May 22nd Updates

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RELIEF ROOM

This is a new Central United Methodist Church mission. The Relief Room, which is located in the area previously used by Boy Scout Troop 114, will be operated on a referral basis rather than being open to the public. The agencies we see working with us include Red Cross, Department of Child Services, Genesis, Refuge of Hope women’s shelter, Salvation Army, and perhaps more likely identified as we go along. It is likely members of the church may come forward identifying someone in need.

Ways members of Central may become involved in or give support to this mission include financial support, donations and help with the operation of the mission.

Those wishing to contribute financially can submit a check made out to Central United Methodist Church with Community Emergency Relief Room in the memo line. Contributions can also be made on-line. Needed material donations are listed below. If possible, donations should be left outside the Relief Room door. If assistance is needed for larger donations, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or papamole@comcast.net.  Volunteers will be needed to look through donated items, sort and then properly place items in the room.

Material Donations should not need repair. Clean clothes that are grown out, not worn out are appreciated. Things you would need to replace if suddenly you did not have them.

Clothing: All sizes of gently worn clothing, shoes, and accessories for ladies, men, children and babies. (We currently have a good supply of small to medium sized women’s clothing). Please make sure all items have been recently washed/dry cleaned. Plastic hangers are needed as well.

Household: Mildly used bedding, blankets, drapes, curtains, rugs, kitchen towels, bath towels and washcloths and pillows. Pots, pans, cups, glasses, dish ware, silverware, cutlery, small (working) household appliances and tools.

Toys and Sports Equipment: Clean, lightly used toys and children’s items like stuffed animals, dolls/action figures, board games (complete), and sports equipment.

Electronic Games/Devices: Working stereos, radios, DVD players, and small (easily liftable) working TVs.

Small Furnishings/Appliances: Easy-to-lift and transport nightstands, headboards, chairs, lamps, small tables, and other light home items.

Urgent Need Items: Diapers (various sizes), baby wipes, bottles, swings/baby seats, strollers, sleep sacks, personal hygiene items, new under clothing of all sizes/socks for children, clothing for infants and school aged children, small blankets, phone chargers, school supplies/backpacks, crayons, coloring books and activity books.

Please, no large furniture and appliances (but let us know if available), infant/child car seats, cribs, mattresses, box springs, perishables, or anything with an expiration date.

Pentecost Preparation
we are inviting everyone to color and cut out this flame. You can take a selfie with it and post on our Facebook page or send it to us at central@richmondcumc.com or make a video greeting for us to share on Pentecost! And of course, we hope everyone will wear red that Sunday to celebrate the birthday of our church!
 

 

May 31st Worship Service Registration

We are excited for our returning to a limited, in-person worship service on May 31st at 10:00am. So far, there has not been a significant outbreak as states have re-opened (praise God!). However, we will not be offering an overflow room, nor will we be starting Sunday School back up. We will also not be offering our Nursery at this time. Further, to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines and a 100 person limit (OnRealm will list a different number of people. Please disregard this number), we are asking people to reserve a spot for the 10:00am worship service through OnRealm or the Connect App. If you have not yet logged-in to OnRealm to update your information, profile picture, and email preferences, please visit our Realm resource page for more information.  For those who are not on OnRealm please contact the church office at 765-962-8345 to reserve your spot.

Here are guides on how to register for the May 31st Worship Service
Online from Computer

From your Mobile Phone
We will be asking all people who come to wear a mask.  If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.  As we are working out how best to reopen our whole building responsibly, we see this as a way to love our neighbor, our fellow church goer, by creating an environment where anyone could enter.  If you are uncomfortable with this, we understand.  We look forward to celebrating in person with you when we can all gather again without masks (please contact Pastor Joseph with any such concerns). 
We also encourage anyone who is at-risk or is the least bit uncomfortable with larger gatherings to please stay home.  These first few weeks back are to work out the logistics of in-person worship so more may come soon.  We will still be offering our online services indefinitely. Pentecost will surely be a celebration as we begin our course of gathering as a church again.  Our laments will continue until we can ALL freely gather again.

