- September 2020 -

Central's online monthly newsletter



Gathering and Scattering

During the month of August, I have been back at school so to speak.  I enrolled in two online courses: one on digital ministry and another on establishing a house church network.  One of the things that has stuck with me is the phrase gathering and scattering.  Over the past few months in particular, we have been working hard on gathering plans; when to gather, how to gather safely, etc.  As important as gathering plans are, it is just as important that we develop and articulate scattering plans.  


Church is more than a place that you go; it is a way Jesus' followers are to be in the world.  Jesus said in the sermon on the mount, "You are the light of the world ... In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt 5:14-16)".   


During this season of ministry, instead of focusing on what we can't do, we need to focus on what we can do, as individuals and as the body of Christ.  


On our Missions Celebration Sunday, Randy Frye challenged us to "see" people and not pass by.  As you go on with your daily life, I encourage you to "see" people with the eyes of Jesus.  Look for and lean into the opportunities God gives you.  Over the next few months, we will be lifting up scattering opportunities where you can share the love of Christ. You have one this month with Think Inside the Box.  Let's not be like the priest and the levite who pass by.  Let us be like the Good Samaritan who gets personally​ involved and invites others to join.  Thanks for all you do Central!

Think Inside The Box  

As you know, one of our long standing mission partners is Rice and Beans ministry in Costa Rica.  They are currently serving 80 communities north of Alajuela Costa Rica.  We are partnering with them to Think Inside The Box for Christmas this year..  Beginning Sept 13, you are invited to pick up a box, fill it up, and return it to the church by October 4 so we can mail it to Costa Rica for distribution by Christmas.  All the details of what to fill it with, what not to fill it with are on our website here.  Here are the details:


  1. Pick Up a Think Inside The Box box on September 13 from 9-11am on Sunday morning or at the outdoor  service on September 13th at 7pm

  2. Fill up the box with items for the age and gender child you choose

  3. Indicate the age and gender of the child in your box

  4. Return by Sunday October 4 with $10 for shipping and customs.

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Good News

Two of the primary reasons people connect to church is to connect with God and find hope and power for living everyday life.  Beginning September 13, we will begin a 12 week journey of the life of Jesus called Good News. This series will walk chronologically through the life of Jesus and feature geography from Israel.  Our hope is that you will not only learn something about the person of Jesus, but Finding Hope and Power for Living today.


  • September 6: Emotions: Love

  • September 13: Can Anything Good Come from Nazareth?     

  • September 20:  Finding Identity at the Jordan River    

  • September 27: Living in The Wilderness  

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The events going on in our world have been troubling. A few have been reaching out to us asking,  
what can we do?  

One of the things we can do is pray.  


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In August, we premiered our brand new CK.TV on Youtube ! CK.TV offers a 30 minute block for our kids to worship, learn, and laugh like they would on a Sunday morning at church!

September Theme: Block Party

Jesus showed us the greatest example of love when He laid down His life for His friends. With His words and actions, He showed friendship to everyone He met. We can reflect Jesus’ love best when we treat one another with friendship.

Week 1:
Two people are better than one Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Choose your friends carefully.


Week 2:
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 20 (Supporting: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) Friends love one another.


Week 3:
Elijah and Elisha 1 Kings 19:14-21; 2 Kings 2:1-15 Friends encourage one another.


Week 4:
Jesus Forgives Peter John 21:1-19 (Supporting: John 18:1-27) Friends forgive one another.

Central Students Small Groups

Following Labor Day, Central Students is excited to resume physical small groups for middle school boys/girls and high school boys/girls at the church. We will emphasize community and faith in our groups together. A reminder: Masks and social distancing will be required.

  • September 6:  Labor Day Off

  • September 13: Large Group Gathering @ church to go over plans for the fall. Will split into small groups
    to allow students to get to know each other better.

  • September 20: “Explained” - Study of what the
    Bible is

  • September 27: “Explained” - Study of what the
    Bible is




Parenting Through the Phases

Small Group

Parents have 936 weeks from the moment their child is born until he or she moves on to what's next. It goes fast, and kids change and grow quickly.

This small group study will help you discover what's changing about your child, the six things they need most, and four conversations it is important to have at each phase of your child's development!

Parents of kids ranging from 0-18 years old are invited to be apart of this journey!

Join us for this 6-week study starting September 9th that every parent will benefit from.


  • Session 1 (September 9th): Start The Countdown

  • Session 2 (September 16th): Rediscover Your Kid Every Year

  • Session 3 (September 23rd): Make History One Week At A Time

  • Session 4 (September 30th): Talk About What Matters

  • Session 5 (October 7th): Connect Your Kid To A Bigger

  • Story Session 6 (October 21st): Create A Rhythm In Your Home

Confirmation 2020 Class via Zoom

Central United Methodist Church

301 Hickory Creek Road

Lenoir City, TN 37771


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Location: 301 Hickory Creek Road,
Lenoir City, TN 37771

Mailing Address: PO Box 448

Lenoir City, TN 37771

(phone) 865-986-7329

(fax) 865-986-2165

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