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September 24th Updates

UMW Fall Pop-Up
Thank you for your support of the United Methodist Women’s Trunk Show Pop-Up. We kept busy, we had fun, we hope you enjoy your purchases. We look forward to gathering again. (The noodle elders may assemble soon, at a safe distance, with PPE.) Do you need pecans? More info later coming soon!
 
Worship Team
Will you prayerfully consider serving on the Worship Team? We have many dreams to grow our worship services in the coming years so that others will have space to connect to God. This might mean new services, different services, or television services. All of these need more servants in the audio video work to become a reality. Please prayerfully discern whether you have the time and heart to bring worship more fully to someone else. Do not worry about the skills. God equips the called more than God calls the equipped. And I know several people ready and willing to walk every step with you. If you feel this tug on your heart, please send me an email
joseph@richmondcumc.com.
 
Step Out Saturday – October 3rd
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the distributed time of the coronavirus, On October 3rd, we are hoping to do this well here at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship, a community luncheon, prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities. More information to come. Please be in prayer that we might glorify our Father and shine our lights well.
 
Lamplighter Devotionals and Testimonies
We are asking for devotionals and testimonies from the congregation to be shared in a future Lamplighter. If you feel led to share, please submit yours to Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.
 
UMW Unit Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 8th at 1:00pm, come join us in Fellowship Hall as Dr. Paul Rider speaks to us about COVID and the pandemic as it applies to Richmond. This should be a very interesting and informative program. ALL are invited. We will be socially distanced, and will all wear masks, as we fellowship and learn together.
 
Marriage Night – Registration Deadline October 1st!
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend. Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.
Tickets are available for $15 per person. visit the link below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC
https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507
Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.
 
Thank you!
The Methodist ladies that prepare sack lunches and dinners at Rock Solid thank Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw for their leadership and Aileen Githens for her generous donations.

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September 18th Updates

Our local charities need our help now more than ever
To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Even Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items. The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.
 
Community Emergency Relief Room
The Community Emergency Relief Room will be part of the UMC Pop-up scheduled for September 26. Representatives of the Relief Room will be on hand to share information about this new mission and will have items available for purchase to help support the mission. Included will be brand new LuLaRoe women’s clothing and leggings available at a great price. A large amount of Tupperware will also be available for purchase. So be sure to look for our display, get some items for yourself or for Christmas presents for others, and in doing so, contribute to the Relief Room ministry.
 
 
Getting Political – 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. Following up on Pastor Joseph’s sermon on the church as a political (but not partisan) entity, we will be continuing the conversation. 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 week, the 15th, we will again be discussing the political nature of the church and take requests for future topics of conversation.
 
Worship Team
There is much you will find in this newsletter calling you to portions of what home means for us at Central. The devotionals which call us to walk deeper with God. The reports of the good works we are shining to Richmond and beyond. The invitations to serve in building a home for many to follow Jesus here at Central. Fall break sits like an oasis for this strange school year. The Living prayer studies continue to call us to one another and a deeper walk with God. We continue to serve many every week here through the ministry of our building. Soon we will offer our commitment cards for 2021 and the work God has for us all at Central. There is much going on with our Central home.
I will offer one such invitation for this intersection of wisdom and the 21st century. Will you prayerfully consider serving on the Worship Team? We have many dreams to grow our worship services in the coming years so that others will have space to connect to God. This might mean new services, different services, or television services. All of these need more servants in the audio video work to become a reality. Please prayerfully discern whether you have the time and heart to bring worship more fully to someone else. Do not worry about the skills. God equips the called more than he calls the equipped. And I know several people ready and willing to walk every step with you. If you feel this tug on your heart, please send me an email joseph@richmondcumc.com.
 
Marriage Night – REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1ST
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend. Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.
Tickets are available for $15 per person. visit the link below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC
https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507
Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.
 
Step Out Saturday – October 3rd 11:30am
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the pandemic. On October 3rd, we plan to do this at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship and a community luncheon beginning at 11:30am. Prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities will follow. Please be in prayer about the ways we can let our lights shine before others on this day and every day! Please wear a Central or red shirt.
 
Are you a Caregiver?
Are you caring for a loved one? Do you need a listening ear? Do you need suggestions of help? WE ARE HERE! RICHMOND AREA SUPPORT GROUP 1ST AND 3RD Wednesday each month 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. First English Lutheran Church (rear door) 2727 E. Main St. Richmond IN. WE CARE!

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September 11th Updates

Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are required. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.
 
Our local charities need our help now more than ever
To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Even Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items. The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.
 
Save the Date – October 3rd
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” So many at Central have done this well in their own mission fields during the distributed time of the coronavirus, On October 3rd, we are hoping to do this well here at Central. There will be outdoor praise and worship, a community luncheon, prayer walks, projects, and service opportunities. More information to come. Please be in prayer that we might glorify our Father and shine our lights well.
 
