Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, and Spiritual Growth
Tuesday Night Bible Study/Discussion Group 6:00 PM in the Library
The Tuesday Evening Bible Class begins again on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:00 pm in the church library. We will return to our study of King David, starting with 2 Samuel. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible). Everyone is welcome. Contact Andy Crosland (email@example.com or (864-216-5268) for more information.
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Pastor Tom's Wednesday Night Book Study - Modern Protestant Thought
Pastor Tom's annual book study returns on Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 PM upstairs in the Garrett Class/Education Building. He will be leading a discussion of the development of the Christian Faith since the time of John Wesley. Obviously, the beliefs and practices of Protestant Christians have changed a great deal since 1790. How did this happen? Who were the major theological thinkers who moved us forward? (Or sometimes backward). Participants will be asked to read, in part, three books available, used, on Amazon. The books are the following: The Layman’s Guide to Protestant Theology, 1978 or later by William Hordern; Sexism and God Talk, 1983 or later by Rosemary Tadfor Reuther; and A Theology of Liberation, 1984 or later by Gustavo Gutierrez. (If you have trouble ordering the books or do not use Amazon, let Pastor Tom know, and he will order the books for you.) If I may be so bold, I think this is a topic that every Christian should study! I
Women's Bible Study
Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in the Shepard Class. This study group is intended for women who are facing those transitions that come when the children are almost out of the house and grown, when building your career transforms into making your career meaningful and contributing to the greater good, when facing an empty next, when seeking to find meaning in your faith journey...and so much more. Come join Central women and their friends in their journey to be stronger, better, more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Transitions Bible Study Group, led by Jane Lanford Smith, will start a new study on Monday, September 9, from 6:30-8:30 in the Shepard Class (Education Building). We will start with a book club style of study for the month of September. The book that we will be reading is A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. The cost of the book is $10.00. We will read for the month of September and then join back to discuss the book on October 7. October 14 will begin our regular schedule of Bible Study with It Wasn’t Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkherst. Come join us for a time of fellowship, discussion, and learning about what God has promised for us as women. Come join us and bring a friend! Contact Kathy Quackenbush with any questions.
A men's Prayer breakfast group meets Mondays at 7:30 am in the Fellowship Hall and goes to Papa's Breakfast Nook on St. John for breakfast..
This group of seniors meets on the third Thursday of each month at noon in the Fellowship Hall. The Centralites enjoy varied programs, lunch, fellowship, and special trips.
The Altar Guild members, a group of volunteers, prepare the altar for all worship services including Lent, Advent, weddings, and funerals. These ladies meet after church several times a year.
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women are involved in a variety of ministries. There are several circles (3) that meet on the second Monday of each month, Sept. - May. They are: Mary-Martha - 10:30 AM (meet in the homes of members), Miriam-Ruth - 10:30 AM in the Church Library & Joanna Circle -11:30 AM meet at various restaurants. Each United Methodist Women's ladies group meet throughout the school year, which includes meals, bible study, mission projects, and more. Usually they all get together for the annual Christmas Luncheon, and Lenten Season Luncheon, A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial, which meets this year on Monday, March 11, 2019. Due to snow this year, the Christmas Luncheon had to be canceled.
For more information, contact the President of UMW, Mrs. June Sereque.