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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

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THE NEWS AT CENTRAL!

If you would like to print a pdf version of The Central Call for November-December 2019, click here.

 Click here for the November printable birthday calendar.

 Click here for the December printable birthday calendar.

SHELBYNEXT MOBILE

For an online instructional video for the Apps listed, click on the link below:

Central App

If you need additional help, you may also call the church office at 601-693-1521.

  • MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

    To access the ShelbyNext Membership App, follow the instructions below:

     

    • In your App Store, search for ShelbyNext
    • Download and install the ShelbyNext Membership App
    • Open the ShelbyNext Membership App
    • In place of domain, insert cumcmdn
    • In the Name field, insert your name by entering it in this order:  First.Last                                              (Notice there are no spaces but a period between the first and last name)
    • If you know your password, insert it here; otherwise, click forgot password
    • You will receive an email with a random password
    • Insert that password in the password field                                                                                                              (You will probably want to change that password to one you can remember)
    • If this does not work, then you may not have entered your name as we have it on file.    (Generally, your first name is your Preferred Name in Shelby)

  • GIVE USING THE MOBILE APP

    To access the ShelbyNext Giving App, follow the instructions below: 

    • In your App store, search for ShelbyNext
    • Download and install the ShelbyNext Giving App
    • Open the SheblyNext Giving App
    • In the Name field, leave it blank
    • In the Zip Code field, insert 39302
    • Click on Central United Methodist Church
    • Enter your email and password to sign in
    • You will need to establish an account the first time with your credit or debit card or bank account information.
    • You can then use the App to make donations to any of Central's funds; even using the Other field to specify a fund that is not listed.

  • CENTRAL COMMUNITY APP

    You may also want to download our Central Community App.  This App will give you more detailed information about life at Central. 


    To download the App, in your App Store, search for Central Community and install the App. 

    You may need to narrow the search further by adding either Methodist and/or Meridian.

Administration & finance

If you wish to view your contributions at any time, you may do so by signing in under your personal profile using ShelbyNext.

 Your profile information [username; password] was sent to you previously.


If you do not have this information, please contact the church office and someone will be glad to assist you.


 JUST A REMINDER - you will no longer receive your Statement of Giving each quarter.

NEXTSTEP

 ONE SUNDAY A MONTH

 10:30 A.M. - WESLEY ROOM

 

UPCOMING DATE:  

November 17

WHAT'S NEXTSTEP?

 

 If you are interested in learning more about Central or have been attending and want to join our community, NextStep is for you.


 

 With NextStep, we have designed a brief small group experience to engage and connect you with our leaders and community. 

This is a time for you to ask questions and grow in your understanding of our history and structure.


 

 NextStep also provides you the opportunity to join with us in your faith journey by becoming a member of our community. 

We really do feel that life is better connected and think that NextStep is a great way for us to connect with one another.


weekly opportunities

SUNDAY MORNINGS


8:00 a.m. - Sunday Breakfast

 

8:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship (Fellowship Hall)

 

9:45 a.m. - Sunday School

 

9:45 a.m. - CONNECT Worship (Fellowship Hall)

 

10:55 a.m. - Traditional Worship (Sanctuary)

 

 

 

SUNDAY NIGHTS

 

5:30 p.m. - Zone/Club 412/Youth Worship

 

 

 

MONDAYS

 

10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

 

1:00 p.m. - Prayer Shawl Ministry [During the school year]

 

 

 

TUESDAYS

 

6:00 a.m. - Ledbetter Bible Study

 

9:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study

 

6:30 p.m. - Praise Band Practice

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS

 

6:30 a.m. - Pratt Bible Study

 

10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

 

5:00 p.m. - Dinner

 

6:00 p.m. - The Connection/Programs for Children & Youth

 

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

 

[The choir meets at 7:00 p.m. when The Connection is scheduled; 6:00 p.m. when The Connection is not scheduled.]

 

 

 

THURSDAYS

 

6:00 a.m. - Allred Bible Study

 

6:30 p.m. - CONNECT Band Practice

 

 

 

FRIDAYS

 

11:30 a.m. - Lunch Bunch

 

 

 

SUNDAYS

 

7:00 p.m. - Boy Scouts Meeting

THE CONNECTION - WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

The Connection  is our Wednesday night activity for adults. 

[Children and students have programs during this time.]

 

Our evening begins with dinner at 5:00 p.m. for everyone! 

To Make Your Meal Reservation,  PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

For The Menu, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

MEAL COST

Adults $7

Kids $4

Maximum family $25

 

6:00 p.m. - The Connection /Children & Youth Programs

CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

[For more information and updates on children’s activities at Central, visit our Central UMC Children’s page on Facebook and send us a friend request!]

 

For additional information, contact Central's Director of Children's Ministry, Sabrina Williams, at sabrina@cumcmdn.org.


BACKPACK BUDDIES

During the 2019-20 school year, Central will once again sponsor students in the "Backpack Buddies" program

by providing backpacks filled with nutritious, kid-friendly groceries for the weekend. 


