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The September-October Issue of The Central Call is complete on this page. (Scroll down for all the news.)

  • Weekly Opportunities/Dates to Remember
  • Thorns and Thistles [For Anyone Who Interacts with Children]
  • 2018 Pastoral Appointments
  • Annual Church-Wide Picnic
  • The MidWeek Forge
  • The NextStep
  • ShelbyNext
  • Administration and Finance
  • A Note from the Pastor
  • Central's Children's Center
  • Children and Family Ministry
  • Student Ministry
  • Senior Adult Ministry
  • Missions
  • Backpack Buddies [Mission Opportunity]
  • World Communion Sunday [October 7, 2018]
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Music Ministry
  • On-Call Ministry Staff


If you would like to print a pdf version of The Central Call for

July-August, click here.

September-October, click here.


Click here for the August printable birthday calendar. 

Click here for the September-October calendar.

weekly opportunities/dates to remember

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

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

[Will not meet September 2nd or September 16th]


MONDAY

10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

[meets year-round when church is open]

1:00 p.m. - Prayer Shawl Ministry


TUESDAY

9:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study

6:30 p.m. - Praise Band Practice


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

5:00 p.m. - Supper

6:00 p.m. - MidWeek Forge/Programs for Children/Youth

[Supper/MidWeek Forge/Programs will not meet October 31st]

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


EVERY FRIDAY

11:30 a.m. - Lunch Bunch

[does not meet certain holiday weekends]

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SEPTEMBER 3RD - OFFICE CLOSED

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY


SENIOR ADULTS’ TRIP TO RICHTON

(FULMER’S FARMSTEAD)

9:00 a.m. - September 3rd


XYZ - 11:00 a.m.

September 11th

October 2nd


THE NEXTSTEP - 10:30 a.m.

September 16th

October 21st


CHURCH-WIDE PICNIC [BONITA]

5:00 p.m. - September 16th

[No Sunday Night Children/Youth Programs]


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

5:00 p.m. - September 16th


STEWARDSHIP MEETING - 6:00 p.m.

September 18th

October 9th

October 23rd


SENIOR ADULTS’ THIRD THURSDAY OUTING - 4:00 p.m.

September 20th

October 18th


SPRC MEETING

5:00 p.m. - September 30th

5:00 p.m. - October 21st


FLU SHOTS - 4:00 p.m.

October 3rd

[1st Floor Church Office]


SENIOR ADULTS’ TRIP TO LAUREL

9:00 a.m. - October 6th


OCTOBER 28TH - CONSECRATION SUNDAY

TRUNK OR TREAT

4:30 p.m. - October 28th

[No Children/Youth Programs]


SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 4TH - ALL SAINTS SUNDAY

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Parenting series

"THORNS AND THISTLES"


August 19th - November 11th

Led by Mac Barnes

5:30 -7:00 p.m. - Adult Activities Room [3rd Floor]

(Enter through the 11th Street Gym or 22nd Avenue Entrance)

 

If you are a parent, future parent, grandparent, teacher, or anyone who interacts with children, this class is for you.  This study will begin by looking within ourselves, our backgrounds/baggage, and preconceived notions about parenting.  No matter the age of the child/children, the principles and concepts are the same.

2018 Pastoral appointments

Since 2013, Dennis Gossett has served as our Associate Pastor here at Central. He has shared with us his passion for Christ and gentle nature through Senior Adult Ministries, Missions, and Evangelism. Dennis along with his wife, Dawn, have truly left their page in the story of Central United Methodist Church.


The Bishop and Cabinet have identified a ministry opportunity and need that requires Dennis’ gifts and graces. It is with sadness we see him transition from Central to Lead Pastor of Greenwood First United Methodist Church. However, we know that God will use Dennis and Dawn to grow the Kingdom of God in this season of ministry that they are entering.


We will celebrate Dennis and Dawn’s ministry among us at our annual Shrimp Boil on June 3rd and will present them with a token of our love from Central.


As much as our hearts are saddened to see Dennis and Dawn leave us, we rejoice with the appointment of Matthew Farmer and Tim Wise to our Ministerial Staff. Matthew will be leading us in the areas of Missions and Evangelism while Tim will transition into our Senior Adult Ministry in addition to his Chancel Choir Ministry.


Let us continue to pray for our community of faith and ask God to use us to bring others to follow him.



Rev. John Branning

Greetings From Matt Farmer


Greetings Friends! 


My family and I are honored to be joining the Central UMC family.  We too believe that life is better connected, and we are excited to connect with you!  We have already been warmly welcomed by many and look forward to partnering with each of you in life and ministry.


