Operation Christmas Child
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Operation Christmas Child

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. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

We have set our church’s goal at 100 shoebox gifts for this year. You can honor God by sending Operation Christmas Child boxes to children all over the world! If you would like to help, pick up a box and a “How To Pack a Shoebox” brochure from the Commons Area or the Davis Center, or contact Adriane Reynolds. Completed boxes must be returned to the church no later than Sunday, November 18.

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Charge Conference
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Charge Conference

Our annual Charge Conference with District Superintendent Terry Fleming is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, at 2:00 pm. This is a time to review and celebrate the year of ministry completed and to affirm plans for the upcoming year. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting in Spears Fellowship Hall, however, only elected members of the Charge Conference may vote.

 

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Jr. UMYF: Progressive Dinner
Nov
18
5:45 PM17:45

Jr. UMYF: Progressive Dinner

Jr. UMYF (sixth graders) will get together on Sunday, November 18, for a progressive dinner! We'll meet at the church at 5:45 pm to board the bus, head to the Loves' house for appetizers, the Hupfers' house for the main course, and the Stones' house for dessert. We should return to the church by 7:30 pm. Don't forget that you must have a permission waiver on file to ride the bus, and friends are always welcome!

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Lunch and Learn
Nov
20
11:00 AM11:00

Lunch and Learn

Please come for our Lunch & Learn Gathering on Tuesday, November 20, in Spears Fellowship Hall. Nurse Practitioner Kelli Clune will give an informative program on the recent epidemic of “human trafficking.” There will be a delicious luncheon to follow at no charge. Everyone is welcome!

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Outreach Thanksgiving Meals for Hospice Families
Nov
21
8:30 AM08:30

Outreach Thanksgiving Meals for Hospice Families

Please join us as Central serves McLeod Hospice patients and their families this Thanksgiving. As you are baking your holiday feast, consider doubling a recipe and then sharing the extra! The Outreach Ministry Team will be receiving food items (meat, sides, bread, and desserts) from 8:30 to 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 21, in the hallway just outside the kitchen. You will need to enter the church through the hallway door from the small Cheves Street parking lot. Please package your food items to serve 4 to 6 persons. Thank you in advance for sharing the love of Jesus Christ to those who are gravely ill, as well as their caretakers and families. Last year we served 64 people from 22 families. Feedback was tremendously positive with heartfelt thankfulness.

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Advent Workshop
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Advent Workshop

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins Sunday, December 2! During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. On Sunday, November 25, people of all ages are invited to enjoy crafts, fellowship, and refreshments as we begin observing and celebrating the season with an Advent Workshop. Crafts will include banners, paper prayer chains, pomanders, candles, and Advent Wreaths. If you have a wreath form from last year, please bring it with you. We will provide enough wreath forms and candles for 25 families. Come and bring a friend!

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Preschool Bookfair
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Preschool Bookfair

Central UMC Preschool would like to invite you to Barnes & Noble at Magnolia Mall on Tuesday, November 27, for our Bookfair. You can come anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm and see art made by the children with our Art Teacher, Mrs. Mary Crouch. The children will perform some of the rhymes and songs they have learned, and we will have guest readers from Central and Central Preschool. If you refer to the preschool at checkout the night of the event, we will receive a portion of the proceeds from that evening to help us purchase books and materials for our classrooms. Please come do some shopping and help us continue to improve the materials available to our students and teachers. Stop by the Preschool table in The Commons to pick up a voucher that can be used in store, or, you can use the bookfair ID number (12435202) to shop online that day from anywhere in the world, and we will receive the benefit of a portion of sales. This is a wonderful opportunity to help the preschool and to be present as a church and preschool in our community! We hope you will consider coming out.

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Service of the Longest Night
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Service of the Longest Night

Dealing with the death of a loved one, sickness, the loss of a job or financial stability, and many other struggles are common in our congregation and community. The Service of the Longest Night is meant to bring healing and hope to those feeling “blue” during the holiday season.

