The Faith Once Delivered: Attributes

Recently, 50 plus scholars, theologians, and pastors from varied Methodist/Wesleyan backgrounds gathered for an event called the Next Methodism. There they produced a document called the Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness. In the coming weeks, we will cover parts of their work in this blog.

The vast majority of people you meet believe in God.  However, we do not all believe in the same God.  Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Pagans, and others recognize the power of the supernatural in the world.  The description of the various gods differ radically.

This is why this Wesleyan document begins with the Attributes of God.  The attributes are but our attempts at comprehending God.  God as revealed in the Bible is more than we can imagine yet allows us to gaze at the beautiful mystery. To sum up the attributes, God is eternal, immutable, perfect, simple, good, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, holy, spirit, and triune. The language in the document has some theological density, but it is clear and direct on these points.

35. There is an expansiveness to God’s love for humanity that, through the Incarnation and the gift of the Spirit, invites humankind into the life of the Trinity and makes us partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). A particular emphasis in the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition is the communal nature of this invitation. Human participation is not a private but a corporate experience through the communion of the Church. The historic classes, bands, and societies of Methodism are examples of how this communion is maintained and, thus, how the community of the Church is a fellowship that mirrors the loving unity of the Trinity.

 

Lord, our Creator and Triune God, we thank You for the ways in which You have revealed Yourself to us.  Give us eyes to see You afresh this day and wonder.  May our hearts begin to comprehend your goodness and reflect it to others.  May our community be formed to be more like the holy community of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


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9/23/22 Updates

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Community Prayer Focus

This month we get to join our community in praying for revival among church leadership. You are encouraged to ask God to fill each elder and deacon with His Holy Spirit and to give them great wisdom as they minister to the church family. And don’t forget, our 24-hour prayer cycle is Wednesday, September 28th. Please pick up a prayer packet in the hallway or in the church office.

 

Continuing the Conversation

There remains many prayers, questions to be asked, Scripture passages to study, history to ponder, and conversations to be had as we come to a better understanding of the current issues surrounding the UMC. We may not know all the paths ahead, but we can have greater clarity on where we are now. Pastor Joseph is available to gather with you or your group to continue this conversation for greater understanding. To set up a time, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email joseph@richmondcumc.com. We will journey through this all together.

 

2023 Scripture Readers

Looking for a way to serve on Sundays? Be a scripture reader! We are planning the 2023 schedule and would love to have you on board. To sign-up or to ask questions, please email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com or call the church office at 765-962-8543. Have you read in the past and want to read again? Let Christin know so we can get you on the schedule for 2023!

 

2023 Altar Flowers

If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2023, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2023!

 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands will meet October 13, October 27, and November 10.

Sunday Study

Do you find yourself struggling to be consistent with spiritual disciplines? Maybe it is because you are too busy. Maybe you find yourself only praying or reading your Bible because you were told to do so. If so, you are not alone. God’s design was not too busy our lives more or create a checklist to happiness, but rather a lifestyle of true joy. Join with us as we learn and study the true importance of spiritual disciplines Sundays at 9am. Contact Brandon Guth or Pastor Joseph for more information.
 

October Events for UWF

Fri-Sat, Oct 7-8, Conference Fall Celebration at St. Luke’s in Indy

 

Thursday, Oct. 13, Unit Meeting featuring a speaker from A Better Way, formerly the Genesis Shelter. Bring socks for women/children.

 

Saturday, Oct. 22, Spiritual Growth Retreat—“Renewal—Luke 13” Featuring Rev. Judi Marshall as our retreat leader. Tickets-$10. Lunch will be provided. Renew your spirit through discussions, activities, music, and prayer. All women are welcome. Tickets will be available Sunday, October 9 at church. Invite a friend or two!
 

Save the Dates:

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Check out more at profdavesmith.com

 

Red Cross Blood Drive: Go to redcrossblood.org and enter code CUMCRICH in the box that says find a blood drive. Appointment times available 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Drive will be held in the multipurpose room. Questions? Contact Dana Mollenkopf at papamole@comcast.net or at 765-277-0287.


