Join us for worship
Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m.

songs and stories to celebrate the season!

Our 50-voice choir will be joined by guest instrumentalists as we present anthems and congregational carols along with stories that bring hope and beauty during this season of peace.

Music includes Francis Poulenc's O Magnum Mysterium; a Puerto Rican carol called The Holy Child and Abbie Betinis's In the Bleak Midwinter. We're also premiering a piece by J. David Moore on a beautiful text by Wendell Berry. 

Catered lunch follows (an $8 suggested donation is requested, but all who are hungry eat). No tickets or reservations required. 

Wednesday Lunch Menu


December 12, 2018

Roasted vegetable lasagna
Italian soup with spicy sausage and fennel (Veggie option available)
Tossed greens
Bread with garlic butter
Fresh fruit with honey yogurt

Lunch is served Wednesdays 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Suggested donation is $8 (although no one is turned away for lack of funds).

Read a Pioneer Press Article About Our Lunches!

Upcoming Events


Alternative Gift Market

december 2, 9, 16 - 11:30 a.m.
december 5, 12 - During Wed. Lunch

Looking for new gift ideas? Central’s annual Alternative Gift Market will offer many ways to give and share this Christmas! (1) Donate to worthy causes, such as Heifer Project (buy a goat!), Martha’s Closet, and VocalPoint. (2) Make or purchase mittens, gloves, hats, scarves…. And place on the Mitten Tree. (3) Or, do some Christmas shopping for Fair Trade items that support our neighbors in other parts of the world.   There is beautiful handcrafted jewelry, gifts for the home, and yummy foods from all over the globe.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

December 9 - 10:30 p.m.

Come to worship and enjoy a unique Christmas story from the children of Central as we are given tools for life today! An inspirational story first told in Le Chambon, France will come to life in the children's Christmas Pageant, "Giving Dangerously."  We will welcome new members and celebrate the sacrament of baptism. 

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Nine Lessons and Carols

december 16 - 10:30 a.m.

A special worship service of music celebrating the advent of Christ, presented by the Central Choir and guest instrumentalists.


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Schubert Club’s Songs for the Season

december 20 - 7:30 p.m.

Named “most imaginative classical holiday program” by the Star Tribune, The Schubert Club’s annual Songs for the Season program features winter songs and carols by more than a dozen Minnesota composers and songwriters, including Central's Composer-in-Residence Abbie Betinis. The concert is free and open to the public.  

All Church Caroling

December 23 - 11:30 a.m.

Join members of the choir, kids, adults, friends and not-yet-friends for a short time of singing favorite Christmas Carols for our neighbors at Central Towers (Senior Apartments and Assisted Living across the street from Central).  All voices are welcome and encouraged, and a special invitation to our children – kids bring a special joy to our older friends!  Parents, please make sure to accompany your kids for this special event.

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Christmas Eve Services

monday, december 24

Worship at 4:00 p.m. with carols and a professional vocal quartet.  Worship at 10:30 p.m. with candlelight, Central Choir,  and organ.  Musical prelude 15 minutes prior to worship.


From the News Blog

sermon excerpt

“What happens here at Central is shaped by the events around us.  We react with concern and compassion and bring our faith to new questions that emerge in our time.  But we are not simply reactive, we gather here also trusting that the Word of God can help shape a community, and that we as a community shaped by God, have something important to offer to this city and to God’s world.”

Rev. David Colby  / Read the Full Sermon from November 11, 2018

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