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You Are Invited! – Free Community Dinner, Concert, and Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service
Please join us for a free community dinner in our Fellowship Hall from 4-5 pm, followed by a full 30 minute piano and organ concert of carols and seasonal music at 6:30, and capped off with our Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm!
Calling All Carolers!
Meet at the Church tonight at 6:00 pm for our annual Christmas caroling party.
After visiting our shut-ins, join in the refreshments!
Come and join us!
It is once again time to order your Christmas Poinsettias that will be part of our Christmas display in the Sanctuary through our Christmas Eve candlelight communion service.
This year, our poinsettias are available in the following colors:
- Pink; and
- Jingle (spotted red and white).
They are available in the following sizes and prices:
- 6″ – $ 6.85;
- 8″ – $16.85; and
- 10″ – $20.75.
The nursery has requested that our orders be submitted early this year, so please contact the Church this week to ensure that your selections are included in our order.
When you order, you may also designate to whom your poinsettias are dedicated in honor or memory.
Orders can be submitted now through Sunday morning, December 9 in person at the Church, by email at email@example.com, or you can leave your order on the Church’s answering machine at (724) 846-3474.
Father 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.
or you will be very early for Church on Sunday!
UNBAKED or FROZEN apple dumplings will be available for pickup at the Church on 6th Avenue and 13th Street on:
Thursday, November 8th
from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Apple Dumplings are just $3.75!
Call (724) 846-3474 to place your order now!
The plexiglass window on the front door recently broke at the top left corner, leaving the inside open to the elements. The broken plexiglass was removed and replaced with new plexiglass to give us a weather-tight seal once again.
While they were at it, the old fluorescent tube and ballast were removed and replaced with a brand new LED light fixture.
The restored 6th Avenue bulletin board is now fully functional once again, illuminating our Church’s name and washing light down over the message in the bulletin board, all while using 30% less electricity than the little we previously used with the fluorescent light.
A big Thank-You to our dedicated Trustees for another improvement to our Church!
Each month, we will feature a new Stewardship theme and reflection to help each of us be a better steward of what God has entrusted to us.
Our Trustees have been busy over the past few weeks, working with a contractor to chisel out the deteriorated portions of our 114-year-old outside concrete steps from Sixth Avenue down to our Fellowship Hall.
After the bad parts were removed, the steps were patched with new concrete, tied into the existing concrete with steel mesh. Then, 2 inches of new concrete, on both the treads and risers, were incorporated into the repaired concrete.
After the concrete cured, a sealer was applied, and the railings were scraped and repainted.
Now we have restored steps that we hope last us another 114 years!
A big thank-you to our dedicated Trustees for their tireless work to maintain and improve our Church!
The remaining concrete on the top step has been coated with a bonding agent to increase the adhesion of the new concrete.
Steel mesh is then screwed down onto the old concrete and 1½” of concrete is applied to the tread portion of the stair. A final ½” of fine, finish concrete (i.e., with smaller aggregate) will be added to the top of the stair.
Our plan is to do the tread (top) portions of each of the other stairs, and then return to the top to apply about 2” of concrete to the riser (front) portion of each stair.
The edge of each stair will also be rounded off and the tread portion brushed to provide greater traction during bad weather.
Since the old concrete has degraded because of the amount of salt that must be applied during the winter to melt snow and ice on the stairs, a roof will be installed over the stairs. The new roof will reduce the amount of snow and ice that land on the stairs, and therefore should also reduce the amount of salt that we need to apply to keep them clear during the winter.
The work should continue through the coming week. Our thanks to our dedicated Trustees for these comprehensive repairs and improvements that should give us many years of maintenance-free use!
The following information is kindly provided by Mike Batts, managing partner of Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee.
A very kind but anxious fellow named Tom calls your finance office and informs your team that he just realized he accidentally submitted a donation to your organization in the amount of $5,000. He meant for it to be $50. He pleads for an immediate refund of the difference, since he is on a fixed income and a $5,000 charge to his account would create a terrible hardship for him. Your team wants to help the poor chap immediately. You check the records for your online gifts and sure enough, there it is: an online ACH gift from Tom, a new donor, in the amount of $5,000. You quickly come to Tom’s rescue and issue a refund through the ACH system to him in the amount of $4,950. Now that you’ve saved the day, you can move on to more mundane things.
