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12/30/21 Updates

UN-Hanging of the Greens
We will be taking down all of the Christmas decorations this Sunday, January 2nd after Worship. We welcome all who are willing to help! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Phil at phil@richmondcumc.com

 

2022 Giving Envelopes

2022 giving envelopes are available in the church parlor on Sunday and throughout the week during our normal office hours of 8am – 5pm. If you do not see your envelopes or have any questions please call the church office at 765-962-8543.
 

Distancing 

We will again have distancing measures in place for our times of worship as the coronavirus case load rises in our area.  We continue to offer masks for any in need. Our prayers continue for all the patients and healthcare workers battling Covid.   

 

24/7 Prayer Vigil for 2022 

Our church (CUMC) will be participating in a round the clock prayer vigil for a city wide spiritual revival and renewal for the 2022 year. CUMC has selected the 28th of every month in 2022 to pray for our city during the upcoming year. We are looking for prayer warriors to join us for this 24/7 focus.  Persons may sign up to pray for as little as 15 minutes or as long as each individual wishes. Prayer warriors may pray from home or workplace – it’s each person’s choice as to where to pray. There will be a table in the hall of the church to sign up for your selected time. Each participant will receive a letter and prayer guide. Thanks for each of you for joining us in this vigil for spiritual and community revival. Thanks be to God. Your 24/7 Prayer Initiative Team; Jan Hibner (765-277-3136) and Toni Reinke (765-969-6631) 

 

Pickleball Starting Soon!

Pickleball fun for beginners starts Monday, January 10, 6:30-8:00 pm. No experience necessary. Paddle and balls will be provided. Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothes. (Questions: Contact Randy Cashner-rcashner@icloud.com or Duane Hodgin-duanehodgin@yahoo.com) Prepare to “paddle up!”
 

Creative Hands

Creative Hands will NOT be meeting in the month of January. If you have any questions, please contact Shanron Rider.

 

Tornado Relief 

The East District of Indiana UMC is planning to send relief teams to the damage done in Kentucky by the recent tornados as soon as UMCOR lets us know it is safe and helpful for us to go. If you are interested in serving on one of these teams, please contact Paulette Spicer (paulette.spicer@inumc.org) with your name and telephone number (cell preferred – let us know if you text). Our limit to how many teams we can send may be the number of trained response folks we have. There is an Early Response Team training in early January. If you are interested in that, please contact Rev. John Young (john.young@inumc.org) or click here for more information and registration. In the meantime, please continue to offer your prayers for all the people impacted by these storms.  If you feel led to donate to the relief effort, please write UMCOR – KY Tornados in the check or donate online here
 

Attending to the Homeless

Central will again be hosting a meal for the homeless during the annual Point In Time count on January 26th.  The Point in Time Count is a nationwide, 24 hour census of our homeless.  If you are interested in helping with the meal, please connect with Pat Jarvis.  If you are interested in joining in the efforts of the count, please connect with Pastor Joseph.  If you would like to donate to the bags which will be handed out on that day, the following items will be collected in the office until the 23rd – Hand/body wipes; Hygiene care (small sizes): toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, Shampoo/conditioner in 1, body wash, comb, razor; Ponchos; Flashlights; Hand warmers; Snacks- peanuts, crackers, tuna/crackers, etc; Bottled water; Blankets; Gloves.

Cornerstone Sunday School Class

The Cornerstone class will begin to meet again on January 9 at 9:00am. We will be doing a 10 week study of the longest chapter of the Bible, Psalm 119.  In difficult times we often wonder where is God in this?  We will look at the words of King David who experienced similar seasons of life. Serving as the anchor for the study, Psalm 119 demonstrates the power of God’s Word in the lives of believers and its ability to provide a warm blanket for the soul. Please feel free to join us and if you have any questions contact Krissi Hughes at kristaannhughes@gmail.com.

 

New Amicus class will begin on January 9th 

Ann Cashner will be leading the class at 8:45am.  More info will be coming. 