 

If you would like to be a part of this on-going mission, a grocery list of suitable food/snack items

can be found near the "Backpack Buddies" drop-off in The Crossing (located on the 2nd floor). 


If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will gladly purchase the grocery items for you. 

[A container for donations will be near the drop-off.]

CENTRAL'S CASSEROLE MINISTRY

Use your cooking skills to benefit members of CUMC through our NEW casserole ministry.  This is an opportunity to share God’s love and comfort through food.  The donated food items will go to members who have had an illness, injury, death or birth in the family, or simply fallen on tough times.  


Submission Instructions: 

  • Casseroles should arrive already frozen in a DISPOSABLE container such as an aluminum pan, as these pans will not be returned.                                                                                          
  • Please prepare items that will freeze well.
  • Casseroles should be wrapped securely in aluminum foil before the top is secured in place.
  • Please make sure your items are clearly labeled.  
  • Labels for these items must include:                                                           1) Date prepared  2) Name of item  3) Cooking instructions
  • The drop-off freezer is in the kitchen directly across from the fellowship hall and is located directly behind the serving lines in the kitchen.  We will have an additional freezer located in the gym dedicated solely for the use of our casserole ministry.
  • Place the LABELED item in the freezer and ensure the freezer door is tightly shut.

We will have labels available for you located next to the freezer.  It is extremely important that all items placed in the freezer are labeled.

Multiple items are welcomed and strongly encouraged.  We would love for you to send as many items as possible.  

             

** You do not have to be a member of Central to submit items. **

Please contact Katie McDaniel at 601.214.4113 or katiesmcdaniel@gmail.com if you need assistance.

SANCTUARY ADULT CHOIR

The Sanctuary Adult Choir contributes to the 10:55 a.m. Sunday Traditional service in addition to special music during Holy Week and Christmas.  Extra rehearsals will be scheduled at later dates as we get closer to special events.  

Please check our church calendar regularly for all rehearsal dates.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please see or contact our Sanctuary Choir Director, Tim Wise, or any of our choir members.  New singers are always welcome!  

While previous singing experience is helpful, no audition is required to join. 


SANCTUARY ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS

Wednesdays

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Choir Room [behind the Fellowship Hall]

Nursery provided as needed

[Contact Tim Wise for more information or if you need the nursery provided.]


UPCOMING CHRISTMAS PROGRAM REHEARSALS

*CLICK HERE *

SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES

[CUMC membership is not required to participate]

SAM - [Senior Adult Ministry]

SAM is a group of senior adults ages 55+ at Central UMC.  Our goal is to fellowship with our hearts focused on the Lord.  EVERYONE  IS  WELCOME  TO  JOIN  US!  You can stay connected to our Senior Adult Ministry by visiting our Facebook page at “Central UMC’s SAM".  Choose “Join Group” and a request will be sent for you to become a member.  We have approximately 100 members to date!

 

LUNCH BUNCH

Lunch Bunch is a group of senior adults who meet each Friday at 11:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted on the church calendar. They meet in the Adult Activities Room on the 3rd floor for fellowship and a meal. On 5th Friday's, we will feature a special guest and program.  If you would like to volunteer to help decorate tables, please contact Tim Wise.

 

XYZ

September - May

This group of senior adults meets the first Tuesday of each monthEach XYZ event starts with an exciting program!  Then, for only $7, we enjoy a delicious meal together!  You do not have to be a senior adult to attend.  Everyone is welcome! 

 

If you wish to attend, please call the church office at 601-693-1521 to make reservations.  

[Reservations required by the Monday before at noon.]

DAY TRIPS TO NEARBY DESTINATIONS

After the first of the year, the senior

adults will be taking monthly day trips

to nearby destinations for fellowship

and/or activities.  We invite anyone

who would love to join us!


When trips are scheduled, reservations

should be made by emailing Tim Wise 

or by calling the church office at

601-693-1521.


NEXT DAY TRIP:  

AFTER THE NEW YEAR! 

[Check back for more info]

SENIOR ADULTS

The senior adults have added a new opportunity for fellowship. 

There will be a Dinner Trip every 3rd Thursday of each month!  

Please click here for more information.


Reservations should be made by the Wednesday before the date of the trip. For most of our trips, we will meet at the church in the 10th Street Parking Garage and leave as a group.

UPCOMING EVENTS & 

DATES TO REMEMBER


  • NOVEMBER 17

    FINAL SUNDAY NIGHT for The Zone/Club 412 & Youth

  • NOVEMBER 17

    NOW - NIGHTS OF WORSHIP

    FELLOWSHIP HALL

    6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

    Led by Jonathan Quigley and musicians from our community

  • NOVEMBER 20

    FINAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT for Connection, Youth & Children Programs

  • NOVEMBER 21

    CCC  (CENTRAL'S CHILDREN'S CENTER) THANKSGIVING FEAST ACTIVITIES

    9:00 A.M.

    The three and four year olds will be celebrating America's first Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 21.  The Native Americans (three year olds) and Pilgrims (four year olds) will sit down together to enjoy their very own Thanksgiving Feast.  [The Thanksgiving Feast will be for the three and four year classes and host moms.]  Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and we will sit down to eat at 11:00 a.m.

