SXSW Platinum Pass Raffle!

SXSW is coming to Central Presbyterian Church once again, and that means we’ve got two Platinum Passes to give away!

These are the passes for all SXSW events – Music, Film, and Interactive – and if you take a look at the SXSW website, you’ll see that they’re worth over $1500 each.

However, you could win one for much less than that by entering CPC’s SXSW Platinum Pass Raffle!  Read more…

Lenten Small Groups to Begin Soon!

It’s that time of year again!  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, with our 2017 all-church Lenten study, What Wondrous Love, launching on March 5. This year’s topic is particularly apt for our times!  What Wondrous Love explores the biblical stories of the challenging last days of Jesus’ life, concluding with the story of his betrayal, arrest and crucifixion.  In other words, the Bible passages of Holy Week point to our Lord’s suffering, pain and death in a context of political unrest.

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Peace Observers for Muslim Texas Capital Day

is participating in the following event. She hopes to see you there, and has offered to carpool with others.

A message from Banafsheh Madaninejad:

We are still in need of peace observers for Muslim Texas Capital Day on Jan 31 (a Tuesday), from 9:00-noon (you don’t have to make it the whole time–the press conference is from 10:30-11:30 [that’s when we need you the most]). This is the day when Muslims from all over Texas come to lobby their cause–things like exposing the anti-Shari’a bill, a ridiculous laws manufactured solely to whip up Islamophobia and appease a Trump-leaning electorate. There is no place for Shari’a in the US legal system and lawmakers know that.

The peace observers (no prior training necessary) will be creating a human chain around the 400 or so Muslims gathering around the Texas Capital steps. We have actually received threats. The top brass at the Council of American Muslim Relations (CAIR) were thinking about moving the event to the nearby church but decided against it. We are Americans, we will stand our ground. Rep. Celia Israel has sent an email asking other Texas representatives to join her on the steps that day in support of citizens exercising their rights. Your participation would mean a lot. 2 years ago an over-zealous activist went through the lobbyists, made it to the podium and took over the mic and said some Islamophobic stuff. We’re trying to keep that from happening again.

Please contact Joe Forbes at to sign up.

In solidarity,

Banafsheh Madaninejad
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Departments of Philosophy and Religion
Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX

Meet Bill Poe!

Dear CPC Family,

My name is Bill Poe, and your Session and the Committee on Ministry of Mission Presbytery have asked me to join you as your “Transitional Pastor” for a while, as your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) completes its work. I will be working with the officers, other members of your staff, and you to keep CPC the strong, mission-minded worshiping community it is while we await the coming of your new Pastor.

I am married to Betty Anne, and we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this summer! Both of us are native Texans, born and raised in Houston. We have served congregations in Bryan, Houston (twice), and Sherman, Texas, and in Little Rock, Arkansas. I retired in 2010 from St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, and we came to live in Round Rock in 2012 to be close to our children and grandchildren.

I attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a BA from the University of Houston in 1969. I am also a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1972) and McCormick Seminary in Chicago (D.Min., 1984). I have done post-graduate study in theological ethics at Rice University, and was the first Director of Austin Seminary’s Houston Extension program, in which I taught Presbyterian Polity. I am presently serving as Chair of the Committee on Ministry for Mission Presbytery, and on the Presbytery’s General Council; on the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly; and, in April of 2016, I finished serving for 18 months as the interim Stated Clerk of Mission Presbytery.

Betty Anne and I are excited to begin this time with you, and we look forward to getting to know you, as we worship and serve together as Central Presbyterian Church!

In Christ,

HVAC Update

The process to acquire and implement a new Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for the church has made much progress since our last communication with the congregation. We recently reviewed the drawings and proposal from our engineering consultant which will form the basis of our Request for Proposal from qualified local contractors. We will be conducting a bidders conference at the church the afternoon of November 17 to review the proposal. After meeting with the potential bidders we will be anticipating receiving proposals for the new system by mid December and hope to award the contract prior to Christmas, if all goes well.

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