April 9th Updates



The Governor has dropped the mask mandate for Indiana.  We are still asking people to wear masks as we move around the building here at Central.  If a group gathers and all participants have been vaccinated (or all but one participant who is healthy and willing) then feel free to take off your masks for the gathering, as you desire.  Or, if you are in a group and all participants are distancing more than 6 feet apart, you may remove your masks during that time.  However, we will continue to refrain from congregational singing for the time being.  These are all small ways that we can continue to love our neighbor by making room for those who have not been or cannot (yet) be vaccinated.


Devotionals and Testimonies
We are taking a break from the Lamplighter for the coming months. In the meantime, please check out our BLOG, Realm or Facebook pages to stay in touch.  During this time, we are asking you to share your thoughts and inspiration. Please send your devotionals, stories, artwork and testimonies to Carla’s email address at carla@richmondcumc.com   Where are you in your journey with Jesus?


Volunteers Needed

Drug Free Wayne County’s Sr. High Youth Coalition, C2 is offering the 2021 Community Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, April 25th.  This event requires volunteer support and we are asking for community members who are interested to contact us to discuss the opportunity. Details to know- Volunteers signed up by 4/16; Time slots are between 1:30 and 4:00 pm for middle school ages & 4:30 and 7:00 pm for high school ages. Volunteers need to be signed up by 4/16. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tim Pierson, Youth Coordinator for Drug Free Wayne County at 765-277-4684 or by email at tpierson@bgcrichmond.org


Blood Drive at Central

The next blood at Central United Methodist has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As always, the need for blood donations is high. COVID-19 precautions will be in practice as they have been in the past. The bar has been set high as we have forty-six time slots to fill. To register, go to redcrossblood.org enter CUMCRICH in the box that says find a drive, select your time and put it on your calendar. Central has been recognized by the Red Cross as a strong supporter. Blood donations is a great way to continue our support.


Musical Reminders/Announcements:

Tuesdays at 10:00am: Experience a time of weekly worship and virtual fellowship from Madeleine’s home in Brookville, Ohio! We pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, and hear meditative piano music. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page.


Real Discipleship Survey

The Real Discipleship Survey supports the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It covers six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. Once you take the survey, you receive a great guide on next steps in your discipleship of Jesus. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license, which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at: richmondcumc.com/exploring/  Where are you in your journey with Jesus?


Virtual 5K

Run, walk, or crawl and record the results on Saturday, April 3rd. The fee is $25 per person. You can participate as a donation to missions fund or let Sheri know which student you are supporting. Register at TRIBEyouthIndiana@gmail.com. If you have  PayPal, you may pay using the above email address or if you prefer, send a check by March 31st to Central UMC-TRIBE, 1425 E. Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374 *Flyers will be available for youth to share on Social Media or to hand out*

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