Wednesday, August 3, 2022
weekly e-news from Central United Methodist Church

From Paige Wolfe, Minister of Christian Education and Programs

Over the past couple of months, I have had the help of young detectives in discovering the meaning behind some of Jesus’s parables. Popsicles, clues, and crafts became a part of our weekly rhythm. Full of enthusiasm and sugar, each gathering we had a shared purpose. What did we notice about the clues? Would they help us solve the mystery parable? 

As I look back on our discoveries and time together, I am reminded of the importance of detective work. There is power in the gifts of observation, curiosity, and wonder. There is power in being together as we discover and listen to God.

This summer, our detectives were fortunate to have clues handed to them in envelopes. We, instead, have to enter into our detective work with intentionality. We must enter into life with attention, curiosity, and wonder. What do I notice about the people around me? Where do I see God? In being present, you may just discover God is showing you something new.

Do you want to start the new school year off right? On the afternoon of August 21, Messy Church at Central is hosting a back- to- school event for the whole family. Pray and Play will take place in Central Park from 4:00-6:00pm. It will be a time for fun and grounding ourselves in prayer at this time of new beginnings. Please invite your friends, neighbors, and grandchildren to Pray and Play with us! If you have questions or would like to help volunteer, please contact Paige by calling the church office or at

Online giving is much easier.
Please follow this link:
(or the link to give on the website.)

Thank you for your continued support of Central Church.
If you have questions please contact Millie Miller at
(864) 582-7263, ext. 104


           We are thankful for the continuing support of Central’s building projects which will bring ADA compliant handicap access to our sanctuary, make changes to the Altar Guild room, and provide needed facilities for our youth.
           On Monday, August 1st we have received three-year pledges totaling $240,177.51 and designated contributions of $55,977.50 including some money already in the Capital Fund. This allows the building committee to work with our architect to develop final design drawings and move toward the beginning of the construction.
           If you have made a 2022 pledge and have funds available, please try to make your contribution as soon as possible. We are hoping to have enough in that designated area to pay for the first portion of our plan. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact a member of the building fund raising committee.
           Central continues its long tradition of generous support of our annual budget, missions and outreach, as well as for up to date and well maintained facilities.
           Thanks for your support.

Bill Fitch, Chair
Building Fund Raising Committee

Daily Prayer Guide 2022
Lectionary Readings
August 3 - 10

Wednesday, August 3
Hosea 14:1-9; Luke 12:22-31
Mid-Week Prayer
"Dear God, I give you praises for giving joy where there is great despair. Your blessings are unconditionally, exceedingly abundant. You are the Great "I AM." Thank you, Lord! Amen!"

Effie McGill, Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner, Partners in Ministry. Laurinburg, NC

Thursday, August 4
Isaiah 9:8-17; Romans 9:1-9

Friday, August 5
Isaiah 9:18-10:4; Acts 7:1-8

Saturday, August 6
Isaiah 1:2-9, 21-23; Matthew 6:19-24

Sunday, August 7
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Luke 12:32-40

Monday, August 8
Isaiah 2:1-4; Hebrews 11:1-7

Tuesday, August 9
Isaiah 24:1-13; Hebrews 11:17-28

Wednesday, August 10
Isaiah 24:14-23; Luke 12:41-48
Central's very own "Nonie" Hudnall has been competing at the USATG 2022 track and field event in Lexington, Kentucky! She has won numerous gold and silver medals recently in her latest adventures with runners, jumpers, and pole vaulters. Here are some highlights!
Final medal count: Gold in 5000, 10000, 2000 meter, steeplechase, 4x400 meters, and 4x100. Silver in 800, 1500, and pole vault. Way to go, Nonie!!!

In July, she participated in an international masters track and field event in Tampere, Finland! She won bronze and silver medals! The bronze medal was in pole vault and the silver was in steeplechase!

Pictorial Directory 2022 -
New dates for scheduling pictures is coming soon.

Watch the Central Time with instructions.

