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Central Church on WBVP This Sunday!

Local reaction to the Corona Virus pandemic has forced the suspension or cancellation of large gatherings, including worship services across Pennsylvania.

WBVP, WMBA and 99.3 F.M. are moving to be the “pulpit” of the airwaves during this time.

Local listeners and parishioners can tune in at 10:30 A.M. on Sunday March 29, to hear a recorded version of this week’s message from Central Church by Pastor Jan!

This message will air on WBVP,  WMBA,  99.3 F.M. and The Beaver County Radio Live Audio Stream.

Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 10:30!

 

 

 

Giving to Meet Continuing Needs

Thank you for being an active and faithful member of our church community.  By giving to our church on a regular basis, you’re showing that our church has a meaningful place in your heart.

We want to let you know that you’re in our heart, too.

During this period when we cannot gather together for worship, please keep in mind that the financial obligations of our church continue.

Donating to the church on a regular basis allows us to preach the gospel, make disciples, and support others in our community who need help during this coronavirus crisis through our vastly expanded food ministry.

Through the help of our dedicated members, friends, and partners, our hungry neighbors now receive hot, nutritious meals at Central Church Monday through Friday each week!

Currently, due to the latest coronavirus guidelines, these meals are being provided on a take-out basis only, but we look forward to the day sometime soon when we can once again open our Fellowship Hall to those in our community who seek the food and fellowship that only loving followers of Christ can provide.

We’re answering the cry of the needy, and it’s all thanks to contributors like you.

As always, you can contribute toward the work of Central Church in three ways:

  • By Mail

Central United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 311

Beaver Falls, PA 15010

 

  • In Person – through the mail slot in our 13th Street side door –

Central United Methodist Church

1227 Sixth Avenue

Beaver Falls, PA 15010

 

  • Online – by clicking the “Donate” button on Central’s website at: centralumchurch.org

Clicking on our website’s “Donate” button will take you to our PayPal site at:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=wynwT5-TPPsDy0S4VZVln6VSY6efqEORGUIxixnbalhSrdGd72EdGv44xzYK01-2GwZ1kW&country.x=US&locale.x=US

There you will be able to contribute to Central directly via PayPal, or by use of a credit or debit card!

 

 

We earnestly appreciate your ongoing support and want to let you know we’re here for you.

If there’s ever anything we can do for you and your family, don’t hesitate to reach out.  You are a valued member of our church family.  And your financial support is making a difference.

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

More Than 20 Streaming Services Offering Free Access Right Now

With people spending more time in their homes than ever because of the coronavirus pandemic, a diverse catalog of movies and shows to watch is more important than ever. Thankfully, the “streaming wars” do not have to break the bank, as many platforms are offering prolonged free trials during this period of social distancing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people self-isolating in their homes, with only their family, roommates and pets to keep them company. In these stressful times, many are hoping to catch up on movies or shows they have fallen behind on — provided they have the right subscription. However, with many non-essential offices and services shut down, it is not a great time for some people to pick up a new monthly bill — even a small one.

Thankfully, there are work-arounds. Many of the top streaming services have free trials ranging from a week to a month, and some have been extended in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Others are doing bigger promotions, or can be purchased in a bundle with a few different options.

Finally, there is always the option of pausing one subscription and activating another. With a little creative calendar work, it has never been easier to pay for only what you watch from month to month.

Here is a look at the best free streaming deals available right now.

Netflix

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Netflix is still a powerhouse in the streaming industry — despite all its new competitors — and it is going all out during this pandemic. Netflix is offering a 30-day free trial for new customers right now, with no promo code or link required. After that, the service ranges in price from $8.99 to $15.99.

Showtime

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Showtime’s streaming service is also doing an extended 30-day free trial right now, again, for new customers only. To sign up, visit show.com and select “start your free trial,” then while away your time indoors watching Shameless, Homeland and other hit shows and movies.

CBS All Access

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CBS All Access is offering a 7-day free trial, giving fans a look at some new must-see programming. The site is the only place in the U.S. to catch Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery, along with other hit exclusives.

Sling TV

Sling TV has an exciting new option called the “SLING free experience,” which allows subscribers to stream several live TV channels online at no cost. This includes news coverage, network shows and even some movies. From there, customers can always upgrade to a full Sling TV subscription for $20 per month. The service can replace a cable package altogether, depending on what you like to watch.

Amazon Prime Video

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Prime Video has always been a reliable option for existing Amazon Prime customers, but now new users have a chance to give it a try. The whole service is offering a 30-day free trial, including the digital perks as well as the 2-day shipping on eligible orders. Prime Video originals are on the rise right now, from the superhero series The Boys to The Marvelous Miss Maisel, all available for $12.99 per month or $119 per year after the trial is up.

Hulu

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Hulu is doing a 30-day free trial as well, and it is invaluable for times like these, when you may want to fall back on a comfortable re-watch rather than a new, unfamiliar show. New customers can select “get one month free” on Hulu’s homepage now to try it out.

HBO Now

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For those without cable, HBO can be one the most enticing networks out there, and now they can give it a test drive online. The channel’s streaming option HBO Now has a 7-day free trial, available on its website for new customers. This is a good way to check the offerings out before HBO Max launches in May.

Sports

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Major sporting events may be canceled during the pandemic, but the streaming services are still alive and well. Fans can get a free NBA League Pass through April 22, a free NFL Game Pass through May 31, and MLB TV for free if they use T-Mobile for their cellular service. For those mourning all the canceled games this year, there is plenty of old footage to watch here.

