Don's Recommendations

Father Richard Rohr's Free Daily Meditations

CPC's Session is currently studying the book Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.

Richard Rohr is affiliated with The Center for Action and Contemplation. Learn more about the Center HERE.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book on which the most recent sermon series was based, follow this link to If the Church Were Christian, authored by Philip Gulley.

Gulley's website has many other resources as well. You can find them HERE.


Rev. Don Makin

Don Makin has been serving as CPC's Lead Pastor since 1996. He is a graduate of King College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University (D.Min.). Prior to coming to CPC, he served congregations in Nashville and Collierville, TN. Don and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and one grandchild.

If you are interested in accessing some resources that Don endorses, you can find those below his photo. His most recent GoodNews Letter column, "Parsonally Speaking...", can be found below as well.

If you are seeking spiritual guidance, Don can be reached at the church Sunday through Friday, or you may call or email to make an appointment.

Parsonally Speaking . . . 

By the time you read this post, you will likely have noticed that our front Sanctuary doors and Balcony doors are being refinished!  This work is being done one door at a time, and it will take several weeks to complete the project. Please understand and excuse any inconvenience you encounter if your “favorite door” is missing and its access is temporarily blocked off. In the meantime, we can all look forward to having beautiful restored doors in the near future!

Some of you may be aware that the Town of Christiansburg is considering closing Hickok Street (from West Main Street to Commerce Street) to create a permanent location for the Farmers’ Market and future Town-sponsored and Town-sanctioned events and activities. This has significant implications for CPC, the most obvious being the potential closing of our Hickok Street entrance. The Session has been in conversation about this with Town officials for a number of months. Nothing has yet been officially decided by the Town Council.  Discussion will continue between the Session and Town officials. We will keep the congregation updated. Meanwhile, please keep your Elders in prayer as they seek to be “good neighbors” with the town, while at the same time working to protect our church’s interests.

There will be lots to celebrate in worship on Sunday, May 20! We’ll be recognizing our Class of 2018 High School Graduates, and we’ll be inspired by special music as the youth voice and bell choirs conclude their year of service. Following worship, please come to the Fellowship Hall for a reception in honor of the graduates and youth choirs. So much to be grateful for – don’t miss it!

Summer Sunday morning schedule heads-up:  The Session has approved the following Sunday morning schedule for the months of June, July, and August: Worship will be at 10:00 a.m. During the worship service, the nursery will be available for children up to age 5. Children’s and Youth Journey Groups will not meet during the summer. Adult Journey Groups have the option to take the summer off or to meet at 9:00 a.m.

And finally, a little “food for thought”:  Seeing time unfold before you, one moment following another, some things before, others after, is only one way of seeing. It is a way of seeing that is fashioned by our mind. But our spirit knows another, deeper, way of seeing, in which time is an ocean, not a river. When you dive into that ocean, you will know that you are as eternal as Abraham. Do not be afraid of your own eternal nature. It is a gift of the Image of God within you. You are not being grandiose when you realize, “I am.” You are discovering your true nature.  You are not trying to be God. You are sinking into the realization that the Image of God within you is a reality and not just a metaphor. Remember: You are. (from The Way of the Word: Contemplative Reflections on the Gospels, by William Martin)

Peace and all good,