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8/20/21 Updates

Masks
In Central’s continued desire to love God and love our neighbor, we recognize the growing number of cases of Covid in our community.  We ask that while our county remains on the rise in the orange or red per coronavirus.in.gov website that you would wear a mask while moving around the building, singing, or unable to be physically distanced.  This will allow us to continue to create space to worship God and for our neighbor to join us.  Again, if you feel you have any symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus, please stay home and join us in worship through our livestream.  You can find it here on our Facebook page.  We will get through this together. 
 
 
 

Small Group Leader Training

Are you a small group leader? Interested in becoming a small group leader? Pastor Joseph and Pastor Phil are hosting leadership training opportunities to explore the what, why, and how of leading a small group. The next training will be offered on Tuesday, August 24, from 7pm-8pm – in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.
 
 

Choir Returns!

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

 
 
What is an Usher?

An usher is one who serves the Lord by being that person to greet those who have come to worship. An usher is one who helps a person find a seat or find the restroom. An usher is one who helps those with walkers and canes to their seats. An usher is always serving the Lord by representing the Lord through kindness and a smile. To know more about being an usher there will be a quick meeting after the service on August 22nd and 29th to answer any and all questions that one may have about being an usher. If you have any other questions, please contact Electa Berk

 

Family Camp

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

 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Join us for at 9am thru lunch for fellowship, fun, food and maybe another Pop-Up !?!
 
 

New Sunday Conversation Space

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

 

Bread Basket

Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw have been leaders of the meals for quite some time. They would like to hand over leadership at the end of this year. They would like for 2 new leaders to step up and take over. The responsibility involves planning the meal each month, shopping for the items needed to prepare the meals, preparing the meals with the help of regular volunteers, serving the meals, and help clean up after the meal. If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Becky Shaw or Nettie Cates.

 

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

International Overdose Awareness Day

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

 

Wisdom Bible Study
The pandemic has offered challenges unlike any other in recent memory.  Job offers wisdom unlike any other text in history.  Join us Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00am starting September 1st as we resume our study of Wisdom in the Bible.  Pastor Joseph guides the conversation as we walk section by section through the book of Job.   No homework, we only ask you to reflect upon and apply the wisdom gleaned in the Word throughout the week.  We will be meeting in room 213 and on Zoom –

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88545160130 Meeting ID: 885 4516 0130   +1 312 626 6799

 

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? 
Life Line Screening will be at Central United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical.   Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-800-640-6307 and receive a $10 discount off the package or text the word circle to 797979 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at [www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle]www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle

Complete Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149 ($139 with the special Facebook discount).  Speak with the LLSA representative for more package options.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

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8/13/21 Updates

Back-to-School Prayers & Blessing the Backpacks

Sunday, August 15th, we will hear about the mission trip, we will also share prayers of blessing over backpacks, school supplies, and face masks. Please be in prayer for the new school year and all the amazing things our students will discover this year!
 
 

First Tribe Meeting

TRIBE Unite! Another school year has begun, and it is time to gather once more. Join us August 15th, at 5pm for a Back-to-School Tribal Council! This gathering will be for all the families of Tribe—students and parents. There will be games, pizza, and of course Jesus. We will have a time after dinner where children can head to the gym with childcare and we can have a Council meeting to dream, discuss, and decide on the year to come. See you there!
 

Small Group Leader Training

Are you a small group leader? Interested in becoming a small group leader? Pastor Joseph and Pastor Phil are hosting leadership training opportunities to explore the what, why, and how of leading a small group. The training will be offered two different nights Wednesday, August 18, at 6:30pm & Tuesday, August 24, at 7:00pm – both in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.
 

What is an Usher?

An usher is one who serves the Lord by being that person to greet those who have come to worship. An usher is one who helps a person find a seat or find the restroom. An usher is one who helps those with walkers and canes to their seats. An usher is always serving the Lord by representing the Lord through kindness and a smile. To know more about being an usher there will be a quick meeting after the service on August 22nd and 29th to answer any and all questions that one may have about being an usher.