Sundance Now

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Now is a great time to be an indie film lover, as you can finally watch the latest without flying across the country for a film festival. Sundance Now has extended its usual 7-day free trial to 30 days, giving fans a huge library of independent films and documentaries to watch throughout their social distancing periods.

To claim the trial, use the promo code SUNDANCENOW30 when signing up.

Shudder

Horror fans must have Shudder, a streaming service exclusively for thrillers and supernatural cult classics. The service usually costs $4.75 per month, but right now fans can get a 30-day free trial first. Simply use the code SHUTIN while signing up for a new account.

Criterion Channel

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The Criterian Channel is doing a two-week free trial period right now, giving fans access to over 1,000 movies, including many foreign films. The offer requires no promo code or special link.

 

 

 

 

Apps and games you can get for free while stuck at home

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting all of our lives in one way or another. The biggest effect is that many people are now working from home or just stuck at home to stop the spread of the virus. Thankfully, many companies have been offering free access to games and apps to help keep you productive and entertained in these strange times.

Here’s a quick look at some favorite apps and games that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for more apps and games that are temporarily discounted (but not free).

Free apps and software

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From meditation apps to services that assist with remote work, here are our favorite apps and services that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine.

  • Headspace — The popular meditation and relaxation app released a free “weathering the storm” program and is offering Headspace Plus for free to healthcare professionals.
  • AnyMeeting — Intermedia’s video conferencing and webinar service is free for all businesses until the end of the year to support remote workers.
  • Cisco Webex — Cisco’s premier business conferencing software is expanding its free plan for all businesses for the next 90 days.
  • Discord — The popular game-themed chat software service is expanding its Go Live streaming and screen share limit from 10 to 50 people for the next few months.
  • Google Hangouts Meet — G suite users can now access premium Google Hangout Meet features, including larger audiences and the ability to save streams, until July 1.
  • Microsoft Teams — Microsoft is offering free access to the paid tier of its business messaging app and software for six months. It normally costs $5 a month.
  • Reaper — This digital audio workstation software normally costs as much as $225 to license. However, the developer is offering a free license for all until June 30.
  • Peloton — Looking for ways to stay in shape while stuck at home? Peloton is offering access to its boutique home fitness programs for 90 days.
  • Tripit Pro — This online travel service usually costs $49 a year, but you can get it for free for the next six months if you sign up before March 31.
  • Tinder Passport — Passport is a paid Tinder feature that lets connect with other singles across the world instead of just your local area. It’s available for free until April 30.

Temporarily free games

A close-up of Mini Metro on a Huawei smartphone.

Games are one of the best ways to pass the time while stuck at home, and a bunch of developers have made their games temporarily free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are our favorites:

  • Mini Metro — If you haven’t already played this 2014 minimalist transit simulator, now is your chance.
  • Kingdom Rush: Frontiers — This sequel to the hit tower defense game Kingdom Rush (also free) is one of the staple titles in the genre.
  • Kingdom Rush: Origins — The third game in the Kingdom Rush series is technically a prequel, and it truly perfects the formula. It usually costs $2.99.
  • Card Crusade — Fans of roguelikes will love this deck building game with eight classes and a randomly generated 10-floor dungeon.
  • Bottom of the 9th — This atypical sports game is a faithful adaptation of the tabletop game played with dice and cards.
  • Tokaido — Tokaido is a mobile adaptation of a popular board game, and it can be played both online and offline to pass the time with your friends and family.
  • Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery — If you’re looking for an unusual game with an incredible visual style, look no further.
  • JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword — This pixel-art action adventure platformer is usually $4.99, but you can grab it for free right now.
  • Lophis Roguelike — As the name implies, this is a roguelike game with deck building mechanics set in a dark dungeon.
  • Real Flight Simulator — Easily one of the most impressive mobile flight simulators, the base version of RFS is now temporarily free. There is a pro version with even more features for enthusiasts.
  • Prune — Time magazine’s game of the year for 2015 is temporarily free, but only on iOS ($0.99 on Android).
  • A Case of Distrust — This stylish 1920s narrative mystery is still $14.99 on Steam, but you can grab it for free (iOS only).
  • forma.8 GO — If Metroidvanias are more your style, this visually stunning action-adventure platformer will be right up your alley (iOS only).

Other deals and discounts

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In addition to the free apps and games listed above, plenty of other companies are offering special deals for those stranded at home during the quarantine. Here’s a small selection:

If you have always wanted to get your hands on some premium mobile games, there’s currently a wide variety of great titles available at a heavy discount. Here are a few favorites:

  • 10000000$0.99 (was $2.99)
  • Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise$2.99 (was $6.99)
  • Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition$4.99 (was $9.99)
  • Death Road to Canada$0.99 (was $9.99)
  • Minit$0.99 (was $4.99)
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones$1.99 (was $3.99)
  • The Swords of Ditto$1.99 (was $5.99)
  • This War of Mine$1.99 (was $13.99)
  • Thumper: Pocket Edition$1.99 (was $4.99)

That’s it for the list of free and discounted apps and games to fill up your time during the coronavirus quarantine.

Did we miss any other great offers?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Coronavirus – 15 Days to Slow the Spread

Giving to Meet Continuing Needs

Thank you for being an active and faithful member of our church community.  By giving to our church on a regular basis, you’re showing that our church has a meaningful place in your heart.

We want to let you know that you’re in our heart, too.

During this period when we cannot gather together for worship, please keep in mind that the financial obligations of our church continue.

Donating to the church on a regular basis allows us to preach the gospel, make disciples, and support others in our community who need help during this coronavirus crisis through our vastly expanded food ministry.

