March 17, 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
The beautiful Bradford Pear trees and the Jonquils are in bloom and there is much for which we are thankful.

For those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, we will have in-person worship in the sanctuary beginning Easter, April 4. We will continue to live-stream and record the worship service as a permanent part of our ministry of worship.

We have received $64,000 as part of round 2 of the Federal government Paycheck Protection Plan. Thanks to those who worked to make this happen.

Our financial situation has improved considerably. For a full financial report please call or email the church office and we will send you the most recent financial report. I will be happy to discuss the report with you. You may pick up a paper copy from the table in the hallway near the office. Now that we have become comfortable with Zoom meetings our committees are continuing their work. Thanks to all of you who have worked so hard over the last year that has been so stressful. Your patience and commitment has been exemplary.

Holy Week and Easter
27 Passover begins
28 Palm/Passion Sunday
31 Wednesday of Holy Week
April 1 Maundy Thursday
April 2 Good Friday
April 3 Holy Saturday/Easter Eve

April 4 Easter Day
(In-person worship in the Sanctuary at 11am)
Please do not congregate around entranceways or exits, and make sure
social distancing is maintained whenever you're on Central's campus.

Wednesday Lenten Gatherings continue at Noon on Zoom

This year, instead of a guest preacher on Wednesdays in Lent, Pastor Tom Norrell is offering a brief Lenten Wednesday zoom at noon devotional gathering. The study is Lent with St. Francis, by Diane M. Houdek. Each lesson will emphasize (via lectio divina) a Bible verse that St. Francis held dear. We will look at an event in Francis' life and finally have a prayer.

March 17 Luke 4:1-13
March 24

Below is the Zoom link and information for the weekly Lenten gathering on Wednesdays at noon.

Meeting ID: 861 6506 6944
Passcode: 718527
March 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Virtual Service streamed at 11 am and on Facebook

Welcome and Announcements
Chiming of the Trinity
Chiming of the Hour
Opening Prayer 
Hymn 159 Lift High the Cross (all 4 verses) CRUCIFER

The Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 5:5-10
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Concerns and Joys, Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord's Prayer

Gospel Lesson: John 12:20-33
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Anthem Jesus, So Lowly - Harold Friedell
Sermon: GLOBAL COSTLY COMMUNICATION . . . Rev. Tom Norrell
Response to the Word:
Most merciful God, your blessed Son was betrayed and whipped. Grant us grace to endure suffering, to overcome, confident of the glory that shall be revealed. Amen.
Hymn 415 Take Up Thy Cross (vss. 1, 2, & 4) GERMANY

Choral Amen

Chiming of the Hour


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

Grier Diangikes (SRHS - ICU -liver failure)
David Harrelson (Rehabilitation)
Dottie Broyles (undergoing treatment for lung cancer)
Pat Hasty (heart)
Paul Lansberry (heart)
Sue Ann Hurlbert (COVID-19 side effects)
Please Read This Information:
We invite you to worship with us on-line for our Sunday services being held in the sanctuary.
We will return to in-person worship beginning Easter Sunday, April 4.
Continue to join us at our regular time on-line. Any restriction does 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 March 28, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 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 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
21- George Nolly "Combat Lessons in Leadership and Life"
28 - Chris Story - Spartanburg City Manager

March 14 - Meeting Recording:

For where your treasure is, there
 your heart will be also. -Matthew 6:21

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


This year as of February 28, 2021          
YTD Budget    $104,418
YTD Received $ 71,769
YTD OVER/UNDER  $(32,649)  
YTD Expenses $ 83,634

Last year as of February 28, 2020          
YTD Budget    $99,776
YTD Received $74,850
YTD OVER/UNDER  $(24,926)
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.
Sacred Traditions And Rituals

Sunday, March 28, 6:00 PM
Fellowship Hall

Tranquility with Tea Service
a service devoted to quieting minds, opening hearts, soothing souls
Palm Sunday Evening
The Strength of Vulnerability
Don't mistake someone's willingness
as weakness.
It takes a great deal of courage
to show vulnerability
And that takes
STRENGTH. - Zero Dean

Our service will reflect on this Holy Day and the beginning of Holy Week. Exposing how God becomes vulnerable for us and us, for God . . . and the strength reflected-back into the world at this crossroads in human destiny.

