CURRENT PROGRAMS

MONDAY MORNING MOMS

Connect with other young moms at this group for mothers of preschool and kindergarten age children. Our time together will include spiritual practices, Bible study, conversation, and personal reflection.

2020 Schedule: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Lounge on 1/6, 1/27, 2/3, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 5/11, 6/1

Free childcare is available with advance notice.

Please register in advance for childcare by emailing Rev. Deborah Huggins or call Pam Robertson at 908-578-8305

CCW: CENTRAL’S CIRCLE FOR WOMEN

This diverse group of women gathers twice monthly on Tuesdays at 9:30am in the church Lounge.  Currently they are studying the book “Good Enough” by Kate Bowler.    The group welcomes anyone interested in joining!

2022 Schedule: March 22, April 5 & 12

Questions? Contact Leah at leahhgriffith@gmail.com or Lori at lori_donohue@msn.com

PASTOR’S SCRIPTURE REFLECTION 

Pastor Deborah leads a small group meets in the lounge from 9:30-11:00 to discuss the preaching text for the upcoming Sunday, to pray for each other, and to help apply the text to our lives. If you love to dig into the Bible, and to think about theology, language, and recent commentaries, this study is for you. Contact Pastor Deborah at dhuggins@centralpres.org for more information.

WOMEN’S  STUDY

One Sunday a month (usually the first Sunday),  Parish Associate Rev. Noelle Kirchner leads a women’s study that meets for one hour over Zoom.  It is an opportunity to engage a spirit-filled resource (either print or podcast form) for discussion. Each meeting ends in prayer.  The group meets from 8:15 to 9:15am, allowing for in-person worship afterward.  Contact Pastor Deborah at dhuggins@centralpres.org for more information.

We All Have Questions…How Can We Get Some Answers?

Central offers weekly commentaries on a wide variety of topics. What is a “weekly commentary”? It is a “story” with a purpose which helps your thoughts develop so you can come closer to a final answer for yourself. Give the “commentaries” a try.

WEEKLY COMMENTARY: The Presbyterian Church Must Be Stable, But It CANNOT Stand Still.

It is said sometimes that “Reformed Churches are always reforming.” Let’s test that theory with the evolution of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1640, a Presbyterian congregation was organized at Southampton, on Long Island.  It is generally considered to be the oldest Presbyterian church in the United States. Before that, however, in Scotland, reformer John …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: Eight Ways Presbyterian Beliefs Differ From Other Faiths

A while back, a Presbyterian pastor named James Ayers wrote in Presbyterians Today a helpful story entitled “What Presbyterians DON’T Believe.”  He cited eight ways in which Presbyterians, while generally being committed Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, hold some beliefs different from what some other Christians believe. Let’s take a moment to test ourselves.  …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: Is It Foolish to Believe We Can Grow In Times of WEAKNESS, Not Just Through STRENGTH?

If you were wholly unfamiliar with the life of Jesus and listened only to what many Christians in America say today, you could be forgiven for thinking that the most important thing Christianity values is worldly  power – the power to control and compel, to impose one’s will on others, to vanquish one’s enemies.  Blessed …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: Do You Really Understand “Poverty”?

Recently, at lunch with a couple who are long-time friends, they were full of stories about a vacation trip they had just taken.  It was a cruise to a distant part of the world, which included stops at numerous ports I had always wanted to visit.  When I left them, I was excited about taking …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: Lord, Am I Useful To YOU?

How this plea originated, during my days already overflowing with unending tasks and responsibilities, I do not know. Praying at a hospital bedside, or serving in a soup kitchen makes me feel needed and useful.  I suspect physicians suturing a wound, or teachers helping children learn to read, or mechanics fixing an engine, understand the …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: How To Recognize An Evangelical Christian

Last July, I joined several members of my family, in Pennsylvania, to welcome another family who would be joining ours by marriage this Fall. There was plenty to eat and drink as we progressed through the weekend.  But much more memorable were some of my conversations with other guests.  In particular, I had a long …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: I Want To Live A Life of Consequence. How Should I Start?

Some Christians emphasize the question: “Am I Saved?”  Presbyterians emphasize the question: “What am I saved for?”  We believe that in Jesus Christ, God has saved us, and therefore that perhaps our lives should be lived in grateful response.  But, specifically, what does that mean?  Baptism is a sign that we belong to God, and that …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: How Climate Change Really Threatens God’s Creation

Many of us, like me, truly believe that God created our amazing universe, bringing matter and energy to life out of a formless empty void of nothing.  The humankind now residing in the earth-portion of God’s universe, however, seems to have been developing practices which may poison that creation. For example, by increasing our use …

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WEEKLY COMMENTARY: Would You Dare Go To A Place Full of Sinners?

One definition of “sin” is that it is an attitude in which we see ourselves as the ultimate authority, replacing God.  The real God and His law become secondary in our lives.  Probably we are not consistently sinful all the time, but we know that from time to time we place first our pride and …

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