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Supper with Santa
Dec
6
11:00 AM11:00

Supper with Santa

Celebrate the season while supporting Central UMC Preschool! Our annual Supper with Santa fundraiser will be held at lunch and dinner on Thursday, December 6.

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (take out, drive thru, local delivery for 10 or more plates)

Dinner: 5 to 7 p.m. (take out, drive thru, dine in)

Adults: $9 Schoolhouse BBQ plate including BBQ, rice and red eye gravy, sweet potato souffle, bread, pound cake

Children: $3 Mac & Cheese plate including mac & cheese, applesauce, dessert

Evening activities include ornament making, cocoa bar, letters to Santa, pictures with Santa by Carolina Moments Photography (available for purchase).

Tickets available in the Preschool office. Sign-up sheets in The Commons and Davis Center for pledging pound cake donations.

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A Masterworks Christmas
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

A Masterworks Christmas

The congregation, along with family and friends, is invited to this annual Christmas concert presented by the Masterworks Choir. The 2018-2019 season marks the 40th anniversary of the choir, founded by beloved organist and Minister of Music William B. Mills. This concert features the choir, guest soloists and orchestra performing Handel's stunning Messiah. There will also be several familiar Christmas carols for everyone to join in singing. As is their tradition, there is no admission charge and all are invited! 

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Christmas Trip
Dec
9
1:45 PM13:45

Christmas Trip

The Columbia Christmas Pageant is one of the premiere Christmas Celebrations in the South! In its 31st year, the pageant has become a Christmas tradition for thousands who come from South Carolina as well as surrounding states. With state-of-the-art lighting, including thousands of Christmas lights, glorious music, and a cast and crew of hundreds, the Columbia Christmas Pageant is something that you certainly don’t want to miss. Central has a limited amount of tickets available at no charge. We will attend the 4:00 pm matinee performance Sunday, December 9. The church bus will leave the bus parking lot at 1:45 pm, enjoy the performance, and stop for dinner at California Dreaming on the way home. To reserve your seat, please call the church office.

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A Masterworks Christmas
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

A Masterworks Christmas

The congregation, along with family and friends, is invited to this annual Christmas concert presented by the Masterworks Choir. The 2018-2019 season marks the 40th anniversary of the choir, founded by beloved organist and Minister of Music William B. Mills. This concert features the choir, guest soloists and orchestra performing Handel's stunning Messiah. There will also be several familiar Christmas carols for everyone to join in singing. As is their tradition, there is no admission charge and all are invited! 

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Chancel Choir will sing a mix of brand new and time-honored favorites at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Central United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 PM. This beautiful service retells the Christmas story from the Old Testament through the birth of Christ to the visits of the shepherds and magi. The music ranges from bright and rhythmic to serene and reflective. 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 favorite carols including Once in Royal David’s City, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Powerful organ accompaniments and soaring descants will enhance your singing! Central invites the community to join us for this service as civic leaders read the scripture passages along with our pastors and lay readers. Come early to enjoy a recital of Christmas organ music at 3:40 PM and stay afterwards for a reception.

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Christmas Eve Service
Dec
24
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Eve Service

Join us for one of our Christmas Eve services as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! This service is family-friendly with beautiful music from our Chancel Choir as well as our Children’s Choirs. The service also includes candle-lighting and Holy Communion.

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Christmas Eve Service
Dec
24
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Eve Service

Join us for one of our Christmas Eve services as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! This service is family-friendly with beautiful music from our Chancel Choir as well as our Children’s Choirs. The service also includes candle-lighting and Holy Communion.

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Santahatchie
Dec
26
to Dec 30

Santahatchie

This year will be the 15th Annual Santahatchie Christmas Mission Project! Teenagers 14 years old and older are the workforce, and they work alongside college students and adult volunteers. Please contact Nate McMurphy or Hank Leeke if you are interested in volunteering, providing a meal, or giving a financial gift. Payment deadlines are $125 by November 14, $150 by December 1, and $175 after December 1. Applications can be found below or in the church office or The Commons.

