Palm Sunday Celebration – such a great day at CUMC!!

-Debbie Looney, Children’s Director

WOW!  That was my takeaway from Palm Sunday- from beginning to end!! 

The Sanctuary was wonderfully full for our service and what a great way to start it off with the palm procession with the children and youth!  The message from Miriam was great as always – we are blessed to have her!  Then the fellowship hall was full for the potluck and why not with all that delicious food!!! The Easter Bunny stopped by and was met with great enthusiasm from young and old! I mean what’s not to like when the Easter Bunny comes by!  Then the youth took over and hid over 1300 eggs for our annual Easter Egg hunt. WOW! that’s a lot of eggs!  As soon as they were hid – we started our hunt! The weather was perfect and with the street shut down we enjoyed a safe and fun hunt and lots and lots of laughs and fellowship!  It was a perfect way to start Holy Week!


The Sages Valentines Luncheon

-Tina Wofford, Sages Coordinator

Our Sages Valentines Luncheon went great. We served served over 72 people. Wow! A lot of people were involved. They included: Debbie Looney, Susan Thompson/Dream Weavers, Joan Addison, Kathy Littrell, Wim Marchant, Tim McCollum, Curtis Wofford, Tara Stone, Stacey Layton, Robin Limbaugh, Melinda Woller, Suzanne Woller, Quay Lively, Jamie Hicks, Melissa Penley, April Botto, Charlotte Gregory, Mary Beth McCollum, David and Rosie Kross/ youth, children/ making Valentines! As you can see, there are so many that love our Sages. I am so thankful for our church family!







Happy Birthday Jesus!

-Ashley Sickles, Family Ministry

Wow!! We had the best Happy Birthday Jesus party ever! We enjoyed a wonderful meal together, had a blast playing games, and contributed 85 stuffed shoeboxes for local children in need. These types of events remind us we are family, a church family, brothers and sisters in Christ. From youngest to oldest, we are all important to Jesus, and should be just as important to one another. We sure can grow closer by taking the time to fellowship together as a church. So thank you, everyone, for accepting the invitation and spending time with your church family! I’d also like to mention, the party and fun could not have been put together without members’ willingness to serve and help. Absolutely everyone I asked said yes, and some volunteered to help before I could even ask them! Events like these take a team, and I want to give a big shout out to this birthday party team:

Wim Marchant

Elizabeth English

Mary Jo Landreth

Debbie Looney

Bruce and Vivian Pylant

Susan Thompson

Miriam Smith

Kristen Bentley

Kirk Sanders

Quay Lively

John and Beth Adams

Jennie-Marie McMasters

Bill, Garrison, and Nile Sickles

Alicia Mullican

  And many others I noticed lending a helping hand at clean up after it was over! Thank you all so much! Last, above all the parties and presents, I do hope everyone kept in mind the real reason for the Christmas season, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.





-Patti Stutts


The 2021 Market@Central by the Numbers!
Infinitely, too-many-to-name, Volunteers
558 Yummy Casseroles and Baked Goods frozen
263 Beautiful Poinsettias purchased
183 Excited-to-be-Here Luncheon guests attending
  28 Winning Silent Auction Bids placed

   6 Gracious Local Charities honored
    1 Blessed, Beautiful, Gift-from-God Day!  The Market, as we so lovingly call it, is in the books for 2021! On Wednesday, Nov 17, the CUMC Fellowship Hall was alive with the chatter of family groups and clusters of friends catching up. 
Susan warmed the atmosphere with lovely soft music. Her message of welcome and thanks to our agencies was amazing. Her prayer spoke the Thanksgiving we all were feeling!
  The Luncheon meal, prepared by Sara Alice Godwin and her amazing 

helpers, was beautiful and lovingly served. So much attention to detail brought rave reviews from all.
  The Baked goods showed the tremendous efforts of Debbie Phillips and a skilled set of confection-loving women of outstanding ability.
Pat Smithson and Stacy Layton’s efforts combined for the Sweet Potatoes and also the Poppy Seed Chicken, with help from Kathy Taylor. These popular favorites were amazing. In case you are wondering, 160 lbs of sweet potatoes and 98 lbs of chicken were the beginnings of this massive undertaking. In her spare time, Pat Smithson made lemon rolls, Mexican Lasagna, and Charleston Sausage Grits.

