Working Together to Build a Church in Haiti
Bondye bon! (God is good!) For the past two years, Central has been partnering with the Church of St. Philip and St. Jacques in Trou Jacques, Haiti, to help them build a sanctuary. We have been working closely with the Montgomery family in undertaking this project in loving memory of Howard and Margaret Montgomery. This week, Gary Charles, Bede Campbell, members of other La Gonave Haiti Partnership churches, and children & grandchildren of Howard and Margaret worshipped in the new church building as it was dedicated on Sunday. The bishop of the Episcopal diocese preached, and Gary spoke on behalf of our congregation. We celebrate the goodness of God, the faithfulness of the Trou Jacques church, and the legacy of Howard and Margaret Montgomery!
 
Though the church building is complete, our partnership with Trou Jacques is ongoing! In the next phase of construction, they will build a new cistern to collect water: a rare and precious resource on the mountain. In addition, Central will continue to support a school lunch program in Trou Jacques, help with teacher salaries, and remain partners in mission and in prayer.  
 
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How can I help?

You can make a donation towards the Trou Jacques church community through Central’s online giving page.

 

For more information, contact Rev. Anna George Traynham.

Live Locally, Act Globally!

Who is the Global Mission Committee?

All are welcome to join the Global Mission committee at any time. This committee does important work on behalf of the church, and we have a lot of fun in the process. Current committee members include Anna George Traynham (Resident Pastor), Jo McMurtrie (chair), Tricia Downing (vice chair), Mary Caroline Lindsay, Harold Harbert, Elizabeth Neil, Ellen Campbell Logan, Kemie Nix, Ed Galloway, Bede Campbell, Ella Ruth Hunnicutt, Cindi Yarborough, Kirsten Benson, Miranda Brownlee, Grace Paulsen, Jennell Charles, and Debbie Miller.

What do we do? How?

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International mission trips

International Mission trips: Nearly every year, Central sends a group of members on an international trip to build relationships and serve God in the church abroad. 

Upcoming trips: Haiti (January 31-February 5, 2016); US-Mexico Border (June 12-18, 2016). Scholarship funding is available for international mission trips! Contact Anna George Traynham for more information.

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La Gonave Haiti Partnership

Central is an active member of the La Gonave Haiti Partnership (www.lagonavepartners.org), which seeks to be a ministry of presence fostering sustainable relationships and community development on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Central is partnered with an Episcopal congregation in the village of Trou Jacques to support nutrition, education, health initiatives, and the construction of a church building.

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Fair Trade Sales

Coffee, tea, cocoa, olive oil, and chocolate candy are available the third Sunday of every month in Tull Fellowship Hall. 

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Refugee Resettlement

In the spring of 2015, Central began sponsoring a refugee family through the International Rescue Committee. We have been providing home furnishings, financial support, emotional support, and much more, and we look forward to a continued relationship with the family.

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International students

Central hosts an annual December holiday luncheon for international students staying in Atlanta through the Christmas House International program.

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Support of Presbyterian mission co-workers

Through our prayers and financial resources, Central Global Mission supports the work of four PC(USA) mission co-workers:

-Rev. Kate Taber, Israel-Palestine

-Revs. Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather, South Sudan

-Rev. Mark Adams, US-Mexico Border

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  • One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter)
  • Peace and Global Witness(World Communion Sunday)
  • Christmas Joy Offering: supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and emergency support for church workers and their families
  • Pentecost Offering: supports the PC/USA General Assembly and children at risk in Atlanta and abroad
  • PATH Offering (5th Sundays): supports hunger programs in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

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Interfaith initiatives

Interfaith Initiatives: We serve as a center for interfaith relations at Central and provide financial support to the Presbyterian Peace Foundation.
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Faithful Central members hold a peace vigil every Sunday. When executions are scheduled in the state of Georgia, we hold an execution vigil and host a letter-writing campaign. Central is also proud to participate in the Peacemaking Partnership of Greater Atlanta Presbytery

 

There are ways and ways and ways to live locally and act globally. New initiatives and new participants are always welcome. Contact Anna George Traynham for more information and more involvement.