Check out our monthly newsletter! Have something you want to add to the newsletter or updates? send your announcement or article to our Office Manager Christin Hampton at christin@richmondcumc.com by Wednesday for updates and by the 15th of the month for the newsletter.

March 26th Updates

  • Maundy Thursday Experience – Jesus came to Passion week with a small group of friends.  Gather your household or bubble friends and walk through this experience to encounter Jesus’ final Passover – to encounter your God anew.  Small groups (2-8) will go station by station to act and reflect as we together prepare ourselves for Easter morning.  Gathered groups of pilgrims can journey through together every 5 minutes from the Parlor here at Central from 6-8pm.
  • Good Friday Service at 7pm at Central – The terrible event of the crucifixion told through Jesus’ seven last words. Come as we again remember what our sin has done. Come as we remember that true love bleeds. The invitation link to come in a few weeks, stay tuned.
  • Methodist Sunrise service at 7am at Cope Environmental Service – Join us for a joint Methodist service as we celebrate our risen savior at the breaking of dawn.
  • Easter Communion Service at 10am at Central UMC – HE. IS. RISEN.

 

No Lamplighter?!
We will not be having a Lamplighter for April, May, or June due to our office manager, Christin Hampton going on maternity leave start March 26th. During this time, we will be offering announcements and opportunities on our Central webpage – www.richmondcumc.com under Central News. Further, we will communicate our stories, devotionals, and check-ins via the blog found there.

We are all about to emerge not just from winter, but also from the distanced, coronavirus ice age. There will be wonderful reunions, communal grief and celebration, and maybe some grace revealed especially for you. As we will be without the Lamplighter, we invite you to chronicle how the Light of the World leads you during this time. Whether it would be through journaling, devotionals, poetry, drawing, painting, building, or essay – please take time to mark how God meets you.

Then, as you feel led, we ask for the people of Central to share these works. We will gather them as they come in to share on the blog, to create a future community devotional, and maybe to have a gallery of art and expression around emerging from this pandemic. You are what make Central so special – an image bearing, adopted child of the Most High God. We look forward to hearing from you. If you have anything you would like to have published, please email Pastor Joseph at joseph@richmondcumc.com or Carla Gillespie at carla@richmondcumc.com

 

Pizza with the Pastors

IT’S BACK! Join us Sunday, March 28th for a socially distanced, informal time of fellowship in Fellowship Hall at 11:30am!
 
 

Real Discipleship Survey

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website a richmondcumc.com/exploring/
 

Virtual 5K

Run, walk, or crawl and record the results on Saturday, April 3rd. $25 per person Participate as a donation to missions for all or let me know the student you are supporting Register atTRIBEyouthIndiana@gmail.com. If you have paypal, you may pay with the above email address or, if you prefer, send a check, by March 31st, to Central UMC-TRIBE 1425 E. Main Richmond, IN 47374 *Flyers will be available for youth to share on Social Media or to hand out* Start spreading the news to friends and family!
 
 

Blood Drive at Central

The next blood at Central United Methodist has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As always, the need for blood donations is high. Covid precautions will be in practice as they have been in the past. The bar has been set high as we have forty-six time slots to fill. To register, go to redcrossblood.org enter CUMC in the box that says find a drive, select your time and put it on your calendar. Central has been recognized by the Red Cross as a strong supporter. Blood donations is a great way to continue our support.

 

Musical Reminders/Announcements:

Tuesdays at 10:00am: Experience a time of weekly worship and virtual fellowship from Madeleine’s home in Brookville, Ohio! We pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, and hear meditative piano music. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page.


Read more...

March 19th Updates

  • Maundy Thursday Experience – Jesus came to Passion week with a small group of friends.  Gather your household or bubble friends and walk through this experience to encounter Jesus’ final Passover – to encounter your God anew.  Small groups (2-8) will go station by station to act and reflect as we together prepare ourselves for Easter morning.  Gathered groups of pilgrims can journey through together every 5 minutes from the Parlor here at Central from 6-8pm.
  • Good Friday Service at 7pm at Central – The terrible event of the crucifixion told through Jesus’ seven last words. Come as we again remember what our sin has done. Come as we remember that true love bleeds. The invitation link to come in a few weeks, stay tuned.
  • Methodist Sunrise service at 7am at Cope Environmental Service – Join us for a joint Methodist service as we celebrate our risen savior at the breaking of dawn.
  • Easter Communion Service at 10am at Central UMC – HE. IS. RISEN.