 

 

Keep it Up! For the Faithful Ministry Leaders of Children, Youth, and Families

You have shown so much care and concern for kids, youth, and families in your church and community during this time.  You have spent hours on Zoom, mailed cards, made phone calls, and even stopped by houses.  You have adapted to a thumbs up online instead of hugs and high fives in person.  You have listened.  You have prayed.  You have become the tech guru of your church.  You walked through this time with uncertainty while leading and loving others.

Now you are facing a different season.  One of many questions about when and how to open your church doors and ministries back up.  You have already had tough conversations about how to do or not to do VBS, mission projects, and celebrations.  You have been asked the difficult questions about reentry.  You have engaged in online meetings about next steps.

You now have some decisions to make.  How do you make them when there are so many opinions, concerns, and pressures to consider?  To continue reading go here

 

UMW Antiques

Greetings from Creative Hands. We know that we’ve all been at home sheltering in place and have had time to organize and reorganize and have found antiques and collectibles that you think others would appreciate owning. We will be glad to take your donations of antiques and collectibles for our next Pop-Up for new owners to enjoy while helping UMW support their local charities. When it is safe, bring items to the church office for UMW. Please mark your donations “For UMW Pop-Up.” Thank you and we are wishing you well.

 

 

 


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May 15th Updates

Dear Central Family,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and in the name of Jesus, our Lord.  Never before has our whole community seen such rapid and wide-spread changes in nearly every area of our lives.  Never before have we had such a need as a church to lean into our rock, our unchanging God.  Though trials may arise, nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8).  

Navigating this fluid and contextual situation as a church has meant being aware the road ahead could change.  On May 1, we sent out this email  putting forth our hoped for path given what we knew.  We were aware our ‘headlights’ could reveal a constantly shifting course as we discern the path God has set before us to best make disciples of Jesus in a responsible way for this time.   Please read on for our ‘road map’ adjustments and general announcements for this week. We are in this together even if we must remain physically distant for a few more weeks.

 

Re-opening and Reservations for services until June 14th

We are still hoping to have our 1st in-person worship service on May 31st.  So far, there has not been a new outbreak as states have re-opened (praise God!).  However, we will not be offering an overflow room, nor will we be starting Sunday School back up. Further, to ensure compliance with the 100 person limit, we are asking people to reserve a spot at the 10:00am worship service through OnRealm beginning next Wednesday the 20th. Please be on the look-out for an email with instructions on how to reserve your spot.  If you have not yet logged-in to OnRealm to update your information, profile picture, and email preferences, please visit our Realm resource page for more information.  For those who are not on OnRealm please contact the church office at 765-962-8345 to reserve your spot.

We will be asking all people who come to wear a mask.  If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.  As we are working out how best to reopen our whole building responsibly, we see this as a way to love our neighbor – fellow church goer – by creating an environment where anyone could enter.  If you are uncomfortable with this, we understand and look forward to celebrating in person with you when we can all gather again without masks (please contact Pastor Joseph with any such concerns).  We also encourage anyone who is at-risk or is the least bit uncomfortable with larger gatherings to please stay home.  These first few weeks back are to work out the logistics of in-person worship so more may come soon.  We will still be offering our online services indefinitely. Pentecost will surely be a celebration as we begin our course of gathering as a church again.  Our laments will continue until we can ALL freely gather again.

 

Global 6k Saturday, May 16, 2020
Location: Wherever you are!

We wanted to give people an opportunity to look beyond this moment and beyond this place.  We have a crushing reality here at home which our community has been wonderful about addressing together.  Still, anytime we can turn on the faucet and there is water which can pour out for more than the needed 20 seconds to keep our hands cleaner.  We at Central want to live in a world where all can have access to that reality. 

