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November 20th Updates

UPDATE: Hanging of the Greens
If you were planning to come Saturday for staging for decorating the church and moving heavy items, please contact Pastor Jen first via email or phone.
Sunday’s gathering following worship to hang the greens has been cancelled. If your family/tribe would like to be a part of decorating the church/hanging the greens, please contact Pastor Jen to set up an appointment to help us with physical distancing.

Natural Disaster Relief
You may have just seen pictures from Hurricanes Eta and Iota.  Did you see those from Typhoons Gone and Vamco? Across the world, natural disasters are devastating communities.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief or UMCOR is one of the best long term recovery agencies in the world.  If your heart breaks over these natural disasters or other worldwide areas of concern, please keep them in your prayers and if you are able, give through these avenues.

 

 

It’s time to order your Christmas Poinsettias!

Christmas Poinsettias are $12.50 each and come in your choice of Red or White. The deadline for all Poinsettia orders is Monday, November 30th. If you would like to order your Poinsettia, you may fill out the order form that will be in your bulletin during Sunday Worship and drop it in the offering plate or you may contact Christin at 765-962-8543 or christin@richmondcumc.com with the following information. Please make all checks out to Central United Methodist Church with “Poinsettias” in the memo line. 

From:

In Honor Of:

In Memory Of:

Number of Poinsettias:

Color you would like: Red or White. 

The Laundry Project
The Intermediate Sunday School class is once again collecting quarters for the Laundry Project. While the Trustee’s Office has had to reorganize they are still in need of quarters!!!! The Laundry Jug will be in the parlor today November 22nd.
 

Food Distribution

The WCFC and Gleaners are partnering up for a food distributions this month, and they need volunteers to help make it happen! The details are:

  • 11/23 – 100 S. 10th St.   Richmond   9:30-11A

If you can volunteer, please send Caleb Smith (caleb@waynefood.org) a note to let him know! They are in need of 8-10 volunteers. Ideally, you’ll arrive 45 minutes to an hour ahead of time to help with set up. These distributions are outdoors, so dress appropriately! Let Caleb know if you have any questions or need more information. They’ll be putting out some info on social media soon, so make sure to keep your eye out to help spread the word for these events!

Caleb Smith, Chair, Wayne County Food Council

o: (765) 983-7425 or c: (765) 259-4476
 

Sounds of the Season

The 2nd annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert is going virtual this year! It will premiere on Central’s Facebook page Saturday, December 12th at 7pm. The program will feature a diverse collection of beloved Christmas classics, sacred and secular alike. Performers will include Minister of Music Madeleine Demetriades on piano and organ, Wesley Ringers Bell Choir, Chancel Choir and many others ready to get you into the Christmas spirit! You won’t want to miss this!

Lighting the Advent Wreath
Many congregations celebrate Advent by using an Advent wreath to help worshipers focus on the coming of the Messiah. Each Sunday someone lights another candle on the wreath and leads the congregation in an appropriate reading and prayer. At Christmas, the Christ candle in the center of the circle is lit, signifying that the time of waiting is over. Lighting the Advent wreath is also a great time for us to nurture one another’s faith. This year, we are asking you to share stories showing how God is working in your lives during the lighting of the Advent candles. These can be shared in person as you light the Advent wreath, or on video. Please contact Pastor Jen to learn more and sign up!
 
2021 Altar Flowers
If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2021, 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 2021!
 
Happy Birthday!
Millie Carroll will be turning 100 on the 25th of November. If you would like to send cards, please contact the church office for the address. 
 
Spice Up Their Life!
It’s time again to donate spices for the Indiana Women’s Prison Christmas bags. It’s been a hard year, so they will be delighted to receive a bottle of spice to use for cooking in their dorms. NO GLASS bottles, please. SUGGESTED SPICES: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, cinnamon, oregano, cayenne, pumpkin pie spice, Taco seasoning. Give your spice donations to Ann Cashner or bring to the church office. NO parsley, NO paprika, NO bay leaves. NO GLASS!
 
UMW News
Thursday, December 10 at 9:00, women from Creative Hands will be baking and eating Christmas goodies in the church kitchen. Come join us for socially distanced fun, food and fellowship. Come anytime between 9:00 and Noon. ALL WOMEN of the church are invited.

The new 2021 UMW Program Book will be coming out in January. You may pick up your copy at church following the service or we will mail it to you. There will be no UMW
meeting in January. The 2021 UMW “asking” is $15.00.
 