 

UMW Pop-Up
Creative hands will be having a Spring Pop-Up on Sunday March 21st after Worship in Fellowship Hall.  Come check us out!
 
 
No Lamplighter?!
We will not be having a Lamplighter for April, May, or June due to our office manager, Christin Hampton going on maternity leave start March 26th. During this time, we will be offering announcements and opportunities on our Central webpage – www.richmondcumc.com under Central News. Further, we will communicate our stories, devotionals, and check-ins via the blog found there.
We are all about to emerge not just from winter, but also from the distanced, coronavirus ice age. There will be wonderful reunions, communal grief and celebration, and maybe some grace revealed especially for you. As we will be without the Lamplighter, we invite you to chronicle how the Light of the World leads you during this time. Whether it would be through journaling, devotionals, poetry, drawing, painting, building, or essay – please take time to mark how God meets you.
Then, as you feel led, we ask for the people of Central to share these works. We will gather them as they come in to share on the blog, to create a future community devotional, and maybe to have a gallery of art and expression around emerging from this pandemic. You are what make Central so special – an image bearing, adopted child of the Most High God. We look forward to hearing from you. If you have anything you would like to have published, please email Pastor Joseph at joseph@richmondcumc.com or Carla Gillespie at carla@richmondcumc.com

 

Monday Morning Connection
Monday Morning Connection will meet on March 22nd at 9am in Fellowship Hall. Please wear a mask. We will return to our usual time (second Monday) on April 12th at 9am. 

 

Pizza with the Pastors

IT’S BACK! Join us Sunday, March 28th for a socially distanced, informal time of fellowship in Fellowship Hall at 11:30am!
 
 
 

Virtual 5K

Run, walk, or crawl and record the results on Saturday, April 3rd. $25 per person Participate as a donation to missions for all or let me know the student you are supporting Register atTRIBEyouthIndiana@gmail.com. If you have paypal, you may pay with the above email address or, if you prefer, send a check, by March 31st, to Central UMC-TRIBE 1425 E. Main Richmond, IN 47374 *Flyers will be available for youth to share on Social Media or to hand out* Start spreading the news to friends and family!
 

Blood Drive at Central

The next blood at Central United Methodist has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As always, the need for blood donations is high. Covid precautions will be in practice as they have been in the past. The bar has been set high as we have forty-six time slots to fill. To register, go to redcrossblood.org enter CUMC in the box that says find a drive, select your time and put it on your calendar. Central has been recognized by the Red Cross as a strong supporter. Blood donations is a great way to continue our support.

 

Real Discipleship Survey

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website a richmondcumc.com/exploring/
 

Prayer Partners

I have had multiple responses from prayerful people who would love to be partnered with a young person in our church. Many parents have also responded that they would love for their child to be a part of this great opportunity for prayerful connections!  We only have one more need at this time!  We are in need of some praying MEN who would love to pray for and encourage (via mail) a young man or boy.  If you feel God nudging you to join us in the Prayer Partner journey, please contact Sheri via email at sheri@richmondcumc.comThanks!  

 

Wisdom Study

2020 has been a year unlike any other. Job offers wisdom unlike any other. Join us Wednesday mornings from 9-10 starting as we resume our study of Wisdom in the Bible.  Pastor Joseph will guide the conversation as we walk through the book of Job with readings, reflections, and applications during our hour together so that you are free to apply the wisdom gleaned throughout the week.  We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom –https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88545160130 Meeting ID: 885 4516 0130 or call: +1 312 626 6799 

 

Musical Reminders/Announcements:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00am: Experience a time of weekly worship and virtual fellowship from Madeleine’s home in Brookville, Ohio! We pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, and hear meditative piano music. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page.

Read more...

March 12th Updates

Easter Lilies – Last Chance to Order!

The deadline for Easter Lilies is Monday March 15th by 5pm. Any orders received after this date will not be placed. Lilies are $14.00 each. To place your order, fill out the insert in the Sunday bulletin or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com with the following information; 

Given By: 

Number of Lilies: 

In Honor Of: 

In Loving Memory Of: 

If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543.
 
