This Week's Newsletter

Central Update The Week of  October 4, 2021                                    

Our Prayer List  

James Shaw                                Our Nation’s Leaders       

Sherry Jaquith                            All Our Military Personnel & Their Families

Becky Felderhoff                       First Responders, Doctors, Nurses, EMTs,

Tory Kendzorsji                        All Hospital Personnel

Charles & Ute Roden                Jennifer Michalik

K.K. Zilla                                  Roger & Alison Turner         

Shelly Samuels                          Larry Warneke

Levi Yarbrough                         Nancy & Jake Herring              

Laura Makowski                       Becky Nall

Sandy Weaver                           Joel Hardin

Buddy Fields                             The Pastors & Churches in McLennan County       

Billie Frayer                               Robert Barth                                    

Wes Waller                                Linda Stovall

Beth Hollis                               Debbie Stowe

Andy Croft                                Vickye White                           

Abel & Debbie Mares               Nancy Gordon

Frank Gore                                Taylor Sims

Linda Wheeler                           Family of Ed Peeler

Helen Williams                        


Announcements and Ministry Opportunities


Keep Up with Central

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Columbus Day Closure

The church office will be closed October 11 for Columbus Day.  The weekly Newsletter will be emailed and mailed out on Tuesday, October12.


Sunday Worship Schedule

Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 am

Worship at 10:30 am


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                             

October 10, Mark 10:17-31


COVID and Mask Information

With the rise of Covid-19 cases in McLennan County in recent days, we are now encouraging everyone, fully vaccinated or not, to wear a mask while around other people in church.  The Delta Variant is easier to transmit to others and can be transmitted to the fully vaccinated as well.  Our main objective is to continue to gather for worship and other ministries while keeping everyone safe while at church, especially our more vulnerable and our children.  Our hope is that everyone will continue to do whatever is necessary to stay safe and keep each other safe while at church.  Masks will still be available as you enter the church building.


Thank You

Thank you to everyone who provided “goodies” for the BSW Hillcrest frontline COVID heroes this past week.  Watch the newsletter for possible opportunities in the future.


Calling All Cooks and Bakers Again

We have another opportunity to say “Thank You” to the hard-working COVID frontline nurses and doctors connected with Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest.  The Chaplains’ office has scheduled two Oasis (Refreshment for the Soul) experiences for them on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21.  We can help by donating as many “sweet or savory” goodies as we can.  If you can help, please let Nancy know by email ( or by phone (254-420-2862).  You will need to deliver your goodies beforehand to the church office on Monday from 10-2 or on Wednesday from 10-2. This is a great way to offer encouragement and hope in the name of Jesus.


Sweater and Coat Drive

University High School, through Communities in Schools of the HOT, has invited Central to partner with them to collect “gently used” sweaters and coats to be given to their students in need this winter.  Starting October 1 and ending October 31, there will be a collection box in the foyer where you can drop off your donations.  This is a great way to clean out your closets and make a difference in a student’s life at the same time.


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 Needed

There is an urgent need for 3 Meals on Wheels drivers to drive on 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.


Water for Waco ISD’s Pack of Hope

Pack of Hope was founded on the idea of ensuring that children are fed over weekends and holidays and allowing them to focus throughout the week on their studies and have the necessary resources to excel in school. The program hopes to eliminate the worry that comes with not knowing the source of their next meal.  We can help by donating packs of 8 oz. bottled water that will be included in the backpacks of food being sent home with students in need.  Simply leave your donations on the floor next to the Welcome Table in the Foyer.  Look for the sign that says “Pack of Hope.”


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.  Stan Peters delivered 172 lbs. of canned/dry food to Caritas for the month of September.  Thank you Central UMC family and Stan Peters for your service. 

- Warm socks for the homeless through the Hangar.

- Neighbor Bags to our neighbors in need.

- 8 oz. bottled water for Pack of Hope.

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


1 Oct  Paula Wilson

3 Oct  Margaret Dickenson

6 Oct  Jacob Hickman

8 Oct  Dawn Connally

10 Oct  Angela Torp

11 Oct  Jett Hill

12 Oct  Monika Woolley

13 Oct  Gretchen Jarosek & Sally Black

14 Oct  Delores Evans & Don Keep

15 Oct  Barbara Schultz

16 Oct  Kelley Campbell & Samuel Blair

19 Oct  Sherry Beheler

22 Oct  Mary Degner

23 Oct  Joetta Grusendorf

23 Oct  Glenn Koslovsky

24 Oct  Makenzie Reyes

26 Oct  Cynda Waller

26 Oct  Gerald Staas

27 Oct  Jaxon Sims

27 Oct  Kyle Woolley

30 Oct  Larry Henderson

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