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Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness

Recently, 50 plus scholars, theologians, and pastors from varied Methodist/Wesleyan backgrounds gathered for an event called the Next Methodism. There they produced a document called the Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness. In the coming weeks, we will cover parts of their work in this blog.
 
You are invited to read it and join in the discussion as we go. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
 
4. Methodism is no stranger to division. The history of Methodism in the U.S., for example, is one of both division and growth. Some forms of Methodism have now entered a season of decline. Others are growing. The hope underlying this document is that a vital and growing Methodism will be founded on the truth of the Christian faith as it has been received. We believe that Methodism was intended to find its secure footing in “the faith once delivered” (Jude 3) and only on this foundation can the experiential emphasis of the tradition be justified. The historic faith and the experience of the believer are not at odds with one another when experience is guided by the wisdom of divine revelation and communal accountability. Or put differently, the Spirit who inspired the Scripture will not guide the believer away from a scriptural faith.
 
Dear Heavenly Father, grant us your Word, wisdom, and way for this day. Strengthen us to follow your call.  May we who follow Jesus as Methodists find unity in our love and discipleship. Thank you for your many blessings poured out to us and to our neighbors. Give us eyes to see your love abounding and holy work spreading until they close in weary slumber. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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9/16/22 Updates

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Trick or Treat in the Park

With last year’s great success, the Parks Department has asked us to return this year for their Trick or Treat in the Park on Saturday, October 29th from 5-7pm. If you would like to be involved, you are invited to attend our Trick or Treat in the Park planning meeting on Friday, September 23rd at 1pm. We will discuss themes and ways to engage with our community. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend the  meeting but would like to be involved, please contact Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com

 

Pizza with the Pastor Sunday!

Join us Sunday, September 18th for an informal time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall following worship service (approximately 11:30am). We will provide Pizza, Salad, Dessert, and Drinks. Come and meet others who follow Jesus here at Central while learning about the latest from Pastor Joseph and Pastor Ashley.

 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands will meet September 22, October 13, October 27, and November 10.

 

Continuing the Conversation

There remains many prayers, questions to be asked, Scripture passages to study, history to ponder, and conversations to be had as we come to a better understanding of the current issues surrounding the UMC. We may not know all the paths ahead, but we can have greater clarity on where we are now. Pastor Joseph is available to gather with you or your group to continue this conversation for greater understanding. To set up a time, please call the office at 765-962 8543 or email joseph@richmondcumc.com. We will journey through this all together.

 

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

 

Wisdom Study

Much Wisdom has been gleaned as we have worked our way through the Hebrew Scriptures in this class. Much more lies ahead. Any who desire to wrestle with Scripture for insights from another angle are welcome to join us. We meet Wednesdays at 10am in the Parlor. You just need your Bible and an open heart – packets will be provided. Contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) with interest and questions.

Fireside Conversation

Monday afternoons at 1:30 we create space to share about our past week, ask questions about church and life, and open our Bibles to read what Jesus has commanded us to do. Come as you are able for each week brings new studies and conversations to light for us to Practice the Way of Jesus.

 

Shalom Session

Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12:05pm 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. On the 20th, we will be discussing The Good Life and whatever else is on the hearts of those attending. Bring your lunch, your bibles, and a listening ear. May God break our hearts for what breaks his in this season. 

 

2023 Altar Flowers

If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2023, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2023!

 

2023 Scripture Readers

Looking for a way to serve on Sundays? Be a scripture reader! We are planning the 2023 schedule and would love to have you on board. To sign-up or to ask questions, please email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com or call the church office at 765-962-8543. Have you read in the past and want to read again? Let Christin know so we can get you on the schedule for 2023!

