If you are a rising 3rd Grader, save the date of September 22! You will be presented your Bible during the 11:15 a.m. service. If you are a parent of a rising 3rd grader be on the lookout for a letter in the mail with more details. We look forward to sharing in this special day with you.
Children are invited to design Kindness Placemats that will be laminated and given to the Salvation Army emergency shelter. The placemats can be filled with creative pictures and encouraging words to spread God’s love and let those who are enduring hard times know that others care for them.
For every one that expressed interest in serving as a volunteer class facilitator with JumpStart Prison Ministry, an upcoming training will be held at the Turbeville Correctional Institute on August 20, 2019, from 11:00 AM–2:00 PM. Central, through Outreach Committee, has agreed to partner with JumpStart, which “is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a Christian environment for ex-offenders that will allow them to transition from incarceration to a productive life.” The training will cover the basics of facilitating the class. If you are interested in registering for this training, please sign up using the signup sheet in The Commons Area or The Well. Also, if you would like to learn more about JumpStart Prison Ministry, please visit their website at https://www.jumpstartvision.org/mission/, or contact Jim Harris, Chair of Central’s Outreach Committee.
We’re Movin’ On Up! On Sunday, August 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Assembly Room, all rising 4K-7th graders and their parents are invited to join us to celebrate Promotion Sunday and enjoy refreshments. Children should come straight to the Children’s Assembly Room and look for the class they completed last year. All children will be recognized as they are promoted to the next class. Elementary and Preschool children will start their new classes on August 25.
Blessing of the Backpacks is a wonderful way to acknowledge the beginning of a new school year and recognize the importance of learning. We also want our students to know that God is with them at school and that their church cares and supports them all week long. In addition to our students, we will also take the opportunity to recognize, thank, and pray for all who are involved in the education of our students: teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and all school workers. Be sure to invite a friend, neighbor, classmate or teacher to join you for worship this Sunday, August 18 at The Well at 9:00 a.m. or at the11:15 a.m. worship service at the PAC.
There are times in our lives when we go through transitions, changes, and evolutions. Many times these are happy and exciting changes but we still have to adapt and sometimes grieve. What part does our faith play in the way we respond to change? Come and join women of all ages for a short time of discussion and fellowship in the Ingram Chapel. Our special speaker this week is Ellen Smith. This is a time for us to get to know one another and share Christian fellowship. Anyone who wants to join the group for supper afterwards at a local restaurant is welcome, too. Come casual and bring a friend!
Please join us Wednesday evening, June 26th from 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. for our 16th annual Spirit of Central. Twelve of our members will be presented with “Quilts of Valor!” There will be a decorated bike/trike/wagon parade for the younger children followed by water activities on the playground and a visit from the Kona Ice Truck! Rebecca Thompson and Dr. Don Grice will provide patriotic music as a tribute to our nation and veterans. Everyone will have an opportunity to write letters to our servicemen who are stationed around the world. The program and activities will begin at 6pm. From 5:30-6pm, we will have a delicious Southern dinner including BBQ chicken (chicken tenders for the children), potato salad (chips), corn on the cob, fresh green beans, watermelon, & apple pie and ice cream. Supper will be the usual price of $6 per adult and $3 for children 12 and under. Everyone is welcome! Come enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship for all ages.
RedWolves Baseball Faith and Family Night is Monday, June 24 at 7 pm at the Francis Marion Sparrow Stadium. Central is gathering a group to attend this event. If you are interested, please contact Linda Segars at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Jones at email@example.com by Thursday, June 6th. The pastor of the church that sells the most tickets will throw out the first pitch and receive a hat. Group tickets are $4 each with children 2 and under free. Group ticket orders must be place by Monday, June 10 by calling 843.662.5921 or by sending an email to Linda Segars. You can pay for the tickets when you pick them up. Checks should be made to Florence RedWolves and cash is acceptable as well.
Mission Camp is sponsored by Central UMC, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke Lutheran Church and The Assembly. It is open to children who have completed 1st-6th grades and attend one of the sponsoring churches. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required -- we are unable to accept walk-ins. Please do not register your child unless he or she is able to attend all four days of camp. You must register each child separately.
When was the last time you sang “The Old Rugged Cross?” Or have you ever sung it? This Sunday is your chance! Due to the on-going floor project in Davis, The Well is moving to Spears Fellowship Hall for an “old-school” style service. No tables, no snacks or coffee ... just a morning of singing hymns, fellowship with your neighbor, and a message from Rev. Cattenhead. So on your way in to Spears, grab a Cokesbury Hymnal at one of the sign-in tables and pick out a couple of your favorite hymns for us all to sing – it’s going to be a great morning!
Please join us for our Helping Florence Flourish workday project at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter on June 15, 2019. We will be working on benches for the prayer garden and repairing a retaining wall. No experience needed. All are welcomed to participate. If you are interested in joining us for this workday project, please meet us in The Commons area of Central at 7:30 a.m. to register and receive instructions. For more information, please contact Jim Harris, Chair of Central’s Outreach Committee.