Commitment Cards
We are humbled by the initial wave of commitment Central has already undertaken for ministry in 2021. You all have again and again showed this community your willingness to pay the bill for the light to shine brightly from 1425 E Main and beyond. We are all truly blessed to be a blessing. If you have not yet offered your commitment card, please continue to pray over what God has set upon your heart.  When you have discerned, you can either place it in the offering plate this Sunday or mail it to Central UMC, 1425 E Main St. Richmond, IN  47374. Alternatively, you can login to Realm (our private online directory) and share your pledge commitment through clicking on the Giving tab and then the pledge button. Together, we will offer Hope, Faith, and Love for years to come.
 
Tech Help in Fellowship Hall
Thank you to all who came during our last session for some tech help! The next sessions are planned for Dec. 9th, Dec. 23rd, and Jan 6th at 3:00pm. If you would like to come to a session, send an email with a description of your problem/question so I can look it over: TechHelpCUMC@gmail.com
 

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November 13th Updates

Just in time for the holidays – This Sunday in Fellowship Hall
Homemade noodles and pecans, coming to you from a UMW nearby. Can’t go out shopping for that special gift? Central United Methodist Women’s Creative Hands participants have also been busy, busy, busy creating some extra special items with fall/winter and Christmas themed pillows; tea towels, tree ornaments and more. Pick up you pecans: $12 per pound and pick up noodles: $5 per pound bag (limit 3 bags) OR that special gift! Come masked and socially distance in Fellowship Hall after service. Not at the service? We’ll arrange a pick up time for you. Thank you -UMW
 
Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, Nov. 21st 10am – We need those who can move heavy objects to join us to move decorations, nativity, etc. from the pic drop to their spots for people to be able to decorate on Sunday after church! Please contact Pastor Jen if you can make it.
Sunday, Nov. 22nd following worship – Decorate the church for Advent/Christmas! We will divide into small groups/family units, wear masks, and practice social distancing to continue this tradition and spread joy, that is especially needed this year. A lite lunch will be served in Fellowship Hall before we decorate.
 
It’s time to order your Christmas Poinsettias!
Christmas Poinsettias are $12.50 each and come in your choice of Red or White. The deadline for all Poinsettia orders is Monday, November 30th. If you would like to order your Poinsettia, you may fill out the order form that will be in your bulletin during Sunday Worship and drop it in the offering plate or you may contact Christin at 765-962-8543 or christin@richmondcumc.com with the following information. Please make all checks out to Central United Methodist Church with “Poinsettias” in the memo line. 
 
From:
In Honor Of:
In Memory Of:
Number of Poinsettias:
Color you would like: Red or White. 
 

Food Distribution

The WCFC and Gleaners are partnering up for a food distributions this month, and they need volunteers to help make it happen! The details are:

  • 11/23 – 100 S. 10th St.   Richmond   9:30-11A

If you can volunteer, please send Caleb Smith (caleb@waynefood.org) a note to let him know! They are in need of 8-10 volunteers. Ideally, you’ll arrive 45 minutes to an hour ahead of time to help with set up. These distributions are outdoors, so dress appropriately! Let Caleb know if you have any questions or need more information. They’ll be putting out some info on social media soon, so make sure to keep your eye out to help spread the word for these events!

Caleb Smith

Chair, Wayne County Food Council

o: (765) 983-7425

c: (765) 259-4476
 
The Laundry Project
The Intermediate Sunday School class is once again collecting quarters for the Laundry Project. While the Trustee’s Office has had to reorganize they are still in need of quarters!!!! The Laundry Jug will be in the parlor on November 15th, and 22nd. If you are not able to come to the church service and would like to drive through either on a Sunday morning or evening between 5 and 7, we will meet you at the door. Just let us know.
 
Sounds of the Season

The 2nd annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert is going virtual this year! It will premiere on Central’s Facebook page Saturday, December 12th at 7pm. The program will feature a diverse collection of beloved Christmas classics, sacred and secular alike. Performers will include Minister of Music Madeleine Demetriades on piano and organ, Wesley Ringers Bell Choir, Chancel Choir and many others ready to get you into the Christmas spirit! You won’t want to miss this!

 
Community Emergency Relief Room
Six months have passed since the first family received assistance through the Community Emergency Relief Room in early May. We have now assisted fourteen families, involving fifty-one individuals. A user group has been established on Facebook that helps those involved with this mission to keep abreast with what is going on in the Relief Room and to communicate with each other. We would like to invite members of the CUMC congregation to join this group in order to learn more about this mission and perhaps decide they would like to become involved. The name of the user group is
Team: Community Emergency Relief Group. Come join us!
 

