The Central Call for July is complete on this page. (scroll down for all the news.)
On Sundays since January, I have shared the” IronMaker” theme for this year. I have told the story of how this idea was placed on my heart in the deserts of the Middle East during the fall of 2015. However, as I reflect upon the completion of the first half of this IronMaker year here at Central, I realize that the desert was just my moment in the forge where God was beginning to sharpen me.
A forge is the oven that an iron maker uses to heat up the iron ore, so that it can be molded into something worthy. The forge prepares the ore for the fight in which it will be engaged. This image of the iron maker’s forge will be our guide for this fall. I am asking you to commit to being a part of the Central Forge this fall.
Let us continue to sharpen our blades through the Holy Scriptures and through our relationships with one another. More importantly, let us prepare for the battle that only true IronMakers can fight and win as we work together in our community.
Faithfully, John Branning
As we enter the month of June, I want to thank every person who has
contributed to the ministry of Central through his/her financial support. Please
remember, we have six months to go. Generally, giving declines in the summer
months as people are traveling. However, don’t let this be a reason for your not
giving to the work of our community of faith. As the Lead Pastor of Central,
I see all of the good we are able to do in Meridian and around the world when
we allow our generosity to guide us. As a fellow Iron Maker, let me challenge
you to discipline yourself by giving faithfully to the Kingdom of God.
Office Closed for Holiday
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 5, 12, 19, 26
NEXT Young Adult Worship
The Palms on North Hills
Love Out Loud Mission
8 a.m. each day
Northcrest Baptist Church
Youth Trip to Okatoma
Senior Adult Dinner Trip
Bridge Street Grill in Enterprise
Call to reserve a spot.
Sanctuary Choir Retreat
Missions Garage Sale
7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Promotion Sunday &
Blessing of the Backpacks
Join us for LOVE OUT LOUD (LOL), a community-wide week of
missions hosted by Northcrest Baptist Church!
LOL is our mission focus for July and takes place July 11-15.
Each morning, we will meet at 8 a.m. in the Northcrest Baptist Church
Multi-Purpose Building (gym) for a light breakfast.
There, you will sign up
for a ministry area to work with for the day.
Mission areas are:
Center for Pregnancy Choices (CPC)
Drive-thru Prayer and Car Wash
Feed By Faith
Habitat for Humanity
Happiness Hills Girls Home
Camp Eagle Ridge
Boys & Girls Club
Baptist Children’s Village
For more information about Love Out
Loud, visit www.lolmeridian.com.
Are you ready to clean out your attic or closet? The Missions Team is hosting a
Giant Garage Sale with individual “booth” spaces for rent. Spaces are not
limited to church members, so please share information about our sale.
The sale will be in the 23rd Avenue Parking Lot on August 6 from 7 a.m. -1 p.m.
You may purchase a booth space for $25 and keep all profit from your sales.
Proceeds from booth sales will support Central Missions.
If you would like to reserve
a spot, contact Kristina Crabtree by
email at email@example.com, on Facebook
or by calling the church office at
NEW MISSION AREA IN THE CROSSING
A new mission area has been designated in the Crossing. You will find information
and opportunities for mission work and prayer.
SUMMER COMMUNITY GROUPS
We have three community groups that have formed. Groups are meeting at the following
locations: Daily Grind • Scarlet Cup • Brickhaus
If you would like to connect with a community group, contact Kristina Crabtree at
We would like to welcome Traci Leifried, Kim Rush, and Taurus Warren to the CUMC staff.
Traci Leifried will be serving as church pianist for the 10:55 a.m. worship service.
Traci and her husband, Rod, recently joined Central at Coffee with the Pastors.
Traci has served as pianist for various churches, and we are extremely delighted
to have her join the music ministry.
Kim Rush will be assuming the position of Kitchen Manager. Kim is the wife of
Tyrone Rush, and comes to Central with years of experience in Kitchen Management
with the Meridian Public School District. We are excited to have Kim on
board, and we look forward to dining on her meals.
Taurus Warren is a familiar face to some, as he previously served as a Central
custodian. Taurus is filling the position of Justin Boston who left to pursue new avenues.