But two days later, you get a notice from your bank that the original $5,000 gift from Tom was rejected due to insufficient funds in his account. So, his original gift of $5,000 is debited from your organization’s account as a chargeback. You try to call Tom and the number is no longer a working number. After you think about it for a couple of minutes, the reality begins to sink in…you got scammed. You issued a refund for $4,950 of a $5,000 contribution you never actually received.
The scenario described above is happening with increasing frequency to nonprofit organizations across the United States.
Fraudsters attempt to steal funds by taking advantage of the lag time associated with bank processing of payments from deposit accounts (that is, the time between the date the transaction was made and the date it clears the banking system).
What to do
Refund requests for contributions made should ring alarm bells.
It is true that if a donor accidentally gave more than he/she intended, a nonprofit organization may have a moral duty (if not a legal one) to rectify the situation—but only if it was genuinely an accident and only if the organization ensures that it is not the victim of a scam in the process.
The organization should never issue a refund for an allegedly erroneous contribution until the organization ensures that the funds originally given have fully cleared the banking system and are settled. Simple awareness and adhering to such a policy can prevent an organization from being flimflammed.
Excerpts from the Monday, June 11, 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
A showdown is set for February 2019, when United Methodist delegates from throughout the world meet in St. Louis in a rare special convention. They will vote on a compromise their bishops are presenting.
The bishops’ so-called “One Church Plan” would remove long-standing language from the church’s Book of Discipline that bans “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” from ordination. It would instead give Methodists in the U.S. a local option on such questions.
Under the proposal, recommended by an overwhelming vote of the worldwide denomination’s bishops, each pastor in the American church could decide whether to preside at a same-sex wedding; each congregation could decide whether to host one; each board of ministry could decide whether to recommend an openly gay person for ordination; and churches or congregations conflicted on the issue wouldn’t be forced to take a side, according to a summary presented by conference Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi.
The overseas jurisdictions of the church would be able set their own rules based on their own cultural contexts. These include large and typically conservative churches in Africa, where in some countries homosexual activity is illegal.
Western Pennsylvania clergy already have engaged in various dialogue sessions that give a preview of what’s at stake…
In interviews before and during the conference, local Methodists agreed the church will face change of some kind in February 2019.
Efforts to repeal the current discipline have repeatedly failed at the once-every-four-year General Conventions by increasingly firm margins, largely on the strength of the large numbers of delegates from conservative African churches.
But some liberal U.S. conferences are installing openly gay pastors and one bishop in defiance of church law.
Those supporting the current language in the Book of Discipline say it reflects the church’s traditional understanding of the Bible…
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After singing “And Are We Yet Alive,” a number of U.S. annual conferences have weighed in on how The United Methodist Church might live in the future.
Various annual conferences have voted on resolutions related to the Council of Bishops recommendation for a way forward through the denomination’s potentially church-splitting divisions over homosexuality.
In May, a majority of United Methodist bishops recommended what they call the One Church Model.
Some conferences have endorsed that plan, which would leave questions of the ordination of LGBTQ clergy up to annual conferences and same-gender marriage up to local churches. Others have called for stronger enforcement of the denomination’s current prohibitions against same-gender weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy.
The resolutions are aspirational. Ultimately, decisions about the denomination’s direction will be in the hands of the 864 lay and clergy delegates — elected by annual conferences — to attend the special General Conference in 2019.
The U.S. annual conference season is still very much in full swing with more votes to come. Here is a brief overview of some of the actions thus far.
More on annual conferences
Annual conferences are yearly, regional gatherings around the globe that combine United Methodist worship and business. They celebrate the licensing, commissioning and ordination of new clergy and as well as clergy retirements.
United Methodist News Service is posting annual conference reports as we receive them.
In Michigan, the vote for a “Call for Unity in Diversity” was overwhelming and brought together United Methodists across the theological spectrum, said the Rev. Melanie Carey, a General Conference delegate who presented the resolution.
“In our families, we don’t agree with everybody,” she said. “The church is like a giant family. We don’t agree, but we still get together. Sometimes in families, people don’t talk to each other or they break apart. But we’re hoping we’ll be able to work it out.”
The North Alabama Conference voted against a similar resolution on unity by a written vote of 412 no to 240 yes.
The Holston Conference substituted a One Church Model endorsement with a motion calling on its General Conference delegation to study the upcoming bishops’ report and subsequently set up listening sessions around the conference ahead of the 2019 session.
