We are currently accepting registrations for our 2017-2018 class of Confirmands. Each year we offer Confirmation to our 8th grade class, but this year we are opening it to our 9th-12th grade students who have not been confirmed or started attending after their 8th grade year. For more information, please contact Nate McMurphy.
Every 2 Seconds, Someone in the United States Needs Blood
Tuesday, November 7 ∙ 1:30-6:30 pm ∙ Davis Christian Life Center
Central’s next blood drive will be held on Tuesday, November 7, from 1:30-6:30 pm. Our goal is 45 units. Please help us accomplish this target by signing up on the forms in The Commons, registering online at redcrossblood.org, or calling the church office at 843-662-3218. Remember that by completing Rapid Pass the day of the drive, you can help reduce the time you spend at the drive by at least 15 minutes! Your support of this ministry is appreciated!
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Deadline: Sunday, November 12
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way, and together with the local church worldwide, shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. Thanks to you, Central UMC will send Operation Christmas Child boxes to children all over the world! If you have filled a box or purchased supplies, please bring them to the church no later than Sunday, November 12. They may be brought to The Commons, the Davis Christian Life Center, or the church office.
Israel Picture Presentations
Sundays, November 12 & 19 ∙ 10:00-11:00 am ∙ Spears Fellowship Hall
Everyone is invited to a Central Sunday School event. Whether you are already a member of a Sunday School class, or you are looking for the right one to join, you are welcome! Sunday School classes are invited to come as a whole group or send a representative to meet new people. Join us during the Sunday School hour for a picture presentation from a summer 2017 pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The first Sunday, we will feature photographs from the Old City of Jerusalem – Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, Teaching Steps – as well as the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. The second Sunday will include photographs from other areas of Israel – Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Dead Sea, the River Jordan, Caesarea by the Sea, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and numerous sacred churches.
Outreach Hospice Thanksgiving Meals
Wednesday, November 22 ∙ 8:30-11:00 am ∙ Kitchen
Please join us as Central serves those persons under Hospice care this Thanksgiving. As you are baking your holiday feast, consider doubling a recipe and then sharing the extra! We will be receiving food items (meat, sides, bread, and desserts) from 8:30–11:00 am on Wednesday, November 22, in the hallway outside the kitchen. You will need to enter the church through the kitchen hallway door off the small Cheves St. parking lot. Please package your food so it serves 4-6 persons. Thank you in advance for sharing the love of Jesus Christ not only with those who are sick but also with their caretakers and families. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Ann Owen, Outreach Committee.
Sunday, November 26 ∙ 10:00-11:00 am ∙ Spears Fellowship Hall
The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins Sunday, December 3! During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. On Sunday, November 26, at 10:00 am, people of all ages will enjoy music, crafts, and refreshments as we begin observing and celebrating the season with an Advent Workshop in Spears Fellowship Hall. Crafts will include Advent wreaths, banners, Advent Prayer Beads, and bird feeders. We’ll wrap up the event with an Advent devotional. Come and bring a friend!
All4Autism Respite Nights
Mondays, January 8-February 12 ∙ 6:00-7:30 pm
All4Autism, a local advocacy group with the purpose of increasing awareness and support for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, will be hosting a six-week marriage study, I Still Do, for parents of children with special needs on Monday evenings from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, beginning January 8th and ending February 12th. In order to support their efforts, we would like to be able to offer respite care here at Central UMC, so that parents can attend the study knowing that their children are being cared for in a loving, safe environment. If you are willing to help provide care, please contact Adriane Reynolds or Rev. Meg Jiunnies as soon as possible. You do not have to commit to being present for all six sessions – volunteering for one or two sessions would be a tremendous help! Volunteers from All4Autism will also be present, and a brief training session will be provided. For more information, visit https://all4autism.org.