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7/9/21 Updates

Welcoming Pastor Phil

Pastor Phil Carder will be joining Central this coming Monday.  Please be in prayer for him.  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 him.  You can drop these cards off in the office.  We will also be having a night out at the ball park on July 16 to show Pastor Phil our Richmond Jazz.  Rev. Phil’s first Sunday will be on the 18th with his first time sharing the Word with us coming on July 25th.  Central will be having a welcome luncheon for Pastor Phil on August 1.  This will be a potluck pitch-in, for more information please contact Jennifer Seger.
 
Church Grounds Shrub Trimming
Saturday, July 10 @ 8:30 AM. We need as many people as possible to help trim shrubs. This is a big task that we need lots of help. Contact Dave Sheets, 765-914-2437 if you have questions.
 
 

Grief Support Group

We are beginning 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, beginning July 12. Please contact Sherry Bailey at 765-277-6641, or sabailey7013@gmail.com to let us know of your plans to join us.

 

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 July 12th 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.  Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.

 

Real Discipleship Survey

We are told to follow Jesus, but how do I know where I stand in the journey…what to do next?  The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! Once you take the survey, you will receive your results along with some suggestions on how you can continue to mature in journeying with Jesus. You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at richmondcumc.com/exploring/

 

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!

 

Read the Gospels With Us

Jesus is the foundation and direction of all of our discipleship journeys. Join your Central Family and walking through the four Gospels this July. You can pick up a bookmark with the reading plan on it, in the church office. Bring the discussions of your Scriptural encounters to dinner table, small groups, and everyday life as we together re-center in Jesus’ story.

 

Altar Guild

Central’s Altar Guild works quietly, and behind the scenes, each week to be sure that the sanctuary candles are filled with oil, the pew pockets are filled with prayer cards and donation envelopes, that flowers are on the altar, and that an appropriate banner is hung. Each member of the Altar Guild team picks a month or maybe even two. During their month(s) they come into the church during the week to prepare the sanctuary for the Sunday service, or a funeral, or a wedding.  We also have wedding Ladies (Shanron Rider,Carol Bucher, Jennifer Hall, and Martha Hayes) who  attend to all the needs of the brides and grooms and their families. If you would like to become a member of Central’s Altar Guild, call the church office at 962-8543 or Ann Cashner at 765-962-8458.

 

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.


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7/2/21 Updates

THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY JULY 5TH

Grief Support Group

We are beginning 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, beginning July 12. Please contact Sherry Bailey at 765-277-6641, or sabailey7013@gmail.com to let us know of your plans to join us.

 

Church Grounds Shrub Trimming

Saturday, July 10 @ 8:30 AM. We need as many people as possible to help trim shrubs. This is a big task that we need lots of help. Contact Dave Sheets, 765-914-2437 if you have questions.

 

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 July 12th 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.  Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.

 

Peace Study with Pastor Keya Davis from Kenya

Welcome to a series of Bible study Wednesdays and Sundays starting next week at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm and 8:45 am – 9:45 am respectively in room 207. The purpose of the Bible study series is to bring an understanding of the ministry of peace and social transformation and being active agents of change by engaging in social justice in the efforts to make this world a better place to live. In this series, various aspects of the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Prince of peace will be explored with a view to achieving the following goals that will revive and inspire the ministry of social justice in Christendom.

  • Jesus is the Supreme example of social justice and peace
  • Relationship With Jesus is the Key to successful ministry of social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that Christianity should be up front in social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that every Christian is an agent of change at home or abroad.

For more information, please contact the church office

 

Real Discipleship Survey

We are told to follow Jesus, but how do I know where I stand in the journey…what to do next?  The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! Once you take the survey, you will receive your results along with some suggestions on how you can continue to mature in journeying with Jesus. You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at richmondcumc.com/exploring/

 

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!

 

Read the Gospels With Us

Jesus is the foundation and direction of all of our discipleship journeys. Join your Central Family and walking through the four Gospels this July. You can pick up a bookmark with the reading plan on it, in the church office. Bring the discussions of your Scriptural encounters to dinner table, small groups, and everyday life as we together re-center in Jesus’ story.

