We like to think that things were always better in a different time. Currently, we reminisce about how much better things were the days before Covid-19 when we could go to church, go to the grocery store without a mask and eat in a sit down restaurant. But you know, we always seem to think that the days before our days were better. And it is not just our generation that does this. Humans have done this through their history. Last week I was reading a sermon by St. Augustine and he wrote these words.
What we have is now. God has us here in this place and in this time. In whatever the fall and winter brings us, we are called to be the Church, to be God’s redemptive people for these days. We are a people who are to proclaim the future God has in store and in mind for this world. We are not to sit back and bemoan, but we are to embrace the unknown future God has in store for us.
Worship & Covid Updates
  • Following the CDC, DOH, State, and insurance recommendations, the nursery will remain closed and children 8 and under are asked to remain home and safe, and children/youth 9-17 are asked to remain with their parent or guardian at all times during the worship service and anywhere in the church facility, this includes the parking lot.

  • Due to social distancing and sanitary requirements, and under the advice of the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and insurance guidelines, we will not be hosting small groups, Bible Studies, ministries, outreach, or programming on the property of CUMC for the time being. When these guidelines change, we will be in contact with all Sunday School, ministry, outreach, and program leaders regarding a reopening plan.

8:30am Drive-In Worship, East Parking Lot
Join us for a Drive-In Worship Service in the East Parking Lot of CUMC.
You will be guided off of the University Entrance into a parking space. Please turn your radio to FM 88.1 and open your smart phone to our website or FaceBook page where you will find the Order of Service. Relax and enjoy this informal style of worship! Once the service concludes, you will be asked to exit out of the parking lot onto Copper. Please Note: No building/restroom access will be available and you will be asked to remain in your vehicle at all times.

10:00am Streaming Worship,
Join us for our On-Line Worship Service as we continue to explore the Scripture Lessons found in Genesis.
Children and Youth Ministries
  • Church 4 Kids Weekly Devotional is available to view on Sunday’s at 10:00am on on our website and FaceBook page, with a link to a YouTube Channel.

  • Youth are invited to join Pastor Kelly for a youth zoom meet-up every Sunday at 7:00pm. Please contact Pastor Kelly to be included in the zoom youth meet up at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Adult Ministries
Every Wednesday, Pastor Greg’s Bible Study takes place. The study will be on the Book of Acts.
Read Acts 6
Discussion Questions

  1. What is the dispute among believes in Acts 6:1-2
  2. How do the apostles deal with the dispute (vv.2-6)
  3. Why are the spiritual qualities more important than the practical ones in this case?
  4. What are the dividing lines of tension and jealousy among the members of Central?
  5. Using Acts 6:1-6 as an example, what are some possible ways to bridge the divisions?
  6. How does the young church in Acts benefit from the solution God gave the apostles?
  7. What work does Stephen do? What is he accused of?
  8. Why are they frustrated and what do they do about it?
  9. How does Stephen’s qualifications as a deacon equip him to face persecution?
  10. What will equip you to face distorted persecutions?

Questions? Contact Pastor Kelly at kellyb@centraltolife.org.
Third Space Ministries
  • Brewery Ministry weekly e-devotional is available every Monday. Contact Pastor Kelly to be included in this weekly devotional: kellyb@centraltolife.org

October 2021 Educational Opportunities
Footsteps of Paul Cruise
Join Pastor Kelly for the Educational Opportunities FootSteps of Paul Cruise, October 3-14th 2021 (Tour: GC21, Code C, ID 55108). You will arrive in Venice from Albuquerque on October 3rd, and then on to Katakolon, Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Athens, and Corinth. A pre-tour to Florence and a post-tour to Venice is also available. Additional information and registration information can be found on centraltolife.org or www.EO.travel. http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/GC21_55108_Brooks_005_FINAL.pdf

Contact Pastor Kelly with questions or scholarship information kellyb@centraltolife.org
The Circuit Writers Ministry needs your help:
If your mailing address has changed in the past few months, please
contact Michelle at (505) 243-7834. If no one answers, please leave a
message with your correct mailing address. We are experiencing returned
mail with the note written on it “Not at this address”. We want to keep in
contact with you and continue to send cards.

This ministry helps keep members in contact with each other by writing notes to
someone in the congregation. If you would like to receive a note from a member of the Circuit Writers or be part of this ministry, please contact Cindy at pwcin1963@gmail.com.
August 30, 2020
10:00am Drive-In Service

Welcoming Music


Call to Worship       

Opening Hymn    Open My Eyes, That I May See

Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth you have for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unlock and set me free.
Silently now, on bended knee,
ready I wait your will to see;
open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Opening Prayer with Lord’s Prayer      

Scripture Reading   Matthew 16:21-28      

Solo:  “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?”   Thomas Shephard


Central to Life                      

Catalytic Generosity Minute          

Closing Hymn     Jesus Calls Us
1. Jesus calls us o'er the tumult 
of our life's wild, restless sea; 
day by day his sweet voice soundeth, 
saying, "Christian, follow me!" 
5. Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, 
Savior, may we hear thy call, 
give our hearts to thine obedience, 
serve and love thee best of all.



August 30, 2020
10:00am Order of Service

Welcome/Centering Words            


CALL TO WORSHIP                  

OPENING HYMN       Lift High the Cross (vs 1,4)   159 UMH

OPENING PRAYER               

Central to Life                 

Catalytic Generosity            

DOXOLOGY    Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow    94 UMH

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28

ANTHEM      “Give Me Jesus”     Spiritual


HYMN TO ENGAGE THE WORLD     Jesus Calls Us (vs 1,3,5)     398 UMH



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