PLEASE NOTE: Service Times during the Holidays
On Sunday, December 24, we will hold a casual worship service in The Well at 9:00 am and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11:15 am. There will be no traditional service at 9:00 am that morning.
On Sunday, December 31, we will worship together in a combined service at 10:00 am in the sanctuary. There will be no 9:00 am or 11:15 am services, and no Sunday School classes.
This year will be the 14th Annual Santahatchie Christmas Mission Project! Santahatchie applications can be downloaded from the Central website or found in the church office, The Commons, or the youth hall. Please contact Nate McMurphy or Hank Leeke if you are interested in volunteering, providing a meal, or giving a financial gift. Payment deadline is $175 after December 1.
Thursday, December 7 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ Spears Fellowship Hall
The Jr./Sr. group (ages 50 and over) will meet Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 pm in Spears Fellowship Hall. Sarah Floyd, one of our Lacey scholars from Coker College, will provide musical entertainment. There will be a covered dish dinner so please bring a food dish to share. Everyone is welcome to join us for some holiday cheer!
BEDS Distribution Day
saturday, december 9 ∙ 9:30-11:00 am ∙ irby st. parking lot
Come help load beds and mattresses in trucks and trailers as families come to the church to get their child’s bed provided by the BEDS Ministry. The beds will be distributed under the porte-cochere entrance to the Commons.
30th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 10 ∙ 1:30 pm ∙ Meet in Church Bus Parking Lot
A church trip to see the 30th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant at Columbia's First Baptist Church is planned for Sunday afternoon, December 10. Meet in the church bus parking lot at 1:30 pm and we will return by 9:00 pm. There is no cost for the trip except for your supper after the performance at California Dreaming. We have 25 free tickets and seats on the church bus available. Sign up by calling Sandy at the church office. If you have any additional questions, call trip coordinator Barbara Dawkins.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 17 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ Sanctuary
As we celebrate the season of Advent, many of us anxiously await the time when we can sing our beloved Christmas carols. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols provides the perfect opportunity. In between the lessons read and the carols sung by the choir, you are invited to heartily participate in the singing of some of your favorites including Once in Royal David’s City, Unto Us Is Born a Son, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Powerful organ accompaniments and soaring descants will enhance your singing! Come early to enjoy an organ recital of Christmas music at 3:40 pm and stay afterwards for a reception.
Taste of Central Tickets on Sale!
Our annual Taste of Central gala will be held Thursday, February 1, in the Davis Christian Life Center from 6:30-8:00 pm. There will be lots of delicious food from Central members as well as local restaurants. A silent auction will take place to add to the fun! Each ticket is only $15 and can be purchased in the church office or in The Commons on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. They make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends, family & neighbors. The cost will be $20 per ticket at the door. Please help support this special event. Invite 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.