Below you will find a variety of events, studies, trips and experiences that will help you in your spiritual growth and faith development. We encourage you to attend those that speak to you and even maybe one that doesn’t as you seek to be the disciple that God calls you to be.
Godly Play Training has been rescheduled due to Spring Break. Please join us Saturday, May 4th from 9-11 am. Contact Savanna to register at [email protected].
Come learn to follow Christ with us this Spring:
On the death & resurrection of the messiah Sundays, 9 am in the Conference Room
This 10 week class led by Ray Van Der Laan will use video to take us from the Sea of Galilee to Calvary as we walk with Jesus to the cross and the promise of resurrection.
Financial Peace University Sundays, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Conference Room
Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join our Financial Peace University group, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested? Join Clyde and Suzy Buckner (parents of Danny Buckner) in the Conference Room. Childcare will be available. Feel free to contact Fawn at the church office with your questions or sign up at https://fpu.com/1088699
Word and Wine Mondays, 6:30 pm at Dragonfly on the Square
How may we use our faith to help us deal with today’s issues? Diverse cultures, immigration, workplace environments, aging population — the issues of our world affect each of us. Join us as we discuss our own views and how God’s word helps us live in the world and still keep the faith.
MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE Beginning Wednesday, May 1st, 9:30 am in the Conference Room
In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
GriefShare Beginning Saturday, May 4th , 12:30-2:00 pm at the Cleveland County Memorial Library
GriefShare is 13-session program giving participants hope as they deal with grief-related issues. Each weekly session is designed to be “open” so that a person may begin attending at any time, finding comfort, answers and hope. Join us to begin your journey from mourning to joy.
The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. Upcoming events include:
Each Sunday in worship we share the importance of prayer at Central UMC. We make known prayer needs with our congregation and then spend time lifting concerns and joys. We encourage everyone to share circumstances and people in need of prayer. What a gift! But those prayers do not end on Sunday morning. A group of committed individuals pray over those needs every day throughout the week. Another small group meets on Monday mornings at 11 am to pray together. If you would like to be a prayer partner or join us on Monday mornings, contact Pastor Fawn for more information.
Held at 9:00am every Sunday
It is our belief that the Sunday School teaching program provides the glue that bonds our church family together. Spiritual enrichment and lasting friendships are benefits of the Sunday School program.
Adults have the opportunity to study and discuss the Old and New Testament as it applies to our daily lives. Dedicated teachers enlighten class members with their knowledge and abilities while encouraging growth through discussion and practice. We believe these classes strengthen our relationship with God, our marriages, our families, our friends and our community.
There is a place for you in Sunday School! You would be welcomed in any of these classes!
There are several classes to choose from, each with a different focus:
WINGS meets 3rd Wednesdays at 10:00am in the church parlor. This circle has published a cookbook “Holy Chow” proceeds from which were used to fund many church projects. If you would like to have one of these cookbooks, they are still available in the office. These caring, generous women enjoy their service projects as well as many fellowship activities. Members offer care and support for each other.
The “Walk to Emmaus”, a spiritual renewal program, is the Methodist adaptation of a movement started in Spain in 1949. The current program was developed by the Upper Room ministry of the UMC to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Participants begin the program with a 72 hour pilgrimage weekend.
The program gets its name from the story in Luke 24: 13-35 where the risen Christ appears to two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
Many members of Central have participated in the Walk weekend and are active in the program. Central is a member of Grace Emmaus Community which also includes many churches of several denominations in Cleveland County and the surrounding area.
The purpose of the Newborn Visitor Committee is to make a visit in the home of babies born to church members. We present a small gift to the child on behalf of the church. In addition, we typically take a gift of food. We offer support to the family and let them know the church is thinking of them during this time.
Open Table: A Shared Community Meal—every Saturday in PAC
Bereavement Team Ministry—support grieving families with a meal
Congregational Care Ministry to Homebound Members—support shut-ins with companionship
Backpack Ministry to Shelby Public Schools
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
Central offers multiple music opportunities: Chancel Choir, Praise Ensemble, and Central Ringers (Hand bell Choir). Chancel Choir meets on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Praise Ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30pm. Central Ringers meet on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30pm.
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