 

Year End Giving 

2021 is coming to an end and so is your opportunity to give to this year’s budget.  Central continues to make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world and is grateful for the many ways your contributions makes this possible.  There is still time to offer a gift to fulfill your pledge, set up our work for 2022, or bless anew the church you have been blessed through.  Click here to give (link to giving page).
 

Red Cross Blood Drive

An update on the blood drive held at Central United Methodist Church on December 21. We ended with 47 people registered for the drive.  With eleven no shows and with four others not being able to donate due to low blood pressure and other factors, we ended with 36 units of blood being drawn to help with the critical blood shortage we are experiencing. Thanks again to all who supported this drive.

 

Wisdom Study Resumes

Daily our God offers wisdom for us to walk in.  Join us as we pick up the thread of Wisdom as a major theme in the Bible and apply it to our everyday lives.  We will resume the study in the Psalms at 10:00 am on January 12 in the parlor.  No reading ahead is required though application and contemplation is expected.  Contact Pastor Joseph with any questions.

 

Thank You

As on December 21, 2021, the volunteers representing Central United Methodist Church retired from serving meals at the Rock Solid Ministry after 20 years of planning, preparing, serving and cleaning up the kitchen and dining area. In 20 years CUMC volunteers served 24,035 meals. Toni Reinke was the pioneer in getting CUMC involved with Rock Solid Ministry. She was also the leader for many years in planning hot meals plus all the work that went with serving meals. Other leaders that followed Toni were Betty Ingerman, Nettie Cates, and Becky Shaw. The financial support of Aileen Githens also helped in giving very good meals. Pastor David Eales and his staff were always supportive, helpful, and kind. THANK YOU TO ALL who made 20 years possible to feed those less fortunate and who volunteered in many capacities. THANK YOU, YOUR SERVICE MADE A DIFFERENCE.

 

Prayer-palooza!

Central is praying 2022 through.  We are joining with other Richmond area churches in covering the year in prayer through the 24/7 prayer effort.  Our date is the 28th of each month and there are still spots available for you to commit to such prayer.  To kick off this time of prayer, you are invited to join us for a Prayer Gathering on January 20th at 6:30 in the Sanctuary.  We will share stories of prayer, ways of prayer, questions about prayer, songs of prayer, and be in prayer together.  Lord, hear our prayers.


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12/17/21 Updates

Live Nativity

You’re invited to the Live Nativity at First UMC (318 National Rd. West, Richmond) on December 17th and 18th, 6-8pm. This will be a great experience for the whole family!

Distancing

We will again have distancing measures in place for our times of worship as the coronavirus case load rises in our area.  We continue to offer masks for any in need.  Our prayers continue for all the patients and healthcare workers battling Covid.  
 

Studio 252’s Advent Collection

for Starr Elementary CIS

During Advent we focus on the four scriptural themes of HOPE, FAITH, JOY, PEACE which is why we have chosen to bless Starr Elementary CIS with their four most needed items. Each week of Advent we will focus on a different need, but you are welcome to bring in any of the items whenever you’d like 🙂 Gently used items are absolutely fine; whether from your household’s closets or a second hand store. There will be a collection box in the main foyer as well as one in the upstairs foyer by Studio 252 under our Compassion Tree. Thank you in advance for being a compassionate church: caring enough to do something about someone else’s needs!

wk 1: underwear (boys & girls, size 6-12),

wk 2: socks (toddler thru adult sizes)

wk 3: sweats/joggers/leggings (boys & girls, size 6-12)

wk 4: keep their bellies and their backs warm with snacks and coats (girls & boys)

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Final reminder for the Red Cross blood drive that is being sponsored by Central United Methodist Church. It will be held on Tuesday, December 21 between noon and 5:00. We have less than a week before the drive and still have eight time slots to fill, so now is the time to get registered. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter CUMCRICH into the box that says Find a Blood Drive. Find a time slot that is convenient and provide the requested information. It’s that easy. Fifteen minutes of your life that can mean a lifetime for someone else.

