This fall we are offering a Smorgasbord of Bible Studies! Below is a brief synopsis of the four studies that are available:
NAKED FRUIT — Every Wednesday, from 8:45-10am, we invite all Mothers to join us for a study by Elisa Morgan called Naked Fruit. Fruit is the evidence that a plant has been firmly rooted and nurtured, and spiritual fruit is produced when we’re rooted in God. But, as Elisa Morgan emphatically states, the fruit of the Spirit is not just about “being nice.” It’s about God’s fruit being expressed in your own unique personality, a concept that frees women to reject superficial standards and embrace a life of producing the kind of fruit God likes. So, the author tells readers, “strip off the nice and get naked.” With a fun, fresh style of writing, Morgan thoroughly explores all the fruits of the Spirit and offers new twists on these sometimes over-worn and misinterpreted concepts. As a mother of 2 and past CEO of MOPS International, Inc. (Mothers of Preschoolers), Elisa Morgan understands the fear we have in “getting naked”. So drop off the kids at school and come have a cup of coffee 8:45-9:15, before getting really REAL, developing Naked Fruit at 9:15 am!
WORD AND WINE — This study meets on Mondays at Dragonfly Wine Market from 6:30-8 pm. Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading us as we look at the Bible using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ creative way of exploring Scripture and Faith from alternative points of view. This will be an opportunity to draw in the unchurched and inquiring persons to consider Christian belief. So, invite your friends, neighbors and coworkers!
DISCIPLESHIP — Do you want to go deeper into the Scriptures? Rev. Fawn will be offering a more in-depth discipleship study this fall using Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold. This 24 week study is an opportunity for personal and community transformation as a disciple of Christ. We will have 2 of these classes on Thursdays. The morning class will meet at 9:00 am and the evening class will meet at 6:30 pm.
CHRISTIANITY AND WORLD RELIGIONS – Beginning Tuesday, September 19th, 6-7 pm, join Fawn and others for Christianity and World Religions, a 6 week study aimed at helping us to listen to other faiths, as we are inspired and challenged, discovering our commonalities and differences. Opportunities to speak with leaders and experience worship of other faiths will be offered during the study at various locations and times.
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:
Wesley Class: Mostly retired women and couples. The International Lesson Series is used in this class and is taught by rotating teachers. Regular fellowship events emphasize service to others through mission projects. Music and singing is an important part of each class. This class meets every Sunday at 11:00am.
There are three active circles at Central United Methodist Church. Each one functions under the United Methodist Women auspices and supports the UMW with a yearly pledge to the conference.
The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month in the fellowship hall where we enjoy delightful conversations, personal stories, entertainment and informational programs. On occasion, we also take trips to museums and theaters.
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.
Hot Lunch Program—every Tuesday and 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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