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Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams

At the Congregational Meeting on July 23, Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams was elected to be the new Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church. She will begin working here on September 6, and will begin leading worship on September 10.


The Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams is a native Texan who moved to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.  When she packed her car to travel across the country, Katheryn had every intention of returning home after graduation.  God had other plans.  She served two churches in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania before finally moving back to Texas to accept a call at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, where she has been the pastor for the past 12 years.  Through service, preaching, and writing, Katheryn strives to connect the power of the Gospel to daily life.  She has devoted her ministry to building bridges across cultures and generations, helping people discover the unifying force of Christ’s love.

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Capital Campaign – July update

A message from Tom Collins

As a follow up from my remarks at Sunday’s service I would like to provide an update and status of the Capital Campaign for 2017. As you know, when we secured the loan for the new HVAC System from PCUSA we agreed that we would commit to a Capital Campaign to help re-pay the loan. In March we put together an advisory committee working under the supervision of the session to develop an initial plan for the campaign. One of the first actions that was taken was to recommend the hiring of a professional and experienced consultant to help us through this process. After talking to many other churches and our Presbytery about this approach, the session approved the hiring of Brown Financial Group. In addition we have formed a Leadership Team made up of 24 members of the congregation to help set the direction and vision of the campaign. Read more…

Reproductive Justice

Expanding Our Understanding & Understanding Our Calling

May 21, May 28, June 4

Rooting us in our denominational history and theological callings, this three-week course outlines the distinctions between reproductive “health,” “rights,” and “justice;” opens awareness of reproductive oppressions; offers opportunities to learn about ourselves and each other as sexual and reproductive beings; and equips us to move forward, out into the world with integrity and vision regarding our calling as disciples and our work for reproductive justice.

— Led by Sonja Miller
in the Library (Room 201)

2017 Stewardship Campaign Update

The 2017 Stewardship Campaign for Central has passed the home stretch but the goals are still achievable. Here are the statistics as of  April 26, 2017:

Year #of Pledges Goal Amt Rec Goal
2017 140 150 $493K $500K

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Lectionary Studies

April 23 – May 14

In this four-week class, we will journey together through the Scripture readings prescribed by the Revised Common Lectionary for the second through fifth Sundays of Easter. Featured texts include Acts of the Apostles, 1 Peter, and Psalms, and when possible, we will focus our attention in depth on the texts selected by the CPC preacher for a given Sunday. In addition to introducing those gathered to the worlds behind each text, the class invites members to ask several questions of the text. What assumptions are at play? Where can we identify parallels with contemporary society and church? How might we preach this text? Please join us as we consider God’s Word as a community of interpreters!

— Led by Meg Vail
in the Library (Room 201)