Getting Political – 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. Following up on Pastor Joseph’s sermon on the church as a political (but not partisan) entity, we will be continuing the conversation. 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 week, the 15th, we will again be discussing the political nature of the church and take requests for future topics of conversation.
 

Community Emergency Relief Room

The Community Emergency Relief Room continues to assist families who have faced emergencies, the latest of which occurred on September 1. To date, assistance has been provided to nine families involving 33 individuals, including 23 adults and 10 children. We continue to need bedding, essential kitchen items, shoes, men’s pants and school age clothing. Appreciation is given to those who continue to donate physical items as well as financial support. In response to how financial support can be provided, it can be done by submitting a check made out to Central United Methodist Church with Emergency Relief Room listed on the memo line. It is also possible to donate online through Realm. As always, anyone interested in seeing the Relief Room need only catch Dana Mollenkopf on Sundays and he will be happy to take you down.

 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.


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September 4th Updates

The Workbook of Living Prayer Study begins September 6th

Although the world is dramatically changing our need to pray has remained constant. Join us in this formative time to make prayer come alive. This six week prayer adventure begins after your first gathering in September and features daily commentary on a particular facet of prayer, scripture readings, and reflections by the author.

There are 11 groups offering different study times that you can be a part of. To register join us on Realm! Here is how it’s done. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office or one of the leaders of the groups. Check out our Realm resource page if you are not signed-up for Realm. For friends and others who do not have a Realm account, we will have sign-ups available on Sunday morning.

 

Community Emergency Relief Room

The Community Emergency Relief Room continues to assist families who have faced emergencies, the latest of which occurred on September 1. To date, assistance has been provided to nine families involving 33 individuals, including 23 adults and 10 children. We continue to need bedding, essential kitchen items, shoes, men’s pants and school age clothing. Appreciation is given to those who continue to donate physical items as well as financial support. In response to how financial support can be provided, it can be done by submitting a check made out to Central United Methodist Church with Emergency Relief Room listed on the memo line. It is also possible to donate online through Realm. As always, anyone interested in seeing the Relief Room need only catch Dana Mollenkopf on Sundays and he will be happy to take you down.

 

Family Camp – Last Weekend to Sign-up!

A great opportunity to escape to the woods of Brown County will come September 18-20. Families will have the opportunity to hike, challenge, shop, and experience all that Camp Moneto and Brown County have to offer. We realize not everyone will be able to participate at this time, so we will ask all to love and respect the social distance of any family who chooses to join. There are over 700 acres to socially distance effectively while having ample opportunity to gather safely for times of worship and fellowship.  Come and join us in God’s good creation. For those interested, please email Pastor Joseph for more details and costs.

 

Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle will resume meeting on Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 A.M. in the church parlor. We will practice social distancing. Masks are required. Please join us for this opportunity to be together again in fellowship and love of Christ Jesus.

 

UMW Pop-Up

To keep from going Covid Crazy, Creative Hands has kept busy creating for you! Social distancing hasn’t kept us from making pillows, pumpkins and plentiful hand crafted items.  The sale of our handiwork raises funds for UMW to support local charities. And since most of us aren’t out shopping too much, what better way to shop for the holidays. So pop over to the church parking lot from 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sept. 26th for our open air pandemic pop-up from the trunks of our cars and SUVs/ Enjoy complimentary treats with styles by The Secret Ingredient.

 

Love Offering

Greg Scott, one of our custodians, will be having surgery soon. If you would like to give a love offering to support him during this time and lower the costs associated with this procedure, please send a check written to the church with “Love Offering – Greg” in the memo line, or you can give online and choose the love offering option. Please contact the office if you have questions. Thank you for your support!

 

Marriage Night

We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity coming up on October 10th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm. We are registered as a host site for the Marriage Night simulcast event presented by RightNow Media, and we would love for you to attend.

Marriage Night is a one-night event for married and engaged couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Matt and Lauren Chandler, Conway and Jada Edwards, Les and Leslie Parrott, and comedian Michael Jr. Mark your calendar and plan to attend—it’ll be worth your time.

Tickets are available for $15 per person. Click below to register to attend Marriage Night at Central UMC

https://events.rightnowmedia.org/attendee/site/2507

Due to Covid-19 this is virtual. The simulcast link will be emailed to participants. You can drive thru to pick up dinner. More details to follow! If you don’t have access to internet, contact the church office to register for a spot at the church.

 

UMW News

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 10th at 12:45pm for a program called “The Tale of Three Trees” presented by  our Vice President, Linda Foley. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 8th to come hear Dr. Paul Rider from the Health Department. ALL are welcome!  We’d love to have you join us.


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