September 24th Updates

UMW Fall Pop-Up
Thank you for your support of the United Methodist Women’s Trunk Show Pop-Up. We kept busy, we had fun, we hope you enjoy your purchases. We look forward to gathering again. (The noodle elders may assemble soon, at a safe distance, with PPE.) Do you need pecans? More info later coming soon!
 
Worship Team
Will you prayerfully consider serving on the Worship Team? We have many dreams to grow our worship services in the coming years so that others will have space to connect to God. This might mean new services, different services, or television services. All of these need more servants in the audio video work to become a reality. Please prayerfully discern whether you have the time and heart to bring worship more fully to someone else. Do not worry about the skills. God equips the called more than God calls the equipped. And I know several people ready and willing to walk every step with you. If you feel this tug on your heart, please send me an email
joseph@richmondcumc.com.
 
Step Out Saturday – October 3rd
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the distributed time of the coronavirus, On October 3rd, we are hoping to do this well here at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship, a community luncheon, prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities. More information to come. Please be in prayer that we might glorify our Father and shine our lights well.
 
Lamplighter Devotionals and Testimonies
We are asking for devotionals and testimonies from the congregation to be shared in a future Lamplighter. If you feel led to share, please submit yours to Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.
 
UMW Unit Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 8th at 1:00pm, come join us in Fellowship Hall as Dr. Paul Rider speaks to us about COVID and the pandemic as it applies to Richmond. This should be a very interesting and informative program. ALL are invited. We will be socially distanced, and will all wear masks, as we fellowship and learn together.
 
Marriage Night – Registration Deadline October 1st!
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend. Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.
Tickets are available for $15 per person. visit the link below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC
https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507
Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.
 
Thank you!
The Methodist ladies that prepare sack lunches and dinners at Rock Solid thank Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw for their leadership and Aileen Githens for her generous donations.

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September 18th Updates

Our local charities need our help now more than ever
To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Even Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items. The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.
 
Community Emergency Relief Room
The Community Emergency Relief Room will be part of the UMC Pop-up scheduled for September 26. Representatives of the Relief Room will be on hand to share information about this new mission and will have items available for purchase to help support the mission. Included will be brand new LuLaRoe women’s clothing and leggings available at a great price. A large amount of Tupperware will also be available for purchase. So be sure to look for our display, get some items for yourself or for Christmas presents for others, and in doing so, contribute to the Relief Room ministry.
 
 
Getting Political – Shalom Sessions
With so much dividing us in our world today, the church can and should offer a third way of uniting us in following the way of Jesus. Following up on Pastor Joseph’s sermon on the church as a political (but not partisan) entity, we will be continuing the conversation. Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:05 in the Fellowship Hall for a brown bag lunch as we discuss and listen to the matters and efforts breaking and making the Shalom of our community. This week, the 15th, we will again be discussing the political nature of the church and take requests for future topics of conversation.
 
Worship Team
There is much you will find in this newsletter calling you to portions of what home means for us at Central. The devotionals which call us to walk deeper with God. The reports of the good works we are shining to Richmond and beyond. The invitations to serve in building a home for many to follow Jesus here at Central. Fall break sits like an oasis for this strange school year. The Living prayer studies continue to call us to one another and a deeper walk with God. We continue to serve many every week here through the ministry of our building. Soon we will offer our commitment cards for 2021 and the work God has for us all at Central. There is much going on with our Central home.
I will offer one such invitation for this intersection of wisdom and the 21st century. Will you prayerfully consider serving on the Worship Team? We have many dreams to grow our worship services in the coming years so that others will have space to connect to God. This might mean new services, different services, or television services. All of these need more servants in the audio video work to become a reality. Please prayerfully discern whether you have the time and heart to bring worship more fully to someone else. Do not worry about the skills. God equips the called more than he calls the equipped. And I know several people ready and willing to walk every step with you. If you feel this tug on your heart, please send me an email joseph@richmondcumc.com.
 
