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April 2, 2019–Holy Week will offer a number of opportunities for worship, fellowship and spiritual renewal at Central Presbyterian Church (CPC).

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, a time in the Christian year when believers remember how Christ gave his life in love for the world. The Gospels record Jesus entering Jerusalem in triumph, greeted by a palm-branch waving crowd that wants to crown him king. But as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of praise turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed.

Darkness turns to Light as Easter Sunday brings joyful, world-changing news: “He is Risen!”

CPC invites you to come reflect and worship:

Sunday, April 14th: Palm Sunday Worship* Procession of Palms

During Holy Week a cross with a purple drape will be placed in front of the church. Then on Easter Sunday, members of the congregation are invited to gather blooming flowers and bring them to church to place on the cross. Flowers may be placed on the cross during the sunrise service and throughout the day. Romans 6:4 says “that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Monday, April 15th – Wednesday , April 17th at Noon: Holy Week Devotionals in the Chapel

  • Bring-your-own brown bag lunch for fellowship in the parlor following the devotional. Drinks & dessert will be provided.

Wednesday, April 17th: Easter Egg Hunt at 5:30 p.m. Meet in cottage parking lot

Thursday, April 18th Maundy Thursday Worship* at 7:00 p.m.

  • Communion by Intinction

Friday, April 19th Good Friday Tenebrae Service* at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21st Easter! Sunrise Worship at 7:00 a.m.

  • Communion by Intinction
  • Worship will be at Fellowship Park located next to the church buildings
  • Breakfast in the parlor following the worship service.

Easter Sunday Worship* at 11:00 a.m.

  • Flowering of the Cross
  • One Great Hour of Sharing
  • Procession of the Easter Lilies
  • Communion

*nursery provided

There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.

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Fellowship Park Dedication and BBQ
Sunday, March 31st
Immediately following worship

Join us as we dedicate CPC’s Fellowship Park, in loving memory of Ellie Abbott. This Sunday, immediately following worship, we will walk over to Fellowship Park for a brief ceremony to bless this piece of land transformed from a deteriorating historic residence, to a vacant lot and finally to a beautiful Park, a cause for thanksgiving in our church and community. The Men’s Breakfast Team will provide the barbecue for a meal to follow. This celebration is the result of many prayers over several years, hard work by volunteers and the faithful stewardship of donors. Our goal involving Fellowship Park this year shifts from building it to using it for the glory of God and benefit of the people.

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March 25, 2019–Central Presbyterian Church will be holding a garage sale Saturday, April 6th from 8am -Noon at the home of Denise Johnson, 319 Harbin, Waxahachie. Proceeds will benefit the June Honduras Mission trip. If you have items to donate or if you are willing to volunteer to help with the April 6 sale and preparation, please contact Kerry Curry at curry0319@gmail.com. Donations should be delivered no later than April 5th. Larger items can be picked up by team members by contacting Cheryl Loper at mimicheryl@juno.com

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Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing Event
April 6th 8:30am-2:30pm
First United Methodist Church Waxahachie

First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie is planning their annual KIDS AGAINST HUNGER event on April 6, 2019. The event will be held in the family life Center at First United Methodist Church Waxahachie. There is a goal of packaging 100,000 meals. CPC has participated in this event for many years and will participate this year. This is a fun, easy outreach event in which to participate with friends and family! Kids are welcome!

Click here to sign up for a shift online

**IF YOU ARE A CPC YOUTH, SIGN UP FOR THE 10:30 SHIFT. PLAN TO GO OUT TO LUNCH AS A GROUP AFTERWARDS. CONTACT LETITIA (210) 601-5496**

KIDS AGAINST HUNGER is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious food to impoverished children around the world. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Cheryl Loper at 214-533-6854 For more information about Kids Against Hunger, go to their web site https://www.kidsagainsthunger.org/

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March 6, 2019

Friends in Christ,

I am excited to be offering a five-week book and DVD-based Lenten study this year on Adam Hamilton’s Unafraid: Living With Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.

Lent is a season in which we reflect on our mortality, and I cannot think of a better time to explore the worries and fears that we all experience and to address them in the context of our faith.

During this study, we will learn to identify fears and discover practical steps for overcoming them, all in the light of Scripture.

Each class will cover four chapters of the book. You are welcome to order a copy of the book through the church for a donation of $15. Contact Johnna by Tuesday, March 12 in order to ensure that you have time to read the first four chapters prior to the first class meeting on Wednesday night, March 20.

Here is the schedule for the class, all of which will be on Wednesday night, beginning at 6:15 p.m.:

March 20: Understanding and Countering Fear.

