Adult Christian Education Opportunities for Lent 2019

Lent is a time to grow in our faith. Here are two opportunities for adult faith formation activities at Central during this Lenten Season. Please join us.

Midweek Bible Study Returns

Tuesdays at 10:00am – Grimes Room
Starts March 19th – Ongoing (skipping April 14)

Painting the Stars is a video-based series on the relationship between science and religion from the Living the Questions series. Its creators write that the series “explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality” with excerpts and interviews from more than a dozen theologians and church leaders.

Two Wednesday Evenings at 6pm –
March 20 and April 3 – Social Hall

In September, we gathered on Rally Day around the theme, Come to the Living Water. In our Lenten study, we return to that theme which has deep resonance in our faith tradition and our daily lives.

Water is the foundation of life. Without water we cannot survive. We use it every day for cooking and cleaning.  Yet many sources of water are threatened by pollution and many people lack access to clean drinking water.

Water is also central to our sacred stories and rituals. From the story of creation in which God’s spirit brooded over the water to Exodus story of liberation through the waters of the Red Sea to the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, the Bible celebrates our relationship with water. What does our faith teach us about the stewardship of water?

We will focus on these questions in two sessions. In the first session, we will discuss a resource about water created from The Thoughtful Christian series. In the second session we will view and discuss a movie created by the United Church of Christ, titled, “Troubled Waters.”

The Saturday Night Meal Program: 20, make that 21 years and going strong

What is Saturday Night Meal? Once a month, from September through June, Central Church people gather with churches and other groups to assemble about 300 meals which are delivered to families in need in our area. We meet at about 2:30pm at East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury Square.

How can I get involved? There are many ways you can participate: donate a casserole or two (see the schedule below to see what’s on the menu this month), donate jugs of milk, help assemble meals and deliver meals. The entire family is welcome, and teens can get community service credit.

Schedule for 2018 – 2019

September 8          American Chop Suey
October 13            Shepherd’s Pie  *meet at Central Church
November 17         Lasagna    *meet at Central Church
December              No Meal
January 5, 2019     Ziti with Meatball or Sausage
February 2             Turkey Dinner
March 2                  Mac & Cheese with Ham
April 6                     Hamburger Casserole
May 4                     Chicken & Rice w/ Veggies
June 1                    American Chop Suey

Who can I talk to about Saturday Night Meal?  See Diane Hawkins-Clark or contact the office.

Saturday Morning Free Community Breakfast

Greetings from the kitchen crew.

Be our guest. Put our service to the test.







The Free Community Breakfast is now in its 2nd year!

Central Church offers a free breakfast on Saturdays from 8am to 10am for the community.  Hospitable volunteers prepare and serve up eggs, pancakes, sausage, fruit, cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Join the crew of volunteers.  Look for Carol Larocque or Jean Moore who will gladly answer your questions.  The community breakfast is supported by the Central Church Council, Christian Outreach Committee and the Saturday Night Meal Program.

Edward Lydston Bliss — medical missionary to China 1892-1932.

On Sunday October 8, 2017  we had a visit from Anne Bliss Mascolino.  Many at Central knew her father, Edward Bliss, Jr., and many of us have heard of her grandfather, Edward L. Bliss, M.D., who was a missionary in China from 1892 – 1932 and was among the founding members of Central Congregational Church.   During our worship service Anne shared stories from her recent trip to China where she met with people who remember her grandfather’s service in their village.

Beyond the Stone Arches: An American Missionary Doctor in China, 1892-1932 By Edward Bliss, Jr.

Written by distinguished journalist,  Edward Bliss, Jr. about his father’s  experience as a missionary doctor in China from 1892-1932.