You do not have to sign-up to run or walk, though you are welcome to share our enthusiasm and join our team.  We look forward to seeing pictures of you at Glen Miller, Hayes, Cope, or on the streets of Richmond.  You do not have to give, though if you are able, please join us in ending hunger and water insecurity around the globe.  We do ask that you pray.  Those already dealing with such insecurities will be feeling the impacts of this moment in ways far different than ourselves.

 

Pray at 7pm

Join with us as we pray and trust in God to provide in this time of great need. take a minute at 7:00pm (19:00 for Covid-19) each night to join the world in prayer for our response to Covid-19. Let us pray for those suffering, those without access to medical care, those who have lost their jobs, those who don’t know how to find resources, the heroes in the medical field, those serving in essential services, families spending more time together than ever before, families divided by quarantine, those feeling alone, those not regarding guidelines, those risking all to serve the least of these, and those on your heart each day. We are together in this fight.

 

Meeting with Central Medical Professionals coming soon!

A time to ask questions of and hear from those we know about the current state of our community’s fight against the Coronavirus while also offering encouragement and prayer for our members in the medical professions. Join us Monday, May 18th at 7:00pm on Zoom!

Join Zoom Meeting​

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87037531807

​Meeting ID: 870 3753 1807​

​Dial by your location​: +1 312 626 6799

 

UMW Antiques

Greetings from Creative Hands. We know that we’ve all been at home sheltering in place and have had time to organize and reorganize and have found antiques and collectibles that you think others would appreciate owning. We will be glad to take your donations of antiques and collectibles for our next Pop-Up for new owners to enjoy while helping UMW support their local charities. When it is safe, bring items to the church office for UMW. Please mark your donations “For UMW Pop-Up.” Thank you and we are wishing you well.

 

The seasons are changing (hello Sun!), yet our God’s steadfast love to you and through you to this community has not.  As we journey together let us always look to the One who guides us, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11

Yours in Christ, Central UMC Staff


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May 8th Central Update

‘So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’  Friends of faith, let us continue in these times with unwavering hope.  And let all who look our way see Christ’s love in all we do.

GLOBAL 6K

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2020
TIME: TBD
LOCATION: Wherever you are!

We wanted to give people an opportunity to look beyond this moment and beyond this place.  We have a crushing reality here at home which our community has been wonderful about addressing together.  Still, anytime we can turn on the faucet and there is water which can pour out for more than the needed 20 seconds to keep our hands cleaner.  We at Central want to live in a world where all can have access to that reality. 

You do not have to sign-up to run or walk, though you are welcome to share our enthusiasm and join our team.  We look forward to seeing pictures of you at Glen Miller, Hayes, Cope, or on the streets of Richmond.  You do not have to give, though if you are able, please join us in ending hunger and water insecurity around the globe.  We do ask that you pray.  Those already dealing with such insecurities will be feeling the impacts of this moment in ways far different than ourselves. HERE IS OUR PAGE

 

Opening Central

Our Bishop and our Governor continue to update us with guidelines.  We will adjust as they share more.  We acknowledge those who are at a greater health risk will stay home and encourage those who continue to do so.  Please continue to reach out to one another and your amazing church staff for ways we can come alongside you. For all below, additional measures of sanitation and social distancing will be implemented. Hopefully, we can begin walking this road wisely…

  • Starting May 4th, we invited those who are able and willing to begin gathering in homes and at public locations in small groups.  This could be getting together to serve, bible studies, Sunday morning watch parties in homes, dinner church, or just enjoying one another’s company.  Again, please do so mindful of best practices and only assume the risk as you are ready to do so. Zoom options will continue.
  • We will resume in person worship at Pentecost, May 31st.  The sanctuary will be limited to 100 people.  Live streaming will continue as a permanent service to those social distancing, sick, away from home, or just not able/ready to come. Those who come after the other spaces fill will be asked to view it remotely in the fellowship hall (limit 1 family per table – 50 people total. 
  • All summer camps have been postponed until July.  Check with Central staff for further information.
We are still open 9-1 Monday-Friday for your various needs.  If everything continues as expected, we will send another update to our road ahead the last week of May.  Keep on checking our Facebook page and website for updates.  God is good.  Keep on calling one another and serving where called.  Be the body of Christ wherever you find yourself.
 