 

Register for Family Camp! – Reservations are due by September 21st

The time has come to register for our annual Family Camp at Camp Moneto October 7-9. Whether you are a family of 1 or 8, you are invited to join us as we retreat in the woods of Brown County. God will be worshipped, adventures will be had, and rest will come. Come, as you feel led. Please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) for pricing and lodging options. Scholarships are available.

 

Save the Dates:

Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat October 22nd – Cost will be $10. Contact Ann Cashner for more information.

 

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Register with Pastor Joseph by October 24th!

 

Red Cross Blood Drive: Go to redcrossblood.org and enter code CUMCRICH in the box that says find a blood drive. Appointment times available 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Drive will be held in the multipurpose room. Questions? Contact Dana Mollenkopf at papamole@comcast.net or at 765-277-0287.


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9/2/22 Updates

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UWF Meeting

United Women IN Faith’s first fall unit meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be from The Refuge of Hope homeless shelter here in Richmond. Please bring a roll or two of toilet paper as your donation to the shelter residents. If you would like to join us for lunch, let Shanron Rider or Ann Cashner know. You can also come join us in the morning for Creative Hands, between 9:00 and noon. All women are invited to Creative Hands and our UWF meetings. Bring a friend for food, fun, and fellowship.
 

East District UWF Fall Celebration

The East District UWF Fall Celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9:30-Noon at Yorktown UMC. The speaker will be Cecelia Whitfield from “Use What You Have” bus ministry. Her organization provides free transportation which allows family members to visit their loved ones who are incarcerated in state prisons here in Indiana. There will be coffee and refreshments provided when you arrive. Contact Electa Berk to carpool.
 

Children & Youth Sunday School

We are gearing up for another year of Preschool – 12th grade Sunday School with a gathering for the WHOLE family! Please join us Sunday, September 11th at 9am up in Studio 252 – use the stairs by the office/sanctuary and you can’t miss it We’ll sing, fellowship, and share the plan for the different age groups so kids and parents know what to expect.

** Please prayerfully discern if you would be able to serve on a monthly teaching rotation for our Children & Youth Sunday School. You will be partnered with another adult or older youth, materials will be provided. **

 

Continuing the Conversation

There remains many prayers, questions to be asked, Scripture passages to study, history to ponder, and conversations to be had as we come to a better understanding of the current issues surrounding the UMC. We may not know all the paths ahead, but we can have greater clarity on where we are now. Pastor Joseph is available to gather with you or your group to continue this conversation for greater understanding. To set up a time, please call the office at 765-962 8543 or email joseph@richmondcumc.com. We will journey through this all together.

 

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

 

Wisdom Study

Much Wisdom has been gleaned as we have worked our way through the Hebrew Scriptures in this class. Much more lies ahead. Any who desire to wrestle with Scripture for insights from another angle are welcome to join us. We meet Wednesdays at 10am in the Parlor. You just need your Bible and an open heart – packets will be provided. Contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) with interest and questions.

 

Fireside Conversation

Monday afternoons at 1:30 we create space to share about our past week, ask questions about church and life, and open our Bibles to read what Jesus has commanded us to do. Come as you are able for each week brings new studies and conversations to light for us to Practice the Way of Jesus.

Shalom Session

Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12:05pm 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. On the 20th, we will be discussing The Good Life and whatever else is on the hearts of those attending. Bring your lunch, your bibles, and a listening ear. May God break our hearts for what breaks his in this season.

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will start back up on Thursday September 15th at 10am. We will meet on the third Thursday of the month in the church parlor. We hope to see you there!

 

2023 Altar Flowers

If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2023, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2023!

 

2023 Scripture Readers

Looking for a way to serve on Sundays? Be a scripture reader! We are planning the 2023 schedule and would love to have you on board. To sign-up or to ask questions, please email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com or call the church office at 765-962-8543. Have you read in the past and want to read again? Let Christin know so we can get you on the schedule for 2023!
 

