Sunday, January 15
As we prepare for the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday (see p. 4 for information about events we are promoting), Rev. Colby will preach on justice. During the Third Sunday Lunch, we will have the opportunity to say thanks and farewell to Interim Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator Phil Romine.
Sunday, January 22
Our Gospel passage for today (Matthew 4:12-23) tells of Jesus calling the first disciples. “Follow me,” he says, and as they gather and follow, they find a new sense of belonging. Rev. Colby will preach.
Sunday, January 29
The lectionary, or set of suggested Bible readings, offers up two favorites for this Sunday. The prophet Micah (6:1-8) summarizes that we are to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” In our Gospel reading, Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with The Beatitudes. Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor in spirit, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. What do these blessings orient us toward a full and holy life today? Rev. Colby will preach.
Monday, January 16 Featuring LUMINA!
Rehearsal at 11:00 am
Concert at noon
Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.
You can park FOR FREE for this event at The Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building –located at 540 Cedar St. in downtown St. Paul. Enter and exit the ramp from Minnesota Street, a northbound one-way street.
Singers are invited to join us in this soul-nurturing concert Monday, January 16, in the beautiful Central Presbyterian Church St. Paul, MN! The uber-talented women of Lumina will be singing for us, and with us. The force that is Tesfa Yohannes Wondemagegnehu will lead us all in “We Shall Overcome” and the profound writings of Michael Dennis Browne will be read by the poet himself. Music by local talents Abbie Betinis, J. David Moore, Elizabeth Alexander, and Linda Kachelmeier, composer. Need inspiration? Need to be reminded of goodness and beauty? Need to honor the man and the ideals of Martin Luther King? Join us! (Come to rehearse at 11, or come for the concert at noon.)
There’s something magical that happens when you arrive at One Heartland.
What makes this place so special isn’t just the beautiful woodsy setting, but the realization that kids are accepted exactly as they are, whatever their circumstances.
VocalPoint invites you to A Place to Belong: Songs and Stories Around the Campfire, presented at two concerts on February 11 and 12. Both concerts are at 4 p.m. Join us as we sing along with Peter Mayer, whose songs are whimsical, humorous and profound, and tell the story of the kids who find they belong at One Heartland.
A free-will donation will be collected; 100% benefits One Heartland. Please note that ticket sales are used to cover concert expenses and do not benefit One Heartland. Thank you for your generosity!
Concerts are at Central Presbyterian Church, a wheelchair-accessible venue, in downtown St. Paul. Both concerts are ASL-interpreted. VocalPoint offers concert programs and any of our public materials in alternative formats (such as large print, electronic file, etc.) upon request. Contact email@example.com for more information or to make a request.
Tickets are available from a chorus member (no fees), online, or at the door.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $5 students (ages 5 and up; we don’t recommend our concerts for children under 5.
See our website for more information: www.vocalpointchorus.org
From Central Pastor Rev. David Colby
The Refugee Task Force and the Coordinated Mission Committee invited us to gather after worship this summer to take a picture under a banner bearing those words. To those who are part of the current global refugee crisis, a sight of a church proclaiming and living that message matters.
We choose welcome is not a new idea for this church. It is in our DNA. To those new to downtown or Lowertown Saint Paul, we hope you will find a welcome at Central. Families with young children looking for a community of support and deep values find a welcome at Central. To those who have lived in the city a long time, but realize that they need a community, we offer welcome. To those who are gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, who wonder if this church will accept them for who they are, we offer welcome. To folks who are homeless or hungry we offer practical hospitality and we hope they feel welcomed.
We won’t always get it exactly right. Some will come wanting or needing anonymity and find too much attention. Occasionally people will come and we won’t provide the welcome they are looking for. We will occasionally fail, but our intention is to choose and offer welcome.
As we continue to live into our political climate, this message is all the more needed in our community. We must not give in to fear. We must not give in to hatred that seeks to divide and conquer. And in the midst of terrible violence, we must do our part to be the light that will continue to shine. We must support one another. We must keep our hearts and arms and doors open. Not because it is the easiest thing to do. Not because it is the safe thing to do. But because that is the good news we learn from Jesus.
One time Jesus was busy and his disciples tried to protect him and keep him from being bothered by little children. And Jesus responded with words that still offer us guidance. “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” In Hebrews, the church is encouraged with these words: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).
Central Presbyterian Church. In the city for good. We choose welcome. And we hope you will join us.