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Decebmer 30th Updates

Office Hours Reminder!
Central’s Office will be closed Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st to allow staff to spend time with their families. The office will re-open on Monday, January 4th
 
2021 Hopes, Dreams, Goals, and Intentions
Download the 2021 Hopes, Dreams, Goals, and Intentions coloring page here!

 

Fireside Conversations

2021 brings not just a new year, but also a renewed opportunity to gather.  Starting every Monday at 1:30 we will be gathering by the fireplace and on Zoom to share and discuss whatever may be on your heart or mind.  Feel free to drop in here and there or attend weekly or invite someone new.  There is no topic off limits as we conspire about what Jesus is about.  For 2021, any remaining time in the hour will be focused on Practicing the Way of Jesus.  We will go through every command of Jesus and wrestle with how we can obey them here and now.  For more questions, contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).  Zoom meeting link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81236087134, meeting ID – 812 3608 7134
 
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.

 

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.

Musical Reminders
• 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!
 

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 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

 

Central Childcare is Hiring!

If you or someone you know is interested in working in our childcare, please contact Pastor Jen at jennifer@richmondcumc.com or call the office at 765-962-8543.

 

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

+1 312 626 6799

 

Alpha

Alpha is a time where you can explore life’s biggest questions in an intimate, relational atmosphere. It features a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, run over eleven weeks. Each session features a talk exploring different questions around faith, and a time for small group discussion.

During the conversation, you’ll have the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic and hear from others. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Alpha has been run all around the globe and is designed to be a place where everyone is welcome. You don’t have to come with all the questions because it is really about exploring. The adventurer and TV personality, Bear Grylls said, “Alpha was the best thing I ever did. It helped answer some huge questions and to find a simple empowering faith in my life.”

January 12th – March 30th (11 weeks)

Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:00pm

Meeting on Zoom

Cost – $0

Leader: Joseph Seger


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December 24th Updates

Zoom Gathering after Sunday Service

As more and more of us are joining worship from our homes, we wanted to offer a space for us to see one another and hear from one another.  For every Sunday in Advent, we will be meeting on Zoom immediately following the service.  This will include time to just say hi and chat, a few questions for conversation, and some breakout rooms for deeper conversation with a smaller group.  I look forward to seeing you after services on Sunday:

Topic: After church zoom Time: Dec 27, 2020 11:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82217647405

Meeting ID: 822 1764 7405

312 626 6799
 

 

Holiday Office Hours

Central’s Office will be closed on the following dates to allow staff to spend time with their families

Friday December 25th

Monday December 28th

Thursday December 31st

Friday January 1st
 

Fireside Conversations

2021 brings not just a new year, but also a renewed opportunity to gather.  Starting every Monday at 1:30 we will be gathering by the fireplace and on Zoom to share and discuss whatever may be on your heart or mind.  Feel free to drop in here and there or attend weekly or invite someone new.  There is no topic off limits as we conspire about what Jesus is about.  For 2021, any remaining time in the hour will be focused on Practicing the Way of Jesus.  We will go through every command of Jesus and wrestle with how we can obey them here and now.  For more questions, contact Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).  Zoom meeting link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81236087134, meeting ID – 812 3608 7134

 

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.

 

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 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

 

Central Childcare is Hiring!

If you or someone you know is interested in working in our childcare, please contact Pastor Jen at jennifer@richmondcumc.com or call the office at 765-962-8543.
 
 

Community Food Pantry

Meijer has selected our pantry to participate in their Holiday SIMPLY GIVE campaign from now until January 2, 2021.  While shopping at Meijer you can pick up a $10 Simply Give card and all that money will come to our pantry. The little tag says $10 but you can pay any amount. Thank you for your prayers and support for our pantry.

 

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

+1 312 626 6799

 

2021 Pledge Cards

Thank you for committing to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world here at Central!
 

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December 18th Updates

Longest Night Service
We will have two opportunities to gather for the Longest Night. During the 5-6pm hour on Dec. 21st you are welcome to come to the church sanctuary at any time to spend time in prayer. Pastors will also be available to pray with you. At 7pm, we will gather on zoom (info below) for the service. You can access the service via phone call or internet. The service will not be on Facebook. Please let Pastor Jen know if you have any questions. You may also request a recording of the service if you are unable to attend at that time.

