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9/17/21 Updates

Questions and Discussion

Following the Postlude, there will be time and space to follow-up on today’s reflection and Scripture readings. Bring your thoughts, questions, and insight forward for us to continue the conversation. Pastor Phil will respond and share more from the research on the sermon this week as we work out our discipleship together.

New Directory

It is good to be in connection with the body of Christ. It is also good to know how to contact our fellow Central family. Central has not had a directory for a few years. The time has come again. Beginning today, September 19th and continuing on the 26th and Oct. 3rd, a table will be set-up under the portico for you to update your family’s information. We will be able to take your picture on the spot, or schedule you for a more formal photography session. Additional times to update your information will be held throughout the weeks following. For more information, please contact the office.
 

Kinship Appreciation Collection

Thank you for your support. We are collecting again today, September 19th. This collection is being organized by DCS (Department of Children’s Services). They are responsible for foster family services.  We are taking your generous offerings to the office where they will be packed for the 85 families who are fostering children who are relatives – but, without full foster funding. This is one way DCS tries to support these important families. Our class wants to thank you, Caiden, Caleb, Courtney, Will

 

Wills and Estate Planning Workshop

The Central United Methodist Church Endowment Committee is going to host a Workshop on Wills and Estate Planning on September 26th after morning services. If you do not have a will or have not updated your will in many years, and have concerns as to how your estate may divided you may want to attend. If you have any question, please contact Jan Passmore. If you would like to attend, please call or email the church office by September 22nd so that we can plan for the meal.

 

Sunday Greeters

After a long absence due to Covid we are resuming the greeters program to welcome members and visitors to our church. We would appreciate your help in greeting church goers. We will follow the protocols established for Covid. We like to have 2 volunteers each Sunday 20 minutes before Church begins. We are making some changes to the way we have done this in the past and would appreciate suggestions as to how to make the program better. There will be a sign-up sheet available in the main hall way.

 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Join us for at 9am thru lunch for fellowship, fun, food! POP-UP COMING OCTOBER 2ND FROM 10AM – 2PM AT CENTRAL UMC. COME GET FALL, HALLOWEEN, AND CHRISTMAS DECOR.

 

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. Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:05pm in the Fellowship Hall for a brown bag lunch as we discuss the matters affecting the Shalom of our community. This month we will discuss CRT & the responses by religious communities.

 

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.
 
 

Endowment Gift

The family of Bob Bailey has provided an endowment gift to Central United Methodist Church in his memory. We are thankful for his wonderful memories as a husband and father, and for all the good work he did over the years in our community.

 

 

 

New Class Meetings

How is it with your soul? Do you want to go deeper with God? Grow in your faith? Our new class meetings are just for you! In early Methodism, class meetings were the building blocks of the church. These small group gatherings were intentional, safe spaces where fellow believers could “watch over one another in love” and spur one another to deeper faith. We have several new groups starting this fall and meeting at various times. We’ll be using Kevin Watson’s The Class Meeting as a key resource. You’re invited to sign-up in the lobby, or you can reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.

 

Family Fall Festival

Sunday, October 31st from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Fun, Games, & Trunk or Treat!

We are looking for many volunteers to help pass out candy to our visiting neighborhood kids and their families! You are not required to dress up but we encourage you to have fun! We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with simple games, setting up and cleaning up, and greet our guests as they come. We are also in need of candy donations to pass out to our visitors. These donations can be dropped off in the office workroom during our normal business hours. If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com or Pastor Phil at Phil@richmondcumc.com

 

Life Line Screening

Central UMC is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 9/28/2021. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441, or text the word circle to 797979, or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle


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9/9/21 Updates

Five Marks of a Methodist Study

This Sunday, was to be the first meeting of ALL of the Adult Sunday School classes for the “Five Marks of a Methodist” study. BUT, since Wayne County has moved to the “Red Advisory Level”, I think it’s best to postpone until the “Advisory Level” goes back down. I’ll continue to keep an eye on the Wayne County Health Department Facebook page along with consulting Dr Rider. I’ll let you know via email and other church communication methods to let you know when the study will begin. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns. Thank you for your understanding, and I hope you’ll all stay safe and well. – Jim Puckett

 

Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com. Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the powerpoint presentation.

 

New Members Class

Central would like all who feel led to confess Christ for the first time, become baptized or join their membership with our local congregation to prayerfully consider joining this upcoming class.  Our New Member Class will begin September 19th @ 9:00am.  This class will run for 6 weeks and will cover a packet on Christian living, Methodism and Central’s ministries.  Additionally the book, I Am a Church Member, will be given to all who sign-up.  New Members will be received into the church at a service following the completion of the class.  To register, please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

 

New Directory

It is good to be in connection with the body of Christ. It is also good to know how to contact our fellow Central family. Central has not had a directory for a few years. The time has come again.  Beginning September 19th and continuing on the 26th and Oct. 3rd, a table will be in the parlor for you to update your family’s information. We will be able to take your picture on the spot, upload one of your favorites, or schedule you for a more formal photography session.  Additional times to update your information will be held throughout the weeks following.  For more information, please contact the office.