Register for Family Camp! – Reservations are due by September 21st

The time has come to register for our annual Family Camp at Camp Moneto October 7-9. Whether you are a family of 1 or 8, you are invited to join us as we retreat in the woods of Brown County. God will be worshipped, adventures will be had, and rest will come. Come, as you feel led. Please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) for pricing and lodging options. Scholarships are available.
 

Prayer Walk – September 12th

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. This month we will meet on September 12th. 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. Contact Pastor Joseph with questions.

 

Save the Dates:

Women’s Spiritual Growth Retreat October 22nd – Cost will be $10. Contact Ann Cashner for more information.

 

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Check out more at profdavesmith.com


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8/26/22 Updates

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Children & Youth Sunday School

We are gearing up for another year of Preschool – 12th grade Sunday School with a gathering for the WHOLE family! Please join us Sunday, September 11th at 9am up in Studio 252 – use the stairs by the office/sanctuary and you can’t miss it 😉 We’ll sing, fellowship, and share the plan for the different age groups so kids and parents know what to expect.

** Please prayerfully discern if you would be able to serve on a monthly teaching rotation for our Children & Youth Sunday School. You will be partnered with another adult or older youth, materials will be provided. **

 

American Red Cross

Dana Mollenkopf will be manning booth 124 at the Archway Days in Centerville on August 26 and 27 focusing on the Wayne County American Red Cross. They will be sharing information about free smoke alarms, blood donations, the scope of RC services and how to volunteer with Red Cross. It will start at 3:00 p.m. on the 26th and 9:00a.m. on the 27th and will end at 9:00 each day. He would love to have people join him in the booth to share information about Red Cross. You will be told everything you need to know to share information with those who stop by to see us. If you are interested and would like to join him for even a short time, contact him at papamole@comcast.net or 765-277-0287.

 

Continuing the Conversation

There remains many prayers, questions to be asked, Scripture passages to study, history to ponder, and conversations to be had as we come to a better understanding of the current issues surrounding the UMC. We may not know all the paths ahead, but we can have greater clarity on where we are now. Pastor Joseph is available to gather with you or your group to continue this conversation for greater understanding. To set up a time, please call the office at 765-962 8543 or email joseph@richmondcumc.com. We will journey through this all together. 

 

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

 

Low Vision Support Group

Get to know others who are dealing with vision issues and find out about available resources. We will meet in the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm at Central United Methodist Church. We will meet in the Parlor. Our first meeting will be September 1st. Support people are welcome. For more information, please call Toni Reinke at 765-969-6631

Community Prayer Focus
This month we get to join our community in praying for Church Friends Who Need God. You are encouraged to ask God to fill your heart with love for your friends, help you know what encouraging words to share with them, and remind them of his great love for them.. And don’t forget: Our 24-hour prayer cycle is Sunday, August 28th. Please pick up a prayer packet in the hallway or in the church office.

 

Wisdom Study

Much Wisdom has been gleaned as we have worked our way through the Hebrew Scriptures in this class. Much more lies ahead. Any who desire to wrestle with Scripture for insights from another angle are welcome to join us. We meet Wednesdays at 10am in the Parlor. You just need your Bible and an open heart – packets will be provided. Contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) with interest and questions.

 

Fireside Conversation

Monday afternoons at 1:30 we create space to share about our past week, ask questions about church and life, and open our Bibles to read what Jesus has commanded us to do. Come as you are able for each week brings new studies and conversations to light for us to Practice the Way of Jesus.
 

Dear Central Friends

Thank you for all the prayers, cards, and phone calls on my behalf during my recent physical problems. All of these contacts were very much appreciated. I am doing well and hope to continue on the good track with proper medication. –Jan Hibner

 

Save the Dates:

Family Camp October 7th-9th at Camp Moneto – contact Pastor Joseph for more information.