Longest Night Service – December 21st at 6:00pm

When we look at one another, many of us expect to see a smile on another person’s face and a twinkle in their eye. However, for many, Christmas can feel more like a season of great darkness and shadows. The longest and for many most difficult night of the year is December 21st. 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.

 

New Amicus class will begin on January 9.

Ann Cashner will be leading the class.  More info will be coming.
 

Join the Pickleball Fun

Beginning on Monday, January 10, from 6:30-8:00 pm,  Duane Hodgin and Randy Cashner will teach beginners (ages 18 and over; church members or attendees only) how to play pickleball. Pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport for ALL ages and ability levels. Balls and paddles will be provided. If you think you “might” have an interest in becoming a part of this FUN FITNESS, and FELLOWSHIP, please indicate your interest and/or questions by emailing or texting Duane or Randy (duanehodgin@yahoo.com or rcashner@icloud.com)

 

24/7 Prayer Vigil for 2022

Our church (CUMC) will be participating in a round the clock prayer vigil for a city wide spiritual revival and renewal for the 2022 year. CUMC has selected the 28th of every month in 2022 to pray for our city during the upcoming year. We are looking for prayer warriors to join us for this 24/7 focus.  Persons may sign up to pray for as little as 15 minutes or as long as each individual wishes. Prayer warriors may pray from home or workplace – it’s each persons  choice as to where to pray. There will be a table in the hall of the church to sign up for your selected time. Each participant will receive a letter and prayer guide. Thanks for each of you for joining us in this vigil for spiritual and community revival. Thanks be to God. Your 24/7 Prayer Initiative Team; Jan Hibner (765-277-3136) and Toni Reinke (765-969-6631)

 


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12/10/21 Updates

Sounds of the Season

The 3rd annual Sounds of the Season is on Sunday, December 12th at 6:00pm. This diverse program will feature all of Central United Methodist Church’s music ministry groups: The Wesley Handbell Ringers, Chancel Choir, Joysingers Children’s Choir, Masked Singer Quartet, and other small ensembles and talented individuals. Get into the spirit of the season with us! This event will be in person as well as livestreamed over Central’s facebook page. We ask that you bring a mask and practice social distancing.
 

Simply Give Double Match

Saturday, December 11th is the Community Food Pantry MEIJER SIMPLY GIVE DOUBLE MATCH DAY.  On that one day, when you purchase a Simply Give card for $10 or more (no top limit and you need only one card regardless of the amount) Meijer Corporation will Double Match your gift;  i.e. on a $25 purchase Meijer will send to our pantry $75.  This is a wonderful gift from both you and the Meijer Corporation. The Simply Give cards are printed on card stock, they are about  4 inches square, and can be found near the checkout.  If you do not see them please ask for help. Thank you for your continued partnership support of Meijer and our Richmond Community Food Pantry.

 
 

Studio 252’s Advent Collection

for Starr Elementary CIS

During Advent we focus on the four scriptural themes of HOPE, FAITH, JOY, PEACE which is why we have chosen to bless Starr Elementary CIS with their four most needed items. Each week of Advent we will focus on a different need, but you are welcome to bring in any of the items whenever you’d like 🙂 Gently used items are absolutely fine; whether from your household’s closets or a second hand store. There will be a collection box in the main foyer as well as one in the upstairs foyer by Studio 252 under our Compassion Tree. Thank you in advance for being a compassionate church: caring enough to do something about someone else’s needs!

Advent wk 1: underwear (boys & girls, size 6-12)

Advent wk 2: socks (toddler thru adult sizes)

Advent wk 3: sweats/joggers/leggings (boys & girls, size 6-12)

Advent wk 4: keep their bellies and their backs warm with snacks and coats (girls & boys)

 

AGAPE Class

the AGAPE class will be back in room 213 this coming Sunday, Dec 5, and anyone is welcome. We will be starting with a 3-week Advent study. Dec 5th, 12th, 19th
 
Live Nativity
You’re invited to the Live Nativity at First UMC (318 National Rd. West, Richmond) on December 17th and 18th, 6-8pm. This will be a great experience for the whole family!
 
