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!
Please join us Wednesday night in room 173 as we continue our study. Our speaker is Marilyn Reaves, RN, BSN. She is the coordinator of palliative care at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Palliative Care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease through a team-based approach including physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who specialize in this medical field. Mrs. Reaves will also update us on the importance of "Health Care Power of Attorney" and educate us on the proper forms to use. Dr. Bill Hazelwood will speak on his experience as a cancer survivor.
Dr. Lilly Filler, daughter of Holocaust survivors and secretary for the S.C. Council of the Holocaust, will present a historical program about the holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany during World War II. This free, public program will take place in Spears Fellowship Hall.
Did you know one in four children in Florence County is hungry? Help 4 Kids Florence provides more than 2,200 bags of food each weekend to hungry elementary school students in ALL of the Florence County School Districts. You can help combat childhood hunger by donating to the Vienna Sausage Food Drive held January 20-27. There will be a donation bin in The Commons that week. They need 4,400 cans of Vienna sausages each week, so your donation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or would like to see other opportunities to help, please call 843-580-4111 or email email@example.com.
Stephen Ministries at Central will host a four-week series (Wednesdays, January 16-February 6) to help those with new diagnoses of cancer, those under treatment, family members/caregivers, and other interested persons to help them navigate the medical, emotional, relational and spiritual challenges of cancer. Several cancer survivors, Dr. Michael Pavy of McLeod Oncology and other leaders in this field will share each night. It begins Wednesday night, January 16, and runs on subsequent Wednesday nights through February 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please register through Realm, online at www.centralmethodist.net/studies/, or by contacting the church office 843-662-3218. There is no cost for this class. The book, Cancer: Now What, will be available for purchase for those who are interested in learning more.
Central’s next blood drive will be Tuesday, January 15. To schedule an appointment, please sign the sheets in The Commons or The Well on Sundays, contact the church office at 843-662-3218, or register online by visiting redcrossblood.org. Don’t forget you can streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting the site and completing the rapid pass form the day of the drive. Thanks to Charles Howard, all donors will receive a free Scrubby’s car wash! Our goal is 46 pints, so the hope is to have at least 58 people register to participate. Please consider helping to save lives by supporting this ministry – your participation makes a difference!
Please join us for our Lunch & Learn gathering on Tuesday, January 15, in Spears Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker will be Neal Zimmerman from the Pee Dee Boys and Girls Club. He will share what the organization does for children in our community. Afterwards, we will have a delicious lunch and enjoy fun and fellowship with each other. Everyone is welcome!
Join us for this study held on Sundays, January 13 through February 17, at 6-7:30 p.m. in Room #173.
When you become part of a United Methodist Church, you promise to faithfully participate with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Central wants you to know how to fulfill this promise well. Life in Christ is an exciting, unpredictable, on-going journey. It’s a journey that is taken alongside others on the path of faith. Some of those are more seasoned travelers; others are just getting started. All are journeying with you as members of the family of God. Central is a collection of some of those family members; the United Methodist Church is a larger collection of the Christian family. A Disciple’s Path is a short study, taught by Reverends Will Malambri, J. Derrick Cattenhead, and Meg Bryce Jiunnies, to help us on our journey of faith and to grow our Christian friendships. We’ll have a week dedicated to each of the following: The United Methodist Church, prayer and scripture meditation, worship and small group community, financial generosity, spiritual gifts and gifts-based service, and invitational evangelism. There is no cost for this study, and childcare is available upon request.
The Jr. Sr. group will meet Thursday, January 10, in Spears Fellowship Hall for the first gathering of the new year. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Friends are welcome! There will be an entertaining program followed by a covered dish supper, so please bring a food dish to share with around 35 people. This small group fellowship ministry is a wonderful way to make new and lasting friendships in a Christian environment. We hope to see you there!
Live@Central! begins at a new time of 6:15 pm on Wednesday, January 9, as we welcome Stephen Motte, curator at the Florence County Museum. Motte will share the fascinating story of artist William Harrison Scarborough. Scarborough practiced his gifted talent in the upper Pee Dee from 1838 to 1845 while living in the Darlington district. An exhibit of Scarborough’s work will be featured in the museum through February 24. Live@Central! will be held in Spears Fellowship Hall.
Join us on Monday mornings in Room #173 as we begin ‘Jonah, Navigating a Life Interrupted’ by Priscilla Shirer. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. This study will redefine interruption and help us see that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams.
On Thursday, December 27, our Jr. UMYF group will have the opportunity to participate in the Santahatchie Christmas Mission Project. We will meet at the church at 3:00 pm and will board the bus to head to the various worksites. After touring the sites, we’ll return to the church for dinner and worship, and will conclude around 7:30 pm. In order to participate, your son or daughter must have a current permission waiver on file. If you need a copy of the waiver, please contact Adriane Reynolds.
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, know if you can help.