4/15/22 Updates

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Central United Methodist Church has been proud to partner with the American Red Cross and be a part of all they do. Our sixth blood for the Red Cross will be held on Thursday, May 5 between noon and 5:00. Did you know the Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,500 platelet donations each day and 84 percent of blood donations are given at blood drives like the one we are hosting. And did you know the blood collected by the Red Cross helps millions of patients in over 2,500 hospitals and other facilities across the country. The current blood shortage is critical, 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.


College and Young Adult Care Packages

Final exams are coming up and it can be a stressful time of year for many young adults. So we’re sending care packages full of good things! If you have a student in college/grad school or a young adult under 26, please send their name and mailing address to Pastor Phil (phil@richmondcumc.com). We’re also looking for volunteers to help assemble these and write cards for each student. Contact Pastor Phil if you’re interested. We plan to send these out by April 22.


Family Ministries Lunch

Families of youth and children, let’s share together. As we emerge from the pandemic and look to the future, we want to explore ways we can resource and reimagine our discipleship this summer and beyond. Join us Sunday, April 24, in the fellowship hall after worship. All parents, youth, and children are invited. Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided. See Pastor Phil if you have any questions.

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.


Grandmillennial Pop-Up

What: Items new and vintage

When: April 30th from 10am – 2pm

Where: Central UMC

1425 East Main St., Richmond

Why: Benefitting our local missions

P.S. Homemade noodles for sale!

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 9am thru lunch for Creative Hands!


Central Childcare
Central Childcare is hiring! Do you or someone you know love to work with small children? If so, email Kathy at cumcchildcare@richmondcumc.com or call the church office at 765-962-8543. Operating hours are 7:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday. Starting pay is $10/hr!
Join a choir today!
The music ministry at Central is gearing up for great things in the fall. Please consider joining a music group at Central – there is the Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir and Joysingers Children’s Choir. You can also play music individually or in a small group for Sunday worship! Wesley Handbell Ringers are seeking FOUR more ringers so that we can employ our full five-octave set. Chancel Choir and Joysingers Children’s Choir are always open to new members. We have a fabulous time each week learning, singing and sharing together. Email Madeleine for more information: madeleine@richmondcumc.com

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Worship WorkshopApril 21st at 6:30pm

In following Jesus, we have the privilege of worshipping the good God of the whole universe.  This daily posture towards God guides our every action. A. W. Tozer said it this way, “God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship.” Join us April 21st at 6:30pm in the sanctuary as we gather to reclaim, reinforce, and rejoice in this art. We will worship together. We will discuss the various aspects of worship. We will work on new practices of worship. Oswald Chambers wrote, “Stand true to God and he will bring out his truth in a way that will make your life an expression of worship. ”Come and worship with us as we develop a daily posture of worship together.

The Chosen Video Series

Starting April 24th at 8:45am in Fellowship Hall. “Meet Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him.” For more information, see Ned & BJ Toms.


General Conference Update

The 2020 General Conference was recently postponed for a third time until 2024. The General Conference is the global decision making body of the United Methodist Church. Central will be having a series of meetings to share about the latest news around this decision and to answer any questions you may have. Meetings will be held in the Sanctuary Monday April 25, at 6:30pm; Sunday May 1st 15 minutes after worship ends; and Tuesday May 3rd at 12:05pm. Please continue in prayer for the General Conference and the worldwide United Methodist Church.

National Day of Prayer

Thursday May 5th is the National Day of Prayer. Here in Richmond we have several opportunities to partake in lifting up prayer as a community.

Prayer Room for Prayer – Unveiled Church, 721 E Main.  9:00am – 6:00pm

Prayer Breakfast – Christ United Church, 3420 Backmeyer  (Make sure to get your tickets on Eventbrite)

Noon Day Time of Prayer – Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 N 6th St. Noon – 1:00pm

Evening Prayer and Worship – Central UMC, 1425 E Main St. 7:00pm

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” ~Colossians 2:6-7


Foster Care Ministry

May is Foster Care awareness month. Hands of Hope is a ministry which comes along Foster families.  Hands of Hope is wanting to talk with Central about ways we can continue to be in ministry with Foster families. This is a call out for anyone who feels led to explore being involved in foster care or supporting foster/adoptive families. We will be gathering on Zoom this coming Wednesday at 2:00pm. Email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) if you are interested.

Music Ministry Volunteers Needed
We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to assist with cataloging Joysinger and Handbell sheet music into Central’s online choir music database. Central is extremely blessed with so much sheet music for our various groups. Please email Madeleine if you feel called to assist with this project.

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