Reading Ruth

Sunday, Mar. 10, 11:30 am

In times past, early Christians gathered together to hear the Bible read aloud. That’s how we will encounter Ruth. In this, one of the shortest books in the Bible, Ruth, a Moabite woman, marries into a Jewish family, becoming one of Jesus’ ancestors: King David’s great-grandmother. Join us in the Fireplace Room for a soup and bread lunch as we listen to Ruth’s story of disaster, perseverance, and loyalty. RSVP to Claudia.

Easter Egg Decorating

Sunday, Mar. 10, 12:30 am

Once again we’re decorating eggs in memory of Ann Bliven, whose special technique makes Easter eggs durable enough to use year after year. We’ll provide paints and supplies. You bring a dozen blown-out eggs and some friends and paint up a storm – or just come and watch. There will be snacks and music. RSVP to the Church Office. We’ll see you in Chapel Hall.

How to Blow Out Eggs

  • Use a large, clean safety pin, sewing needle, or skewer to poke holes in both ends of the egg.
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Lenten Mission Supper

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 6 pm

The theme for this year’s Mission Suppers is “Poverty in Rhode Island.” This week, Central is honored to welcome Paula Hudson, Executive Director of Better Lives Rhode Island, as our guest speaker. Join us in the Fireplace Room following Lenten Mediations, for a light soup supper and scintillating discussion that impacts us all. The series concludes March 20 with a group discussion of “Poverty, by America” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond.

Lenten Meditation

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 5:30 pm

Every Wednesday in the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, a member of Central leads a brief, meditative service in Wilson Chapel, sharing his or her journey of faith. This is a chance to contemplate your own spiritual path, share in another’s journey, and find connections in common ideas, concerns, questions, and experiences. Perhaps most importantly, we come to know one another in thoughtful and faith-filled ways.

Become an Amos House Breakfast Volunteer

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 6:30 am

Please consider becoming an Amos House Breakfast Volunteer! Amos House provides 400 meals every morning. And on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 am, Central members meet in the Amos House kitchen to help assemble pre-packaged breakfasts. If you can volunteer every week, that’s great. But if you can only come occasionally, we welcome – and need – every extra set of hands. Questions? Contact Tracy Baran (tmoorf@gmail.com).

Adult Sunday School 

Sunday, Mar. 10, 9 am

This month the Adult Sunday School is studying the Reconstruction Era, which challenged our nation to live up to the ideals of democracy after the Civil War. The transfer from slavery to political liberty had never happened anywhere else in history. It set in motion civil rights and other notions of equality that our society is still wrestling with today. Contact Claudia with questions. Join us in the Fireplace Room.

Tuesdays With Scripture

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 am

Our weekly community devotional is back! Every Tuesday morning during February, we’ll get together virtually to discuss a short Bible passage. Each session is self-contained. Come to one or to all of them! Contact Claudia for a Zoom invitation (claudia@centralchurch.us). She’ll also send you the reading and questions to consider ahead of time.

Cherub Choir

Sunday, Mar. 3, 10 am

Central’s Cherub Choir – for children in preschool through the second grade – is planning to sing in church this Easter. Led by Caroline Hunter, the choir rehearses – for 15 minutes – every Sunday before Church School, in the church school Gathering Space.  Please encourage your little ones to become part of Central’s wonderful tradition of music!

Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, Mar. 3, 11:30 am

You are cordially invited to Central’s second annual Stewardship Scavenger Hunt. This family-friendly, fun-filled adventure will lead you through every nook and cranny of our church. On the way, you’ll learn about our place of worship and the wonderful initiatives your pledge helps provide: mission and ministries, upkeep of our historic church building, salaries of our ministers and staff, and our inspiring music and fellowship programs. Join us in Chapel Hall.

Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 pm

Central Congregational Church Choir – under the direction of organist/choirmaster Patrick Aiken – will present “A Sermon from the Mountain,” by Alice Parker (1925 to 2023). This powerful cantata – commissioned after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., integrates Dr. King’s texts with scripture. Accompanied by string quartet, bass, piano, and drums, the music is turbulent, jubilant, ethereal, and always profound – challenging and inspiring us to work for nonviolence.