  • NOVEMBER 21

    THIRD THURSDAY - SENIOR ADULTS

    Dinner & a Movie @ Central

    Click here for upcoming info

  • NOVEMBER 24

    THANKSGIVING SERVICE

    FELLOWSHIP HALL

    6:00 P.M.

    WORSHIP - PRAYER - MISSION

    We will collect an offering of items and monetary donations to support the Central UMC Backpack Buddy Program.

  • NOVEMBER 25-29

    CCC [CENTRAL'S CHILDREN'S CENTER] CLOSED


  • NOVEMBER 27

    CHURCH OFFICE CLOSES AT NOON

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    NOVEMBER 28-29

    CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED


  • NOVEMBER 28

    THANKSGIVING LUNCH - $8 donation is appreciated

    DOORS OPEN AT NOON - MEAL SERVED AT 1:00 P.M.

    [Hosted by Ray & Genie Durden and Tim Wise]

    We welcome all who have a desire to be in fellowship and thanksgiving with their Central family.

    We are asking those who are attending , and even those who are not attending, to bring one of their favorite dishes (i.e., vegetable, casserole, salad or dessert) for the lunch.  


    Please call the church office at 601-693-1521 or email no later than Monday, November 25th, to make your reservations and/or to indicate what you plan to bring.  

  • DECEMBER 1

    ANNUAL ADVENT FAIR for All Ages

    CUMC - 11th Street Gym

    4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

    This event is a great way to begin our Advent season and is for ALL ages.  During this time together, there are opportunities to make Christmas ornaments, decorations, and keepsakes.  We will provide chili, nachos, and drinks but encourage you to bring your favorite Christmas snack to add to the festivities!  

    This is a great time for us to come together as a Church Family, visiting and getting to know those who may attend a different service on Sundays!


    We are in need of volunteers!  If you are willing to help with this event, please click here, see one of our staff or contact the church office.

  • DECEMBER 7

    DOORS OPEN - CUMC - 4:30 P.M.

    DOWNTOWN MERIDIAN CHRISTMAS PARADE - 5 P.M.

    Central will once again open our doors to those watching and participating in Meridian's annual Christmas Parade.  The doors will open beginning at 4:30 p.m.  The SEC Championship game will be on the big screen in the Fellowship HallWe will offer soup, popcorn, hot chocolate, cookies and nachos.  Santa will be in and around the church prior to the parade!


    We are in need of volunteers!  If you are willing to help with this event, please click here, see one of our staff or contact the church office.

  • DECEMBER 8, 8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

    DECEMBER 9, 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

    HOPES OF BETHLEHEM 

    CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BY THE CONNECT AND PRAISE BANDS

    FELLOWSHIP HALL - BOTH DATES


  • DECEMBER 15 - 10:15 A.M. - SANCTUARY

    WHAT CHILD IS THIS? 

    CHRISTMAS PROGRAM BY THE SANCTUARY ADULT CHOIR & ORCHESTRA


  • DECEMBER 15

    MY SAVIOR STORY - CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

    6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  

    FELLOWSHIP HALL


  • DECEMBER 18

    CCC CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

    10:30 A.M.

    The Children's Center will end their 2019 school year with a Christmas program on Wednesday, December 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the 11th Street gymAll children will perform.  The one and two year olds will perform first as Little Snowmen and the three and four year olds will present the play "Newborn King"Everyone is invited to attend!

  • DECEMBER 19 - JANUARY 7

    Central's Children's Center [CCC] CLOSED


  • DECEMBER 19

    THIRD THURSDAY - SENIOR ADULTS

    Click here for upcoming info

  • DECEMBER 22

    CHRISTMAS CAROLING

    5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

    The church van will depart from the church at 5 p.m. and return by 7 p.m.  

    Bring your families!

  • DECEMBER 24

    CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

    12 P.M., 4 P.M. & 6 P.M.

    Carols, Communion and Candlelight

  • DECEMBER 25

    CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER

    12 P.M.

    We welcome all to spend Christmas with their Central family.

  • DECEMBER 25 - 27

    CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!


  • DECEMBER 30 - JANUARY 2

    YOUTH BreakThru

    REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN!


    Check your email for specific details and deadlines.


    Please contact Megan Hatch (meganwhatch@gmail.com) to let her know if you are interested in attending or if you need additional information.

  • DECEMBER 31 - JANUARY 1

    CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED


  • JANUARY 8

    WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS RESUME:

    The Connection, Youth & Children, & Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

STAY CONNECTED AT CENTRAL

MINISTRY STAFF ON CALL

John Branning  769-218-7704

Bob Peden           601-938-7868

Matt Farmer      601-616-7543

Tim Wise             228-234-8946

    

Nov. 15-17            Tim Wise

Nov. 22-24           John Branning

Nov. 29-Dec. 1   Matt Farmer

Dec. 6-8                  Bob Peden

Dec. 13-15            John Branning

Dec. 20-22           Tim Wise

Dec. 27-29           Matt Farmer