CPC enews for January 8, 2016

A Blessing for Epiphany

You have looked
at so many doors
with longing,
wondering if your life
lay on the other side.

For today,
choose the door
that opens
to the inside.

Travel the most ancient way
of all:
the path that leads you
to the center
of your life.

No map
but the one
you make yourself.

No provision
but what you already carry
and the grace that comes
to those who walk
the pilgrim’s way.

Speak this blessing
as you set out
and watch how
your rhythm slows,
the cadence of the road
drawing you into the pace
that is your own.

Eat when hungry.
Rest when tired.
Listen to your dreaming.
Welcome detours
as doors deeper in.

Pray for protection.
Ask for guidance.
Offer gladness
for the gifts that come,
and then
let them go.

Do not expect
to return
by the same road.
Home is always
by another way,
and you will know it
not by the light
that waits for you

but by the star
that blazes inside you,
telling you
where you are
is holy
and you are welcome

—Jan Richardson

The ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION of Central Presbyterian Church and the members of our church corporation (Central Presbyterian Church, Inc., of Terre Haute, Indiana) (the “corporation””, will be held in the church sanctuary immediately following 10:30 worship on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Childcare will be provided.

Following the annual meeting on January 24, we will  have a carry-in lunch. This will take the place of the traditional 5th Sunday lunch this month. Meat and drinks will be provided by CLCA. Please bring a favorite dish to share or try out a new recipe and join us for a delectable lunch and fellowship. 

A sign-up to give sanctuary flowers is posted in fellowship hall. The cost for flowers is $33 per Sunday. You may sign up or call to the church office to reserve a special date in the spring.

Per Capita literally means “by the head.” In January, our treasurer will pay our share of our denomination’s administrative expenses which is $30 per active member. Please assist the church budget by paying your per capita early in the year.

You can enjoy a delicious soup lunch and help others before the big game.  CPC youth will have its traditional soup extravaganza lunch following worship. If you are able and desire, please bring a crock pot of your favorite soup to share or a dessert. Also bring canned soup to be donated to the Unity Food Pantry and back your favorite Super Bowl team with your monetary donations to be given to a local soup kitchen or food pantry. We join churches all over the country to “change the game” and tackle hunger in our community.

JESUS’ LOVE IS BUBBLIN’ OVER!  Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108;  K-2nd grade elementary – room 202; 3rd – 5th grades elementary – room 103; Middle School Confirmation Class – room 200; High School/Intergenerational Current Event Discussion – FH classroom C; Exploring the Book of Confessions – FH Classroom B; Christian Parenting – FH Classroom A.

The Sunday School offering for milk at 14th and Chestnut continues.  Please give generously!

Audio recordings of sermons now available:
Did you miss a sermon?  Oh no!  But fret not, all is not lost; audio recordings of Lant’s and Scott’s sermons are now available on the church website, www.thcpc.org.    All of the August sermons have been successfully added.  There are also some (but not all) of the sermons from earlier in 2014 and 2015.   To find them, either go to this link: https://www.thcpc.org/sermons/  or, from the church homepage, select “About Us” and then “Sermons” to see the list. (Sometimes you may need to click on “Browse Series” once you are on the “Sermons” page to see the most recent addition.)  Sermon recordings should normally appear on the website the same afternoon they have been delivered.

Dates for your planning calendar:

January 24 – Annual Congregational Meeting followed by carry-in lunch

Church Calendar for January 8-16, 2015
For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org

8:45 am Choir rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship; Baptism of the Lord
11:30 am High Ground Rehearsal
5:00 pm 7th Cents Youth Group Game Night at Centenary

11:00 am Family Prayer Group

10:00 am Fine Arts Committee

11:15 am Church Staff meeting
7:00 pm Session meets

2:00 pm Memorial Service for Loyal Wilson at Central


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:
Bill Cook, Corrine Foree, Rogene Froeb, 1/8; Mark Carlisle, Kailyn McCoy 1/9; Kathryn George 1/10; Mont Foree, Derek VanDyke 1/12; Taylor Pepperworth 1/13; Remy Maboh 1/15; Emmanuel Aouad 1/16

Liturgist: Joyce Cook
Children’s Moment: Tiffany Grossman
Ushers: Youth

Session Open & Close: Chuck Shutt, Eileen Whalen
Bus Assistant: Brad Bough

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, January 10, 2016, the Baptism of the Lord (Year C)


Staff eMails:

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

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