 

Praying at 7pm

Join with us as we pray and trust in God to provide in this time of great need. take a minute at 7:00pm (19:00 for Covid-19) each night to join the world in prayer for our response to Covid-19. Let us pray for those suffering, those without access to medical care, those who have lost their jobs, those who don’t know how to find resources, the heroes in the medical field, those serving in essential services, families spending more time together than ever before, families divided by quarantine, those feeling alone, those not regarding guidelines, those risking all to serve the least of these, and those on your heart each day. We are together in this fight.
 
 
Face Masks
Here are some resources if you would like to make some face masks to either use for your family or donate to an organization of your choice.

Fu Face Mask Pattern

Joann Fabrics Pattern

 

Let us rest our anxieties at the feet of our God, work at what we are called, love our neighbor well, and enjoy this life as we find it – not as we think it ought to be.

 

Shalom,

Central Staff


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Central’s Future

Greetings in the name of Christ! 

I am so grateful we share the journey ahead together as the people of Central UMC here in Richmond.  Thank you all for your prayers and efforts in this time.  This letter is a travel guide for how we go forward together as we again begin to gather in the coming weeks.

The road ahead has not yet fully revealed itself, yet I have no fear for I know where we have been together.  My family came here a mere 10 months ago and has so appreciated the welcome and work accomplished on our journeyed so far.  Just a few months ago I was eager to walk through our first Holy Week together.  That newness seems decades ago.  The blunt reality of the spread of the coronavirus has changed so much.  There will be more pain ahead.  Still, just as the headlights reveal the next part of the visible road and move with every turn, so also this guide will illuminate the path we hope to follow and shift with every change.

We know the timeless words of Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It is a word of scripture I still pray over Central.  But did you know this verse is part of a larger vision letter to the Jewish people?  It was sent to them in exile, far from their promised land.  It begins by saying they will not return for 70 years, but pivots to hope as God invites them to return to the activities of life to be blessed and be a blessing to others.  This verse encompasses those plans.

The letter goes on to say as the people of God turn in prayer and seek Him, they will find God in new ways.  It is my prayer we at Central continue to be a people who seek Him.  I believe as we are faithful, we will find Him.  We the church are the called-out people of God.  We will again gather, but we know there is a lot we do not know. We may not know, but we have faith.  We can dream about where we will be based on where we have been. So let’s raise our eyes and look to what the light illuminates.

Our Bishop and our Governor continue to update us with guidelines.  We will adjust as they share more.  We acknowledge those who are at a greater health risk will stay home and encourage those who continue to do so.  Please continue to reach out to one another and your amazing church staff for ways we can come alongside you. For all below, additional measures of sanitization and social distancing will be implemented. Hopefully, we can begin walking this road wisely…

  • Starting next week, we will be reopening our childcare to come alongside the businesses which will be reopening.  Additional precautions have been added to protect families and workers. 
  • Starting May 4th, we invite those who are able and willing to begin gathering in homes and at public locations in small groups.  This could be getting together to serve, bible studies, Sunday morning watch parties in homes, dinner church, or just enjoying one another’s company.  Again, please do so mindful of best practices and only assume the risk as you are ready to do so. Zoom options will continue.
  • We will resume in person worship at Pentecost, May 31.  The sanctuary will be limited to 100 people.  Livestreaming will continue as a permanent service to those social distancing, sick, away from home, or just not able/ready to come. Those who come after the other spaces fill will be asked to view it remotely in the fellowship hall (limit 1 family per table – 50 people total. 
  • Sunday school will start again on the 31st and rooms will be limited to 10 people. 
  • All summer camps have been postponed until July.  Check with Central staff for further information.
     

We are still open 9-1 Monday-Friday for your various needs.  If everything continues as expected, we will send another update to our road ahead the last week of May.  Keep on checking our Facebook page and website for updates.  God is good.  Keep on calling one another and serving where called.  Be the body of Christ wherever you find yourself.  

