This Week's Newsletter

Central Update the Week of May 16, 2022                              

Our Prayer List  

Ron Geffre                                                          Our Nation’s Leaders       

Sherry Jaquith                                                     All Our Military Personnel & Their Families

Becky Nall                                                          First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, EMTs,

Ed Merenda                                                        All Hospital Personnel

Jennifer Michalik                                                Penny Jaquith       

Shelly Samuels                                                   Connally Dugger      

Tim Jarrell                                                          Michele McMillen                 

Debby Stowe                                                      Trey Ditto

Patricia Stroman                                                 Dahlia Rinard                                                       

Billie Frayer                                                        Larry Close

Wes Waller                                                         Judy Hartley

Beth Hollis                                                          Stacy & Kelice Larpenter                                  

Andy Croft                                                          Mary Carmichael                

Taylor Sims                                                         Edna Hickman

Arnie & Sandy Rossi                                          Josh & Lauren Lemon                                                      

Asprea Griffin                                              


Announcements and Ministry Opportunities


Keep Up with Central

Keep up with what’s happening in the life of the church by following Central United Methodist Church Waco on Facebook, Instagram, or by visiting our website at


Sunday Worship Schedule

Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 am

Worship at 10:30 am in-person and live streamed on Facebook.


Children in Church

A nursery is available during our worship service for infants and toddlers, however we really encourage all of our children to attend the worship service with their families.  We believe that worship should be a family activity with our children learning at a young age the rhythm of worship.  To help with the “wiggles,” there are activity bags for the children at the back of the sanctuary.


Sunday Scripture Reading                              

May 22, John 14:23-29


United Methodist Church Future Informational Meeting

Everyone is invited to attend an informational/question and answer meeting on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions and to have a time to discuss the pending split in the United Methodist Church as it pertains to Central UMC.  Pastor Bob will be to leading the discussion. 


Bishop to Cast Vision for The Central Texas Conference of the UMC

There will be an informational meeting led by Bishop Rueben Saenz on Saturday, May 21 starting at 10:00 am at Central UMC.  All are welcome to attend.


Church Office Closed on Memorial Day

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the observance of Memorial Day.  The Central Update Newsletter will not go out until Tuesday, May 31.


Luncheon to Honor Pastor Bob, Judy and Pam

Everyone is invited to attend a luncheon after church on Sunday, May 22 in honor of the Raineys and Pam Elam.


Pastor Bob and Judy Being Appointed to FUMC Cleburne

It was announced at the end of the worship service on Sunday, May 1 that Pastor Bob and Judy Rainey are being appointed to FUMC Cleburne beginning July 1, 2022.  Bob and Judy’s final Sunday at Central will be June 19.


Rev. Stephen Ramsdell Appointed New Pastor at Central UMC

It was announced at the end of the worship service on Sunday, May 15, that Rev. Stephen and Susan Ramsdell are being appointed to serve Central United Methodist Church Waco.  A time to welcome the Ramsdells will be announced soon.  Their first Sunday will be July 3.


Get Fed Wednesdays to Pause for Summer Break

The last Get Fed Wednesday dinner and Bible studies for all ages will be May, 25. Watch the Weekly Newsletter for information on its return.


Pam Elam to Retire

It was announced on Wednesday, May 4 that our Director of Music Ministry, Pam Elam, will be retiring as of May 31.  Pam, through her direction of the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir, has blessed Central for the past 9 years and will be greatly missed.


Men’s Devotional Breakfast

All men are invited to attend the Men’s Devotional Breakfast every Tuesday at Rosa’s Café, 703 Hewitt Drive starting at 7:00 am.  Along with breakfast, there is fellowship and discussion of the day’s Upper Room Devotional.  All are welcome.  For more information, please contact Harry Moore.


Get Fed Wednesdays

Join us on Wednesdays for dinner for everyone (suggested donation of $5) starting at 5:00 pm followed by Bible study for all ages starting at 6:00 pm.  Mark your Wednesdays as the evening you have an opportunity to get fed physically and spiritually with your church family.

The menu for May 18 is as follows: Ham and Cheese Sliders, Parmesan Garlic Chips, Salad and Banana Pudding.


