April 7, 2021

weekly e-news from Central United Methodist Church

Mission Statement:
"Our purpose is making and nurturing
disciples of Jesus Christ."
The Servant Leader by Tom Norrell
Living with Mystery

As you well know, I like to talk about theological concepts. I like to preach and teach, but I have found that Easter is a season that leaves me silent. It's not that I don't believe in the resurrection, I do! It's just that I don't understand it well enough to explain it.

It is not unlike my response to the work of Albert Einstein. I enjoy Einstein's theories and I believe them, but they are still a mystery to me. There are a few things I do believe with certainty about the resurrection of Jesus.

  • I believe the resurrection is relevant to me in this life.
  • I believe something incredible happened at Jesus' tomb because of the incredible change that came over Jesus' disciples after Easter.
  • I believe Easter/Resurrection is the most hopeful sign we have from God.

I am thankful that God is not giving theological exams but is calling us to faith and trust. In my awe, I trust in the resurrection of Jesus and know it continues to transform you and me.

April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter
In-person Service streamed at 11 am
centralumcspartanburg.org and on Facebook
Welcome and Announcements
Chiming of the Trinity
Call to Worship
*Hymn 304 Easter People, Raise Your Voices . . . REGENT SQUARE
Psalter UMH 839 (Response 2) Psalm 118:14-20
*Gloria Patri 70 Glory Be to the Father . . . MEINEKE
Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord's Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Epistle Lessons 1st John 5:1-6; Acts 4:32-35
Duet In Christ Alone . . . arr. Lloyd Larson ...
Phil Vernesoni and Al Jeter, soloists
Sermon: UTOPIAN ASPIRATIONS . . . Rev. Tom Norrell
Response: Generous God, wrap us in dissatisfaction. Enfold us in a vision of what will be,
when we believe we really can do so much more. Bless us with hearts that want to share. Amen.
*Hymn 407 Close to Thee. . . CLOSE TO THEE
Chiming of the Trinity

The flowers on the altar today are given in loving memory of Bob Hudgens
by his wife, Gladys.

Lord, in Your Mercy . . . Hear Our Prayer . . .

Bob Monson
Carol Loar
David Harrelson
Dennis Simopoulos
Dianne Cantrell
Dottie Broyles
Helen Sloan Fitch
James Ellis Griffeth
Jerry Williams
Larry Bissell
Mary Grace Brown
Ray McLees
Helpful Reminders and Seating Arrangements . . .
Continue to join us in-person or at our regular time on-line. In order to make sure that we seat people and maintain safety precautions in distancing, parties of three or more in the smaller pews, (alcove) please continue to sit in every other pew. Restrictions do not apply to S.T.A.R. activities in the Fellowship Hall or the Palmetto Moravian Fellowship which is held in the Cannon Memorial Chapel, and only meets once a month. The next Moravian worship service is scheduled for April 25, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. For those activities that are taking place in-person, masks must be worn that cover both your nose and mouth, and a distance of six feet or greater between yourself and others must be maintained at all times. Remember our "ten commandments" for safety and health.
Upper Room Sunday School Class

You are invited to join the Upper Room Sunday school class on Sunday mornings at 9:30-10:30 AM on Zoom. If you want to join, click the link below and enter the meeting ID and password!

Meeting ID: 815 9104 7549
Password: 778963

April 11
Manifest Destiny policy of US and How it Affected Native Americans
Speaker: Fran Racine

Below is the link and password to the recording of the Upper Room class from April 4.

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: 4/4EasterUpperRoom

Sacred Traditions And Rituals

Sunday, April 11, 6:00 PM
Fellowship Hall

Celebrating The Earth
a service devoted to grounding and the sentient landscape

"Our children need to learn not only how to read books composed by human genius but also how to read the Great Book of the World. Reading this Great Book is natural to children." - Thomas Berry

A life lived indoors only, as many have learned, after bring sequestered-at-home for weeks and months during the pandemic, is not a life lived! The energy of the earth creates connection and offers healing. Connection through touching the earth . . . like wiggling your toes in the water. Healing through a consciousness of calming and senses awakened... like a five-minute walk, maybe even barefoot through spring grass! This is Grounding - the concept of connecting to the Earth's natural energy for wholeness and wellness.

