March 2024 Newsletter

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February 2024 | Vol. 32, No. 8

Holy Week Begins March 24 – Come Worship With Us!

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A Good Word from Patrick

Hello, friends! I encourage you to pay attention today. Notice the way your body responds to boredom or anxiety. Notice how your body responds when you drive through traffic or relax into your bed. Notice how your breath changes as you settle into a project you love or begin something you’ve been dreading. Notice. Pay attention.

So much of our lives happens automatically.… [Read More]

February 2024 Newsletter

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January 2024 | Vol. 32, No. 5

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A Good Word from Patrick

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. Both of these days, separate from one another, are worth exploring. Together, they highlight a beautiful tension in our lives – the pursuit of love, joy, and connection, and the reminder that our lives and the foundations we build them on are fleeting.

Valentine’s Day, as we know it, has a complicated and mysterious history.… [Read More]

January 2024 Newsletter

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January 2024 –  Vol. 32, No. 5

Happy New Year!

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From Your New Senior Minister!

Hello, friends! As I write this, I find myself surrounded by boxes in a small ranch-style house just outside of Atlanta, GA. Earlier today, I introduced the incoming pastor to North Decatur United Methodist Church to the staff. Afterward, I spent most of the day assembling boxes, filling them with books, and strategically stacking them to create some semblance of order.… [Read More]

December 2023 Newsletter

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December 2023 Vol. 32, No. 4

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From Rebecca

Dear members and friends, I begin and end with Thanksgiving. Thanks for each of you with whom I have celebrated the joys of life, shared in its sorrows and remembered its hope. Thanks for this remarkable place called Central, which, as Tom and Ezra reminded us on November 19, has always been an exceptional congregation, offering a sense of belonging to all. This church has always been ready to explore what it means to be a faithful Christian, what it means to truly live in and through the promises of Jesus’ Gospel.… [Read More]

November 2023 Newsletter

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November 2023  Vol. 32, No. 3

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From Rebecca

Dear Friends, during college, I spent three months working in Israel through the Experiment in International Living. Half of the time was working at a kibbutz plucking turkeys, the other half at a moshav picking peaches. This time was instrumental in shaping my journey toward ordained Christian ministry. The family who took me in at Moshav Be’er Tuvia had two children, a younger sister and a boy, Moti, who was my age.… [Read More]

October 2023 Newsletter

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October 2023 Vol. 32, No. 2

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From Rebecca

Dear friends, One of the many gifts that Centralites share is sending your senior minister book ideas, poetry, newspaper and magazine articles and essays, clippings, and cartoons that you have found meaningful. (Just so you know, I keep most of these, which makes clearing out my desk drawers ever harder!). Not only do I appreciate these gifts in and of themselves, but they are also valuable as I learn new insights and perspectives that are important to you!… [Read More]

September 2023 Newsletter

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September 2023 | Vol. 32, No. 1

Join us Gathering Sunday, September 10, at 10:30 am!

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From Rebecca

Dear friends, a few years ago some of my colleagues and I met with Professor Stanley Hauerwas, great theologian, fantastic raconteur, and son of a bricklayer. The August 14 issue of The New Yorker quoted him in a short essay about Leah Hunt-Hendrix, grand-daughter of H.L. Hunt, Dallas oilman estimated in 1967 to be the wealthiest person in America. Leah studied with Stanley at Duke University, and during a conversation, when he realized her family background, he told her, “My daddy must have laid bricks for your granddaddy.”… [Read More]

August 2023 Newsletter

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Aug 2023 Vol. 31, No. 11

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From Rebecca

Dear Centralites and friends, I hope your summertime has been filled with love and grace abounding. As I have been weeding and tending cows, I’ve been listening to podcasts of the presidential candidates … as many as I can find!

While there are many with mixed feelings about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., most of us can relate to his feelings of loss, when we share that question of why do bad things happen to good people if there is a God who cares about each and every one of us.… [Read More]

June 2023 Newsletter

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June / July 2023   Vol. 31, No. 10

Summer Worship Begins June 18 at 10 am!

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From Rebecca

Dear Friends, “If the world has not approached its end, it has reached a major watershed in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will demand from us a spiritual blaze: we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern Era.”… [Read More]

May 2023 Newsletter

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May 2023 Vol. 31, No. 9

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From Rebecca

Dear Friends, May mornings … what a wonder these are … the stars retire and the sky lightens. The peepers and the birds are already up. The sun is still not really warm, but it rises before us. A new day dawns. And we begin again.

That sense of anticipation and wonder is what small children and animals show us so easily. But somehow, we lose this as we start to take things for granted.… [Read More]