Commitment Cards

We are humbled by the initial wave of commitment Central has already undertaken for ministry in 2021.  You all have again and again showed this community your willingness to pay the bill for the light to shine brightly from 1425 E Main and beyond.  We are all truly blessed to be a blessing.   If you have not yet offered your commitment card, please continue to pray over what God has set upon your heart.  When you have discerned, you can either place it in the offering plate this Sunday or mail it to Central UMC, 1425 E Main St.  Richmond, IN  47374.  Alternatively, you can login to Realm (our private online directory) and share your pledge commitment through clicking on the Giving tab and then the pledge button.  Together, we will offer Hope, Faith, and Love for years to come.

 
2021 Altar Flowers
If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers, 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 2021!
 
Lighting the Advent Wreath
Many congregations celebrate Advent by using an Advent wreath to help worshipers focus on the coming of the Messiah. Each Sunday someone lights another candle on the wreath and leads the congregation in an appropriate reading and prayer. At Christmas, the Christ candle in the center of the circle is lit, signifying that the time of waiting is over. Lighting the Advent wreath is also a great time for us to nurture one another’s faith. This year, we are asking you to share stories showing how God is working in your lives during the lighting of the Advent candles. These can be shared in person as you light the Advent wreath, or on video. Please contact Pastor Jen to learn more and sign up!
 
Red Cross Blood Drive
Central United Methodist Church will once again be hosting a Red Cross blood drive. It is scheduled for 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on December 17th. As always, the need for blood donations is high. A new aspect of the blood draw is that you will be provided with information on how to check back with the Red Cross to see if they have determined if Covid antibodies are in your system. During the draw, a number of precautions will be in placed in consideration of Covid-19 restrictions. To register for the blood drive, go to redcrossblood.org and enter the code CUMCRICH. There you will be able to select a time for either a blood draw or a PowerRed draw. Hoping to see the time slots fill up quickly. Thanks.
 
Tech Help in Fellowship Hall

Thank you to all who came this past Wednesday for some tech help! The next sessions are planned for Dec. 9th, Dec. 23rd, and Jan 6th. If you would like to come to a session, send an email with a description of your problem/question so I can look it over: TechHelpCUMC@gmail.com


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November 6th Updates

Technology Assistance Tutorials
The pandemic has placed a massive strain on our technology proficiency, understanding, and stamina. We want all of Central to be resourced and trained to the level desired. We will be offering an ongoing space and basic training on whatever question you may have in regards to computers, phones, technology, and all the programs in between. Luke Sheridan is willing to learn alongside you on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3:30 in the Fellowship Hall starting October 28th. Bring your devices, questions, and desire to learn as we tackle whatever is before us together. Feel free to email Luke to better prepare him at lcsheridan1212@gmail.com.
 
A tour of the Refuge of Hope
homeless women’s shelter will be conducted by it’s new director, Briget McFadden, on Thursday, November 12th. UMW will have a short business meeting in Fellowship Hall from 1-1:30, then carpool to the shelter for a tour and a question and answer session. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to join us for lunch at noon, give me a call or text me at 765-994-1979. Ann Cashner, Pres.
 
The Laundry Project
The Intermediate Sunday School class is once again collecting quarters for the Laundry Project. While the Trustee’s Office has had to reorganize they are still in need of quarters!!!! The Laundry Jug will be in the parlor on November 8, 15, and 22. If you are not able to come to the church service and would like to drive through either on a Sunday morning or evening between 5 and 7, we will meet you at the door. Just let us know.
 
Just in time for the holidays
Homemade noodles and pecans, coming to you from a UMW nearby. Can’t go out shopping for that special gift? Central United Methodist Women’s Creative Hands participants have also been busy, busy, busy creating some extra special items with fall/winter and Christmas themed pillows; tea towels, tree ornaments and more. Can’t gather with your family because of COVID? We’ll help you figure out a way to help you make local deliveries, if necessary. Or just freeze the noodles and pecans and celebrate when the pandemic is over. Our proceeds help many local charities who need our help now more than ever. Working together in spirit and faith makes us all stronger!
 
Community Emergency Relief Room
Six months have passed since the first family received assistance through the Community Emergency Relief Room in early May. We have now assisted fourteen families, involving fifty-one individuals. A user group has been established on Facebook that helps those involved with this mission to keep abreast with what is going on in the Relief Room and to communicate with each other. We would like to invite members of the CUMC congregation to join this group in order to learn more about this mission and perhaps decide they would like to become involved. You can find the group HERE
 
Monday Morning Connection
Come join us at Monday Morning Connection for a continental breakfast on Monday, November 9th at 9:00am in the parlor. Distancing will be observed and masks are required. We will have a special speaker, Alesia Stewart, who will talk on the topic; Sandpaper People – How to deal with people who rub you the wrong way. She comes highly recommended giving an enlightening take. Ask a friend to join you! If you have any question contact Linda Jennings
 
Red Cross Blood Drive
Central United Methodist Church will once again be hosting a Red Cross blood drive. It is scheduled for 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on December 17th. As always, the need for blood donations is high. A new aspect of the blood draw is that you will be provided with information on how to check back with the Red Cross to see if they have determined if Covid antibodies are in your system. During the draw, a number of precautions will be in placed in consideration of Covid-19 restrictions. To register for the blood drive, go to redcrossblood.org and enter the code CUMCRICH. There you will be able to select a time for either a blood draw or a PowerRed draw. Hoping to see the time slots fill up quickly. Thanks.