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Live@Central! - Mal Hyman
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central! - Mal Hyman

On November 22, 1963, the United States and the entire world was stunned by the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Coker College professor and nationally known expert on the assassination, Mal Hyman, will revisit the event in light of newly released information. This program is free and open to the public, and will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.

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Wednesday Fellowship Dinner
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner

Join us in the Davis Christian Life Center for Greek Week! Adults cost $6 and children cost $3. Takeout plates available for $7.

Adults: Baked ham, macaroni & cheese, stir-fry cabbage, salad bar, biscuits, dessert

Children: Thinly-sliced ham, macaroni & cheese, green beans, tossed salad, roll, dessert

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Courtney Graham Memorial Bible Study
Nov
12
9:15 AM09:15

Courtney Graham Memorial Bible Study

All women are invited to join us for our next study, “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” by Adam Hamilton that will start on Monday, November 12, and end Monday, December 10. From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the nativity story is sometimes overlooked. He never spoke a recorded word, but his courageous actions were crucial to God’s salvation plan for humanity.

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Wednesday Fellowship Dinner
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner

Join us in the Davis Christian Life Center for Greek Week! Adults cost $6 and children cost $3. Takeout plates available for $7.

Adults: Parmesan-crusted chicken pot pie, fresh collard greens, salad bar, biscuits, dessert

Children: Cheese Pizza, carrot sticks, tossed salad, vanilla wafers

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Blood Drive
Nov
6
1:30 PM13:30

Blood Drive

Central’s next blood drive will be held Tuesday, November 6, and we need your participation to reach our goal of 45 pints. You can request a time slot that suits you best by signing up on the sheets in The Commons, by calling the church office, or by registering online at redcrossblood.org. To streamline the process, visit the Red Cross website and fill out the Rapid Pass on the same day of the drive and save up to 15 minutes. The Cheves Street doors will be open, so please park and enter there on the day of the drive. It will be closer for you and help our preschool hall stay clear. Your support of this vital ministry is greatly appreciated!

 

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Jr. Sr. Gathering
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Jr. Sr. Gathering

Please join your friends for the Jr./Sr. gathering on Thursday, November 1, at 6:30 pm in Spears Fellowship Hall. There will be a covered dish dinner so please bring a food item to share. Brian Braddock from the House of Hope will be the guest speaker and will share with us what it is like to be homeless.

 

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Care Givers Retreat
Oct
28
4:30 PM16:30

Care Givers Retreat

Our quarterly Care Givers Retreat will be held on Sunday, October 28, in The Schofield Library. We will talk about how music can help our loved ones and ourselves during difficult times. Please come if you have been care giving for a while, or if you have recently become a care giver. This is a wonderful group that can share their experiences and listen to your concerns and experiences. We will have refreshments and a short program followed by an opportunity to get to know everyone. Please feel free to invite someone you know that is a care giver. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila, Connie Lee or June Baird.

 

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Stewardship Brunch for Division and Route Leaders
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Stewardship Brunch for Division and Route Leaders

All Division Leaders (Stewardship Team) and Route Leaders are invited to join Stephanie Simmons, Stewardship Chair, along with Rev. Will Malambri, Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead and Rev. Meg Jiunnies for the Stewardship Brunch held in Spears Fellowship Hall. The packets will be available for pickup at the brunch, and there will be important information to share. For regrets or questions, please call the church office or email Rev. Meg Jiunnies.

 

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Statewide United Methodist Women Annual Meeting
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Statewide United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

Central United Methodist Women will be hosting this year’s UMW Annual Meeting. This will be a great opportunity to be with ladies from across the state doing the business of the UMW, participating in various workshops, and being part of the communion service led by our Florence District Superintendent and our own Will Malambri. On Saturday morning, Rev. Meg Jiunnies will be the keynote speaker. All ladies are invited to attend. Dinner will be served on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday. If you plan to eat or attend a workshop, you must fill out a registration form and mail it to the address on the form. There is a $30 fee which will cover two meals and a workshop of your choice. Registration forms are available in the church office. Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters and guides from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Friday, October 26. If you are available to serve, please email Peggy Knight.

