9/3/21 Updates

Kinship Appreciation Month

The Middle School Sunday School class will be collecting Household items (detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, wipes – check the bulletin board for the full list) on Sundays, September 5 & 19.  These items are for Families who take in related children for the Foster Care system – but, they receive no stipend for doing so.  This is during Kinship Appreciation Month.

New Members Class

Central would like all who feel led to confess Christ for the first time, become baptized or join their membership with our local congregation to prayerfully consider joining this upcoming class.  Our New Member Class will begin September 19th @ 9:00am.  This class will run for 6 weeks and will cover a packet on Christian living, Methodism and Central’s ministries.  Additionally the book, I Am a Church Member, will be given to all who sign-up.  New Members will be received into the church at a service following the completion of the class.  To register, please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).


UMW Meeting

UMW will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall with masks and social distancing. Our speaker will be a representative from the new Reid PACE Center.  Everyone is welcome!
Creative Hands
Creative hands meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Join us for Fun, Food, and fellowship as we get ready for our next pop-up on October 2nd!

New Class Meetings

How is it with your soul? Do you want to go deeper with God? Grow in your faith? Our new class meetings are just for you! In early Methodism, class meetings were the building blocks of the church. These small group gatherings were intentional, safe spaces where fellow believers could “watch over one another in love” and spur one another to deeper faith. We have several new groups starting this fall and meeting at various times. We’ll be using Kevin Watson’s The Class Meeting as a key resource. You’re invited to sign-up in the lobby, or you can reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.


Choir Returns!

After a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce the return of regular choir rehearsals this fall. Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir will resume on Wednesday, September 8th at 5:30pm. Chancel Choir will resume on the same date, 9/8, at 6:30pm. Joysingers Children’s Choir will resume on Thursday, 9/16 at 4:00pm. Joysinger parents: please watch for email communication from Debbie Jenkins or Madeleine Demetriades.


Sunday Conversation Space

Do you have questions? About your faith, life, the Bible, the history of our church, why the world the way it is? Good, we do too. We will be gathering on Sunday mornings at 9:00am over coffee and snacks in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor to discuss these questions, reflect on life, and grow in Christ in light of the Bible and our good God.  For anyone grade 7 – 119 years old.


TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.

Introducing TRIBE56 – We’re so excited to launch Tribe56, a new group for all 5th & 6th graders! After our planning meeting with parents earlier this month, we’ve been eager to create something new for our younger youth. Throughout the coming months we’ll have special events and outings, including some lesson/game nights led by our senior high students for the 5th and 6th graders. More details coming soon. Contact Pastor Joseph for more info. Lots of exciting things still to come!


Wills and Estate Planning Workshop

The Central United Methodist Church Endowment Committee is going to host a Workshop on Wills and Estate Planning on September 26th after morning services. If you do not have a will or have not updated your will in many years, and have concerns as to how your estate may divided you may want to attend.


Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com.

Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the PowerPoint presentation.

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