We are in this together.  Together, we will go far down this road.  We may have to wait for a season longer than we would like, but let’s remember the words of another Hebrew prophet, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Joseph


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April 24th Announcements

Greetings in the name of Christ. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus!

The days ahead are still not clear, but we do know we serve a mighty God, our strong tower, refuge and strength.  It is a privilege to serve alongside all of you.  As the future continues to become the present, we wanted to share a few updates and announcements for the coming week.

 

Passing Along a Legacy

For most of our lives the death rate has hovered just around 100%.  As much as we want to believe the cultural trends and myths, our bodies will fail us.  As an Easter people we know we need not fear this death for we have the key to eternal life in knowing Jesus.  We can bravely face what is to come, and benefit our families in the process.  Join us Sunday Morning at 11:15 for a ZOOM conversation on estate planning, wills, and advanced directives.  Doug Oler, a Central member and lawyer who has several decades of experience in facilitating these actions, will lead our time together.  This conversation is made possible by the Endowment Committee of Central UMC.  Let us together continue working to build for the generations to come.

Topic: Passing Along a Legacy – Estates, Wills, and Advanced Directives​

Time: Apr 26, 2020 11:15 AM Eastern Time 

​Join Zoom Meeting​: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89619042761

​Meeting ID: 896 1904 2761​

or Dial-in to join: +1 253 215 8782 US​

 

Emergency Resource Room at Central

Emergency – a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. In many cases, people cannot anticipate and/or prepare to face an emergency situation. Often, it is necessary to rely on others to get through these difficult situations. What do these look like? Perhaps it is a fire that occurs and destroys many, if not all, of your earthly possessions. It may also present itself as a woman, and her children, who suddenly need to flee an abusive situation with nothing but the clothes on their backs. It may be a family who has opened their home to take in a child through an emergency placement and is challenged to meet the needs of that child. Or perhaps it is a homeless person trying to get back on their feet. It is likely there are additional examples. In response to addressing these needs, Central United Methodist Church is opening an emergency resource room. Assistance will be provided on a referral/request basis rather than an open-to-community arrangement. Items available through the resource room will include clothing for women, men, and children; small kitchen appliances and utensils; household management items; small furniture items; supplies for babies and children; and more. How can you help? Donations to establish and maintain the resource room are needed. Anything that meets the needs listed above are being gathered. Items that are clean and in working order. Things that you no longer need, but could be used by others. For more information, to assist with resource room, or to arrange a donation, feel free to contact Dana Mollenkopf at (765-277-0287 or at papamole@comcast.net).

 

Upper room

The May/June upper rooms are available. If you would like one, please contact the office during our modified business hours of 9am – 1pm and we would be happy to mail one to you or you can drive by the church and we will bring one out to you. You may also download it and read it for free HERE

 

Realm

If you have not join our online community through onrealm.com or the realm connect app, please take a look at our Realm resource page on our website to get set up HERE! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the church office at 765-962-8543.

 

Pastor Office Hours

We have designated a time for one-on-one conversations with a Pastor on Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm on Zoom. This is a private time for you to discuss any prayer requests or concerns. If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/986183597…

Zoom Meeting ID: 986 183 597
Password: 4082020

Mobile Call-in: 1-929-205-6099

 

Scripture Reading Info

If you are following along with us as we read the bible in a year, we are on week 16 as of today, Friday April 24th. We are reading Isaiah 28-30 and Psalm 115. If you do not have the readings, you can download the ReadScripture app or check out the readings here.

 

Together, though physically apart, we will continue to shine brightly the love of our God until all of Richmond and beyond are awash in redemptions glow.  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Yours in Christ,

Central UMC Staff


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Central Announcements

The staff of Central UMC, servants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Richmond, together with council members, neighbors, and guests; Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

We thank our God every time we remember you. We pray you receive this email update secure in your faith and hopeful for what God will yet reveal. We lift up everyone in our church, our community, and our world that the good work begun by Christ will be made manifest in these days.

