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Posted by Clay Smith on

You may notice two lovable-yet-mischievous guests in the backyard of the missions house. Those are our dogs, Tory and Reggie. If you are a dog lover, you know they become part of your family once they enter your home, and these particular two hold a special place in our hearts. Whether they are...

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Emotions

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Posted by Bob Hopper on

Emotions are very real and very powerful. This morning I packed up my church office in preparation for our move from Clayton back to Pittsburgh in just four days from now.  I felt deep emotion as I packed those boxes. In about three hours, the staff is hosting a luncheon for Tacey and me as...

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A Taste of Central

Posted by Mike Farley on

Are you new to Central? Have you had questions like "How can I find out more about what is happening at Central?" or "Who are the pastors and other leaders in this church?" If you have these or other such questions, we invite you to attend the "Taste of Central" lunch on Sunday, August 21...

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Tags: discovery, new, new members, orientation, taste of central

Mission Update from France

Posted by Randy Mayfield on

It was a joy to travel with a music and outreach team from Central on a ten day tour of France (July 8-18) sharing the Gospel in the streets, in churches, cafes and wherever the opportunity arose. We ministered to people in hotels, in the parks and town squares and we had a packed...

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Oceans of Mercy: My Story of Forgiveness & Healing

Posted by Lynn Morrissey on

(All names in this story other than Lynn’s and her husband Michael’s have been changed.) It was the last night of our women’s Bible study on emotional healing. As facilitator, I was eager to hear women share about how God had transformed their lives and comforted their hearts...

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Run the Race

Posted by Bob Hopper on

In a previous life (while pastoring a church in Williamsburg, VA) I became a high school coach for girls varsity softball.  It was quite a three year experience, with our daughter Jessie being on the team and our young son Luke serving as the team mascot.   For our home games it was...

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Tags: hebrews, perseverance, race, run, sermon, sermon series

Message On a Bottle

Posted by Tim Page on

Summer in St. Louis is not for the faint of heart when it comes to heat and humidity. It can actually be down right dangerous if you are not careful. Well, I happen to be one of those crazy-types who love the heat and humidity. Don’t get me wrong; air conditioning is a modern-day...

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Tags: easter, evangelism, outreach, run, running, water

The Power of Video in a Pastoral Search

Posted by Jeff Brown on

One of the primary tools developed by JobfitMatters, the executive search firm Central engaged to assist with our search for a new Senior Pastor, is an introductory video. The piece provides a brief history of Central, as well as reflections from a number of members, elders, and staff. Why was a...

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An Amazing View

Posted by Tim Page on

Mesmerizing. That is how I would describe it. Clinking glass. Mechanical harmony. Vintage precision. The potion goes in. A cap inexplicably finds its way tightly atop the glass sculpture. A banner is wrapped around it, artfully proclaiming the goodness inside. As I found myself pressing up...

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3 Questions & Answers About Spiritual Formation

Posted by Mike Farley on

Last summer, my title changed from “Pastor of Worship and Arts” to “Pastor of Spiritual Formation.”  Since that time, some people at Central have asked me some very good questions about the meaning of my new title, and I want to share what I hope are some good...

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Tags: discipleship, farley, spiritual formation

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