Our Prayerful Meditation and Contemplation will be created and shared by Jennifer Hasty. She teaches at Gaffney High School, is mother to our youngest STAR - two-year old, John, and a member of the S.T.A.R. Planning Council.

A portion of the offering has been designated for Youth Missions at Central UMC - honoring Jennifer for sharing her creative energy with us.

    Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 864 7886 0640
Passcode: 079828 
from the Choirmaster's desk...

The Chancel Choir has enjoyed providing Music For At Home Devotions for several months now, Our plans will shift over the next two Wednesdays as we use our Wednesday nights to rehearse and record music for Good Friday. There will be no Music For At Home Devotions this week or next, but during the week of March 29th the Chancel Choir will provide you with a musical meditation for Good Friday. This week and next we will record excerpts from Arthur Somervell's The Passion of Christ, with a focus on the "Seven Last Words" section of his cantata. The choir will sing beautiful hymns and choral meditations on the traditional seven last utterances of Christ from the cross. These recordings should be available on the church's website by Wednesday, March 31st.

Grace and peace,
Cannon's Memorial Chapel
Palmetto Moravian Fellowship
Worship Service on
Passion/Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021, 9am

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 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
March 14, 2021
To Geneva Aycock by Dennis & Diane Brown, Paul & Sue Lansberry, Allen & Rosa Senn
To Alice Heavrin by Bill & Betty Monroe
To Bob Lansberry by Bill & Betty Monroe
To Rob Monson by Bill & Betty Monroe
To Charlie Teague by Bill & Betty Monroe
To Teresa Watson Key by James & Samantha Harley, Bill & Betty Monroe
Lifelong Learning at Wofford College

Spring Schedule 2021
March 8 - April 30

Jack Lawrence, Chair of Building Committee
This month's children's gathering is on Sunday, March 21, at 3pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will read the Easter story and have our Easter Egg Hunt outside. Prepare to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. Please let Paige know if you, your grandchildren, or friends plan to attend.

MYF meet on Sunday, March 21, at 6-7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. All youth are invited!

March Birthdays

18 L. H. Buff, Betty Monroe, Brooklyn Wyatt, Betty Peeler
19 Walt Leonard, Sylvie Parris
20 Martha Badger, Jacy Crocker
22 Joel Atance, Dan McPherson
24 Monica Boudreau
25 Shirley Atkinson
26 Sarah Parris
28 Rosalie Atance, Elizabeth Zimmerman
29 Penny Holt, Lynn Proctor

Lenten Offering 2021

This offering helps to support Central mission community projects, such as S.P.I.H.N. (Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network), Aftercare, Soup Kitchen, T.O.T.A.L. (Telling Others They Are Loved) Ministries, Spartanburg Bethlehem Community Center and more. You may give to this special offering through Easter Sunday, online or via check payable to: Central UMC, designated to the Lenten Offering. The Mission Committee sends our sincere thanks and blessings.

-Elaine Crosland, Chairperson
In order to be transparent about our spending we keep copies of the most recent financial statement on the table near the entrance of our office. It is an extensive document and sometimes needs explanation.

The Finance Committee and our staff have been working on our financial situation since last fall. Here are some highlights of our financial situation:

  • In a regular checking account we have about $155,000 to be spent on regular budget items.
  • We have about $251,000 in designated funds. We have $27,000 in an unrestricted C.D.
  • We have $672,000 in a restricted Endowment.
  • Although most of Central's money is designated for specific causes, the total is $1.1 million dollars.

Our Finance Committee has a taskforce working on how we can spend designated funds more easily.
While we have accumulated a lot of money, we still have the problem of not receiving enough money in our general fund offering to meet our annual budget. If you have questions about our finances, please feel free to call us.

Gratefully yours,

Tom Norrell, Pastor
Janet Wilson, Chair of Finance Committee


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