September 4, 2019
Sunday @ Central
September 8, 2019 | Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
11:00 a.m. Service for the Lord's Day
Jessica Patchett, Preaching
The Enduring Wisdom of Jesus: Faith in the Faltering
This Sunday, we'll begin a new sermon series called "The Enduring Wisdom of Jesus." As people of the Christian way, we believe that who Jesus was, what he did, and what he said all reveal something of who God is, what God still does, and what God might be saying to us in our own lives. Join us this weekend as we consider how Jesus helped people find faith, even in their faltering. 
Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Okra, Black-eye Peas, Vegetable and Fruit Salad Bar, Dinner Rolls, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies 
Christian Antwi
Christian brings greetings to Central
New Director for Ministries with Children, Youth, and their Families:
Christian Antwi to begin Sunday, September 29 

This month, Central will welcome Christian Antwi as the new Director for Ministries with Children, Youth, and Families. Christian joins us from Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina, where he served as a Youth Director for more than three years. Christian has also served as a Program Director at Montgomery Presbyterian Center and has completed a Masters in Religion. 

Christian will help us cultivate a strong community of faith in which children, youth, and their families can know one another, learn and grow in faith, find meaningful ways to express Christian service and spirituality, and invite newcomers to find a home with us.

As Christian begins his time with Central, ministry leaders will schedule opportunities for the congregation to get to know him and introduce him to the life of the church. In the meantime, here are a few words from Christian’s statement of faith to help you get to know him better:
I believe in a God whose love is best described as an ocean. It ' s all encompassing. It is vast and endless . I don’t know where it begins and where it ends. I believe that through this love, I serve a God who is the Creator of all things seen and unseen, a God who is still creating, whether in nature, heaven or in the soul of anyone. As God creates in me a new and clean heart, I recognize God doing that in others.
New Interns at Central Continue Legacy of Central as a Teaching Church

Hope Bradford, Hannah Trawick, Martin Carver, and Emmanuel Amponsah join Lauren Scott this fall to serve alongside the Central community as graduate interns. Please welcome:

Hope Bradford, Georgia State University, is Central's 2019-2020 Music and Worship Intern. Hope will sing with the chancel choir each week and assist Jennifer and Vicki in preparations for weekly worship.

Hannah Trawick, Columbia Theological Seminary, is Central's 2019-2020 Pastoral Intern. Hannah will work primarily with adult education and local mission. Look for an invitation from her to join a Zoom Bible Study soon!

Martin Carver, Columbia Theological Seminary, is Central's 2019-2020 UKirk Intern at Georgia State University. Martin will help UKirk Atlanta (the Presbyterian college campus ministry) launch a new gathering of GSU students that will meet at Central every Tuesday night beginning in mid-September. 

Emmanuel Amponsah, Candler School of Theology, is the Central OAC's 2019-2020 Seminary Intern. Emmanuel will serve in the OAC on weekdays and assist Central in worship on Sunday mornings. 

Lauren Scott, Columbia Theological Seminary, will continue serving with Central's youth and children after leading faithfully as an interim youth and children's ministry coordinator this summer. We thank Lauren for her extraordinary dedication to Central during this interim season. 
8:45 am      
Courtyard Hospitality
Children and Parents Gather in Tull Hall
9:00 am
Bethlehem and Nazareth Choirs Begin Rehearsals
9:45 am
Church School for All Ages
11:00 am
Worship in the Sanctuary
12:00 pm
Fall Kick-off Lunch in Tull Hall; introduction of teachers and youth advisors, ways to get involved at Central, and much, much more
5:00 pm
Youth Group Kick-off Party

Plan to join your Central family for a day of learning and fellowship!
The Adult Education Committee Announces Fall Classes
Beginning Sunday, September 8, adults can choose from three different learning opportunities:

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
Evangelicals dominate American politics. What have been the theological issues fueling the movement over the years? In particular, what role does Calvinism and the Presbyterian Church play? Initially an American populist rebellion against the established Protestant churches, evangelicalism is now the most powerful religious influence in the nation. Award-winning journalist Frances Fitzgerald substantiates the causes and results of this on-going phenomenon. If you would like to learn more, join us in discussing her book, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (2017, Simon and Schuster). This class is offered by the Issues in Theology Class which is convened by Michael Lloyd. Teachers for the series will change, but the class will meet in the Central OAC Art Room on the ground floor of the Oglesby Building each week.