Marriage Night – REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1ST
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend. Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.
Tickets are available for $15 per person. visit the link below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC
https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507
Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.
 
Step Out Saturday – October 3rd 11:30am
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the pandemic. On October 3rd, we plan to do this at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship and a community luncheon beginning at 11:30am. Prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities will follow. Please be in prayer about the ways we can let our lights shine before others on this day and every day! Please wear a Central or red shirt.
 
Are you a Caregiver?
Are you caring for a loved one? Do you need a listening ear? Do you need suggestions of help? WE ARE HERE! RICHMOND AREA SUPPORT GROUP 1ST AND 3RD Wednesday each month 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. First English Lutheran Church (rear door) 2727 E. Main St. Richmond IN. WE CARE!

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September 11th Updates

Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are required. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.
 
Our local charities need our help now more than ever
To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Even Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items. The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.
 
Save the Date – October 3rd
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the distributed time of the coronavirus, On October 3rd, we are hoping to do this well here at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship, a community luncheon, prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities. More information to come. Please be in prayer that we might glorify our Father and shine our lights well.
 
Getting Political – Shalom Sessions
With so much dividing us in our world today, the church can and should offer a third way of uniting us in following the way of Jesus. Following up on Pastor Joseph’s sermon on the church as a political (but not partisan) entity, we will be continuing the conversation. Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:05 in the Fellowship Hall for a brown bag lunch as we discuss and listen to the matters and efforts breaking and making the Shalom of our community. This week, the 15th, we will again be discussing the political nature of the church and take requests for future topics of conversation.
 

Community Emergency Relief Room

The Community Emergency Relief Room continues to assist families who have faced emergencies, the latest of which occurred on September 1. To date, assistance has been provided to nine families involving 33 individuals, including 23 adults and 10 children. We continue to need bedding, essential kitchen items, shoes, men’s pants and school age clothing. Appreciation is given to those who continue to donate physical items as well as financial support. In response to how financial support can be provided, it can be done by submitting a check made out to Central United Methodist Church with Emergency Relief Room listed on the memo line. It is also possible to donate online through Realm. As always, anyone interested in seeing the Relief Room need only catch Dana Mollenkopf on Sundays and he will be happy to take you down.

 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.


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Opportunities are Everywhere

The view here at the beginning of September is not what I had in mind at the New Year.  A quick survey of the past half year, a look at our current news, and a glance at what people are talking about in the coming months – and it is easy to understand why many are stressed and despairing about 2020.  Uncertainty of what will be, fear about what is, and paralysis of analysis on what has been has led to inaction and anxiety.  Yet,  John Adams’ wisdom observation still shines through, “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”  The way it was is now problematic.  The way it will be has yet to be revealed.  We must have courage to the opportunities budding.  We are in the transition, but with our God at the helm, we know glory is not far away.  Take Paul’s words as further evidence:
 
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
 
Through the cross, we can find resurrection.
 
Our denominational founder also speaks to these moments.  John Wesley brought hope to the downtrodden masses with a long look at holiness of both heart and life, personal and social.  He knew we had to be accountable or else we would rationalize our every departure from the ‘methods’ of scriptural holiness and despair at society’s prospects..  One question he asked of regular class meetings cuts to the quick in times like these, “What is your doing?”  
 
This one hits close to home.  I am far more comfortable with ‘how are you doing?’  There I can keep it subjective and real – my feelings, my thoughts, what happened to me – the other calls me to account on my actions and my inactions.  ‘How’ allows for interesting stories and good reflection.  ‘What’ draws us back to the commands of our savior – the One who is good.  This is why Wesley’s 3rd rule was to attend to all of the ordinances of God (Prayer, Fasting, Conversation, Bible, Serving, etc.)
 
In the midst of a pandemic we righty give ourselves a pass on so much.  Do we want to give ourselves a pass on those things which draw us to our God and eternal life?  Opportunities are everywhere.
 