For many, Christmas can feel more like a season of great darkness and shadows. We may be experiencing loneliness, grief, loss, separation, pain, and/or sickness, especially this year. One of the ways in which we can survive the holiday season is to claim and acknowledge our feelings, both the good and the bad. It has been a practice the past few years to create a space where people can be themselves and bring their sadness to the Lord. The Longest Night Service (sometimes referenced as Blue Christmas) will offer us a way to claim those feelings and still feel surrounded by the compassionate love of God. If you are searching for a place to just be, for a place to experience God’s love, and for a place to feel a glimmer of hope and peace, join us.


Topic: Central UMC Longest Night Service
Time: Dec 21, 2020 07:00 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89939217988?pwd=NUJ3ZG5Od2xNM0pwOWlVNndzbUNPdz09 
 
Christmas Eve Services
On December 24th, we will be having our Christmas Eve Family Service virtually @ 4:30 pm on our Facebook Page. Our Candlelight service will be offered both virtually on Facebook and in –person (REGISTER HERE) @ 8:00 pm. You are welcome to tune into both. We still encourage those who can comfortably watch online to please do so. For those who do not have candles at home, we will have candles available for pick up starting this Sunday. If you would like a candle delivered, please contact the church office. Though there will not be room for us all in the sanctuary, may our lights shine brightly throughout Richmond and beyond this Christmas Eve!
 
Zoom Gathering after Sunday Service

As more and more of us are joining worship from our homes, we wanted to offer a space for us to see one another and hear from one another.  For every Sunday in Advent, we will be meeting on Zoom immediately following the service.  This will include time to just say hi and chat, a few questions for conversation, and some breakout rooms for deeper conversation with a smaller group.  I look forward to seeing you after services on Sunday:

Topic: After church zoom Time: Dec 20, 2020 11:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617975743?pwd=TFZ5MFFNQkpEVUdZQ2JMUU8yTnRlZz09
Meeting ID: 896 1797 5743
Passcode: 239119
Dial by your location
1 312 626 6799 US

 

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.

 

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. 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

 

Central Childcare is Hiring!

If you or someone you know is interested in working in our childcare, please contact Pastor Jen at jennifer@richmondcumc.com or call the office at 765-962-8543. This is a great opportunity for college students on Christmas break!

 

Community Food Pantry

Meijer has selected our pantry to participate in their Holiday SIMPLY GIVE campaign from now until January 2, 2021.  While shopping at Meijer you can pick up a $10 Simply Give card and all that money will come to our pantry. The little tag says $10 but you can pay any amount. Thank you for your prayers and support for our pantry.

 

Boys & Girls Club Christmas Shop 2020

The Boys & Girls Club Christmas Shop of 2020 was re-styled in Covid 19 fashion. We were able to set up, guide the children through the shop and send them home with boxed and wrapped gifts while maintaining social distancing. In fact, the process went so smoothly we are planning to streamline the operation in a similar manner in the future. We appreciate all the donations that are given to us throughout the year by church families. Thank you to the members of Central who voluntarily gave their time to set up and oranize the gifts: Pat Heiny, Dana Mollenkopf, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and Sara Wright. A special thank you to the committee of 7 women who worked the entire 9 days. They included Ann Herrman and 6 members of Central United Methodist: Cindy Hayworth, Sharon Enright, Aileen Githens, Nettie Cates, Susie Auman, and Carla Stidham. Well doine ladies!

 

Vaile Gift Cards

Thank you for contributing towards giving gift cards to Vaile Elementary. We were able to give them $175 worth! You generosity is much appreciated.

 

Holiday Office Hours

Central’s Office will be closed on the following dates to allow staff to spend time with their families

Friday December 25th

Monday December 28th

Thursday December 31st

Friday January 1st
 
 

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December 11th Updates

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.
 
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…publicly. Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:05 in the Fellowship Hall for a brown bag lunch as we discuss and listen to the matters and efforts breaking and making the Shalom of our community. This Tuesday the 15th, we will be discussing poverty, homelessness, and our church’s benevolent response to this complex reality.
 
 
Christmas Eve Services
On December 24th, we will be having our Christmas Eve Family Service virtually @ 4:30 pm on our Facebook Page. Our Candlelight service will be offered both virtually on Facebook and in –person (REGISTER HERE) @ 8:00 pm. You are welcome to tune into both. We still encourage those who can comfortably watch online to please do so. For those who do not have candles at home, we will have candles available for pick up starting this Sunday. If you would like a candle delivered, please contact the church office. Though there will not be room for us all in the sanctuary, may our lights shine brightly throughout Richmond and beyond this Christmas Eve!
 

Longest Night Service
We will have two opportunities to gather for the Longest Night. During the 5-6pm hour on Dec. 21st you are welcome to come to the church sanctuary at any time to spend time in prayer. Pastors will also be available to pray with you. At 7pm, we will gather on zoom (info below) for the service. You can access the service via phone call or internet. The service will not be on Facebook. Please let Pastor Jen know if you have any questions. You may also request a recording of the service if you are unable to attend at that time.