 

New Class Meetings

How is it with your soul? Do you want to go deeper with God? Grow in your faith? Our new class meetings are just for you! In early Methodism, class meetings were the building blocks of the church. These small group gatherings were intentional, safe spaces where fellow believers could “watch over one another in love” and spur one another to deeper faith. We have several new groups starting this fall and meeting at various times. We’ll be using Kevin Watson’s The Class Meeting as a key resource. You’re invited to sign-up in the lobby, or you can reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.

 

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.

 

Wills and Estate Planning Workshop

The Central United Methodist Church Endowment Committee is going to host a Workshop on Wills and Estate Planning on September 26th after morning services. If you do not have a will or have not updated your will in many years, and have concerns as to how your estate may divided you may want to attend. If you have any question, please contact Jan Passmore. If you would like to attend, please call the church office by September 22nd so that we can plan for food.

 

Kinship Appreciation Collection

Thank you for your support.  We will collect again on September 19.  If you need to bring things by the church at another time, the basket is on the right coat rack. This collection is being organized by DCS (Department of Children’s Services).  They are responsible for foster family services.  We are taking your generous offerings to the office where they will be packed for the 85 families who are fostering  children who are relatives – but, without full foster funding.  This is one way DCS tries to support these important families. Our class wants to thank you, Caiden, Caleb, Courtney, Will

 

Questions and Discussion

Following the Postlude, there will be time and space to follow-up on today’s reflection and Scripture readings. Bring your thoughts, questions, and insight forward for us to continue the conversation. Pastor Joseph will respond and share more from the research on the sermon this week as we work out our discipleship together.

 

Star Wars Organ Concert

Blast off into a good time this Thursday September 16th at noon, in person and via Facebook live. Madeleine will be performing iconic works by John Williams from Star Wars Episode IV – Episode VI

 

Monday Morning Connection

Monday Morning Connection will meet on Monday, September 13th at 9:00am in the church parlor. Anyone is welcome to come listen to Pastor Phil as he talks about his story and offers a time for Q&A after. 

 

Family Fall Festival

Sunday, October 31st from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Fun, Games, & Trunk or Treat!

We are looking for many volunteers to help pass out candy to our visiting neighborhood kids and their families! You are not required to dress up but we encourage you to have fun! We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with simple games, setting up and cleaning up, and greet our guests as they come. We are also in need of candy donations to pass out to our visitors. These donations can be dropped off in the office workroom during our normal business hours. If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com or Pastor Phil at Phil@richmondcumc.com

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will meet Thursday, September 16th at 10am in the parlor. Anyone is welcome to come listen to Pastor Phil give a devotional and talk about his story and offers a time for Q&A after. 
 
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. Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions. 
 
Life Line Screening
Central UMC is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non invasive and painless health screenings on 9/28/2021. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441, or text the word circle to 797979, or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle

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9/3/21 Updates

Kinship Appreciation Month

The Middle School Sunday School class will be collecting Household items (detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, wipes – check the bulletin board for the full list) on Sundays, September 5 & 19.  These items are for Families who take in related children for the Foster Care system – but, they receive no stipend for doing so.  This is during Kinship Appreciation Month.
 
 

New Members Class

Central would like all who feel led to confess Christ for the first time, become baptized or join their membership with our local congregation to prayerfully consider joining this upcoming class.  Our New Member Class will begin September 19th @ 9:00am.  This class will run for 6 weeks and will cover a packet on Christian living, Methodism and Central’s ministries.  Additionally the book, I Am a Church Member, will be given to all who sign-up.  New Members will be received into the church at a service following the completion of the class.  To register, please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

 

UMW Meeting

UMW will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall with masks and social distancing. Our speaker will be a representative from the new Reid PACE Center.  Everyone is welcome!
 
Creative Hands
Creative hands meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Join us for Fun, Food, and fellowship as we get ready for our next pop-up on October 2nd!
 

New Class Meetings

How is it with your soul? Do you want to go deeper with God? Grow in your faith? Our new class meetings are just for you! In early Methodism, class meetings were the building blocks of the church. These small group gatherings were intentional, safe spaces where fellow believers could “watch over one another in love” and spur one another to deeper faith. We have several new groups starting this fall and meeting at various times. We’ll be using Kevin Watson’s The Class Meeting as a key resource. You’re invited to sign-up in the lobby, or you can reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.

 

Choir Returns!

After a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce the return of regular choir rehearsals this fall. Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir will resume on Wednesday, September 8th at 5:30pm. Chancel Choir will resume on the same date, 9/8, at 6:30pm. Joysingers Children’s Choir will resume on Thursday, 9/16 at 4:00pm. Joysinger parents: please watch for email communication from Debbie Jenkins or Madeleine Demetriades.

