Pastor’s Blog

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Dear friends,

It’s an extraordinary time. The Covid-19 pandemic poses challenges we’ve never faced together. We worry about our health, our loved ones, the future of our businesses, and how to help our young people continue to learn and grow and thrive.

We’re more anxious. We’re stretched thin. There’s much we can’t yet know.

But there is also much we do know and know how to do.

We know God is with us.

We know God has given us gifts of love, friendship, and community.

We know we can rely on Central friends to cheer us up and on through difficult times.

We know we have capacities to give, share, and offer support for vulnerable people.

We know we have a future with hope, and that God’s Spirit is actively working for healing.

As people called to care for the wellbeing, health, and wholeness of God’s world, we are committed to lending our support to mitigate community transmission of Covid-19. We’re also committed to loving each other and caring for vulnerable people during this extraordinary season.

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It has become clear to public health officials that there is an increased rate of transmission of coronavirus in the Atlanta region.

Since the virus first became a threat a few weeks ago, Central Presbyterian Church has implemented a proactive response to ensure our church provides a place that is as safe and supportive as possible.

After devoting the last week in thoughtful and in-depth discussions with experts in the medical field and following insight from the CDC, Central has made the decision to suspend all live church activities and move them all online.

As our church body is so important to each of us, this was not an easy decision, but in light of the current situation, we believe it provides the safest decision for the health of our members.

Join us online: Worship will continue to be offered online live at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning on Facebook via the link here. The recording of worship will be housed on Facebook and available for viewing throughout the week. If you need assistance learning how to access streaming worship, please contact Linda Massengill at lmassengill@cpcatlanta.org

Tuesday Zoom Bible Study will also continue weekly. If you would like to join, please e-mail Jessica Patchett at jpatchett@cpcatlanta.org. The pastoral staff will be organizing additional online gatherings in the days to come.

Weekly youth and children’s online hangouts will be scheduled and publicized in the e-newsletter for children and youth. If you would like to ensure that your family is included, please e-mail Christian Antwi at cantwi@cpcatlanta.org.

If your committee, Circle, Bible study, Sunday School class, book club, or other fellowship group would like to continue meeting, we encourage the use of Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a similar online meeting platform. If you need assistance learning how to use such a platform, please contact Mark Wallace Maguire at mwmaguire@cpcatlanta.org.

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Pastoral Care Hotline: If you are ill, please stay at home. You can follow our service via streaming on facebook until you are well. And make sure to contact the pastoral care hotline at 404-601-3132 so we can pray for you and find ways to support you during your recovery. Pastors and Deacons have been preparing to mobilize in new ways.

Want to help? If you would like to support those who are ill or are restricting social contact, please sign up to be a Central Caller by e-mailing Deb Link at assistant@cpcatlanta.org. We will be in touch with you to connect you with a Central member who may benefit from a weekly phone call during this extraordinary season.

If you can support the work of Central financially, please do so. Shared resources help us organize an effective collective response of care for our congregation and vulnerable neighbors. You can donate here.

We will have updates next week from Local Mission leaders on ways to support vulnerable people in this time.

The Outreach and Advocacy Center

The Outreach and Advocacy Center will remain open with changed procedures. If you would like to offer support to neighbors experiencing homelessness and living near Central’s doors, please contact OAC Director Kimberly Parker at kparker@centraloac.org.

The Child Development Center

The Child Development Center announced it is closing for two weeks from March 16 until March 30. The decision was made following similar closings announced by metro Atlanta schools and government agencies. The center will be in touch on any other updates via email at cdcprogramcoordinator@gmail.com and the app, HiMama. 

Below are details regarding tuition and payment for teachers:

  • Tuition will not be charged while the center is closed.
  • Teachers will receive all pay and benefits while the center is closed. These days will not count against accumulated sick leave.
  • Parents are encouraged to share resources during this time. Families may also make private child care arrangements with staff members, if both are agreeable.
  • If you or someone in your household becomes ill, please contact us via email the center so we  can inform the center community we may have been exposed.
  • The cleaning crew arrived March 13 to start a deep cleaning process which will include disinfecting the center.
  • Please rely on emails, constant contact, hiMama and Facebook for future updates.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding

If you have any questions, please contact Center Director Lynn Schnitzer at lschnitzer@cpcatlanta.org

Above all:

Please stay in touch with your Central friends and staff through the coming days. We are stronger and healthier together, and I trust that God will lead us through this just as God has led us in ages past.

With relentless hope,

Jessica Patchett

“WE KNOW GOD IS WITH US.

WE KNOW GOD HAS GIVEN US GIFTS OF LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, AND COMMUNITY.

WE KNOW WE CAN RELY ON CENTRAL FRIENDS TO CHEER US UP AND ON THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES.

WE KNOW WE HAVE CAPACITIES TO GIVE, SHARE, AND OFFER SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE.

WE KNOW WE HAVE A FUTURE WITH HOPE, AND THAT GOD’S SPIRIT IS ACTIVELY WORKING FOR HEALING.”