Face Mask Pattern Resources
       
Above masks made by Nancy Wilson
Here are some resources if you would like to make some face masks to either use for your family or donate to an organization of your choice.

Fu Face Mask Pattern

Joann Fabrics Pattern

 

Ad Council Letter

In the beginning of this week, we sent out a letter from our Ad Council. If you did not receive it or would like a digital copy. Please view it here.

 

Ad Council Zoom Meeting

Linger after Sunday’s service online and join Ad Council this Sunday, April 19th, at 11:30am on Zoom for questions, conversation, and time together.

Zoom Meeting​: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88461001238

​Meeting ID: 884 6100 1238​

Mobile​: 1-312-626-6799

 

Realm Access and Resources

Being the church doesn’t just happen at the church. Realm helps us serve you better and leads this church well between Sundays. Everyone can be connected from anywhere at any time, from home or from our mobile devices. It engages everyone in the life of our church by supporting the healthy relationships essential to our church’s mission. View our Realm resource page to learn how to set-up and navigate your account.

 

Pastor Office Hours

We have designated a time for one-on-one conversations with a Pastor on Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm on Zoom. This is a private time for you to discuss any prayer requests or concerns. If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/986183597…

Zoom Meeting ID: 986 183 597
Password: 4082020

Mobile Call-in: 1-929-205-6099
 

Scripture Reading Info

If you are following along with us as we read the bible in a year, we are on week 16 as of today, Friday April 16th. We are reading 2nd Kings 23-25 and Psalm 108. If you do not have the readings, you can download the ReadScripture app or check out the readings here.
 
Whether you read or not you can join us in our conversation on Mondays at 1:30 on Zoom.

 

Meeting ID: 373 698 775

Call-in – 1-253-215-8782

 

The days may seem dark, but our God continues to send His people to be light. Go forth and be that light for He is Risen! Greet one another as you are able. Greet your neighbors in the love of Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 


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Holy Week & Announcements

Community Response Drop-off

A local ministry we support, Mosaic Church, is looking for kid’s care packages to hand out along with their free meal on Sundays. There have been several families with children picking up meals and are looking for other items for this unexpected ‘homeschool’ season. They are looking for approximately 50 bags. If you are interested, please make sure ALL items fit within a gallon zip lock bag and are SHELF STABLE. Toys, games, puzzles, etc. can be gently used – please clean and disinfect.

Suggested Items:

Crackers

Cookies

Small Games

Puzzles (with all the pieces)

Toys

Crayons

Socks

Books

Whatever your kid would want!

Please drop these off at Central UMC on the morning of Thursday April 9th, 2020. We will update after Easter about any continued need.

 

Holy Week Resources

For Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Resources, check out our Growing resource page. https://www.richmondcumc.com/growing/. You may also check out our latest lamplighter for a daily devotional https://www.richmondcumc.com/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/April-Web.pdf
 

Good Friday Service on Zoom at 6:15pm

Gathering begins at 6:15. If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543
Join Zoom Meeting​: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/867161010
Meeting ID: 867 161 010​
Dial-in #:   301-715-8592 

 

Joy and Blessings

What has brought you joy during this pandemic? What are you grateful for? How have you been blessed? Pastor Jen would like to know! Please email Pastor Jen at jennifer@richmondcumc.com, She will be using our responses for a project when we are all able to gather together in person in the future.

 

Children’s Moments:

Do you have a message for the children? As we work with different technologies, we would like to include you in worship in the future! Pastor Jen is accepting videos of you doing a children’s moment. You can email them to her at jennifer@richmondcumc.com. She can also receive them via text. Contact her for more info.


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Announcements and Resources

Community Response Opportunity

A local ministry we support, Mosaic Church, is looking for kid’s care packages to hand out along with their free meal on Sundays. There have been several families with children picking up meals and are looking for other items for this unexpected ‘homeschool’ season. They are looking for approximately 50 bags. If you are interested, please make sure ALL items fit within a gallon zip lock bag and are SHELF STABLE. Toys, games, puzzles, etc. can be gently used – please clean and disinfect.

