Fall Walks

We’re all in need of connection – with people and with God. Getting outside and into nature is a safe way to stay healthy, connect with others, and experience God.

So come and join others for a walk in one of our great local parks. Sign up for one or as many as you want!. There are walks for all age adults, kids, and even dogs. Bring along that neighbor you’ve been wanting to introduce to Central!

Groups will meet in a parking area, have a time of prayer, and set off in small groups to walk or hike a trail. Each smaller group can decide how far to walk, or whether to take a more strenuous hike.

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Membership CCB

Membership Class
Nov 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Membership is for anyone who has committed themselves to a relationship with Jesus and would like to publicly make a commitment to join in with Central’s mission of “moving people toward Christ.”

Registration Form(s):
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Clothing Give-Away

Clothing Giveaway
Nov 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Organizer: Crystal Nwachu

Central is hosting a clothing give-away to benefit those in need including clients of ACTC, parents of foster children, and our ministry partners. 

We are accepting donations of cleangently-used children’s, women’s, and men’s fall and winter clothing and outerwear. No summer clothes or undergarments, please.

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Storm Ravens Watch

Storm - Ravens Watch Party
Oct 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM

High School students and their leaders watch the Ravens win together in the Courtyard at Central.

  • 9th & 10th graders bring dessert
  • 11th graders bring a bagged snack
  • 12th graders bring a drink
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Spiritual Formation Day CCB

Spiritual Formation Day: Rooted
Oct 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM

RESCHEDULED UNTIL THE SPRING....

God forms us and places us in a specific place; guides our growth & development; gifts us with abilities and skills - all of these come together to make a unique YOU, a person in whom God delights AND desires to use to grow the Kingdom. We'll explore this through prayer stations, liturgy, and other spiritual practices.

Join us for a morning retreat, spent alone with God and then with others as we dive into what it means to be ROOTED.

Location: Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church

Location:
Chestnut Grove Church
3701 Sweet Air Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131

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Character of God – Scripture Readings

Exodus 34:6-7 are the most quoted verses by biblical authors. In this sermon series, we will use elements from the Bible Project series and look at the key vocabulary and ask what it means for God to describe himself as “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness?”

Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

September 26 - Character of God

October 2 - Compassion

Matthew 9:35-38

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Psalm 51:1

51 Have mercy on me,[a] O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressionsMa

Luke 15:20

20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Mark 1:40-45

40 And a leper[a] came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus[b] sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

 

 

 

October 10 - Grace

October 17 - Slow to Anger

October 24 - Loyal Love

Bible Project – Character of God Series – Loyal Love (video)

Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

John 3:16

16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:7-12, 16

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

October 31 - Faithfullness

Bible Project – Character of God Series – Faithfulness (video)

Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Mark 14:32-42

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”[a] 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

November 7 - Just

Exodus 34:6-7

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

Isaiah 55:1-6

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
    and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;

Revelation 21:3-5

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

ReOpening

Dear Central Families,

The past year has been challenging, especially for kids. We are so excited to welcome your babies and preschoolers back to Central! We have been working hard to provide safe spaces for them to gather, play, and grow in their faith!

Here is important information about reopening our classrooms.

Programming & Room Locations*
Classes for babies through preschoolers entering kindergarten – 9:30 am

Room 1: Infants and Beginning Walkers
Room 4: Steady Walkers and 2-year olds
Room 9: 3-year olds – entering Kindergarten
* Rooms may change based on number of registrations received.

Classes for elementary-age kids will resume on Sunday, October 3rd. Elementary kids will continue to worship with their families. Worship activity bags are available.

Registration 
In order to adequately staff our classrooms and keep our rooms at safe capacities, you are required to register your child in advance each week. Registration links will be on the Central Kids’ Reopening post on the website.

Check-In
Check-in opens at 9:15 am. Once you check your child in, please escort them to their classroom. Be sure to keep your cell phone on silent, as we will text you if your child needs you. Also be sure to hang on to your parent claim sticker – you will need this to pick your child up.

Masks
At this time, we are requiring masks for children ages 2 and up, parents/caregivers entering our Central Kids area, volunteers and Central Kids staff. If your child has a medical reason why they cannot wear a mask, please contact Kathie Phillips (kathie@centralpc.org)

Room Cleaning and Sanitizing
While the heart of our ministry remains the same, we aim to provide the safest spaces possible. This includes:

  • Increased sanitation (children will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom as well as several times throughout the morning, toy and surface sanitation using a kid-friendly disinfectant)
  • Suspending serving snacks
  • Modified games and activities
  • Modified class sizes

We understand that your family might not be ready to return to church at this time. We will continue to provide online content for both preschoolers and elementary kids at SUNDAYS @ HOME.

One more thing – you might have noticed that ‘Central Kids’ has been mentioned a few times in this correspondence. That’s not a typo! We are excited to announce that Children’s Ministry at Central is now Central Kids!

We’d LOVE to have you come and serve with us! We have opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that you can find a place to serve! CENTRAL KIDS VOLUNTEER FORM.

Again, we are excited to see you very soon!! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Cheering for you always,

Kathie Phillips
Director of Family Ministry
kathie@centralpc.org