October 9, 2019
Sunday @ Central
October 13, 2019 | Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
11:00 a.m. Service for the Lord's Day
The Rev. Joanna Adams, Guest Preacher
Border Crossing

Sunday Fellowship Lunch Menu
Fresh Fruit and Salad Bar 
Hamburger Steak with mushroom gravy
Steamed Basmati Rice 
Green Beans 
Cookies 
Assorted Dinner Rolls 
This Sunday , we welcome Joanna Adams back to our pulpit. Joanna served as Central's Associate Pastor from 1979 to 1986, going on to serve as pastor of North Decatur, Trinity, and Morningside Presbyterian Churches here in Atlanta. 

While she served at Central, Joanna was one of few women in ministry in Atlanta, and she distinguished herself as a renowned preacher, a tireless advocate for the homeless, a passionate supporter of our Child Development Center and Health Center, and the founding member of Central Women. 

Joanna is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from Davidson College and an Alumni Association Medal of Honor from Emory University. She has served as a trustee of the Presbyterian Church Foundation and Agnes Scott College, has chaired the Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary, and served as an editor-at-large for Presbyterian Outlook . In 2007, she was named Georgia Woman of the Year and was featured in Atlanta Magazine as one of the forty-five most loved Atlantans. She is known for building bridges both in the community and the church. Over the years, she has been especially involved in initiatives to combat homelessness and to build interfaith relations. 

Joanna and her husband, Al, are now retired; their daughter, Elizabeth, lives in West Hills, California, and their son, Sam, lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Next Sunday, October 20, the session has called a congregational meeting immediately following worship for the purpose of electing members to serve on the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
Join Us On the Journey!

We are so excited to begin our stewardship season with a series of events. The tables are set, the locations are ready. All that is needed to make the gathering complete is your presence!  At each of our gatherings, we'll listen to a message from Jessica about the promise of our work together, celebrate our life together as a congregation, join in imagining our future, and have a little fun. Please choose the event that best suits your schedule and RSVP to Anne Blankinship by email or by phone 404-398-1186. Food will be provided; if you like, you may bring wine or beer to share at all but the breakfast at church. 

Tomorrow Night! Thursday, October 10
6:30pm-gather, 7:00 dinner
Home of Georgia and Stan Segal
1300 Hampton Hall Dr. NE, Atlanta 30319

Saturday, October 12
6:30pm-gather, 7:00 dinner
Home of Amy Kirkland and Cindi Yarbrough
2383 Hosea L. Williams Dr. SE, Atlanta 30317

Saturday, October 19
11:00am-gather, 11:30 brunch
Home of Linda and Martin Lehfeldt
2329 Venetian Dr. SW, Atlanta 30311

Sunday, October 20
9:15am, continental breakfast
Central OAC Waiting Room (Atrium)
Central Presbyterian Church

Thursday, October 24
6:30 pm-gather, 7:00 dinner
Home of Mary and Tom Leslie
542 Saint Charles Ave., Atlanta 30308

We hope you'll join us at one of the stewardship gatherings and that you will make a pledge to support our common life, mission, and ministry as Central Presbyterian Church.

Ready to pledge? You can do so online or by returning your pledge card to the church office or in the offering plate.

With A Generous Hope,

Vicki and Rob

Vicki Collier and Rob Forbes, 2019-2020 Stewardship Co-Chairs 
WORSHIP
From the Organ Bench
Subbing for Vicki Fey this Sunday is organist Matthew Edwards. Matthew, a native of California, received both his Master of Arts in Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from The University of Alabama. He currently teaches class piano at M. D. Roberts Middle School of the Arts in Clayton County. In his free time, he enjoys practicing organ, singing with the New South Festival Singers, and composing.

Pre-worship music will be provided by Christian Imboden, guitar.
Online Bible Study Continues
Join Jessica, Hannah, and others on Zoom for our online Bible study. This series will take place now through November 19  on Tuesday afternoons from 12pm-1pm . If you are interested in trying this new Bible study program with us, please register by  clicking here . For more information, please contact Hannah Trawick by email .  
LEARNING
PARENTS: Please remember to sign-up as soon as you are able!
SERVE
Don't Just Watch the Parade
This Sunday, many Centralites will be a part of the Pride Parade in downtown Atlanta. This year marks the 49th annual parade. Won't you come with us?
We will meet in the parlor immediately after worship. We will go as a group to the MARTA station. MARTA cards will be provided if you don’t already have one.
Come and join the fun!
Wanted: Hygiene Items
When you showered today, did you have plenty of soap? Plenty of shampoo? When you got out of the shower, did you have plenty of deodorant to put on? Lotion to apply? Before you left your house today, did you brush your teeth? You probably did all of these things. However, there are people each and every day who do not have access to the basic hygiene items that we probably take for granted each day.
 
Guests walk into Central Outreach and Advocacy Center every day asking for basic hygiene items. When Central OAC has the items, we hand them out, but the OAC totally relies on these items to be donated. The items most requested are as follows:
 
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Razor
Lotion
 
If you can donate any of the above items, the OAC would be grateful. You may leave them in the basket found in the church narthex, in the church office, or in the OAC. Or if you’d like to order them straight off of Amazon and have them sent directly to us, that’s great too! Here is a link to our wish list on Amazon. Scroll down and you will see a number of different hygiene items.
 
 Thank you! Our guests greatly appreciate the items!
CONNECT
Connect with your fellow Centralites by joining one of the small groups meeting in the next couple of weeks.
Rebekah Circle
Rebekah Circle will meet Monday, October 14 at 11:00 at the home of Mary Amos with Lee Ebling as co-hostess. Kathy McCloud will lead Lesson Two in the PW study book. Bring a sandwich for lunch and snacks for the OAC. Questions? Call Mary Caroline Lindsay (404-290-34210).

Central Women
Central Women will meet on the third Thursday, October 17 , at the home of Frances St. John. Our program? Getting to know the new staff members. Join us in welcoming these interns as well as administrative and program personnel. Look for an email with sign-up details.

Central Men
Central Men's monthly dinner night is Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., at Dakota Blue restaurant. Dakota Blue is located at 454 Cherokee Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 303012. This time together is not an evening presentation to sit through, but rather a time to make and deepen friendships in Christ.

Questions? Contact Brian Bishop by email or by phone at 404.307.2557.
Night shelter volunteer information session on Sunday, October 20 at 10am in Tull Hall
On November 1, the Central gym is transformed into one big guest room for 5 months, so that 90 neighbors experiencing homelessness will have a safe, warm place to sleep at night. For 39 years, the Central Night Shelter has inspired volunteers from across the city to serve a meal, spend a night, and offer personal hospitality for neighbors experiencing homelessness. We hope you'll come and learn how to become part of this long-standing tradition of service. We think you'll be glad you did. For more information, contact Wills Moore by phone (678.246.9222) or by email .
Last Friday, October 4, was the 131st anniversary of the first worship service in our "new," present-day sanctuary. The day after the building's dedication, an article appeared in the Atlanta Constitution describing it as the "most beautiful church ever occupied by an Atlanta congregation." The original cost: $47,275! More information about the "1885 Auditorium Building," as it was called then, and other interesting bits of Central's history, may be found in the book On Our Way Rejoicing (written in conjunction with Central's 150th birthday). If you don't have a copy and would like one, contact Linda Massengill by email or by phone 404.601.3128.

For a list of all events and activities at Central Church, click here to view our calendar.
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