The New York Conference, which encompasses United Methodists in the greater New York City area and western Connecticut, reaffirmed its longtime stance that the denomination should remove language excluding LGBTQ individuals from the life of the church. The resolution also urges General Conference delegates to consider “the marginalized in any proposed changes in church structure.”
The conference — as permitted by the denomination’s Book of Discipline — also elected a new slate of eight delegates and eight reserves to the special General Conference. Of the 16-member delegation, seven are LGBTQ, 11 are people of color, 10 are women and five are immigrants. Some of the straight delegates elected identify as LGBTQ allies.
The high number of LGBTQ United Methodists was by design, said Dorothee Benz, who is openly gay and will be a lay delegate in 2019.
“At the very center of this effort was our conviction that we must do whatever we can to rectify the exclusion of LGBTQI people not just from equal standing in the church but from even being in the conversation,” she said. The initials stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex.
The Upper New York Conference voted against two resolutions — one urging the end of all forms of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and another urging a four-book study that advocates a traditionalist approach to sexual ethics and celibacy for gay people.
The conference did approve a resolution urging the General Council on Finance and Administration to add a “non-binary” column to the denomination’s membership statistical reports to allow the reporting of members who do not identify as male or female.
Other conferences are calling for an alternative to the bishops’ recommendation.
The South Georgia Conference approved a resolution urging affirmation of “the present standards of our Discipline” with added accountability when the Discipline is violated.
The South Carolina Conference also passed a resolution affirming the current language in the Discipline.
The Peninsula-Delaware Conference, similarly, amended a resolution that called for “openness to diverse perspectives in matters of human sexuality” to instead “maintain the current language” in the Discipline concerning matters of human sexuality.
At the same conference, Chelsea Spyres announced she was withdrawing from appointment as a licensed local pastor as long as LGBTQ individuals are barred from ordination.
For those who want to maintain the church’s prohibitions, the Rev. Rob Renfroe promised a traditionalist plan will be on the table at the special General Conference. Renfroe is the president of Good News, an unofficial advocacy group that seeks to strengthen enforcement of church laws on homosexuality.
At a luncheon with likeminded United Methodists in the Texas Conference, Renfroe declared he and other traditionalists would defeat the One Church Model at General Conference.
He also urged bishops who support that model to leave The United Methodist Church.
“Admit you no longer have the moral authority to lead this church,” he said. “And if you want to lead others out to something other than The United Methodist Church, we will bless you as you go.”
The bishops plan to make their report to General Conference public after it is translated into the main languages in which the church does business — English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. The deadline to submit legislation to the special General Conference is July 8.
The U.S. annual conference season will continue through the end of June with more annual conference meetings planned around the globe before the special General Conference.
Delegates often take annual conference actions into consideration, but they are not obligated to reflect the opinions of those who elected them. The church’s Judicial Council has stated that delegates must vote “as their conscience dictates” for what is good for the church of Jesus Christ.
Hahn is a multimedia news reporter for United Methodist News Service. Contact her at (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.
Key Bible Verse: Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! – Psalm 55:6
Bonus Reading: Mark 3:20-21; 6:31-32
My good friend Ken once got pneumonia from staying up too late, getting up too early, teaching all day, writing and directing a musical all evening, and generally forgetting that he was human. Ken told me later that his sickness was the best thing that could have happened to him because he needed and wanted a break but didn’t know how to schedule one for himself. God did it for him, with a week-long stay in the hospital, complete with hospital food. Now he’s better at slowing down every now and then, but he still has a way to go. So do the rest of us.
Because so many things seem more urgent than they really are, it’s difficult to make the choice to read, write, and reflect—three keys to slowing down the pace of our lives. Our culture promotes the idea of working like crazy and then taking a short but intense vacation (which calls for another vacation we seldom get to take).
If those of us in our twenties do manage to slow down, work hard but less, pace ourselves, and make time for other things, we may not be received too well by those above us who “paid their dues” to the same exhausting system.
—Craig Dunham in TwentySomeone
My Response: When in my life am I overloaded?
Adapted from TwentySomeone (WaterBrook, 2003)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, I want to use the time you’ve given me in ways that yield long-term significance.
Instead of having its 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, May 20.
See you there!
Happy Mother’s Day from your friends at Central Church!
