Welcome to The Journey. It is a dynamic, learner-centered ministry developed for seasoned and new Christians. Designed to inspire and nurture your soul, the courses are led by Christian educators, guest speakers and pastors who passionately walk with God. The ministry brings biblical principles and life questions together in a supportive setting where you can connect with the Lord and others.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 amFor the next few weeks, Legacy will be held in St. Andrews Room .

Normally held in the Life Center second floor Spirit Room

Childcare is provided.

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In 2011, Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration recognized a growing number of families and children experiencing poverty and living in hotels and motels along highway 192. They knew the faith community had a role to play and the idea of Community Hope Center was born. In 2013, Community Hope Center’s vision cam full circle, with our service center’s grand opening to provide holistic care to all those in need in our community a building that was once an IHOP and then a Mexican restaurant became the new home of hope in our community. The goal was to provide a spot for various agencies and providers to a co-locate in one location-creating a “no wrong door” approach to provide all the resources a family may need to achieve self-determined stability. Our plan was to serve 200 families a year; in the first year, we served 1,00 families. Over time, the number of agency partnerships grew, as did the number of families served.
 
 

 


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October 2022 will mark 33 years since the opening of “Ecole Henri Christophe de Bayonnais” School. Prior to the school’s opening the nearest school was a four to five hour walk over rugged mountain paths. For girls, the situation was even worse, because most parents refused to send them to school. The goal was to educate some of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest children,  offering them hope today and a brighter tomorrow. We help our students discover and develop their God-given abilities. Some former students are now teaching in our school. Others are pursuing career training in medicine, nursing, teaching, auto mechanics, Business management, construction, and agronomy. We are proud that 60 percent of our students are girls. God’s Word is an integral part of our teaching, and we support 10 mobile bible schools serving 385 students.
 

 


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Don Baker will be leading us on a unique study of the Gospel of John. By using film, we will let actors bring the words of the Bible to life, and in discussion we will see how those words continue to apply to our generation.
 

 


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This biblical course will take a brief three-week glimpse at Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia in Asia Minor.  It will provide a concise overview of the letter and highlight a few of its key passages.  It will emphasize the major theme of the book—“Christians are saved by faith and should also live by faith.”  It will also stress the fact that faith is the response to God’s grace.
 
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This is not a self-help concept.  But rather, the guilt-free living we enjoy flows out of God’s guilt-free view of us.   This lesson will show the incredible degree that we are purified by the love and forgiveness of Jesus the Christ.  Scripture references will/may include: Isaiah 43:24-25, 1 John 1:9, 2 Peter 1:3-11, Matthew 6:12, Luke 7:48, Luke 5:2, 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, Colossians 2:12-16, Colossians 3:12-17, Romans chapter 5, and Luke 7:36-50.

 



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The Mission Team will share their Kenya Africa mission trip experience in November 2021. The trip included painting at Casuarina House Orphanage, walking Utange Village to greet and pray for villagers, touring and teaching at Celebration High School, spending time with the students & their families, helping with feeding 500 Club and bible teaching as well as participating in worship services.

 



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The purpose of the class is to discuss how faith and mindset impact how people express their individuality and wellness.  Specifically, we will look at how faith affects one’s wellness and individuality regarding our inner view of ourselves and our outer view with respect to the world.

Generally, people who have great faith tend to be healthier, have a more positive view of themselves, have a more accurate view of the world, and how to navigate within it.  The class will explore the reasons why that it is so and how anyone can create this mindset.

 



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Pentecost is both an Old Testament and New Testament Feast. We will discuss how the Feast was established and why it is so important to Christianity.


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The Old Testament records the stories of ancient people living in ancient times in far-away lands.
Do you know what each of the Old Testament books covers? 
This course will give you a brief overview of each Old Testament book, who wrote it, and when and why it was written but is not meant to be extensive coverage.


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The Mission Team will share their Kenya Africa mission trip experience in November 2021. The trip included painting at Casuarina House Orphanage, walking Utange Village to greet and pray for villagers, touring and teaching at Celebration High School, spending time with the students & their families, helping with feeding 500 Club and bible teaching as well as participating in worship services.

 

 


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The history of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex as God preserved them through history.
Follow the Dead Sea Scrolls and their writings from their origins circa 300 BC and AD 70, to their discovery in 1947 in caves in the Qumran area near the Dead Sea about 7 miles south of Jericho. 

About 1/3 of the scrolls contain copies of portions of Old Testament books (every Old Testament book except Esther). 

The importance of their discovery cannot be overstated.

 


 


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Did you know that the Sanhedrin broke the Jewish law 18 times during the illegal trial of Jesus? Attorney Earle Wingo approaches the crucifixion like a trial lawyer, showing one after another the ways in which Jesus was illegally tried.

You will learn:

  • Who the Jewish leaders were, and why they knew exactly what they were doing?
  • How many Jewish laws were broken in order to entrap Jesus?
  • Why the eventual charge of blasphemy wasn’t enough to put Jesus to death?
  • How the charges against Jesus were changed to get the Romans to kill Him?

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus as He visits Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. We will join Jesus as He heals two amazing men. We will explore the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man. We will visit the Pool of Siloam as Jesus opened the eyes of a man born blind. Join Larry as he brings alive the Scriptures and history via the biblical accounts, archeological discoveries, through a PowerPoint presentation. 

