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Lay Servant Ministries
Jan
7
Apr 22

Lay Servant Ministries

As Christians, we are all called into ministry. Our ministries may be through our gifts of hospitality, service, teaching, leading, and/or many other areas. A Local Lay Servant is someone who is an active member of the UMC, is ready to learn about how to serve God’s people in a more meaningful way, and who has completed the Basic Lay Servant course. The Basic Lay Servant Course will help these persons better understand the structure of the UMC, our church’s heritage and improve their their skills for service.  All Lay Servant Courses equip persons for ministry and inspire us into a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.

All classes will be held from 9am-5pm at Central United Methodist Church, Rogers. The class fee is $20 plus cost of the book. Books can be purchased from http://bookstore.upperroom.org Class leaders will send detailed information after the registration deadline.

Advanced Class: Start Here: Leading and Teaching Adults (Deadline to register December 16th) * Date: January 7th * Time: 9am-5pm

Start Here is intended for anyone who is or would like to be involved with educational/discipleship ministries (i.e. Sunday school, Life Groups, Bible studies, etc.)  Participants do not need to be seeking Lay Servant status to attend this class or have taken the Basic LS Class. This class seeks to bring experienced, new and potential teachers and leaders together for study and discussion so that we can all become more competent in teaching and leading in a classroom or small group setting. Start Here will help people create learning environments where adults can grow in faith. Based on some of the newest research on faith development and adult learning, Start Here offers practical, down-to-earth teaching strategies for adult learners. 

Basic Class: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course (Deadline to register is February 4th) * Date: February 18th * Time: 9am-5pm
 
God calls every Christian to a life of servant hood as a disciple of Jesus Christ. In the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, individuals discern and respond to God’s particular call on their lives. Each person is encouraged to recognize and employ his or her spiritual gifts for the church to become what God intended it to be. This course invites participants to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship. 
 
Advanced Class: United Methodist Heritage (Deadline to register February 4th
Date: February 18th)  Time 9am-5pm * Required for Lay Speaker Track
 
Participants will discuss the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st - century church. 
 
Advanced Course: Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (Polity, 
Practice and Mission of the UMC) (Deadline to register is April 8th) Date: April 22nd * Time: 9am-5pm * Required for Lay Speaker Track

This course gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of the United Methodist Church. It is a comprehensive description of the distinctive practices of the people called Methodist, as well as a reminder of our rich heritage, doctrine and polity.

For more information, contact Karen Anderson in the church office.


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Feb
20
6:00 pm18:00

GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week support group that offers help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.

Jan
22
10:00 am10:00

Chili Cook-Off

Best Dad-Burn Chili in the County Cook-Off

Come join the fun!  Carry out available.

Cake and Pie Auction at 10:30 and 12:15.

All donations will go to supplies for the upcoming adult Costa Rica mission trip.

Family Day of Service
Jan
16
8:00 am08:00

Family Day of Service

Join Central’s Mission Ministry Team for our first ever Family Day of Service.  We will start with breakfast together and then go forth to help households in need of basic chores and tasks.  The types of work possibly to be done will be:  raking leaves, general small yard clean up and household tasks, replacing light bulbs, sweeping out a garage, clean windows & baseboards, dust, etc. 

We need 2 things:   

1.  Families of all ages to sign up to serve those in need.

2.  Those in need to notify us of chores and tasks to complete (keep in mind that small children may be participating along with their families)

For more information contact Les Oliver in the church office @ 636-1630

Tour of Homes & Brunch
Dec
8
9:30 am09:30

Tour of Homes & Brunch

Invite your friends and join us on December 8th at 9:30am for a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, a morning brunch, and our Christmas Tour of Homes. Tickets for the day will be on sale Nov. 20th - Dec. 4th in the Atrium and in the church of ce. Tickets are $12 each and childcare is available for $5 per child or $10 per family. If you would like to ride in the church van, please make that reservation when purchasing your tickets. 

Santa's Workshop
Dec
3
9:00 am09:00

Santa's Workshop

Breakfast with Santa & Parent's Day Out Fundraiser 2016

Brought to you by Central Child Care Center, Central Mother's Day Out, and Tiny Tots Preschool

Once again this year, we offer parents the opportunity to share a catered breakfast with Santa and your children, and then finish (or begin!) some much-needed Christmas shopping without the kiddos. Mojitos restaurant will continue to sponsor the Breakfast with Santa with all proceeds from that portion of the day adding to the scholarship fund already established for crisis situations.

Following breakfast, our staff will provide a day of fun for your kids filled with games, crafts, lunch, and a special Christmas movie. You can choose to use this time away in any which way you see t!

Breakfast with Santa tickets are $5 per person, $20 max per immediate family. Breakfast will be served between 8am-9am, which will also include photo opportunities with Santa.

