Centerport United Methodist Church

Centerport UMC is an active, giving and involved faith community.  Opportunities abound for getting involved locally and globally. 


    Thank you for having me speak during service this past Sunday, January 27.  The goal was to simply pass on the financial state of CUMC and what is needed for us to meet our budget needs for this year.  Going forward, we will also share how CUMC is doing on a quarterly basis.  Transparency is vital to our growth.  As I stated, we finished 2018 with a $14K surplus. Our latest budget forecast for 2019 is a deficit of $18K. Pledges are down some this year and expenses are up slightly. We need your help.


I did not stress the importance of filling out the additional pledge card on Sunday...I mentioned it, but if you are able - please bring the pledge card this Sunday to church. You can place it in the offering plate or leave it on Connie’s desk.  Believe it or not, I left with mine in my hand! We can narrow our gap if we start early.  Dana and I are learning the importance of stewardship and it is quite the lesson.  We have the same distractions and noise as all of you do, but what a great lesson to pass on to our children when they see us give.  We need them to lead us, and God needs all of us to be in ministry together.


We are exploring ideas to raise revenue internally in addition to the outside sources our Trustees are trying to secure.  We are asking you to invite others who are looking for a place to belong. I was having a conversation with Pastor Roy after service...maybe folks are looking to be invited and we are the ones feeling anxious?  The worst thing that can happen is they say no.  


Stewardship is also more then just giving financially.  CUMC is also in need of your time, by using your gifts to volunteer and lead.  We need your talent, what is it?  For instance...Do you have a great finance background and would love to be head of the Finance Committee? Just kidding, for now. Did you know that Bill Perks has a wood shop upstairs and Philip Jordan creates his wonderful paintings up there as well?  There are so many ministries happening here (too many to list here), and many I am just learning about. Talk to Dave Clemens about the history of the building and how he is trying to preserve it.  I am sure he needs your help too.  


CUMC needs your help today so God’s light can shine wherever there is darkness!

Drew Schmidt, Finance Chair


MEALS ON WHEELS- is a voluntary, non-profit organization providing two home delivered meals per day - a hot dinner and a cold supper - Monday through Friday including holidays.   The program is presently serving about 100 clients.


CUMC delivers meals on Wednesdays.  The meals are prepared by Huntington Hospital.  Volunteers pick up the meals from the hospital at about 10:45 am and deliver them to the clients - all information is given at pick-up.  There are 4 groups of 2 people, each group delivering on one Wednesday a month.  Currently we are in need of 1 person to deliver on a regular basis (once per month) and some substitutes to fill in when needed. 


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact with Agnes Ward, Laurie Hawkins, 

Barbara Wohleking, John Ruffini, Beth Bertossi or Linda Fox, through the Church office.

  1. Money. Many food banks and pantries have access to lower cost supplies than you or I do so a cash donation may go further, plus they’re able to get exactly what they need.
  2. Canned meats: Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, canned ham, canned chicken, canned salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat.
  3. Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.
  4. Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Dried fruit works too (raisins, etc.)
  5. Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
  6. Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  9. Cans of beans
  10. Pasta, pasta sauce
  11. Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
  12. Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  13. Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, applesauce containers, granola bars
  14. Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes
  15. Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo & conditioner, warm socks, Chapstick (consider someone living outside this time of year)
  16. Feminine hygiene products: unscented pads will be most universally used, not tampons
  17. Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper
  18. Sliced bread. It’s got a long shelf life but always goes immediately.
  19. Bags of apples or potatoes. Ditto.

pasta sauce
peanut butter  
Thank you for your support!!!




    Thank you to everyone for your generous donation of shoes for the annual Soles4Souls collection drive.   Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to contribute 395 pairs of shoes to this most worthy cause.
    This is yet another major annual event as part of our membership in the Ecumenical Lay Council (ELC) which we support in their many programs designed to help the community food pantry, Sponsor a Family Christmas Gifts, pantry volunteering, food drives and others.
Remember that we continue to collect shoes throughout the year and you can bring them anytime - just place them in the boxes on the stairwell leading to the attic.                                                                    
 May God Bless You All!


                                      Join a CUMC Care Team

Every week you receive an email called "Hello Church Family" and that's really what we are...a family.  We care, we pray, we help one another in any way and every way we can, we laugh, we cry, we're just there for each other.  Most times you don't even hear about is just there.  You've also heard the phrase...many hands make light work, right? and work in the church is really service; service to and in God's name.


Well, we are asking our church family for some service - some help...our Care Team is in need of volunteers.


There are some people in our Church who could use your help!


Can you provide one or more of the following services?



       Occasionally, visit CUMC members in a nursing home, hospital, or in their home.



       Once in a while, prepare and deliver a meal.



At times, provide transportation for someone who needs it.


     If you would like to add your name to the list of helpers, or know someone who needs help— see your bulletin for details.

 If you would like to read Scripture on Sunday mornings during worship, please email the Church office with the date of the Sundays you are available.  If you have any questions please contact the Church Office at 261-5222 or e-mail:


    We invite you to give/send a bear to someone who is ill, hurting, or just needs a hug.  Our bears are gathered at the front of the stage, and are looking for someone to hold and hug them, as they bring blessings and prayers from our church.  Those who have received them, as a result of our Bear Ministry, are most grateful, and touched by the loving kindness, care and hope they represent.

    If someone you know has been put on our prayer list, or not, choose a bear and make someone feel good!

Remember to sign the book on the counter by the church office.                                 


 Sue Oman, Bear Keeper




    We are still collecting empty inkjet cartridges & cell phones. When you change your inkjet cartridge (only inkjet cartridges) in your printer or upgrade your cell phone, bring your old one to Church and leave it in the Church Office.  We will recycle it for you and raise money for CUMC at the same time.  Thank you.

Do You Have Some Spare Time?
These are jobs that can be done around the Church - please contact Robin Brennan for more information

Jobs to be done around the church building:


Crawl space under sanctuary – call Bill Perks for assistance 

            Build rack to hold signs (use existing rack from attic)

            Move “stuff” off lawn and replace under building

            Install insulation on pipes in tunnels

Move cut logs from edge of north parking lot and stack in back lot by woods

Take down small maple tree on back path

Extend garden around sign in front – remove grass

Remove lower branches from white pines by parking area near parsonage

Weed Nursery School garden

Replace light bulbs:

            Kitchen, Connie’s office, classroom #9

            (Replacements in electrical room downstairs)


            Clean-up the yard and flower beds – front and back

            Trim bushes