Desserts are needed for the Wednesday evening meals.  If you are willing to bring desserts for Wednesday or for funerals, please contact Barbara Martzell.


Board Minutes and Financial Reports

A copy of the monthly Board minutes and a church financial report are available to read on the bulletin board in the Foyer.


Welcome New Members through Confirmation

Now that they have finished confirmation, please welcome or newest members of the family of God and of Central UMC:

Paige Peters

Olivia Maeyaert

Xander Tousignant*

Kyson Williams*

Matthew Everett*

*Will be Confirmed on Sunday, May 29


Land Sale Update

On Monday, May 9, the sale of the 4.5 acres was completed.  Central UMC is now debt free and will begin some necessary capital improvements.


Senior May News

May 19 – Central Saints – 12:00 noon, Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a covered dish or just bring yourself.. This meal is open to everyone.  Watch this spot for information about the program.


May 24 – Breakfast Out – 9:00 am, – Rosa’s Café in Hewitt.  For more information contact Nan Holmes.  If you plan to attend, please call or email Nan.


May 26 – Painting with a Twist – 10:00-12:00 am.  Reservations must be made by May 23.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  Laughter and fellowship is free.  


Game Night

Everyone is invited to come to Game Night on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Next game night is on May 24 at 7:00 pm.  Bring your favorite snack food and your favorite game and join the fun.  Contact Keith Morgan for more information.


Emergency Contact Cards

Everyone is invited to fill out an Emergency Contact Card and return it to the church office.  If something were to happen while at church, the right person/people can be notified of your situation.  The card information is confidential and will only be used in case of an emergency.  Cards are available in the Foyer.


Need a Ride to Church?

If you would like a ride to church on Sunday, just let Nancy know in the church office by calling 254-420-2862 by Noon on Thursday and the van will pick you up and take you back home after the worship service.


Meals on Wheels Drivers

Thank you for all those who have volunteered to drive on Fridays.  We still need volunteers to be available to sub Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The driver needs to be at the church to pick up meals at 10:30 am.  Deliveries are typically finished by 11:30 am.  Call Jane Keahey.


Ways to be in Ministry to our Neighbors

We can still be the church in our community by continued support of various ministries that are helping and offering Jesus and love to our neighbors.  Central is still collecting donations for the following ministries:

- New Stuffed Animals for Baylor, Scott and White Hillcrest’s Chaplain’s office.

- Canned Goods for Caritas.        

- Mosquito Spray for the homeless through the Hangar.

- Neighbor Bags to our neighbors in need.

- Small bottles or boxes of juice.

Thank you, Central family for your willingness to share the love of Jesus with others.  You are making a difference for the kingdom of God, one relationship at a time.


Youth Update

Interested in serving in Youth Ministry?

Alina is looking for volunteers to help with the Youth on Wednesday nights. This might look like: helping to facilitate discussions, helping to plan lessons/events, and, of course, building Christ-centered relationships with our Youth. Your help and your gifts will be a blessing. If you are interested, please reach out to Alina or Pastor Bob. 

*Youth is meeting every Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Youth room for fellowship, games, and prayer. Please enter through the covered entrance and wear your masks. 


Central UMC Youth Minister

M.Div/MSW Candidate, Truett Seminary & Baylor University


1 May  -    Mike Markum & Jacob Sauro

3 May  -    Joy Cummings & Pete Solana

5 May  -    Barbara Martzell

6 May  -    Cathy Croft & Ian Gorrell

11 May  -  Kevin Grusendorf  &  Stacey Hall

12 May  -  Stu Arledge & Aaron Michon & Fred Hills

13 May  -  Wayne Connally

16 May  -  Reta Errett

18 May  -  Breccia McDermed

20 May  -  Jill Speegle & Stephen Grusendorf

21 May -   Gae Woodruff

22 May -   Katherine Owens

24 May  -  Juanita Davis & Rex Harris & Beth Hollis & Anna Freeto

26 May  -  Pam Elam

27 May  -  Phillip Sims Jr & Linwood Williams

28 May  -  Emilee Shiflett

30 May  -  Raymond Davidson

31 May  -  Brittany Wallace