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! Since we won’t be able to enjoy them at Central, Jack Daggy Flowers has offered to deliver any Easter Lily order anywhere within Richmond and is waiving the delivery fee!

 

So how will this work? 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.

 

If you would still like to honor someone, whether they are celebrating at home or celebrating with Jesus on Easter Sunday, Please let us know and we will honor them on Easter Sunday.

 

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 March 27th. Orders will be delivered the week of April 6th. If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543.

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Realm Access

Through OnRealm.org or the Realm Connect app, every member will have access to their own information through our private domain. By the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18th, everyone will receive an invitation via e-mail to access their realm accounts. This launch is going to happen sooner than we would have originally liked but felt it was important for all of us to stay connected during this time. There might be a few bumps, but we are all learning new things together in this time. There will be aspects of the website and app that are not fully functional and will seem confusing. We understand that there will be questions. Please direct all of those questions to Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. While we will not be able to answer every question individually, we will communicate those answers via the Central Blog and Facebook. Below are instructions on how to set-up your account and how communication will work

 

When we send out your invitation to join, you will receive an email that asks you to join our online community. Click on the link next to “Create an account.” Here you will be asked to create a password. Once you have done that, you will want to check your email for a second email that asks you to verify your email address. Click the link next to “Verify your email.”

 

Once your account is set-up, you will be able to edit your contact information or manage your privacy settings. If you would like to change how much information other members can see, you may do so on your profile page. To access this, you will click the down arrow next to your name in the top right of the page.

 

The default setting of Realm is to notify you of new messages or content posted on Realm via email. If you would like to change these notification settings, click the down arrow next to your name on the top right of the page, and select notification settings.

 

On the website, you will see “Giving” on the left hand side. This is where you will be able to see your private giving statements and pledges. This information can only be accessed by the account holder and the finance team. I know many will be mailing their weekly giving/tithe to the church. However, if you would like to utilize Realm Giving, just click the “+Give” and follow the prompts.

 

Also on the left hand side, you will see “Directory.” This is where you will be able to see other members contact information. When you first get on and start exploring, you may notice that there are members missing or members with no information. This is only due to those members not signing up yet or deciding to not share their information.

 

If you would like to chat with someone through Realm, you may search their name in the top right corner or select “chat” under the Communication tab on the left hand side. You will only be able to chat with those who have accounts set-up.

 

Again, we understand that there will be questions about using the website and app. Please feel free to email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com with any questions and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner.

 

In the process of creating events and learning how the site works, we inadvertently created a second worship service. We will be removing it from the event page but want you to be aware that you may receive an email stating that worship service is cancelled. Please know that this is not the case and we will be having the planned online service on Facebook and our website as mentioned in Pastor Joseph’s email.


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Central Events Update

To keep in the practice of social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel at this time, all Central UMC events and gatherings have been cancelled until the end of March. This includes the “Meet the Ad Council” scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, and the UMW Meeting scheduled for April 9th. If you have any questions about your group meeting, please call the office at 765-962-8543. 
 
As mentioned in the last pastor’s update, this cancellation includes the physical gathering of worship service for the next 4 weeks. We will be utilizing Facebook live on Sunday at 10am to share in this time together. Make sure to like the Central United Methodist Church page to get notified when we go live and to stay up-to-date on all things Central. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office at 765-962-8543

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Update from the Pastor

Greetings in the name of Jesus.  I pray this email finds you well in the grace and peace of our God.  This is a longer email, so please read to the end. 
 
In these strange times, remember, God offers truth and love to the depths of our souls.  As all else that we know crumbles into the raging sea, let us not forget God’s love for us, for our neighbors, for our world.  A world for whom he gave His Son and showed us all true love bleeds.  In pursuing and receiving that love – in living that love – we are together at Central.  This is a bond which unites though we may be absent in body from one another for a season.  It is a love which allows us to bravely face the stark realities we find today.
 
Our world this morning was not the world we woke up to at the beginning of the month, nor even one week ago.  The rules by which society operates change by the hour.  It is scary, but we are in this together and will be together on the other side.  The latest we have heard here in Indiana is that we are not to gather in groups greater than 50.  Our first presumptive case just arrived at Reid this morning.  The restaurants are only offering drive-thru services.  Other social gatherings spaces have been shut down.  Our community members are losing their jobs.  Our neighbors may not be sure how they will get through this unknown reality.  What we are seeing is unprecedented in our lifetime and its effects will be far reaching for a long time.  I do not know what news may come next, but I do know one thing from my short time here in Richmond – a loving response will rise from the good people of Central UMC.  No matter what may follow your Godly love and wisdom will be expected and needed from a community in desperate need of it.
 
For now, I wanted to share the following measures being taken by Central UMC.  At this time our doors are still open for Childcare and day to day operations.  However, it is with a heavy heart, I must share we will be moving our ‘public’ worship to online spaces for at least the next 4 weeks.  Furthermore, we are asking all groups to consider alternative gathering arrangements for at least the next week as we monitor the ever changing reality we find ourselves within.  This is a great loss.  Your faces and laughs will be missed by many.  My heart hurts at the thought of our building not being full.  But we are not standing still.  We are praying and discerning how we can be Christ’s hands and body and feet in the midst of the storm.
 
On the other side of this, I am excited about what is coming.  We are organizing.  We are developing neighborhood communities. We will have a revamped Facebook Live service on Sunday morning at 10.  You will be able to message us both before and after the service while sharing thoughtful comments along the way to one another.  We are working with local agencies on how we as a people and our building could be leveraged to help those who are disproportionately affected by the closings.  We are developing a pick-up and delivery system for those who cannot go out. Right now you can coordinate with Linda Jennings to write or call those in forced isolation.  More to come soon (stay tuned) –  Facebook Live for various offerings throughout the week, small group studies and conversations via Google Hangout (Instructions here for group leaders – feel free to call Pastor Jen or Joseph for further steps), live worship concerts, and roll out of our online communication portal Realm Connect.
 
Yet we are in this moment.  God is still good.  Let me share again what I offered on Sunday.  We have experienced the overwhelming love of our savior.  We respond by following Jesus and sharing His love – with redeemed spirits and disciplined bodies.  We draw closer through the Spiritual Disciplines – prayer, fasting, reading Scripture, Christian conversation, solitude, worship, simplicity, etc.   Public worship is but one of these Spiritual Disciplines.  We have a time before us when we can build up our other disciplines.  We can lean into one another and our households as we walk through this together.  Here are a few resources (we will be sharing more in the coming days):
 
Right Now Media – Our church has a subscription to this discipleship service.  You can access Christian movies, children’s shows, Bible
Studies, and other studies to go over during this time with your household and others you are in connection with.  If you are not
already signed-up, please email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.
You Version Bible App – Several
The Bible Project – A great treasure of videos, blogs, and podcasts all about God’s word.  
Methodist Prayer – A daily arrangement of the prayer offices for those seeking disciplined practices at home.
 
Thank you again for your prayers – they are essential.  We will be sending another update soon.  Until then, know you are loved – by your God, by your Central staff, by me.  Know you all are being held before our Father in prayer by us.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Joseph

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