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. 

November Worship at Central

  • 9:30 am Adult Bible Study and Children’s Sunday School
  • 10:30 am Worship with nursery care available
  • 11:30 am Fellowship and Refreshments

Sunday, November 2

As we celebrate All Saints’ Day, we remember those who have gone before us, whose lives and witness continue to inspire us.   We will light candles and toll bells in remembrance of loved ones.   Rev. Colby will preach and we will celebrate the sacrament of communion.

Ars Nova Brass Quintet will join us in worship, along with the choir, as we offer special All Saints’ Day music, including a piece by composer Stephen Paulus.

Sunday, November 9

As the Gospel of John begins, Jesus is shown doing curious and provocative acts of ministry.  And when people ask what is going on, he simply says, “Come and See.”  And that is the theme for our 2015 Stewardship Campaign – Come and See the good we are doing together at Central.  As we dedicate our pledges and offerings, let us reflect on the ways that we can make good things possible.  Rev. Colby will preach and a highlight for this Sunday will be an anthem sung by our children “Come Walk with Us (the Journey is Long).”

In addition to our children, and our choir, special music will be provided by Laura Clay and Jennifer Anderson as they play  Mozart’s  Sonata No. 4 for four-hand piano.

Sunday, November 16

Psalm 85 promises that in God’s time “Righteousness and Peace will kiss each other; faithfulness will spring up from the ground and righteousness will look down from the sky.”  Worship will explore how we can be involved in the work of human rights and introduce the 2015 VocalPoint beneficiary organization – Advocates for Human Rights.  Members of VocalPoint will join our Central Choir as our special music.   Before worship, you are invited to a 9:30 Adult Education Class featuring Theresa Dykoschak, staff attorney with the Women’s Human Rights Program.

Following worship all are invited to join for our 3rd Sunday lunch, during which a special offering – The Thank Offering – will be encouraged and received.

Sunday, November 23

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus suggests that participation in the kingdom of God has some unlikely criteria: giving food to the hungry, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison.  Lisa Larges will be our guest preacher.  Lisa has preached in Presbyterian churches and at conferences across the country. She is a part of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and serves the Presbytery as the chair of the Disabilities Concerns Ministry. For more than two decades, Lisa has worked for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members in the life of the Presbyterian church, most recently as the Director of That All May Freely Serve, from 2007 – 2012.  She now works as the Outreach Coordinator for State Services for the Blind, based in St. Paul.

The choir will sing a piece by Abbie Betinis that Central commissioned several years ago, featuring our section leaders.  Assistant Organist Joe Trucano will play in worship.

Sunday, November 30

The Season of Advent begins at Central.  In this season of waiting for the light of God to brighten our world, we will light Advent Candles, share communion, and listen for words of promise and hope.  Rev. Colby will preach.  We begin advent musically with Isaiah’s proclamation from The Messiah, “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” sung by our tenor section leader, Bill Haugen, and accompanied by Steve Swanson.

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Project Home at Central!

project home picture mom and childIn November, Central will turn our Dining Room into a temporary overflow homeless shelter for children and their parents.  We are part of a fabric of congregations and synagogues that care enough to do something practical to help.  While families are at Central, they are connected to the support and services of the county for job training and searches, food, clothing, tutoring, and transportation.

Each night of the month we provide two evening and overnight hosts to welcome and assist our guests, read and play with children, help serve small snacks and breakfast, and converse with parents.  No one would choose to sleep in a church dining room (other than teenagers for a lock-in, but that is a different story) but volunteers serving as hosts make the experience more humane and friendly for these families.

Watch our pastor, Dave Colby, help explain what it’s like to volunteer at Project Home!

Each night during the month of November, we need 2 evening hosts (5:30—8:30 pm shift) and 2 overnight hosts (8:00 pm to either 7:30 or 9:30 am, depending on the day.  Sleeping is allowed during the overnight shift — beds are provided.)

Please sign up for Project Home at Central –  here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Anna (office@cpcstpaul.org or 651-224-4728, ext. 100) in the church office and she can sign you up manually.

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