 

Year End Tax Considerations

As we near the end of the year we all need to think about the opportunities that are available for reducing our tax liabilities. A contribution to Central United Methodist is one means that you can use to benefit yourself as well as your church. Depending upon your personal situation it could possibly result in a dollar for dollar benefit… and I think ALL of us would prefer giving to our church rather than paying more in taxes. Your tax advisor will be able to give you more information for your specific situation. Let us on the Endowment Committee know should you have any questions.

 

2022 Altar Flowers

If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2022, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2022!

Tom Hill Memorial Wrestling Invitation

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 9:00am

Place: Richmond HS Tiernan Center (Fans and Teams Enter Door #17 Westside Door near the RHS
Tennis Courts). **Masks are mandatory for any indoor sporting event held by Richmond Community Schools**
Ticketing: Tickets for the event are available for pre-purchase HERE Tickets are $8 per person and will also be available for purchase the day of the tournament at the gate entries (cash or charge–addtl .85 transaction fee for charge purchases). Kindergarten/preschool entry for free.
Doors Open: Doors open to the public at 8:30AM-wrestling starts at 9:00AM
 

Monday Morning Connection

Monday Morning Connection will meet on Monday, December 13th at 9:00am in the church parlor. Our speaker this month will be Jen Seger. We hope to see you there!

 

New Amicus class will begin on January 9.

 Ann Cashner will be leading the class.  More info will be coming.

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Central United Methodist Church is scheduled for our next Red Cross blood draw. It will be held on Tuesday, December 21 between noon and 5:00. This will be our biggest campaign to date as we have been asked to fill fifty-one time slots. So now is the time to get registered. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter CUMCRICH into the box that says Find a Blood Drive. Find a time slot that is convenient for you and provide the requested information. It’s that easy. Fifteen minutes of your life that can mean a lifetime for someone else.
 

Longest Night Service – December 21st at 6:00pm

When we look at one another, many of us expect to see a smile on another person’s face and a twinkle in their eye. However, for many, Christmas can feel more like a season of great darkness and shadows. The longest and for many most difficult night of the year is December 21st. 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.

 

Learn to play America’s fastest growing sport! Pickleball!

A game for ALL ages and abilities. In January, Randy Cashner and Duane Hodgin will teach the game one evening a week in the church gym (for church members and attendees only). Play will be recreational. Paddles and balls will be provided. More information coming after the first of the year.
 

24/7 Prayer Vigil for 2022

Our church (CUMC) will be participating in a round the clock prayer vigil for a city wide spiritual revival and renewal for the 2022 year. CUMC has selected the 28th of every month in 2022 to pray for our city during the upcoming year. We are looking for prayer warriors to join us for this 24/7 focus.  Persons may sign up to pray for as little as 15 minutes or as long as each individual wishes. Prayer warriors may pray from home or workplace – it’s each person’s choice as to where to pray. There will be a table in the hall of the church to sign up for your selected time. Each participant will receive a letter and prayer guide. Thanks for each of you for joining us in this vigil for spiritual and community revival. Thanks be to God. Your 24/7 Prayer Initiative Team; Jan Hibner (765-277-3136) and Toni Reinke (765-969-6631)


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12-3-21 Updates

Studio 252’s Advent Collection

for Starr Elementary CIS

During Advent we focus on the four scriptural themes of HOPE, FAITH, JOY, PEACE which is why we have chosen to bless Starr Elementary CIS with their four most needed items. Each week of Advent we will focus on a different need, but you are welcome to bring in any of the items whenever you’d like 🙂 Gently used items are absolutely fine; whether from your household’s closets or a second hand store. There will be a collection box in the main foyer as well as one in the upstairs foyer by Studio 252 under our Compassion Tree. Thank you in advance for being a compassionate church: caring enough to do something about someone else’s needs!