I began my journey in ministry in the first quarter of 2003 as a worship pastor. During the last 15 years, I have had the honor of serving in various ministerial roles — from church planting and youth ministry to children’s ministry and senior pastoring and the many areas in between.


My previous appointment was at Big Oak UMC near DeKalb, MS, where I served as Senior Pastor for two years.  During my time there, I completed Mississippi Licensing School with the United Methodist Church and was licensed for pastoral ministry at Annual Conference this year.


My wife, Tiffany, of 13 years, is a Physical Therapist Assistant and currently works at H.C. Watkins in Quitman, MS.  Together, we have one son, Ellis, who is ten-years-old.


In my spare time, I love painting with watercolor and drawing, reading, playing euro-style/designer board & card games with my family, and playing video games with my son.


My family and I are natives of Meridian.  We have a passion for helping others experience the grace and love of Jesus Christ in their lives. Our prayer is that as we join Central in ministry and begin working together to reach our community with the message of Jesus that we will continue to see God’s hand at work through the various ministries offered here.  We look forward to serving you as we tenaciously pursue the will of God for our lives and His church!


Blessings,

Matt Farmer

director of senior adult ministry and

Sanctuary Choir Director

Although many of you know me, I am excited about the new opportunities Central has afforded me and continues to afford me. While I have only been involved at Central for three years, I feel as though I have been encircled within the community at Central for much longer. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my work with the Sanctuary Choir. I will also be the Director of Senior Adult Ministry, and I have bright visions for building this ministry.


As I transition to a full-time role at Central and continue in a part-time role at Lamar School, I look ahead with great excitement! God is continually working through our ministries at Central, and I am grateful to be a part of that leadership and vision.


I want to thank you all for your support as I completed Licensing School the past six months and as I continue my studies for my Master of Divinity through Asbury Theological Seminary.


I thank God for our relationships and look forward to growing our community of faith closer to God and closer to each other.


Tim Wise

CHURCH-WIDE PICNIC

Sunday, September 16th 

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Bonita Lakes

[Upper Lake Pavilion - Coots Crossing]

 

We are looking forward to everyone joining us for our Annual Church-Wide Picnic on this date.  Feel free to come early to stroll around the lake or let the kids play on the playground.  We will gather at the  pavilion at 5:00 p.m. to eat, then we will continue with games and fellowship!

the forge

The MidWeek Forge, “where iron sharpens iron,” is our Wednesday night activity for adults.  

[Children and Students have their own opportunities. ]


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

To Make Your Meal Reservation, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

For the menu, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


PRICE INCREASE FOR MEAL

Adults $7

Kids $4

Maximum family $25



6:00 p.m. - The MidWeek Forge and Programs


The MidWeek Forge resumed on August 15th and will continue through the fall ending with the final night on November 14thWe will focus our tactical teaching around 13 points that will challenge us as a follower of Jesus.  They are:


1. What is Christian Community?

2. Becoming Transparent

3. Claiming our Story: Hard Points

4. Claiming our Story: God Moments

5. Claiming our Story: Putting it all together

6. Doing Right for the Wrong Reasons

7. When it’s hard to believe

8. What obstacles do we face: showing love?

9. What obstacles do we face: forgiveness?

10. What obstacles do we face: sharing our story?

11. What obstacles do we face: having faith?

12. What obstacles do we face: connecting?

13. What obstacles do we face: generosity?

nEXTSTEP

AUGUST 19, 2018

10:30 A.M. - WESLEY ROOM

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.

 

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 that you will no longer receive your Statement of Giving each quarter. You will receive your End-of-Year Statement the first of January via email or mail.

shelbynext mobile

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

central.community/community/apps

You may also call the church office (601-693-1521) if you need additional help.

  • MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

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

    1. In your App store search for "ShelbyNext" 
    2. Download and install the "ShelbyNext | Membership" app
    3. Open the ShelbyNext Membership app
    4. In place of "domain" insert "cumcmdn" 
    5. In the Name field insert your name First.Last   (Notice that there are no spaces but that there is a period between the first name and last name.)
    6. If you know your password insert it here otherwise click "forgot password?" 
    7. You will receive an email with a random password
    8. Insert that password in the 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:

    1. In your App store search for "ShelbyNext"
    2. Download and install the ShelbyNext | Giving app
    3. You will need to establish an account the first time with your credit 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 methodist 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."

"What is God's will for us at Central?"  

