Central Update The Week of November 29, 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 Ed Merenda
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 Beverly Hill
Helen Williams Missionaries in India
Kay Eubank The Pastors & Churches in McLennan County
Stacy & Kelice Larpenter Tim Jarrell
Announcements and Ministry Opportunities
Keep Up with Central
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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
December 5, Luke 3:1-6
COVID and Mask Information Update
Even though the Covid-19 cases in McLennan County have been dropping in recent weeks, it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. That is why we still want to encourage everyone, fully vaccinated or not, to wear a mask while around other people in church. We now know that the Delta Variant is easier to transmit to others and can be transmitted to the fully vaccinated as well. We also know that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of getting the flu is by wearing a mask. 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.
Central’s Missionary in India
Through the Global Evangelical Team (GET), Central has the opportunity to offer Christ in India. We will be supporting one of their new missionaries in Madhya Pradesh, India. His name is Mukesh Shivir, his wife is Neelu Mukesh and their children are Shifa (age 9) and Manohar Shivir (age 7). Their picture is on the bulletin board in the foyer. Please be in prayer for him, his family and his mission to offer the love of Jesus among the Hindu people. Mukesh and his family will be our January special communion offering.
Methodist Children’s Home Outreach Gift Tree
This year because of COVID risks, Central will once again not be able to host a party for the families served by the Methodist Children’s Home Outreach. However, we will still have the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for the children. Each child’s gift tag will be hanging on a Christmas tree in the foyer. Once you get a tag, purchase a gift, wrap it with the tag placed on the outside, bring it to the church and place it under the tree by Sunday, December 12. MCH Outreach will distribute the presents on December 19.
Service of Lessons and Carols
The Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in a special service of music and scripture on the third Sunday of Advent, December 12, at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary of Central UMC.
“Sing We Now of Christmas” A Service of Lessons and Carols by Howard Helvey will incorporate the Central Handbell Ensemble in addition to the Chancel Choir; Mike Makowski, instrumentalist; and our congregational choir which all those in attendance are invited to join as participants. Plan to be present and lift your voices in celebration of the birth of Christ our King!
December’s Special Communion Offering
On Sunday, December 5, our special communion offering will go towards the ministry of the Methodist Children’s Home Outreach. This extension of the Methodist Children’s Home supports and ministers to foster families, grandparents raising grandchildren families and special needs families. If you would like to give a gift to help with this important ministry, simply place it on the prayer rail during our time of Communion, bring it to the church office, mail it to the church, or just drop it in the church mailbox. Checks can be made out to Central UMC with “MCHO” in the memo line.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
This year’s Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service will be on Friday, December 24 at 6:00 pm and will be in-person and online. Join us as we experience the story of Jesus’ birth in word, song, communion and candlelight. Invite your family, your friends and your neighbors to rediscover the meaning of Christmas while discovering the real meaning of life.
Prayer List Update
To make sure our prayer list is up to date, we will start over on January 1, 2022. If you know that someone needs to stay on the list or if you want to add someone to the list, please contact Nancy in the church office at 254-420-2862 before December 16.
Church Office Christmas Hours
The church office will be closed December 20 through January 2. However, please feel free to call and leave a message or call Pastor Bob.
Christmas Schedule Update
Church office will be closed from December 20-January 2
No Wednesday Bible studies December 22 and December 29
No Jesus Table December 28
Christmas Eve Worship Service will be at 6:00 pm
Get Fed Wednesday
Starting Wednesday, January 5, Wednesdays have a new name. Wednesdays will be called “Get Fed Wednesday.” Everyone is invited to come and be fed physically and spiritually. Dinner with our church family will begin at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall ($5 optional donation) followed by Bible study for all ages at 6:00. Adults will be in the Fellowship Hall; Youth will be in the Youth Room; Children will be in the Children’s Sunday School Room. The Choir will still be practicing at 7:00 in the Sanctuary. Mark your calendar and together, let’s Get Fed.
Invite Your Neighbors to Central
A Barna Group study revealed that in 2019 only 14% of all US adults said they never went to church. In 2020 that number jumped to 53%. It is no longer about whether our neighbors go to church somewhere other than Central. It is now about whether our neighbors go to church at all. Everyone is in search of what Jesus has to offer, if only they knew where to look. Let’s not keep the love, acceptance, and grace of Jesus Christ to ourselves. To help invite people to Central, there are packs of 3 cards available in the foyer that you can give to those you encounter. Together, we can spread the Good News of the risen Christ in our corner of the kingdom of God.
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
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.
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 took 572 lbs of dry/canned food to Caritas for the month of November. Thank you Central and Stan for your contributions.
- 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.
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 Dec - Paige Purvis & Braylon Compton
3 Dec - Al Errett
4 Dec - Martina (Angel) Phillips & Abby & Zoe Riendfliesch
5 Dec - Barbara Mayberry
6 Dec - William Parker & Cecelia Everhart
8 Dec - Earl Logan
10 Dec - Paul Smith & Jensen Everhart
12 Dec - Judy Rainey & Judy Peters & Tom Austin & Brenda Power
15 Dec - Diana Calame
20 Dec - Jim Turner
21 Dec - Frances Cooper
22 Dec - Ann Shaffer
24 Dec - James Shaw
26 Dec - Burma Frisco & Randy Reynolds
29 Dec - Barbara Fry
30 Dec - Connie Collins
31 Dec - Deena Grimes