Seeing Whiteness: Addressing White Fragility, Enabling Cross-Racial Engagement, Challenging White Solidarity
“White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress." White fragility, a term coined by scholar Robin DiAngelo, refers to the stress of being grouped as white or being told that whiteness has any meaning. Join Centralites in a series of conversations where we will get comfortable with being uncomfortable. While these sessions focus on skills needed for white people, people of color are also welcome and encouraged to attend. All participants will receive a copy of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Faith and Family is sponsoring this class for the fall and will be led by Jill Lum. Join them in the Parlor each Sunday.

Images of the Church in the New Testament 
Long-time seminary professor Beth Johnson will take four Sundays to talk about the early Christian church: as Israel, as Temple, as the Body of Christ and as family. Join us as we look at the Church as an upcoming force in the Roman world. This class, offered by the Sojourners Class convened by Ed Carwile, will meet in the Brotherhood Room off Tull Fellowship Hall.

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
This Fall the Keystone Class will begin reading and discussion of In her new book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, Barbara Brown Taylor tackles the questions, worries, and concerns that arise when we encounter “difference” and “others.” This book is not a primer on religions; instead she explores what is opened and what is revealed when we accept the invitation to investigate all the wonder before us. Here we learn not only that God’s preferred language is driven by a curiosity and specializes in questions, but we also discover the spiritual riches God can teach us from the faith of others. This class, offered by the Keystone Class convened by Jean Ellen Jones and taught by Mary Amos, meets in the Taylor Conference Room off Tull Fellowship Hall.

Believing and Belonging: Two-Week Class for Visitors and New Members
Do you have friend or neighbor who you have been wanting to invite to church but have not known how? Or have you been sitting near a visitor in worship? Invite them to the Believing and Belonging class, a two-week class for visitors and new members. The class will be taught by Anna George Traynham, with coffee and donuts provided by the Invitation Committee. We will explore what Presbyterians believe, how those beliefs inform our life at Central, and what it means to belong in today's world of competing interests The class will gather in the Greene Room, Sundays, September 8 and 15, at 9:45 a.m.
Pre-Service Music Added to our Sunday Worship
Beginning this Sunday, there will be approximately seven minutes of pre-service music before the choir and clergy enter the sanctuary and the bell rings. We are blessed to have many talented folks in our midst and four of them will share their gifts this month.  Steve Fey will start out this Sunday on piano, Karen Brown (accompanist for Jerusalem Choir), will also play piano September 15, Kristeen Sorrells will play viola September 22, and Rick Wornat (accompanist for Nazareth Choir) will play piano September 29, We hope you will receive this offering of music as a gift of beauty and an invitation to worship as you enter the sanctuary.  
From the Organ Bench
We are pleased to have guest flutist Jim Zellers with us on Sunday to accompany the anthem and play service music. The Opening Voluntary is the “Prelude” movement of John Rutter’s Suite Antique , originally written for harpsichord, flute, and string orchestra as a companion work to Bach’s “Brandenburg” concerto No. 5. A six-movement work, it was composed for a program at which the Fifth Brandenburg was also to be performed, thus, Rutter employed the same instrumentation. John Rutter (b. 1945) is an English composer, conductor, editor, arranger, and record producer, mainly of choral music. He founded in 1981 and still conducts the Cambridge Singers, who have made many recordings of his own works, as well as other pieces in the sacred choral repertoire.

The Closing Voluntary is a setting of our Opening Hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” in an organ arrangement by Edwin Childs, about whom I’ve written before.