As I begin my fifth year as the Lead Pastor of Central, I want to thank you for the love and support that you have shown me. You cared for my family during my deployment and you have embodied on a daily basis the IronMaker ethos.


It is time for us to cast our eyes to the future of Central. Over the next year, I challenge all of us to ask the question "What is God's will for us at Central?"  This is a deeply spiritual question that asks God to direct the path of our community of faith and to show us how we are to shape the ministries and focus of Central.


I also ask that we remain faithful to the task of stewardship as we financially support Central and minister to Meridian and the world. I firmly believe that our greatest days are before us and that life is truly better connected.


Rev. John Branning

CENTRAL'S CHILDREN'S CENTER

If you would like information about Central's Children's Center or would like a tour of their facility,

please contact:  Glenda Thomas (Center’s Director) at (601) 483-8502.
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This year, the Childcare Center is offering an Early Bird Program (beginning at 7:50 a.m. each morning)

and two "stay-and-play" days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Both of these programs are separate from our normal hours and will be an additional fee.


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CALENDAR of EVENTS



SEPTEMBER 4

8:45 a.m. - Board Meeting



SEPTEMBER 6

6:00 p.m. - Parents Only Night



SEPTEMBER 18

8:45 a.m. - Room Moms’ Meeting



SEPTEMBER 20

8:30 a.m. - Cowboy Day



SEPTEMBER 27

8:30 a.m. - Dads’ Day



OCTOBER 2

8:45 a.m. - Board Meeting



OCTOBER 4

9:00 a.m. - Squealer’s BBQ Fundraiser



OCTOBER 5

9:00 a.m. - Electric City [4-year-olds]



OCTOBER 8 & 9

CENTER CLOSED - FALL BREAK



OCTOBER 19

8:30 a.m. - Football Friday [3-year-olds]



OCTOBER 23
8:45 a.m. - Moms’ Thanksgiving Meeting



OCTOBER 25

8:30 a.m. - Conferences [4-year-olds]


CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

LISTED BELOW ARE ACTIVITIES FOR

CHILDREN K - 5TH GRADE


 (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 Ministry, Sabrina Williams at sabrina@cumcmdn.org

activities for kids K-5TH

  • 1st -5th Grade Rotation Sunday School

The children meet in Central Park [Children’s Floor] every Sunday morning at 9:40 for “gathering time;” then at 10 a.m., each class goes to their designated workshop.


  • Wednesday Night Programming for K-5th Grade

Dinner: 5:00-6:00 p.m. [Fellowship Hall-reservations required]

Lesson: 6:00-7:00 p.m. [10th Street Gym - Power Up Kids]


  • Sunday Nights [The Zone K-3rd Grade/Club 412 4th & 5th Grade]

Dinner: 5:30 p.m. [Kitchen & Stage in the 11th Street Gym]

Lesson: 6:00 p.m. Zone (Skills/Drills)/Club 412 (Small Groups)


additional opportunities for children k-5th Grade

Children's Music & Liturgical Dance [with Caroline Carnes]

  • Music Practice will be held during regular meeting times.
  • Liturgical Dance Practice will begins in November.

Trunk or Treat

Information coming soon.

FLU SHOTS

Information coming soon.

 


Student ministry 

STUDENT WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Sunday School:  Sunday mornings at 9:45 on the Youth Floor
  • Sunday Night Worship:  5:40 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday Nights:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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Want more details?

Sign up for the Weekly Youth Email Newsletter by emailing

Benji Riddle at benji@cumcmdn.org or visiting our webpage by clicking here.


If you would like to join the REMIND texting group, text @cumcyouthp to 81010.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Central's 2018 confirmands

Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation Class.  On Sunday, March 25th, during the 8:30 Worship Service, Central welcomed seven young disciples as full members, as members of the 2018 Confirmation Class professed their faith in Christ and expressed their desire to unite with our congregation.   Our Confirmands are:

  • Sara Scott Davis
  • Jayden Lucas Fedden
  • Caroline Kenley Hodges
  • Meredith Parks Mitchell
  • Emery Powell Nelson
  • Sarah Dudley Reed
  • Lachlan Lee Thornton

Congratulations!  

A Baccalaureate Service for our senior high school graduates was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary followed by a banquet in the Fellowship Hall.  If you see any of these students, please congratulate them on their achievement!