Suggested Items:

Crackers

Cookies

Small Games

Puzzles (with all the pieces)

Toys

Crayons

Socks

Books

Whatever your kid would want!

Please drop these off at Central UMC on the morning of Thursday April 9th, 2020.  We will update after Easter about any continued need.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

All 49 of the time slots for our April 14th blood drive have been filled!  If you have not registered but would like to still give blood and are willing to be put on a standby list in case of cancellations, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287.

Volunteers are still needed for this day. Those who are interested and willing to help may contact Dana Mollenkopf to talk about specific time frames but volunteers are needed between 9:45am – 3:30pm. All volunteers will have their temperature taken upon arrival (as will donors) and they will be issued a mask to wear while they are on site.

If you have further questions or need additional information, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287.
 

AGAPE Sunday School Class

On Easter Sunday, April 12th at 2:00pm, the AGAPE Sunday School Class will be watching and discussing: One-Hit Wonders: Triumphal Entry; The Lord Needs It

The Eyewitness Bible Series’ One-Hit Wonders Series are narrative accounts by Bible personalities who are only mentioned one time.

These characters are often not named, such as the owner of the donkey that Jesus rode for his Triumphal Entry. The story liens are imaginative about the character in order to emphasize the importance of an event or teaching. I hope you will join us for this Easter story from a different perspective.

What you need:

1) Google Chrome Web Browser

                   OR

2) Google Hangouts app on your phone or tablet

Please email your email address to Jim Puckett at jpuckie@yahoo.com

About 1:30pm on April 12th, Jim will email everyone a link to “Google Hangouts.” Checking your email with CHROME, Click the link, click “Join Hangouts” (You do NOT need a gmail account, just use Google Chrome as you web browser, instead of Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc) Please let Jim know if you have any questions, or would like to test “Hangouts” prior to Easter Sunday.
 
Online Gathering Opportunities

Did you miss one of our Facebook Lives? Don’t worry, all lives are saved, through Jesus, AND Technology!! Look for all our past videos under the video tab on our facebook page facebook.com/richmondcumc!

If you want to catch us live, here is our current schedule:
Sundays – 10:00am Worship Service
Sundays – 5:00pm Youth Group on Zoom

Mondays – 1:30pm Bible Connection on Zoom

Tuesdays – 10:00am Musical Worship

Wednesday – 12:00pm Midweek Connection

Thursday – 2:00pm Musical Worship
Thursday – 8:00pm Thoughtful Thursday
 
 
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Central Updates and Announcements

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~ Romans 15:13

Red Cross Blood Drive

Central will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, April 14th between 10am – 3pm. To sign-up go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and type 47374 in the red “find a blood drive” box in the top right. From there you can select your time or another date and location if the 14th is not convenient for you. For any questions, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287.

 

Food Pantry Re-opening

Prayers have been answered for many as the Community Food Pantry voted to re-open under new guidelines on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-3.  Our Central representative, Dave Shaw, has been spearheading this effort and is busy preparing for the reopening April 1st.  Please keep him, the volunteers, and those needing food in these hard times in your prayers.  If you feel called to serve in the coming weeks, please email Dave (dshaw21900@aol.com)

 

Easter Lilies

While we may not be able to meet in person for Easter Sunday, we want to keep with the tradition of celebrating with Easter Lilies but with a twist! All members who would like to order Easter Lilies, are asked to call Jack Daggy Flowers at 765-962-5596. Make sure to let them know you are a member of Central United Methodist Church. You may choose to have the lilies sent to your home or have them sent to friends, family, or anyone that could use a little bit of extra love during this time. All that they ask is that wherever they are sent, is within Richmond city limits.

Jack Daggy Flowers will keep track of all orders and will bill Central after deliveries have been made. To pay for your order, please send a check to Central, or drop it off in the office during our modified office hours of 9am – 1pm. The cost per lily is $13.50.