March 27: Crime, Race, Terrorism, and Politics.

April 3: Failure, Disappointing Others, Insignificance, and Loneliness.

April 10: Apocalypse, Change, Missing Out, and Finances

April 17: Aging, Illness, Dying, and Fear of the Lord.

Here is a brief promo for the study:

Unafraid BIble Study Promo - YouTube

I am looking forward to seeing you Wednesday night, March 20, for our first session!

–Pastor Matt

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March 2019–As part of the celebration of the 100th year for our congregation in this building, the Marthas are making a bell banner to be used for years to come. We will be selling the celebration bells for $100 each and using all the proceeds to purchase new banners to be hung in the church for years to come. This banner will become part of the many celebrations we have in our church and will have a permanent place in our sanctuary!

If you are interested, please fill out the information below. We are really excited and hope families, classes, committees, groups and all feel encouraged to participate in this lasting celebration banner.

Bell Banner Order Form

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February 26, 2019–Central Presbyterian Church will observe Ash Wednesday with a simple supper followed by worship, communion and the imposition of ashes as a symbolic reminder of the words “you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

All are invited to join this traditional preparation for the Lenten Season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019, downstairs in the fellowship hall at the church. Communion at CPC is open. You need not be a member of the church or a Presbyterian to participate. All who trust in Jesus as Lord are welcome to receive the sacrament.

Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, is an opportunity to focus individually and collectively on our humanity, said the Rev. Matt Curry, pastor.

“When we speak of ashes and dust, we are recognizing that our total dependence is on the grace of God,” Curry said, “and we ask God to remember our creation and to breathe new life into our dusty lives again.”

Lent recalls the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness after his baptism, as well as the 40-day fast of Moses on Mount Sinai. Its themes include self-examination, penitence, and preparation as the people of God journey together toward Holy Week.

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January 30, 2019–Central Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine, is sponsoring a mission trip to Honduras June 8-15 via the nondenominational Christian faith group HOI. (See HOI.org) Up to 20 missionaries will travel to the beautiful, rural Agalta Valley where missionaries will be assigned to a community where they’ll sponsor a Vacation Bible School and work alongside local villagers to complete construction projects to improve the health and well being of the community. Cost is $800 plus airfare. Deadline for commitments is Feb. 10. For more information, contact Kerry Curry at curry0319@gmail.com

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Christ is coming! That is the message of Advent, which begins Sunday December 2, 2018 this year and is celebrated annually at Central Presbyterian Church, which joins with believers around the world who prepare themselves for Christ’s coming and watch with urgent hope for his return.

What is Advent? It means “coming” or “arrival.” Historically, it was patterned after Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter.

Worship during Advent is marked by urgent expectancy as the believing community takes a biblical journey that leads to a joyous arrival at the manger. Along the way, the people of God prayerfully consider how they will prepare for the inauguration of a king whose reign brings peace, joy, love and hope to our world.

The familiar patterns of worship change during the traditional Advent season at CPC. Here is some of what you will see: Each Sunday, candles in the Advent wreath are lit, and the sights in the sanctuary and words of the hymns focus on the promise of Christmas. The liturgical color – seen at the pulpit, Communion Table and in clergy vestments – changes from the green of “ordinary time” to purple.

Meanwhile, the first two weekends of December provide an opportunity to take a step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem at Bethlehem Revisited, open from 6 to 9 p.m. Bethlehem Revisited recreates Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph might have experienced it on the night of Jesus’ birth. The CPC sanctuary is open during this time, and the chapel is available for prayer.

At worship on Sunday Dec. 2, children will process in with poinsettias and hand chrismons on the tree. The Lord’s Supper will be served. The communion table at CPC is open: Anyone who claims Jesus as Lord is welcome to receive the sacrament at our historic Church.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, worship will include presentation of the children’s program, “The Nativity.” At 4 p.m., a service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by Randy Arey and Tena Hehn, organist and pianist, as well as readings by Rev. Tom Tickner in the CPC sanctuary. All are welcome!

The season will culminate with a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. The Christmas Eve service begins with carols as the believing community gathers for worship. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated, and the service closes with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight.

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November 7, 2018–Central Presbyterian Church will honor the service of military veterans with a special Veterans Day ceremony just before the start of the worship service Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11am.

The veterans ceremony will feature the “Olde Glory” presentation. This time-honored ceremony includes passing a folded American flag towards the speaker who is concurrently reading a narration specific for this event.

This presentation is used in many formal military functions. The flag is ceremoniously placed in an empty chair to honor all veterans and service members.

Please join us to honor veterans followed by our traditional Sunday morning worship service to worship God.

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