 


 


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Mark Miller leads us visually through the streets of Jerusalem where Jesus traditionally walked on the way to the cross (Via Dolorosa) – from the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was tried and condemned by Pontius Pilate, to Golgotha where Jesus was hung and died on a cross, and to where Jesus rose from the dead.  We will stop at 14 significant traditional locations along this route as well as we will consider the garden tomb site as well.

 


 


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Ron VonBehren will teach a six-week course on how to share the Good News of the Gospel.  It will include definitions of personal evangelism, the need to evangelize, the call to evangelize, the motivation to evangelize, and the message to evangelize.

It discusses practical ways to share the Gospel to different groups, cults, and denominations; provide answers to common questions that arise while sharing the gospel; defense of the Bible authenticity (Apologetic); and will also give guidance on how to open a conversation and the ways to gain favorable attention.

 



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Don Baker teaches a four week group discussion and study. Philippians is about joy in time of suffering. We will learn:

  • A method for studying the Bible
  • Examine what Paul wrote to the Philippian Church
  • Investigate meaning and importance of the letter
  • Consider how to apply the message to our lives

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Larry Wallace will be leading an in-depth discussion of Jesus and Nicodemus, the story of Nicodemus and Christ meeting in that night. During this class we will discuss:

  • How Nicodemus should have known what Jesus was talking about when he talked about the new birth.
  • How man should and could relate to God via the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.
  • What it means to be saved.
 

 


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Christianity 101: A course exploring the bedrock of our Christian faith. What is the Bible? How do I Study It? Who or What is The Trinity? Who is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit? What is Sin and Do I Have It? What is Salvation All About?

Christianity 102: A study on our Christian practices. What do some churchy words like faith mean? What is prayer? How can I have a healthy prayer life? Who or what is the Church? Does Christian discipleship apply to me? What should my Christian lifestyle look like? Is giving important to my spiritual growth? What could my Christian service look like?


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Christianity 101

 

Christianity 102

Rev. Don Baker

Don has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is an ordained pastor by the Reformed Church and has served as a pastor in Florida and Iowa. Don is currently a Bible teacher for Ignite Christian Academy and has served as a staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Don authored several Bible study guides in the LifeGuide series published by InterVarsity Press.

Professor Ron VonBerhen

Ron has multiple degrees both earned and bestowed, including a D. Divinity from Florida Bible College. A lifelong counselor and educator, he was a Youth Minister for over 12 years, an Educational Administrator for 12 years, and has over 42 years’ experience as a college professor. Ron is currently a Professor at Valencia College. As a member of Community Presbyterian Church since 2002, Ron has taught multiple Bible Studies and Sunday School.

Michael “Bill” Carbrey

Bill has over 30 years healthcare experience in a variety of roles including Hospital Administration, Contract Management, Healthcare Consulting, Practice Management and Acquisitions. Bill has been published, been a quest lecturer and consultant in multiple healthcare environments. Bill has been active at Community Presbyterian church having served as an Elder, Facilitator for Sunday School, and Small Group Leader.

Jerry D. Norton

Jerry is the happy and voluntary servant of wife Laura, since before the InterWeb was a thing.   The Norton’s have lived in Celebration since 2017 and were introduced to CommPres through Tuesday morning Men’s Bible study and the Encounter services.  Having been taught and thought of as a Grumpy boss, Jerry is continually rediscovering the true heart of God.   The incredible extent of His friendship with us has fueled a fresh and wonderful phase in his relationship with our Lord.  

Kenya Mission Team

The Kenya Mission team is for both England and the United states. Our CPC team Members are: Jerry and Laura Norton; Renee Barron, Barbara McDaniel, Carol and Bill Carbrey.

Larry Wallace

Larry accepted the Lord at a Bible camp just prior to leaving for Vietnam In 1968. Larry studied Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. Larry has attended extension courses at the Hebrew University. He has also done extensive work in biblical archaeology and teaches courses on the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archaeological finds of interest. He personally discovered and recovered a water cup Circa 171 BC and is currently in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Rev. Dr. Mark Miller

Mark graduated from Central College, Pella, Iowa, received his Master of Divinity degree from Dubuque Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He served Presbyterian congregations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. After retiring, Mark moved to the Orlando area and is involved at Community Presbyterian Church.

Carol B. Carbrey

Carol grew up in Sanford Florida and worked as a Registered Nurse for 25 years and became a travel advisor for 30 years before retiring in 2019. She has been a member of Community Presbyterian Church for 12 years and has enjoyed serving as leader of Women’s Ministry, leader of a Women’s weekly bible study and facilitator of weekly Adult Sunday School. She is currently serving as the Elder of Christian Missions.

Tracy Wynter

Tracy is an attorney and wellness advocate. She is a Princeton University and Temple University Beasley School of Law graduate. With respect to wellness, Tracy has obtained many certifications including becoming a registered Yoga teacher with 500 hours and a certified group fitness instructor.  Her wellness philosophy is that wellness is accessible to everyone regardless of body shape, body type, ethnicity, and financial status.

Rick Mattson

He has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1981. He completed his MA in the Philosophy of Religion at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Currently, he travels to college campuses across the country doing speaking and training in apologetics and student leadership development. He and his wife Sharon live in St. Paul and have two wonderful children and seven grandchildren. They are active at Grace Church Roseville where Sharon is in music and women’s ministry, and he is on the teaching team. A serious golfer, played the game his whole life.