12/30/21 Updates

UN-Hanging of the Greens
We will be taking down all of the Christmas decorations this Sunday, January 2nd after Worship. We welcome all who are willing to help! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Phil at phil@richmondcumc.com


2022 Giving Envelopes

2022 giving envelopes are available in the church parlor on Sunday and throughout the week during our normal office hours of 8am – 5pm. If you do not see your envelopes or have any questions please call the church office at 765-962-8543.


We will again have distancing measures in place for our times of worship as the coronavirus case load rises in our area.  We continue to offer masks for any in need. Our prayers continue for all the patients and healthcare workers battling Covid.   


24/7 Prayer Vigil for 2022 

Our church (CUMC) will be participating in a round the clock prayer vigil for a city wide spiritual revival and renewal for the 2022 year. CUMC has selected the 28th of every month in 2022 to pray for our city during the upcoming year. We are looking for prayer warriors to join us for this 24/7 focus.  Persons may sign up to pray for as little as 15 minutes or as long as each individual wishes. Prayer warriors may pray from home or workplace – it’s each person’s choice as to where to pray. There will be a table in the hall of the church to sign up for your selected time. Each participant will receive a letter and prayer guide. Thanks for each of you for joining us in this vigil for spiritual and community revival. Thanks be to God. Your 24/7 Prayer Initiative Team; Jan Hibner (765-277-3136) and Toni Reinke (765-969-6631) 


Pickleball Starting Soon!

Pickleball fun for beginners starts Monday, January 10, 6:30-8:00 pm. No experience necessary. Paddle and balls will be provided. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. (Questions: Contact Randy Cashner-rcashner@icloud.com or Duane Hodgin-duanehodgin@yahoo.com) Prepare to “paddle up!”

Creative Hands

Creative Hands will NOT be meeting in the month of January. If you have any questions, please contact Shanron Rider.


Tornado Relief 

The East District of Indiana UMC is planning to send relief teams to the damage done in Kentucky by the recent tornados as soon as UMCOR lets us know it is safe and helpful for us to go. If you are interested in serving on one of these teams, please contact Paulette Spicer (paulette.spicer@inumc.org) with your name and telephone number (cell preferred – let us know if you text). Our limit to how many teams we can send may be the number of trained response folks we have. There is an Early Response Team training in early January. If you are interested in that, please contact Rev. John Young (john.young@inumc.org) or click here for more information and registration. In the meantime, please continue to offer your prayers for all the people impacted by these storms.  If you feel led to donate to the relief effort, please write UMCOR – KY Tornados in the check or donate online here

Attending to the Homeless

Central will again be hosting a meal for the homeless during the annual Point In Time count on January 26th.  The Point in Time Count is a nationwide, 24 hour census of our homeless.  If you are interested in helping with the meal, please connect with Pat Jarvis.  If you are interested in joining in the efforts of the count, please connect with Pastor Joseph.  If you would like to donate to the bags which will be handed out on that day, the following items will be collected in the office until the 23rd – Hand/body wipes; Hygiene care (small sizes): toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, Shampoo/conditioner in 1, body wash, comb, razor; Ponchos; Flashlights; Hand warmers; Snacks- peanuts, crackers, tuna/crackers, etc; Bottled water; Blankets; Gloves.

Cornerstone Sunday School Class

The Cornerstone class will begin to meet again on January 9 at 9:00am. We will be doing a 10 week study of the longest chapter of the Bible, Psalm 119.  In difficult times we often wonder where is God in this?  We will look at the words of King David who experienced similar seasons of life. Serving as the anchor for the study, Psalm 119 demonstrates the power of God’s Word in the lives of believers and its ability to provide a warm blanket for the soul. Please feel free to join us and if you have any questions contact Krissi Hughes at kristaannhughes@gmail.com.


New Amicus class will begin on January 9th 

Ann Cashner will be leading the class at 8:45am.  More info will be coming. 


Year End Giving 

2021 is coming to an end and so is your opportunity to give to this year’s budget.  Central continues to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world and is grateful for the many ways your contributions makes this possible.  There is still time to offer a gift to fulfill your pledge, set up our work for 2022, or bless anew the church you have been blessed through.  Click here to give (link to giving page).

Red Cross Blood Drive

An update on the blood drive held at Central United Methodist Church on December 21. We ended with 47 people registered for the drive.  With eleven no shows and with four others not being able to donate due to low blood pressure and other factors, we ended with 36 units of blood being drawn to help with the critical blood shortage we are experiencing. Thanks again to all who supported this drive.


Wisdom Study Resumes

Daily our God offers wisdom for us to walk in.  Join us as we pick up the thread of Wisdom as a major theme in the Bible and apply it to our everyday lives.  We will resume the study in the Psalms at 10:00 am on January 12 in the parlor.  No reading ahead is required though application and contemplation is expected.  Contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.


Thank You

As on December 21, 2021, the volunteers representing Central United Methodist Church retired from serving meals at the Rock Solid Ministry after 20 years of planning, preparing, serving and cleaning up the kitchen and dining area. In 20 years CUMC volunteers served 24,035 meals. Toni Reinke was the pioneer in getting CUMC involved with Rock Solid Ministry. She was also the leader for many years in planning hot meals plus all the work that went with serving meals. Other leaders that followed Toni were Betty Ingerman, Nettie Cates, and Becky Shaw. The financial support of Aileen Githens also helped in giving very good meals. Pastor David Eales and his staff were always supportive, helpful, and kind. THANK YOU TO ALL who made 20 years possible to feed those less fortunate and who volunteered in many capacities. THANK YOU, YOUR SERVICE MADE A DIFFERENCE.



Central is praying 2022 through.  We are joining with other Richmond area churches in covering the year in prayer through the 24/7 prayer effort.  Our date is the 28th of each month and there are still spots available for you to commit to such prayer.  To kick off this time of prayer, you are invited to join us for a Prayer Gathering on January 20th at 6:30 in the Sanctuary.  We will share stories of prayer, ways of prayer, questions about prayer, songs of prayer, and be in prayer together.  Lord, hear our prayers.

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