Parsonally Speaking . . . 

In 1919, a handful of dedicated people from Abingdon Presbytery answered the need to help young girls with an industrial school for girls. It was a safe place to live and learn basic living skills. Before long, the need to help young boys was addressed as well.

They named the ministry the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands. The first home was the hotel property at Foster Falls (the old hotel is now part of the state parks system). In 1962, the ministry was moved to its present location in Wytheville.

Today, everyone involved with this ministry acknowledges the importance of the past, and although some things have changed, they remain committed to giving children hope and purpose for the future.

In anticipation of PCHH’s 100th anniversary in 2019, CPC’s Session has embraced an opportunity to celebrate this special ministry and to help grow the PCHH Endowment Fund. This fund helps make the ministry financially stable. It ensures future viability and wards off damaging effects of any possible unforeseen challenges or tragic events that could happen.

CPC’s Elders have set a minimum goal of $1,000 as our gift to the PCHH Endowment Fund, and we will be receiving contributions toward this throughout the month of February. When we reach this goal and send our check to PCHH, our church’s name will be engraved into a granite column in the “Garden of Hope” located on their campus.

PLEASE consider making a generous donation toward this important ministry. Make checks payable to CPC and designate them for “PCHH Endowment Fund.”

Many thanks for your support of PCHH – the place where children’s lives are changed every day by caring people like you!

Peace and all good,


pastor don

Pastor 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 Pastor Don endorses, you can find those below. His most recent GoodNews Letter column, "Parsonally Speaking...", can be found below as well.

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


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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 current sermon series is 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.