During our service, we will explore the children's book, "From the Ground Up," written by holistic physician, Dr. Laura Koniver. And . . . maybe even spend a little time outside, learning to get grounded!

A portion of the offering collected has been designated for S.P.A.C.E. - honoring those sharing their creative energy as part of the service.
    Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 864 7886 0640
Passcode: 079828 
Cannon's Memorial Chapel
Palmetto Moravian Fellowship
Worship Service
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25, 2021, 9am
Children's Ministry
This month's children's gathering is on Sunday, April 18, at 3 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All children are invited to come and learn more about the Bible together through story, crafts, and games. We will wear masks and follow social distancing measures.
Nursery Volunteers Needed
We are considering the possibility of opening the nursery back up during worship. In order to provide nursery care in the safest environment possible, we need volunteers to serve in the nursery each week with Scotti Killian. Please let Paige know if you are interested in serving with the youngest members of our congregation. Volunteers will be assigned on a rotation to serve during the worship service. You may reach Paige by email at paige@centralumcs.org or by calling the church office.

Youth Fellowship
MYF meets next on Sunday, April 18, at 6:00-7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All youth are invited!
Church Announcements for
Central Time or Sunday bulletin
If you have an announcement that you would like to appear in the Central Time, Sunday bulletins, on social media, or on the church's website, please submit that information to: info@centralumcspartanburg.org before noon on Mondays. Thank you!
Ways to Give to Central

We continue to be deeply grateful for continued support of the mission and ministry of Central Church. There are a few ways to continue to make offerings extremely easy.

  1. The US mail always works. We are at 233 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306.
  2. Contact Ann Darby to set up a recurring gift through an automatic bank draft.
  3. On the homepage on the church's website there is a "Give" link. Once you set up that app any additional gifts are as easy as one or two clicks.

Central United Methodist Church
Tuesday Evening Bible Class taught by Andy Crosland on Zoom, at 6:00 pm. 
 You are welcome to join or to rejoin us. 
The Zoom link information for every class is . . .
Meeting ID: 847 8558 8972
Passcode: 800422
April 4, 2021
To Grier F. Diangikes by Mrs. Mason Barrett, Stewart & Anne Gilmer, Valerie Hendricks, Mr. & Mrs. J. Michael Kohler Jr., Bob Morrison, Mrs. Beverly Skinner, Henry & Linda Sparrow, Paul & Sue Lansberry, and Janet Wilson

April Birthdays
7 Barbara Jurs
8 Debbi Herman, Lester Richards, Beverly Skinner
10 Mitch Kyllonen
11 Luther Rickenbaker
12 Joanie Bilton, Joyce Coggins
13 Jordan Clark, Kim Retherford
14 James Ferguson Pryor
15 Paige Wolfe
16 Alexis Wyatt
18 Paul Lansberry
19 Caroline Layne
20 Nancy Welch
21 Daune Teague
22 Carolyn Sparks
23 Claire Younger, Emma Younger
24 Kathy Quackenbush
25 Bralyn Crocker
27 Carl King
28 Donna Treat
29 Thom Henson, Michael Henson

Our Giving
In the midst of this time of great challenge:

a/o February 28, 2021   
YTD Budget  $104,418
YTD Received $ 71,769
YTD Expenses $ 83,634
 a/o February 28, 2020          
YTD Budget $ 99,776
YTD Received $ 74,850
YTD Expenses $ 99,332
Financial Statements are available in the hallway outside of the church office.

The work of Central continues and would not be possible without the prayers, generosity and support of our leaders and laity.
Epworth Children's Home Mother's Day Offering
Mother's Day Offering
Sunday, May 9
(special offering)
Epworth is not an apportioned item and it relies heavily on the offerings received on Mother's Day and Work Day to provide quality care to the 100 plus individuals who are in Epworth's care at any given moment. Please give generously.


Central (864) 582-7263

Central United Methodist
founded 1837
Central Office Hours:
Monday through Wednesday
and Friday
9:00 AM - 12 Noon
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