March 31, 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
Holy Week and Easter Sunday

This Holy Week will feel different. While we will reflect on the last week of Jesus' life, it is an emotional roller coaster ride. The joy of Palm Sunday, feelings of loss and betrayal on Thursday and Friday, and overwhelming, almost unbelievable happiness on Easter.

Today at noon via zoom we will have our final 2021 Lenten meditation.

By Thursday on our website you may listen to our choir sing music based on The Seven Last Words of Jesus. 

At 11am Sunday, we will celebrate Easter in the sanctuary. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated. We will be using pre-packaged, sanitized, throw away, individual communion elements.

I'm sorry but I must have sent out mixed messages concerning those who should attend. I only ask that you wear a mask and keep safe-distancing when you come in the church building.

You may also still watch from home. We will continue to show live worship on our website as a permanent part of our ministry. I hope you have an extraordinary Holy Week!

Wednesday Lenten Gathering at Noon on Zoom

Join Pastor Tom at noon today for the last 2021 Lenten Wednesday zoom at noon devotional gathering. The study is Lent with St. Francis, by Diane M. Houdek. Each lesson emphasizes (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.

Reading: Matthew 26:17-22
Below is the Zoom link and information for the weekly Lenten gathering on Wednesdays at noon.

Meeting ID: 861 6506 6944
Passcode: 718527
April 4, 2021
In-person Service streamed at 11 am and on Facebook
Welcome and Announcements
Chiming of the Trinity
Introit Praise to the Holiest in the Height . . . Arthur Somervell
Call to Worship:
Pastor: Christ is risen.
People: He is risen indeed!
*Hymn 302 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today . . . EASTER HYMN
Psalter UMH 832 (Response ) Psalm 111
*Gloria Patri 70 Glory Be to the Father . . . MEINEKE
Pastoral Prayer, and The Lord's Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Gospel of Mark 16:1-8
Anthem Hallelujah Amen, from Judas Maccabeus . . . G.F. Handel
Sermon: SANCTIFYING THE ORDINARY. . . Rev. Tom Norrell, Pastor  
*The Service of Holy Communion 13...Word and Table: Service II
*Hymn 308 Thine Be the Glory . . . JUDAS MACCABEUS
Chiming of the Trinity
Postlude Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah . . . G. F. Handel

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

Carol Loar
David Harrelson
Dianne Cantrell
Dottie Broyles
Family of Grier Fields Diangikes
James Ellis Griffeth
Mary Grace Brown
Pat Hasty
Ray McLees
Please Read This Information:
We will return to in-person worship 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 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 4 Spartanburg: The Gift of Music
Speaker: Linda Powers Bilanchone

Below is the link and the password for the recording of the Upper Room class on Sunday, March 28.

Access Passcode: UpperRoom3.28

from the Choirmaster's desk...

As I shared with you last week, the Chancel Choir is pivoting from its role of providing weekly music online for Music For At Home Devotions to leading the music again for in-person worship - the first since Christmas Eve. We are greatly excited about that and look forward to seeing you in person on Easter Sunday! Before then I would like to thank those involved with making Music For At Home Devotions possible. I offer my heartfelt thanks to members of the Chancel Choir, to Brian Dailey, and to Paige Wolfe for your faithfulness, for your artistry, and for your consistently positive contributions to the life of Central UMC. Your musical offerings have been an oasis for the congregation and for me personally these last months. Thank you!

This week you will be able to hear the Chancel Choir's Good Friday meditation online. With Paige Wolfe's help, we recorded excerpts from The Passion of Christ, by Arthur Sullivan (1863-1937). This Anglican Passion has been described as "a forgotten masterpiece,' and we are pleased to offer the following excerpts from the work: the introduction, "O Savior of the World"; the choral meditations and hymns from the "Seven Last Words" portion of the Passion; and the final movement - an original hymn - Praise to the Holiest in the Height. I recommend finding time to listen to our recording on Good Friday, following along with the words, also provided online.

Finally, on Easter Sunday members of the Chancel Choir will be back in the choir loft (or somewhere in the sanctuary) to lead in worship. We will offer two Handel choruses during the service: "Hallelujah Amen" from Judas Maccabeus; and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah. We look forward to seeing you on Easter Sunday in church!


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 on
Passion/Palm Sunday
April 25, 2021, 9am
"I am the vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don't produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit." - John 15: 1-3 CEB
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 28, 2021
To Grier F. Diangikes by Bill & Helen Fitch
To Bob Lansberry by Barbara Latham
To Rob Monson by Barbara Latham

April Birthdays
1 Clara Maultsby, Tom Norrell
2 Jerry Cantrell
5 Lauren Dixon
6 James Ellis Griffeth, Addison Wolfe
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.


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