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Fellowship Gatherings

Adults     Young Adults     Youth     Families + Children     Men     Women

Central offers other education and learning opportunities throughout the week.  




The Bookworms group is for all Centralites and friends who love to read and talk about what they have read. We meet evenings, in members’ homes, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May. At our meetings, we discuss a book—fiction or nonfiction—previously selected. Our meetings are very informal, with discussion often branching out into diverse areas suggested by comments about the book. Discussion is followed by refreshments and individual conversations; we enjoy each other’s company.

We Bookworms welcome newcomers. Becoming a member of the group is easy: Simply show up at the next meeting, no formal registration required, no application form to battle. Anyone interested in getting meeting reminder notices may request to be put on on the Bookworms e-mail list, managed by Jean Ellen Jones.

Books selected for 2012-2013, discussion leaders, and meeting locations (meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise announced) are as follows:


Date Book Title Reviewer Host
Sept. 24

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Cheryl Gosa Jean Ellen Jones*
Oct. 22

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Jean Ellen Jones Lynne Jones
Nov. 26 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Vicki Collier Bede Campbell & Ed Galloway
Jan. 28

The Roundhouse by Louise Erdich

Edna Bacon Camille Gaffron
Feb. 25

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Wayne & Anne Anderson Wayne & Anne Anderson
Mar. 25 Catherine the Great by Robert Massie Eleanor Barrineau Sally LaBadie
Apr. 22

Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

Bill Crosland Sherry Wright
May 27 And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Marianne Norton Gary Langley & Crafton Pease*

*7:00 start time; potluck dinner

Any questions about the Bookworms? Contact Jean Ellen Jones.

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Xs & YsScreen on the Green June 2011 web

The Young Adults Ministry provides a place for 20- and 30-somethings at Central Presbyterian Church to socialize, learn, and serve together. Though "young adult" is generally a self-defined term, most young adults are: 

Between the ages of 20 and 40

Both married and unmarried

Without children (though young adults with children are welcome as well!)

The Young Adults at Central have several regularly scheduled events involving service, study and fellowship. 

Front Page & Faith

Join the Xs and Ys the second Sunday of each month for lunch at 1:00 p.m. at a designated restaurant to dig deep into issues affecting our generations. Participants will take turns bringing topics to the group to discuss. To join the mailing list announcing the location and topic email Kate Taber ktaber@cpcatlanta.org

How to Join

You can find more information about the Young Adults by joining the Young Adults listserv at centralpresya@yahoogroups.com or by contacting Kate Taber  (404.601.3119).

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Youth are encouraged to serve as vital and active members of Central Church.

Youth education takes place in church school classes for middle and senior high school students and is enhanced by weekly youth fellowship meetings, special trips, outreach projects, and an extensive mission experience each summer. Summer mission experiences for youth alternate between a U.S. mission and a partnership in mission with a site outside the U.S.

Youth representatives also serve on the church's Session and Diaconate and participate alongside adult members in serving on committees, assisting during Worship as ushers, musicians and liturgists, and participating in Central's intergenerational groups and activities.

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Families + Children


Children Are Central

Children Are Central is an e-newsletter sent to all parents of children 5th grade and younger at Central Presbyterian Church.  These mailings include helpful dates as well as ideas for worship and faith formation in the home.



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Just For Men

Men at Manuel’s                   7:00 p.m. the 3rd Monday of the month

Men of every age are invited to gather together at Manuel’s Tavern on North Highland in the “Eagle’s Nest.” Each month, Brian Bishop and friends host Central’s men to learn, share, pray, and serve together. This is not an evening presentation to sit through, but rather, a time tom ake and deepen friendships in Christ. Every 3rd  Monday, Central men, head to Manuel’s Tavern for a delightful evening.

First Sunday Men’s Breakfast 8:00 a.m. the 1st Sunday each month

After his resurrection, Jesus prepared breakfast on the beach for his friends. Like those disciples, we sometimes unexpectedly encounter Jesus and are lovingly nourished. We men gather because we have called each other "friend." Breakfast is just a vehicle.

For information on either of these groups, contact Linda Smith.

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Just for Women

Women's Studies

Panel from the quilt stitched by members of the Women's Studies Group

The Women's Studies Group was formed in the early 1980s to provide a vehicle for exploring issues and topics of particular interest to women. It is an intergenerational group, which brings together not only Central members but also women from throughout the community.

The members begin their time of fellowship by sharing a meal before moving on to the evening's main topic of discussion. With the help of books, articles, and guest speakers, the Women's Studies Group has discussed issues as diverse as women's health, the civil rights movement, women's role in the political process, artistic interpretations, and women in the Bible. The group meets in members' homes on the third Thursday of the month, September through May (excluding December).

How to Join
Women's Studies at Central is open to any woman who would like to attend. We are a very informal group. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and different members sign up ahead of time to bring the pot luck dinner. It's fun to cook, but also a treat to come and eat and enjoy the cooking of others.

2012 - 2013 Programs

September 20
Program: Pastoral Residents: Anthony Damelio, Cat Goodrich, Kate Taber
Location: Home of Julie Boggs

October 18
Program: Gardening for Wildlife: Ann Hunter
Location: Home of Ann Hunter

November 15
Program: Election in Review: Kathy Ashe
Location: Home of Kathy Ashe

January 17
Program: The State of the Economy: Margaret Murphy
Location: Home of Linda Lehfeldt

February 21
Program: African American Art: Amalia Amake
Location: Home of Shirley Davis

March 21
Program: Haiti Update: Laura Martin
Location: Home of Laura Martin

April 18
Program: Earth Day as Stewardship: Kate McGregor Moseley
Location: Home of Jean Ellen Jones

May 16
Program: The Beltline Program: Lucy Bingham
Location: Home of Linda Massengill


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Circles/Presbyterian Women

A Presbyterian Women's Circle is a local congregational group dedicated to nuturing the faith and spiritual growth of women in the church and helping women develop church leadership skills.

Each church's circle groups are part of the larger, nationwide effort, Presbyterian Women in the Congregation, which provides guidance, support and expanded opportunities.

Central Church has one circle:   the Rebekah Circle.

Rebekah CircleRebekah_Circle_web

The Rebekah Circle meets monthly on the second Monday from September through June, primarily at members' homes. These women engage in Bible study, usually the Presbyterian Women's Horizons' study, support various Presbyterian projects, discuss congregational cares and concerns, and enjoy fellowship during lunch, for which everyone brings a sandwich. For more details, contact Linda Smith.  


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