Advent wk 1: underwear (boys & girls, size 6-12)

Advent wk 2: socks (toddler thru adult sizes)

Advent wk 3: sweats/joggers/leggings (boys & girls, size 6-12)

Advent wk 4: keep their bellies and their backs warm with snacks and coats (girls & boys)

 

AGAPE Class

the AGAPE class will be back in room 213 this coming Sunday, Dec 5, and anyone is welcome. We will be starting with a 3-week Advent study. Dec 5th, 12th, 19th
 
Creative Hands
Creative Hands will meet for food, fellowship, and fun on Thursday, December 9th. This will be our last meeting of the year! 

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

Central United Methodist Church is scheduled for our next Red Cross blood draw. It will be held on Tuesday, December 21 between noon and 5:00. This will be our biggest campaign to date as we have been asked to fill fifty-one time slots. So now is the time to get registered. Go to redcrossblood.org and enter CUMCRICH into the box that says Find a Blood Drive. Find a time slot that is convenient for you and provide the requested information. It’s that easy. Fifteen minutes of your life that can mean a lifetime for someone else.

 

Year End Tax Considerations

As we near the end of the year we all need to think about the opportunities that are available for reducing our tax liabilities. A contribution to Central United Methodist is one means that you can use to benefit yourself as well as your church. Depending upon your personal situation it could possibly result in a dollar for dollar benefit… and I think ALL of us would prefer giving to our church rather than paying more in taxes. Your tax advisor will be able to give you more information for your specific situation. Let us on the Endowment Committee know should you have any questions.

 

2022 Altar Flowers

If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2022, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2022!

Tom Hill Memorial Wrestling Invitation
Saturday, December 11th, 2021 9:00am
 
Place: Richmond HS Tiernan Center (Fans and Teams Enter Door #17 Westside Door near the RHS
Tennis Courts). **Masks are mandatory for any indoor sporting event held by Richmond Community Schools**
Ticketing: Tickets for the event are available for pre-purchase HERE Tickets are $8 per person and will also be available for purchase the day of the tournament at the gate entries (cash or charge–addtl .85 transaction fee for charge purchases). Kindergarten/preschool entry for free.
Doors Open: Doors open to the public at 8:30AM-wrestling starts at 9:00AM
 

 

 

Sounds of the Season

The 3rd annual Sounds of the Season is on Sunday, December 12th at 6:00pm. This diverse program will feature all of Central United Methodist Church’s music ministry groups: The Wesley Handbell Ringers, Chancel Choir, Joysingers Children’s Choir, Masked Singer Quartet, and other small ensembles and talented individuals. Get into the spirit of the season with us! This event will be in person as well as livestreamed over Central’s facebook page. We ask that you bring a mask and practice social distancing.

 

Longest Night Service – December 21st at 6:00pm

When we look at one another, many of us expect to see a smile on another person’s face and a twinkle in their eye. However, for many, Christmas can feel more like a season of great darkness and shadows. The longest and for many most difficult night of the year is December 21st. 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.

 

Learn to play America’s fastest growing sport! Pickleball!

A game for ALL ages and abilities. In January, Randy Cashner and Duane Hodgin will teach the game one evening a week in the church gym (for church members and attendees only). Play will be recreational. Paddles and balls will be provided. More information coming after the first of the year.

 

24/7 Prayer Vigil for 2022

Our church (CUMC) will be participating in a round the clock prayer vigil for a city wide spiritual revival and renewal for the 2022 year. CUMC has selected the 28th of every month in 2022 to pray for our city during the upcoming year. We are looking for prayer warriors to join us for this 24/7 focus.  Persons may sign up to pray for as little as 15 minutes or as long as each individual wishes. Prayer warriors may pray from home or workplace – it’s each persons  choice as to where to pray. There will be a table in the hall of the church to sign up for your selected time. Each participant will receive a letter and prayer guide. Thanks for each of you for joining us in this vigil for spiritual and community revival. Thanks be to God. Your 24/7 Prayer Initiative Team; Jan Hibner (765-277-3136) and Toni Reinke (765-969-6631)


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