Parent’s Day Out will begin at 9am and will end at 2pm. The cost is $30 per child. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help us put a tablet in each classroom of all three programs and also to begin our next playground project fund for the infants and young toddlers.

Reservations for either portion of the day (or both) can be made by contacting Kris Mickna in the church office, kris@cumcrogers.com or 636-1630, or through one of our program directors:

Jennifer Singh – centralchildcare@cumcrogers.com or 636-1224
Lisa Rogers – mdo@cumcrogers.com or 659-1035
Misty Revoir – tinytots@cumcrogers.com or 366-8152 

Advent Workshop
Nov
30
5:30 pm17:30

Advent Workshop

Our entire Advent Season will be filled with CLASSIC Christmas tradition! Join us for CLASSIC hymns, CLASSIC crafts and CLASSIC cookie decorating!  And, it’s a tradition for the youth of Central to provide a soup dinner and Santa Shop to help raise funds for mission projects! All the fun begins at 5:30!

Classic Christmas
Nov
27
Dec 18

Classic Christmas

ADVENT SERMON SERIES:  This year here at Central we are celebrating a Classic Christmas all season long. Each week we will be focusing on one of the classic characters of the Christmas story found in the Gospels, and through these characters we will be discovering the hope, love, joy, and peace that comes with the season. Join us each week for a Classic Christmas with an enduring message: A Savior is Born!

Deck the Halls
Nov
26
9:00 am09:00

Deck the Halls

...FA LA LA LA LA! It’s hard to believe that the Advent/Christmas season begins on Sunday, November 27th. This year the emphasis for the season will be a “classic” theme of red, green, and gold. 

You are invited to join us on Saturday, November 26th, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to make ready the church for the season. We’ll decorate the trees and hang greenery (wreaths and gar- land) in both worship spaces as well as the Atrium. Children, youth, and adults are all invited. The fragrance of hot cider and the sound of carols will fill the air! All are welcome! For further information you may contact Rev. Les Oliver.

Service of Comfort & Hope
Nov
20
5:00 pm17:00

Service of Comfort & Hope

On Sunday, November 20th, Congregational Care Ministries will once again offer the “Service of Comfort and Hope” at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel. This special service offers hope and healing to those who are finding it difficult to celebrate the upcoming season due to the loss of loved ones, loss of employment, or perhaps a broken relationship. Please join us and invite a friend or loved one you know who needs the warmth and comfort of hope in his or her life. 

Oct
26
5:30 pm17:30

Trunk or Treat

Games, trunks and hayrides are all FREE and will begin at 5:30.  A concession stand will be available with FREE hotdogs, chips, nachos, and drinks.  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be shown multiple times inside the barn!  Wear your costume! Sign up to provide a trunk, work a game or the concessions stand, or donate food items.

Oct
22
9:00 am09:00

Face to Face

Encounter the Risen Christ through a “Face to Face” Experience.

What does a face to Face experience look like? Face to Face is an experience in the tradition of Walk to Emmaus designed for persons 60 and older. The four day event is open to Christians of all denominations who want to strengthen their spiritual lives. Face to Face allows the opportunity to rediscover Christ’s presence, gain a fresh understanding of God’s transforming grace, and form friendships that foster faith and spiritual maturity. You will enjoy four days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. 

The event will be held at Central United Methodist Church, Rogers, AR. The dates are October 22, 25, 27, and 29th, meeting time is between 9AM - 4PM. Lunch and snacks are provided. Any special needs will be accommodated.

For more information, please contact Rev. Brian Youngs at 636.1630 ext. 672.

Sep
21
6:00 pm18:00

Bad Girls of the Bible

Beginning Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00 in Room 205. 


Join us for our Wednesday Night Live dinner from 5:30-6:00. For more info, contact Vivian Dunnaway in the form below.

Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires.

So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them.

Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.

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Sep
9
Sep 11

Youth Fall Retreat

School already bogging you down?  Need a weekend to refresh?  Join us for Fall Retreat!  At New Life Ranch, you will enjoy awesome teaching, meaningful worship, ziplining, delicious food, swimming, kangaroo jump, and even a barn dance on Saturday night, complete with the hay bus!  You want to be there! 

$100 on or before August 21st, or $125 after.

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Aug
7
8:30 am08:30

Seeing God in the Sabbatical

 
 

This Sunday we welcome back our Senior Pastor from his sabbatical. We give thanks to God for the way the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us through every stage of life, and Sunday morning in worship we will discover some lessons from those leadings.

VBS
Jun
27
Jul 1

VBS

SORRY, WE ARE FULL!

Senior Pastor Sabbatical
Jun
17
Jul 31

Senior Pastor Sabbatical


What is a Sabbatical?