 

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Live@Central!
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Join us on Wednesday, October 24, as we welcome a newcomer to our stage, the Lake City Community Theatre! Celebrating its 30th year, the Lake City Community Theatre will bring a review of classical stage and film favorites for our audience. This free public program will be held in the sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church on the corner of West Cheves and South Irby streets in downtown Florence beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner (optional) will be served at 5:30 p.m. The meal cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under).

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Wednesday Fellowship Dinner
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner

Join us in the Davis Christian Life Center for Greek Week! Adults cost $6 and children cost $3. Takeout plates available for $7.

Adults: Greek chicken, rice pilaf, fresh vegetables, salad bar, dinner roll, Greek dessert

Children: Chicken tenders, fresh fruit, Greek-style tossed salad, dinner roll, ice cream sandwich

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Jr. UMYF Trip to Dargan Farms
Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Jr. UMYF Trip to Dargan Farms

Our Jr. UMYF Group (sixth graders) will travel to Dargan Farms in Darlington on Sunday, October 21, to enjoy a hay ride and corn maze! After we find our way through the maze, we’ll have hot dogs, chips, and s’mores! We'll meet at the church at 5:00 pm to board the bus, and we should return by 7:00 pm. Cost is $5 per person, and you must turn in a signed permission waiver in order to go. To sign up, contact Adriane Reynolds.

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Digging Deeper Community Workday
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Digging Deeper Community Workday

Beginning approximately 9:30 a.m. after an abbreviated worship service in Davis Christian Life Center starting at 9 a.m..

On-campus activities

  • no-sew fleece blankets for Care House for the Pee Dee and Lighthouse Ministries

  • writing notes to law enforcement officials, first responders, Central members

Off-campus activities:

  • Help4Kids – filling bags

  • Florence Area Humane Society – cleaning tasks

  • Briggs Elementary – constructing composting station

Be prepared to give anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours of your time, depending on which mission opportunity you choose

All Central members and friends are invited to participate!

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Build-A-Bed Day
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Build-A-Bed Day

Our seventh Build-A-Bed Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, in the Irby Street Parking Lot. We are inviting all ages and people with or without any labor skill sets. We have trained people who are willing and able to assist you in your area of building interest. Also, if you have a hand-held router or cordless drill, please bring them along with your charger and drill bits.

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Live@Central!
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Join us as we welcome John Petrush. John has a degree in film photography and will introduce us to the view camera, which was the prime tool of the internationally famous photographer, Ansel Adams. Adams was the face of the Sierra Club, one of the pre-eminent conservation organizations in the United States, and made his reputation based on his incredible photography of Yosemite National Park. This free public program will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.

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Fall Fair & C-Unity
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Fall Fair & C-Unity

Join your friends from Central and Cumberland for a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship, & worship! The event will begin with a short devotion followed by a liturgical/praise dance from students at FMU. A delicious, homemade dinner will be available for $6 per adult and $3 for children under 12. The menu includes chicken bog, fresh broccoli and cauliflower salad, pimento cheese sandwiches, chips, bread, apple slices, green beans, and homemade peach cobbler with ice cream. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages including bingo, cake walk, sawdust hunt, carnival games, face painting, hip hop chair aerobics, apple challenge, and much more! All activities are free of charge. The event will be held at Timrod Park (400 Timrod Park Dr., Florence) which is only 4 minutes from the churches. We are excited about the opportunity to gather with friends and family. Everyone is welcome!

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Live@Central!
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Join us as we welcome Ornithologists Julia Krebs and Roger Hucks. They have both traveled the world birdwatching and plan to tell us about their voyage to Antarctica and the birds they observed there. This free public program will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.

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UMW BBQ Fundraiser
Oct
10
11:00 AM11:00

UMW BBQ Fundraiser

It’s time to purchase tickets for this year’s UMW BBQ Fundraiser catered by Schoolhouse BBQ! Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, and dinner will be served from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. You can eat in or take out. Lunch delivery is available for orders of 10 or more plates. The cost is $9 per plate. Tickets can be purchased from the church office or any UMW Member. For further information, call Ann Wansley (843-669—8716) or Joy Higgs (843-250-1016).

