Check out our monthly newsletter! Have something you want to add to the newsletter or updates? send your announcement or article to our Office Manager Christin Hampton at christin@richmondcumc.com by Wednesday for updates and by the 15th of the month for the newsletter.

5/20/22 Updates

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Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw.

 

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.

 

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. 

Please be in prayer for Families affected by Foster Care this month.  Central has a long history of coming alongside foster and adoptive families.  If you feel led to come alongside Foster Families, to become a Foster Family, to become a CASA, or to just support the youth/parents of our community, please email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

 

Honoring Ted Halsted

Missionary, minister, musician, camp counselor, punster and friend. That’s just a part of Ted Halsted. Join the Koinonia Class on Sunday, May 29th from 9am – 9:45am in the Parlor to honor Ted’s 70-plus years of dedication and service to Methodism and humanity and help us recognize his 95th birthday. 

 

EMBRACE

June 24, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm & June 25, 2022 10am-4pm $40 (Scholarships Available) All over the world, people have difficulty sharing their faith. They can share about their love for their children, or their excitement about a new movie or restaurant, but sharing about their faith feels much harder. Yet evangelism, at its core is not a rigid set of techniques to be mastered. Rather, it is simply showing and sharing the love of Jesus.

Embrace offers a way to think about evangelism that can help people become comfortable showing and sharing the love of Jesus in a way that is authentic and natural. It sets out six essential values that lie at the heart of authentic faith-sharing: humility, clarity, prayer, integrity, worship, and urgency. These values remain constant no matter where in the world we live. Our practices may change from place to place and time to time, but no matter where we are or what kind of culture we live in, these values form the foundation for everything we do to show and share the love of Jesus. Working through these essential values enables Christ followers to connect their personal experience of faith with a holistic understanding of the gospel in a way that restores their confidence and responsiveness to the Holy Spirit as they show and share the love of Jesus in their daily lives and in their trusting relationships.

Main site: Delphi UMC

This is the main site where Rev. Dr. Kim Reisman will be presenting. Registration includes lunch. 1796 US-421, Delphi, IN 46923

Satellite Site: Central United Methodist Church – Richmond, IN

The training will be streamed in from Delphi UMC. Participants will be able to communicate with the main site and be in conversation with others at the regional site. Registration includes lunch. Satellite site participants may join the Friday session via Zoom. 

To register or go to https://inumc.swoogo.com/embrace6242022

 

Wisdom

In the Month of May, Central will be reading together through some of the Bible’s Wisdom literature. The Bible does more than tell us about Israel and Jesus – it forms our character.  It forms our souls.  A bookmark guiding our readings has been made available. You can pick one up in the narthex or church office. We will be reflecting on the readings during worship and at the Wednesday 10am Wisdom Study @ Central.  Let us follow Paul’s teaching in this season, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Community Prayer Focus
This month we get to join our community in praying for wisdom for public officials. You are encouraged to pray for our public officials and our community. And don’t forget: Our 24-hour prayer cycle is Saturday, May 28th. Download the prayer guide here!
 
What is an Usher?
An usher by definition is one who assist a person find a seat in a theater or in church. A Central usher is more than assisting a person to a seat. A Central usher greets every person with kindness, willing to show a person where the restroom is, can find the Upper Room booklet and other duties as required. A Central usher is always serving the Lord as they do their duties. Being a Central usher represents how Central relates to the congregation and visitors. Being a Central usher is easily done. A person can contact Electa Berk by leaving a message at the church office or contacting Pastor Joseph about becoming a Central usher.
 
Celebrating Pastor Phil
Join us on Sunday, June 12th after worship as we say farewell to Pastor Phil. We’d like to honor him and wish him Godspeed in his new lead pastor ministry in Lafayette, Indiana.
 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO. Almost every week night from May – June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation. Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields. Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on June 3rd. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn. Play ball!

 

Henderson Settlement Mission Trip

Our all-church mission trip to Henderson Settlement is set for the week of July 10th and plans are coming together! If you are interested in coming, we need commitments by May 31st. If you have questions, please see Krissi Hughes.

 

Graduation Sunday

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we would like to celebrate the graduates at Central. If you would like us to acknowledge a graduate, or you are a graduate yourself, please contact Pastor Phil so we can honor the achievement on June 5th!
 