Through the help of our dedicated members, friends, and partners, our hungry neighbors now receive hot, nutritious meals at Central Church Monday through Friday each week!

Currently, due to the latest coronavirus guidelines, these meals are being provided on a take-out basis only, but we look forward to the day sometime soon when we can once again open our Fellowship Hall to those in our community who seek the food and fellowship that only loving followers of Christ can provide.

We’re answering the cry of the needy, and it’s all thanks to contributors like you.

As always, you can contribute toward the work of Central Church in three ways:

  • By Mail

Central United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 311

Beaver Falls, PA 15010

  • In Person – through the mail slot in our 13th Street side door –

Central United Methodist Church

1227 Sixth Avenue

Beaver Falls, PA 15010

  • Online – by clicking the “Donate” button on Central’s website at: centralumchurch.org

Clicking on our website’s “Donate” button will take you to our PayPal site at:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=wynwT5-TPPsDy0S4VZVln6VSY6efqEORGUIxixnbalhSrdGd72EdGv44xzYK01-2GwZ1kW&country.x=US&locale.x=US

There you will be able to contribute to Central directly via PayPal, or by use of a credit or debit card!

We earnestly appreciate your ongoing support and want to let you know we’re here for you.

If there’s ever anything we can do for you and your family, don’t hesitate to reach out.  You are a valued member of our church family.  And your financial support is making a difference.

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

In Memoriam: Rev. Walter B. Hehman

We regret to announce that Rev. Walter B. Hehman, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Orchard Manor following a lengthy illness. He was 78.

Fondly remembered by his many friends in Central Church, Walt pastored here from 1973 – 1980.

He is survived by his wife Barb at home, a daughter, Jodi Ozmun, Butler, and a son, Walter, Jr. “Wally” and wife Sereina, Ellwood City, PA, 6 grandchildren, Alexandra Soule, Gavynne, Connor, Aiden, Jorgia, Ozzy Hehman, a great granddaughter, Penelopea Hehman, 2 sisters, Jeanne Hehman, Grove City and Carol Probst, Pittsburgh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Orchard Manor (Activities Fund) (20 Orchard Dr., Grove City, PA 16127) or to Slippery Rock United Methodist Church (130 Franklin St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057).

A private family funeral will be held in Cunningham Funeral Home, Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM.  Burial will be at: Jefferson Memorial Park, Inc., Pleasant Hills, PA.

A public “Celebration of Life Service” will be held at a later date.

Cards and expressions of sympathy can be sent to his wife, Barbara, at:

Mrs. Barbara Hehman

712 Spring Street

Grove City, PA   16127

Coronavirus – Be the Church at Work

For all of our members and friends of Central Church, here is a call to action: 

As the restrictions on moving about become more stringent as we attempt to blunt the impact of the coronavirus, we are asking everyone to reach out to each other by phone, or even by mail, to check on each other, and to offer emotional and/or physical support.

We are sure that you remember a moment when you were feeling down and someone checked up on you.  You remember what you felt after that moment.  Maybe you felt a burden suddenly lift off your shoulders.  Maybe your eyes opened wide in astonishment and you thought to yourself, “how did they know I needed this?”  Or maybe you felt a pressure valve open completely and you immediately just let everything out to that person.

We encourage you to check up on people more often, and especially during this time of crisis with the coronavirus.. Even in the best of times, there is not a single soul in this world who has the strength to go through life alone because we were not created to go through life on our own.

Make sure to appreciate the people in your life who check up on you.  Cherish those people and be there for them when they need you too.  Notice we did not say “if” they need you because they will need you to be there for them one day.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”Proverbs 27:17

We all have struggles and we are all capable of being there for each other.  None of us are perfect.  We can all use a little more sharpening, and for the immediate future, we may especially be in a position to provide a little direct help to our friends and neighbors as well.

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

 

Coronavirus – Worship Services at Central Church

As events continue to unfold relating to the spreading coronavirus, each local church must consider the issue of whether it is better to meet on Sunday for worship, or to defer worship for a period of time while medical experts and civil authorities continue to work to contain the spread of the disease and blunt the growth of new cases.

At Central Church, the significance of this decision is even more important since many of our members and friends fall into one or more of the most significant risk categories relating to the coronavirus, making the decision to attend a public worship service virtually a life or death decision.

We all understand that the Church is not a building, but rather the people of God, and, in making decisions regarding whether to gather together for corporate worship, we must balance the benefits of  congregational worship with the painfully serious risk to many of our members and friends of gathering in contravention of the limit imposed by our civil authorities on gatherings of 10 people.

  • After much conversation and prayerful consideration, Central Church has decided to forgo our formal worship services for the next two Sundays (even though we all love the creepy Lenten music), with decisions on future worship services being deferred as necessary, based upon the progress in the continuing fight against the coronavirus.
  • In lieu of gathering together each Sunday, we ask everyone to continue devoting time to the study of our daily Lenten devotions that will continue to appear on this website each day through Easter Sunday on April 12, 2020.  (After Easter Sunday, we will return to our regular series of daily devotionals.)

We pray that God’s comfort and blessings continue to be abundantly provided to each of you as we move forward in faith through the days ahead.

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

 

Community Food Ministry Expansion at Central Church!

In these uncertain times, especially with the coronavirus’ scope continuing to grow, many people and organizations understandably respond to the uncertainty with a desire to contract and insulate.

That has happened in our community this week when the host of the Monday and Thursday free community dinners abruptly elected to suspend those dinners.

