November 24th Updates

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
 
Reminder: The church will be closed Thursday, November 25th and Saturday November 26th

 

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)

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.
 

YOUR UMW DOLLARS GO FOR LOCAL MISSIONS:

The following seven local non-profits each received $500 from Central’s UMW during the Wayne County Foundation Match:  A Better Way (Genesis), Community In Schools, Girls INC., Every Child Can Read, Birth to Five, NATCO Community Empowerment, and the Open Arms Ministry. Crafts items made and sold by the members of the Creative Hands and purchased by YOU made this possible. United Methodist Women is dedicated to serving women and children in our community and all over the world

 

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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