Central Women was formed in the early 1980s to provide a vehicle for exploring issues and topics of particular interest to women. It is an inter-generational group, which brings together not only Central members but also women from throughout the community.
The members begin their time of fellowship by sharing a meal before moving on to the evening’s main topic of discussion. With the help of books, articles, and guest speakers, the Central Women group has discussed issues as diverse as women’s health, the civil rights movement, women’s role in the political process, artistic interpretations, and women in the Bible. The group meets in members’ homes on the third Thursday of the month, September through May (excluding December).
How to Join
Central Women is open to any woman who would like to attend. We are a very informal group. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., and different members sign up ahead of time to bring the pot luck dinner. It’s fun to cook, but also a treat to come and eat and enjoy the cooking of others.
Men’s Dinner | 7 p.m. third Monday of the month
Men of every age are invited to gather together at Dakota Blue in Grant Park, aka the “Eagle’s Nest.” Each month, Brian Bishop and friends host Central’s men to learn, share, pray, and serve together. This is not an evening presentation to sit through, but rather a time to make and deepen friendships in Christ.
First Sunday Men’s Breakfast | 8 a.m. first Sunday each month
After his resurrection, Jesus prepared breakfast on the beach for his friends. Like those disciples, we sometimes unexpectedly encounter Jesus and are lovingly nourished. We men gather because we have called each other friend. Breakfast is just a vehicle. Location varies.
The Rebekah Circle meets monthly on the second Monday from September through June, primarily at members’ homes. These women engage in Bible study, usually the Presbyterian Women’s Horizons‘ study, support various Presbyterian projects, discuss congregational cares and concerns, and enjoy fellowship during lunch, for which everyone brings a sandwich.
A Presbyterian Women’s Circle is a local congregational group dedicated to nurturing the faith and spiritual growth of women in the church and helping women develop church leadership skills.
Each church’s circle groups are part of the larger, nationwide effort, Presbyterian Women in the Congregation, which provides guidance, support and expanded opportunities.
Central Church has one circle, the Rebekah Circle.
The Bookworms group is for all Centralites and friends who love to read and talk about what they have read. We meet evenings, in members’ homes, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May. At our meetings, we discuss a book—fiction or nonfiction—previously selected. Our meetings are very informal, with discussion often branching out into diverse areas suggested by comments about the book. Discussion is followed by refreshments and individual conversations; we enjoy each other’s company.
We Bookworms welcome newcomers. Becoming a member of the group is easy: Simply show up at the next meeting, no formal registration required, no application form to battle. Anyone interested in getting meeting reminder notices may request to be put on on the Bookworms e-mail list, managed by Jean Ellen Jones.
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The Bookworms 2019-2020 schedule will be published soon.
Young adults in the life of Central gather once a month for fellowship, friendship, service, and/or learning. Young adults are self-selecting, but we usually think of people in their twenties and thirties. This group often meets at a bar or restaurant for dinner and fellowship, goes to church events together, and serves the community by volunteering together.
2019 Meeting Dates
August 22 | September 13 | October 24
Looking for ways to get connected? Click the image above to find out more and to sign up!