Worship With Us!

Join us Sunday, August 19!

“Why so many rules? Didn’t Jesus do away with all that?” Wouldn’t you like to know!  Come hear former Central staffer Phil Romine preach on the food laws in Leviticus 11 and the liberating, life-giving potential of food rules.

Following worship, all are invited to the Third Sunday Lunch

10:30 a.m.        Worship
11:30 a.m.        Coffee and Fellowship

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Now Hiring a Child and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Central is currently hiring a Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator.  This person will help to create and oversee a program for children and youth that is dynamic, age-appropriate, multi-cultural, connected to worship and mission, and supportive of the church’s goal to grow our membership.

This is a part time (10-20 hours per week, average) position that includes required, energetic presence on Sundays from at least 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Other hours are flexible depending upon the varying weekly needs of the church program.

To learn more, download this position description.

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Join the Lowertown Clean Up

Looking for a fun & rewarding volunteer opportunity? Come be a part of the Lowertown cleanup crew with other Central members on Sunday, August 5th. Following church on this day we will have a light lunch and then walk over to our assigned cleanup area and do clean up from 1 to 3 p.m.  (Those interested can also stop by the Black Dog Cafe after the cleanup to to socialize.)  Lowertown cleanup is sponsored by Spire Credit Union and Black Dog.  Cleaning supplies, including gloves will be provided.  All participants also receive a free t-shirt.

If you are interested in volunteering, go to our volunteer page to sign up or call Anna in the church office to RSVP by August 1st. We would like to know how many to expect for lunch and the cleanup. If you have questions about the event contact Kati Berg or Sharon Zopfi-Jordan.

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Hunger Initiative Learning

This summer we are exploring how we as a church can do more to feed people who are hungry.  As Central explores ideas on ways to build upon our strengths and doing more to provide food to those who are hungry, we will be conducting field trips to volunteer at and learn from other organizations doing important work.

Through our many volunteering opportunities with area food programs, insight by worship speakers and research efforts by the Hunger Initiative Task Force, we are learning so many things, including:

  • Much of the food thrown from area grocery stores deemed un-saleable, is still edible, often still within its expiration date.
  • One in ten households in Minnesota, and one in six households with children under 6, has food insecurity (meaning they don’t know how they are going to provide food for their family).
  • The SNAP program (formerly called food stamps) provides 12 times as much food as all other programs added together (such as food shelves and church meal programs).
  • The vast majority of people who use SNAP are employed.
  • Many people in our community struggle with access to stores that offer affordable groceries.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with food issues, go to http://www.cpcstpaul.org/hunger.  We will continue through August to explore meals of the bible, how hunger is being addressed in our community, the unmet need that still exists and how Central can meet this call.

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A Statement on the Separation of Families in Immigration Detention

June 20 was the World Refugee Day.  In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, this annual observance serves as a reminder and a call to action.  A few years ago, as the world became shocked by images of the Syrian refugee crisis, Central created a Refugee Task Force to explore how we might best get involved in relief efforts as a congregation.  We prayed, sponsored films and speakers, and eventually became a host congregation for a refugee family from Afghanistan.  Many members of Central continue to support the Ahmady family to this day.

The news this week has been filled with stories of how the American government is now enforcing a zero tolerance policy for people who cross the borders, including those who come seeking asylum as political refugees.  A new practice is the immediate separation of children from their parents for detention.

From the Roman Catholic Pope to the Mormon Church, denominations and religious groups have been speaking out against this practice.  The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been meeting and the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly released a statement that Central’s Session commends.

The full text of Nelson’s statement, dated June 16, 2018:

As Presbyterians gather for the meeting of our 223rd General Assembly, we are mindful of the many issues of justice, peace and compassion we face, both as citizens of the United States and members of the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

While we face issues of peace on the Korean peninsula, tragic injustice in the Middle East, and the spectre of climate change in our nation and our world, there is nothing of more urgency than the tragedy that is unfolding at our borders, where children are ripped from their parents and placed in holding cells, while their frantic parents scream in agony at the separation.

What has this nation become? How have we wandered so far from Jesus’ kind admonition, “Let the little children come to me … for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs”? How can this be happening in a nation in which so many claim the traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and the critical importance of families to the fabric of our lives together?

Perhaps the most egregious aspect of this policy is the willingness of the highest legal official of our nation to suggest that if a mother has fled violence in her own country to save herself and her children but has not had a chance to make a proper petition for safety in the U.S., she should be taught a lesson by having her children taken from her. It is almost incomprehensible that these acts should be used as a warning to others who would come.

What makes matters worse is the audacity of quoting the Apostle Paul’s admonition to believers in Romans 13:1 to obey the law (presumably whatever the law says), while ignoring the higher scriptural demand that “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).

The crisis of tens of thousands of desperate people coming to the United States for relief seems almost overwhelming. But as the officials of our government attempt to address the crisis, we cannot afford to tarnish the highest values of our nation. We must not punish desperate parents by tearing their children away from them, leaving the parents without access to the children or assurance of their welfare. 

In the name of God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stop!

 In the faith we share,

Signature - Herbert Nelson II
Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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