The weekly e-newsletter of

Central United Methodist Church

All are welcome!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024


January 28, 2024

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

11:00 AM Worship Service


Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Coming Up

Thursday, February


Worship Committee Meeting

5:30 PM (Conference Room)

Sunday, February


Church Council Meeting

5:00 PM

Upper Room Sunday School Classroom

Worship Attendance

January 21, in person 110; on-line 115 views

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


28 Rev. Arthur Holt - Onesimus

Click here for recording.

Password: 1.21.24


4 Rev. Arthur Holt-

Romans 16: The Credits Roll


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:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7045994999?pwd=L3VIdXZHNFZxVUNJSjhxa0dtUDlidz09

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. . .


Joanie Bilton, 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


           Our 2024 talent extravaganza will be next Wednesday, January 31st at 6:30 PM right after the church supper. This year’s event will feature several performers singing or playing who have never been on a Central talent show in our nearly 30-year history. Of course, some of our regulars will be back on the program for your enjoyment.

           Make your reservation for the supper, enjoy conversation with new and old friends, and be ready for an hour of smiles, music, and entertainment. If you choose to skip the meal, join us a little before 6:30 to get a good seat for the show.

           Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to be a part of this annual event.



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


2 Ruth Lesesne

3 Claire D'Auria

4 Louise Parris

5 Whitman Lancaster

7 Edie Hamilton, Hariette Stinson

8 Dan Maultsby

10 Cashion Haun, Jane Ratterree

11 Jeannie Shelley, Jeff Smith, Marty Taylor

12 Betty McMillan

13 Scotti Killian

14 Caroline Pruitt

15 Laura Bailey, Sarah Broyles

16 Leland Wood

20 John Ratterree

22 Baker Maultsby

25 Morgan Clark, Michael Pryor

27 Phil Vernesoni

28 Marion Dannert, Jim Proctor

29 Carolyn McMahan


To Pat Hasty by Shirley Atkinson, Sid & Pat Franklin, Henry & Linda Sparrow

Our very own Barbie Bordogna is painting the mural for the Pacolet Library.

The unveiling is February 20, and she wanted to be sure and invite everyone.


Spartanburg County Public Libraries


Pacolet Library: (864) 474-0421

Join us for a day of celebration! We will be celebrating 30 years of the Pacolet Library with a ribbon cutting for our new mural at 1:00 PM. View Pacolet History displays and refreshments will be available until 7:00 PM. We will also announce a bookmark competition being held in partnership with our local IGA.

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: gailhack1@charter.net or call/text:


2024 Lenten Series

February 21 The Reverend Paige M. Wolfe at St. James UMC

Meditation at Noon

Lunch at 12:30 PM

February 28 Rev. Michelle Cockcroft at Bethel

March 6 Rev. Brad Gray at Central

March 13 Rev. Andrew Wolfe, Silver Hill Memorial

March 21 Dr. Shelia Hodge, Trinity

The Last Week

a study on what the gospels really teach about Jesus's final days in Jerusalem.

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 PM

Upper Room Classroom at Central UMC

February 21 - Overview, led by John Simmons

February 28 - Palm Sunday & Monday, led by Tom Steagald

March 6 - Tuesday & Wednesday, led by Cam Treece

March 13 - Maundy Thursday & Good Friday, led by Scott Neely

March 20 - Saturday & Easter Sunday, led by Megan Gray

March 27 - Conclusion, led by Andy Crosland

Altar Flowers

Please contact:

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

We have openings in February.

Call: (864) 978-0294

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: info@centralumcspartanburg.org 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.

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Director, Lifelong Learning at Wofford

864-274-2917 (main)

864-597-5304 (direct)

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

Membership News

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

A Celebration of Life service will be held in February.

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.


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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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