Welcome to the Central Presbyterian Church website! We are glad that you have found us! As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our congregation. I welcome you to connect with us in any way that suits you. Among the possible connections, you can:
- listen to podcasts or watch videos of our worship services online
- follow us through Facebook or sign up to receive a weekly update from us by email
- watch live broadcasts of our worship services on local cable TV, Channel 33 on Verizon FIOS, and Channel 36 on Comcast Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with a re-broadcast at noon. We also broadcast our WAVE services and TV show Chaos to Calm during the following time slots: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Sundays at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
- participate in any of our ministries
- worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or select Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. at WAVE
- watch our Parish Associate, Rev. Noelle Kirchner, in her parenting TV series, Chaos to Calm
- read our weekly Staff Blog (below)
Central Presbyterian Church is happy to announce the Central Arts Academy! This performing arts school is open to the public for private instruction and is committed to education and freedom of artistic expression. Click here to visit their website.
May Christ enrich your life with all God’s grace! –Rev. Don Steele, Senior Pastor
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WALKING THROUGH THE DARKNESS
For the past several months, I have been dealing with back pain—a herniated disc in my lower back that has caused sciatic pain that runs down my left leg. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, nonsurgical spinal decompression, and various medications. Nothing has really relieved the pain. As I write this, surgery seems to be my only option. The pain has dominated my life, and that has led me into some dark places, to be honest—places where it has been hard to hope for something better. I have cried out to God. I have simply cried.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.” It is how the NRSV translates Psalm 23, and it makes an important shift in the language that helps us to understand more clearly that the psalm is not just about the darkness of death, but it is about the darkness that can overshadow life at various times, for various reasons. The truth is that we walk through dark valleys sometimes, and we can feel so alone in the darkness, abandoned even by God, but the psalm affirms the opposite. The psalm affirms that God is with us in the dark valleys. That is hard to believe sometimes, in the dark, and yet, there is this ancient hope, and even if you cannot quite believe it, you can reach out for this life line and hold onto it. Cling to it as you are walking through the darkness.
–Pastor Don Steele