While we all share the concern that the outbreak and spread of new illnesses such as the coronavirus cause, many of the folks who attend our free community meal outreach would be significantly impacted should that vital source of nutrition – and fellowship – be abruptly curtailed.

In response to this pressing need, Central Church is prayerfully stepping out to assume the role of hosting the Monday and Thursday dinners, in addition to our ongoing food ministry outreach meals.

For the immediate future, Central Church, working with our dedicated partners and friends, will host the following free community meals each week:

  • Monday –  Dinner       (4-5 pm);
  • Tuesday –   Lunch        (12 Noon – 1 pm);
  • Thursday – Dinner      (4-5 pm);
  • Friday –       Dinner      (4-5 pm); and
  • Saturday –  Breakfast  (9-10:30 am on the first and second Saturdays of each month).
  • Sunday – Of course, in order to feed hungry souls as well as bodies, we will also continue to offer spiritual nourishment during our worship services every Sunday at 11 am!

Our deep thanks goes out to everyone who helps in any way to provide or support these very important outreaches to those in our community needing a reliable source of physical and spiritual nourishment.

  • If you would like more information on how you can participate in this ongoing community outreach, please contact Central Church by email at centralumchurch@gmail.com or by telephone at (724) 846-3474, or join us every Sunday for our worship service at 11 am.

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

Daylight Saving Time – Begins Tonight

Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night (at 2 am) or you will be late for Church on Sunday!

 

Lent 2020 – Daily Devotions

During the 40 days of Lent, many friends “fast” from Facebook or Instagram until they return with the Hallelujahs on Easter Sunday.

The practice of stepping away from our curated, digital selves during Lent resonates with Jesus’ call in Matthew 6 to focus less on being seen by others.

For those of us who will be continuing on Facebook throughout Lent this year, Central Church will be providing a quick thumbnail of Daily Devotionals each day on our Facebook page with links to Central’s website for each full devotional.

  •  Join us each day during this season of spiritual reflection and preparation this year as we move through Lent toward the glory of Easter!

UMCOR moves to support local partner in China fighting coronavirus crisis

Working to support the efforts of local partners in China dealing with the Coronavirus crisis, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is issuing an emergency grant to Amity Foundation in Nanjing, China. The grant will immediately enable infection, prevention and control (IPC) measures to limit the spread of respiratory diseases such as 2019-nCoV, in affected areas.

In response to the crisis, the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency of international concern. Cases have been reported in more than 25 countries and territories worldwide.

“Since the outbreak of 2019nCoV, the Amity Foundation has been responding actively to the epidemic by purchasing needed materials for medical staff at the frontline,” She Hongyu, associate general secretary of Amity Foundation, shared in an email to UMCOR International Disaster Response (IDR) leadership. “Relief materials have been sent to a number of hospitals in Hubei Province supporting medical staff battling against the virus.”

“At Amity, our colleagues are working around the clock searching, purchasing, delivering medical supplies to protect medical staff in the most affected areas in Hubei province as well as mobilizing more resources to support our work,” Hongyu added.

“As an international disaster relief agency, the United Methodist Committee on Relief works to alleviate human suffering and we are pleased to provide much-needed assistance to the people of China who are battling this growing epidemic,” said Laurie W. Felder, MPH, director of UMCOR International Disaster Response.

“Global Ministries has been a friend of the Christian community in China for many years,” said Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries and a leader of UMCOR. “We will do our part, however small, to help our brothers and sisters deal with this situation which has already claimed hundreds of lives.”

Amity Foundation has been a long-time partner of Global Ministries and UMCOR for many years in both disaster response and development work.

About the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Founded in 1940, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the global humanitarian aid and development agency of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States and its territories.

Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster— with open hearts and minds to all people. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues, and transitional development.

Learn more at www.UMCOR.org, www.Facebook.com/UMCOR and www.twitter.com/UMC_UMCOR.

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone from the kind folks of Central Church!

Our doors are always open to you. 

Why not make a New Year’s resolution to join us for worship on Sunday?

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!

Merry Christmas from Central Church!

Merry Christmas Eve!

This time of the year is always special.  Spending time with family and friends is both a joyful occasion and a blessing.  Whatever your traditions are and however you celebrate, let us not forget the true reason for the season – God’s one and only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

His birth is the sign of God’s grace and love to the world.  He is the greatest gift anyone could receive!  Let’s be sure to take time today to remember what God has done for us and to worship Jesus, who is worthy of all our worship. 

Central Church’s Christmas Eve worship service begins tonight at 6:30 pm with a 30-minute piano and organ concert, followed by our traditional candlelight service.  Come and join us!

This Christmas, we also want to take a moment to thank all of our friends and partners in outreach for the faithful work you’re doing for the Kingdom of God.  All of us at Central Church are so privileged to serve you along the way.  It is an honor.

We pray the joy of the Lord fills you and your family this holiday season. 

From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Luminaries at Central Church

A Merry Christmas at Central Church!

Central Church is known in our community as the Church that provides hot, nutritious and free meals to anyone coming through our doors – from our Luncheons every Tuesday to the Dinners every Friday, and even Breakfasts on two Saturdays each month.

So far in 2019, with the help of dedicated volunteers and generous partners, we have provided over 13,000 free meals to the members of our community, and more continue to come to us as we move into the heart of Advent and the Christmas season.

It’s at Christmas time that need is especially felt, particularly with the little boys and girls who come with their parents to eat with us.

Central Church’s doors decorated for Christmas

This year, something special is happening at Central.  Today we received over six large boxes filled to the brim with Christmas toys and stocking stuffers from the Dollar Tree stores in our area.