  Tara Stone is the only member of the group who still gets someone off to high school each day and has 2 in college. Her talents are amazing. She lovingly made all of the pecan cheese balls. She also organized the group who made our new edition this year: the Incredible Delicious Mac and Cheese! And she still found time to paint the much-sought-after Three Peony painting in the silent auction!

  Robin Limbaugh made more-than-planned delicious cornbread dressing, after a counting error showed we were short. I wish I had a picture of her face when we discovered the error. In addition, Robin continued her longstanding role as organizer of the Sausage Ball crew. Result: 78 dozen yummy bite-size snacks! With Tara’s help, Robin found the proper pan for her Americanized Lasagna, a longtime market favorite! It truly takes a tremendous effort bolstered by prayer to produce these results!
And finally, the Silent Auction…. Kathy Littrell gave her delightful descriptions to beautiful and unique items. I am sure some Christmas gifts were among them. All items were from Decatur merchants and craftsmen. We should all be thankful that we live in a special community!
 Thank you to Everyone who contributed to this Mighty effort for Missions! You have blessed our congregation and our community!



The Market at Central has personally delivered checks for $2,000 each to the Committee on Church Cooperation, Neighborhood Christian Center, PACT, Tennessee Valley Outreach, UM
Disaster Warehouse, and the Volunteer Center of Morgan County! 



Loaves and Fishes Ministry

 -Wim Marchant

I would like to thank all who supported the Wednesday Night Café this last half of 2021. I know it has been difficult for individuals and families to plan to participate in events with the flu, viruses and other sickness in the community. Hopefully 2022 will be a better year for everyone as we continue to have our Wednesday Night Cafés and other events at the church. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make sure Wednesday Night Café was enjoyed in 2021. There is a 40 member team of volunteers that help make Wednesday Night Café a success at Central. Fifteen of these are needed each Wednesday night to have things run smoothly. The more volunteers we have the fewer times each month the same volunteer is asked to work. If you feel led to volunteer, for an hour or two or more with the Wednesday Night Café, please contact Wim Marchant. I would like to thank all members for their volunteer service. The teams to ensure that Wednesday Might Café works, include the Laundry Team, the Drinks Team, the Salad Team, the Money Team, the Serving Team, the Dessert Team, the Hobart Team, the Clean Up Team and the On-Call volunteers that get short notice when one of our regular volunteers can’t help. I would like to thank everyone who makes an effort to come to the Wednesday Night Café and our volunteers. If you have any suggestions, please let Wim Marchant know, ( or 205-266-4642. 

Children’s Sunday

After almost 2 years of the children not being able to sing in ‘big’ church we decided it was time to celebrate our CUMC kids and what a special service and celebration we had Sunday Morning Sept 26th.

The children led almost every part of the service! They read the scripture, led the congregation in the special creed and  prayers and the benediction! Miriam presented Bibles to Riley Pike and John Steven Howell. And the children even presented the special music for the day! It was a full day and I hope you were able to see this service in person or online and be blessed by it!













CUMC Picnic & Fishing

If our special children’s service was not enough of a blessing on Sept 26th – we were also blessed with a Glorious fall day to have our picnic and fishing day! And what a fun day it was! The farm was beautiful and everyone loved being outside and being with church family in a way we haven’t been able to in a long time!  Many people enjoyed walking all around the pond and to the chapel and just enjoying the day.

And the fishing competition was so much fun to watch! Fish were weighed and measured and counted, sticks were caught, some even caught each other! But no one was hurt and fun was had by all! If you missed out on this day maybe you can join us the next time we have our traditional CUMC picnic!


Lots of fun at Wednesday Nite Cafe

Lise Greene and David Bentley fill their salad bowls.

Jeff Brown working the Hobart machine.


George and Sara Alice Godwin, Lynn and Jerry Thrasher. Dale Howard (with his back to the camera)

Photos courtesy of Doug Shoemaker

Backpack Ministry

-Melissa Penley

A huge thank you to Ginny Pylant and Apryl Botto and their volunteers for another successful year of CUMC Backpacks Ministry for needy children to have food to eat on the weekends during the school year. They shopped, packed, and delivered weekly, and I am so thankful for them. Our church supports 82 children from a total of 3 schools, and this ministry would not be possible without regular donations from our church family. Please contact Melissa Penley, Ginny Pylant, or Apryl Botto if you are interested in helping with the Backpacks Ministry for the next school year. Our church has supported this ministry for 12 years, and the students of Decatur City Schools thank you!




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