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

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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. 20 | 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

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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

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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

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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!