These toys were given by our local Lions Club for distribution to children in our area, and, due to the extensive community offerings that we provide, the Lions Club tells us that they look to Central Church as the “pulse of our community”!

We have shared some of these gifts with our friends at the SOMA Gathering on 14th Street to help support their own, distinctive outreach ministries, and with Jayme Dickson to help support her Church’s outreach to the youth of downtown Beaver Falls.  (As you may know, Jayme and her group provide a Sunday evening meal and worship service once a month at Central Church for our downtown youth and their parents.)

Our grateful thanks to our friends at our area Dollar Tree stores, and to the continuing, generous community outreach and spirit of our local Lions Club.  Together, we continue to strive to extend a very Merry Christmas to all of our friends and neighbors in downtown Beaver Falls.  As Tiny Tim would say, “God bless us, everyone!”

 

 

Central Church hosts Thanksgiving meal

Sharing a communal meal is a Thanksgiving tradition.

History tells us one of the first gratitude gatherings occurred in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass., when Pilgrims shared a meal with Native Americans.

Expressing thanks for blessings continues when Americans gather Nov. 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Some observe the national holiday at home, but at Central Church, as well as other locations in in Beaver County, it’s also become tradition for families, friends, neighbors and even strangers to gather at churches or community centers to share a communal meal. It’s a chance for individuals, couples and families to unite in fellowship.

At Central, our meals — served by volunteers — are free, and no advance reservations are required.

We believe that no one should be alone on Thanksgiving.  Come join us!

 

Central United Methodist Church

Where: 1227 Sixth Ave. in Beaver Falls

When: 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to all.

Reservations: Not required.

Information: 724-846-3474.

 

 

 

Central Church hosts Thanksgiving meal

Sharing a communal meal is a Thanksgiving tradition.

History tells us one of the first gratitude gatherings occurred in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass., when Pilgrims shared a meal with Native Americans.

Expressing thanks for blessings continues when Americans gather Nov. 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Some observe the national holiday at home, but at Central Church, as well as other locations in in Beaver County, it’s also become tradition for families, friends, neighbors and even strangers to gather at churches or community centers to share a communal meal. It’s a chance for individuals, couples and families to unite in fellowship.

At Central, our meals — served by volunteers — are free, and no advance reservations are required.

We believe that no one should be alone on Thanksgiving.  Come join us!

 

Central United Methodist Church

Where: 1227 Sixth Ave. in Beaver Falls

When: 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to all.

Reservations: Not required.

Information: 724-846-3474.

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Grateful to GodFather in Heaven!  You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of the moment.

But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our heart might remain faithful and sincere in the love which we bear to all those whom You have commanded us to love as we love ourselves.

                                                               – Soren Kierkegaard

From the friendly folks at Central Church, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

 As part of our Thanksgiving, we thank God for the opportunity to provide free warm and nutritious food for body and soul to many people in the City of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

 This holiday, let us cultivate a Thanksgiving for the people God has placed in our lives.

Help Requested: The Story of Central

As part of her Course of Study, Pastor Jan needs to write a paper for her Transformational Ministry Class about the story of our Church.

Since ministers move around frequently in the United Methodist Church, the best source of information about a congregation’s outreach and ministry over the years is usually the members and friends of the church.

Here is your opportunity to participate in brainstorming some ideas that Pastor Jan could consider for her paper!

  • What are some stories that define Central?

  • How we are remembered and the story retold Does this story Empower us or limit us?

  • How could we redefine or change this story to Better our community?

Time is short since Pastor Jan has to submit her paper on Friday, so please respond wit your ideas as soon as you can!

Upcoming Special Events at Central Church

Mark your calendars for these special upcoming events at Central Church!

 

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 pm – UMW Meeting
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019, 11 am – Thankoffering Worship Service

 

 

 

  • Monday, November 25, 2019, 6 pm – Hanging of the Greens
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019, 12:30 pm – Christmas Luncheon at Grand Valley Inn, $12
  • Friday, December 20, 2019, 6 pm – Christmas Caroling
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 6:30 pm – Christmas Eve Piano-Organ Concert
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 7 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelit Communion Worship Service

 

 

Happy Veterans’ Day

Central Church hosts Thanksgiving meal

Sharing a communal meal is a Thanksgiving tradition.

History tells us one of the first gratitude gatherings occurred in 1621 in Plymouth, Mass., when Pilgrims shared a meal with Native Americans.

Expressing thanks for blessings continues when Americans gather Nov. 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Some observe the national holiday at home, but at Central Church, as well as other locations in in Beaver County, it’s also become tradition for families, friends, neighbors and even strangers to gather at churches or community centers to share a communal meal. It’s a chance for individuals, couples and families to unite in fellowship.

At Central, our meals — served by volunteers — are free, and no advance reservations are required.

We believe that no one should be alone on Thanksgiving.  Come join us!

 

Central United Methodist Church

Where: 1227 Sixth Ave. in Beaver Falls

When: 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to all.

Reservations: Not required.

Information: 724-846-3474.

 

 

 

Turn Clocks Back Tonight!

If you are still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March when most of the country went on Daylight saving time, here’s some good news – you get it back this Sunday.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 2, and if you haven’t heard already, you need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

If you forget to turn your clocks back tonight, don’t worry – Instead of arriving tomorrow for the 11 am worship service, you’ll be right on time for Sunday School!

In Memoriam: Terry Davis

We regret to announce that Terry Davis, the husband of our pastor, Jan Davis, died last night at 12:15 am after more than 130 continuous days in a series of area hospitals.

