Wednesday, January 17, 2024


The weekly e-newsletter of

Central United Methodist Church

All are welcome!

2024 Church Council at Large

  • Chair of Church Council, Don Coggins
  • Vice-Chair of Church Council, Lynn Proctor
  • Recording Secretary, Fran Racine
  • Church Treasurer, John Burtnett
  • Lay Leader, John Simmons
  • Lay Member to Annual Conference, Janet Wilson
  • President of Altar Guild, Jeannette Robison
  • Chair of History Committee, Luther Rickenbaker, Archivist
  • Chair of Building Committee, Jack Lawrence
  • Chair of Board of Trustees, (elect their own in January)
  • Coordinator Youth & Children’s Work Area, DiAndra J. Brooks
  • Chair, Endowment Committee, Jack Lawrence
  • Chair (ECM) Evangelism-Communication-Marketing Committee, Elizabeth Smith
  • Chair, Preschool of the Arts, Suzanne Pryor
  • Director of Preschool of the Arts, Brittany Wolfe
  • Co Coordinators Adult/ Family Work Area, Henry & Linda Sparrow
  • Chair Finance Committee, Jamie Booth
  • Chair Kitchen Committee, Kathy Worley
  • Chair Lay Leadership Committee, Rev. Cam Treece
  • Chair Membership Care Committee, Kathy Worley
  • Chair Mission Committee, Elaine Crosland
  • Chair Parsonage Committee, Mary Jane Lanford
  • Chair Spiritual Growth Institute, Arthur Holt 
  • Chair Staff/Parish Relations Committee, Kathy Quackenbush
  • Central Representative S.T.A.R. Committee, Andy Crosland
  • Chair Stewardship Committee, Bill Fitch
  • Chair Worship Committee, Jennie Montgomery
  • Associate Minister & Director of Technological Services Rev. Paige M. Wolfe
  • Senior Minister, Cam Treece

Members at Large


Class of 2024

Jordan Clark, Debra Liner, Kim Retherford

Class of 2025

John Carithers, Jeannie Shelley

Andrew Harrelson, Katie Parris

Class of 2026

Lesa Caudell


January 21, 3rd Sunday

after the Epiphany

11:00 AM Worship Service

Ecumenical Sunday

Messy Church 4:00-6:00 PM

January is often thought of as a time of New Beginnings. You are invited to experience New Beginnings the Messy Church way on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!

January 28, 4th Sunday

after the Epiphany

11:00 AM Worship Service

Worship Attendance

January 14, in person 102; on-line 120 views; Soup Kitchen Volunteers 9

January 7, in person 120; on-line 121 views


The Upper Room Sunday School Class


14 Click here for recording

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 Rev. Arthur Holt - Onesimus


4 Rev. Arthur Holt-

Romans 16: The Credits Roll


Click here for UWFaithTalks

Thank you

To all who came to the church at 9am on Saturday, to help the Altar Guild carefully pack away our Advent and Christmas items, thank you so very much! With the excellent turn-out of hard workers, we finished in under an hour! We appreciate you all so much!


The Altar Guild

Tuesday Bible Class

5pm (Fellowship Hall)

You are invited to join us!

We are reading the Gospel of Matthew.

All are welcome! - Andy Crosland, teacher

 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: Feb. 4, 2024

A social break follows the service with snacks.

Sacred Traditions And Rituals

Sunday Evening, January 28, 2024

Six o'clock

Central UMC - Fellowship Hall

Tranquility With Tea

a service devoted to quieting minds, opening hearts, soothing souls

Reflection: The Spirituality of Sports

Are you a sports fan or could you care less about whatever sport is in season? Maybe you become more than a little miffed when a sporting event takes priority over something else scheduled on that same day or time. As the Super Bowl approaches, perhaps this is the time to consider another angle.

Is it possible to experience a change of mind and heart? Gail McCormick will share our Reflection about how one person can experience the evolution from judgment, of those who choose sports over other important activities and events, to understanding and love.

Please continue to pray for. . .


Thomas Bridges, Dave & Eloise Clyburn, Doris Wilson & Mike Johnson, Joan Johnson, Jimmy Painter, Bob Perrin, Carolyn Rickenbaker, Barbara Ropp, June Sereque, Becky Smith, Wyatt family

Family & Friends

Adrianne, Beverly, Dwight, Jeff, Mary Beth (friends of Claudia Lange, Luther Rickenbaker's step-daughter), Greg Brown (relative of Dexter Bridges), Mark Campbell (friend of Luther Rickenbaker), Charlotte Hall, Danny Harling, Caroline Broyles Henson, Megan Kendall (friend of Nonie & Kathy Hudnall), 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, Kathy Cann, 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.


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.


All potential performers should contact Al Jeter at 864-585-7308, email: or

Bill Fitch, 864- 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.


17 Dennis Jurs

18 Mandy Fallat, Jim Spencer

20 Dave Clyburn, Nonie Hudnall

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

ALTRUSA's 27th Annual Souper Bowl Chili Sale

Friday, February 9, 2024

All orders will be available for pick up at the

Mobile Meals Headquarters

419 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

12:00-2:00 PM

(No dine in option take out only)

$10 per takeout order

Our Delicious Chili or Vegetable Soup,

Cornbread and Dessert


Chili: 1 container: $30 2 containers: $50

Vegetable Soup: 1 container: $20 2 containers: $35

container equals 1/2 gallon

Advance orders are required for chili or vegetable soup in container amounts. Orders must be received by February 2. To place advance orders or to ask questions, email:

or call/text 864-415-6485

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 24

Menu TBD

Dessert, 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

Membership News

The Reverend Dr. William "Bill" Mount passed away Monday, January 15, 2024.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

If you have any news to share of a birth or death in your family in the Central Time e-newsletter, please email Gina Hamer, Central's Administrative Assistant or call the church office at (864) 582-7263.


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, February 4, 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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To sign up, text the word "Central" to 864-661-4726. After texting the keyword to this phone number, you will receive a reply asking for some simple info. Please click the link, include your name, and submit the form. You will be signed up! Any questions, contact Rev. Paige Wolfe.