 

Sunday Conversation Space

Do you have questions? About your faith, life, the Bible, the history of our church, why the world the way it is? Good, we do too. We will be gathering on Sunday mornings at 9:00am over coffee and snacks in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor to discuss these questions, reflect on life, and grow in Christ in light of the Bible and our good God.  For anyone grade 7 – 119 years old.

 

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.

Introducing TRIBE56 – We’re so excited to launch Tribe56, a new group for all 5th & 6th graders! After our planning meeting with parents earlier this month, we’ve been eager to create something new for our younger youth. Throughout the coming months we’ll have special events and outings, including some lesson/game nights led by our senior high students for the 5th and 6th graders. More details coming soon. Contact Pastor Joseph for more info. Lots of exciting things still to come!

 

Wills and Estate Planning Workshop

The Central United Methodist Church Endowment Committee is going to host a Workshop on Wills and Estate Planning on September 26th after morning services. If you do not have a will or have not updated your will in many years, and have concerns as to how your estate may divided you may want to attend.

 

Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com.

Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the PowerPoint presentation.


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8/27/21 Updates

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.
 
Introducing TRIBE56 – We’re so excited to launch Tribe56, a new group for all 5th & 6th graders! After our planning meeting with parents earlier this month, we’ve been eager to create something new for our younger youth. Throughout the coming months we’ll have special events and outings, including some lesson/game nights led by our senior high students for the 5th and 6th graders. More details coming soon! Our first Tribe56 event is happening this Sunday, 8/29. We’ll canoe and kayak at Middlefork Reservoir, with ice cream to follow! We’ll meet at 5pm at Central. Contact Pastor Joseph for more info. Lots of exciting things still to come!
 
Fall Lay Servant Academy
Central is hosting our Fall Lay Servant Academy for the East District of the Indiana Annual Conference on September 18 and 25.  The courses are for those who are more interested in the training, opportunities, and disciplines of deepening one’s faith journey through the United Methodist Lay Servant Ministries.  Scholarships are available.  For registration and more information go to https://inumc.swoogo.com/ealsa91821

 

UMW Meeting

UMW will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall with masks and social distancing. Our speaker will be a representative from the new Reid PACE Center.  Everyone is welcome!

 

Kinship Appreciation Month

The Middle School Sunday School class will be collecting Household items (detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, wipes – check the bulletin board for the full list) on Sundays, September 5 & 19.  These items are for Families who take in related children for the Foster Care system – but, they receive no stipend for doing so.  This is during Kinship Appreciation Month.

 

Choir Returns!

After a year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce the return of regular choir rehearsals this fall. Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir will resume on Wednesday, September 8th at 5:30pm. Chancel Choir will resume on the same date, 9/8, at 6:30pm. Joysingers Children’s Choir will resume on Thursday, 9/16 at 4:00pm. Joysinger parents: please watch for email communication from Debbie Jenkins or Madeleine Demetriades.

 

Family Camp

The campfire calls once again as the calendar tilts toward Fall.  You and your family are invited to join Family Camp at Camp Moneto in wonderful Brown County on September 10-12.  In addition to the space to worship God in creation, there are over 700 acres to explore, climbing walls, archery, and memories to be made.  Make time to retreat and recharge with your Church family.  Scholarships are available. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Pastor Joseph.

 

Sunday Conversation Space

Do you have questions? About your faith, life, the Bible, the history of our church, why the world the way it is? Good, we do too. We will be gathering on Sunday mornings at 9:00am over coffee and snacks in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor to discuss these questions, reflect on life, and grow in Christ in light of the Bible and our good God.  For anyone grade 7 – 119 years old.

 

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Time to Remember. Time to Act. Join us for this amazing night on Tuesday August 31st from 6-8pm at Frist United Methodist Church.

 

Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com.

Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the powerpoint presentation.
 
 

Five Marks of a Methodist – a 6 week study

The first class is a time for fellowship: September 12th at 8:45am. Study starts on September 19th at 8:45am. Sunday is your last day to sign up! Sign up in the main hall after services.

 

New Class Meetings

How is it with your soul? Do you want to go deeper with God? Grow in your faith? Our new class meetings are just for you! In early Methodism, class meetings were the building blocks of the church. These small group gatherings were intentional, safe spaces where fellow believers could “watch over one another in love” and spur one another to deeper faith. We have several new groups starting this fall and meeting at various times. We’ll be using Kevin Watson’s The Class Meeting as a key resource. You’re invited to sign-up in the lobby, or you can reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.
 

What is an Usher?

An usher is one who serves the Lord by being that person to greet those who have come to worship. An usher is one who helps a person find a seat or find the restroom. An usher is one who helps those with walkers and canes to their seats. An usher is always serving the Lord by representing the Lord through kindness and a smile. To know more about being an usher there will be a quick meeting after the service on August 29th to answer any and all questions that one may have about being an usher. If you have any other questions, please contact Electa Berk at 765-962-4496


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