Bible, Sex, Culture, and the UMC

The General Conference postponement until 2024 has brought forward many questions about what’s next for our church and denomination. Join us Sunday evening in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15-6:45 on May 22 for teaching sessions and conversation on some of these questions: How do we view the Bible? What does the Bible say about sex? What are our cultural influences?  How do we serve the LGBTQIA+ community? and What does all this have to do with the UMC? Please keep our denomination in your prayers as we continue to live out our faith in Jesus together here in Richmond and beyond.

 

Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? Then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.


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5/13/22 Updates

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VBS Planning Meeting

We are exploring options for hosting a small-scale VBS later this summer. If you have interest in joining this planning team, they will meet briefly Sunday, May 15th, after worship in the Fellowship Hall. You may also reach out to Pastor Phil with any questions.
 

Wisdom

In the Month of May, Central will be reading together through some of the Bible’s Wisdom literature. The Bible does more than tell us about Israel and Jesus – it forms our character.  It forms our souls.  A bookmark guiding our readings has been made available. You can pick one up in the narthex or church office. We will be reflecting on the readings during worship and at the Wednesday 10am Wisdom Study @ Central.  Let us follow Paul’s teaching in this season, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
 

Bible, Sex, Culture, and the UMC

The General Conference postponement until 2024 has brought forward many questions about what’s next for our church and denomination. Join us Sunday evenings in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15-6:45 on May 15 and May 22 for teaching sessions and conversation on some of these questions: How do we view the Bible? What does the Bible say about sex? What are our cultural influences?  How do we serve the LGBTQIA+ community? and What does all this have to do with the UMC? Please keep our denomination in your prayers as we continue to live out our faith in Jesus together here in Richmond and beyond.
 

Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? Then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com.
 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO. Almost every week night from May – June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation. Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields. Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on May 20th, & June 3rd. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn. Play ball!
 

Henderson Settlement Mission Trip

Our all-church mission trip to Henderson Settlement is set for the week of July 10th and plans are coming together! If you are interested in coming, we need commitments soon. If you have questions, please see Krissi Hughes.
 

Red Cross Blood Drive

There were thirty-nine people who kept their appointments at the blood drive held at Central United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 5th. When all was said and done, thirty-six units of blood were collected. A BIG thanks to those who donated. The need for blood is always great.

Graduation Sunday

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and we would like to celebrate our church’s graduates. If someone in your immediate family is graduating from high school, college, or grad school, please contact Pastor Phil so we can honor their achievement on June 5th!

Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw.
 
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.
 

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. 

Please be in prayer for Families affected by Foster Care this month.  Central has a long history of coming alongside foster and adoptive families.  If you feel led to come alongside Foster Families, to become a Foster Family, to become a CASA, or to just support the youth/parents of our community, please email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).

 

Honoring Ted Halsted

Missionary, minister, musician, camp counselor, punster and friend. That’s just a part of Ted Halsted. Join the Koinonia Class on Sunday, May 29th from 9am – 9:45am in the Parlor to honor Ted’s 70-plus years of dedication and service to Methodism and humanity and help us recognize his 95th birthday. 

 

2022 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

Saturday, May 14 will be the 2022 LETTER CARRIER’S FOOD DRIVE.  Our food pantry will be one of the Richmond pantries receiving food from this year’s donations.  Place your donation by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick  up.

Donate items such as pasta, cereal, oatmeal, canola oil, peanut butter and canned goods including beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, tuna in water, meat and sauce.  Avoid glass containers. Our hungry neighbors who will have food to eat thanks to your donation —  THANK YOU!

 

EMBRACE

June 24, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm & June 25, 2022 10am-4pm $40 (Scholarships Available) All over the world, people have difficulty sharing their faith. They can share about their love for their children, or their excitement about a new movie or restaurant, but sharing about their faith feels much harder. Yet evangelism, at its core is not a rigid set of techniques to be mastered. Rather, it is simply showing and sharing the love of Jesus.

Embrace offers a way to think about evangelism that can help people become comfortable showing and sharing the love of Jesus in a way that is authentic and natural. It sets out six essential values that lie at the heart of authentic faith-sharing: humility, clarity, prayer, integrity, worship, and urgency. These values remain constant no matter where in the world we live. Our practices may change from place to place and time to time, but no matter where we are or what kind of culture we live in, these values form the foundation for everything we do to show and share the love of Jesus. Working through these essential values enables Christ followers to connect their personal experience of faith with a holistic understanding of the gospel in a way that restores their confidence and responsiveness to the Holy Spirit as they show and share the love of Jesus in their daily lives and in their trusting relationships.

