Wednesday, January 3, 2024


weekly e-news from Central United Methodist Church

All are welcome!

Looking Ahead

January 7 Epiphany Sunday

Baptism of the Lord

January 14 1st Sunday after the Epiphany Human Relations Day (offering)

January 21 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

January 28 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Epiphany Sunday

Baptism of the Lord

11:00 AM Worship Service

Paige Wolfe, Preacher

Worship Attendance

December 31, 2023 in person 105; on-line 158 views


The Upper Room Sunday School Class


7 Jim Rentz - Holy Moments, Vietnam experience

14 Jack Lawrence - Update of building project

21 Jeffrey Blount - Award winning author and writer of the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press - Jeffrey is on tour for his new book . . .

Mr. Jimmy From Around the Way

28 - Arthur Holt


4 Arthur Holt


United Women in Faith

United Women in Faith Resources

Mary-Martha Circle meets Monday, Jan. 15.

Thank you for your 2024 Consecration/Stewardship Pledges!

We, along with the Stewardship Committee, Clergy and Staff, are truly grateful for your participation in the life of Central Church, Spartanburg.

We will from time to time publish up-dates on the totals for our 2024 pledges.

The Tuesday Bible Class resumes on January 9, 2024.

You are invited to join us when we begin reading the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome! - Andy Crosland

Blankets for the Homeless

Blankets are needed by the Soup Kitchen for Christmas for the people they serve. If you can help, put the blanket(s) in the Soup Kitchen basket in the hall near the offices.

Thank you,

Mission Committee Chair,

Elaine Crosland 

 Upstate Friends Meetings

All worship services will be held at 3pm on Sundays and the Zoom connection will be:

They meet in person on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm in

Central's Fellowship Hall.

Next in-person meeting: January 7, 2024

A social break follows the service with snacks.

Sacred Traditions And Rituals

Sunday Evening, January 14, 2024

Six o'clock

Central UMC - Fellowship Hall

God's Conformity

a service devoted to divine diversity

Despite the loudest voices shouting for a monochromatic looking world, that wasn't the original plan that God had in mind at creation. The animals looked different; there was land and bodies of water; light and dark; sunshine and rain; variety in plants; and eventually, two very different human beings. From the beginning of time, the diversity of the Divine has been evident and identifiable in Holy Writings.

As part of our service, we will celebrate Divine Diversity and in our S.T.A.R. New Year's tradition, we will pass out the resolutions STARS for the year-to-come!

Please continue to pray for. . .


Thomas Bridges, Sarah Broyles, Dave & Eloise Clyburn, Hasty/Stelz family, Mary Hines, Doris Wilson & Mike Johnson, Joan Johnson, Jimmy Painter, Bob Perrin, Carolyn Rickenbaker, Barbara Ropp, Becky Smith, and Wyatt family

Family & Friends

Adrianne, Beverly, Dwight, Jeff, Mary Beth (friends of Claudia Lange, Luther Rickenbaker's step-daughter), Susan & Greg Brown (relatives of Dexter Bridges), Mark Campbell (friend of Luther Rickenbaker), Charlotte Hall, Danny Harling, Caroline Broyles Henson, Megan Kendall (friend of Nonie & Kathy Hudnall), Carla Lacey (friend & neighbor of Pat Franklin), Sheila Lindsey (friend of Patricia Painter), Jane McKenzie, Robbie Sholde, Dr. Melissa Reitmeier (friend of Paul & Sue Lansberry), Griffin Rousseau and family (friends of Marty and Susan Taylor), Rachel Thompson (friend of Marty and Susan Taylor), Caroline Vizzuto (friend of David Earl and Jeannie Shelley's family), Ann Willard, Judy Workman, Becky Wyatt’s mother, and Lee Wylie

Members’ Extended Family

Martha Bordogna, Donna Copeland (Chuck Clark’s mother) Betty Jackson (Kay Lawrence’s mother), Ashley Parker (Kay & Jack Lawrence's son-in-law) and Martha Petoskey

In Assisted Living or Nursing Homes

Cecil Abrams, Mary Hines, Gladys Hudgens, Mildred Ragan, & Tom Wilkes



Once again, the always popular and entertaining Talent Extravaganza is coming back to

the Mary Jane Lanford Fellowship Hall at Central UMC.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024 at 6:30 PM immediately following our

Wednesday night supper

We welcome singers, players of musical instruments, comedians, wannabe

comedians, skits, duets, trios, quartets, and any other performers, young or not-so-

young eager to show their skills to a willing audience.

