Kick-Off Sunday 9/11


Are YOU Ready?

Our Program Year Begins Sunday, Sept. 11

Our Choirs Return and Sunday School Starts

9 – 10:15 a.m. Breakfast

Youth and Children 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Sunday School

11 a.m. Worship


9 a.m. Bethlehem Choir – Pre-K-1st Grade

9 a.m. Nazareth Choir – 2nd-5th Grades

9 a.m. Youth Handbell Choir – 6th-12th Grades

CHANGED TO 1 p.m. Jerusalem Choir – 6th-12th Grades


5 p.m. Confirmation Meeting Youth Suite

6 p.m. Youth Kick-Off Meeting Tull Hall


September – October Classes

The Issues in Theology class will discuss the book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong

In these times of rising geopolitical chaos, the need for mutual understanding between cultures has never been more urgent. Religious differences are seen as fuel for violence and warfare. In Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong amasses a sweeping history of humankind to explore the perceived connection between war and the world’s great creeds—and to issue a passionate defense of the peaceful nature of faith.

With unprecedented scope, Armstrong looks at the whole history of each tradition—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism. Religions, in their earliest days, endowed every aspect of life with meaning, and warfare became bound up with observances of the sacred. Modernity has ushered in an epoch of spectacular violence, although, as Armstrong shows, little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different faiths in our time.

Class Convener: Michael Lloyd

Location: OAC Area Art Room, downstairs

The Sojourners class will discuss Jewish Festivals and the New Testament (Sundays, Sept 11 – Oct 2) and the series titled ‘Creating’ as part of the Convenant Bible study (Beginning Sunday , Oct. 9)

Jewish Festivals and the New Testament • Sundays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 2

We’ll read New Testament passages which make reference to Jewish festivals, especially Passover, the feast of  Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and the Feast of Weeks, and explore how Christian writers drew on Hebrew traditions to make theological claims about Jesus.

Class Leader: Lucy Baum

Lucy and her husband Matt have been members at Central since 2011. Lucy earned her Master’s of Divinity from Columbia Seminary in 2013.

Convenant Bible study, ‘Creating’ • Sundays, Oct. 9 -Nov. 20

See a short video of scholars presenting an OT scripture passage, read several passages that are related and then discuss several questions offered by Beth Johnson (Central’s own) about the meaning and how it relates to the church community today.  This study series was created by a Presbyterian minister and a Methodist minister to help adults develop a deeper personal faith.

Convener: Ed Carwile