THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps.
– Luke 9:23

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

The Mission Committee is collecting items each month that will benefit community agencies.  Please bring your donations and place them in the grocery cart in fellowship hall.
March- Food Bank -non-perishable food items
April – Baby Month – disposable diapers and wipes
May- Personal Care Items
June – Food Bank

EASTER SUNDAY DINNER – The Mission Committee is hosting lunch at 12:30 pm on April 5.  Please help invite college students that will be in town and international members of the community to join Central members in the meal.  Lamb, ham and yeast rolls will be provided and church members are asked to bring a side dish.  Members and families are welcome.  Sign up in fellowship hall or contact Amanda Davis to let her know what you will bring.

Surrell Scholarship applications are now available in the church office.  Funds are available for graduating seniors and current college students (including non-traditional) who are part of the CPC family, whether by membership or participation in church life.  Applications must be returned to the church office by April 30, 2015 to be considered.

Adult Sunday School class – A class on Faith and Science goes through April 12.  Scott Paul-Bonham facilitates the discussion in fellowship hall classroom A/B. All adults and youth are welcome.

Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108;  Elementary – room 202; Middle School and High School – room 201; Adults and Young Adults: Faith and Science – FH Classroom A/B Christian Parenting – FH Classroom C.

The Sunday School offering is money for milk at 14th and Chestnut.  Bring your coins for a little fun while giving this year!

The Lenten Series continues each Sunday evening through March 29.  Supper is from 5:15 – 6:00; Worship at 6:00; Classes are 6:1 5-7:30.  The Mission Committee is serving lasagna for supper on March 22.  Andrew Conner will lead the discussion of Inhabiting Eden for the adult class. Classes for youth and children are held and childcare for preschool and younger children is provided.

Continue to bring the plastic caps and lids.  They will be given to Art Totality for another bench.

Dates for your planning calendar:

March 1 – 29  Lenten Series each Sunday 5:15 – 7:30pm

HOLY WEEK – March 29 – Palm Sunday; April 2 – Maundy Thursday service at 7pm; April 3 – Good Friday service at 12pm

April 5 – Easter

April 19 LIFE (Creation/Earth Day) 11:45 – 1:00 pm

April 24-26 Pyoca Family Retreat

May 17 – Youth Sunday and youth group fundraiser lunch

May 24 – Pentecost; LIFE lunch and program

June 14-18 VBS

Marriage Amendment: Announcement and Resources

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Presbytery of Ohio Valley:

As most have heard by now, the proposed amendment to the Directory for Worship on marriage (W-4.9000) has been approved by a majority of the 171 presbyteries. The new language, which will take effect June 21, 2015, states that marriage “involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.”

The Presbytery of Ohio Valley voted at its assembly on March 7 to approve the amendment by a vote of 56-18.

It is important to remember that each Teaching Elder continues to have both the right and responsibility to determine whether he or she will officiate a ceremony of marriage. Each session, likewise, has the right and responsibility to determine whether a marriage ceremony will be hosted on church property. Nothing about this amendment changes what has long been a part of Presbyterian polity.

Below you will find the newly approved amendment, as well as a pastoral letter from the Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Additional information and resources are available at pcusa.org/marriage. Of course, Larry Jackman and I are available as well to answer your questions and help you interpret the language and implications of the new W-4.9000.

In a recent message on the passage of this amendment, Grayde Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, said: “The Book of Order in F-3.0105 encourages us to exercise mutual forbearance toward each other when we differ. That forbearance should show itself in respect and genuine care for each other. As a church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has received much grace from God in Jesus Christ. We should extend that grace to each other in all gentleness as we live into this chapter of our common life.”

I join Grayde in his call to gentleness and mutual forbearance.

May Christ’s Church, in all things, stand faithful.

Peace and all good,
Susan McGhee
Executive Presbyter


General Assembly
Moderator and Vice Moderator
issue letter on marriage amendment

Dear members and friends of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Presbyteries have been engaged in conversation, discernment, and prayer concerning the recommendations from the 221st General Assembly (2014) in the nine months since Detroit, Michigan. Today, Amendment 14F (On Amending W-4.9000 Marriage) received the required majority from the presbyteries.

The approved amendment to the Book of Order lifts up the sanctity of marriage and the commitment of loving couples within the church. It also allows teaching elders to exercise their pastoral discretion in officiating weddings and in doing so “… the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session, which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service.”

Though we know that this amendment received the necessary majority for approval, we encourage the congregations, presbyteries, and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to continue to be in conversation about marriage and family. We hope that such “up/down” voting does not mark the end, but the continuation of our desire to live in community; a partnership that requires prayer, the study of Scripture, listening to and with one another, and a dedication to partnership in the midst of our diversity of opinion.

We trust that God whose Word brought Creation into being is also the same Word that speaks to us today. With confidence, we believe that God calls the Church into living as a transformative community that embraces the call to be God’s beloved community in the world.

Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada
Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)

The Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia
Vice Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)

To see the newly approved W4.900 go to: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6b9684549f71dad0faabb3811&id=f3f7a65798&e=6256cce81d

 Church Calendar for  March 20 – 28, 2015

For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org

3/22
8:45 am  Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship; Baptism
5:15 pm Lenten Supper and Classes

3/23
11:00 am Family Prayer Group

3/24
10:00 am Seekers and Searchers Women’s Bible Study

5:30 pm Youth Design Team
7:00 pm Choir Easter Rehearsal

3/25
11:15 am Church Staff Meeting
12:30 pm Personnel Committee

3/28
1:30 pm Celebration of Life for Sandy Mead

KOINONIA PRAYER LIST:  In an effort to keep the prayer needs of our family and friends off of the website, you will be receiving a separate email with the Koinonia Prayer List.  The same distribution list is used for both mailings, so if you unsubscribe to one, you have for both.

Happy Birthday to:
Simone Cline, Susan Powers, Shirley Slutz 3/20; Christopher Moulton 3/21; Ridge Holder, Tebby Miller 3/23; Brad Bough 3/25; Rachel Ourand 3/27

Reminders for Sunday, March 22
Liturgist: Joyce Cook
Children’s Moment: Scott & Donna Paul-Bonham
Greeters: Steve Templeton & Robin Danek
Ushers: Max & Carolyn Payne, Donna Wilson, Lance & Brenda Weatherwax
Hosts: Murray & Eunice Pate
Session Open & Close: Joe Harder, Bob McLaughlin
Bus Assistant: Erin Pugh

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 22, 2015,
the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year B)

 HOW TO REACH US: 

Staff eMails:

Presbytery of Ohio Valley website: www.povpc.org
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resbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website: www.pcusa.org

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