COVID-19 updates

Check back here for updates about Central's response and current worship and fellowship opportunities.

We are monitoring the current coronavirus situation carefully — your physical, as well as spiritual health, is our priority. For reliable information, go to cdc.gov.

Public worship will be suspended indefinitely, but you are encouraged to join us via livestream services and Zoom meetings.

See our current schedule below.

If you or someone you know needs pastoral care, please contact the church office, 303.839.5500 or Pastor Louise Westfall, louise@centraldenver.com 

Central has created a new fund to assist members adversely affected by COVID-19. All donations to this fund will be used for financial assistance to Central folk for rent, utilities, household expenses, health and medical costs, and other expenses. Donations can be made online at https://onrealm.org/centraldenver/give/COVID or by sending a check to the church office. Please contact Pastor Louise or Rev. Tim to request confidential assistance from the fund.

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Please pray for one another, the community, and the world in which we are closely connected.

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May 28, 2020

Beloved Community,

As the pandemic stretches into a third month, we’re more eager than ever to get back together, to enjoy proximity with friends and neighbors, to worship alongside brothers and sisters (many of whom we haven’t seen since mid-March). I miss you! And from your notes and phone conversations and comments posted on Central’s Facebook page, I know you miss your church family too.

There are still compelling reasons to practice social distancing and staying home. The United States has marked the 100,000th death since the coronavirus first appeared. Many medical experts believe a second surge is possible as restrictions are lifted and people begin to gather again. The health of our church and community are a top priority and part of our sacred responsibility to love our neighbors.

But there may be ways we can begin to develop some in-person learning, worship, and service experiences, while still observing important safety concerns. To that end, the Session has authorized a team of members and staff to design plans for when and how we can come together. Elders Chris Primus and Mark Williams, medical professionals Julie Earnest and Don Nease, and staff Wil Smith, Kathleen Eckert, and I will serve as our “recovery team.” I have confidence that these thoughtful and experienced people will serve us well as we make critical decisions for this unprecedented time, and I’m grateful for their willingness to share their knowledge for the common good of Central and the wider community.

By God’s grace, we will come through this hard time. But even more than just “getting through it” is the hope that it can be our teacher. What has this extraordinary time taught you?  What are some pandemic insights or practices you want to continue? How might we shape a new “normal,” cleansed of the destructive and unjust old ways? How can faith lead us toward a better “normal”–one in which all people can thrive, earth can breathe, and our deep connections are strengthened and celebrated?

The summer sermon series on Romans will reflect on these questions, and as always, I value your perspectives and insights. Please send them to me (louise@centraldenver.com), call me to discuss, or text them (216.403.3781), or snail-mail them to my attention at the church (1660 Sherman St. Denver CO 80203).

Let the apostle Paul’s words from Romans 12: 9-13 be our charge:  Love genuinely. Hold fast to what is good. Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Serve God. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Walking with you,

Pastor Louise Westfall

Opportunities to Worship & Connect

Schedule of offerings at Central during social distancing

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Livestream Sunday Worship

Sunday Mornings, 10:30am

Join us via livestream on Facebook and on our Website.

Submit prayer requests by commenting during the service on Facebook, or by sending them to Pastor Louise before 9am on Sunday morning, louise@centraldenver.com.

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Thrife: Creating a Thriving Spiritual Life

Mondays, 12pm

Join us via livestream on Facebook or watch anytime on our Website.

Tim Mooney will offer a weekly online video course called, “Thrife: Creating a Thriving Spiritual Life”. Participants may join the class live on Facebook or watch the archived videos later on Central’s website. The course is based on Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way”, his own journey as a pastor, artist, writer, and singer/songwriter, and the wisdom of other souls who found their way to their creative center, and from there offer their gifts to the world.

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Central Encore

Mondays, 2pm

Join us via live stream on Facebook and on our Website.

Watch previous Sunday services, special music, and other events from the times before social distancing.

Hymns by Request

Tuesdays, 12pm

Join us via livestream on Facebook and on our Website.

Join Wil Smith for a live, 30-minute concert on Facebook Live or Central’s livestream page of your favorite hymns for piano and organ. Requests can be made in the comments section during the Livestream, or by emailing Wil in advance at wil@centraldenver.com

Moments for Meditation-Evening Prayer Service

Wednesday Nights, 5:30pm

Join us via livestream on Facebook and on our Website.

Join us every Wednesday for an evening prayer service including prayers, song chants from Taize, and a reading.

Theology on Tap

Thursday Nights, 7pm

Zoom link to join https://zoom.us/j/856688753.

We are still having Theology on Tap during this time of social distancing!  All are welcome to join us via Zoom. Grab a drink (beer, coffee, ginger ale, whatever you’ve got around) and join us for a time of fellowship and conversation about questions of faith. We hope to see you there! Contact Tim Mooney with questions, tim@centraldenver.com.

Theology on Tap

Thursday Nights, 7pm

Zoom link to join https://zoom.us/j/856688753.

We are still having Theology on Tap during this time of social distancing!  All are welcome to join us via Zoom. Grab a drink (beer, coffee, ginger ale, whatever you’ve got around) and join us for a time of fellowship and conversation about questions of faith. We hope to see you there! Contact Tim Mooney with questions, tim@centraldenver.com.

Friday Faith Break

Fridays, 12pm

Zoom link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83459669243

Take a breather and let the Spirit fill you up. Thirty minutes beginning at Noon each Friday for conversation with Pastor Louise about how God is leading us during the pandemic. We’ll explore biblical texts and pray for guidance, strength and peace. Feel free to enjoy lunch while we’re meeting!

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