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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July 31st Updates

Lester Robinson’s Memorial Service

On Sunday August 2nd we will be having a Celebration of Life for Lester Robinson. Visitation for Lester will be at 2pm with service at 3pm at Central United Methodist Church. You may view his obituary HERE 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Central United Methodist Church, 1425 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
 
Wisdom Study Resuming

Wisdom. We desperately need it in 2020, yet it drips forth from Genesis to Revelation. Join us as we resume our study of Wisdom literature starting Tuesday August 4th at 1:30pm. We will recap where we have been in the first gathering and then move on to Song of Songs. We will be having a hybrid session of in-person and Zoom to accommodate whatever situation you find yourself. Please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) if you are interested in joining.

 

Realm Sign-ups Sunday!

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 Sunday 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.  

 

Prayer Walk Monday at Noon

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.

 

Stuff the Bus

At the Annual Conference of the Indiana United Methodist Church each year a mission project is presented for all the Indiana churches to participate in.  Last year we donated lap blankets to Brianna’s Hope and the previous year it was backpacks packed with personal health care products for the homeless. 

This year our project is Stuff the Bus which follows the theme of this years conference “Children Matter Most”.  However, due to COVID-19 and to avoid physically handling school supplies donations will be accepted and donated to the 10 Districts of the Indiana Conference. 

To donate: 

  • Text the word “missional” to give to Children Matter Most, and the amount of your donation to 855-389-1555.
  • Give online through Securegive at https://app.securegive.com/INUMC/-missional-offering.
  • If you prefer to get a check to me, I will see that the conference gets it.

Thank you for participating in the Annual Conference mission project. 

Dixie Armstrong – Equalizing Member East District

 

Imhoff Baby Sprinkle

We are doing a “sprinkle” for the Imhoff family that is soon expecting their 3rd baby! A Virtual Sign Up has been created. If you would to purchase an item, please contact Leanne Backmeyer, at Lealogue@comcast.net and she will email you the link so you can view the needed items. You may bring all purchased items to the church office and label them “Imhoff Sprinkle”
 
 

Hymn Study

Madeleine has started a Zoom Hymn Study! We will examine the fascinating stories behind our most beloved Methodist hymns, and discuss how these songs help to enrich our spiritual lives and elevate our worship experience. I promise we will have fun! It will held on Tuesdays at 2:00pm and last until September 1st. If you are interested in participating, please email Madeleine at: madeleine@richmondcumc.com


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July 24th Updates

Wisdom Study Resuming

Wisdom.  We desperately need it in 2020, yet it drips forth from Genesis to Revelation.  Join us as we resume our study of Wisdom literature starting Tuesday August 4th at 1:30pm.  We will recap where we have been in the first gathering and then move on to Song of Songs.  We will be having a hybrid session of in-person and Zoom to accommodate whatever situation you find yourself.  Please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com) if you are interested in joining.

 

Lester Robinson’s Memorial Service

On Sunday August 2nd we will be having a Celebration of Life for Lester Robinson. Visitation for Lester will be at 2pm with service at 3pm at Central United Methodist Church. You may view his obituary HERE 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Central United Methodist Church, 1425 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

 

Shrub Trimming Workday

We will have another shrub trimming workday this Thursday, July 30th from 8AM-11:00AM. Please contact Frank Monroe (765-716-0531) or Dave Sheets (765-914-2437) if you are interested so we will know how many to plan for.

 

Join us for our last Praise and Play! July 26th at 6:00pm

We will gather at 6:00pm outdoors (indoors if it’s raining) for a time of praise through song with guitar. Children will then have the opportunity for a short lesson and playing on our playground or indoors in the gym, while the rest of us join together for a short devotion and discussion. We hope you will join us!

 

Realm

Our church uses a church record keeping solution called Realm®. It serves the administrative needs of our staff, and also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only does this improve work life for our ministry staff, it makes it easier for our church members to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

 

With Realm, everyone in our church gets a unique profile. Your profile contains everything you want people in our church to know about you. Your profile also enables you to join a small group, RSVP to events, track your giving, update your contact information, change family details, set notification preferences, or replace that outdated family photo. By keeping your information current, you are helping our staff, group leaders, and our church community. Your Profile includes: Contact Information* (e.g. name, address, email, and phone), Photo, Family Members, and Personal Information (e.g. marital status, birthday**, etc.) If you would like access to your account, contact the church office and be on the look out for some Realm informative sessions coming soon!

