January 8, 2014

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January 8, 2014 Volume 7, Number 1 Year End Financial Update For many years Central has operated on a faith based covenant budget. Year after year, God has provided for our needs through the ever faithful Central family. We are pleased to report that 2013 continues this trend. Central completed the year by funding approximately 100.4% of our annual budget and spent approximately 99.1% of budgeted funds leading to a modest surplus. The Finance Committee will review the full year end picture at their next meeting. We are also pleased to report that the Property Maintenance Fund was fully funded, and that due to strong year end giving to our Count Me In program, total debt on the church has been reduced below $3,875,000. Thank you seems so inadequate, but we want you all to know how much we appreciate your strong demonstration of generosity for the ministries and missions of Central. National Sanctity of Human Life Day Sunday, January 19th, is National Sanctity of Human Life Day. The United Methodist Church is committed to providing nurturing ministries to those who terminate a pregnancy, to those in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, and to those who give birth. Central UMC supports various ministries that provide these nurturing ministries such as Loving Choices Pregnancy Centers and the NWA Adoption Coalition. For more information about Loving Choices Pregnancy Centers, see the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin. Baby Bottle Campaign In support of National Sanctity of Human Life Day and Loving Choices Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Arkansas, Central is supporting Loving Choices’ Baby Bottle Campaign. You have the opportunity to pick up a baby bottle this Sunday following each worship service. Tables will be located in the foyer of the CAC and the Narthex of the Sanctuary. Please consider taking a bottle home, fill it with spare change and cash, and return it by Sunday, February 19th. All money collected will go to support the ministries of Loving Choices of Northwest Arkansas.

New Women’s Studies Beginning this Month The Truth Seekers Women’s Sunday School Class will begin the study Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength, by Priscilla Shirer on January 12th. The class will meet from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday in Wesley 307. This will be a 9-10 week study. The cost of the workbook is $14. For questions, or to sign up, please contact Marilyn Braswell at 283-2726, or [email protected]. You may also register for the class or pay for the class workbook by calling Susan Meek in the church office at 442-4237. Women’s Connections Ministry will begin Jim Cymbala’s When God’s Spirit Moves on January 14th. During this study, participants will learn how God wants to work through our gifts and talents and how to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit. This 8 week study will be offered on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Wesley 102. Cost is $10 for materials. To register contact Susan Meek at 442-4237 or [email protected] or you can register online at centraltolife.com/women. The Gathering will begin studying Beth Moore’s Esther in January. Moore opens up the book of Esther and addresses many of the similar challenges faced by women of both time periods, and offers encouragement for our hurried, harried, pressured lives. This 10-week study will be held on Wednesday mornings beginning January 22nd and finishing April 2nd. The class will meet from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Student Ministries Building. You may sign up online at thegatheringnwa.com or at centraltolife.com/ women, or by calling Susan Meek in the church office at 442-4237. Childcare is available upon request.

January Financial Challenge This past Sunday, January 5, Central faced the difficult decision of needing to cancel all of our worship services for the first time in many years. The winter storm was underway and increasing in severity at the time of worship and we were concerned for the safety of our parishioners and staff. This has obviously led to us getting off to a less than stellar start financially for 2014. We hope that you will consider a make-up offering either in a forthcoming Sunday in January or through an online gift at www. centraltolife.com to help us get back on track as we start this new year.

Summer Mission Trips Uganda and the Amazon There are two opportunities to engage in international missions this coming summer. The Uganda mission trip will be June 3rd-16th, led by Jody Farrell and Chris Thornton, while the Amazon mission will be July 12-20, led by Jim & Renae Hightower. We are praying for teams of 15-20 people who have a love for God and a heart to serve. There will be informational meetings on Sunday, January 26th for Uganda at 6:00 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel, and for the Amazon at 7:00 p.m. in Wesley 102. If you desire to participate in these life-changing trips, please plan to attend. For more information, contact Jody Farrell at [email protected] or 479-442-1805. Job Opening – Student Ministries Administrative Assistant Due to a recent re-organization, the Student Ministries Office is seeking to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant working approximately 25-30 hours per week. This new position will fulfill administrative duties including: managing CSM’s social media sites and presence, communication with students and parents, registration for events and trips, data entry, updating student and family information, assist in trip and event planning, as well as other areas. Responsibilities will also include helping answer questions and communicate personally with students and their families when needed. Interested persons should submit resumes to Cindy Alphin by email at calphin@ centraltolife.com or by mail to: Central UMC, Attn: Cindy Alphin, P.O. Box 1106, Fayetteville, AR 72702.

U of A Friendship Families Would you like to connect with international students or scholars from the University of Arkansas? Learn about their culture and have the opportunity to share about yours, including your life in Christ? Become a Friendship Family! Host families are expected to see their student at least monthly and to check in with them more frequently. Spending time with your student could be as simple as having them for dinner, including them in your children’s activities, taking them to a community event, or bringing them to worship. Single people can also be Friendship Families. Friendship Families are required to complete an orientation session. Sessions will be held on campus at Holcombe Hall:

Dinner at Wednesday, January 15 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Your Choice of Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup, Salad Bar, Dessert Kids’ Meal: Pizza