We have such an opportunity to walk with one another in social holiness in our upcoming Workbook of Living Prayer study.  In this we will have a workbook to guide us through regular prayer while doing so amidst a group of fellow sojourners.  We will cover both the what and how in the journey and be transformed along the way.  I don’t know about you, but I am excited about deepening my prayer life while learning from others during these coming 6 weeks.  Lord, hear our prayer.
 
You can access and sign-up for these groups here on OnRealm.  I have come to realize many still do not know what OnRealm is.  Let me take a little more time and offer some clarity. 
 
OnRealm is our existing directory service for Central. We have been using it for years.  When the pandemic hit we wanted to activate the online login feature so all at Central could stay connected to one another.  To do this, we had to invite you to access your already existing account (hence the email and creation of password).  As everyone logs in and updates their photo and information, we will be able to print off our own directory for those who do not have access to OnRealm.  Further, with everyone now signed on, we can offer other features such as a messaging board for prayer requests, private access to your current giving statement, sign-ups such as this study, private chats, and group communications.  With OnRealm, we can adapt as a church and continue Christian conversations in 21st century mediums.
 
Sure, there is pain ahead and the unknown, but I like what our God is calling us to.  Through the cruciform life, new opportunities arise.  New neighbor outreach, a new focusing on prayer, new ways for Christian conversation – 2020 could go down as one of the most formative for our Christian journey.  
 
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Joseph

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September 4th Updates

The Workbook of Living Prayer Study begins September 6th

Although the world is dramatically changing our need to pray has remained constant. Join us in this formative time to make prayer come alive. This six week prayer adventure begins after your first gathering in September and features daily commentary on a particular facet of prayer, scripture readings, and reflections by the author.

There are 11 groups offering different study times that you can be a part of. To register join us on Realm! Here is how it’s done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office or one of the leaders of the groups. Check out our Realm resource page if you are not signed-up for Realm. For friends and others who do not have a Realm account, we will have sign-ups available on Sunday morning.

 

Community Emergency Relief Room

The Community Emergency Relief Room continues to assist families who have faced emergencies, the latest of which occurred on September 1. To date, assistance has been provided to nine families involving 33 individuals, including 23 adults and 10 children. We continue to need bedding, essential kitchen items, shoes, men’s pants and school age clothing. Appreciation is given to those who continue to donate physical items as well as financial support. In response to how financial support can be provided, it can be done by submitting a check made out to Central United Methodist Church with Emergency Relief Room listed on the memo line. It is also possible to donate online through Realm. As always, anyone interested in seeing the Relief Room need only catch Dana Mollenkopf on Sundays and he will be happy to take you down.

 

Family Camp – Last Weekend to Sign-up!

A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship.  Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are required. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.

 

UMW Pop-Up

To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items.  The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.

 

Love Offering

Greg Scott, one of our custodians, will be having surgery soon. If you would like to give a love offering to support him during this time and lower the costs associated with this procedure, please send a check written to the church with “Love Offering – Greg” in the memo line, or you can give online and choose the love offering option. Please contact the office if you have questions. Thank you for your support!

 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.

 

UMW News

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 10th at 12:45pm for a program called “The Tale of Three Trees” presented by  our Vice President, Linda Foley. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 8th to come hear Dr. Paul Rider from the Health Department. ALL are welcome!  We’d love to have you join us.


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August 28th Updates

The Workbook of Living Prayer Study begins September 6th

Although the world is dramatically changing our need to pray has remained constant. Join us in this formative time to make prayer come alive. This six week prayer adventure begins after your first gathering in September and features daily commentary on a particular facet of prayer, scripture readings, and reflections by the author.

There are 11 groups offering different study times that you can be a part of. To register join us on Realm! Here is how it’s done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office or one of the leaders of the groups. Check out our Realm resource page if you are not signed-up for Realm. For friends and others who do not have a Realm account, we will have sign-ups available on Sunday morning.

 

Prayer Service on Sundays at 6:30pm.

In the midst of the uncertainty of 2020, we will be leaning into the knowledge of our God, and discerning where the Holy Spirit is leading Central in the days to come.  

