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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,
Bill

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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Pastor Nominating Committee Elected

A Congregational Meeting was held on August 28, 2016 following worship for the purpose of electing a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). After a national search, the PNC will nominate their finalist to be the next Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of Central Presbyterian Church. The following members were elected to serve on the PNC: Martha Collins, Dan Chamberlin, Kendrick Torbey, Gary Gibbs, Gloria Walls, Will Slade, and Alice Day.

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HVAC Replacement

The time has finally come to say good-bye to an old friend. A decision has been made by the Session to embark on a plan to replace the current HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system and include possible new lighting. The existing system was originally installed in the early 1950s with about a 30 year life expectancy. It has served us well but we look forward to a new energy efficient and reliable system for the congregation.

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A Basic Introduction to the Islamic Tradition

A CPC Mosaic Event
Taught by Rev. Dr. Whitney Bodman,
Austin Presbyterian Theological SeminarySundays at 9:30 am, in Smoot Fellowship Hall

July 31: Muhammad and the Qur’an
August 7: Islamic law and practice
August 14: Islam in the modern world: diversity, adaptation and rejection

This is a basic introduction to the Islamic tradition with comparisons to Christianity and sometimes Judaism and other traditions.  When we study another tradition, our natural reference point will be our own tradition.  It is important to make careful comparisons, associations, noting similarities and contrasts.
The first two classes will describe the tradition with careful attention to its diversity through history in practice, culture and theology.
The last class will attempt to put headlines in context, including some background on al-Qa’ida and ISIS, though we will try not to stray too much into geo-politics and other areas beyond the religious.