Worship With Us!

Sunday Schedule:  

  • Education for all ages at 9:30
  • Worship at 10:30
  • Fellowship at 11:30

During the month of January, our worship services will feature stories about
and the words of prophets. Prophets hold a place of honor within the
Judeo-Christian tradition, even as their messages may not have been widely
welcomed.

Sunday, January 14
“The word of the Lord was rare in those days,” the story begins (1 Samuel
3:1-10), when the word of the Lord came to the young prophet Samuel. In our
time that is cluttered with words, how do we hear the rare and life-giving
word of God? Rev. Colby will preach and the Central Choir will sing.

Sunday, January 21
Not all biblical prophets were eager to be called to their work! We will
hear the delightful yet utterly-serious story of the prophet Jonah, who ran
in the opposite direction when God asked him to go and preach repentance to
the people of Nineveh. Rev. Colby will preach. Special guest Linda
Kachelmeier conducts the choir this morning on her music. Linda is not only
a composer living in the Twin Cities, but also a founding member of The Rose
Ensemble and sang with them for 19 years. She is currently the Founding
Artistic Director of Lumina, a professional quartet, and is also the Music
Director at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul.

Sunday, January 28
The Gospel of Mark begins not with the birth of Jesus, but with a wild-eyed
prophet attracting listeners out to the desert. Thirsty for the life-giving
(and empire-challenging!) word of God. Rev. Colby will preach and the
Central Choir will sing.

2017 Offering Envelopes are here!
The new year’s contribution envelopes have arrived! For those who wish to
receive boxes of envelopes, they will be available on a table in the
Friendship Room. Any boxes not picked up by January 14, 2018 will be mailed
out. If you did not get a box of envelopes for 2018, but would like to have
one, OR, if you received envelopes but no longer wish to, please contact
Anna in the office.

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WE RISE: VocalPoint sings with Sounds of Blackness!

WE RISE with people and wordsVocalPoint uses the power of people, art, and collaboration to tell the stories of organizations doing life-changing work.  We shine a spotlight on important issues such as youth homelessness, the immigrant experience, and sex trafficking.  We give 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. We have worked with such gifted musicians as Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Peter Mayer.

Our programs are multi-sensory collaborations that are unlike any other choral concerts.  In our six seasons, we have supported the work of Open Arms of MinnesotaAvenues for Homeless Youth, Neighborhood House, The Advocates for Human RightsUpstream Arts and One Heartland. Highlights include hosting panels of the AIDS Quilt, singing with the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, being dazzled by the puppets of In the Heart of the Beast, and singing to the breathtaking choreography of Zenon Dance Company. We’ve commissioned pieces by Abbie Betinis and Joan Szymko, and had the honor of premiering pieces by Elizabeth Alexander and Abbie Betinis.

2018 concerts:  WE RISE!

Featuring the 85-voice VocalPoint and Sounds of Blackness; Benefiting Twin Cities R!SE: Building Careers, Empowering Lives, Ending Poverty.

At the concerts, a free-will donation will be collected, 100% of which benefits Twin Cities R!SE.

Tickets:
$15 in advance (from a chorus member or on-line)
$20 at the door
$5 student (age 5 and up).  We do not recommend our concerts for children under the age of 5.

Twin Cities R!SE assists individuals in poverty on the path to long-term and stable employment. Their coaches provide one-on-one support, partnering with participants for a year after they’ve landed their new jobs. They focus on long term results  with 81% of graduates staying at their jobs after one year, nearly twice the national average.

Join us as we sing along with Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness. From Jazz and Blues to Rock & Roll, R&B, Gospel, Spirituals, HipHop, Reggae, and Soul, they bring uplifting messages of hope, unity, love, and peace for all humankind.

2018 Concerts:
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
Central Presbyterian Church
500 Cedar Street, Downtown St. Paul

For parking and more info: Parking and directions

Concerts are at Central Presbyterian Church, a wheelchair-accessible venue, in downtown St. Paul.  VocalPoint offers concert programs and any of our public materials in alternative formats (such as large print, braille, electronic file, etc.) upon request — with 3 weeks notice. Contact info@vocalpointchorus.org for more information or to make a request.

Tickets are available on-line, from a chorus member (no fees) or at the door.

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Legacy Grant Project

Built in 1889, Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.  It is an imposing three bay asymmetrical structure of the Richardsonian Romanesque style.  The front façade is 24-inch-thick Lake Superior brownstone dominated by a massive gable 90 feet over the double-arched main entrance.  The square bell tower is topped by a belfry and an octagonal spire rising 150 feet.  Most of the side and rear walls are made of red pressed brick laid in stretcher bond with stone sills and watertable.  There are two large half-rose stained glass windows, one on the west front over the main entrance and one on the south side.  There are also numerous other stained glass windows on three floors of the building.

The Legacy Grant Project is financed primarily with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.  This project includes an assessment of the condition of the exterior fabric of the church including but not limited to stone work, brick work and protective covering of the stained glass windows.  The final documents will include construction plans, specifications and Scope of Work Form for rehabilitation of the exterior and a submittal document for Heritage Preservation Commission for approval of the work planned.

The Request for Proposal can be found here.   Contact Project Director Fluryanne Leach with questions concerning this project.  Flury.leach51@gmail.com or 240-338-1017.

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