 

Creative Hands

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

 

Altar Guild

Central’s Altar Guild works quietly, and behind the scenes, each week to be sure that the sanctuary candles are filled with oil, the pew pockets are filled with prayer cards and donation envelopes, that flowers are on the altar, and that an appropriate banner is hung. Each member of the Altar Guild team picks a month or maybe even two. During their month(s) they come into the church during the week to prepare the sanctuary for the Sunday service, or a funeral, or a wedding.  We also have two Wedding Ladies (Shanron Rider and Carol Bucher) who  attend to all the needs of the brides and grooms and their families. If you would like to become a member of Central’s Altar Guild, call the church office at 962-8543 or Ann Cashner at 765-962-8458.


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June 25th Updates

Church Conversation Sunday June 27th

We are at a point where cases are as low as they have been since March of 2020 and we can once again gather freely.  We have been through so much in the past 15 months.  Let’s take some time to check in as we will have a church conversation about the many changes we have seen, the losses we have endured, what we have learned in this time and the hope of the years ahead.  We will gather 5 minutes after the end of the worship service in the Sanctuary to take time to hear from one another. 
 

Community in Unity – June 29th

Community in Unity is a group offering gracious space for the conversation of race in our community.  The religious organizations of Richmond will gather this month on June 29th at 10am in Fellowship Hall at Central United Methodist Church.  We will continue to share what we are seeing in our community, what our congregations are doing, and what is going on in the world.  I have invited Pastor Davis Keya from Kenya and recent graduate from ESR to share about his perspectives of racial and tribal tensions at home, here in the US, and how we can all continue to be peacemakers in the midst of it all.  Donuts and Coffee provided.  For more information, please contact Pastor Joseph.
 

Patriotic Pipe Organ Concert (Virtual only)

Thursday, July 1st – 12:00pm-1:00pm

Tune into Central’s facebook page to listen live as Madeleine plays patriotic classics such as America the Beautiful, the Star Spangled Banner, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and more! You won’t want to miss this special program.
 

Real Discipleship Survey

We are told to follow Jesus, but how do I know where I stand in the journey…what to do next?  The Real Discipleship Survey is an instrument designed to support the development of maturing disciples at both the personal and congregational levels. It measures the level of maturity in each of six dimensions of discipleship: Worship, Hospitality, Open to Jesus, Obeying Jesus, Service, and Generosity. The Indiana Conference has purchased a conference-wide license which makes the survey free for all INUMC churches and congregants! Once you take the survey, you will receive your results along with some suggestions on how you can continue to mature in journeying with Jesus. You can find the links to the Real Discipleship Survey and the Instructions on our website at richmondcumc.com/exploring/

 

Prayers for New Beginnings in Old Space

With the departure of the Boys and Girls Club from Central, we have a path ahead to form new ministries and reimagine the space. Yes, we are still in grief. God still calls us along the Journey. What ways can we proclaim Jesus there? Which new communities could we serve? How could our Central family grow into this space? What is God asking of Central in the months to come? If you feel called to serve the least and the lost in our neighborhood, if you would all people to know Je-sus, if you are willing to make disciples in news ways – please, spend time in prayer asking for God’s will to be revealed. Walk those now empty areas. Take time to sit there in prayer. God is good and he will show us the way.

 

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 July 12th 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.  Please contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.

 

Community Food Pantry

Since the pandemic began, we have limited the number of hours we are open and used the same 6 volunteers to staff the pantry to minimize our volunteers’ exposure to the virus.  We are open Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00-3:00 PM.  Those volunteers are getting tired; the pandemic is receding — WE ARE READY FOR A FEW NEW VOLUNTEERS.  Still we are keeping clients outside the pantry by passing pre-prepared sacks of food through the two east windows so there is no close contact or exposure to clients. We need several volunteers from 12:30-3:00 Wednesday and/or Thursday. TO VOLUNTEER OR ASK QUESTIONS — CALL BECKY SHAW 765-960-5028 Leave your name and phone number, Becky will return your call.

 

Grief Support Group

We are beginning 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, beginning July 12. Please contact Sherry Bailey at 765-277-6641, or sabailey7013@gmail.com to let us know of your plans to join us.

 

 Peace Study with Pastor Keya Davis from Kenya

Welcome to a series of Bible study Wednesdays and Sundays starting next week at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm and 8:45 am – 9:45 am respectively in room 207. The purpose of the Bible study series is to bring an understanding of the ministry of peace and social transformation and being active agents of change by engaging in social justice in the efforts to make this world a better place to live. In this series, various aspects of the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Prince of peace will be explored with a view to achieving the following goals that will revive and inspire the ministry of social justice in Christendom.

