July 2nd Updates

Central Closed

In Observance of Independence Day, Central UMC will be closed Friday, July 3rd. We will re-open for worship Sunday, July 6th at 10am.
 
Drive Thru Communion
Join us Sunday, July 5th after worship service for our drive thru communion in our parking lot Or join us Monday from 9am – 10am.

 

 

Prayer Walk on July 6th at 12pm

Prayer connects us daily to a loving God moving in our midst. In his 3 rules for Methodists, John Wesley calls us to both private and public prayer. On the first Monday of every month at noon, we will have a prayer walk through our neighborhood. We will divide into small groups at the entrance of the church and proceed in different directions. Along the way, we will pause to pick up trash and renew our streets and sidewalks. Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions. For those who cannot participate in this way, contact pastor Jen for alternative options. 
 
 

July Sermon Series

Building off of Acts 2:42-47 and Pastor Jen’s sermon on 6/21, join us Sunday mornings as we continue to work out how a Spirit filled community comes together for God’s shalom.

July 5 – The Gifted Spirit Community

July 12 – The Embodied Spirit Community

July 19 – The Fruit of the Spirit Community

July 26 – The Holy Spirit Community in Action

 

Revelation study

Join Christians Under Construction as they journey through the book of Revelation.  Beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures of John, the group will discuss the various texts and wonder about the mystery of the coming New Jerusalem.  Facilitated by Sara Brann.  Sundays at 9am.


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June 26th Updates

Prayer Walk on July 6th at 12pm
Prayer connects us daily to a loving God moving in our midst. In his 3 rules for Methodists, John Wesley calls us to both private and public prayer. On the first Monday of every month at noon, we will have a prayer walk through our neighborhood. We will divide into small groups at the entrance of the church and proceed in different directions. Along the way, we will pause to pick up trash and renew our streets and sidewalks. Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions. For those who cannot participate in this way, contact pastor Jen for alternative options.

 

Habitat for Humanity Garden

We would like 12 people to help this Saturday, June 26th. The youth and adults will join together to till and plant a community garden with Habitat for Humanity. We plan to meet at 9am and LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. The more help we have, the bigger the garden can be, and the more food it can provide for the community. We will not be caring for the garden or distributing the food. Feel free to bring your rototiller and any tools and gloves you are comfortable using. If you have a garden hoe, please bring it with you. The garden is located at S 11th Street, the second lot north of F Street on the East side of the street.

 

July Sermon Series

Building off of Acts 2:42-47 and Pastor Jen’s sermon on 6/21, join us Sunday mornings as we continue to work out how a Spirit filled community comes together for God’s shalom.

June 28 – A Spirit Filled Life

July 5 – The Gifted Spirit Community

July 12 – The Embodied Spirit Community

July 19 – The Fruit of the Spirit Community

July 26 – The Holy Spirit Community in Action

 

Revelation study

Join Christians Under Construction as they journey through the book of Revelation.  Beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures of John, the group will discuss the various texts and wonder about the mystery of the coming New Jerusalem.  Facilitated by Sara Brann.  Sundays at 9am.

 


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June 19th Updates

Friends,

There is so much going on in the world, we wanted to keep you abreast of a few of the happening here at Central.  Remember, no matter the storm which rises, our God is with us.  Let us take each moment in that redeeming light.  Let us love each person with that redeeming love. 

But you, children of God, flee from the sins which entangle, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith! Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses and lived out in your time here at Central.  In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame throughout this pandemic until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
 
 

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RELIEF ROOM Update

The Relief Room continues to take shape.  A special thanks to those who have made financial contributions and donations of items to be distributed to those facing emergency situations.  For now, we have plenty of women’s clothing and stuffed animals.  There is still a need for men’s and school aged children’s clothing, shoes, bedding, and essential household and kitchen items. If you would like to check out the room and see Dana Mollenkopf in church, let him know. He would be happy to take you down and show you around.

 

Together we Learn: “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racismby Jemar Tisby

Join us online on Mondays at 7pm or in person Tuesdays at 1pm for the next 6 weeks. “Filled with powerful stories and examples of American Christianity’s racial past, Tisby’s historical narrative highlights the obvious ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the complicit silence of racial moderates. The Color of Compromise Study Guide, used together with The Color of Compromise Video Study, unpacks the content of the video study for an in-depth diagnosis of a racially divided American church, suggesting ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people” (Amazon). You can get a book from the church office or purchase a digital version.

