Help support our United Methodist Women’s local missions by participating in the 15th annual BBQ fundraiser. It will be Wednesday, October 11. Lunch will be served from 11:00 am-1:30 pm, and dinner from 5:00-6:30 pm. The cost is $8 per plate. A $3 children’s hot dog plate will be available for purchase at dinner only. You can eat in, take out, or pick up through the drive-thru. Lunch delivery is available for a purchase of 10 or more plates. Tickets are available at the church office or from any UMW member.

Holding Up Your Corner

Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community will be held on Saturday, October 21, in the Davis Christian Life Center from 8:30 am-3:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Florence, Hartsville and Marion Districts to discuss creative ways the church can bridge the gap between the police and poor and racial ethnic communities in their midst. To register, please call or email Rev. Meg Jiunnies by Tuesday, October 10. A box lunch will be included.

Confirmation Registration

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.

A Disciple’s Path

When you become part of a United Methodist Church, you promise to faithfully participate with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Life in Christ is an exciting, unpredictable, on-going journey. It’s a journey that is taken alongside others on the path of faith. A Disciple’s Path is a short study to help us on our journey of faith and to grow our Christian friendships. The class is led by Rev. Will Malambri, Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead, and Rev. Meg Jiunnies. There is no cost for this study and a nursery is provided upon request.

Fall Golf Tournament

Central will have a fall golf tournament on Friday, October 20, at Traces Golf Course. There will be a luncheon at noon, and shot gun start at 1:00 pm. The cost is $35 per person for cart, course, lunch, prizes, and snacks! It will be a Captain’s Choice format so you can sign up as a team or as an individual and we will place you on the team we think will win! Join us for a fun-filled day of fellowship. To register, sign up on the sheets in The Commons , call the church office (843-662-3218), or contact the coordinator of this event, Robbie Timms.

Faith-Based Inclusion Workshop

There will be a Faith-Based Inclusion Workshop held by the Autism Resource Center on October 21. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and the workshop is free. Training will be provided in different styles of learning, and creative ideas for including people with disabilities in worship and Sunday school. Childcare is offered. The deadline to register is October 13. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Rev. Meg Jiunnies. If you would like to be a part of the Education and Spiritual Growth team as a representative for inclusion, please contact the chairperson Teresa Brunson or Rev. Meg Jiunnies.

What is Stephen Ministry? Are You Interested?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Come learn more about this important ministry at one of our “Interest Meetings” scheduled for the Sunday School Hour on October 15 or 22 in the Moody Parlor! “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Basketball Time - Get in the Game!

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 24

Let’s get ready for Central basketball! Sign up by your age as of September 1, 2017. The age groups are 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, and 18 & under. Register by calling the church office (843-662-3218) or signing the sheets in The Commons. Games will begin the week of November 27, and we will start practices in October. We look forward to a great season!

Acolyte Training

Calling all 4th through 8th graders. Central needs you to lead worship by serving as an Acolyte. The light on an acolyte's torch represents the light of Christ entering the sanctuary and leading us into mission after the service. The candles that the acolytes light remind us of God's presence throughout the service. Your ministry as an acolyte is a meaningful contribution to our worship services. Please come to the training on Sunday, October 29, at 10:00 am in the sanctuary.

Trunk or Treat!

Join us Sunday, October 29, from 4:00-6:00 pm for our 4th Annual Trunk or Treat! The Coit Street parking lot will be filled with cars and trucks decorated in a variety of fun themes, and children will "trick or treat" among the vehicles. If you are willing to decorate your car and/or provide candy, please contact Adriane Reynolds or Nate McMurphy. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunks! Come join the fun!

Halloween Organ Concert

Central's Organist/Music Director Don Grice will present an organ recital on the evening of Tuesday, October 31, at 7:30 pm. Included will be music referencing themes of Halloween and also Reformation. The program includes works by John Cook, J. S. Bach, Charles Marie Widor, and Henri Mulet. Admission is free.

Operation Christmas Child

Deadline: Wednesday, November 1

Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts – filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items – and delivers them to children in need around the world. During the month of October, our Children’s Ministry will be collecting supplies to fill the boxes. Suggested items include: “wow” items such as small stuffed animals or toys, personal care items, clothing, school supplies, and craft items. All items must be new. We are also collecting donations to cover the $9.00 cost of shipping per box. We are not able to include candy, toothpaste or war-related items. For more information or to fill a box on your own, please contact Adriane Reynolds.

Advent Prayer Series: Making and Using Protestant Prayer Beads

As we prepare to move into the Advent Season, Ginny Hill will offer the series “Making and Using Protestant Prayer Beads” on Sundays, November 5-19 from 4:30-6:00 pm in Room #164/165. We will focus on organizing prayers and setting aside time to listen to God as we draw closer to God. Ginny will share sample prayers, and a history of prayer beads, as well as guide participants as they make their own Protestant Prayer Beads. All materials will be provided. For questions or help with registration, please contact Rev. Meg Jiunnies.