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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

November 9 Youth Fellowship, MLK Weekend Mission Trip, and More!

Hello, youth and families, and happy SECOND SUNDAY SWAP week! We have lots going on, so be sure to read this entire post.

On Sunday, youth should bring lunch or eat in Tull Hall with their families. Jerusalem Choir will rehearse at 12:30pm, and youth fellowship will be from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Youth should bring a change of clothes and change before Jerusalem choir. 

At 1:30pm, we will load the bus and head to Candler Park for an afternoon full of fun, fellowship, and reflection with the youth of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Youth who went on the mission trip to Broad Street Ministries may remember some of the NDPC youth from that trip. We will play games, laugh, and celebrate the connectional nature of the Presbyterian church.

Candler Park is convenient for Central and North Decatur folks, and you just can't beat that beautiful green space!

Candler Park is convenient for Central and North Decatur folks, and you just can’t beat that beautiful green space!

We should have lovely fall weather. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a jacket.

We will return to the church by 3:30pm, and parents can pick up on Washington street as usual.

If your youth did not go to Six Flags, we need a current Youth Permission, Medical, and Photo Release Form. Please download the form, fill it out, and bring it on Sunday. We also need a Youth Waiver for Sign-Ins for each youth. Please bring a form or come to the youth suite to fill one out on Sunday.


Other important info:

-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.

-We hope you are all getting excited about the upcoming 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 parent meeting or place them in Anna’s file in the main office.

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

-The summer trip to Guatemala will be here before we know it. Now is the time to apply for a passport! Remember that it can take several months to get a passport, so it is important to apply early.

-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 need two youth and one adult to staff the table, and we need families to bring baked goods to sell. Click here to sign up.

-The church has some childcare needs coming up. Youth can provide childcare for church events, and the money raised will go towards their summer trips. The first childcare opportunity will be a dinner for parents of elementary-aged children this Saturday,  November 8. Email Michelle if you are interested!

Thanks and see you Sunday!

November 2 Youth Fellowship: Bullying

Hello, youth and families!

On November 2, Jerusalem Choir will rehearse at 4:50pm, followed by Youth Fellowship, 6:00-7:30pm.

During youth fellowship, we will be talking about bullying. What does bullying look like? How do we respond to bullying? How do we help stop bullying? What does our faith have to say about bullying? Join us on Sunday night to engage this important issue.

We will watch scenes from the documentary "Bully" and reflect on bullying in our own lives.

We will watch scenes from the documentary “Bully” and reflect on bullying in our own lives.


Other Updates:

-This is BAKE SALE SUNDAY! Come to church hungry for a delicious sweet treat for breakfast. All proceeds go towards the youth trips. The sale begins at 9:00am in Tull Hall, and goods will be available before and after worship. We are having a sale the first Sunday of each month; click here to sign up to bring treats or staff the table!

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-The meal sign ups for youth fellowship in the spring are live! Click here to sign up.

-Our fundraising is well under way, and we’re grateful to Jan and Tracy for their leadership. We want to fill the congregation in on the wonderful things our youth are doing, and a picture is worth a thousand words! If you have pictures you’d be willing to share, please email them to Anna.

-Reminder: Next Sunday, November 9, is our Second Sunday Swap! Youth are encouraged to eat lunch in Tull with their families after church. Jerusalem choir will rehearse at 12:30pm, followed by Youth Fellowship from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. We will take the bus to Candler Park to meet the youth of North Decatur Presbyterian Church for an afternoon full of fun and fellowship! If your youth did not go to Six Flags, please bring a completed  Permission and Medical form, available here.

That’s all, folks! Contact Anna or Michelle with questions. See you Sunday!

October 26 Youth Fellowship and More!

Hello, youth and families!

We’ve got some exciting things come up for CPC youth.

Sunday, October 26: Jerusalem Choir will rehearse at 4:50pm, followed by youth fellowship, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

We will be imagining and exploring ways that God can use our gifts talents as we learn about the way one Central member is using her gifts! We will be doing a service project for Ties that Matter, a non-profit (founded by a member of Central) that empowers low-income women of Haiti through employment and training.

Ties that Matter empowers women to earn money through sewing. Changing lives, one tie at a time!

Ties that Matter empowers women to earn money through sewing. Changing lives, one tie at a time!

Don’t worry–no sewing required! We will be making price tags for the items made by women in Haiti.

We will also be learning about how one of our wonderful youth is using her gifts for the church! Avery will fill us in on her advent origami star project, and youth will be encouraged to fold stars to contribute to the beautiful artwork.

Click the image to see folding instructions.

Click the image to see folding instructions.

Also, don’t forget about our upcoming bake sale on November 2, and check the calendar to see what’s coming up!

What’s On Deck: Youth This Week, Fundraising, and Mission Trip Updates!

Hello, all! Here’s what’s coming up for CPC youth.

Youth This Week: 

Jerusalem Choir will rehearse at 4:50pm, followed by dinner and Youth Fellowship from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

Be sure to bring your CRAFTY SIDE to youth this week. We’ll be exploring and engaging the topic of baptism in a creative, hands-on way.

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Mission Trip and Fundraising

We’re all getting excited about our mission trip to Guatemala June 6-14, 2015! It’s time to start making plans and applying for passports. In order to buy tickets, we will need commitments in February, so be thinking and talking with your families.

In order to make the trip affordable, we have several fundraising opportunities going on.

  • Bake Sale: We still need 2 more families to bring baked goods on November 2, and we need one or two more youth to staff the table. Click here to find out more and to sign up!
  • Child Care: Do you enjoy babysitting? The church has several childcare needs coming up. Youth can provide childcare for church events, and the money raised will go towards their summer trips. The first childcare opportunity will be a dinner for parents of elementary-aged children on November 8. Email Michelle if you are interested!

Have a great week, all! Contact Anna with questions or concerns, and we’ll see you Sunday!