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Soul Feast -- Winter Study Opportunity

Beginning Sunday January 19 and Wednesday January 22, we start our Winter study efforts using Marjorie Thompson's Soul Feast.

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Christmas Eve Service

Once again Central Woodward will celebrate Christmas Eve with a service of carols, candles, and communion.

Please join us on Tuesday evening, December 24, at 6:00 PM for worship.  Communion will be served by intinction.  It is our tradition, as Disciples, to follow Jesus' own practice and welcome all who would come to the table.




Book of Acts for Today Workshop - November 9, 2013

The Power of the Spirit Then and Now: The Book of Acts for Today

The Book of Acts was written for a church in a situation very much like the church today: a time of anxiety when chaos threatened and people wondered what the future would be. Acts points to the presence of the Holy Spirit as the source of power and the guide for the ancient church and for the church in our time. What do we learn from the ascension of Jesus, Pentecost, the life of the community "having all things in common" and other passages?

 Bring a Bible and the questions you have always wanted to ask about Acts and the Holy Spirit.

 Dr. Ron Allen, Professor
Christian Theological Seminary

        When:      Saturday, November 9, 2013

        Time:       10:00 am – 2:00 pm

        Where:    Central Woodward Christian Church

                        3955 W. Big Beaver Rd, Troy MI 48084


Register:  Call the church office or mail in checks payable to Central Woodward Christian Church.  Include your name, address (email & postal) and your telephone number  

Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters
Ronald Allen, a native of Poplar Bluff Missouri and ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters. He has been at CTS since 1982.

He received the PhD degree from Drew University (1977), MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York (1974), and the AB from Phillips University (1971). From 1977 to 1982 he and his spouse, the Reverend Linda McKiernan-Allen, were co ministers of First Christian Church, Grand Island, Nebraska.  Rev. McKiernan-Allen is currently Minister at West Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tipton, Indiana.

In addition to over 100 articles and chapters in books, Allen is the author of more than thirty books that are available from The Christian Theological Seminary Bookstore



South Oakland Shelter NEWS 

We will be Hosting SOS with the Congregational Church of Birmingham and with help from Northminster Presbyterian Church


 Please Mark Your Calendars

October 20th to 27th

Look for Sign-Up Sheets in Fellowship Hall

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a living, missional presence for those in need in our community! 

We are looking for fun and new ways to nurture the SOS clients while they stay with us.  Do you have a favorite activity or craft you’d like to share? 

Please contact Anne McCauslin with your ideas.



The second Sunday in October is 'Clergy Appreciation Day'

The entire month of Oct. is Clergy Appreciation Month, but the second Sunday in Oct. is known as Clergy Appreciation Day. Usually Clergy Appreciation Day falls on or between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14.

National Clergy Appreciation Day was designated in the United States in 1992 by Hallmark Cards to recognize and honor clergy which includes a wide range of formal and informal leadership positions such as pastors, preachers, priests, bishops, elders, and deacons, However, the specific names and roles of clergy vary by denominations and even by churches within denominations.

Some of the terms used for individual clergy are cleric, clergyman, clergywoman, clergyperson, and churchman.

This special day was set aside to lift up and encourage the clergy in Christian congregations.

According to Jeremiah 3:15, "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."

The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions, but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices.

About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 77% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, according to Gallup research.

Appreciate and honor your clergy on the second Sunday in Oct. However, it would be nice to let the appreciation continue after that one day.