Central Newsletter  January 2017
  "See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"
Isaiah 43:19
New Beginnings
Rev. Scott Sharp
Senior Pastor
George Faulhaber
Chair of Governance Team
Jesus Valdez
Media Coordinator
News at Central
Judy Williams came, immediately got involved at Central, saw a need and because of her 'active faith' 14 folks came together in January and began a 4 month training to participate in bringing STEPHEN MINISTRY to our congregation. Stephen Ministers provide ongoing, skilled, faithful, trustworthy, compassionate one-to-one care to people going through a crisis or difficult time. This 40 year old ministry is at work in over 12,000 congregations worldwide. Central is truly blessed to become one more congregation offering this amazing level of support and love to members.

If you'd like to know more, go to the Stephen Ministry website - or call Judy.  Her genuine enthusiasm for this ministry is infectious!

Contact: Judy Williams  505-400-5216
Transitions In Our Church Family
Norma Thornbrough is loving retirement in her Houston apartment complex. One of her favorite things is her ability to "take the elevator to Church!". She's celebrating her 90th birthday on January 30 in unique Norm fashion. She's giving herself a party where she will be the entertainment. She is going to have a pianist friend accompany her as she sings several show tunes!  If you'd like to send Norma a card on this special birthday her address is:
7400 Clarewood Drive #704
Houston, Texas  77036

Bill Squire, a longtime vital member of Central is homebound now in his 96th year. He loves to get mail; think how we could add a bit of joy to his day by sending a card his way!
His address is:
1519 Cornell Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Virginia St. John, aged 92, passed away earlier this month. Virginia and her husband, Thomas, will be remembered by longtime Central members as examples of those folks who participate in the life of Central in many ways - leaving us a richer place for their presence among us. Services have been held at church.
Carol Cox Smith
Passed away earlier this week. Many will miss Carol's bright smile including her sister and brother-in-law, Dodie and Art Hawkins, eight nieces and nephews, 17 great neices and nephews and her beloved dog Toby.

Services will be held on February 4th at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary followed by the reception in the Life Center.
Coming Attractions
Informational Articles
Monthly informational article.
Who Is...
Interviews with staff and congregation members. The interviews will be video, along with written text for those who can not or do not want to view the videos.
Monthly calendar that is linked to yearly calendar on the website.
This Calendar will allow the user to save/create reminders for any particular event/meeting/class/ happening at Central United Methodist Church.
Did You Know?
Fun Facts or little snippets of data, history, etc
Adult Ministries
Sunday School Classes, Book Club, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Bible Studies, etc.
Children and Youth Ministries
Sunday School Classes, Youth Group, special events, etc 
The Communication Team
Co-Chairs: Chris Briggs  &  Pat Briggs

Current Team Members:
Donna Faulhaber, Jesus Valdez, Keith Smith,
Barbara Fuller,  Rev. Scott Sharp, Rev. Kelly Brooks
The Communication Team is always looking for information for the newsletter and/or suggested topics and items to explore, research, and write about. You will always receive a response from us, so if you do not hear back from the team, the information may not have gotten to us – try again!
Communication Team Contact Information

Phone #: (505) 268-1009

or you can drop off information in writing at the church office
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