4/29/22 Updates

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Red Cross Blood Drive

There is still time to sign up to donate at the May 5 blood drive. We are hoping to fill all of the time slots for the drive. Go to redcrossblood.org and put CUMCRICH in the box that says locate a blood drive to register. We also need a few people to greet donors between noon and 5:00 p.m. If you are willing and able to assist, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or at papamole@comcast.net. Your help in making this a successful blood drive is greatly appreciated.



In the Month of May, Central will be reading together through some of the Bible’s Wisdom literature. The Bible does more than tell us about Israel and Jesus – it forms our character. It forms our souls. A bookmark guiding our readings has been made available. You can pick one up in the narthex or church office. We will be reflecting on the readings during worship and at the Wednesday 10am Wisdom Study at Central.  Let us follow Paul’s teaching in this season, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”


Mission Trip Informational Meeting 

Our all-church mission trip to Henderson Settlement is set for the week of July 10th and plans are coming together. We’ll have an informational meeting Sunday, May 1st, at 4:30pm in the parlor for anyone interested in learning more. If you have questions, please see Krissi Hughes.


General Conference Update

The 2020 General Conference, our worldwide decision making body, has been postponed for the third time due to pandemic related concerns. It is not scheduled to meet again until 2024. If you were unable to go our information session on April 25th, there are still sessions on May 1st after worship, and May 3rd over lunch at 12:05. There will also be evening teaching sessions  May 15th and May 22nd from 5:15 – 6:45 on Scripture and matters related to these issues. Please keep our denomination in your prayers as we continue to live out our callings to follow Jesus together here in Richmond and beyond.


National Day of Prayer

Thursday May 5 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 register for your tickets here)

 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 (our very own Toni Reinke will be sharing)

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


Y.M.C.A Memory Cafe

Join us for our next Memory Cafe on Friday, May 13th from 10-11am! This program’s focus is to bless the special people in our community who live the experience of mild to moderate dementia. The Memory Cafe meets the second Friday of each month at the Y.M.C.A. for one hour., from 10:00-11:00 am. We have a planned activity and a craft or game suited to the adult with dementia and a snack. While we provide activities , we are also providing an opportunity for the caregiver to meet with other caregivers and a Chaplain to share concerns, problems or emotions…. Or just relax. The caregiver could also take advantage of the gym and get some exercise.  This time is ‘just for them.’ For information please call, (765) 962-7504

Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw or the Church Office.


Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. If you have helped in the past, please check-in with Christin so that we know you would still like to be a part of the team!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO.  Almost every week night from May  –June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation.  Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields.  Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on May 3rd, 6th, 18th, 25th, & June 1st. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn.  Play ball!


May is Foster Care Awareness Month. 

Please be in prayer for Families affected by Foster Care this month.  Central has a long history of coming alongside foster and adoptive families.  If you feel led to come alongside Foster Families, to become a Foster Family, to become a CASA, or to just support the youth/parents of our community, please email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

Walking each other home: a choral remembrance

The Richmond Threshold Choir will be sharing a musical vigil today, Sunday May 1st at 2pm to honor the lives of individuals lost in the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic- offering messages of peace, kindness, grace and love. Location is at Reid Memorial Hospital outside at the arch (north of emergency dept, by the retention pond). In case of inclement weather, the venue will be the outside entrance to the cancer center.

One Response to “4/29/22 Updates”

  1. Amy mckee says:

    Thank you for sharing the Threshold choir event.

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