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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
  • Holiday Events [slide presentation]
  • 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]
  • Operation Shoebox [Mission Opportunity]
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Music Ministry
  • On-Call Ministry Staff


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

November-December, click here.


For a schedule of Holiday Events for the Entire Family

[including our Christmas Eve Services], click here.


To view the dates for musical presentations presented by the

CONNECT/Praise Bands and the Sanctuary Choir, click here.


Click here for the November printable birthday calendar.

Click here for the December printable birthday 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

[Resumes January 13, 2019]

Youth Worship

[Resumes January 13, 2019]


MONDAY

10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

[meets year-round when church is open]

(will not meet 12/24 or 12/31)

1:00 p.m. - Prayer Shawl Ministry


TUESDAY

9:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study

[Resumes January 8]

6:30 p.m. - Praise Band Practice


WEDNESDAY

10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

[meets year-round when church is open]

(will not meet 12/26 or 01/02/19)


WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

5:00 p.m. - Supper

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

[Supper/MidWeek Forge/Programs - Resumes January 9, 2019)

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal



THURSDAY

6:30 p.m. - CONNECT Band Practice

[Will not meet December 27]


EVERY FRIDAY

11:30 a.m. - Lunch Bunch

[Will not meet December 28]

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THE NEXTSTEP - 10:30 a.m.

January 20; February 17; March 24; May 19

June 16; July 21; August 18; October 20; November 17


XYZ - 11:00 a.m.

December 4

January 8



EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING - 5:00 p.m.

January 20


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

December 20th (Newton)



SPRC MEETING - 5:00 p.m.

January 27th


ASHER CIRCLE - 2:00 P.M.

December 18th

January 15th


DECEMBER 10

7:00 p.m. - CONNECT/Praise Bands Special Music


DECEMBER 23

6:30 P.M. - CUMC Christmas Caroling


DECEMBER 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

12 P.M. - 4 P.M. - 6 P.M.


DECEMBER 25 & 28

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY - ALL OFFICES CLOSED

1:00 p.m. - Central Family Christmas Lunch


JANUARY 1

NEW YEAR'S DAY - ALL OFFICES CLOSED


JANUARY 13

4:30 p.m. - Missions/Evangelism Meeting


JANUARY 21

MLK HOLIDAY - ALL OFFICES CLOSED


JANUARY 26

Senior Adult Day Trip

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


Resumes January 9, 2019

nEXTSTEP

RESUMES JANUARY 20, 2019

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


DECEMBER 4

Teacher's Luncheon



DECEMBER 12

10:30 a.m. - Christmas Program [3 & 4-year-olds]

(Special Performance by Toddlers and two-year-olds)



DECEMBER 14

Poplar Express Party [3 & 4-year-olds]



December 20 - 31

Christmas Holiday - CENTER CLOSED



JANUARY 1 - 7

New Year Holiday - CENTER CLOSED



JANUARY 11

Muffin with Moms [4-year-olds]



JANUARY 31

Pizza/PJ Party [3-year-olds]



FEBRUARY 25 & 26

Fall Registration



FEBRUARY 28

Sock-Hop [3-year-olds]



MARCH 7

Teddy Bear Picnic [3-year-olds]



MARCH 11

St. Jude Activity Day



MARCH 21

Conferences [3-year-olds]



MARCH 25

Conferences [3-year-olds]



APRIL 25

Conferences [4-year-olds]



APRIL 29

Conferences [4-year-olds]



APRIL 30

Teachers' Luncheon



MAY 5

End-of-the-Year Program

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)


what's happening

As the holidays approach, Children's Ministry has some special dates to note:

  • Children's mission night

    Mission project from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • december 16th

    The Zone/Club 412 Christmas Parties!

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.


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.
  • December 16th:  Christmas Party at 5:00 p.m.  (Tacky Sweater Contest [with prizes] and Gift Exchange [$15 max]).  Party location will be announced at a later date.
  • December 30th - January 2nd:  BreakThur  [Deposit is due by November 14th]

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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

welcome to the youth floor

On Sunday, August 5th, Benji Riddle and the youth group welcomed sixteen excited students to the youth floor to become a part of the Youth Ministry Group. 

 

Madison Barefield

Gracie Boman

Wyatt Bond

Aidan Branning

Audrey Francis

Caroline Fruge

Emma Hale

Anabelle Hodges

Samuel Hosch

Avery James

Ava Kennedy

Annie Martin

Grayson McDade

Maddox Moore

Jet Morgan

Katie Rush   

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 Tim Wise.)

[WILL NOT MEET NOVEMBER 23 OR DECEMBER 28]


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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 $7.

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]


  • Stay tuned for what's happening at our next gathering on JANUARY 8TH!

             Senior Adults

The senior adults have added a new opportunity for fellowship.  There will be a dinner trip every third Thursday of each month.  


  • December 20:  Zac Garvin's (Newton, MS)


Reservations should be made by the Wednesday before the date of the trip.  We will meet at the church in the 10th Street Parking Garage at 4:45 p.m. and will leave as a group.

Monthly day trips to nearby destinations!

The Senior Adults will be taking monthly day trips to nearby destinations for fellowship/activities.  We invite anyone else who would love to join us.

  • Our next day-trip is scheduled for SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH, [destination to be determined].

         MISSIONS         

Central’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meets throughout the school year.  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!

BACKPACK BUDDIES


West End Elementary School Staff would like to say “thank you” to Central for the love and support shown to some of their students through Central’s participation in the Backpack Buddies Program. 

 

Central will continue an ongoing collection of food items throughout the school year for these students.  We appreciate our Tuesday Morning Bible Study for packing the backpacks each week.

 

If you have questions or would like to participate in any way, please contact Sabrina Williams at sabrina@cumcmdn.org.

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

Join us on Sunday, December 16th, at 10:55 a.m. in the Sanctuary for "A Celebration of Carols" presented by the Sanctuary Choir & Orchestra under the direction of Tim Wise.

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



      Dec. 14-16            Matt Farmer

      Dec. 21-23            John Branning

      Dec. 28-30            Bob Peden

     

      Jan. 5-6                  Benji Riddle

      Jan. 11-13              Tim Wise

      Jan. 18-20              Matt Farmer

      Jan. 25-27              Bob Peden


      Feb. 1-3                 Tim Wise

      Feb. 8-10               Benji Riddle

      Feb. 15-17             Bob Peden

      Feb. 22-24             John Branning


      March  1-3             Matt Farmer

      March 8-10            Bob Peden

      March 15-17          Benji Riddle

      March 22-24          John Branning

      March 29-31          Tim Wise


      April 5-7                 Matt Farmer

      April 12-14             Bob Peden

      April 19-21             Benji Riddle

      April 26-28             John Branning


     May 3-5                   Tim Wise

     May 10-12               Matt Farmer

     May 17-19               Bob Peden

     May 24-26               Benji Riddle


     June 7-9

     June 14-16

     June 21-23

     June 28-30