November 20th Updates

UPDATE: Hanging of the Greens
If you were planning to come Saturday for staging for decorating the church and moving heavy items, please contact Pastor Jen first via email or phone.
Sunday’s gathering following worship to hang the greens has been cancelled. If your family/tribe would like to be a part of decorating the church/hanging the greens, please contact Pastor Jen to set up an appointment to help us with physical distancing.

Natural Disaster Relief
You may have just seen pictures from Hurricanes Eta and Iota.  Did you see those from Typhoons Gone and Vamco? Across the world, natural disasters are devastating communities.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief or UMCOR is one of the best long term recovery agencies in the world.  If your heart breaks over these natural disasters or other worldwide areas of concern, please keep them in your prayers and if you are able, give through these avenues.



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. 

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 today November 22nd.

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 or c: (765) 259-4476

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!

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!
2021 Altar Flowers
If you would like to place an order for Sunday altar flowers in 2021, 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!
Happy Birthday!
Millie Carroll will be turning 100 on the 25th of November. If you would like to send cards, please contact the church office for the address. 
Spice Up Their Life!
It’s time again to donate spices for the Indiana Women’s Prison Christmas bags. It’s been a hard year, so they will be delighted to receive a bottle of spice to use for cooking in their dorms. NO GLASS bottles, please. SUGGESTED SPICES: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, cinnamon, oregano, cayenne, pumpkin pie spice, Taco seasoning. Give your spice donations to Ann Cashner or bring to the church office. NO parsley, NO paprika, NO bay leaves. NO GLASS!
UMW News
Thursday, December 10 at 9:00, women from Creative Hands will be baking and eating Christmas goodies in the church kitchen. Come join us for socially distanced fun, food and fellowship. Come anytime between 9:00 and Noon. ALL WOMEN of the church are invited.

The new 2021 UMW Program Book will be coming out in January. You may pick up your copy at church following the service or we will mail it to you. There will be no UMW
meeting in January. The 2021 UMW “asking” is $15.00.
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.
Tech Help in Fellowship Hall
Thank you to all who came during our last session for some tech help! The next sessions are planned for Dec. 9th, Dec. 23rd, and Jan 6th at 3:00pm. 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:

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