CENTRAL’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Eli Bancroft [Meridian High]

Darby Gillette [Lamar]

Savannah Gonzalez [Northeast]

Cole Gossett [Meridian High]

Elizabeth Hale [Lamar]

Maggie Hawkins [Northeast]

Kyra Howell [West Lauderdale]

DJ McGrew [Lamar]

Cameron Munn [Lamar]

Anna Carole Purvis [Lamar]

Camille Richardson [Lamar]

Davis Thames [Lamar] 

[SAM] SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY

SAM is is a group of 50+ senior adults from Central UMC, Meridian, MS. 

Our goal is to fellowship with our hearts focused on the Lord.
Everyone is welcome to join us!


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SAM's FACEBOOK PAGE

You can stay connected to our Senior Adult Ministry by visiting our new Facebook page “Central UMC’s SAM.”  Choose “Join Group” and a request will be sent for you to become a member. We have almost 100 members to date!


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LUNCH BUNCH

Lunch Bunch is a group of Senior Adults who meet each Friday at 11:30 a.m. (unless notified otherwise).  They meet in the Adult Activities Room [3rd Floor] for fellowship and a meal.

Meal cost: $5

(We need volunteers to help decorate tables and occasionally prepare a meal.

If you are interested, please contact Dennis Gossett.)


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XYZ - Extra Years of Zest

This group of Senior Adults meet the first Tuesday of each month [September - May) starting with an exciting program.  After the program, they enjoy a meal together which is only $6.

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. [Reservations Required]


XYZ will resume on September 11, 2018, with Tim Wise as the new Director of Senior Adult Ministry.


important dates for our youth


  • AUGUST 5 - WE weLCOMEd our 6TH GRADERS!


  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

    AUGUST 15 - 5:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY NIGHT-RESUMEd

    AUGUST 29 - 5:30 P.M. SUNDAY NIGHT - RESUMES


         MISSIONS         

Central’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meets throughout the school year.  [We will resume August 2018.]  This ministry serves as a mission and small group opportunity. A group of ladies come together to crochet, knit, and share their spiritual walk. This group meets every Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Library [1st Floor].


If you would like to learn how to crochet/knit, this group of ladies would love to share their talents with you. If you already know how to crochet/knit, you are welcome to join us too!

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Sunday, October 7th, is World Communion Sunday. On this day, Central will join with Christians all around the world in gathering around God’s table to experience Holy Communion. Through bread and wine, Christ offers himself to us anew and calls us to offer ourselves to God. You are also invited to make a special offering for “World Communion Scholarships,” which are given to Methodist ministry students throughout the world, including the U.S.


[Special  offering envelopes will be available on this Sunday.]

BACKPACK BUDDIES

The Meridian Public School System has identified students who are in need of food over the weekend. Central has decided to be a part of this program by sponsoring fifteen of these students.


During the 2018-19 school year, we will fill backpacks for these students with nutritious, kid-friendly groceries for the weekend.


If you would like to be a part of this mission, a grocery list of suitable food/snack items can be found near the “Backpack Buddies” drop-off in the Crossing. 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.]

Music OPPORTUNITiES

If you are interested in using your musical gifts and talents in any of our three worship services, please contact Tim Wise or Bob Peden.

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2018 CHRISTMAS CANTATA

The Sanctuary Choir has begun preparations for the Christmas cantata, A Celebration of Carols. Anyone interested in singing may join us for rehearsals on Wednesday nights at  7:00 p.m. in the Choir Suite [2nd Floor].  ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US! For more information, please contact Tim Wise or phone him at (228) 234-8946.

STAY CONNECTED AT CENTRAL

MINISTRY STAFF ON CALL

Phone Numbers

  • Benji Riddle      601-685-8133
  • Bob Peden       601-938-7868
  • John Branning  769-218-7704
  • Matt Farmer      601-616-7543
  • Tim Wise           228-234-8946

    

   

    Aug.  17-19        Benji Riddle

    Aug.  24-26        Tim Wise

    Aug. 31-Sep. 2    Matt Farmer


     Sept. 7-9             John Branning

     Sept. 14-16         Bob Peden

     Sept.  21-23        Benji Riddle

     Sept. 28-30         Tim Wise


     Oct. 5-7               Matt Farmer

     Oct. 12-14           John Branning

     Oct. 19-21           Bob Peden

     Oct. 26-28           Benji Riddle


      Nov. 2-4              Tim Wise

      Nov. 9-11            Matt Farmer

      Nov. 16-18          John Branning

      Nov. 23-25          Bob Peden

   

      Nov. 30-Dec. 2     Benji Riddle

      Dec. 7-9                Tim Wise

      Dec. 14-16            Matt Farmer

      Dec. 21-23            John Branning

      Dec. 28-30            Bob Peden