The deadline to place an order through Jack Daggy Flowers is April 6th. Orders will be delivered April 8th and 9th. If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543.

 

Live Online Gathering Opportunities

 Sunday

10:00am – Worship Service on Facebook

5:00pm – Youth Group with Sheri on Zoom

            (Contact Sheri at sheri@richmondcumc.com for Zoom invite)

Monday

1:30pm – Bible Connection with Pastor Joseph on Zoom

            (Zoom invite will be posted on Facebook 20 minutes before meeting time)

Tuesday

10:00am – Musical Worship with Madeleine on Facebook

Wednesday

12:00pm – Mid-week Connection with Staff on Facebook

Thursday

2:00pm – Musical Worship with Madeleine on Facebook

8:00pm – Thoughtful Thursday with Pastor Jen on Facebook

 

Helpful Links

Central United Methodist Church Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/richmondcumc/

 

Central United Methodist Church Blog

https://www.richmondcumc.com/blog/

 

Onrealm.org and Realm Connect App

If you have not signed up for our online directory, please contact the office at 765-962-8543 or check out our Realm access blog here: https://www.richmondcumc.com/realm-access/

 

Central United Methodist Church Website

https://www.richmondcumc.com/

 

Central United Methodist Church Online Giving

https://onrealm.org/richmondcumc/-/give/now

or text CUMC1425 to 73256 to give to the general budget!

 

Center of Disease Control (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/


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Central Updates

Dear friends,

Greetings in Christ’s name!  I pray you and yours are participating in the grace and peace of our God.  I give thanks for our Lord’s provision and steady presence as the world we have known changes before our eyes.  We are hemmed in, but our light still shines brightly.  I have been blessed to hear of stories of Central members reaching out to neighbors, seeking out ways to serve those on the margins, and rekindling old relationships.  I have been humbled at how our staff has stepped up again and again to take on the ever arising challenges of ministry under social distancing guidelines.  I am hopeful for the good news of Jesus and His love to spread through Central’s love in the coming weeks.

With these constant changes continuing to pile up, we wanted to update you on the happenings here at Central:

With the new restrictions imposed by the state, we have clarified we are an essential entity and will be at the building for emergencies as they arise.  We are encouraging people to call into the office from 9-1 or email us for communication.  We will continue in serving from 1425 Main, in our homes, and in the community.

  • To this end, if you are feeling called to assume the risk and serve in these times, we are asking for servants to staff the Food Pantry.  We have been able to be a part of opening back up this vital resource to our neighbors. This will involve either isolated shifts inside the building of 3-4 people to sort and bag groceries or curbside service.  Please call Dave Shaw (765) 966-2770) to sign-up.
  • We have many ways to gather online via Facebook, Google Hangouts, and Zoom.  Several small groups are continuing to meet.  If you are interested in hosting or joining a study or small group, please contact the office.  Here are Central’s regular online gatherings in the coming weeks.  
    • Sunday – Worship – 10am, TRIBE with Sheri on Zoom @ 5
    • Monday – Bible in One Year study with Pastor Joseph on Zoom@ 1:30
    • Tuesday – Morning Worship with Madeleine @ 10am
    • Wednesday – Midweek Connection with Staff @ Noon
    • Thursday – Afternoon Worship with Madeleine @ 2 pm, Thoughtful Thursdays @ 8pm with Pastor Jen and guest

Please continue to lift one another up in prayer.  I am asking we all take a minute at 7:00pm (19:00 for Covid-19) each night to join the world in prayer for our response to Covid-19.  Let us pray for those suffering, those without access to medical care, those who have lost their jobs, those who don’t know how to find resources, the heroes in the medical field, those serving in essential services, families spending more time together than ever before, families divided by quarantine, those feeling alone, those not regarding guidelines, those risking all to serve the least of these, and those on your heart each day.  We are together in this fight.

 

May you find God’s love in every breath today.

 

Shalom,

Pastor Joseph


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