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Calendar for July 16 - July 23, 2021

7/18 - Worship In Person at Central 10:30am

*Worship video sent later in day and available on FaceBook Live
*Bulletin sent via email


7/20 - Commission and Committee Meetings -- 

Finance - 530pm on Zoom, Christian Nurture - 530pm at Kershaw Home, Mission - 6pm at church, Facilities - 615pm at church, Worship - 7pm on Zoom, , Church Life no meeting in July.

7/21 - Bible Study & Brew 7:30pm
7/21 - Staff Meeting 11:15pm
An Update From The Session

The elders met July 14.  In addition to routine business, they made important decisions regarding our COVID policies and the sign outside our building.

Starting immediately, we will begin passing the communion plates to deliver the bread in individual baggies.  We will continue to place the cups in the pew racks for the time being.  We plan to restart Sunday school and fellowship time in Fellowship Hall on September 19th.  (Holypalooza will happen on 9/12.)  The Reopening Task Force will meet at its earliest convenience to produce recommendations on when and how to restart the choir and Parents' Night Out.

The staff and elders received a fair amount of feedback following the placement of the Presbyterian symbol in Pride colors in the church yard.  That feedback ranged from strong disapproval to strong approval.  Recognizing that we may have moved too quickly, the elders revisited the decision this month.  After extended, respectful and heartfelt discussion, the session made the following decisions:

     1. To place the Pride sign in Fellowship Hall

     2. To place another sign in neutral colors, with a broader message of inclusion of all people, out in the yard

     3. To present a multi-week event during the Sunday school time, starting 9/19.  This event would include an examination of biblical texts and denominational policies pertinent to the various issues  raised by sexuality/gender/inclusion and other related topics.  It would also offer opportunities for people to share their perspectives and stories should they so desire.
 

All pastors and elders vow upon ordination to "further the peace, purity and unity of the church".  We pray our actions this month will do this very thing.


New Camera Position

Please note the location of Bruce McLaren and his camera position for Sunday mornings services. We ask that you please do not to sit in the three rows in front of the tripod/camera setup. He has moved from the rear to the front area of the sanctuary in order to get better camera angles and a better viewing experience for all joining us from afar. Thank you for your help!
 
Volunteer Coordinator 

Central is seeking to fill a newly created Volunteer Coordinator position. This is a part time role involving approximately 12 hours per week. This person will be responsible for matching people with various volunteer roles within our church including roles for the Kids Hope program, formerly a separate position. 

A more detailed job description upon request.  Contact the church office or email sarah@thcpc.org

Nursery & Childcare

Do you know someone who is responsible, caring and enjoys working with young children? We would love for them to apply to work in our church nursery. Must be 18 or older.

Click here for the full job description and contact Ellie for an application.
In Person Sunday School is a GO!
The reinstatement of in person Sunday School has been approved by Session for the 2021-2022 school year. Christian Nurture and Ellie are excited and are planning for a September 19 start date. We are seeking volunteers to teach all ages. If you are interested in teaching this fall please contact Ellie by email (ellie@thcpc.org) or phone/text (317.417.9562).
Thank you!!
 
The group will meet on Wednesday, July 23 with a new study on the Gospel of Luke via Zoom. Make plans to join in for fellowship and discussion.

Contact Pastor Mike for the Zoom link.
McKee Scholarship Available!


Applications for the 2022 McKee Scholarship are now available online! This scholarship is open to anyone entering or attending college that is a member or regular attendee of Central.

Click here for more info and to apply. 
Offering Counting Schedule for July and August
Reminder to the following members who have volunteered for offering counting following Worship on Sundays. Thank you for serving!
July 4 - Barb & Luanne
July 11 - Barb & Scott
July 18 - Fred & Richard
July 25 - Barb and Phil
August 1 - Richard & Phil
August 8 - Scott & Phil
August 15 - Leanne & Fred
August 22 - Scott & Phil
August 29 - Scott & Leanne
We are glad to be able to share an update from the HEME Fund.

This organization was founded by a member of our church and works to empower Afghan women and our church has supported it for several years. 

Click here to read the latest newsletter.

SAVE THE DATE!


Our PYOCA annual family retreat has been scheduled for October 1,2 and 3. Please save the date and make plans to bring your family to this fun weekend. More details coming soon!
We are a Matthew 25 church!
Our congregation has accepted the PC(USA)’s invitation to follow Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 25:31–46 by becoming active disciples and making a difference in our community and the world. As part of our Matthew 25 commitment, we pledge to embrace these areas of focus:

• Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color

• Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor

Working together in our community, we build congregational vitality by deepening and energizing our faith and growing as joyful leaders and disciples as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
To learn more and for ideas on how to get involved and do your vital part, please visit
The PCUSA Matthew 25 webpage.
Manna From Seven is in need of drivers for their Saturday Meal delivery ministry.

Click Here to get to their FB page where you can send them a message about becoming a driver or contact Andrew Conner for more info. 

The latest issue of The HERALD is available on the THCPC website.

Click here to view the Herald
Wishing a Happy Birthday to all of you!

7/13 - Susan Hoffman
7/14 - Andrew Green
7/15 - Carla Bailey
7/17- Enzo Woodruff 
7/17 - Mia Woodruff 
7/18 - Nathaniel Taken 
7/20 - Mary Horneker 
7/20 - Connor Scanlon 
Prayers for this week:
Morning:
 
Almighty God,
give me wisdom to perceive You,
intelligence to understand You,
diligence to seek You,
patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You
and life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of
   our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen
   -- Benedict of Nusia (480-543)
Evening:
 
The Sacred Three
To save,
To shield,
To surround
The hearth,
The house,
The household
This eve,
This night,
And every night,
Each single night.
Amen
   -- Traditional Gaelic Prayer
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