Sensory Santa
Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

Sensory Santa

All 4 Autism invites you to a special event that will provide fun and holiday magic for children with ASD, as well as a bit of respite for their parents and caregivers. The event will include crafts, games, a movie, and other activities for the children to enjoy. Santa will also be available for photos at no charge in a sensory-friendly environment. Space is limited, so please register at this website: https://fs27.formsite.com/all4autism/form34/index.html. For more information, contact All 4 Autism at 843-472-5215.

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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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Taste of Central
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Taste of Central

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. Please help support this special event. Invite a friend!

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BEDS Distribution Day
Dec
15
12:00 AM00:00

BEDS Distribution Day

The BEDS Ministry will be distributing 40 beds to children in Florence School District 3 (Lake City, Scranton, Coward, and Olanta). Distribution day is Saturday, December 15. We will announce the location in Lake City and exact times (morning) soon. We invite all Central members to join us in this heartwarming Advent activity. We also need able-bodied members to assist us on Friday afternoon, December 14, to load the bed frames, mattresses, and “big yellow” goody bags in trucks for delivery to the distribution site. Please let the church office or Art Justice, ajustice@turnerpadget.com, know if you can help.

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Live@Central! - Christmas Music with the Mapes
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central! - Christmas Music with the Mapes

Join us as we conclude the first half of our 14th season with “Christmas Music with the Mapes,” presented by Sharyn and Steve Mapes. They have shared their talent and love of music for nearly 30 years with Central, the Florence Little Theatre, and the Florence community. They have invited a few of their friends to share their talent with us as well. This free, public program will be held in the sanctuary.

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United Methodist Men's Ladies Night
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

United Methodist Men's Ladies Night

All men and their spouses or significant others are invited to attend the annual Ladies Night on Monday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Spears Fellowship Hall. There will be a delicious traditional holiday meal and seasonal music provided by Alan Johnson.

Alan is a well-known musician, vocalist, and teacher in the Florence area. He plays many musical instruments, and is a violinist with the Florence Symphony Orchestra.

Dress is casual for the event. The cost of the meal is $10 per person, $20 per couple. It is very important that you RSVP to let us know you are coming so we can prepare the food accordingly. RSVP to the church office (843-662-3218).

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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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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
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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Jr. Sr. Gathering
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Jr. Sr. Gathering

The Jr. Sr. group will meet Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 pm in Spears Fellowship Hall for a wonderful Christmas program with Nick Townsend and a delicious pot luck dinner. Please bring a food item to share. Everyone is welcome! Come begin the holiday season with fun and fellowship.

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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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Live@Central! - Florence Area Big Band
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central! - Florence Area Big Band

Live@Central! welcomes the Florence Area Big Band back to our stage on Wednesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The band features 19 members and plays the music of the famous big bands of the 1930s-1950s including Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.  This free public program will be held in the Davis Center of Central United Methodist Church in downtown Florence. An optional dinner will be available before the program for $6 per adult and $3 per child.

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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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Live@Central! - Coker College Music Department
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Live@Central! - Coker College Music Department

As part of our celebration of the Christmas season, we welcome the Coker College music department to Live@Central! on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m., as they bring a musical play titled “Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena (Lucinda and the Poinsettias)”. The musical is based on the Mexican legend of the poinsettia and its significance to the Christmas season. The cast of about 45 will include singers from Coker College as well as Hartsville Middle School. This program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the sanctuary.

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Preschool Bookfair
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Preschool Bookfair

If you are looking for books as Christmas gifts, please consider attending the preschool book fair hosted by Barnes & Noble. Proceeds from the purchase of ANY BOOK will benefit the preschool program here at Central. In addition to our children’s artwork being displayed, the children will be participating and Rev. Cattenhead will be reading a storybook in the children’s section during the event. If you are unable to attend, you can still support Central UMC Preschool by going online to barnesandnoble.com and using the ID number 12435202. This code will be valid from November 27, 2018 - December 2, 2018. Thank you and happy reading!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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