For those who joined us for the “Lunch for Cisy”, you were treated to an incredible meal and lively servers. Did anyone else feel the energy and love coming out of that kitchen? Did you see the eager smiles of our youth who were serving you? Did you witness caring adults coaching and mentoring and serving right along with our youth? This IS Central United Methodist Church! We ARE Central United Methodist Church! We have amazing children and youth and we have amazing volunteers and we are doing amazing things here. Be proud to call this YOUR church. Let others know that you belong to Central United Methodist Church. YOU belong here!

Sunday School: Thank you to everyone for being flexible and patient with our experiment with timing on Sunday morning to allow time to practice for the Christmas program and to not lose precious teaching time in the classrooms. Just a reminder that Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s music room for Preschool through fifth grade. For our youth, 6th-12th, please remember to meet in your rooms at 10:30 a.m. and then go up for bells practice. Sunday School for all classes is done at 11:45 a.m. This schedule is for November 24, December 1 and December 8.
   Participation in Sunday School, Outstanding Attendance and Perfect Attendance will be recognized at the end of the year. Those who have attended Sunday School 80% of the Sundays will be recognized for Outstanding Attendance. If you are out of town and attend another church, bring back a bulletin, give to your Sunday School teacher and it will be marked as present.
    Sunday School on December 15 will be from 11:00-11:30 a.m. to allow everyone to have some fellowship time after the Christmas program and also time to have a lesson.
   On December 22, each individual class will communicate with their kids if they plan to have class. Please check with your individual teachers if your class will be meeting. This will not affect anyone negatively on their attendance. It will be more like “extra credit”.
There will not be Sunday School on December 29.
Children’s Choir to Sing: The children will be singing on November 24. Please be in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. to practice. We encourage all children from preschool to fifth grade to make a joyful noise!
Advent Party: Advent is a time of preparation. The Advent Party is for children in preschool through 5th grade. It will be held on December 1 from 2-5pm. Parents need to bring their children up to the Education wing to check them in. There will be crafts of all kinds where the children can make gifts for their family members. They can also watch “The Star” movie and there will be snacks along with Advent related activities. Parents are encouraged to use this time to prepare for the season without your children. Many volunteers are needed in order to have this fun event. Sign up in the narthex.
Fellowship Night: Sunday, November 24 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Mario Kart Tournament! Bring games and food to share!

Offering on Sunday morning: Please remember to bring your offering each week. The preschool – 5th grade offering this fall is going towards a local family to buy gifts for Christmas. The family we have been given is a single mom with four children. There will be a free-will donation BAKE SALE on Sunday, Dec. 15 to help generate more funds for this special project. Families, please bring baked goods that morning.
   Beginning in January, the children’s offering will go towards the New Hope School in Guatemala. There will be a lunch served by Karen Ventura and Alex Perla and friends on Sunday, December 1 beginning at 11:15 a.m. Families, please be watching for a Sign Up Genius to help provide food. This has become a real highlight when they cook, so you won’t want to miss it!
   The middle school and high school class offering goes towards Cisy, the 13 year old Holt International child that we sponsor. THANK YOU to everyone who came to support the Lunch for Cisy. Thank you to Steve DeJong for his “chef” expertise in an amazing, delicious, scrumptious, (you get the picture) lunch of traditional Thanksgiving food.
E.P.I.C. (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for 6th-12th graders
December 1: Youth to help with Advent party
December 8: E.P.I.C. is caroling
December 15: E.P.I.C. Christmas party! Linda Lindgren is serving supper.
E.P.I.C. is EPIC!!!! Bring your friends! Come join other youth as they grow in their faith and have fun with their peers!
E.P.I.C. will start back in 2019 on January 4! Mark your calendars for Seven Oaks in Boone on February 23!
The Oasis: The Oasis is always open on E.P.I.C. nights around 5:45pm. Come enjoy a delicious treat! Let us know if any youth want to host the Oasis.
Christmas Program: “The Greatest Hits from the Greatest Book” will be presented on Sunday, December 15 during worship. Everyone (Kindergarten through adults) is encouraged to be in the sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. to listen to several of our young people play the prelude. Preschoolers can meet in their room.
There will be a rehearsal on Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m. SHARP. Please be seated in the sanctuary and ready to go by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. We will be done at 11:00 a.m. or before. Those playing the strings piece will meet to rehearse at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday. Those playing the prelude will practice that also, so please be to the church by 9:10 a.m.
Epiphany Party: Andrew Hersom was the lucky winner of the hidden piece last year so he will be planning the Epiphany Party on January 5 (the day before Epiphany) from 4-5pm. All children are encouraged to come and bring their families & friends!
Teacher Encouragement Dinner: Teachers, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 19.

February 2 will be “Soup’er Bowl” Sunday for lunch at 11:15! The youth will be serving a variety of soups and samples too! Youth families, please watch for the Sign Up Genius.
Craft Day: Sunday, March 1 from 11:30-1:30 a.m. Potluck lunch and then crafts for the whole family!
“Reveal Your Dignity/Teen Strong” event for middle school and high school youth plus any parents, caring adults, aunts, uncles, etc. Sunday, April 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. You will WANT to be here so mark your calendars and tell your friends. All area churches will be invited to attend. More details to come!