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.
Beginning approximately 9:30 a.m. after an abbreviated worship service in Davis Christian Life Center starting at 9 a.m..
no-sew fleece blankets for Care House for the Pee Dee and Lighthouse Ministries
writing notes to law enforcement officials, first responders, Central members
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.)
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.
The truck driver got delayed so we have to push the delivery date of our truckload of mattresses back to next Friday, October 5. Volunteers are needed to meet that day at the back of Knight Furniture at 3:30 p.m.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone is welcome to join us Tuesday, September 18, for the first Lunch & Learn Gathering of the season. We are excited to have the most entertaining Sharon and Johnny Tanner provide us musical enjoyment as we fellowship together. A delicious luncheon will follow provided by the chefs at The Manor. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you then – no reservations required!
Our Jr. UMYF Kickoff for sixth graders will be held Sunday, September 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. We’ll enjoy some yummy snacks, play on some awesome inflatables, and spend time getting to know each other better. Parents, if you can help chaperone, please plan to stay. We’ll also have a brief informational meeting for parents at 5:00 pm in Room 232. We look forward to seeing you there!
Students 7th-12th grade are invited to the UMYF kickoff "Inflatables Night" from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The kickoff will include activities such as Criss Cross Hamster Ball race, Big Glove Boxing, Jousting, Obstacle race, Mini Golf tournament, Sports Skills Challenge and more. Meet us in the Davis Christian Life Center for a fun night to start UMYF right!
Central will celebrate Legacy Sunday on Sunday, September 16, to honor those who have been members 25-49 years. If you think you joined Central in 1993 or before and have not received your Legacy member pin, please contact Sandy Conner (843-662-3218). New Legacy members will receive their pins in the service of their choice that morning. All new and past Legacy members will receive a blue ribbon to wear as you arrive to church. We are proud to have a strong heritage of Christians!
Live@Central! welcomes Kelli Clune of Durant Children’s Center to present a workshop on human trafficking. Human trafficking is the fastest growing illegal industry in the world and is second only to the sale of drugs in profits generated. In the US, most victims of human trafficking are US teenagers. In this workshop we will discuss the dynamics of human trafficking on both the national and local level. The discussion will include some of the dynamics of human trafficking and its prevalence, warning signs that a person is being trafficked, what are the risk factors and how to respond as a community. This program is free and open to the public.
Attention all men! Please join us as we begin another session of our 27:17 Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 a.m. in Room 173. Hank Leeke and Johnny Crouch lead the group, and coffee is provided. There is no dress code. Come as you are, and believe me, we have everything from pajamas to business attire. Our study is based on Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” We pray weekly that God would make us “men who make a difference for Jesus Christ in our world.” On September 11, we will begin a study of the Gospel of Matthew. This is a perfect time to join our group as we start a fresh book.
Everyone is welcome to join us on Monday mornings beginning September 10 from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 173 as we begin a new season of the Courtney Graham Women’s Bible Study. Our first study will be ‘Malachi, A Love That Never Lets Go’ by Lisa Harper. On our worst day, God doesn’t walk away from us. And his love for us is not determined by our performance. No matter how many times we mess up, God loves (and never leaves) broken people. This is the first study Lisa Harper did with LifeWays and it will give a fresh perspective on the book of Malachi.
Where do children go when DSS has taken them from their families because of abuse or neglect? What about when a mother is struggling with addiction and is neglecting her children? Currently, over 70 children call Epworth home. Each of these children have found refuge in the ministry we share as United Methodists in SC. Epworth Children’s Home has been welcoming children in Christ’s name for 122 years through the generous support of churches like ours! We will participate in the annual Work Day Offering on Sunday, September 9, to benefit the children who call Epworth home. Please be in prayerful consideration of what God is calling you to give to this valuable and life changing ministry. For more information about Epworth Children’s Home, you can visit them on the web at www.epworthchildrenshome.org or find them on Facebook.
Everyone is welcome to come enjoy great food and fellowship. Entertainment will be provided by the most talented Rebecca Thompson! There will be a covered dish supper so please bring a favorite food item to share. The Jr./Sr. Gathering is a monthly event that provides an opportunity for members and friends ages 50 and up to enjoy an entertaining or informative program followed by an informal time to share a meal together and socialize. It’s a great way to meet others in a small group setting! Please join us.
Our goal is 45 pints! To schedule an appointment, please choose a time slot on the sheets in The Commons, register online by visiting redcrossblood.org, call the church office (843-662-3218), or email Linda Segars. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by going to the above website and entering the words “rapid pass” to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Uncle Woody Jones says, “We need you!”
On Tuesday, September 4, the United Methodist Women will begin meeting in their circles again after enjoying a summer break. There are five circles that meet monthly, striving to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and putting our faith, hope and love into action by supporting global, state and local missions. As United Methodist Women, we are a group of ordinary women in action doing extraordinary things in the world and in our community for women, children and youth. In 2017 we gave $36,279.00 to world, state and local missions. Of that, $29,279.00 went to support missions at Central and in the Florence community. In 2019 we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Methodist women in mission. It was in 1869 when two women, an educator and a doctor went to India to begin the ministry of serving women and children. It is this legacy that our foremothers passed down through the generations and our prayer is that Central will continue this legacy that will continue for another 150 years. To ensure that this vital ministry of our church continues, we need a group of young women that are willing to start a new generation of ladies working for the continuation of this ministry. If you feel this is a ministry where you can serve, please call the church office for more information. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
A relaxing, cool afternoon for our entire church family to enjoy is coming up next Sunday! Come enjoy our annual Ice Cream and Dessert Bash and sample many flavors of churned ice cream and wonderful desserts. Sandwiches and fruits will also be served. Sit back, tap your toes and listen to the tunes of the Borrowed Time Band or get creative and paint a kindness rock to distribute around town. We hope you will be a part of this fun-filled afternoon. Sign up on the sheets in The Commons or in your Sunday School class if you want to provide a treat. If not, just bring yourself and unwind with friends and family!