 

 

1. Viewing and Calling Hours:
 
Sunday, October 20, 3-8 pm
 
Spratt Funeral Home
1901 7th Ave
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 843-1234
2.   Funeral Service:
Monday, October 21, 11 am
 
Central United Methodist Church
1227 Sixth Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

(724) 846-3474

 

13th Street Ramp Door Restored!

                    “Before”

Our 13th Street ramp outside door has been scraped and repainted with the same Sherwin-Williams’ “Real Red” shade used on our outside “Cross and Flame” medallions.  (The only difference is that oil-based gloss enamel was used on the metal medallions, while latex paint (three coats) was used on the wooden doors.)

See the difference the sun can make over many years in washing out the red color on our doors!  Now those doors have been renewed for years to come.

You can see the difference is stunning – not even taking into account that the Before picture was taken on a clear, sunny day and the After photo was taken on a darker, overcast day.  (Take a look at the reflections of the sky in the door’s windows.)

A big thanks to our dedicated Trustees for always looking for ways to maintain and improve our Church!

                                                                        “After”

 

Apple Dumplings

After a thoughtful review of our apple dumpling sales over the past few years, the decision has been made to take a break from making our apple dumplings this Fall. 

The folks of Central Church have enjoyed making our delicious apple dumplings every year for more than 40 years, and we will revisit whether to make them again in 2020, so stay tuned next year!

New Fall Flower Urns

New Fall Flower Urns

Tonight, we received 2 new urns full of beautiful, bright yellow mums grown by Trax Farms in the South Hills of Pittsburgh to spruce up our 6th Avenue entrance for Autumn.

Our thanks to our anonymous donors for adding a little Fall color to the outside of our building!

Outside Railings Repainted!

During the day today, our dedicated Trustees repainted the outside black railings on 6th Avenue down into our Fellowship Hall and on our 13th Street Ramp.

The difference isn’t as dramatic on the 6th Avenue railings since Dave Beegle repainted them last year when he built the roof over the outside steps.  However, those railings get a lot of wear from our feeding ministries, and needed a touch-up. 

However, the railing on 13th Street hasn’t been repainted for a few years, and was badly faded and peeling.  A fresh coat of glossy black enamel has now restored their original luster.

A new coat of paint to the top of our building!

Many thanks to our Trustees for their continuing work to maintain and improve our Church building!

 

 

 

Repainted “Cross and Flame” Insignias

                    6th Avenue “After”

                          13th Street “Before”

During the day today, our dedicated Trustees repainted the “Cross and Flame” insignias on the exterior of our Church.

Over the past few years, the relentless sun had reduced our red flames to something a lot closer to pink, and our black crosses had started migrating toward grey!

Many thanks to our Trustees for their tireless work to maintain and improve our Church building!

                        13th Street “After”

 

 

 

Another Year of Ministry with Pastor Jan!

We are pleased to announce that Pastor Jan has been appointed to Central Church for another fruitful year of ministry!

Following the morning worship service last Sunday, we joined in a celebratory luncheon to welcome Pastor Jan back.

 

 

 

Of course, any Church event with food is a good event, but we were happy to have an excellent reason for a little caloric festivity.

Welcome back, Pastor Jan!

 

 

 

New Scam: Emails Target Worshipers

Rubber stamp with text email scam inside, vector illustration

Scammers are now targeting worshipers in a gift card scam, warns the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Posing as a pastor or other church leaders (through an email that looks familiar and legitimate), these scammers ask worshipers for gift-card contributions to a good cause.

The FTC explains:

The imposter asks you to buy a popular gift card—frequently, iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon—and then asks for the gift card number and PIN on the back of the card. Those numbers let the scammer immediately get the money you loaded onto the card. And once that’s done, the scammer and your money are gone, usually without a trace.

Everyone is please asked to closely evaluate emails that appear to come from any church leader by carefully looking for some typical warning signs.

“For example, the email address isn’t the one normally used by the church, and the service provider is different, too.

The message may begin with a simple ‘Hi,’ but doesn’t include a recipient’s name.

There also may be spelling errors, including the pastor’s name,” says the FTC.

For more information, read the FTC’s full warning at:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/07/worshipers-targeted-gift-card-scam

 

CENTRAL’S SUMMER STREET PICNIC – A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thanks to underwriting by a generous donor, Central Church was able to offer a Summer Street Picnic to our community this afternoon.

For this special, first-time event, 13th Street outside the Church was blocked off by the Beaver Falls Police, and tents and grilling rigs were erected all along the street, providing a dizzying array of grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, and roasted corn on the cob, in addition to coleslaw and other traditional picnic fare.

We even had a burning barrel set up with firewood in the middle of the street so those attending could toast marshmallows over the open flames and make s’mores!

In addition to seating under a tent in the street, our Fellowship Hall featured live music by several talented artists from our area and an opportunity to enjoy their performances in air conditioned comfort.

We lost count of how many folks came to eat after the first 128 plates we put out were gone, but people continued to come by to eat and stay for a while to hear the music all afternoon.

In addition to our usual neighbors and friends who regularly attend our feeding ministry outreach offerings on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, folks walking along 7th Avenue and other streets were drawn by the music and festivities and joined us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship.

We even had a gentleman riding by in a taxi, who asked the taxi to change his destination and drop him off at the Church so he could join us.

What a glorious day!

 

 

Many thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers who took time from their busy schedules to help make our event a big success, and many, many thanks to our generous donor who made all of the festivities possible!

 

Exterior Painting!

A new coat of paint to the top of our building!