CONTACT: All potential performers should contact Al Jeter at 585-7308, email: or Bill Fitch, 621-5126, email:

As usual, a shortage of volunteers will bring out a semi-forceful recruiting effort by the talent show hosts.

Make sure this event is on your calendar.


2 Dean Norman

3 Doug Hurlbert

5 Mary Jane Lanford, Jennie Montgomery

8 Marilyn Burtnett, Meryl Grace Fallat

10 Jennifer Coggins

11 David Harrelson

12 Jeff Lane

15 Caroline Berry, Kathy Worley

16 Susan Bennett, Rick Wyatt

17 Dennis Jurs

18 Mandy Fallat, Jim Spencer

20 Dave Clyburn, Nonie Hudnall

21 Bill Mount

24 Barbara Latham, Terry Pruitt

25 Dwight Patterson

26 Mary Lou Miller

28 Brian Rawlinson

29 Al Jeter, John Reeves

30 Barbie Bordogna, Emily Maultsby

Altar Flowers

Please contact:

Kathy Worley, Memorial Secretary, to place flowers on the calendar. Thank you!

We have openings in January & February.

Call: (864) 978-0294

Wednesday Night Supper

January 10

Breakfast Menu

Eggs, Pancakes, Waffles, Bacon, Sausage Biscuits and Gravy, Coffee & Tea

Church Announcements for

Central Time or Sunday bulletin

If you have an announcement that you would like to appear in the Central Time, Sunday bulletins, on social media, or on the church's website, please submit that information to: before noon on Mondays. Thank you!

Ways to Give to Central

We continue to be deeply grateful for continued support of the mission and ministry of Central Church. There are a few ways to continue to make offerings extremely easy.

  1. The US mail always works. We are at 233 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306.
  2. Contact the Financial Secretary to set up a recurring gift through an automatic bank draft.
  3. VANCO Mobile
  4. On the homepage on the church's website there is a "Give" link. Once you set up that app any additional gifts are as easy as one or two clicks.

Central United Methodist Church



Wofford Lifelong Learning

Email us at

(864) 274-2917

Lifelong Learning

Director, Lifelong Learning at Wofford

864-274-2917 (main)

864-597-5304 (direct)

Website: Lifelong Learning at Wofford

WINTER TERM: Jan. 8 - Feb. 2, 2024

Memorials and Honoraria


To Jerry Cantrell by Charles & Benita Stavely

To John Crowley by Charles & Benita Stavely

To Pat Hasty by Carolyn Allen, Wayne & Joyce Brady, Bill & Helen Fitch, Edward & Shirley Ford, Warren & Janice Griffin, Larry Heavrin and Laura Bailey, Michael & Elizabeth Jilling, Ann Kelly, Richard & Pamela Kinn, Mary Beth & William Lyles, Mary Lou Miller, J. Paulette Pennington, Roebuck Elementary, Stephen & Alice Scoggins, Charles & Benita Stavely, and

Janet Wilson

To Andrew Ernest & Mae Nixon Quattlebaum by Robert A Cann

To Rosa Senn by Charles & Benita Stavely

In Honor of Barbie Bordogna by Danny & Becky Smith

In Honor of Dwane & Sarah Broyles, Danny & Becky Smith, Jeff & Elizabeth Smith

by Charles & Benita Stavely


Central (864) 582-7263


Central's website

Central United Methodist

founded 1837

Palmetto Moravian Fellowship

The next worship service with the Moravians is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, at 9:00 AM in the Cannon Memorial Chapel - Central UMC.

Central Office Hours:

Monday through Friday


Mission Statement:

"Our purpose is making

and nurturing disciples of Jesus Christ."

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