Advent and Christmas at Central

Sunday, December 11th 11:00 am: Children's Christmas Pageant

Wednesday, December 14th:  WOW Christmas Party

Sunday, December 18th: Chancel Choir Cantata

December 24th 5:00 pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

December 25th: 11:00 am Casual Christmas Day Worship

Pecans are Here!

The Canton Central Women of Faith (UMW) are selling pecans to support their missions and ministries.  Bags of whole or pieces are $12 and can be purchased on Sunday mornings or in the church office.  

Church Office Hours are MONDAY, Tuesday and Thursday 9am - noon.

Canton Christmas Parade Watch Party

Canton Christmas Parade Watch Party, Thursday December 1st 6pm.
Join us for an outreach opportunity as we cheer on members of our church family who are in the parade. We will also hand out popcorn and hot chocolate to other parade watchers. Please contact the church office or Erin Gamez to help or to let us know you are watching with us. 

Parents Day Out Sunday, December 4th

Our youth will be hosting a parent's day out fundraiser for children through 5th grade from 3-7pm. Supper, snacks, and fun activities provided. Please RSVP to the Erin Gamez or the church office. 

WOW this Week

5:00-5:45 Dinner in the Fellowship Hall

5:45-6:00 Prayer time in the fellowship hall

6:00-7:00 Youth Bible Study, Children's Ministry and Music, Adult Study

7:00 Chancel Choir, Theology on Tap (next meeting is December 7th)

Give Blood on Saturday, Dec 3rd

We are hosting a blood drive in our fellowship hall from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 pm. Sign up to give blood using the Red Cross website. For help signing up please contact Pastor Erin or the church office.

Church Financial Update

Many of you check the weekly financial updates given in the bulletin and at the bottom of these emails. As you can see our tithes and offerings to date are behind our budgeted needs. The Leadership Team and church staff are doing what we can to keep our costs low while still maintaining vital ministries in the church. In recent months we have switched contracts for our church copier, and it has saved us a couple hundred dollars a month. When we need curriculum for our children and youth ministries, we try to borrow it from the conference resource center rather than buying it ourselves. We have held back on making contributions to some of the agencies and ministries we typically send money to in hopes that we will be able to do so by the end of the year. Those agencies include the Community Kitchen, Haywood Christian Ministries, and Pathways. We also have not paid the 3rd and 4th quarter of our apportionments to the Western NC UMC Conference. Those funds are used to help fund ministries of the United Methodist Church including Africa University, new church starts, new ministries for vital congregations, and much more.

At our November meeting, the Leadership Team voted to transfer $30,000 from the Helen West funds to help us cover budgeted expenses for the rest of the year. This is the first time since 2019 that we have had to use those funds. Our hope is that with your help and through church growth we will not have to use more funds next year.

This summer we did take out a $50,000 line of credit with Champion Credit Union to help us pay for unbudgeted maintenance including the replacement of 3 air-conditioning units (2 in the sanctuary and 1 in the chapel) and the church's portion of replacing the roof on the parsonage, which was damaged in a hailstorm (insurance covered all put $4,900). Thank you to those who have already given to help pay off those expenses. The unit in the chapel has been replaced but we have not yet replaced the 2 units in the sanctuary.

Giving to the Haven House continues to be strong and we have more than enough funds to ensure that renovations are completed and to move a new family into the house as soon as possible. Your giving to the pastor discretionary fund has also remained strong and has allowed us to help church members with utility bills, purchasing new tires, and emergency funding. We have also used some of those funds to help a member of another United Methodist Church with a portion of a month's rent, a community member pay a month of car insurance, and to give gas gift cards to three community members. Please know that as a former pastor of missions I have a process in place to make sure we are being good stewards of the discretionary fund.

We are grateful to you for your faithfulness in giving of your finances to the church. Every bit helps us to continue to make the love of Christ known. We encourage everyone to continue to give what God is asking you to give.

COVID Update

We are excited to be able to be back together in worship and for other missions and ministries of the church. Masks are optional for in person worship and ministries. Please show love and respect for the people around you and their personal choices regarding masks and social distancing. 

Worship continues to be shown live on Facebook at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch live. Follow this link and when worship has begun you will see a video with a red "Live" box in the corners. Following worship, the full worship service will be available on Vimeo and an abbreviated version with the scripture and sermon on You-tube, and on the church website on Monday. You can also listen to the sermon each week on WPTL radio AM 920 or FM 101.7 on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.