Dear Centenary Family,
In our current Sunday School study of the book
Get Their Name by Bishop Bob Farr, we have been exploring relational evangelism. This past Sunday we focused on faith sharing in service - relational evangelism through service is connecting those we serve with a clear communication of the Good News of God's love. The intention is to get to know the people behind the need, find out who they are and how we can be in a closer relationship with them, to find that opportunity to pray with them.
Tuesday morning I was standing outside the sanctuary doors greeting people as they walked by the church, inviting them to come into the sanctuary for prayer. A young man and his very pregnant wife stopped by to see if we offered shelter for the night. I said unfortunately not. They asked if we had a clothes closet or food pantry. I said unfortunately not, but we do offer a meal every Friday. Since this was Tuesday, he grimaced and said they had just missed the lunch at the church down the street. They asked for water and to use the restrooms, which I was thankfully able to offer them. Then they wanted to use the phone, so I said ok, but they would have to wait until I closed up the sanctuary doors at the end of our Open Sanctuary time. We had a prayer together. When I was able to, I took them down to the office where they used the phone. In the meantime, I had learned a little about their situation. They were homeless and waiting for room to open up with CARITAS. The young woman was trying to call family members, most of who hung up on her once she identified herself. Her conversation with her mother was very sad - the young woman was apologizing for only calling her mother when she needed money, and then asked for more money. Her mother eventually hung up on her. When they asked me, I told them that I did not have any money to give them. I found some granola bars and chips, and then sent them on their way. I told them I would keep them in my prayers.
I know we have all faced these situations. There is such great need in our community. A prayer and a granola bar didn't seem like much, but there wasn't anything else I was in a position to help them with. I don't know if I will ever see them again. They may or may not come to our Walk-In Lunch on Friday. And this morning when I thought of them and wondered where they were, I realized I had forgotten their names!
This Sunday's lesson will move from building relationships with those we serve to the people we interact with in our daily lives - our neighbors, co-workers, the cashiers and receptionists we see regularly. Although they probably won't ask for money or granola bars, the intention is still to get to know people, find out who they are and how we can be in a closer relationship with them, to find that opportunity to offer them a prayer, and to clearly communicate the Good News of God's love. And of course, get and try to remember their names!
Director of Membership Development
Sunday, August 21 at 6 pm: Summer Movie Night
New Adult Sunday School Class
The featured movie in August is
Eddie the Eagle. Cut from the Olympic ski team, British athlete Michael "Eddie" Edwards travels to Germany to test his skills at ski jumping. Fate leads him to Bronson Peary, a former ski jumper who now works as a snowplow driver. Impressed by Edwards' spirit and determination, Peary agrees to train the young underdog. Despite an entire nation counting him out, Eddie's never-say-die attitude takes him all the way to a historic and improbable showing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Rated PG-13.
A new study for adults is being offered in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. Led by Matt Bates and Ann Davis, Get Their Name is a study by Bishop Bob Farr that helps congregations create a culture of invitation, connect with those who are disconnected from the church, and learn how to share our faith with others in a natural, authentic way.
Important Notice about Sunday Parking on 4th Street
member that on Sunday mornings if you park on 4th Street in one of the handicapped parking places (right hand side of the street as you head north - see photo on the left), you must display a
handicapped parking tag or risk
Saturday, August 27 at 1 pm: Wedding
Rev. Cheryl Owen-Watson and Mr. Mark Watson request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Lisa Michelle Watson t
Bryan Allen Frise, Jr. at
eception to follow.
Items for School Kits
With all of the back-to-school sales, this is the ideal time to pick up items for the school kits we will be assembling for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) this year. The items we really need to complete kits are: pads of wide ruled paper (spiral or top bound pads 150 sheets or less, can also be packages of loose leaf paper 150 sheets or less), pencil sharpeners (handheld - must be at least 1 inch long!), blunt children's scissors (rounded tip only, not ones with plastic blades), 24-count boxes of crayons. We have plenty of pencils, erasers, and rulers left from last year's collection. We also need the cloth bags to put the items in: 14x16 inch cloth bag (homemade or purchased bags are both acceptable) made of heavy-duty fabric only, such as denim, corduroy, or drapery fabric. No advertisements, religious, patriotic, military, or camouflage symbols. Closures are optional but must be buttons, snaps, or Velcro sewn in middle of opening.
New Shoes for Back to School Ministry
Children in the Richmond Metro area are gearing up to go back to school. It's a very exciting time for many children! However, many families are not able to afford comfortable, solid footwear for their children. When shoes are worn out, too tight, or otherwise uncomfortable, children have difficulty focusing on their studies. At Centenary, we have the opportunity to do something about this problem! One way we can help is by donating new shoes for these children. There is a table in the sanctuary for donations. All sizes are needed. Shoes must be new, and sneakers are preferred (please no high heels, sandals, or bedroom slippers). T
here is also a piggy bank where money may be placed for Centenary staff to purchase needed shoes. Another way you can help is to sign up to volunteer to help with the shoe drive on Labor Day. The drive will be held in two locations this year; Centenary volunteers will be helping at the downtown location at Third Street Bethel AME Church. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin across from the kitchen downstairs. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Owen-Watson at
Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 pm: Centenary Bowling League Meeting
Yes, we still have a bowling league that had its origins around 1938! We are small, but we have a wonderful time. It is a handicapped league so you do not have to be a great bowler to participate. Our purpose is to enjoy some time with friends and our church family.
We bowl at Shrader Lanes, near Parham and Broad, on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The organizational meeting will be held at Shrader Lanes on Tuesday, September 6, at 6:30.
The meeting will be followed by free practice bowling. League bowling will begin on the following Tuesday, September 13. Our season runs 27 weeks with Tuesdays off during the Christmas season. If you cannot commit to the season, we would love to include you on our list of substitutes.
If you are interested in more information, please contact Mary or Les Dobbs,
, or 804-262-5801.
Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 am: Service of Celebration
The Committee on Episcopacy of the Virginia Conference United Methodist Church invites you to attend a Service of Celebration on the assignment of Sharma D. Lewis as Resident Bishop. The service will be held at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road in Richmond. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Read more about the election and assignment of Bishop Lewis.
Please Remember in Prayer
Ruth Ann Davis
Susan Dobyns (friend of Leah Hundley)
Jack & Lois Hinerman
David Leake (Lorna's brother)
Donna Mestre (Betty Brown's sister)
Marcus Smith (Suzanne Ray's uncle)
Ann Michael Sturgeon's family (A.J. Crick's sister, who recently passed away)
Kevin Watson (upcoming surgery on September 1)
Celebrating Birthdays in August
Anne Harrison Beck
Bob Hundley, Jr.
Mary Beth Siddons
Photo of the Week
The sparkling new kitchen at Centenary!
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