3/4/22 Updates

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Silent Retreat – March 12th
Can you hear it? Notifications, news, and the next ‘to do’ noisily need our diminishing attention. Rest and presence are held at bay by the sound of busyness echoing through our modern world and every minute. Our faith offers us ways to be present in the midst of such dizzying cacophonies. Silence and contemplation. Jesus taught this in his retreats to lonely places. You are invited to practice it at our Silent Retreat on Saturday March 12th from 8:30am-5pm at Hayes Arboretum. Silence lays bare and cultivates our inner life in God. Will you bear this? Lunch, water, coffee, snacks, and a book will be provided. What to bring: Bible, pen, journal, presence, appropriate clothes for walking through Hayes. Cost $10 (Scholarships are available). Sign up on Realm today!
New Members Class
During Lent we will be offering a New Members Class on Sunday Mornings in the Memorial Room. If this is your first Sunday or if you have been attending Central for years, this is for all called to commit prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to Jesus here at Central. Paul tells us, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Please contact Pastor Joseph if you are interested in attending or would like more information.
Monday Morning Connection
Monday Morning Connection will meet on Monday, March 14th at 9am at the 5th Street Bagel Shop.
Youth Camp / Kids Camp
It’s that time of year! Camp season is fast approaching! Registrations are now open with early bird pricing until April 20th. You can register your son or daughter online at impact2818.org/camps/
-Impact Camp (grades 3-6) at Camp Lakewood, June 12-17th
-Impact Camp (grades 6-8) at Camp Adventure, June 12-17th
-That Thing Camp (grades 9-12) at Epworth Forest, June 26-July 1st
Discounted rates are also available through the generous support of our church (contact Pastor Phil for the iCash code). Please reach out to Pastor Phil if you have any questions.
Central Blood Drive for Red Cross
Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E Main St. Richmond, IN is scheduled for our next Red Cross blood draw. It will be held on Thursday, May 5th between noon and 5:00pm. We have been asked to fill fifty time slots. Hopefully at least ten of these time slots will be filled by Central members. So now is the time to get registered. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter CUMCRICH into the box that says Find a Blood Drive. Find a time slot that is convenient for you and provide the requested information. Thirty minutes of your life can mean a lifetime for someone else.
New Sunday Study – Engaging the Spiritual Practices
Have you ever wondered- Is there more to the Christian life? Is there something deeper than just attending worship, living a good life, and affirming a set of beliefs? As Methodists, we believe there is! We were made for loving union with God. In this Lenten study, we will explore the classic spiritual practices that draw us deeper into that union with God. These practices are channels of grace that enable us to grow into Christlikeness. Join us each Sunday, March 6th through April 10th, 9:00am, in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Pastor Phil with any questions.
The AGAPE Adult Sunday School class will attend the Lenten study from March 6th to April 10th We’ll gather again on April 17 in room 213.
Prayer Walks
Prayer connects us daily to a loving God moving in our midst. In his 3 rules for Methodists, John Wesley calls us to both private and public prayer. On the first Monday of every month at noon, we will have a prayer walk through our neighborhood. We will divide into small groups at the entrance of the church and proceed in different directions. Along the way, we will pause to pick up trash and renew our streets and sidewalks. Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.
UMW Meeting
UMW will present a program about the Surety Community Ladies Center, with Melinda Wilson as our speaker, on Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Creative Hands will also meet that day from 9-12, with lunch served at noon. Come join us for fun, food, and fellowship!
Grandmillennial Pop-Up
If you have vintage items you would like to donate to the Grandmillennial Pop-Up, you can help! Everything old is new again! Please bring your items to the office. If you have any questions or want to know if your items are what we are looking for, please contact Shanron Rider.
Save the Date
Our church is going to have a missions trip to Henderson Settlement in Frakes Kentucky, July 10-16. More information coming soon. See Krissi Hughes for more information.

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