’t purchase a ticket, please contact Charis Books at 404-524-0304.

Click here for more information about Anne.

Charis Books is located at 1189 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404-524-0304