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
Absence Makes the Building Grow Stronger
By Tom Norrell

While we have been apart, our building has grown dormant. However it is being improved.
In order for the Building Committee to move forward in planning renovations, several major repairs had to be made on our buildings. The Board of Trustees has over seen these projects, which are:

  • Several large areas on the roof of Sanctuary building were replaced.

  • The electrical system in the Sanctuary and in the office wing were grounded and protected from lightning.

  • Structures, both masonry and wood in the Sanctuary foundation are being replaced or repaired.

In addition, t he task force appointed by the Chairperson of the ECM Committee is studying and getting preliminary bids for improving television, live streaming, and recording capabilities in both our Sanctuary and Education Buildings. These technological improvements are necessary for us to communicate effectively with people in the 21st Century. Money from a gift from Golden and William Ramsey will fund this project. This task force will give us a detailed report soon. Work is projected to begin in August.

These necessary improvements have been made possible by your past and present giving. Thank you! You may help The Trustees and the Building Committee by donating to the "Capital Fund."

On July 23, 2020, the Building Committee will be deciding on the appropriate ADA access to the sanctuary; whether or not to refurbish the 2nd floor of the office building, including joining the building to The Education Building, and how to pay for it all.

We are indeed grateful to chairpersons and members of the Board of Trustees, the Building Committee, the Finance Committee and the Evangelism-Communication-Marketing Committee for the decisive leadership in these uncertain times.

Order of Worship for Sunday, July 26, 2020

Greeting and Announcements

Prelude: Charlie - Tashler Greene                                                

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: Genesis 3:1-19
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

Second Lesson: John 3:1-10
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?

Pastoral Prayer: The Lord's Prayer                                  

Special Music: Sunny- Bobby Hebb

Sermon: The New Birth , Tom Norrell, Pastor

Response to the Word:  O God, we thank you for bringing us into your new creation. For our new birth we are grateful. Order our lives in you, Amen.



Postlude: Bedside- Tashler Greene    

We welcome to Central UMC this morning the jazz band,  Six Degrees:

Tashler Greene, piano
Nicholas Rawlinson, drums
Rachel Johnson, saxophone 
Emmet Overcash, bass
Vance Lever, guitar              
Central's June YTD Budget Report:

YTD Gifts Received as of 06/30/2020  $242,587.00
PPP Loan Monies Recd.  04/29/2020  $ 64,755.00
YTD Expenses as of 06/30/2020      $299,832.00
YTD Budget as of 06/30/2020        $323,462.00
YTD Gifts Received as of 06/30/2020  $242,587.00
PPP Loan Monies Recd.  04/29/2020  $ 64,755.00
YTD Expenses as of 06/30/2020      $299,832.00
YTD Budget as of 06/30/2020        $323,462.00
*Financial Statement is available in the hallway outside church office
* Reminder: The Soup Kitchen is still 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 every day 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.
Before You Give:
Stop! Before you make your next contribution to Central, stop and do two things.
Step one is to think and reflect. Think about what you are giving will accomplish. It will pay chaplains to minister to college and university students. It will compensate missionaries and build schools in Third World countries. It will help high school graduates pay for college tuition and college graduates to pay seminary tuition. Your giving will pay the light bill and water bill. It will pay the maintenance, repairs, and insurance. It will pay the custodians. It will pay the director of music and much more.
Step two is to smile. Having done step one, this should come easily. Finally, go ahead and make that donation. Your generosity will make great things happen.

Mission Statement:
"Our purpose is making and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ."
Meditation and Mindfulness in the Park with John Simmons will not meet on Sunday, July 26. We will resume meeting on Sunday, August 2.
Prayer Concerns:

Martha Hardin

Alice Heavrin

Kay Lawrence

Everly Lynn Matthews (Baptized July 18, 2020)
*If you would like any information or updates concerning the Moravian service, please contact:

Doug Hurlbert
You are invited to join the Upper Room Sunday school class on Sunday mornings at 10:30am 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
*Plan ahead: As of now, Church Directory pictures have been scheduled for February 23, 2021 and February 24, 2021.
To Rev'd David and Eloise Clyburn by Beverly Skinner
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 pictures of Central's grounds were taken and edited by our youth coordinator, Stephanie Newell.

Central Time July 22, 2020
Curious. Caring. Classic.
Spartanburg's First Church, Founded 1837