We invite you to worship!

WE ARE ON THE GREEN LINE!   Get off the train at the 10th Street Station and walk south less than one block (we are the second church).    PARKING:  Free parking during worship is available in the Minnesota Public Radio Lot and at the World Trade Center Ramp.  See this page for more information. 

Sundays at Central

  • 9:30 a.m.  Children’s Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
  • 10:30 a.m.  Worship, childcare available
  • 11:30 a.m.  Fellowship and refreshments

February Worship

Sunday, February 1
Over and over in the Torah, throughout the whole Bible, really, an ethical imperative is sounded. We are to care for “resident aliens” – immigrants – because, we were aliens in the land of Egypt. And we are to care for widows and the poor. As we prepare for the VocalPoint concert weekend, Rev. Colby will preach on the biblical underpinnings of our pursuit of human rights. Ars Nova, our resident brass quintet, will play.

Sunday, February 8
VocalPoint Sunday! The concert is in the afternoon but worship will get our heads and hearts ready to experience the possibilities that the concert offers. Rev. Colby will preach on “Red Letter Words,” looking at Jesus’ shocking words (“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was in prison and you visited me”) that conclude with him saying, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). Joe Trucano will be our organist this morning.

Sunday, February 15
On this Transfiguration Sunday, we will celebrate the baptism of Shaylynn Blue, daughter of Stephanie Getschmann and Andrew Blue. Rev. Colby will preach on “Mountaintop Moments and Deep Valleys.”

Wednesday, February 18
Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent begins with our observance of Ash Wednesday. We will have two services in our sanctuary, both following simple healthy meals:
At 12:30 p.m. our midweek service will expand to 30 minutes at a time convenient for those who work or live downtown or who eat at our Wednesday Community lunch.
At 7:30 p.m. We will host a simple bread and soup dinner in the Dining Room, and then our evening worship service, featuring communion and the imposition of ashes.

Sunday, February 22
The season of Lent begins as we remember the story of Jesus going from his baptism into the wilderness for a time of temptation. Rev. Colby will preach and we will celebrate communion.

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VocalPoint: Claiming the Sky!

Concerts feature VocalPoint with special guests Zenon Dance Company!

Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church

500 Cedar Street, Downtown St. Paul

$15 in advance/$20 at door; $5 students.

A free-will donation will benefit The Advocates for Human Rights

Human rights abuses are real. Girls are being sold into the sex trade — around the world and right here in Minnesota. Domestic violence makes headlines, involving sports heroes and movie stars and our next door neighbors. Girls are being denied the right to education and the right to freedom. Women’s health care decisions are made by employers rather than doctors. However, those realities are only part of the story. In partnership with The Advocates for Human Rights, VocalPoint will lift up strong women through song. These women have made their voices heard and they are daring to claim the sky.

Joining the 70-voice VocalPoint chorus is Zenon Dance Company, one of the nation’s premier repertory dance companies. Zenon captivates audiences with a rare and dynamic blend of modern and jazz. Soloist Nicole Warner, whose voice has been described as a “hearty mezzo [brimming] with caramel and chocolate richness,” brings her own story as a survivor of domestic violence. Chimgee Haltarhuu is a Mongolian immigrant who teaches and performs at Circus Juventas. Also a survivor of domestic violence, she has helped The Advocates with its domestic violence work in Mongolia. And finally, we welcome Nothando Zulu, President of the Black Storyteller Alliance, who will read the powerful poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou.

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Due to mature subject matter, age discretion is advised.

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Stephen Paulus Celebration

Singers needed for Stephen Paulus Celebration!

A musical celebration of Stephen Paulus is being held at Central Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 22. Musicians include soprano Maria Jette, pianist Stephen Swanson, organist/cellist Joseph Trucano, and vocalists Shanta Hejmadi, Emily Greenleaf, Bill Haugen, and David Winkworth.

A mass choir will be singing Paulus’s “Mass” as well as “The Road Home”. The concerts are March 22 at both 10:30 a.m. (“Mass” only) and 1:00 p.m. (“Mass” along with special musical guests).

Rehearsal are on Wednesday nights from 7:15—9:15:
• Feb. 11
• Feb. 25
• March 4
• March 11
• March 18
• Dress: Saturday, March 21 from 9 – 11 a.m.
Performances on Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Singers need to attend at least 4 of the rehearsals. Professional childcare for rehearsals and performances is provided! Free parking.

Proceeds from a free-will offering will benefit the Paulus Fund at the American Composers Forum.

This is a very special opportunity to sing wonderful repertoire alongside fantastic musicians, including Maria Jette!

Please contact Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music, to reserve your place in the choir! RSVP by Feb. 10. JenniferA@cpcstpaul.org

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Project Home at Central!

project home picture mom and childEvery November, Central is a temporary homeless shelter for families through the St. Paul Area Council of Churches’ “Project Home” program.  We are grateful to the many, many volunteers who make this ministry possible, and we pray for a day when no child or parent needs to sleep in a church basement.

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