Our Trustees have again been busy this week, working with a painting crew to renew the exterior paint on the fascia high up along the roof line, and even including our tower windows, 60 feet from the ground.

Armed with a 60′ lift, our angels with paint brushes have been flying around the top of the Church all week in the heat and humidity.

What a difference a little scraping and a lot of paint can make to spruce up Central Church for years to come.  (And it looks even better in person!)

Our thanks to our dedicated Trustees for their tireless work to maintain and improve out Church building!

 

 

New Ceiling Fan!

After enduring some time with an old, squeaky ceiling fan in our Sanctuary that had seen better days, our Trustees arranged to have it replaced today in a marathon of uninstalling the old one, and rewiring the fixture, and installing a brand new, white, commercial ceiling fan that should give us many years of service (as well as occasional gale-force winds).

(Note – remember that for our next Pentecost service!)

Our new ceiling fan.

 

Many thanks to our dedicated Trustees for their continuing work to maintain and improve our Church building!

Rest in Peace, El Squeako!

 

 

Church Alley Trees Trimmed!

The unusually-severe storm we had on Saturday night snapped the electric line from Duquesne Light to our pipe organ, so we used the piano on Sunday.  (In case you’re wondering, our pipe organ has historically had its own, separate electric meter, and all the rest of our Church was operated from a second, separate electric meter, so we had lights, but no pipe organ on Sunday.)

In preparation to have the pipe organ’s wire restrung to the Church tomorrow, the alley-side trees were trimmed back today, and a big improvement it is!

The alley-side trees before trimming.

The alley-side trees after being trimmed to size!

A big thanks to our dedicated Trustees for always working to improve our Church building!

 

Church Pipe Organ for Sale!

The pipe organ is located in the former First United Methodist Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.  It has a rich sound and considerable versatility considering its comparatively compact size.  (It is installed in the Church’s Choir Loft elevation and the front of the Sanctuary, immediately behind the altar rail and communion table.)  It was completely restored about ten years ago.

After First UMC’s congregation disbanded a few years ago, the Church property was eventually sold by the UMC’s Conference Trustees to a nondenominational church group named “Reach”.  Reach has now vacated the building and has sold the church building and contents to Tiger Pause (a Christ-centered organization that cultivates community by offering holistic programs to Beaver County’s young people and their families).

Tiger Pause is selling all of the Church-centric furniture and fixtures in order to use the building as a broader outreach facility.  The long, wooden pews have recently been sold for just $148 each, so it is likely that the pipe organ could also be obtained for a reasonable price.  Other worship-related items may also be available at reasonable prices.

For more information, please contact Matt Nance, the director of Tiger Pause, at the following coordinates:

Tiger Pause Youth Ministry
P.O. Box 34
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Office Phone: 724-843-2384
Email: mail@tigerpause.net

 

Peace with Justice Sunday

 

Sunday is “Peace with Justice Sunday” in the United Methodist Church.

A special offering will be received to support denominational outreach initiatives.

Fathers’ Day

Join us this Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 11 am at Central Church!

Community Pentecost Service – Sunday, June 9, 2019

Instead of having our regular Sunday worship service, Central Church will join with other area Churches for a Community Pentecost Service in the LGI at the Beaver Falls High School at 10:30 am on Sunday, June 9.

See you there!

 

Concert in Our Area

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Happy Mother’s Day from your friends at Central Church!

Join Us for Easter – This Sunday at 11 am!

Daylight Savings Time – Begins Tonight

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is this coming Wednesday.

Join us and the people of the other downtown Churches at First Presbyterian Church, 11th Street & 8th Avenue, at 7 pm for a combined worship service as we begin our season of Lent and consider the depth of love our Father God has for His children.

Ash Wednesday – March 1, 2017 – Joint Worship Service

Ash WednesdayCentral Church will join with the Beaver Falls Ministerium on Ash Wednesday – March 1 – for a joint worship service at First Presbyterian Church (across from the Post Office) at 7 pm.

Other combined Lenten worship services are currently being discussed at the Beaver Falls Ministerium, so stay tuned for further developments.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars to join us at First Presbyterian Church at 7 pm on March 6 as we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.

 

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Here is an informative article by the United Methodist news service that describes the situation now impacting many United Methodist local churches due to the financial challenges being faced by the United Methodist Insurance company.

Central Church is among those local UM churches.  UMI is now proposing an incredible 72% premium increase for Central Church, who has faithfully paid premiums and made no claims during the past few years that it has insured through UMI.


About a week before Christmas, historic Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, got a certified letter stating that its annual premiums under United Methodist Insurance were going from about $6,000 to $30,000.

And a payment was due Dec. 28.

“We were shocked, to say the least,” said the Rev. Tom Lester, pastor.

Washington Street — host of the first General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1846 — scrambled to find more affordable insurance from another carrier.

The church even closed the doors of its 1842 sanctuary for the first two weeks of January.

“We didn’t have worship. We didn’t have recovery groups. We encouraged no one to be in the church. … We had no insurance,” Lester said.

Washington Street recently found property and liability insurance from another carrier for less than it had been paying.

But it was hardly the only church to have a tense Christmas because of large rate hike notices from United Methodist Insurance, a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration.

“I was very frustrated to receive multiple calls just before the Christmas break from church pastors and trustees,” said Jim Allen, treasurer and director of administrative services for the Tennessee Conference. “Many indicated they were being held hostage by exorbitant premium increases with short notices over Christmas.”

About 3,700 United Methodist churches in the U.S. were covered by United Methodist Insurance as of December, and about 500 got premium notices just before Christmas.