 

Five Marks of a Methodist – a 6 week study

The first class is a time for fellowship: September 12th at 8:45am. Study starts on September 19th at 8:45am. Sign up in the main hall after Sunday services until August 29th
 

 

Hospital Visits

Do you have an upcoming surgery? Know someone who has been in the hospital? Let us know! In the past Reid would let us know when a member was ill but they no longer do so. We would love to come visit and pray with you but we need to know first. If you or someone you know is ever in need of a visit please contact the church office at 765-962-8543 or call Pastor Joseph’s personal cell phone at 765-277-0682
 
 

Shalom Sessions – Coronavirus and Society

With so much dividing us in our world today, the church can and should offer a third way of uniting us in following the way of Jesus. Join us on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 12:05 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.

 

New Sunday Conversation Space

Do you have questions? About your faith, life, the Bible, the history of our church, why the world the way it is? Good, we do too. We will be gathering on Sunday mornings at 9:00am beginning August 1 over coffee and snacks in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor to discuss these questions, reflect on life, and grow in Christ in light of the Bible and our good God.  For anyone grade 7 – 119 years old.
 
 

Family Camp

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

 

Women’s Prayer Group is Back!

Join us every Monday starting at noon in the parlor for a time of fellowship and prayer. All women are invited to bring a sack lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hibner.

 

Bread Basket

Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw have been leaders of the meals for quite some time. They would like to hand over leadership at the end of this year. They would like for 2 new leaders to step up and take over. The responsibility involves planning the meal each month, shopping for the items needed to prepare the meals, preparing the meals with the help of regular volunteers, serving the meals, and help clean up after the meal. If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Becky Shaw or Nettie Cates.


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8/6/21 Updates

Small Group Leader Training
Are you a small group leader? Interested in becoming a small group leader? Pastor Joseph and Pastor Phil are hosting leadership training opportunities to explore the what, why, and how of leading a small group. The training will be offered two different nights Wednesday, August 18, at 6:30pm & Tuesday, August 24, at 7:00pm – both in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pastor Joseph or Pastor Phil.
 
Family Pool Night This Sunday!
Join us Sunday, August 8th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm for a family pool night at the Cordell Municipal Pool, 9 SW 13th St., Richmond, IN 47374. Come for fellowship and a splashing good time!
 
Back-to-School Prayers & Blessing the Backpacks
Join us for worship Sunday, August 8, for a special time of prayer over all our students, teachers, school staff and administrators as they begin a new school year! Then, on August 15, as we hear about the missions trip, we will also share prayers of blessing over backpacks, school supplies, and face masks. All students are invited to bring these to service August 15. Please be in prayer for the new school year and all the amazing things our students will discover this year!
 
Organ Concert
Mark your calendars! Next Thursday, August 12th at noon, Central’s Music Minister Madeleine Demetriades will present a soft and relaxing 15-20 minute organ program. Program is in person and will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page.
 
 
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RELIEF ROOM
We are now accepting donations of small furniture items. Things such as dressers, dinette sets, coffee tables, end tables, bed frames, children desks book cases, etc. At this time we are not accepting bulky things such as couches, love seats, and recliners, but we would like to know of anything of this nature that might be available. No mattresses. At times we may need to pick these items up from the donor. With that in mind, we are looking for individuals who may have a pickup truck and would be willing, on occasion, to assist with such pickups. If you would be willing to be involved in this ministry in this manner, please contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or papamole@comcast.net.
 
Hospital Visits
Do you have an upcoming surgery? know someone who has been in the hospital? Let us know! In the past Reid would let us know when a member was ill but they no longer do so. We would love to come visit and pray with you but we need to know first. If you or someone you know is ever in need of a visit please contact the church office at 765-962-8543 or call Pastor Joseph’s personal cell phone at 765-277-0682

Family Camp
The campfire calls once again as the calendar tilts toward Fall. You and your family are invited to join Family Camp at Camp Moneto in wonderful Brown County on September 10-12. In addition to the space to worship God in creation, there are over 700 acres to explore, climbing walls, archery, and memories to be made. Make time to retreat and recharge with your Church family. Scholarships are available. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Pastor Joseph.
 
Women’s Prayer Group is Back!
Join us every Monday starting at noon in the parlor for a time of fellowship and prayer. All women are invited to bring a sack lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hibner.
 