 

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Check out more at profdavesmith.com


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8/19/22 Updates

Children & Youth Sunday School

We are gearing up for another year of Preschool – 12th grade Sunday School with a gathering for the WHOLE family! Please join us Sunday, September 11th at 9am up in Studio 252 – use the stairs by the office/sanctuary and you can’t miss it 😉 We’ll sing, fellowship, and share the plan for the different age groups so kids and parents know what to expect.

** Please prayerfully discern if you would be able to serve on a monthly teaching rotation for our Children & Youth Sunday School. You will be partnered with another adult or older youth, materials will be provided. **

 

American Red Cross

Dana Mollenkopf will be manning booth 124 at the Archway Days in Centerville on August 26 and 27 focusing on the Wayne County American Red Cross. They will be sharing information about free smoke alarms, blood donations, the scope of RC services and how to volunteer with Red Cross. It will start at 3:00 p.m. on the 26th and 9:00a.m. on the 27th and will end at 9:00 each day. He would love to have people join him in the booth to share information about Red Cross. You will be told everything you need to know to share information with those who stop by to see us. If you are interested and would like to join him for even a short time, contact him at papamole@comcast.net or 765-277-0287.

 

Continuing the Conversation

There remains many prayers, questions to be asked, Scripture passages to study, history to ponder, and conversations to be had as we come to a better understanding of the current issues surrounding the UMC. We may not know all the paths ahead, but we can have greater clarity on where we are now. Pastor Joseph is available to gather with you or your group to continue this conversation for greater understanding. To set up a time, please call the office at 765-962 8543 or email joseph@richmondcumc.com. We will journey through this all together.

 

VBS

Thank you to everyone who donated items or volunteered their time to this year’s VBS! We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

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
 

Low Vision Support Group

Get to know others who are dealing with vision issues and find out about available resources. We will meet in the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm at Central United Methodist Church. We will meet in the Parlor. Our first meeting will be September 1st. Support people are welcome. For more information, please call Toni Reinke at 765-969-6631
 
Community Prayer Focus
This month we get to join our community in praying for Church Friends Who Need God. You are encouraged to ask God to fill your heart with love for your friends, help you know what encouraging words to share with them, and remind them of his great love for them.. And don’t forget: Our 24-hour prayer cycle is Sunday, August 28th. Please pick up a prayer packet in the hallway or in the church office.
Long-time Central attendee Rev. Ted Halsted and member of the United Methodist Church Michigan conference was recently honored with the Michigan Conference Cane. This cane is presented to the oldest living clergyperson who has been under appointment to the conference for a minimum of thirty years. Halsted has been to 71 consecutive annual conference sessions and is still coming. The body of the cane is made from wood from the church in Adrian where the Detroit Conference was founded. The cane contains wooden inlays from the first Michigan Methodist church building in River Rouge, the desk of Seth Reed (an early Methodist pastor in MI during 1800’s), the tree that overlooks the grave of Barbara Heck (known as “Mother of American Methodism” in 1700’s), wood from the pulpit of Robert Strawbridge (moved from Ireland to colonies in 1760’s), and the building in which Judson Collins converted to Methodism (Collins was a Methodist missionary in China in 1840’s).
 
When asked if he had thoughts on entrusting the ministry of the church to a younger generation, Halsted replied: “We have a wonderful heritage, and my hope is that the younger generation of clergy will realize that the United Methodist Church is so much more than just the local church. We have shared the Gospel and put it into practice all around the world.”
 
 

Wisdom Study

Much Wisdom has been gleaned as we have worked our way through the Hebrew Scriptures in this class. Much more lies ahead. Any who desire to wrestle with Scripture for insights from another angle are welcome to join us. We meet Wednesdays at 10am in the Parlor. You just need your Bible and an open heart – packets will be provided. Contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) with interest and questions.

 

Fireside Conversation

Monday afternoons at 1:30 we create space to share about our past week, ask questions about church and life, and open our Bibles to read what Jesus has commanded us to do. Come as you are able for each week brings new studies and conversations to light for us to Practice the Way of Jesus.

