Curious. Caring. Classic.
Spartanburg's First Church, Founded 1837

We welcome everyone to join in worship through our  live stream  Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on the church's Facebook page. You can also find the service at a later time on the Church's website. 

The Servant Leader
By Tom Norrell

Because of the hot weather and many requests, we will worship indoors at 9 AM this Sunday. The worship service will continue to be streamed live on our Facebook page and will be posted later to our website (which is linked below for your convenience). There will be no childcare provided. Due to the changing rates of infection and other factors, our venue may change. If you are in a high risk group or have any concerns, we ask that you do not attend! If you attend, please be sure to wear a mask. They will be provided just inside the entrance of the church. When you arrive to worship, please practice the new "10 Commandments for Worship" listed below. After service, the Upper Room Sunday school class will continue to meet on Zoom at 10:30 AM. We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

"10 Commandments of Worship"
I. Do not touch anyone.
II. Stay at least six feet from other people.
III. Wear a mask.
IV. Place offering in plates located near exits.
V. Do not use hymnals or pew Bibles.
VI. Pick up your own bulletins.
VII. Do not sing.
VIII. Do not mingle before or after worship.
IX. Sit every third pew.
X. Do not sit within 6 feet of anyone not in your family.

Order of Worship for Sunday, July 19, 2020

Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship:
Minister: This is the day that the Lord has made.
People: We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Minister: This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.
People: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Opening Prayer
Confession of Faith:
We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love. We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world. We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength. We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need. We believe in the Word of God found in the scripture, tradition, reason and experience. We believe in the church, we who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of worship and service. We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. Amen. 
First Lesson:  Romans 8:31-39
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Second Lesson: Galatians 5:1-5
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
Pastoral Prayer: The Lord's Prayer                                   

Special Music:   It Is Well With My Soul , arr. Robert Sterling
Phil Vernesoni, Tenor
Keith Jones, Tenor
 Al Jeter, Baritone
Aidan Atance, Bass

Sermon: Predestination or Prevenient Grace by Tom Norrell, Pastor
Response to the Word: 
O God, we thank you that you have set us free. We rejoice in the fact that you really are on our side! Thanks be to you, O God of gentle leading and profound grace. Amen.
*The church offices will be closed on Monday, July 20, 2020 for repair to our electrical system.
Jane Nodine started making art last March in response to the pandemic when states ordered people to stay home and businesses to close. "It was a way to cope, to express fear of the virus, and eventually, to celebrate the hopes of life and a future," she explains. The achievement of her concentrated effort is amazing -- nearly 30 works. Some paintings depict a layer of shriveled texture that is overtaken by rich colors seeping up and around to drown out the negative. Nodine's message: "We will prevail!"

You are invited to see the exhibit virtually or in person at the Upstairs Gallery in Tryon, NC. Jane is a Central member, and we are excited to see and share this visual representation of art in the pandemic.

You can find out more information about Jane Nodine's exhibit at: Upstairs Artspace.
Compassion Camp started on July 13 and will continue virtually for the next five weeks throughout the summer. The activities are geared towards preschool age children and K-5th graders.  
If you would like to join in, you can contact Paige at paige@centralumcs.org.
Need at the Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen is in need tents for people to stand under in the hot days waiting for the lunch to be served (line up begins very early). These tents need to be ones that can be put up and taken down everyday (10 X 10 ft.). They have 2 but need more since they are feeding 250 to 300 people everyday and the line is long and it’s very hot while waiting. IF YOU CAN DONATE a tent, contact Lou Sartor at the Soup Kitchen (585-0022), or call if you have questions. Thank you for your consideration of this need.
Our Support for Educational Ministries
Since our founding in England in the 1700s, we Methodists have supported education and educational institutions. We have founded dozens of schools, colleges, and universities, including Spartanburg Methodist and Wofford here in Spartanburg, and Africa University in Zimbabwe. Our apportionment, part of Central Church's operating budget, allows us to continue our support for education. We have good reasons to celebrate as we present our offerings to Central.

Mission Statement:
"Our purpose is making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ."
Feeling stressed about the virus and its health, economic and social effects? Join John Simmons at 7:00pm on Sundays in Central Park for a time of meditation and mindfulness activity designed to deal with stress. There is room to practice social distancing and masks are encouraged.
John is certified as a Mind Body Skills Trainer by the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC. In the past 12 years, John has led dozens of workshops using mindfulness to help cancer patients, patients with chronic pain, patients with post traumatic stress disease and people with varying degrees of anxiety and mild to moderate depression. There will be no fee and no meditation experience is required. The experience will be open to anyone.
*If you would like any information or updates concerning the Moravian service, please contact:

Doug Hurlbert
*Plan ahead: As of now, Church Directory pictures have been scheduled for February 23, 2021 and February 24, 2021.
Tonight's Dinner is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances.
We hope to update everyone with a date for a fellowship dinner in August. In the meantime, we will continue our worship services on Sundays! We appreciate all of your cooperation through these unfamiliar times, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
COVID-19 Office Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 AM—Noon
Friday: 9:00AM-Noon
Telephone (864) 582-7263  Fax 582-6944
Tom Norrell, Senior Pastor (864) 384-2779
Paige M. Wolfe, Minister of Christian Ed. and Programs  (864) 710-7363
  *The church offices will be closed on Monday, July 20, 2020 for repair to our electrical system.
Prayer Concerns:
Kim Kalb
Joan and Dan McPherson
Mary and Don Knight
The pictures of Central's grounds were taken and edited by Stephanie Newell.

Central Time July 15, 2020
Curious. Caring. Classic.
Spartanburg's First Church, Founded 1837