Mondays at 7pm

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Community Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Twice per week – 2 hours per day: A volunteer is needed to be present while the pantry is open. This person would help wherever needed. Re-fill shelves, accept food donations at the back door, help pass out food if church volunteers need extra help.

Once per week – 1 to 2 hours: Our truck goes to the Richmond Meijer to pick up their donations. When the truck drivers unload the food, we need a volunteer to help unload the truck, sort the food and add it to our shelves. The length of time varies by the amount of food.

Once per month – 2 to 3 hours: Once a month our truck goes to pick up food from Gleaners Food Bank. When the truck drivers unload the food, we need a volunteer to help unload the truck, sort the food and add it to our shelves. The length of time varies by the amount of food.

Once per week on your own schedule: We need a volunteer to recycle excess cardboard. Once a week load and haul the cardboard to the landfill for recycling. Volunteers will need a mini-van or pick-up. Length of time varies.

Please give thoughtful and prayerful consideration to volunteering and talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers about their volunteering to help. To volunteer or find out more details, call Phil Shirden:  765-994-9447
 
 
Community Garden
Saturday, June 27th, the youth and adults will join together to till and plant a community garden with Habitat for Humanity. We plan to meet at 9am and lunch will be provided. The more help we have, the bigger the garden can be, and the more food it can provide for the community. We will not be caring for the garden or distributing the food. Feel free to bring your rototiller and any tools and gloves you are comfortable using. Contact Pastor Jen for the meeting location.
 
 

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Written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, and produced in partnership with CWR, this resource helps you engage with Scripture to inspire prayer and shape your life.
Journey through the year with Pete Greig, Carla Harding, Phil Togwell, Jill Weber, Izwe Nkosi and international guest writers. Check out LECTIO here.

 

 

Central Preschool will have registration on Thursday, June 25th, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Central United Methodist Church. Preschool teacher Nicole Andreas and Coordinator Arden Davis will be outside helping families get their child registered for the 2020-2021 school year. We ask families to stay in their car and we will bring you a packet to fill out. No other documents are needed. If you have questions please call Arden Davis at (765)962-8543 or by email at cumcchildcare@richmondcumc.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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June 4th Updates

Dear Central Family

Our hearts break for the open grief our broader community bears for the numerous injustices still perpetrated today.  We can hear Habakkuk’s lament echo in the cry which rises from the grief:

 

How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? 

Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 

Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? 

Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 

Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. 

The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. 

 

May we all find ways to be present to the pain, listen to the longing, and respond with love.

Here are a few updates for the coming weeks. as we continue to navigate the changing phases of Indiana

  • June 7th Worship @ 10 – The service will again adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and face masks.  If you have not already done so, please register here if you will be attending.  We are still encouraging those who are at-risk to participate in the regular service from home via our livestream on Facebook.  We will be having drive-thru communion with outdoor hymn singing following worship on Sunday.  If you are unable to pick-up communion then, we will be having drive-up prayer and communion on Monday from 9 – 10:30.  If you cannot make either and would like communion delivered, please register at the bottom of the home page here.
  • June 14th Worship until July 5- We will be increasing seating capacity, but still blocking off half of every other row to ensure social distancing.  We will still be asking those who come to worship to wear a facemask in the building. Nursery care will be available on a case by case basis, please contact Pastor Jen if you are interested. Sunday School rooms will remain closed until July 5th.
  • The church is not innocent in the systemic racism which we continually find amongst us.  Let us be a people who has ears to hear. The study on The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby will begin soon in the evenings via Zoom.  Please contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) if you will be joining.
  • The Men’s prayer group has begun meeting Wednesdays at noon in the Veteran’s Park.  They are wearing masks and social distancing.  Please contact Bob Hall with more questions.
  • We are asking for devotionals and testimonies from the congregation to be shared in an upcoming lamplighter.  If you feel led to share, please submit yours by Monday, June 15th to Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.
  • We are continuing our Reading the Bible in One year.  This coming week we will be in the wisdom literature of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs.  Feel free to join today and download the Read Scripture app or pick up a copy of the readings in the office.

2020 has been a strange journey so far.  At times it feels as though the next news story, the next wave, will unmoor us and knock us adrift.  Let us remember where our hope rests in these times, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19).  Friends, together we will journey through this all.

 

Yours in Christ,

Central UMC Staff


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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!

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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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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 

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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

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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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