 

Save the Dates:

Family Camp October 7th-9th at Camp Moneto – contact Pastor Joseph for more information.

 

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Check out more at profdavesmith.com


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8/12/22 Updates

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Officer Seara Burton

Please join the Richmond Community in a prayer vigil at the city building today, August 12th, at 7pm. This prayer vigil is to lift up Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton who is fighting for her life after she was shot in the line of duty during a traffic stop. Seara is still listed in critical condition. We are asking for our community and public safety officials to come together as one to lift Officer Burton, her family, friends, and comrades in prayer. 

 

Central Listens – THIS SUNDAY

The Administrative Council will be hosting a LISTENING SESSION for members of the congregation to share their thoughts regarding the direction of Central related to the upcoming General Conference 2024 and the decision related to human sexuality/LGBTQ+ issue. This event is being planned prayerfully and with the intent of furthering communication. Please come and share your thoughts with us. The event will be held in fellowship Hall following service on Sunday, August 14th. Pizza and Drinks will be provided. We hope you will join us. – The Administrative Council

 

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

 

Living in Poverty – The Experience

You are invited to “walk a mile” in the shoes of those facing poverty. Gain an understanding of the challengers individuals face in the poverty environment through an interactive, fast paced event. Join us on August 17th at 5:30pm at Central United Methodist Church. RSVP at (765) 983-4766 or dsinclair@natcocu.org. We are very excited to bring this event to you and look forward to your participation.

 

Shalom Session

Join us on the 3rd Tuesday 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. On the 16th, we will be discussing War, Violence, Peace and whatever else is on the hearts of those attending. Bring your lunch, your bibles, and a listening ear. May God break our hearts for what breaks his in this season.

Low Vision Support Group

Get to know others who are dealing with vision issues and find out about available resources. We will meet in the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm at Central United Methodist Church. We will meet in the Parlor. Our first meeting will be September 1st. Support people are welcome. For more information, please call Toni Reinke at 765-969-6631
 

Wisdom Study

Much Wisdom has been gleaned as we have worked our way through the Hebrew Scriptures in this class. Much more lies ahead. Any who desire to wrestle with Scripture for insights from another angle are welcome to join us. We meet Wednesdays at 10am in the Parlor. You just need your Bible and an open heart – packets will be provided. Contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) with interest and questions.
 

Fireside Conversation

Monday afternoons at 1:30 we create space to share about our past week, ask questions about church and life, and open our Bibles to read what Jesus has commanded us to do. Come as you are able for each week brings new studies and conversations to light for us to Practice the Way of Jesus.

 

Save the Dates:

Family Camp October 7th-9th at Camp Moneto – contact Pastor Joseph for more information.

 

Mark your Calendars for October 28th-29th as Central hosts Dr. Dave Smith and his True North Bible seminar. Check out more at profdavesmith.com


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8/5/22 Updates

New Members Class August 7th

As our community returns to school in August, we will be offering a New Members Class on Sunday Mornings in the Memorial Room. Whether this is your first Sunday or if you have been attending Central for years, this is for all called to commit prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to Jesus here at Central.  Paul tells us, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Please contact Pastor Joseph if you are interested in attending or would like more information.

 

Back to School Bash – Free School Supplies!

Saturday, August 6th from 11am – 1pm at 10th Street Park. This is an outreach of Christ United in partnership with several other churches, businesses, and community organizations. For more information or to volunteer, call 765-962-7738

 

Welcome back TRIBE!

Please join us for a night of fellowship and fun as we enjoy food, games, planning, and growing. After a fun summer, we will get to kick off a new year of fun and spiritual growth with free food, devotional, brainstorming ideas for TRIBE this year, and getting to know, and catch up with each other. This event will take place at the Lindahl’s home, located at 3818 State Road 227 South, Richmond, Indiana on August 7th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Richmond. We are so excited to start digging into God’s Word and developing lasting relationships!

