December 15 Update: January Mission Trip, Guatemala, Fundraising, and More!

Hello, youth and parents!

We had a wonderful parent meeting after church yesterday. If you missed the meeting, here’s what you missed:

-It is almost time for the January 16-19 mission trip to Asheville Youth Mission! In order to sign up, we need your AYM permission form and covenant along with $100. You can download the form here (AYM permission form), complete it, and email it to Michelle or place it in her box at church. The absolute deadline is Sunday, December 21. If your youth will be going and have not turned in a form or check, please let Michelle know ASAP so that we can have a final head count.

Click the image to read more about AYM!

Click the image to read more about AYM!

On Friday, January 16 we will depart from Druid Hills Presbyterian church at 5:00pm, where our church van is parked. We anticipate returning in the afternoon on Monday and will meet you at Druid Hills. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Please look over the packing list (included in the permission form above). Note that some work sites do not allow people to wear leggings. Please dress in warm layers; we will be doing a lot of walking, and we will worship outdoors with homeless neighbors. Also, please bring an air mattress. We will be sleeping on the floor in church Sunday school rooms.

Guatemala Mission Trip

We hope you are all getting excited about the trip to Guatemala, June 6-14! We need a $100 deposit for each youth planning to go on the trip, no later than March 1. Place deposits in Michelle’s box in the main office.

In order to help us get a tentative head count, please click here to fill out an online survey to let us know that your youth is planning to go.

Every youth needs a passport, valid for 6 months after our return. The CDC recommends that people travelling to Guatemala have the Hepatitis A vaccine, as well as a typhoid vaccine. Click here to read the CDC’s recommendations.

-Click here to read more about Cedepca, the Guatemalan non-profit with whom we are partnering!


In order to make the trips to Guatemala and Montreat affordable, we have a lot of fundraising to do! Thanks to Jan, Tracy, and all who have helped with the bake sales, we have already made some progress, but we are hoping to raise $15,000 to lower the cost of the trips. We’re raising funds in three ways:

  • Tasty Treats Bake Sale- First Sunday each month in Tull Hall
  • Stock Sale Fundraiser- Ongoing
  • “Central Acts Up Again 2015 – Variety Show 2.0” – Sunday, April 19 (mark your calendar now! – more to follow)

We are asking that each youth participating in summer trips sell at least 10 shares of stock to contribute to fundraising efforts.

***We need youth and adults to sign up to staff a stock sale table in Tull Hall this coming Sunday, December 21. Click here to sign up! Additional times/days will be added after Christmas.

Donors can also support the youth via online giving! Click here, and choose “support the youth of Central.” You may want to share this link with friends and family! This info is also available under the “fundraising” tab at the top of the page.

That’s all, folks! Remember that youth fellowship is taking a break for the holidays, and we will meet again on January 4.


Sunday, December 14

We will be taking a break from youth fellowship and come back together January 4! Jerusalem Choir will rehearse after worship.

There will be a parent meeting for our MLK mission trip to Asheville as well as our summer mission trip to Guatemala. Please come to the Atrium by 12:30.

Our last Sunday school class will be this Sunday, December 14. We will get back into the swing of things on January 4.

Have a fantastic Advent and Christmas celebration! We will see you at fellowship and in Sunday school on January 4!!!

Dec 7 Christmas Party, Fundraising, and More!

Hello, youth and families!

We hope everyone is excited about the youth Christmas party this Sunday! See the invitation below for details.

christmas party invite

We will have dinner, make Christmas gifts, and have a white elephant gift swap. It will be a blast! Email Michelle if you need the Wests’ address.

-Fundraising for our summer trips is well under way! Here is what you need to know.

  • We still need 2 youth to sign up to staff the bake sale table this Sunday, December 7, 9:00-9:45am and 10:40-10:55am. The congregation members want to speak with the youth and hear about our upcoming trips! We need youth who are not involved in handbells. Click here to sign up.
  • The stock sale fundraiser begins this week! “Shares” are $25, and they will be sold at the bake sale table in Tull Hall, next to the coffee. Encourage your friends and family to buy a share and support the youth trips to Montreat and Guatemala!

