November 13th Updates

Just in time for the holidays – This Sunday in Fellowship Hall
Homemade noodles and pecans, coming to you from a UMW nearby. Can’t go out shopping for that special gift? Central United Methodist Women’s Creative Hands participants have also been busy, busy, busy creating some extra special items with fall/winter and Christmas themed pillows; tea towels, tree ornaments and more. Pick up you pecans: $12 per pound and pick up noodles: $5 per pound bag (limit 3 bags) OR that special gift! Come masked and socially distance in Fellowship Hall after service. Not at the service? We’ll arrange a pick up time for you. Thank you -UMW
Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, Nov. 21st 10am – We need those who can move heavy objects to join us to move decorations, nativity, etc. from the pic drop to their spots for people to be able to decorate on Sunday after church! Please contact Pastor Jen if you can make it.
Sunday, Nov. 22nd following worship – Decorate the church for Advent/Christmas! We will divide into small groups/family units, wear masks, and practice social distancing to continue this tradition and spread joy, that is especially needed this year. A lite lunch will be served in Fellowship Hall before we decorate.
It’s time to order your Christmas Poinsettias!
Christmas Poinsettias are $12.50 each and come in your choice of Red or White. The deadline for all Poinsettia orders is Monday, November 30th. If you would like to order your Poinsettia, you may fill out the order form that will be in your bulletin during Sunday Worship and drop it in the offering plate or you may contact Christin at 765-962-8543 or with the following information. Please make all checks out to Central United Methodist Church with “Poinsettias” in the memo line. 
In Honor Of:
In Memory Of:
Number of Poinsettias:
Color you would like: Red or White. 

Food Distribution

The WCFC and Gleaners are partnering up for a food distributions this month, and they need volunteers to help make it happen! The details are:

  • 11/23 – 100 S. 10th St.   Richmond   9:30-11A

If you can volunteer, please send Caleb Smith ( a note to let him know! They are in need of 8-10 volunteers. Ideally, you’ll arrive 45 minutes to an hour ahead of time to help with set up. These distributions are outdoors, so dress appropriately! Let Caleb know if you have any questions or need more information. They’ll be putting out some info on social media soon, so make sure to keep your eye out to help spread the word for these events!

Caleb Smith

Chair, Wayne County Food Council

o: (765) 983-7425

c: (765) 259-4476
The Laundry Project
The Intermediate Sunday School class is once again collecting quarters for the Laundry Project. While the Trustee’s Office has had to reorganize they are still in need of quarters!!!! The Laundry Jug will be in the parlor on November 15th, and 22nd. If you are not able to come to the church service and would like to drive through either on a Sunday morning or evening between 5 and 7, we will meet you at the door. Just let us know.
Sounds of the Season

The 2nd annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert is going virtual this year! It will premiere on Central’s Facebook page Saturday, December 12th at 7pm. The program will feature a diverse collection of beloved Christmas classics, sacred and secular alike. Performers will include Minister of Music Madeleine Demetriades on piano and organ, Wesley Ringers Bell Choir, Chancel Choir and many others ready to get you into the Christmas spirit! You won’t want to miss this!

Community Emergency Relief Room
Six months have passed since the first family received assistance through the Community Emergency Relief Room in early May. We have now assisted fourteen families, involving fifty-one individuals. A user group has been established on Facebook that helps those involved with this mission to keep abreast with what is going on in the Relief Room and to communicate with each other. We would like to invite members of the CUMC congregation to join this group in order to learn more about this mission and perhaps decide they would like to become involved. The name of the user group is
Team: Community Emergency Relief Group. Come join us!

Commitment Cards

We are humbled by the initial wave of commitment Central has already undertaken for ministry in 2021.  You all have again and again showed this community your willingness to pay the bill for the light to shine brightly from 1425 E Main and beyond.  We are all truly blessed to be a blessing.   If you have not yet offered your commitment card, please continue to pray over what God has set upon your heart.  When you have discerned, you can either place it in the offering plate this Sunday or mail it to Central UMC, 1425 E Main St.  Richmond, IN  47374.  Alternatively, you can login to Realm (our private online directory) and share your pledge commitment through clicking on the Giving tab and then the pledge button.  Together, we will offer Hope, Faith, and Love for years to come.

2021 Altar Flowers
If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers, please call the office at 765-962-8543 or email Christin at Each order costs $25 and is billed through Jack Daggy Flowers. There are plenty of open dates in 2021!
Lighting the Advent Wreath
Many congregations celebrate Advent by using an Advent wreath to help worshipers focus on the coming of the Messiah. Each Sunday someone lights another candle on the wreath and leads the congregation in an appropriate reading and prayer. At Christmas, the Christ candle in the center of the circle is lit, signifying that the time of waiting is over. Lighting the Advent wreath is also a great time for us to nurture one another’s faith. This year, we are asking you to share stories showing how God is working in your lives during the lighting of the Advent candles. These can be shared in person as you light the Advent wreath, or on video. Please contact Pastor Jen to learn more and sign up!
Red Cross Blood Drive
Central United Methodist Church will once again be hosting a Red Cross blood drive. It is scheduled for 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on December 17th. As always, the need for blood donations is high. A new aspect of the blood draw is that you will be provided with information on how to check back with the Red Cross to see if they have determined if Covid antibodies are in your system. During the draw, a number of precautions will be in placed in consideration of Covid-19 restrictions. To register for the blood drive, go to and enter the code CUMCRICH. There you will be able to select a time for either a blood draw or a PowerRed draw. Hoping to see the time slots fill up quickly. Thanks.
Tech Help in Fellowship Hall

Thank you to all who came this past Wednesday for some tech help! The next sessions are planned for Dec. 9th, Dec. 23rd, and Jan 6th. If you would like to come to a session, send an email with a description of your problem/question so I can look it over:

One Response to “November 13th Updates”

  1. Carla Stidham says:

    TechHelpCUMC answered all my questions and enabled to start a PDF. Thanks Luke

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