 

Hymn Study

Madeleine is starting a Zoom Hymn Study! We will examine the fascinating stories behind our most beloved Methodist hymns, and discuss how these songs help to enrich our spiritual lives and elevate our worship experience. I promise we will have fun! It will start on Tuesday, 7/28 at 2:00pm and last until 9/1. If you are interested in participating, please email Madeleine at: madeleine@richmondcumc.com


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June 17th Updates

    Churches for Racial Unity Prayer Event    
    July 19th 6-7pm • Elstro Plaza    
    47 N 6th St., Richmond, IN    
    Bring Lawn chairs & Practice Social Distancing    

 

Join us in July for Praise and Play! July 19th, and 26th at 6:00pm

We will gather at 6:00pm outdoors (indoors if it’s raining) for a time of praise through song with guitar. Children will then have the opportunity for a short lesson and playing on our playground or indoors in the gym, while the rest of us join together for a short devotion and discussion. We hope you will join us!
 
 
 

UMW Program Books

In an effort to continue with some UMW activities, and the opportunity to return to some “normalcy”, we are in the process of updating the UMW program book and planning programs for 2020-2021. You are correct, gatherings won’t be like we’ve done in the past, but we will continue the best way possible, keeping everyone’s health and welfare in mind.

If you would like to have your name and contact information printed in the program book, please forward the following information to Christin no later than August 31, 2020. We are planning to distribute new books by December. Information may be sent to Christin via email at christin@richmondcumc.com or mail to Central United Methodist Church, Attn: Christin Hampton, 1425 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

Information requested: Name, Street Address, Phone (Landline), Phone (Cell), Email

Providing your information for publication in the program book automatically recognizes you as a supporter/member of Central’s United Methodist Women’s unit and the Indiana Conference. As such, we are obligated to pay $13 for each name listed. The $13 minimum pledge is then distributed to the Indiana Conference, the Lucille Raines Residence in Indianapolis, and scholarships for UMW’s Mission u. When UMW supporters/members are able to give more than the $13 minimum pledge, Central’s UMW unit is able to provide additional support to local service agencies. Your UMW pledge may be mailed to our UMW Treasurer, Barb Shirden, at 241 South 46th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Checks should be made payable to: United Methodist Women of Central UMC.
 
Realm
Our church uses a church record keeping solution called Realm®. It serves the administrative needs of our staff, and also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only does this improve work life for our ministry staff, it makes it easier for our church members to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.
 
With Realm, everyone in our church gets a unique profile. Your profile contains everything you want people in our church to know about you. Your profile also enables you to join a small group, RSVP to events, track your giving, update your contact information, change family details, set notification preferences, or replace that outdated family photo. By keeping your information current, you are helping our staff, group leaders, and our church community. Your Profile includes: Contact Information* (e.g. name, address, email, and phone), Photo, Family Members, and Personal Information (e.g. marital status, birthday**, etc.) If you would like access to your account, contact the church office and be on the look out for some Realm informative sessions coming soon!
 
Hymn Study
Madeleine is starting a Zoom Hymn Study! We will examine the fascinating stories behind our most beloved Methodist hymns, and discuss how these songs help to enrich our spiritual lives and elevate our worship experience. I promise we will have fun! It will start on Tuesday, 7/28 at 2:00pm and last until 9/1. If you are interested in participating, please email Madeleine at: madeleine@richmondcumc.com
 
Community Emergency Relief Room
Referral procedures are now in place for the IN Dept. of Child Services, the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, and the Richmond Fire Dept. Other agencies will follow. This should mean increased use of our Relief Room. As always, appreciation is extended to those who continue to make financial and material donations for our effort.  At this time, our primary needs are baby and toddler items including diapers, wipes, lotions, etc.; clothing for school age children; and essential household and kitchen items.  Anyone wanting further information should feel free to contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287.

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July 10th Updates

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 12 – The Embodied Spirit Community

July 19 – The Fruit of the Spirit Community

July 26 – The Holy Spirit Community in Action

 

Newsletter Devotionals and Testimonies Wanted

We are asking for devotionals and testimonies from the congregation to be shared in future Newsletters. If you feel led to share or have questions, please contact Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.

 

Join us in July for Praise and Play! July 12th, 19th, and 26th at 6:00pm

We will gather at 6:00pm outdoors (indoors if it’s raining) for a time of praise through song with guitar. Children will then have the opportunity for a short lesson and playing on our playground or indoors in the gym, while the rest of us join together for a short devotion and discussion. We hope you will join us!
 

 

A New Day, A New Army

We have heard story after story of how the livestream service is blessing many. Therefore we are resolving to continue to offer our online Sunday morning service indefinitely. When our fellow Wesleyan William Booth changed the name of the Christian Mission to the Salvation Army he declared he did not want to settle down into quietness, but rather go forward at all costs. Friends we have reached such a time with our online ministry. Right now we have a few faithful who are making sure this ministry continues. Long term, we will need reinforcements on this team to run sound, video, and slides. Is it you? Are you willing to serve on Sunday mornings and beyond? If you discern this in your prayers, please contact the office.

 

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


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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

Join Zoom Meeting​

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84857515501

Meeting ID: 848 5751 5501​

One tap mobile​

+1-929-205-6099
 
 

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!

*Mention this ad and receive $10 off registration fee*

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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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