Please join us as we extend a warm welcome to our new staff members.
The Sanctuary Choir will host a weekend retreat of music, devotion and fellowship
on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, at the home of Bob Peden. The cost
is $15.00 per person, and meals will be provided each day.
We will be joined by Lori Blount, Director of Music at Madison UMC. If
you have ever thought about becoming a part of the Sanctuary Choir, this is a great
opportunity to join in the music making!
For more information or to register, please contact Tim Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the church office at
The Children’s Center has a few openings in the four-year-old class and the two-yearold
class. Cost is $75 registration fee and 1/2 August tuition ($92.50). Ages: Oneyear-
old by September 1, 2016, through four-years-old by September 1, 2016.
Monthly fee is $185.00. There is a possibility of opening an additional three-year-old
class if there is enough interest. We are also accepting names for a waiting list for classes
that are full at this time. Contact Glenda Thomas, 601-483-8502.
Did you know that we have over 20 school teachers in our congregation? We want
to honor them with a gift of school supplies for their classrooms as they enter a new
school year. Beginning July 10, please bring paper, scissors, pencils, crayons, markers
etc. to the collection area in the Crossing. We will present them to our teachers on
August 7, which is Promotion Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY JULY CALENDAR
GRAND PARADISE WATER
Children K-3rd (2015-2016) must
be accompanied by an adult.
Email Sabrina at email@example.com
to register by Thursday, July 7.
A night of food, fun and games.
RSS MINUTE TO WIN IT
Join us for hilarious challenges as we test what we have learned in 2015-
2016. We will say farewell to our fifth graders with a video presentation at
10:30 a.m. Fifth grade parents are encouraged to come at 10:30!
. AUGUST 7
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
AND FIRST GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION
8:30, 9:30, 10:55 a.m. Worship
MEETING/SIGN UP TIME
Meeting is for new parents of K-5th
graders. Sign-ups for all parents.
Sunday/Wednesday Nights resume in
MONDAYS (through August 1)
NOON ball (will not meet July 4)
$5 lunch and drink
10 a.m. Depart to Kayak the Okatoma
Cost $25 per person (including adults)
5 p.m. Swim Party at Dungans’ Pool
5401 Westminster Drive
Mission:Board Games at Aldersgate
Camp Waukaway Springs Trip
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If you are a recent high school graduate or young adult, please join us for NEXT, a
new teaching and worship experience geared especially to you!
NEXT meets each Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at The Palms on North Hills Street. Join us
for an exciting time as we journey together to see what’s NEXT! For more information,
contact Jonathan at 601-831-8280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch Bunch will meet every Friday in July at 11:30 a.m. in
the Third Floor Activities Room.
XYZ and day trips will resume in
Senior adults will take a dinner trip to the Bridge Street Grill in Enterprise
on Thursday, July 14, at 5 p.m. The church van will leave the church at 4:30 p.m.
Please call or email the church
office to make your reservation.
Text Message: @m2f to 81010
Facebook: Central’s Children’s Ministry
Facebook:Central UMC Youth - Meridian
Text Message Parents:
Text @cumcyouthp to 81010
Text Message Students:
Text @chacos to 81010
Weekly Email: Email Jonathan Crabtree
or 601- 831-8280
Central Updates and Newsletter:
App: Central Methodist Community
Facebook: Central United Methodist
John Branning, Lead Pastor
Dennis Gossett, Associate Pastor
Senior Adult Ministry
Bob Peden, Music and Worship
Jonathan Crabtree, Student Ministry
Kristina Crabtree, Spiritual Formation
Sabrina Williams, Children and Family
July 1-3 Dennis Gossett 919-339-5303
July 8–10 Jonathan Crabtree 601-831-8280
July 15-17 John Branning 769-218-7704
July 22–24 Bob Peden 601-938-7868
July 29–31 Kristina Crabtree 601-513-1868
August 5-7 Dennis Gossett 919-339-5303
MAILBOX OR INBOX
The Administrative Council voted in May to send the Central Call
exclusively by email except to those who request a hard copy.
If you would like to continue receiving the Central Call by mail, please
contact the Church Office at 601- 693-1521.