 

Family Camp

A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship.  Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are required. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.

 

UMW Pop-Up

To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items.  The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.

 

Love Offering

Greg Scott, one of our custodians, will be having surgery soon. If you would like to give a love offering to support him during this time and lower the costs associated with this procedure, please send a check written to the church with “Love Offering – Greg” in the memo line, or you can give online and choose the love offering option. Please contact the office if you have questions. Thank you for your support!

 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.

 

UMW News

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 10th at 12:45pm for a program called “The Tale of Three Trees” presented by  our Vice President, Linda Foley. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 8th to come hear Dr. Paul Rider from the Health Department. ALL are welcome!  We’d love to have you join us.


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The Bible tells us more than just about God

King Hezekiah was considered one of the most righteous Kings in Judah’s history.  He oversaw temple reforms, commissioned the infamous Siloam tunnel (pictured), helped collate some of the proverbs for the book of Proverbs, and is mentioned in Jesus’ geneology. Nine different books in the Bible mention Hezekiah.  He “trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the LORD commanded Moses,” (2 Kings 18:5-6).  He fought against idol worship and offered a lavish Passover not only to his own people, but also to the other tribes of Israel in the North.  He received promises from Isaiah no nation could overtake Judah as long as they were faithful.  Still, challenges of ‘biblical’ proportions arose.
 
Sennacherib was one of the most famous kings in ancient history.  Not only is he featured in the Bible, but he also destroyed Babylon and built Nineveh into a wondrous city.  After the death of his father in 705BC, uprisings challenged his power throughout the Levant (area from Egypt to Turkey).  These campaigns were recorded not just in the Bible, but also in archaeological finds – the Lachish Relief and the Sennacherib Prism.  One of those kings mentioned in the carvings- Hezekiah.
Many accuse the Bible as being made up.  However, again and again it has been vindicated through archaeology and other historical studies.  Further, people do not pause to think how thousands of years of writings could coalesce so well and point to a person so significant that the world changed its dating system to accommodate.  Finally, we often fail to remember how accurate it is in mirroring back the nature of humanity in such piercing ways.  Case in point, Hezekiah and Sennacherib.
 
2 Chronicles 32 tells of when these two great kings met in a series of sieges around Jerusalem from 705 – 689 BC.  Hezekiah at the height of his religious reforms and political power finds over 40 cities throughout Judah seized.  Despite having offered tribute in a moment of fear of the vast Assyrian power, Hezekiah realized nothing would satisfy the onslaught of Sennacherib.  He appeals to the people to trust in God and cries out with Isaiah in prayer.   In the middle of the night God sends deliverance and the Assyrian army fled despite having claimed to have ‘shut up Hezekiah like a bird in a cage.’  We see a story here told again and again in scripture.  
 
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Even for someone as righteous as Hezekiah.  It may seem like a minor infraction on Hezekiah’s part – paying for protection to prevent destruction of all of the reforms he had oversaw – but it still was a departure from faith and a matter of the heart God was pursuing(2 Chron 32:25-31).  
 
Some of our biggest falls come when everything is going well. Hezekiah worked wholeheartedly and faithfully for God and he prospered (2 Chron 31:21-32:1).  It was not in the midst of tragedy, but rather unparalleled success that trials and temptations came to Hezekiah and Judah.
 
There is still more.  If you turn to this story or have been following along in Reading the Bible in One Year, you know there is so much more to this story.  Opening the Bible each time reveals new layers of history, religion, truth, humanity and more.
 
Ultimately, Hezekiah’s heart turned towards God and offers us renewed hope.  Not in our own efforts or circumstances, but in the truly righteous king the Biblical story goes onto reveal – our king Jesus. No matter the righteous work we have done or the enormous circumstances which arise, God pursues the depths of who we are and offers renewed hearts.  With these we can have shalom and put our hands faithfully to the kingdom work ahead.
 
Excited to be on this lifelong journey in the Word with you.
 