Main site: Delphi UMC

This is the main site where Rev. Dr. Kim Reisman will be presenting. Registration includes lunch. 1796 US-421, Delphi, IN 46923

Satellite Site: Central United Methodist Church – Richmond, IN

The training will be streamed in from Delphi UMC. Participants will be able to communicate with the main site and be in conversation with others at the regional site. Registration includes lunch. Satellite site participants may join the Friday session via Zoom. 

To register or go to https://inumc.swoogo.com/embrace6242022


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5/6/22 Updates

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Wisdom

In the Month of May, Central will be reading together through some of the Bible’s Wisdom literature. The Bible does more than tell us about Israel and Jesus – it forms our character. It forms our souls. A bookmark guiding our readings has been made available. You can pick one up in the narthex or church office. We will be reflecting on the readings during worship and at the Wednesday 10am Wisdom Study at Central.  Let us follow Paul’s teaching in this season, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

Y.M.C.A Memory Cafe

Join us for our next Memory Cafe on Friday, May 13th from 10-11am! This program’s focus is to bless the special people in our community who live the experience of mild to moderate dementia. The Memory Cafe meets the second Friday of each month at the Y.M.C.A. for one hour., from 10:00-11:00 am. We have a planned activity and a craft or game suited to the adult with dementia and a snack. While we provide activities , we are also providing an opportunity for the caregiver to meet with other caregivers and a Chaplain to share concerns, problems or emotions…. Or just relax. The caregiver could also take advantage of the gym and get some exercise.  This time is ‘just for them.’ For information please call, (765) 962-7504

 

Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw or the Church Office.

 

Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. If you have helped in the past, please check-in with Christin so that we know you would still like to be a part of the team!
 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO.  Almost every week night from May  –June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation.  Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields.  Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on (UPDATED DATES)May 11th, 13th, 20th, and June 3rd. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn.  Play ball! 


May is Foster Care Awareness Month. 

Please be in prayer for Families affected by Foster Care this month.  Central has a long history of coming alongside foster and adoptive families.  If you feel led to come alongside Foster Families, to become a Foster Family, to become a CASA, or to just support the youth/parents of our community, please email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).
 
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.

Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw.

 

Thank you!

UMW would like to thank everyone who supported the Grandmillenial Pop-Up. Proceeds went to help local missions. Join us May 12th, and 26th for fellowship, fun, and food at Creative Hands from 9am thru lunch!

 

Youth Camp / Kids Camp – There’s still time to sign-up!

It’s that time of year! Camp season is fast approaching! You can register your son or daughter online at impact2818.org/camps/

-Impact Camp (grades 3-6) at Camp Lakewood, June 12-17th

-Impact Camp (grades 6-8) at Camp Adventure, June 12-17th

-That Thing Camp (grades 9-12) at Epworth Forest, June 26-July 1st

Discounted rates are also available through the generous support of our church

(contact Pastor Phil for the iCash code). Please reach out to Pastor Phil if you have

any questions.

 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO. Almost every week night from May – June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation. Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields. Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on May 11th, 18th, 25th, & June 1st. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn.  Play ball!

 

Henderson Settlement Mission Trip

Our all-church mission trip to Henderson Settlement is set for the week of July 10th and plans are coming together! If you are interested in coming, we need commitments soon. If you have questions, please see Krissi Hughes.
 

Bible, Sex, Culture, and the UMC

The General Conference postponement until 2024 has brought forward many questions about what’s next for our church and denomination. Join us Sunday evenings in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15-6:45 on May 15 and May 22 for teaching sessions and conversation on some of these questions: How do we view the Bible? What does the Bible say about sex? What are our cultural influences?  How do we serve the LGBTQIA+ community? And What does all this have to do with the UMC? Please keep our denomination in your prayers as we continue to live out our faith in Jesus together here in Richmond and beyond.

 

Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? Then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. If you have helped in the past, please check-in with Christin so that we know you would still like to be a part of the team!


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4/29/22 Updates

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Red Cross Blood Drive

There is still time to sign up to donate at the May 5 blood drive. We are hoping to fill all of the time slots for the drive. Go to redcrossblood.org and put CUMCRICH in the box that says locate a blood drive to register. We also need a few people to greet donors between noon and 5:00 p.m. If you are willing and able to assist, contact Dana Mollenkopf at 765-277-0287 or at papamole@comcast.net. Your help in making this a successful blood drive is greatly appreciated.

