Pastor’s NOTE

Dear Central Family,


There is a wonderful verse from the Apostle Paul: “God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NRSV).


The word for “fellowship” is koinonia, which can refer to the spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and the community of people who are called together into that relationship. In fact, Paul’s understanding of these two things is inseparable. To be “in Christ” is to be in the fellowship of the church. And, by the way, this is the overarching theme for upcoming Sunday series, “A New Family.”


In these early weeks of 2023, we will lift up and celebrate what it means to be the church with special emphasis on our rich branch of faith called Methodism. Wednesday nights will include a visit from Rev. John Wesley (Rev. Jim Matheny), with a forum for sharing about our episcopal system, and questions about the current state of our church. Also, on February 1, we will host a district-wide event with our brand new Episcopal leader, Bishop Sharma Lewis. This event will feature a time of worship, dinner, and separate times when Bishop Lewis will meet with clergy and laity.


I look forward to sharing these rich days with you. I pray they find us all in good health and full of zeal for all things good and holy.


In Christ,

Rick

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


  • ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER WALK


    FEBRUARY 22ND

    6:00 PM


    *DINNER IN GYM @ 5:00PM

    A meaningful way to start the Lenten Season as a family.  We will observe holy communion, imposition of ashes, and a time for reflection and prayer. 


    *NURSERY AVAILABLE FOR INFANT—4 YEARS OLD

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


    CHURCH-WIDE EASTER EGG HUNT

    SUNDAY | APRIL 2ND

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM



  • Vacation Bible School 2023

    June 20-22 | 9 AM-Noon

WOMEN'S MINISTRY

Annual Women's Retreat

February 24-25, 2023


Register here by 2/16 or visit women.central.community


Friday, February 24

7-9 PM

Dinner and activity with Magnolia Soap Co.


Saturday, February 25

9 AM-1 PM

Keynote speakers, two meals, and optional yoga

with Jane Massey


Friday/Saturday

$45 per person


Saturday Only

$25 per person

$10 childcare per family


For information, contact Virginia Byrd

(601-447-8948)

or

Kathy Busbee

(601-604-2679).



featuring speakers:

  • Sophie sims hudson

    Meridian Native

    Author, Blogger and

    "The Big Boo" Podcast Host


    Meridian native, Sophie Hudson, loves to laugh more than just about anything, and hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. Sophie speaks regularly to groups across the country and co-hosts The Big Boo Cast. A graduate of Mississippi State University and the author of six books, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching entire seasons of TV shows in record time.  She lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, AL.

  • Carol bevil

    Author, Coach and Speaker

    "Fuel Your Body, Feed Your Soul"


    A coach, blogger, and speaker, Carol Bevil is co-founder of Fuel Your Body, Feed Your Soul, a God-first approach to nutrition, body image, and food relationship. Carol has been in the health and fitness industry for thirty years and holds multiple certifications in cycling, personal training, and nutrition. Raised in a Jewish family, Carol surrendered her life to Jesus and was baptized, with her husband, at the age of forty. They have a son and three daughters and live in Birmingham, AL.


  • Tuesday morning

    Women's bible study

    30 Life Principles Bible Study

    by Charles Stanley


    Tuesdays | 9:30 | 3rd Floor

    Adult Activities Room

WOMEN'S  COMMUNITY

BIBLE  STUDY

WE AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS LONELY.


In a world that's both more connected and more isolating than ever before, we're often tempted to do life alone, whether because we're so busy or because relationships feel risky and hard.  In Find Your People, best selling author Jennie Allen draws on fascinating insights from science and history, timeless biblical truth, and vulnerable stories from her own life.


Third Thursday of each month

NOON-1 PM

CENTRAL UMC

3RD FLOOR

(enter through 22nd Ave. door)


Video followed by discussion


Brown bag lunch

MISSION MINISTRY

Food Packing

February 25

Every 4th Saturday7:30 AM

Location: New Life Community Church

3000 State Boulevard, Meridian, MS

HOLIDAY OFFICE SCHEDULE

The church office will be closed on the following holiday:


February 20 - President's Day

SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY

XYZ PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 14

Fellowship Hall | 11:30 AM

WEEKLY

OPPORTUNITIES


  • SUNDAY MORNINGS

    9:00

    Contemporary Worship Service

    Fellowship Hall


    10:00

    Sunday School Small Groups


    11:00

    Traditional Worship Service

    Sanctuary


    At Central, we are all about living life connected and want to connect with you!  We have two in-person and livestream Worship Services each week.  If you are unable to come to in-person Worship Services, you can join us via livestream by clicking on any of the icons listed below.  Once there, please take a moment to check-in so we will know that you have joined us via livestream.


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    SUNDAY NIGHTS

    5:00 -6:30

    The Zone | Club 412 | Youth

  • 9:00-9:40 AM

    Chair Yoga 

    No charge

    3rd Floor

    Yoga Room

    Behind the Sanctuary balcony

  • 9:30-11:30 AM

    Women’s Bible Study

    Adult Activities Room

    3rd Floor

  • 9:00-9:40 AM

    Chair Yoga 

    No charge

    3rd Floor

    Yoga Room

    Behind the Sanctuary balcony

     

    5:00-6:00 PM

    MidWeek Gathering Meal

    Reservations Required

    See https://centralunitedmethodistchurch.org/midweek

     

    5:30 PM

    Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

    Sanctuary Choir Loft

     

    6:00-7:00 PM

    MidWeek Gathering Small Groups | All Ages

    Click here if you would like to know more about the Adult Bible Study Small Groups

  • Noon-1:00 PM

    Women's Community Bible Study

    Adult Activities Room

    3rd Floor

    Bring your own lunch

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

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MINISTRY STAFF ON CALL


Rev. Dr. Rick Brooks    662-871-5602

Rev. Matt Farmer          601-616-7543

Rev. Bob Peden             601-938-7868

Mrs. Sabrina Williams  601-479-2178


FEBRUARY

  • 12       Mrs. Sabrina Williams
  • 19       Rev. Bob Peden
  • 26       Rev. Dr. Rick Brooks