Thank you,
Kathy Worley - 978-0294

Dear Central Friends – Thank you for the love and care and kindness that you have shown me during these difficult days. Central meant a lot to Vic and it means a lot to me. It is my home away from home. Thank you also for your gifts to both Central and Wofford College in memory of Vic. Please accept my sincere gratitude for the many ways in which you have shown your friendship; it is truly affirming and supporting.
-Linda Bilanchone

The Norman family sends sincere thanks to Central Church family for all the support you've given us surrounding Marian McConnell Dean's death and "Celebration of Life" Service.
-Dean Norman and family
August 7

Bill Fitch (Church Street Entrance)
Helen Fitch (Courtyard Entrance)

Nursery Workers
Jennifer Killian and Wanda Church Bissell

Worship and Music
Sunday, August 7
9th Sunday after Pentecost
11:00 AM Worship Service
Cam Treece, Preacher

Gospel Lesson: Luke 12:32-40

Offertory: There Is a Balm in Gilead . . . arr. Mark Hayes
McKey Monroe, soloist
Anthem: Keep Your Lamps . . .
 arr. Andre Thomas

Hymns: 158 & 714

from the Choirmaster's desk

McKey Monroe, Central's alto section leader and soloist for the past two years, will be leaving Central UMC and South Carolina for graduate school this fall at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She will be studying with world famous operatic soprano Denyce Graves and renowned teacher and Converse alum, Peggy Baroody. McKey has been a rock of the alto section in particular, and of the Chancel Choir in general these past two years. We will miss her but celebrate with her in this new chapter of her life. Godspeed, McKey!


The Mission Committee is happy to begin our 2022 School Supply Project to help Cleveland Academy again this year. Cleveland Academy is located on Franklin Street in the Northside of Spartanburg. We ask members of Central to donate school supplies or money to purchase supplies. We will collect until the end of August delivering supplies as they accumulate.
1.  Purchase items and take to the church. A box is available in the hallway near the church office.
2.  Donate by check, taken or mailed to the church, with notation “School Supplies” (the Mission
Committee will purchase the supplies.)
3.  Donate online at the church website, clicking on “OTHER” and noting “School Supplies”
Thank you in advance for your faithfulness in helping the teachers and the children of Cleveland Academy.  
Cleveland Academy’s list of most needed supplies:

Pencils – Regular Size and Large Round Size
Pencil Bags
Pink Erasers
Colored Pencils
Ear Buds or Headphones
Folders - 3 Prong (red, blue, yellow)
Dry Erase Markers
Colored Markers
Sticky Notes
Composition Notebooks (blue, green, black, and red)
3-Ring Binders (1 inch and 1.5 inch)
Dividers for binders
Composition notebooks (not spiral bound; smaller size, i.e., black & white or other color)
Boxes of Tissues

-Elaine Crosland, Chair

Monthly Financial Update
As of June 2022         

250,674.29 Tithes and Pledges
277,861.80 Expenses
-27,187.51 Difference

Prayer Concerns

Please pray for . . . those who will be attending college/school this fall.
Martha Barnett, L. H. Buff (SRHS), Robby Crocker, Stacy Crump & family, Ann Darby, Danny Duncan, Dee Goforth, Martha Gribble, Charlotte Hall, Harry Johnson, Joan Johnson, Caroline Keaton, Sheila Lindsey, Joan McPherson, Mary Lou Miller, Dean Norman & family, Kevin & Melissa Parris, Yvonne Pickering, Gayle Pryor, Mildred Ragan, Edith Rowell, Rosa Senn, Robbie Sholde, Dennis Simopoulos, Kyle Sloan & Family, Caroline Vizzuto, Jack Williams, Jean Williams and family, Ann Willard, Judy Workman, and Lee Wylie


4 Ted Petoskey
6 Bob Morrison,
Loral Stinson
7 Ann Darby
8 Corin Driggers
12 Larry Bilton
14 George Fields, Kathryn Johnston,
Cam Treece
15 Auburn Haun, Suzanne Pryor,
Jean D. Williams
August birthdays continued...