-Reminder:  It’s time to sign up for the mission trip to Asheville Youth Mission! The trip is January 16-19. We will leave after school on Friday, and we will return on Monday evening. This trip is required for all youth participating in confirmation, and we encourage any and all other youth to attend. The cost will be $100 per person, and the deadline to register is December 14. Please bring your $100 and a completed AYM permission form to the 12/14 parent meeting or place them in Anna’s file in the main office.

-Reminder: PARENT MEETING: We will have a parent meeting about the Guatemala trip and the January mission trip to Asheville on Sunday, December 14, at 12:30pm in the Atrium. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Happy Advent, folks. See you Sunday!

Thanksgiving Week Youth Update!

Hello, youth and families, and happy Thanksgiving week!

There will be no youth fellowship or Jerusalem Choir this Sunday, November 30. Sunday school will meet as usual.

Remember that December 7 is our youth Christmas party! The party will be from 5:00-8:00pm at the Wests’ home in Decatur. Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater, and bring a recycled “white elephant gift” for a gift swap. The crazier, the better!

At youth fellowship last night, we made our own versions of Friskies’ “Dear Kitten” video. Watch the original here:

Here are the  CPC youth versions, welcoming newly baptized babies into the life of Central. Enjoy!


Welcome to the household, indeed.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

November 23 Youth Fellowship and More!

Hi, youth and families!

There are lots of great things happening at Central this week.

This Sunday, November 23, is the annual ADVENT EVENT! Come to Tull Hall at 9:00am (or after youth handbells) for crafts, carol singing, and more. There will be no Sunday school.

Jerusalem choir is singing in worship this week! They will also rehearse at 4:50pm, as usual.

Youth Fellowship will be 6:00-7:30pm. We will enjoy a meal together and wrap up our baptism theme from the fall with some fun activities. Hope you all can make it!

Looking ahead: Remember that there will be no youth fellowship on November 30 because of Thanksgiving weekend.

-On December 7, we will gather for a Christmas party at the Wests’ home! Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater, and bring a “white elephant gift” for a gift swap. The gift should be something recycled/regifted, in the $5 range.


Start searching your house for a gift to re-gift!

-Mark you calendars for a parent meeting on Sunday, December 14, at 12:30pm in the Atrium. There will be an important parent meeting about the January mission trip and the June mission trip to Guatemala. The January 16-19 mission trip to Asheville Youth Mission is quickly approaching!

-We still need parents to sign up for youth fellowship dinners in the spring. Click here to sign up.

-Our fundraising efforts are well under way! The bake sale on Sunday was wonderful. Thank you to all who have participated so far. For our December 7 bake sale, we still need another youth to staff the table, and we need another family to bring baked goods to sell. Click here to sign up. The “stock sale” fundraiser begins soon, so be on the lookout for more information!

See you Sunday, folks!

November 16 Youth Fellowship

Hello, youth and families!

This Sunday, November 16, Jerusalem Choir will rehearse at 4:50pm, followed by Youth Fellowship, 6:00-7:30pm. 

Be sure to brush up on your random facts before Sunday, because we are having a Trivia night!


Please bring your calendars to youth fellowship on Sunday. We have a fabulous GIANT calendar in the youth suite, and we want to fill it with the dates of your plays, soccer games, recitals, and more!

The Youth Council will meet immediately following youth group, until 8:00pm. If you are in this group, please plan to stay for this brief and important meeting.

Other important info:

-Fundraising: No one has signed up for the December 7 bake sale slots, so please sign up if you are able. The first two bake sales have been a huge success, but we still have lots of fundraising to do before our big summer trips! We will begin our “stock sale” fundraiser soon, so be on the lookout for more info about that.

-Meals: We still need parents to sign up to provide meals for youth fellowship in the spring. Click here to view the calendar and sign up!