For many, Christmas can feel more like a season of great darkness and shadows. We may be experiencing loneliness, grief, loss, separation, pain, and/or sickness, especially this year. One of the ways in which we can survive the holiday season is to claim and acknowledge our feelings, both the good and the bad. It has been a practice the past few years to create a space where people can be themselves and bring their sadness to the Lord. The Longest Night Service (sometimes referenced as Blue Christmas) will offer us a way to claim those feelings and still feel surrounded by the compassionate love of God. If you are searching for a place to just be, for a place to experience God’s love, and for a place to feel a glimmer of hope and peace, join us.

Topic: Central UMC Longest Night Service
Time: Dec 21, 2020 07:00 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89939217988?pwd=NUJ3ZG5Od2xNM0pwOWlVNndzbUNPdz09 

 

Zoom Gathering after Sunday Service

As more and more of us are joining worship from our homes, we wanted to offer a space for us to see one another and hear from one another.  For every Sunday in Advent, we will be meeting on Zoom immediately following the service.  This will include time to just say hi and chat, a few questions for conversation, and some breakout rooms for deeper conversation with a smaller group.  I look forward to seeing you after services on Sunday:

Topic: After church zoom Time: Dec 20, 2020 11:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617975743?pwd=TFZ5MFFNQkpEVUdZQ2JMUU8yTnRlZz09
Meeting ID: 896 1797 5743
Passcode: 239119
Dial by your location
1 312 626 6799 US

 

Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem:
Tuesdays, through Dec. 22nd You are invited to join Pastor Jen as she participates in this offering from Conference leadership and author Rev. Todd Outcalt for a Tuesday afternoon focus on joy and the miracle of Christ’s birth through Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas. With leadership provided by Bishop Trimble alongside pastors Oscar Ramos-Gallardo, Marcy Patrick, and Pete Ward, we’ll gather for a devotional focus designed to bring you rest and encouragement in the midst of this season. Meetings will be held Tuesdays, December 1-22 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). For the Zoom link and to register, contact Luska.Natali@inumc.org. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jen for more information and let her know if you’ll be on the call with her!

 

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.

 

Spice Up Their Life!
A big thank you to all the people who donated bottles of spices for the Indiana Women’s Prison Christmas bags. A HUGE thank you to Jeff Logue, who donated $500 toward this project, and to Losantville UMC and Hagerstown UMC, who also donated spices. I am excited to be able to deliver 725 bottles of spices to the prison this coming week. The women will be THRILLED! May God bless you for giving, Ann Cashner, VICTORY Prison Ministry Genesis Board Member!
 
Thank You, Central!
The Genesis Board would like to thank everyone who donated to this year’s Wayne County Foundation Matching Fund for Genesis. Genesis raised $35,000 through donations during the match week, then received the $5,000 match from the Foundation. Thank you to the members of Central for supporting Genesis over the years and for always being so very generous.

 

Advent Virtual Hymn Study

Tuesdays in December at 2:30, thru 12/22

During the 4 weeks of Advent, Minister of Music Madeleine Demetriades will lead us through portions of Robert Morgan’s book, Then Sings My Soul. We will discuss the fascinating histories of classic Christmas carols such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and more. Let us know if you would be interested in participating, and we will send reading materials and the zoom link. We promise a fun time of learning, laughter and fellowship! Email madeleine@richmondcumc.com for more information.
 
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. 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

 

December School Support

Vaile Elementary: We are collecting Meijer gift cards so that the school may purchase supplies for their upcoming parties, which include sugar cookies, icing, and sprinkles for 17 classrooms. Please turn in the gift cards by Monday, Dec. 14th. Contact Pastor Jen if you have questions.

 

Central Childcare is Hiring!

If you or someone you know is interested in working in our childcare, please contact Pastor Jen at jennifer@richmondcumc.com or call the office at 765-962-8543. This is a great opportunity for college students on Christmas break!

Community Food Pantry

Meijer has selected our pantry to participate in their Holiday SIMPLY GIVE campaign from now until January 2, 2021.  While shopping at Meijer you can pick up a $10 Simply Give card and all that money will come to our pantry. Additionally Saturday December 19 will be a DOUBLE MATCH DAY  the Meijer Corporation will double match (your $10 gift will become $30). AND, you are not limited to $10!  The little tag says $10 but you can pay any amount. Thank you for your prayers and support for our pantry.
 

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