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Joseph
 

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August 21st Updates

Realm Sign-ups!

Join us in the Parlor today after worship to get your account set-up. Want to know more about Realm? Join us on Mondays and Thursdays in August from 10am – 11am where we will be available to answer any of your questions. 

 

Prayer Service on Sundays at 6:30pm.

In the midst of the uncertainty of 2020, we will be leaning into the knowledge of our God, and discerning where the Holy Spirit is leading Central in the days to come.  

 

Family Camp

A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship.  Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

 

 Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are not required but would be appreciated. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.

 

UMW Pop-Up

To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items.  The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.

 

Love Offering

Greg Scott, one of our custodians, will be having surgery soon. If you would like to give a love offering to support him during this time and lower the costs associated with this procedure, please send a check written to the church with “Love Offering – Greg” in the memo line, or you can give online and choose the love offering option. Please contact the office if you have questions. Thank you for your support!
 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.


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August 14th Updates

Realm Sign-ups!

Join us in the Parlor today after worship to get your account set-up. Want to know more about Realm? Join us on Mondays and Thursdays in August from 10am – 11am where we will be available to answer any of your questions.

 

Prayer Service on Sundays at 6:30pm.

In the midst of the uncertainty of 2020, we will be leaning into the knowledge of our God, and discerning where the Holy Spirit is leading Central in the days to come.  

 

Join us for Welcome 2020 as we seek to help each individual and each local church learn their own first step or next step on the welcome journey. Impactful stories will be shared from a diverse range of voices and experiences in order to give clear and innovative ways for individuals and churches to connect with and welcome immigrants. We believe Welcome 2020 will give new inspiration to overcome obstacles and practical steps for what to do next as you seek to offer welcome and build relationships with immigrants in your neighborhood and community. Speaker details There is an unprecedented movement of peoples in our world today: 1 in every 30 individuals is living outside their country of birth. In the United States, close to 14% of the population is foreign-born and more than 1 in 4 individuals living in the US is part of an immigrant family (first generation immigrant and their children).
This particular context hasn’t existed since 1910 and impacts every context; whether you live in a rural, urban, or suburban community, whether you’re a part of a small church or a large church, whether your church is monoethnic or multiethnic, whether your church is established or a brand new church plant.
Immigrant Connection believes every disciple of Jesus and every local church is called to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25:35) and to practice Biblical hospitality (literally “philoxenos” – philo – love, xenos – foreigner/immigrant). We also realize everyone is at a different place on the journey of welcome.”

 

Men’s Gathering

Tuesday August 18th @6:30pm. Bring your own chair, meat, favorite snack, cup, and sense of survival for this socially distant men’s gathering around the original social networking site – the campfire. A space for men to connect and converse and enjoy food while centering on Christ. At Jack Hughes’ 9876 St Rd 227 N, on the left north of Whitewater.

 

Family Camp

A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship.  Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are not required but would be appreciated. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.
 
UMW Pop-Up
To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items.  The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.

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August 7th Updates

Realm Sign-ups Today!
Realm is an online ministry tool designed for real time connection. It helps our church connect with you and you connect with us. Realm allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, control your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you. Join us in the Parlor today after worship to get your account set-up. Want to know more about Realm? Join us on Mondays and Thursdays in August from 10am – 11am where we will be available to answer any of your questions.
 
Prayer Service on Sundays at 6:30pm.
You, me, and God – bringing our hearts before our maker together at 1425 E Main in the Sanctuary for a half hour each week.  In the midst of the uncertainty of 2020, we will be leaning into the knowledge of our God, and discerning where the Holy Spirit is leading Central in the days to come.  
 
Men’s Gathering
Tuesday August 18th @6:30pm. Bring your own chair, meat, favorite snack, cup, and sense of survival for this socially distant men’s gathering around the original social networking site – the campfire. A space for men to connect and converse and enjoy food while centering on Christ. At Jack Hughes’ 9876 St Rd 227 N, on the left north of Whitewater.
 
Family Camp
A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship. Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

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