16 Mike Johnson
17 Marvin Cann, Andy Crosland
18 Gladys Hudgens, Maddison Wolfe
19 Anne Jeter
20 Betty Jackson, Trent Lancaster,
Bertice Robinson
21 Susan Johnston
22 Pat Patterson
23 Amy Driggers, Heyward McPhail
25 Wells Booth, Dee Goforth
27 Elaine Crosland

The Upper Room

August 7 Nonie Hudnall - Running all over
the World
14 Hoyt Bynum - Opportunity Center
21 & 28 Mary Knight

Sunday, July 31

Access Passcode: UpperRoom7.31
Altar Flowers
Please contact: Kathy Worley, Memorial Secretary, to place flowers on the calendar. September has openings.
Thank you! (864) 978-0294

To Marian Norman by Thomas & Jane Abbott, Shirley Atkinson, Book Review Club c/o Margaret Cole, Don & Joyce Coggins, Andrew & Elaine Crosland, Linda Foster, Allan & Anita Hammerbeck, Sam & Joy Knight, John & Frances Krydynski, B. Thomas & Megan Lawson, Aashish Matani, Jim & Leslie McConnell, Dan & Ashley Pearce, Edward L. Raymer, Thomas & Gail Robinson, Mrs. Maurice Sponcler, Christina & James Trowbridge, William & Betty Tysinger, and Joan Whitlock

To John K. Williams by Don & Joyce Coggins, Bill & Helen Fitch, Paul & Sue Lansberry, and Janet Wilson
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: 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 the Financial Secretary to set up a recurring gift through an automatic bank draft.
  3. VANCO Mobile
  4. 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
Lifelong Learning at Wofford is a learning and social community of active, curious, engaged senior adults.
Lucy Woodhouse
Director, Lifelong Learning at Wofford
864-274-2917 (main)
864-597-5304 (direct)

Fall 2022 courses, events and trips
Fall Term: September 12-November 11
Registration begins online Aug. 10 at 10am.

Palmetto Moravian Fellowship

The next worship service with the Moravians is scheduled for this Sunday, August 7, at 9:00 AM in the Cannon Memorial Chapel - Central UMC.
S.T.A.R. Wins Again!

We did it with your help!!! This year S.T.A.R. has again won the Best-of-the-Best designation for Best Place to Worship in Spartanburg!!! Everyone is thrilled to have received the award for the fourth year in-a-row.
Sacred Traditions and Rituals
Sunday, August 14,
6:00 PM

Life is Like a Poem
   a service devoted to poems that touch
 our hearts
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your
one wild and precious life?”
~ From The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Poetry. You may love it. You may hate it. We might even consider poetry somewhat seditious since it changes the chemical make-up of our brain, in a way that can create off-kilter, unaccustomed, or quirky ways of thinking! Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, poetry opens one’s heart and mind to fresh and unpredictable ways of seeing the world.
As an art form, poetry has a way of using words and rhyme to expose emotions. Relying on the sense of language-at-play, poetic expression involves feelings or passion that are rhythmic and almost melodic. It is as if this music of the soul is being poured out of the heart of the composer!  
Poetry yields multiple meanings, emerging from sound, music, images, association, and suggestion discovered in each creative effort. No matter the rebelliousness, contradiction or ambiguity, poetry leaves one vulnerable, summoning the listener toward a personal, spiritual interpretation-in-the-moment.
During our service, we will listen to original works shared by poets, as well as hear words from familiar and favorite poems. So, whether poetry is ‘your thing’ or not, please plan on joining us … as each imaginative endeavor may very well touch your heart. Soulfully offering a glimpse of the Divine, made manifest through the art of poetry. After all, isn’t all art divinely inspired? 


Central (864) 582-7263

Central United Methodist
founded 1837

Central Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
and Friday 8:15am-Noon

Mission Statement:
"Our purpose is making
and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ."

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