New Sunday Conversation Space
Do you have questions? About your faith, life, the Bible, the history of our church, why the world the way it is? Good, we do too. We will be gathering on Sunday mornings at 9:00am beginning August 1 over coffee and snacks in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor to discuss these questions, reflect on life, and grow in Christ in light of the Bible and our good God. For anyone grade 7 – 119 years old.
 
 
Creative Hands
Creative Hands meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Join us for at 9am thru lunch for fellowship, fun, food and maybe another Pop-Up !?!
 
Bread Basket
Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw have been leaders of the meals for quite some time. They would like to hand over leadership at the end of this year. They would like for 2 new leaders to step up and take over. The responsibility involves planning the meal each month, shopping for the items needed to prepare the meals, preparing the meals with the help of regular volunteers, serving the meals, and help clean up after the meal. If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Becky Shaw or Nettie Cates.

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7/30/21 Updates

 
Family Pool Night!
Join us Sunday, August 8th from 7:30pm – 9:30pm for a family pool night at the Cordell Municipal Pool, 9 SW 13th St., Richmond, IN 47374. Come for fellowship and a splashing good time!
 
 
Hospital Visits
Do you have an upcoming surgery? know someone who has been in the hospital? Let us know! In the past Reid would let us know when a member was ill but they no longer do so. We would love to come visit and pray with you but we need to know first. If you or someone you know is ever in need of a visit please contact the church office at 765-962-8543
 
Prayer Walk
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 August 2nd at noon, we will have a prayer walk through our neighborhood. We will meet by the Welcome Center, 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. Together we will listen for God’s will for Central for the days ahead. 
 

Emergency Relief Room 

We are now accepting donations of small furniture items. Things such as dressers, dinette sets, coffee tables, end tables, bed frames, children desks book cases, etc. At this time we are not accepting bulky things such as couches, love seats, and recliners, but we would like to know of anything of this nature that might be available. No mattresses. At times we may need to pick these items up from the donor. With that in mind, we are looking for individuals who may have a pickup truck and would be willing, on occasion, to assist with such pickups. If you would be willing to be involved in this ministry in this manner, please contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or papamole@comcast.net.
 
 

Welcoming Pastor Phil

If you feel so led, please take some time and write a note of welcome and share some of the great things about Richmond and Central with Pastor Phil. You can drop these cards off in the office. Central will be having a welcome luncheon for Pastor Phil on August 1st. This will be a potluck pitch-in, for more information please contact Jennifer Seger. 

 
 

Bread Basket

Nettie Cates and Becky Shaw have been leaders of the meals for quite some time. They would like to hand over leadership at the end of this year. They would like for 2 new leaders to step up and take over. The responsibility involves planning the meal each month, shopping for the items needed to prepare the meals, preparing the meals with the help of regular volunteers, serving the meals, and help clean up after the meal. If you are interested in taking on this role, please contact Becky Shaw or Nettie Cates.
 
 
Back-to-School Prayers & Blessing the Backpacks
Join us for worship next Sunday, August 8, for a special time of prayer over all our students, teachers, school staff and administrators as they begin a new school year! Then, on August 15, as we hear about the missions trip, we will also share prayers of blessing over backpacks, school supplies, and face masks. All students are invited to bring these to service August 15. Please be in prayer for the new school year and all the amazing things our students will discover this year!
 
 

Grief Support Group

We began a grief support group and welcome anyone who is in need of a little company walking through a loss. We hope to share and help each other. The plan is to meet for six sessions on the second and fourth Mondays at 2 PM in the memorial room here at the church. Please contact Sherry Bailey at 765-277-6641, or sabailey7013@gmail.com to let us know of your plans to join us.

 

 

Women’s Prayer Group is Back!

Join us every Monday starting August 2nd at noon in the parlor for a time of fellowship and prayer. All women are invited to bring a sack lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hibner.

 

Family Camp

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

 

New class – Thriving in Babylon – 6 week study

Starting August 8th in Fellowship Hall 15 minutes after church service Bring your friend, bring your lunch, bring your Bible “God is in control of who’s in control.” For more information, please contact Ned or BJ Toms. 

 

Do you love music? Do you love organizing even more?!

We need a few volunteers to come in about 5 hours a month to help organize and shelve choral and handbell music in the choir room. Make your own schedule and come in when you can! Contact Madeleine at Madeleine@richmondcumc.com for more information. Thank you!


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