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

September-October 2019, click here.

Click here for the September printable birthday calendar.

Click here for the October printable birthday calendar.


one Sunday a month

10:30 A.M. - WESLEY ROOM

upcoming DATE:

check back in our upcoming month's newsletter



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


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)


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


10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga

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


6:00 a.m. - Ledbetter Bible Study

9:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study

6:30 p.m. - Praise Band Practice


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.


6:00 a.m. - Allred Bible Study

6:30 p.m. - CONNECT Band Practice


11:30 a.m. - Lunch Bunch


7:00 p.m. - Boy Scouts Meeting

the connection

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.  



Adults $7

Kids $4

Maximum family $25

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


 (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

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.  

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.]

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.  




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.]


[senior adult ministry]

sam is a group of senior adults ages 55+ from Central UMC.  

Our goal is to fellowship with our hearts focused on the Lord.  




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 almost 100 members to date!



Meal Cost $5

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 [3rd Floor] for fellowship and a meal.  On the 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.)



September - May

This group of senior adults meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Each 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 to make reservations [601-693-1521]

[Reservations required by the Monday before at noon.]



    10th Street

    October 27

    4:30 PM - 6 PM

    This is a great night for family and a great time to invite neighbors and friends to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, laser tag, jumpies, train rides, crazy hair, music...and yes, TRUNKS filled with candy and treats!!

    Everyone is invited to come dressed in their favorite non-scary costume and enjoy this evening of fellowship and fun.  No young ones???  Click here to sponsor a trunk or call Sabrina at 601-479-2178 for more info.  You will have more fun than the children!  

 Senior   Adults

The senior adults have added a new opportunity for fellowship. There will be a Dinner Trip every 3rd Thursday of each month 

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.

day trips to nearby destinations!

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!

Reservations should be made

by email [Tim Wise] or by

calling the church office at



  • check back for the upcoming month's newsletter


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. 

shelbynext mobile

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

Central App

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


    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 by entering it in this order:  First.Last          (Notice there are no spaces but a period between the first 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.  Open the "SheblyNext Giving" App

        4.  In the 'Name' field, leave it blank

        5.  In the 'Zip Code' field, insert '39302'

        6.  Click on 'Central United Methodist Church'

        7.  Enter your email and password to sign in

        8.  You will need to establish an account the first time with your credit or debit card or               bank account information.

        9.  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".



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


     Oct. 25-27                Bob Peden