 

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United Methodist Men Gathering
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

United Methodist Men Gathering

Every man is invited and encouraged to attend the UMM Gathering on Monday, October 8, in Spears Fellowship Hall. The meal will be Woody’s world famous spaghetti. Beth Ann Owen, Chair of the Preschool Board, will update us on Preschool news. The gatherings will be held on the SECOND Monday of every month moving forward.

 

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Blessing of the Animals
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis, following the psalmist's lead, saw the beauty of all of God's creation giving God praise. We will honor that, along with the companionship and joy our pets bring us by having a Blessing of the Animals service in beautiful Lucas Park. There will be a short worship service followed by clergy offering blessings to each pet present. Be sure to bring pets on leads or in cages. And, invite a friend or two along. (Note: inclement weather will cancel this event.)

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Reception Honoring Central's Music Ministry
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Reception Honoring Central's Music Ministry

The Worship Committee invites you to join in honoring and thanking the many Central choir members and musicians who share their time and talent with our church. We are grateful for their weekly leadership in the sanctuary and Well services, as well as the many special services throughout the year. They give much time and effort to praise God and bless us with their musical gifts. Please come to Spears Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 7, at 10:00 am, to enjoy coffee and treats and let them know they are greatly appreciated.

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Jr./Sr. Gathering
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Jr./Sr. Gathering

Please join your friends for the Jr./Sr. gathering on Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 pm in Spears Fellowship Hall. There will be a covered dish dinner so please bring a food item to share. A program of interest will be presented by Fire Marshal Chris Johnson. Everyone is welcome!

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Live@Central!
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Join us as we welcome Steven Mott, curator of the Florence County Museum, presenting a program on the beginnings of the railroads in Florence County. The program will discuss how the railroads came to Florence and created the economic hub that Florence is today. This free public program will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.

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7th-9th Grade Girls Bible Study Begins
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

7th-9th Grade Girls Bible Study Begins

This group will kick off the year with the study, "Dream Big." What kinds of dreams and desires does God have for your daughters? How can you encourage your daughter to find God's plan for her life? The Dream Big Bible study featuring Jennie Allen talks about ways teen girls can use their unique gifts, spend time with God, and share His love - both now and into the future. This group is led by Molly Lee and Audra Coble with team leaders Kingsley Grich, Grace Anne Brown, and Carolina King.

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Live@Central!
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Have you ever wondered why the lights illuminate when you flip the switch? Mindy Taylor from Duke Energy will give us the low down on electricity from Ben Franklin’s time to today. This free public event will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.

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UMW Sunday
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

UMW Sunday

In 1894 The Women’s Society was organized at the newly formed Central Methodist Church, with seventeen charter members. In 1895 they became interested in foreign missions and donated $50.75 to that vital work; today that record of giving to missions exceeds $35,000 each year. Although the name has changed over the years - Lambuth Auxilliary, Missionary Society, Woman’s Missionary Society, Woman’s Society of Christian Service, United Methodist Women - the spirit and commitment remain the same. Fortunately we have in the Schofield Library Archives many of their records dating back as far as 1920. See the documentation of an extraordinary history at the UMW table in The Commons. You can see the UMW circle information on this week’s bulletin insert, and we invite all women to be a part of Central’s United Methodist Women! Please join us for snacks in Spears Fellowship Hall at 10:00 am for fellowship.

 

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Live@Central!
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central!

Live@Central! welcomes well-known church historian Bill Segars of Hartsville. Bill will present a fascinating program about old churches in the Florence area that still host occasional services. Bill is know for his efforts to document old churches in South Carolina and has done so for more than 800 churches. The churches he will present include Christ Episcopal, Rembert Methodist, Church of the Holy Cross, Trinity Episcopal, Salem Presbyterian, St. David’s Episcopal, Strawberry Chapel, and more.

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