July 10, 2019
Sunday @ Central
July 14, 2019 | Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
11:00 a.m. Service for the Lord's Day
Anna George Traynham, preaching
Our Sunday Fellowship Lunch is on hiatus until
Sunday, August 4, 2019. See you then!
From the Organ Bench
The Opening Voluntary is a theme and variations by William McNair based on Sunday’s middle hymn, “What Is the World Like” (tune NEW WORLD). Bill McNair has served as organist and director of handbell choirs at both Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, and, most recently, at First Presbyterian Church in Savannah, working with his wife Anne, who has served as choral director, in addition to other congregations in Atlanta and Columbia. They will retire in August of this year. Bill’s wife Anne is a past-president of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and they served as co-directors of the 2013 Montreat Conferences on Worship and Music. He has a number of published compositions/arrangements and this voluntary came from a collection of organ works based on hymn tunes written by Sally Ann Morris. The tune NEW WORLD was composed by Morris to go with the text “What Is the World Like” by Adam Tice, which concluded a hymn festival at the 2009 Annual Conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. We see in this text references to the mustard seed, the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, and the ten bridesmaids.
The Closing Voluntary is based on the hymn tune AZMON, this week paired with a David Gambrell text, “The Lord is God” and serving as our opening hymn. Paul Manz is the composer, about whom I’ve written before. Manz (1919-2009), a Lutheran musician, was noted for his hymn improvisations, most of which were written down and published in several volumes. AZMON was composed in 1828 by Carl Gotthelf Glaser (1784-1829) and Lowell Mason set his text “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” to the tune in 1828. This pairing of text and tune has appeared in 440 hymnals.
Our guest soloist this Sunday is Sheldon Michael, no stranger to Central. He will sing an arrangement of the first two verses of Psalm 29, “Give God, our Maker, Praise” by Heinrich Schütz. Schütz (1585-1672) is generally regarded as the most important German composer/organist prior to J. S. Bach. Most of his extant works were primarily written for the Lutheran church, and most of those for the Elector of Saxony’s chapel in Dresden. He studied in Venice with Gabrieli and is credited with bringing the “Italian style” of music composition to Germany.
The Adult Education Committee invites you to take a seat in our seminary classroom (a.k.a. OAC Lobby/Atrium) which continues this Sunday with "Professor" Mark Douglas. The class bell rings at 9:45 a.m.
CLICK HERE for the 2019 Summer Series Course Description Booklet
Remember Your Baptismal Vows
When a child is baptized, we are asked to answer the following questions: Will we be faithful to our calling as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, so that this child may grow in the knowledge and love of Christ? Will we nurture and love this child, share the good news of the gospel with him/her, and help him/her know and follow Jesus Christ?

If you have ever answered "yes" to these questions, the Children's Committee has a way for you to live into these vows: become a teacher in our Sunday School for children (ages 4 - 10) starting this fall. All of the classes are led by a team of teachers--thus, it is not an every Sunday commitment . The curriculum used in our children's classes is Godly Play ( click here to learn more about this curriculum), and training will be provided.

If you would like to join other Centralites in nurturing our children, please contact M. E. Davis by email.
How are you spending Labor Day weekend? Join us at Montreat for Central's annual All Church Retreat, "Our Hope + Our Health + Our Song"! In our program sessions, psychologist and author Angela Schaffner will integrate scripture and psychology, then help us apply it to our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Youth and children will have separate programming, and childcare will be provided for children under five during program sessions. We'll all be together for meals and other activities, including fireside fellowship Saturday evening. On Sunday afternoon there's time for hiking, games, or strolling through Black Mountain's shops. You won't want to miss the variety show Sunday night—better yet, dust off your tap shoes, trombone, stand-up routine, or other hidden talents and be a part of the show! You can register for the retreat in person after worship at the designated table in Tull Hall, Click Here to register now, or Follow us on Face Book and register from that page.
After worship next Sunday, July 14, join your Central family in Candler Park ( click here for a map) for an old-fashioned potluck picnic! We will be under the picnic shelters. Bring a dish to share and an outdoor chair if you have one. See you there!
August 9 - 11, 2019
Montreat Women’s Connection

Central women, let’s go to Montreat!

The annual Montreat Women’s Connection is a great opportunity to worship, learn, and laugh with women from Central and around the nation. The keynote speaker is Valerie Kaur, Sikh activist and founder of the Revolutionary Love project. Register now at  www.montreat.org/women, and select “conference, room, and meals” on the registration page. Select a single or double occupancy room in Winsborough. If you want to be paired with a roommate, email Anna. The registration cost for sharing a double occupancy room is $345, and we are looking into scholarship funding. The cost on the website for a double occupancy room will say $400, but it will be lowered to $345 once you are paired with a roommate. Be sure to list Central Pres ATL as your church so that our rooms will be together, and then let Anna know you registered so we can help plan carpools. 

This will be a great trip! 
Save the Date
Central Women's Retreat-- March 6-8, 2020
Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we travel
to the Calvin Center for this annual event. 
Details will follow in January 2020.
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