About Us

Our Vision for 2020

Ministry of Worship and Common Life

  • Offer worship experiences that touch our hearts and encourage transformation through spiritual growth and action
  • Engage with the university community, families and adults of all ages in activities and programming that foster a sense of belonging
  • Provide radical hospitality to our church family, friends and the larger community
  • Support connections within our denomination and the ecumenical and interfaith communities

Ministry of Compassionate Care

  • Provide opportunities for members and friends to care for others
  • Provide outreach and caring for individuals of all ages
  • Support intentional ministry for, with, and to Middle Adults
  • Help with personal transitions
  • Respond to personal emergency needs in and outside the congregation

Ministry of Christian Discipleship

  • Learn and grow through educational programs that encourage thoughtful inquiry, taking the Bible seriously but not literally
  • Provide opportunities for exploring and responding to church and social justice issues
  • Serve Christ through mission activities that engage the congregation in serving the hungry and homeless both in our community and in the world

 Ministry of Stewardship

  • Provide a hospitable and safe space for mission and community activities
  • Facilitate stewardship of gifts and blessings
  • Develop long-range plans for building and staff needs
  • Explore ways for environmental enhancements

Our History

Central Presbyterian Church traces its history to the founding of the First Presbyterian Church on May 5, 1855.  On that date, Rev Robert Robe and five charter members worshiped under an oak tree at what is now 10th and Willamette.

Eugene was also home to the Morrow congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church founded in 1853. These two congregations united in 1906 to form Central Presbyterian Church. The congregation of Central Presbyterian Church began worshipping in its present building in 1956.  Many of the stained glass windows from the previous building (like the anchor cross) have been preserved in the chapel and narthex of the present Central Church.

By 1962, average Sunday worship attendance reached an apex of 695; at the end of 2002 the average was 230. In the 1960’s the congregation began its practice of opening the building for community use and later became socially active in housing issues.  This outreach continues in support of the Interfaith Homeless Shelter each fall.

Members and friends at Central Presbyterian Church have big hearts and are generous with their time, skills and money. Our congregation gives cash contributions to the worldwide mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and to our local community through the Annual Fund, Deacons, Presbyterian Women, Central Foundation, special offerings and fundraisers. Funds went to organizations that serve the homeless, hungry, victims of abuse, disaster relief efforts, Latinos, school children, college students, medical needs of the poor and the unchurched around the world.

In recent years the congregation has worked through the issues of inclusive language and the ordination of gays and lesbians as it seeks to be an inclusive church.

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  1. You are cordially invited to attend “YIMBY” (Yes In My Back Yard) Town Hall on Homelessness and Unusual Partnerships on Wednesday, November 18th, at 7:00pm at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., focused on the immediate need for housing and the effects of lifting restrictions on the camping ban. Speakers from the faith, business, neighborhoods, unhoused communities and small group breakouts will help to represent the diverse voices needed for lasting change. Resources and event details can be found at http://www.THRIVEugene.org, or contact Emily Farthing at 305-202-3171 or info@THRIVEugene.org.

  2. I often remember Mercedes Yeretzian on Easter. She would remind me of the greeting that would resound through her home church in Jerusalem on Easter morning: “Criste Aneste!” and the response: “Aneste Criste!”

    Recalling this, I pondered what had become of this dear woman. Many times over the years I would go to her home on the anniversary of the death of her father, Zarmeyer. We could have been at the cemetery first, and then met up at her home with a half dozen or so other friends to celebrate with a traditional dish of ground meat combined with grain.

    The notice that I was from the Register-Guard upon her death mentions that “no service was planned.” I’m hoping in my heart that one took place at Central, if she was still connected there.

    Christ is risen, is risen indeed.

    Mercedes Yeretzian

    Mercedes Zarmayr Yeretzian of Eugene died Sept. 15 of age-related causes at age 89. No service is planned.

    She was born April 20, 1920, in Jerusalem, Israel, to Zarmayr and Rosa Pirapanian Yeretzian.

    She attended the Armenian school in Jerusalem.

    She worked as a secretary for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

    Arrangements by Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene.

    1. Steven,
      No service was held at the request of family. We did remember her in worship several Sunday’s later and on All Saint’s Day that year. She was active in worship pretty near to the time of her death.

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