Central Church will celebrate all who have been 50-year members of Central on Sunday, May 19. If you think you are a 50-year member, having joined the church in the year 1969 or before and have not yet been recognized or received your pin, please call the church office at 662-3218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by April 28. New
50-year members will be recognized at the service of your choice. All past and present
50-year members will be treated to a brunch and a speaker between services at 10:00 am. Please don’t hesitate to call as some of our church records have been burned or stolen. Central has a great heritage and much to celebrate!
Tuesday, May 14 • Davis Christian Life Center • 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Put the power of faith into action! Sign up to donate blood at Central’s next drive
Tuesday, May 14 between the hours of 1:30 - 6:30pm. We have a goal of 47 pints which will require approximately 57 participants. Every time it takes most of our regular donors to come, and we need new people as well to accomplish our commitment to the Red Cross. Register online at redcrossblood.org or schedule a time on the sheets in The
Commons area. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapid pass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Thank you for your support of this important ministry. All donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card!
The UMW Yard Sale is fast approaching. Please, if you haven’t already, begin today to clean out your attics, basements, closets, and kitchens for items you no longer need or use but feel someone else could benefit from them.
Our drop-off schedule will be until Friday, April 26 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Cheves Street Sunday School wing. Starting Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm we will be receiving items in the Davis Life Center. Opportunities for drop-offs will end at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30. The UMW Preview Sale is Thursday, May 2 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. A $10.00 ticket is needed to attend and will be available at the door. We thank you in advance for your support.
Please support the United Methodist Women and this huge undertaking.
Remember, all proceeds go to the missions that UMW supports.
Please join us for our lunch and learn gathering Tuesday, April 16th at 11am in the Spears Fellowship Hall. The multi-talented Bobby Floyd will provide musical entertainment. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch and time to fellowship with others. This will be the final get together until September so make the effort to come. Everyone is welcome!
Please join your church family Sunday, April 14, at Brooks McCall Park (2100 Mechanicsville Road – only a few miles from the church; maps will be provided in The Commons) our annual picnic & Easter Egg Hunt. Dress casually for worship, then follow the crowd to McCall Park. A picnic lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30 for the regular price of $6 per adult and $3 per child. Enjoy fried chicken, homemade broccoli salad, potato salad (chips for the kids), pimento cheese sandwiches, fresh fruit, homemade cobbler, and beverages. There will be activities for all age groups including the Bubble Guy, balloon designs by Tim Fisher, bingo, a cake walk, face painting, entertainment by Nick Jacobs and friends, and much more. Come for a fun-filled day with good food, friends, and fellowship!
If you are willing to donate pre-filled eggs for the hunt, please put them in the basket in The Commons.
For over forty years, Sherry Woods has been teaching private strings lessons in Florence. Her most advanced students, called the Fleur de Lis strings orchestra, gathers every Sunday to rehearse. The Fleur de Lis strings orchestra will be performing at Central UMC on April 10 at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
Church leaders are often a beacon of support and information to their congregations, and churches are meant to be a safe place for all who enter. As the conversation of abuse grows throughout our nation it seems fitting that the church begins to take a larger voice in this conversation.
United Methodist Men are invited to the fish fry on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 pm in Spears Fellowship Hall. Reamer King has been kind enough to catch us some fish in the Keys, and Herbert Warren is frying them up. We will have grits and slaw also. Be sure to call the church office at 843-662-3218 and RSVP. Hope to see a large group on the 8th.
Central is blessed to have many talented members and friends. Please consider sharing your talents by participating in this year’s talent show. We are looking for a variety of acts including instrumental, vocal, comedy, dance, recitation – almost anything goes! Children, youth, and adults are all encouraged to help make this year’s program a success by becoming involved and contributing a short performance. Please sign up on the sheets in The Commons or email or call Linda Segars at the church office by February 1.
Our annual Taste of Central gala will be held Thursday, February 7. 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, and neighbors. The cost will be $20 at the door.
This year our project is to begin updating Spears Fellowship Hall with new flooring, paint, and media capability. This space is used by multiple church and community groups including Florence School District 1, Mission Camp, The Shepherd’s Center of the Pee Dee, community training events, and much more. The project to refinish the Davis Christian Life Center floor is on track to be completed this summer. We are in the process of recruiting individuals, Sunday school classes, groups, restaurants, etc. to prepare a specialty food item to share. If you are interested in helping with a food table, contact Robin Payne at 843-250-0722 by text. If you have a new item to donate to the silent auction, or a special talent like offering personal training sessions, sports lessons, cooking lessons, prepared meals, a vacation home, artwork, etc., please contact Til Morisey at 803-236-2386 by text. Your contributions go a long way to making this event a big success!