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Meet our New Custodians

After conducting interviews for several months, we finally have our custodial team filled!  First, we welcome Cheri Russell, who has actually been with us for two months now (red shirt below).  Cheri lives near the church and has been a life-long resident of Decatur.  She previously worked at Millikin and has 3 children and 14 total grandchildren.  She will primarily work in the late-morning through late-afternoon.  Jenny Goodman (blue shirt below) lives on the east side of town and is also a life-long Decatur resident.  She will primarily work late-afternoons and evenings.  She has twin daughters, age 20, both of whom work at Caterpillar.  Sam Hawkinson has lived in the west end since moving to Decatur two years ago from Arizona.  He has a degree in electrical engineering technology with a focus on alternative energy.  He is the brother of our choir director, Ben Hawkinson, and will work primarily weekends and mid-day during the week.  Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to, and welcome, our new custodians.

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Dorcas Disciples (all mission-focused Central women) will host a Staff   Appreciation Luncheon at 12 noon on May 17th in the Great Hall. Disciples will gather at 11:15 a.m. for a brief business meeting and then celebrate the dedicated service of our church staff with a yummy lunch at noon.  Ellen Damery, Preschool Director, will give us a quick report on the fall restart of our terrific preschool!

Please RSVP by Monday, May 9th to Nancy Ellen Taylor to make sure we have enough delicious food.

Hope to see you May 17th!

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GoFundMe Opportunity to Support Choral Interns

Two of our Millikin choral interns – Spencer Domer and Sam Moore – have been invited to sing with Faith Community Lutheran Church of Las Vegas for an 8-day choral residency in the St. Alban’s Cathedral (England) this summer.  The experience will consist of daily evensong and anthems under the direction of Dr. Joe Svendsen.  They are looking to raise funds to offset their expenses.  If you would like to offer your support, you may donate to their GoFundMe campaign. Click HERE to see the website.

How to use Central's text number to give or sign up for events

How to “Text to Give” vs. Texting for Forms/Registrations/Event Sign Ups/Etc.

Hi everyone!

I’ve had some questions about using our text number service, so I thought I’d do a quick “how to” for some  clarification.

-Kathleen :)


Our Text Number for

Giving and Forms:



“Text to Give”

The First Time– Text GIVE to the number above– only GIVE (all caps)! You will then receive a link where you can set up your online giving  account (or sign in with your text number, if you’ve already set up an online account). You can then tell it what you want to give and when.

Every time after that– You can text GIVE XX (where XX is the amount of money you wish to give). No need to set up the account again.


Receiving a Form via Text/Event

Sign-Ups/Prayer Requests/Visitor Forms/Etc.

Look for the word promoted for the event or form.  For example, our prayer request form’s word is PRAY. The Visitor form’s word is VISITOR. (These words are case-sensitive, and we try to choose words with all caps.)  Text only the word we promote for the event or form (nothing else!) to our text number above. When you send this word to the text number, it sends you a link to the form for the event/ prayer request/ registration/etc., where you can fill in the information needed. If you text any additional words, the system gets confused and it will send you the Giving form instead.


Hope this helps! Have a great week!

-Kathleen :)

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