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9/3/21 Updates

Kinship Appreciation Month

The Middle School Sunday School class will be collecting Household items (detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, wipes – check the bulletin board for the full list) on Sundays, September 5 & 19.  These items are for Families who take in related children for the Foster Care system – but, they receive no stipend for doing so.  This is during Kinship Appreciation Month.
 
 

New Members Class

Central would like all who feel led to confess Christ for the first time, become baptized or join their membership with our local congregation to prayerfully consider joining this upcoming class.  Our New Member Class will begin September 19th @ 9:00am.  This class will run for 6 weeks and will cover a packet on Christian living, Methodism and Central’s ministries.  Additionally the book, I Am a Church Member, will be given to all who sign-up.  New Members will be received into the church at a service following the completion of the class.  To register, please email Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

 

UMW Meeting

UMW will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall with masks and social distancing. Our speaker will be a representative from the new Reid PACE Center.  Everyone is welcome!
 
Creative Hands
Creative hands meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Join us for Fun, Food, and fellowship as we get ready for our next pop-up on October 2nd!
 

New Class Meetings

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.

Introducing TRIBE56 – We’re so excited to launch Tribe56, a new group for all 5th & 6th graders! After our planning meeting with parents earlier this month, we’ve been eager to create something new for our younger youth. Throughout the coming months we’ll have special events and outings, including some lesson/game nights led by our senior high students for the 5th and 6th graders. More details coming soon. Contact Pastor Joseph for more info. Lots of exciting things still to come!

 

Wills and Estate Planning Workshop

The Central United Methodist Church Endowment Committee is going to host a Workshop on Wills and Estate Planning on September 26th after morning services. If you do not have a will or have not updated your will in many years, and have concerns as to how your estate may divided you may want to attend.

 

Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com.

Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the PowerPoint presentation.


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8/27/21 Updates

TRIBE – Ways to Support

Our fall season for TRIBE is up and running! There are several ways you can get involved and help support our youth: 1) Pray- Commit to praying daily for us; 2) Volunteer- Become a mentor/small group leader; 3) Snacks- Help keep us stocked with cookies, chips, pop, etc. If you can help in any of these ways, please reach out to Pastor Phil.
 
Introducing TRIBE56 – We’re so excited to launch Tribe56, a new group for all 5th & 6th graders! After our planning meeting with parents earlier this month, we’ve been eager to create something new for our younger youth. Throughout the coming months we’ll have special events and outings, including some lesson/game nights led by our senior high students for the 5th and 6th graders. More details coming soon! Our first Tribe56 event is happening this Sunday, 8/29. We’ll canoe and kayak at Middlefork Reservoir, with ice cream to follow! We’ll meet at 5pm at Central. Contact Pastor Joseph for more info. Lots of exciting things still to come!
 
Fall Lay Servant Academy
Central is hosting our Fall Lay Servant Academy for the East District of the Indiana Annual Conference on September 18 and 25.  The courses are for those who are more interested in the training, opportunities, and disciplines of deepening one’s faith journey through the United Methodist Lay Servant Ministries.  Scholarships are available.  For registration and more information go to https://inumc.swoogo.com/ealsa91821

 

UMW Meeting

UMW will meet on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall with masks and social distancing. Our speaker will be a representative from the new Reid PACE Center.  Everyone is welcome!

 

Kinship Appreciation Month

The Middle School Sunday School class will be collecting Household items (detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, wipes – check the bulletin board for the full list) on Sundays, September 5 & 19.  These items are for Families who take in related children for the Foster Care system – but, they receive no stipend for doing so.  This is during Kinship Appreciation Month.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Mae Monroe’s Celebration of Life

The family of Mae Monroe will be holding a celebration of life on what would have been her 81st birthday – September 18th, 2021. It will begin at 12:30 with a brief Celebration of Life service, followed by food, fellowship and activities, until 4:00. The celebration will be held at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 N Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, 47393. Please RSVP to Susie Lewis, by text or phone, at 765.238.0300 or by email to Frank, at famonroe@gmail.com.

Dress is summer “casual.” Masks are welcome and recommended. If a mask mandate is in place either at the county or higher level at the time of the Celebration of Life, we will follow this mandate. Memories of Mae (text, video, pictures, and/or audio) are welcomed. Please send these to Susie or Frank by Monday, September 13. These will be added to the powerpoint presentation.
 
 

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. Sunday is your last day to sign up! Sign up in the main hall after services.

 

New Class Meetings

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.
 

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 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 at 765-962-4496


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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.

There is no time like the present to take action!

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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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