In order to convert these dolls into proceeds that can be used to further the work of God’s Kingdom, they have been entered this afternoon as separate items into 7-day Ebay auctions.
Some of the dolls are special, numbered limited editions, and none of the dolls are still being produced. All but one of the dolls also have Certificates of Authenticity, and all of them are in great condition, still in their original boxes (although they have been removed from their boxes from time to time, and so are being sold at a reduced price as used).
If you or anyone you know are interested in high-quality, limited edition or collectible dolls at very affordable prices, here are the nine very special dolls (just click on the name to be taken to the Ebay auction page):
- Ashton-Drake, “Dressed to Delight”; (photo above)
- Ashton-Drake, “Put on a Happy Face”;
- Ashton-Drake, “With Faith, All Is Possible”;
- Ashton-Drake, “Baby Mine”;
- Ashton-Drake, “Emerie”;
- Ashton-Drake, “Madison”;
- Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “Baby Jessica Heartfelt”;
- Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “My Friend Forever”; and
- Marie Osmond Fine Collectables, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (photo below).
The auction ends in just 6 days, so don’t miss this opportunity to get a collectible or limited edition doll at affordable prices while helping the to further the ministry of Central Church at the same time!
Key Bible Verse: God has given to each of you … spiritual gifts … so that God’s generosity can flow through you. – 1 Peter 4:10
Bonus Reading: Mark 9:33-37
José Morena spends his workdays sweeping trash, wiping toilets, and scrubbing floors as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School in Oxnard, California. Though he excels at his work, it isn’t what he’s known for at the school.
During recess, Morena’s a quarterback. With his ring of keys jangling from his belt loop, he throws spirals to pint-sized receivers. His presence on the field makes the friendly games more fun and prevents spats, according to the students. He does the same on the basketball court.
Morena also helps the teachers in the classroom. Because he’s bilingual, he can translate between teachers and parents. He also stands in for teachers when they have to leave their classrooms. Morena has two daughters of his own, but he also acts as a father figure to many students, particularly boys, who don’t have fathers at home.
The kids on the playground light up when asked about Morena: “José has always been there for me. He’s someone you can talk to, and he understands,” says ten-year-old Amber Castillo. He’s living proof that you don’t have to have an impressive job or powerful position to impact lives. Being important is about serving others, about being a role model for kids.
—Bill McCartney in 4th and Goal
My Response: Who am I uniquely positioned to serve today?
Thought to Apply: No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.—Charles Dickens
Adapted from 4th and Goal (Tyndale, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: You are never weary, O Lord, of doing us good. Let us never be weary of serving you.—John Wesley
That, and especially the abundance of prayers from Central’s corporeal and online communities, appears to have saved that young man’s life.
As emergency treatment continued at the Medical Center, they discovered that the seizure had been triggered by the combination of a number of very potent medications from several different sources that in combination produced a violent reaction.
The young man was successfully stabilized yesterday, and has now been released from the Medical Center!
We thank God for the skill and prompt treatment provided by medical professionals and praise Him for the quick answer to so many prayers offered for our young man’s care and well being.
We also thank God for the continuing ministry of our community food outreach program. Although we might at times take this important source of nutrition and socialization for granted, If our young man had suffered his violent reaction while at alone home or elsewhere, this story might have had a much more tragic ending.
Central Church provides over 10,000 free, nutritious meals to our community each year, and the numbers of the hungry coming to us continue to increase as we move through 2018, all through the generosity of many small givers and an active congregation of less than 20 dedicated souls.
Today, we are asking for prayers for a man who suffered a grand mal epileptic seizure while participating in our “Soup Tuesday” luncheon outreach. We called paramedics to assist and medical personnel are attending to him now.
As believers, we celebrate the resurrection every Sunday, but on Easter, we have the opportunity to be even more intentional. We remember and celebrate our salvation resulting from the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. These truths have the power to dramatically change our lives every day of the year.
We pray that as you celebrate Easter with family, friends, and your church, you remember and share the power of the resurrection.
Palm Sunday (March 25) – 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday (March 29)- Communion – 7:00 pm
Good Friday (March 30) – 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday Sunrise (April 1) – 6:00 am at Grandview Cemetery (Breakfast to follow)
Easter Sunday (April 1) – 11:00 am
Please join us for these special times of worship this Lent.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18