Join us each Wednesday during the Lenten season for our Mid-Week Lenten Service. Lunch is served at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm before and after each service in Spears Fellowship Hall ($6 per person). Below is the schedule of speakers and menus for each week.
Wednesday, February 14
12:30 pm Service: Rev. Will Malambri Senior Pastor, Central UMC
6:30 pm Service: Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead Associate Pastor, Central UMC
Both Ash Wednesday services will include the traditional imposition of ashes.
Ash Wednesday Lunch
Ham & Swiss Sandwiches, Soup, Chips, Pickle Spear, Fresh Fruit, Cookie, Beverage
Ash Wednesday Cover Art created by Central member Allison Slice
Wednesday, February 21
Guest Speaker: Dr. Brent Driggers Professor of New Testament at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Columbia, S.C.
Dr. Brent Driggers specializes in the interpretation of the New Testament gospels for theology and preaching. Dr. Driggers received the Herman W. and Elizabeth P. Cauble Faculty Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the significant influence his life and teaching has had on students as they are formed for ministry.
Chicken Salad Sandwich, Soup, Pasta Salad, Pickle Spear Fresh Fruit, Yogurt Cup, Beverage
Wednesday, February 28
Guest Preacher: Rev. Brad Gray Pastor of St. Andrews Parish United Methodist Church in Charleston
Rev. Gray’s undergraduate degree in religion is from Wofford, and he earned his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.
Roast Beef & Provolone Sandwich, Soup, Potato Salad, Pickle Spear, Fruit, Brownie, Beverage
Wednesday, March 7
Guest Vocalist: Alexander Elliott
Appearing across the U.S. with opera companies and symphony orchestras from California to New York, Alex has been delighting audiences with his “molten baritone” voice. At Central UMC, his program of sacred music includes works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Verdi, and Spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan and H. T. Burleigh. A native of Florence, South Carolina, Alexander was a member of South Florence Choraliers under Linda LeMaster, and performed with Florence Little Theater. He studied voice with Sharyn Mapes and continued his training at Florida State University where he studied with David Okerlund. He is the son of Jack and Becky Elliott and grandson of Lloyd and Jean Birch.
Homemade Pimento Cheese Sandwich, Soup, Roll, Fruit, Cookie, Beverage
Wednesday, March 14
Guest Preacher: Rev. David McIntosh Pastor of Hartsville Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Rev. McIntosh is a Florence native and “grew up” in the Central family. Pastor McIntosh is a graduate of Clemson University and has a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. He has previously served at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis, Missouri, and at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, S.C.
Turkey, Bacon, & Swiss Sandwich, Soup, Chips, Pickle Spear, Fruit, Cookie, Beverage
Wednesday, March 21
Guest Speaker: Rev. Carlton McClam Senior Pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Charleston
Rev. McClam has pastored several churches in the South Carolina and North Georgia Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He currently serves as senior pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Charleston and sits on the South Carolina Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Rev. McClam is a graduate of Claflin University; he received his Masters of Divinity degree at Erskine Theological Seminary. He is a former recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America Award. Pastor McClam is also a martial artist with a Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Reuben Sandwich, Soup, Pasta Salad, Pickle Spear, Fruit, Brownie, Beverage
Wednesday, March 28
Guest Speaker: Rev. Larry Hays Retired UMC Pastor
Rev. Hays was born and raised in south Alabama. He was educated at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and at Duke Divinity School. Before retiring in 2012, Rev. Hays ministered churches in Orangeburg, Summerville, Lake City, Hartsville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill and West Columbia. He served on the National Alumni Council and Board of Visitors for the Duke Divinity School.
Chef Salad Plate, Soup, Fruit, Roll, Cookie, Beverage
Lenten Spirituality Center
The Lenten Spirituality Center is a peaceful, reverent space for individuals to engage in a variety of personal spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, labyrinth walking, and responding to scripture through artistic expression as a way to observe the Lenten season. It will be open March 16 through March 30 in Spears Fellowship Hall. The Lenten Spirituality Center is open to the community.
Holy Week Services
The Way of the Cross for Children, Palm Sunday, March 25
Meet in The Commons at 10:00 am
We will begin Holy Week by commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, March 25. This Sunday is also called Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion. During this event, children will experience a modified version of the Stations of the Cross marking the passages from the moment Jesus was condemned to death until his burial in the tomb.
Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
We will observe the first of three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The service will include Holy Communion, footwashing, and a Tenebrae service of darkness.
Stations of the Cross, March 30
Join us as we experience the compassion and sorrow during the Stations of the Cross. We will journey to different stations around the church and downtown area.
Good Friday Service, March 30
12:00 pm in the Sanctuary, Led by Pastor Mary Finklea
Our Good Friday service will begin at 12 noon in the sanctuary and will be led by Pastor Mary Finklea, who was pastor at Cross & Crown Lutheran Church in Florence for twelve years. She is currently on a break from congregational ministry and is enjoying time with her family and volunteer work. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; she interned at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, New Jersey. Pastor Finklea has served on the boards of Francis Marion University, Lighthouse Ministries and Lutheran Services Carolinas. As the ecumenical representative of the SC Synod of the ELCA, she enjoys learning about traditions different from her own.
Easter Sunday Celebration, April 1
9:00 am in The Well, 9:00 and 11:15 am in the Sanctuary
Join us as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!