  • Jesus is the Supreme example of social justice and peace
  • Relationship With Jesus is the Key to successful ministry of social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that Christianity should be up front in social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that every Christian is an agent of change at home or abroad.

For more information, please contact the church office


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June 18th Updates

Frequent flyer miles donations?

Friends, we are currently interviewing candi-dates for our Youth and Associate Pastor posi-tions. We might come to a point where we would like to fly in prospective candidates. Would any of you that have “stored up frequent flyer” airline miles be willing to donate them to this cause? If so, please contact Pastor Joseph.
 

Church Conversation June 27th

We are at a point where cases are as low as they have been since March of 2020 and we can once again gather freely.  We have been through so much in the past 15 months.  Let’s take some time to check in as we will have a church conversation about the many changes we have seen, the losses we have endured, what we have learned in this time and the hope of the years ahead.  We will gather 5 minutes after the end of the worship service in the Sanctuary to take time to hear from one another. 
 

Prayers for New Beginnings in Old Space

With the departure of the Boys and Girls Club from Central, we have a path ahead to form new ministries and reimagine the space. Yes, we are still in grief. God still calls us along the Journey. What ways can we proclaim Jesus there? Which new communities could we serve? How could our Central family grow into this space? What is God asking of Central in the months to come? If you feel called to serve the least and the lost in our neighborhood, if you would all people to know Je-sus, if you are willing to make disciples in news ways – please, spend time in prayer asking for God’s will to be revealed. Walk those now empty areas. Take time to sit there in prayer. God is good and he will show us the way.

 

Have you ever volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club?

If you have ever served with the Boys and Girls Club here at Central, they would like to invite you to sign a pillow to help remember all the great things Central has done for them. You can find this pillow in the office during normal business hours. If you would like to sign the pillow, please do so before June 30th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at 765-962-8543

 

Community Food Pantry

Since the pandemic began, we have limited the number of hours we are open and used the same 6 volunteers to staff the pantry to minimize our volunteers’ exposure to the virus.  We are open Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00-3:00 PM.  Those volunteers are getting tired; the pandemic is receding — WE ARE READY FOR A FEW NEW VOLUNTEERS.  Still we are keeping clients outside the pantry by passing pre-prepared sacks of food through the two east windows so there is no close contact or exposure to clients. We need several volunteers from 12:30-3:00 Wednesday and/or Thursday. TO VOLUNTEER OR ASK QUESTIONS — CALL BECKY SHAW 765-960-5028 Leave your name and phone number, Becky will return your call.
 

Grief Support Group

We are beginning 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, beginning July 12. Please contact Sherry Bailey at 765-277-6641, or sabailey7013@gmail.com to let us know of your plans to join us.

 

Office Support Team

From time to time Christin needs help with various tasks or coverage in the office. If you would be willing to be on an “On-Call” list to volunteer, please contact Christin at 765-962-8543 or email her at christin@richmondcumc.com

 

Peace Study with Pastor Keya Davis from Kenya

Welcome to a series of Bible study Wednesdays and Sundays starting next week at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm and 8:45 am – 9:45 am respectively in room 207. The purpose of the Bible study series is to bring an understanding of the ministry of peace and social transformation and being active agents of change by engaging in social justice in the efforts to make this world a better place to live. In this series, various aspects of the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Prince of peace will be explored with a view to achieving the following goals that will revive and inspire the ministry of social justice in Christendom.

  • Jesus is the Supreme example of social justice and peace
  • Relationship With Jesus is the Key to successful ministry of social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that Christianity should be up front in social justice and peace
  • Create awareness that every Christian is an agent of change at home or abroad.

For more information, please contact the church office

 

Creative Hands

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

 

Thank You!

Thank you so much for the many cards, phone calls, and meals following my recent car accident. You are all so kind and thoughtful and these were very much appreciated.  Love my Central Family. – Donna Jurgens

 

Patriotic Pipe Organ Concert (Virtual only)

Thursday, July 1st – 12:00pm-1:00pm

Tune into Central’s facebook page to listen live as Madeleine plays patriotic classics such as America the Beautiful, the Star Spangled Banner, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and more! You won’t want to miss this special program.


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