The Virginia Conference treasurer, David Dommisse, shared his frustrations on the conference website.

“From my perspective, it is appalling and unacceptable that notifications were not sent out allowing local churches to be aware of large rate increases and affording time for review of options,” he wrote.

Moses Kumar, top executive of GCFA, addressed complaints in a Jan. 28 press release.

“We acknowledge there have been issues,” he said. “We apologize and are working diligently to find solutions, both to the issues around competitive (pricing) quotations and timing.”

The Book of Discipline — the denomination’s policy book — has since 1976 required the finance agency to provide an insurance program. It’s been organized and focused in different ways under different names, including United Methodist Insurance Program and United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust.

Since 2011, it’s been called United Methodist Insurance.

The program has been backed by reinsurers, such as Swiss Re, while retaining some risk for insurance-related losses. Until recently, Church Insurance Agency Corporation, affiliated with the Episcopal Church, handled much of the administrative work.

United Methodist Insurance itself has just two employees — Mike Plesko, president and CEO, and Sid Gray, vice president and treasurer.

Though enrolling more churches as clients in recent years, United Methodist Insurance has struggled financially. Its most recent audit shows net losses of $454,213 in 2017 and $835,216 in 2016. Those owed to individual large claims filed late in the year, Plesko said.

But a former president of United Methodist Insurance, the Rev. Stephen Hundley, said it has long needed more capital to grow and to take on more risk — thus being able to claim a greater share of income from premiums.

“That was always the challenge, to have enough capital,” he said.

In late August, GCFA announced in a press release that United Methodist Insurance had entered into an agreement with AmVenture, a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services, to provide property and casualty insurance to United Methodist churches.

When asked recently the reason for the shift, GCFA officials provided this written answer:

“The change is the result of the desire to be more competitive and provide more choices for the churches and less loss for GCFA. The change was made by UMI and its owner, GCFA, in order to move to a fully insured program — where all risk would be held by non UMC-related entities.”

In a Q&A prepared for United Methodist Insurance customers, GCFA elaborated on the change:

“Your prior coverage with UMI was administered through a captive program, where UMI assumed partial risk for insurance-related losses. As stewards of the church’s resources and to provide the best protection for United Methodist churches, the current program is being replaced to offer independent protection for the ministries it serves.”

GCFA, in its written responses to United Methodist News Service, described AmVenture as an insurance producer that secures coverage from insurance carriers “rather than insuring or reinsuring the risks themselves.”

Plesko, in a followup interview, noted that the GCFA committee overseeing United Methodist Insurance wanted it to return to being merely an endorser of a brokerage that would find carriers willing to take the risk.

The hope is that United Methodist Insurance will stop its losses and be able to pay back annual conferences that had provided capital in years past, he added.

But the August press release from GCFA did not mention United Methodist Insurance’s financial challenges. Instead it dwelled on the better customer experience churches could expect, as well as a wider array of insurance products.

The Pacific Northwest Conference had all 242 of its churches with United Methodist Insurance, and conference treasurer Brant Henshaw sought to learn what the new arrangement might mean for costs.

“We were told at the beginning that we probably would not see a big premium increase. When we got to December, after a few administrative slips here and there, we had a different story,” he said.

Henshaw said the increase was in the 40-50 percent range. He acknowledges that wasn’t as large as what some individual churches elsewhere would face.

“Our jaws still dropped,” he said.

The Pacific Northwest Conference chose to go elsewhere to insure its churches and with its longtime broker’s help found coverage for about what it had been paying, Henshaw said.

Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee, also made a switch after learning just before Christmas that its United Methodist Insurance premiums would rise from about $900 to $4,600. A quarterly payment was due Dec. 28.

“Why didn’t we start getting letters back in October and November, so people could start looking?” said Morris Irby, administrative council chair of the small church, part of a three-point charge. “That rubbed a lot of us wrong.”

Why the late notice and large hikes?

Plesko said he understood that the carriers AmVenture was working with wanted more data about churches before premiums could be established.

“It was taking them quite a long time,” he said. “It’s a matter of reaching the church and reaching the right person at the church.”

The unfamiliarity with churches and the recent history of large individual claims by some churches were factors in the premium hikes, Plesko said. He added that United Methodist Insurance, as a nonprofit, had tax advantages that helped keep rates low when it operated a captive program.

Exactly how many churches have moved away from United Methodist Insurance since the December notices is unclear, Plesko said.

But the recent GCFA press release included a statement from Sam Liotta, president and founder of AmVenture, acknowledging churches’ and conferences’ unhappiness.

“We are actively seeking ways to correct any problems created by the coverage quotes received by churches insured with UMI,” he said. “We apologize for the timing and communications shared for January renewals.”

Hodges is a Dallas-based writer for United Methodist News Service.

 

 

In Memorium – Grace Schleiger

Central Church regrets to announce the passing of Grace Schleiger, one of our oldest members, earlier today while in hospice care at the Medical Center.

Details concerning a memorial service to be held to commemorate her life and service will be announced as information becomes available.

Please remember Grace’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they move through this difficult time.

 

 

Winter Weather Advisory

The weather forecasters tell us that there will be snow overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, with 1-2″ of fresh snow by early Sunday evening.

 

The downtown streets will be plowed and our sidewalk will be shoveled and salted as usual Sunday morning.

 

The coffee will be on for Sunday School at 10, and the Sanctuary will be toasty warm for our worship service at 11.

 

Singing a few hymns will warm you right up.

 

COME JOIN US!

 

Central Church’s Congregation welcomes you!