CUMC Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

It is with great pleasure that the SPRC announces the hiring of a new Administrative Assistant, Madeleine Buttitta. In her interview with the Committee, she impressed us by her competence and her pleasant, poised personality. In addition to her office experience, she is very well educated with a Master’s Degree in Shakespearean Studies from Mary Baldwin University. Her extensive computer skills were also an important factor in our decision to offer her the job over several qualified candidates. As a result, she will be able to take over both aspects of Sarah’s job—that of administrative assistant and that of book-keeper! We were really excited to hear that. She plans to start her job on June 1. Madeleine “Maddie” Buttitta is originally from Chicago, but has called Virginia home for the past ten years. She has served as administrative assistant for the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in the summer of 2016, stage management assistant for their 2017 Renaissance Season, and, most recently, as tour guide. Outside of Shakespeare, Maddie fancies herself to be a relatively experienced stage manager and actor; she is also a classically trained vocalist.

-Sybille Jobin, Staff-Parish Committee

Online Giving Now Available

Central has taken advantage of an opportunity we learned about from the District Superintendent. He informed us that the Virginia Conference Treasurer has made use of the power of our Connection and has negotiated with a vendor called VANCO the free short-term use of their on-line giving services for local churches. This service has now been set up for Central and is available two ways:
1. Using your computer or tablet access the Central website ( where you will find a link for Online Giving with VANCO under the Worship tab.
2. Using your phone or tablet download the free mobile app from VANCO. Go to your phone’s app store or Google Play and search for “GivePlus Church” to find the app quickly.
A video is available at that will walk you through using the GivePlus app.
Whether you choose to use the link or the app, you have two options:
a) Create an online profile so you can easily log back in for future giving and want to be able to view the history of all your giving to Central UMC. This is the preferred option for CUMC members. Note that your gifts can be one-time or recurring.
b) Give as a guest without creating a profile. In this case you will not have access to your history of giving at Central.
You can give through your checking account or by credit/debit card. All transactions with VANCO are secure. You will receive a receipt for your donation via e-mail.
If you have any questions about online giving, contact our Administrative Assistant at the church, 540-886-3441. Or, e-mail Joe Hill, Finance Chair (

Lenton Luncheons Announced

We are happy to report this year the Lenten season will begin with Ash Wednesday service on March 6th, noon at Central and the next five Wednesdays Lenten Luncheon will be held at one of the Staunton 8 UM churches with different guest speakers. Lenten observation will end on April 21st (Easter Sunday) with SonRise Service at St. Paul UMC at 6:30 am followed by hearty breakfast at St. Paul UMC prepared by Men’s group of that church.

As before, we will meet at noon to hear a message delivered by a pastor and share a lunch and fellowship around 12:30 pm. Our theme this year is “Living as the body of Christ”. See the complete schedule below:

– March 13 @ Marquis Memorial; guest speaker: Dave Rochford

– March 20 @ Central; guest speaker: Tizzy von Trapp Walker

– March 27 @ Cherryvale; guest speaker: Sarah Locke

– April 3 @ St. John’s; guest speaker: Won Un

– April 10 @ Christ; guest speaker: Sarah Payne

– April 21 Sonrise Service @ St Paul; followed by breakfast @ St. Paul’s; guest speaker: Norman Ramsey

Drama Club Performance!

The Drama Club has been meeting at Central throughout the school year under the direction of Lia Wallace from the American Shakespeare Center.  The Drama Club has been diligently preparing material for their performance on Sunday, April 22 at 5 PM. The performance will take place at the Blackfriars Playhouse located at 10 S. Market Street, and is part of the Shakespeare’s Birthday Party celebration hosted by the ASC. There will also be activity booths, cake, and a bouncy house. The event will run from 4:30-6 PM. Come out for an afternoon of fun for the whole family and support two of our very own Centralites, Betsy Gutshall & Kainoa Peters, as they share their performance in the Playhouse.

Easter Offering

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the special Easter Offering. Together we collected $2,271 in total! That money will be used to support Valley Supportive Housing in the Staunton area and UMCOR relief on a global level.

2017 Easter Offering to Benefit World Service

The special Easter Offering this year will go towards World Service.  This offering reminds us of Central’s position in the connectional United Methodist Church.  Through our World Service apportionment, Central can participate in the effort to improve global health and assist the poor, two of the major focus areas of the United Methodist Church in 2017.  Plus, it helps us look beyond our sheltered environment here in the Shenandoah Valley to places which are in dire need of assistance.  Please help us support World Service by being generous with your Easter offering.

-Joe Hill, Finance Chairman