 
 
 

 

Blood Drive at Central

The next blood at Central United Methodist has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. As always, the need for blood donations is high. Covid precautions will be in practice as they have been in the past. The bar has been set high as we have forty-six time slots to fill. To register, go to redcrossblood.org enter CUMC in the box that says find a drive, select your time and put it on your calendar. Central has been recognized by the Red Cross as a strong supporter. Blood donations is a great way to continue our support.

 

Virtual Coffee Hour 
Let’s connect! Sundays at 11:30am (except communion/first Sundays)
Feel free to bring your coffee or lunch and invite your friends to join us on zoom for a short time for fellowship and a chance to get to know one another a bit better.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86075240433?pwd=T2YvUk0vQlp4SCt3dk0rQlVFdmpDUT09
Meeting ID: 860 7524 0433 – Passcode: 813984 – One tap mobile +13126266799  

 

Sunday School 

We are excited to be meeting back in person! While Nicole and Sean get ready for teaching again beginning in Fall 2021, Pastor Jen could use your help with teaching the Kindergarten through 4th graders this spring and summer. Lessons are provided. There are currently 6 kids in the class. You are welcome to sign up for one time or more on your own or together with a team/group/class to hang out with these awesome kids! 
 
Pizza with the Pastors
IT’S BACK! Join us Sunday, March 28th for a socially distanced, informal time of fellowship in Fellowship Hall at 11:30am!
 

 

Real Discipleship Survey 

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at richmondcumc.com/exploring/ 

  

Prayer Partners 

I have had multiple responses from prayerful people who would love to be partnered with a young person in our church. Many parents have also responded that they would love for their child to be a part of this great opportunity for prayerful connections!  We only have one more need at this time!  We are in need of some praying MEN who would love to pray for and encourage (via mail) a young man or boy.  If you feel God nudging you to join us in the Prayer Partner journey, please contact Sheri via email at sheri@richmondcumc.com  Thanks!  
 
 

Wisdom Study

2020 has been a year unlike any other. Job offers wisdom unlike any other. Join us Wednesday mornings from 9-10 starting as we resume our study of Wisdom in the Bible.  Pastor Joseph will guide the conversation as we walk through the book of Job with readings, reflections, and applications during our hour together so that you are free to apply the wisdom gleaned throughout the week.  We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88545160130 Meeting ID: 885 4516 0130 or call: +1 312 626 6799 

  

UMW Pop-Up

Creative hands will be having a Spring Pop-Up on Sunday March 21st after Worship in Fellowship Hall.  Come check us out!
 
Monday Morning Connection
Monday Morning Connection will meet on March 22nd at 9am in Fellowship Hall. Please wear a mask. We will return to our usual time (second Monday) on April 12th at 9am. 

  

Virtual 5K 

Run, walk, or crawl and record the results on Saturday, April 3rd. $25 per person Participate as a donation to missions for all or let me know the student you are supporting Register at TRIBEyouthIndiana@gmail.com. If you have paypal, you may pay with the above email address or, if you prefer, send a check, by March 31st, to Central UMC-TRIBE 1425 E. Main Richmond, IN 47374 *Flyers will be available for youth to share on Social Media or to hand out* Start spreading the news to friends and family!
 

Praise Packs 

On Sundays, Pastor Jen sets out bags that have been prepared. Praise Packs include crayons and activity pages for kids to be engaged in worship. Would you be interested in helping put these together? Materials are prepared ahead of time and you pack the bags! Contact Pastor Jen for more information or to serve in the ways mentioned above! 

 

Light Up the Night 

My name is Denise Ebacher, I live in Centerville, Indiana. I am currently working on a personal project that I call “Light Up the Night.” Let me explain, I have a passion for the elderly not just in our community but everywhere. They have been alone and cooped up for so long without visitors. I would love to do just a little something to brighten their day or night. I have a hobby of doing liquid lead stained glass pictures, vases, etc. My goal is to make stained glass night lights for the residents. I am currently working to provide them for the residents of Ambassador Nursing Home in Centerville, Indiana, and hopefully continue giving to the residents at other nursing homes around the area. I am in no way receiving any kind of payment for this. It is my way of trying to put a smile on their face even if for just a little while with the help of our community.    

I have planned to put a note in each night light saying the following “A Gift of love from people who care.” That way my name is not on it and it is from everyone who has played a part in this project. I am asking for the following donations: Small vases of various sizes, canning jars, gallery paints, liquid leading, colored rocks, fairy lights (with a timer) that is so the residents do not have to remember to turn it off and on, AA batteries (most of those type of lights take AA), and small paint brushes. I thank you so much in advance for any help that you can give on this project. I can be contacted at 765-914-6061. Please call to make a donation, do not drop them off in the church office unless arrangements have been made.  
 