The word “Sabbatical” comes from the Greek and literally means, “Of the Sabbath.” A ministry sabbatical is a period of time allowed by a church for their pastor to experience Sabbath renewal, rest, and extended study time away.

Why is a Sabbatical necessary?

Many people think “sabbatical” is just another word for vacation; that is not an accurate description. While vacation time is important, a sabbatical is something very different. There are unique challenges in leading a large congregation, including incredible time demands on the pastor and family, and the sense that the pastor is “on call” 24/7. A sabbatical can help meet these challenges by giving the pastor a chance to reflect, rest, renew, and do research over an extended period of time.

How did the idea for Central to offer a ministry sabbatical come about?

The United Methodist Church encourages its pastors to engage in a spiritual growth and renewal program every seven years. Knowing this, last year the Staff-Parish Relations Committee proposed, and the Church Council approved, a Senior Pastor Sabbatical Program. This program provides for an initial 6-week, fully funded sabbatical in 2016 followed by a two-week fully funded renewal in each of the following six years. The cycle then repeats itself in 2023. Carness’ sabbatical will be from June 17th-July 31st.

What are the main benefits for the pastor of this sabbatical?

The main benefits for the pastor are renewal, rest, and study. Specifically, it will allow Carness a chance to have some extended time away to recharge, renew, reflect and pray for the coming years of ministry here at Central. This time of renewal is also beneficial for the pastor’s family, as they get some extended time together.

What will Carness be doing on his sabbatical?

For Carness, the ministry sabbatical will include time for him and his family to get away, to have some rest and renewal, and for him to do research. Carness’ focus will be on our Methodist heritage and Wesleyan theology, taking him to England, the home of Methodism and its founder, John Wesley.

Sabbatical Congregational Letter from Staff Parish Relations

What are the main benefits for the church of this sabbatical?

Research across all denominations has proven that a ministry sabbatical contributes to continued growth, increased productivity and spiritual vitality of a church. Central has such outstanding lay leadership, in addition to our quality pastors and staff, that we are confident in our ability to not miss a beat. In addition, the return of the Senior Pastor following a sabbatical (Carness will return on August 1st) brings a renewed sense of passion, energy, and readiness to lead the church in the years to follow in ways that could never have been achieved without it.

How is the Sabbatical paid for?

The Church Council is committed to having a fully-funded Senior Pastor Sabbatical program. A portion of the cost for 2016 is in this year’s SPR budget and a portion has been gifted by individuals within the congregation.

What will happen at Central while Carness is gone?

Here at Central we have an outstanding group of pastors and staff who, along with our Church Council, will provide leadership while Carness is on his sabbatical. On Sunday mornings the pastors will be leading us in a sermon series and church- wide study about our Methodist heritage and beliefs, giving us an opportunity to “follow along” as it were with Carness and his studies. At any point during the sabbatical if you find yourself in need of pastoral care, one of our other pastors or Congregational Care leaders will be available to provide it for you.

What Can I Do to Help?

As Carness and the church prepare for this journey, you are invited to join in a time of prayer. Pray that Carness and his family will experience a season of renewal and refreshment; that he will discover new insights into our Methodist Heritage and our Wesleyan theology; and that he will return to lead us forward in our mission of Connecting People to Christ. Pray that Central will remain focused in his absence, and that you will remain active in your faith and your attendance.

If I have any further questions about the sabbatical, who should I talk to?

Feel free to call our Church Administrator Tami Stewart (636-1630), Church Council Chair Dennis Reaves (464-4485) or any of our SPR Church Council representatives (Molly Pickering, Chair; Mark Secker, Vice-Chair; Carole Baker, Lay Leader; George Rhoads, Janna Gartman, Sara Heck, Greg Spencer, Dave Wicklund, David York) with any questions. 

Celebration Luncheon
May
15
11:00 am11:00

Celebration Luncheon

Our Celebration Sunday will be May 15th at one churchwide worship service at 10:00 am. We’ll celebrate what God is doing here at Central and share where we are up to that point with our advanced pledges to the campaign. We’ll stay after worship and enjoy brunch together and continue the celebration.  There will be no Sunday School.  Please RSVP and learn more about Moving Forward in Freedom.  See you then!

Earn. Save. Give.
Apr
27
May 18

Earn. Save. Give.

John Wesley boils fiscal responsibilities down to just three rules: Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can. Sounds simple, right? Yes, but not easy. This twenty-first century translation of Wesley’s money management philosophy will give you a new way to think about money. Join Carness for this study Wednesday evenings April 27-May 18 from 6-7:15 or Dawn Wednesdays 11:30-12:45.  Inquire in the office about participating Sunday school classes (beginning April 24).


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