August 28, 2019
Sunday @ Central
September 1, 2019 | Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
11:00 a.m. Service for the Lord's Day
Lucy Strong, Preaching

This weekend, over 115 Central members will head to Montreat for our annuall All-Church Retreat. Not going on the retreat? Come, worship with your friends and guests Sunday morning in Rand Chapel. Lucy Strong will preach, and Michael Morgan, our Organist Emeritus, will be Liturgist and at the organ! The Parking Garage will open at 10:00 am and will close at 1:00 pm.
No Lunch This Week; See You Next Sunday!
FALL KICK-OFF SUNDAY
On Sunday, September 8, Central will kick-off its new program year. Following is the schedule for the day.

8:45 am      
Courtyard Hospitality
Children and Parents Gather in Tull Hall
9:00 am
Bethlehem and Nazareth Choirs
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

Circle September 8 on your calendar, and 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 Parlor, Sundays, September 8 and 15, at 9:45 a.m.

WORSHIP
Calling All Thespians!
A Liturgical Theatre group (name TBD) is now forming. We will meet once a month or as needed to develop scripture- based presentations of various styles for use in worship and explore other possibilities. It will be interesting work and also fun! Folks with acting experience and inclination invited!
If you are interested contact Kitsy Battle. Please include your contact info.
Also, if anyone has a suggestion for a clever name for this group please send that to Kitsy!
LEARNING

Youth! Mark your calendars!
Middle School Retreat - Nov. 1-3
High School Retreat - Nov. 16-17

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.
CONNECT
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.
Looking for ways to get connected?
Click here to find out more and sign up
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
Bookworms
Staff News: Renee Drexler's Departure
We give thanks for Renee Drexler's time with us and wish her the best in her future endeavors. If you have questions regarding accounting and finance matters, please contact Paula Kress. For all other questions (including contributions), contact Linda Massengill.
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