Parents: Please remember to use our new Youth Online Information Form. Please complete this form for each of your youth. You will also need to complete, print, and return the release form (to which you will be directed upon completion of the online form) to Linda Massengill. Click here for the online form.
September 15: All Church BBQ!
On September 15, the congregational events committee invites you to head to the Lum house after worship for an inter-generational BBQ feast! We will have a swimming pool (staffed with a lifeguard), corn hole, barbecue, and get-to-know-you actives for all ages. It will be a great time to get to know more of your Central neighbors! Click Here to RSVP by September 9.
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Music Ministry
Handbells: Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm
Chancel Choir: Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm

Youth and Children
Children's Choirs: Sundays @ 9:00 am 
Youth Handbell Choir, Sundays @ 9:00 am
Youth Choir, Sundays @ 4:50 pm
Youth Fellowship, Sundays @ 6:00 pm

Adult Education and Small Groups
Central Young Adults
Rebekah Circle
Central Women
Central Men
At our first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 19 , at the home of Julie Boggs, Central Women will consider these questions: Growing up, what did the church teach you about your body? What about sex? Relationships? Femininity? What it means to be "pure"?  Inspired by Nadia Bolz-Weber's book Shameless , Anna Traynham will lead us in exploring the messages the church has taught us about our bodies and how we might re-claim what it means to be created in the image of God.

Look for sign-up opportunities and other details in next week's Central newsletter, and pick up a copy of Central Women's entire 2019-20 schedule at the Kick-Off this Sunday.  
The Rebekah Circle meets monthly on the second Monday from September through June, primarily at members’ homes. Circle members engage in Bible study, support various Presbyterian projects, discuss congregational cares and concerns, and enjoy fellowship during lunch, for which everyone brings a sandwich.

The Rebekah Circle will kick-off their new program year Monday, September 9, at 11:00 am at the home of Doris Beachy, 1899 Clairmont Lake, #704. Mary Caroline Lindsay will lead Lesson 1 from Love Carved in Stone, the PW Bible Study for this year. Bring a sandwich for lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided. Questions? Call Mary Caroline at 404-290-3421. 
Meeting the Fourth Tuesday of the month, Central's book club, Bookworms, will kick-off their new program year on Tuesday, September 24. Linda McCord will lead the group in discussing Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Watch upcoming announcements for the location.

Book selections for the rest of the program year include The Overstory by Ricahrd Powers, Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens, Becoming by Michelle Obama, Flight Path by Hannah Palmer (who is a member of CPC), Darktown by Thomas Mullen, Tenth of December by George Saunders, and Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor.

Questions? Contact Jean Ellen Jones.
Although the Central Night Shelter will not open until November 1, and the first night of Foot Clinic is not until November 6, it is flip flop season now! Won't you stop by Walmart or the Dollar Store and purchase flip flops for $1.00 a pair to donate to he CNS Foot Clinic? Flip flops help us prevent the spread of athlete’s foot in the showers, and we need men’s sizes 9-14. There will be a basket in the narthex for your gifts. Thank you.
Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty to hold its 12th Annual MaryRuth Weir Ruth Memorial Dinner
Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold its 12th Annual MaryRuth Weir Ruth Memorial Dinner on Tuesday, September 17, at 6pm in Tull Fellowship Hall. Each year, GFADP recognizes two people or groups who are working to end the death penalty or provide legal representation for those who cannot afford representation. 

This year we will recognize David Atwood from Texas who left his job early as an engineer for an oil company to work full time to end the death penalty in Texas. He will also be our guest speaker.  

Our other honoree will be the Federal Defender, Capital Habeas Unit which represents indigent people on death row through their federal appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  You will have the the opportunity to meet activists and organizations working to end the death penalty. You can also participate in our great silent auction!

For more info and to buy tickets, go to GADP's website
Join us for Central Outreach & Advocacy Center's annual Main Frame Celebration! Take an hour for lunch on Thursday, September 12, 1 - 2 pm to visit us and our students at Central Outreach & Advocacy Center. Enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about our job readiness program, meeting guests who've worked hard to change their lives, and hearing their stories of success.

To let us know you are coming, please register   here .
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