New Arrival Congratulations to John and Meghan Teeter on the birth of a son, John Silas Teeter, on November 15, 2013. In Need of Prayer Connie Mix, Blair Hill, Wes Murtishaw, Scott Huddleston, Jennifer Jones, John Teeter (infant), Bobby Davis, Gus Roten, Mike Dillard Sympathy to... Susan Davis and family in the death of her husband, J. Michael (Mike) Davis, on December 22, 2013. Mr. Davis was a long time member of Central United Methodist Church having joined in April 1950. John and Alison Harris in the death of their granddaughter, Alex Harris, of Elm Springs. Karen Arnold in the death of her mother, Betty Mae Lavine, of Stockton, California. Nancy Long in the death of her mother, Barbara Rothlisberger, of Fayetteville.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:30-8 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014 1-2:30 pm Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:30-8 pm To learn more or sign-up, contact Rev. Emily Burch at [email protected]. Here We Grow Again... Mark & Kelly Wright Mark transfers his membership from Hatfield United Methodist Church in Hatfield, AR, and Kelly transfers from First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas, AR. Mark works for Coenco Inc., and Kelly is a teacher for the Fayetteville public schools. Derrick & Susan Bobbitt Derrick and Susan transfer their membership from Central United Methodist Church in Rogers. They have three children; Carington, age 6, Brooklyn, age 9, and Kennedy, age 12. Kennedy became a Central member with the 2013 Confirmation Class.

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New Staff!

Assistant Director of Contemporary Worship Hired We are excited to announce that Trent Chudej has been hired to serve as the Assistant Director of Contemporary Worship at Central. Trent grew up in the heart of Texas before moving to Fayetteville to study at the University of Arkansas. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Trent has an incredible passion and gifting for worship. He served as the primary worship leader at the U of A Wesley Foundation for four years and has been a part of Central’s Contemporary Worship Teams for a year and a half. Trent will spend most of his time working in contemporary worship but will also be assisting in Central’s College Ministry. We hope you will give Trent a warm Central welcome next time you see him.

Join the Senior Saints Choir The Senior Saints Choir (guideline 55+) is beginning work on its spring program “Give Me That Old Time Religion!”. This lively and fun musical will be presented at venues around Northwest Arkansas and is a ministry of encouragement beyond the doors of Central UMC. Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Wesley 102. Come and check us out! For more information, contact Fenner Russell at [email protected]. 2014 Altar Flowers The following dates in 2014 are open for altar flowers in the Sanctuary: January 5, 12, 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 27, May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 21, and November 9, 30, December 28. If you would like to place flowers on a special occasion or in honor or memory of a loved one, please call Susan Meek in the church office, at 442-1818.

Calendar of Events Sunday, January 12 8:00 8:15 8:30 9:40 9:45 10:35 11:00 11:00 12:15 12:15 4:30 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:00

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) Contemporary Worship Team Rehearsal (Great Hall) Classic Worship Celebration (Sanctuary) Sunday School Contemporary Worship Celebration (Great Hall) Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) Classic Worship Celebration (Sanctuary) Contemporary Worship Celebration (Great Hall) CR Leadership Team Meeting (CAC 5) Young Adult Council Meeting (Wesley 310) studentlife Leader Meeting (CAC 1) Team 4:12 Leader Meeting (CAC3) Parent Team Captains Meeting (Great Hall) studentlife (Great Hall) Ozark Bronze (Ed Bldg 109) B90 Leader Training (Wesley 310) The River Prayer & Worship (Wesley Chapel)

Monday, January 13 9:45 10:00 10:30 11:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:00 6:30

Timothy Team Teachers Meeting (Bride’s Room) UMW Rebekah Fellowship (Wesley 103) Gospel of Luke Bible Study (Wesley Chapel) UMW Dorcas Fellowship (CAC 4) TOPS (Wesley 304) Jubellation! (Ed Bldg 109) Stephen Ministry Training (Wesley 102) SPRC Meeting (Wesley 310) Boy Scouts Troop 102 (CAC 1-2)

Tuesday, January 14 6:30 9:00 9:30 9:30 10:00 11:30 6:30 6:30

Men’s Small Group (Wesley 310) Worship Team Meeting (Wesley 303) UMW Circle of Faith (offsite) Disciple III - Gullett (Wesley 310) Staff Meeting (Wesley 304) Community Meals (Great Hall) Disciple III - Pendleton (Wesley 304) When God’s Spirit Moves Study (Wesley 102)

Wednesday, January 15 10:30 5:00 5:45 5:45 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:30 7:00

Senior Saints Choir (Wesley 102) CentralPoint Meal Begins (Great Hall) Tiny Tims Begins (Central Park) Timothy Team Begins (Education Bldg) CentralPoint Classes Begin (Various Locations) A Disciple’s Path (Wesley 102) Team 4:12 (SMB Worship Center) Men’s Step Study (Wesley 205) Women’s Step Study (Wesley 206) Contemporary Worship Team Rehearsal (Great Hall) Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Thursday, January 16 9:30 10:00 11:30 2:30 5:30 6:00 7:30

Wesleyan Discipleship Essentials - Pulliam (Wesley 310) Community Meals Bible Study (CAC Siderooms 1/2) Community Meals (Great Hall) Children’s Ministry Prayer Gathering (Wesley 107)

Celebrate Recovery Gathering (SMB 2nd Floor) Charge Conference (Wesley Chapel) Central’s College Ministry (CAC Siderooms)

Friday, January 17

College Mission Weekend

Saturday, January 18

No events scheduled at this time

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Lord’s Day Celebration Sunday, January 12th, 2014

First Sunday after the Epiphany First in a Series on Slinging Seed 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Classic Worship - Sanctuary Mark 4:1-4, 15

When Birds Get in the Way

Dr. John Robbins

9:45 & 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship - Great Hall Mark 4:1-4, 15

When Birds Get in the Way

Rev. Jody Farrell

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