 

Wisdom

In the Month of May, Central will be reading together through some of the Bible’s Wisdom literature. The Bible does more than tell us about Israel and Jesus – it forms our character. It forms our souls. A bookmark guiding our readings has been made available. You can pick one up in the narthex or church office. We will be reflecting on the readings during worship and at the Wednesday 10am Wisdom Study at Central.  Let us follow Paul’s teaching in this season, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

Mission Trip Informational Meeting 

Our all-church mission trip to Henderson Settlement is set for the week of July 10th and plans are coming together. We’ll have an informational meeting Sunday, May 1st, at 4:30pm in the parlor for anyone interested in learning more. If you have questions, please see Krissi Hughes.

 

General Conference Update

The 2020 General Conference, our worldwide decision making body, has been postponed for the third time due to pandemic related concerns. It is not scheduled to meet again until 2024. If you were unable to go our information session on April 25th, there are still sessions on May 1st after worship, and May 3rd over lunch at 12:05. There will also be evening teaching sessions  May 15th and May 22nd from 5:15 – 6:45 on Scripture and matters related to these issues. Please keep our denomination in your prayers as we continue to live out our callings to follow Jesus together here in Richmond and beyond.

 

National Day of Prayer

Thursday May 5 is the National Day of Prayer. Here in Richmond we have several opportunities to partake in lifting up prayer as a community.

Prayer Room for Prayer – Unveiled Church, 721 E Main.  9:00am – 6:00pm

Prayer Breakfast – Christ United Church, 3420 Backmeyer  (Make sure to register for your tickets here)

 Noon Day Time of Prayer – Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 N 6th St. Noon – 1:00pm

Evening Prayer and Worship – Central UMC, 1425 E Main St. 7:00pm (our very own Toni Reinke will be sharing)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” ~Colossians 2:6-7

 

Y.M.C.A Memory Cafe

Join us for our next Memory Cafe on Friday, May 13th from 10-11am! This program’s focus is to bless the special people in our community who live the experience of mild to moderate dementia. The Memory Cafe meets the second Friday of each month at the Y.M.C.A. for one hour., from 10:00-11:00 am. We have a planned activity and a craft or game suited to the adult with dementia and a snack. While we provide activities , we are also providing an opportunity for the caregiver to meet with other caregivers and a Chaplain to share concerns, problems or emotions…. Or just relax. The caregiver could also take advantage of the gym and get some exercise.  This time is ‘just for them.’ For information please call, (765) 962-7504

Sunday Greeters

Are you looking for a way to participate on Sundays? Sign-up to be a Sunday Greeter! A sign-up sheet is in the entryway. We would like to have 2 people for each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hinshaw or the Church Office.

 

Office Support Team

Do you know how to use a phone? then you are perfect for the Office Support Team! Occasionally our Office Manager, Christin, needs to be away from the office. During these times we would like to have a team we can call on the help cover the phones and greet people as they come in. don’t worry, we will train you on everything! This will be an “on-call” type team and you may be asked to help with small projects as well. If you are interested you may call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at christin@richmondcumc.com. If you have helped in the past, please check-in with Christin so that we know you would still like to be a part of the team!
 
 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Central is sponsoring a baseball team at our local recreation league, Richmond Evening Optimist or REO.  Almost every week night from May  –June hundreds of people from all over the county gather at our local baseball/softball/volleyball complex at NW 13th and Peacock. Please keep the young families of our community in prayer as they find opportunities for such public activities to raise up our next generation.  Central has kids playing many of the nights on various fields.  Central’s sponsored team will be playing at 6pm on May 3rd, 6th, 18th, 25th, & June 1st. Come on out and support the team or just get to know some neighbors over a hot dog and bag of popcorn.  Play ball!

 


May is Foster Care Awareness Month. 

Please be in prayer for Families affected by Foster Care this month.  Central has a long history of coming alongside foster and adoptive families.  If you feel led to come alongside Foster Families, to become a Foster Family, to become a CASA, or to just support the youth/parents of our community, please email or call Pastor Joseph (joseph@richmondcumc.com).
 

Walking each other home: a choral remembrance

The Richmond Threshold Choir will be sharing a musical vigil today, Sunday May 1st at 2pm to honor the lives of individuals lost in the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic- offering messages of peace, kindness, grace and love. Location is at Reid Memorial Hospital outside at the arch (north of emergency dept, by the retention pond). In case of inclement weather, the venue will be the outside entrance to the cancer center.


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