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October 30th Updates

As we make the turn from October to November, please remember to Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance
 
REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!
 
Central Leaf Pick-up
It is that time of year again! We will be picking up leaves starting Thursday, November 5th at 9:00am and will continue though Saturday November 7th. We plan on spreading out the work over a few days to keep everyone from getting too tired. The leaves in front of the church and east side need to be raked into 15th street curb. The leaves along 14th Street need to be raked into the 14th street curb. All others will need to be bagged for us to haul to Buckleys. If you are interested in helping out, contact the church office at 765-962-8543 or contact Dave Sheets. We need all the help we can get!
 
Technology Assistance Tutorials
The pandemic has placed a massive strain on our technology proficiency, understanding, and stamina. We want all of Central to be resourced and trained to the level desired. We will be offering an ongoing space and basic training on whatever question you may have in regards to computers, phones, technology, and all the programs in between. Luke Sheridan is willing to learn alongside you on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3:30 in the Fellowship Hall starting October 28th. Bring your devices, questions, and desire to learn as we tackle whatever is before us together. Feel free to email Luke to better prepare him at lcsheridan1212@gmail.com.

 

Men’s Gathering
Thursday, November 5th at 6pm. Bring your own chair, drink, food (it can be something to cook over the fire), favorite snack, mask, 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. Dress appropriately
 
 
Community Emergency Relief Room
A big thanks goes out to those who have contributed to the Community Emergency Relief Room, especially over the past week. JC Penny knew about our Relief Room efforts and decided to donate their unliquidated clothing to our mission. For the most part, we are well stocked with men’s and women’s clothing. So, this makes our current need as shoes, children’s clothing, sweatshirts and sweatpants, bedding, and essential household and kitchen items. There is always something to do in the Relief Room. For example, there are clothes to inspect, sort and place in the appropriate location.  There are kitchen and household items to inspect and place on the shelves. We would like to encourage other members of our congregation to become a part of this effort. There is no heavy lifting. You can help whenever your schedule allows and the church office is open. To become part of the mission team, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or papamole@comcast.net and we’ll get you started.
 

Prayer Walk Monday at Noon

Prayer connects us daily to a loving God moving in our midst. Let us cover our streets in prayer as we lift up our community to this movement.  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.

 
Happy Birthday!
Ruby Clevenger, a long time member of Central, will be 99 on November 16th. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to attend services at Central due to travel and her health. Her family would really appreciate it if as many church members as possible could send her a birthday card. If you would like to send a card, please contact the church office at 765-962-8543 for the address of simply drop your card off during normal business hours.
 
A tour of the Refuge of Hope
homeless women’s shelter will be conducted by it’s new director, Briget McFadden, on Thursday, November 12. UMW will have a short business meeting in Fellowship Hall from 1-1:30, then carpool to the shelter for a tour and a question and answer session. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to join us for lunch at noon, give me a call or text me at 765-994-1979. Ann Cashner, Pres.
 
Thanksgiving Bags
Grocery bags will be handed out to the congregation on Sunday, November 8. We hope that you will fill your bag with the food items listed on the bag and return it on Sunday, November 15, to help fill 200 Thanksgiving Day dinner bags to be given out by Petra Board of Rock Solid Ministries during the week before Thanksgiving. This year there is a greater need than every before. Please be generous.
 
UMW Pecans
UMW will have one pound bags of pecans, halves or pieces, available before Thanksgiving. If you would like to pre-order, please see or call or leave a message for Shanron Rider (966-6909) or Martha Hayes (962-5009) and let us know your order. (Most years our pecans arrive by the 2nd Thursday of the month.) We will have extras available. You may also contact christin at christin@richmondcumc.com with the following information;
name, phone number, number of pounds of halves and/or number of pounds of pieces
 
The Wayne County Foundation Matching Grant is coming soon
All donations given to participating non-profits will be matched by the grant, if your donation is given between Nov. 2 and Nov. 10. If using a check, please date it for one of the days between Nov. 2-Nov.10. More information will be coming soon.
 

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