Holy Week

• Maundy Thursday Experience – Jesus came to Passion week with a small group of friends.  Gather your household or bubble friends and walk through this experience to encounter Jesus’ final Passover – to encounter your God anew.  Small groups (2-8) will go station by station to act and reflect as we together prepare ourselves for Easter morning.  Gathered groups of pilgrims can journey through together every 5 minutes from the Parlor here at Central from 6-8pm.

• Good Friday Service at 7pm on Zoom – The terrible event of the crucifixion told through Jesus’ seven last words. Come as we again remember what our sin has done. Come as we remember that true love bleeds. The invitation link to come in a few weeks, stay tuned.

• Methodist Sunrise service at 7am at Cope Environmental Service – Join us for a joint Methodist service as we celebrate our risen savior at the breaking of dawn.

Easter Communion Service at 10am at Central UMC – HE. IS. RISEN.
 

Musical Reminders/Announcements: 

  • Tuesdays at 10:00am: Experience a time of weekly worship and virtual fellowship from Madeleine’s home in Brookville, Ohio! We pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, and hear meditative piano music. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page. 
  • Wednesdays at 12:15pm: Weekly Musical Meditations from Central’s beautiful sanctuary. Reflective music played on pipe organ or piano. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page! 

Read more...

March 5th Updates

Easter Lilies 

The deadline for Easter Lilies is Monday March 15th by 5pm. Any orders received after this date will not be placed. Lilies are $14.00 each. To place your order, fill out the insert in the Sunday bulletin or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com with the following information; 

Given By: 

Number of Lilies: 

In Honor Of: 

In Loving Memory Of: 

If you have any questions, please call the office at 765-962-8543. 
 
Virtual Coffee Hour 
Let’s connect! Sundays at 11:30am (except communion/first Sundays)
Feel free to bring your coffee or lunch and invite your friends to join us on zoom for a short time for fellowship and a chance to get to know one another a bit better.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86075240433?pwd=T2YvUk0vQlp4SCt3dk0rQlVFdmpDUT09
Meeting ID: 860 7524 0433 – Passcode: 813984 – One tap mobile +13126266799  
 

Sunday School 

We are excited to be meeting back in person! While Nicole and Sean get ready for teaching again beginning in Fall 2021, Pastor Jen could use your help with teaching the Kindergarten through 4th graders this spring and summer. Lessons are provided. There are currently 6 kids in the class. You are welcome to sign up for one time or more on your own or together with a team/group/class to hang out with these awesome kids! 

Praise Packs 
 
On Sundays, Pastor Jen sets out bags that have been prepared. Praise Packs include crayons and activity pages for kids to be engaged in worship. Would you be interested in helping put these together? Materials are prepared ahead of time and you pack the bags! Contact Pastor Jen for more information or to serve in the ways mentioned above! 
 
DONUTS! 

Okay, now that I have your attention, would you be interested in helping save mouth-watering donuts from their donut funeral? If I can find some people who wouldn’t mind picking up donuts at least one day a week, they won’t have to be thrown away, and we can share them with our local shelters! Please contact me if this is a way of serving that would interest you. Thanks! ~ Pastor Jen      

 

Real Discipleship Survey 

The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at richmondcumc.com/exploring/ 

  

Prayer Partners 

I have had multiple responses from prayerful people who would love to be partnered with a young person in our church. Many parents have also responded that they would love for their child to be a part of this great opportunity for prayerful connections!  We only have one more need at this time!  We are in need of some praying MEN who would love to pray for and encourage (via mail) a young man or boy.  If you feel God nudging you to join us in the Prayer Partner journey, please contact Sheri via email at sheri@richmondcumc.com  Thanks!  

  

Upcoming UMW Meetings 

Join us on Thursday, March 11th from 9:00am – 12:00pm for Creative Hands and then from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for lunch (Reservations needed). From 1:10pm – 1:30pm we will have a short business meeting followed by our guest speaker, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, at 1:30pm. Alisa Clapp-Itnyre will teach us about CLIMATE JUSTICE. Alisa teaches a class on the environment at the college level.  She has lots of knowledge to give to us and constructive ideas we can implement daily to help save our planet.  