 

Central Listens

The Administrative Council will be hosting a LISTENING SESSION for members of the congregation to share their thoughts regarding the direction of Central related to the upcoming General Conference 2024 and the decision related to human sexuality/LGBTQ+ issue. This event is being planned prayerfully and with the intent of furthering communication. Please come and share your thoughts with us. The event will be held in fellowship Hall following service on Sunday, August 14th. Pizza and Drinks will be provided. We hope you will join us. – The Administrative Council

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

 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands meets in the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 9am thru lunch. Join is for Food, Fun, and Fellowship!

 

Living in Poverty – The Experience

You are invited to “walk a mile” in the shoes of those facing poverty. Gain an understanding of the challengers individuals face in the poverty environment through an interactive, fast paced event. Join us on August 17th at 4pm at Central United Methodist Church. RSVP at (765) 983-4766 or dsinclair@natcocu.org. We are very excited to bring this event to you and look forward to your participation.

 

Shalom Session

Join us on the 3rd Tuesday 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. On the 16th, we will be discussing War, Violence, Peace and whatever else is on the hearts of those attending. Bring your lunch, your bibles, and a listening ear. May God break our hearts for what breaks his in this season.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Low Vision Support Group coming in September! We will meet in the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm at Central United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Toni Reinke at 765-969-6631


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Wayne County Health Department: Starr Neighborhood Clean-Up

July 30th from 10am – 1pm. South A Street to South E Street and North 10th Street to North 15th Street. They will meet up in the parking lot of Centerstone, 100 North 15th Street. Many volunteers needed

 

Questions and Response for UMC, Bible, Covenant, & Sexuality

Sunday Morning July 31 at 8:45am, Pastor Joseph will host a Question and Response time in the Fellowship Hall.  This will be around issues of the UMC, human sexuality, our connectional covenant, and the Bible. All are invited to bring questions and Bibles as we seek to continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

New Members Class August 7th

As our community returns to school in August, we will be offering a New Members Class on Sunday Mornings in the Memorial Room. Whether this is your first Sunday or if you have been attending Central for years, this is for all called to commit prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to Jesus here at Central.  Paul tells us, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Please contact Pastor Joseph if you are interested in attending or would like more information.

 

Back to School Bash – Free School Supplies!

Saturday, August 6th from 11am – 1pm at 10th Street Park. This is an outreach of Christ United in partnership with several other churches, businesses, and community organizations. For more information or to volunteer, call 765-962-7738

 

Welcome back TRIBE!

Please join us for a night of fellowship and fun as we enjoy food, games, planning, and growing. After a fun summer, we will get to kick off a new year of fun and spiritual growth with free food, devotional, brainstorming ideas for TRIBE this year, and getting to know, and catch up with each other. This event will take place at the Lindahl’s home, located at 3818 State Road 227 South, Richmond, Indiana on August 7th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Richmond. We are so excited to start digging into God’s Word and developing lasting relationships!

Central Listens

The Administrative Council will be hosting a LISTENING SESSION for members of the congregation to share their thoughts regarding the direction of Central related to the upcoming General Conference 2024 and the decision related to human sexuality/LGBTQ+ issue. This event is being planned prayerfully and with the intent of furthering communication. Please come and share your thoughts with us. The event will be held in fellowship Hall following service on Sunday, August 14th. Pizza and Drinks will be provided. We hope you will join us. – The Administrative Council

 

Ministry Fair

Thank you to all participants and attendees of the Ministry Fair after worship last Sunday. We were able to help over 18 people get signed up in various ministries! If you did not get a chance to visit the Ministry Fair and would like to get involved, there’s still time. Contact the church office and we will get you in contact with the ministry you are most interested in. Be on the lookout for information about our next Ministry Fair this Fall!

 

Prayer Walks

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. Contact Pastor Joseph with questions.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Low Vision Support Group coming in September! We will meet in the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am – 12pm at Central United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Toni Reinke at 765-969-6631


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