 

Creative Hands 

Creative hands will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 9 through lunch, as we continue working on projects to support our local charities. Please watch for announcements in the bulletins and weekly announcements. 

  

Wisdom Study – Study of Job 

2020 has been a year unlike any other. Job offers wisdom unlike any other. Join us Wednesday mornings from 9-10 starting January 13th as we resume our study of Wisdom in the Bible.  Pastor Joseph will guide the conversation as we walk through the book of Job with readings, reflections, and applications during our hour together so that you are free to apply the wisdom gleaned throughout the week.  We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall and on Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88545160130 Meeting ID: 885 4516 0130 or call: +1 312 626 6799 

  

Intentional Discipleship Workshop 

Rev. Joseph Seger will offer tools and strategies for creating an intentional discipleship pathway for your local church or expression.  Clergy, staff, and laypersons are all invited to attend.  We are excited to offer the Intentional Discipleship Workshop over 3 Zoom sessions. 

The workshop content is based on years of ministry experience and research by Dr. Phil Maynard.  Rev. Seger has been trained by Phil to offer the workshop and help to begin to discern the implementation of a discipleship pathway that supports the growth of all people in your faith community. Click HERE for more information. 

 

Virtual 5K 

Run, walk, or crawl and record the results on Saturday, April 3rd. $25 per person Participate as a donation to missions for all or let me know the student you are supporting Register at TRIBEyouthIndiana@gmail.com. If you have paypal, you may pay with the above email address or, if you prefer, send a check, by March 31st, to Central UMC-TRIBE 1425 E. Main Richmond, IN 47374 *Flyers will be available for youth to share on Social Media or to hand out* Start spreading the news to friends and family!   

 

Light Up the Night 

My name is Denise Ebacher, I live in Centerville, Indiana. I am currently working on a personal project that I call “Light Up the Night.” Let me explain, I have a passion for the elderly not just in our community but everywhere. They have been alone and cooped up for so long without visitors. I would love to do just a little something to brighten their day or night. I have a hobby of doing liquid lead stained glass pictures, vases, etc. My goal is to make stained glass night lights for the residents. I am currently working to provide them for the residents of Ambassador Nursing Home in Centerville, Indiana, and hopefully continue giving to the residents at other nursing homes around the area. I am in no way receiving any kind of payment for this. It is my way of trying to put a smile on their face even if for just a little while with the help of our community.  

  

I have planned to put a note in each night light saying the following “A Gift of love from people who care.” That way my name is not on it and it is from everyone who has played a part in this project. I am asking for the following donations: Small vases of various sizes, canning jars, gallery paints, liquid leading, colored rocks, fairy lights (with a timer) that is so the residents do not have to remember to turn it off and on, AA batteries (most of those type of lights take AA), and small paint brushes. I thank you so much in advance for any help that you can give on this project. I can be contacted at 765-914-6061. Please call to make a donation, do not drop them off in the church office unless arrangements have been made.  

 

Monday Morning Connection
Monday Morning Connection will meet on March 22nd at 9am in Fellowship Hall. Please wear a mask. We will return to our usual time (second Monday) on April 12th at 9am. 

 

Communion Offering 

The March communion offering will be given to the youth for their mission trips this summer. You can select the communion offering option when you give online or put your gift in the offering plate marked as communion offering or youth mission trip. There will be other ways to support the youth and their mission trips in the coming months. The Missions Team appreciated your monthly support of a variety of missions and benevolence to make a difference in this community and beyond.  

 

The High School students will travel to South Dakota to serve the Lakota tribe in Ft. Thompson which is the 3rd poorest county in the US.  The trip is scheduled for July 17-24. The Middle School students will stay local and sleep in the youth area of Central.  They will spend 1-2 days at Matthew 25 ministries in Cincinnati. They will also be looking for some Richmond based projects to devote some time to. Their experience is scheduled for July 8-11. 

 

  Musical Reminders/Announcements: 

  • Tuesdays at 10:00am: Experience a time of weekly worship and virtual fellowship from Madeleine’s home in Brookville, Ohio! We pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, and hear meditative piano music. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page. 
  • Wednesdays at 12:15pm: Weekly Musical Meditations from Central’s beautiful sanctuary. Reflective music played on pipe organ or piano. Streams live from Central’s Facebook page! 

Read more...