Centenary's Weekly Newsletter July 14, 2016
A Message from Centenary

Dear Centenary Family,
This summer all of the adult Sunday School classes have been meeting together in the Fellowship Hall  on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. We are currently studying The Call:  The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul by Adam Hamilton which  follows the journeys of Paul from the road to Damascus to the sun-drenched lands of modern-day Greece and Turkey, to a Roman prison. You'll see exactly where some of the most dramatic events in the spread of Christianity took place, and gain a better understanding of Paul's missionary travels. The video segments make me feel like I myself am on a summer vacation as we watch Hamilton tracing Paul's missionary journeys in these faraway places. Hamilton has his video-taped "journey" structured to follow along what is believed to be Paul's journeys. But Paul's travels were not structured. He did not always know where he was going. When he set out, Paul counted on God to lead him, not being completely clear precisely where God would take him. As Hamilton points out, "often God's call seems to come with no clear direction except 'Go!' In our Google Maps world, having no clear direction can make us crazy. We want to know exactly where we're going before we start, along with step-by-step directions for how to get there. But God's direction for us is often less clear in the moment we are called. It requires us to pay attention at each step and look for signs." Paul simply knew that God was calling and at every juncture on the journey he responded to that call. Sometimes he had to backtrack. Many times he had to stop and minister along the way, often staying for long periods of time. He did not have a timed agenda or know how long a particular trip would take. The journey was more important than any final destination. He only knew that he was to share the gospel wherever he was at that moment in time.

This study challenges us to listen for God's call - as individuals and as a faith community - and discern where it is leading us. How comfortable are we to respond to a call that does not have all of the details or assurances that we usually need? Can we travel out of our comfort zones? And can we stop along the way, ministering patiently on a journey that has an unclear destination? Are we able to, as the old clich√© goes, "stop and smell the roses" along our own missionary journey, listening for where God is leading us in each moment and place on the path? What is God calling us to do right now?   

In these warm summer days, may we use every opportunity to share God's love with the people we meet on our daily journey. It may be a leisurely walk in our neighborhood. It may be our hectic commute to and from work. May we try to listen for God's call on our lives and be a witness to the people we meet and the places we go.

This Sunday while our Senior Pastor Matt Bates is away on vacation, our Minister to Senior Adults, Cheryl Owen-Watson, will preach at both services "The One Thing Necessary." 

I hope you'll join us for worship and Sunday School!  


Ann Davis
Director of Membership Development
This Week at Centenary

Important Notice about the Back Entrance on Sunday
The back entrance of the church is closed now  on  Sund a ys due to the construction. You will be able to enter through the choir room doors to the right as you enter into the courtyard. For those individuals  unable to navigate stairs, we hope to have someone at the nursery door entrance to let you in. There is only a little step up into the nursery.  Please be sensitive to the babies and toddlers in the room  as you walk through. 

Important Notice about Sunday Parking on 4th Street
Please re 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 being ticketed. 

Update On Our Renovation from Mary E. Vetrovec
Coming to you soon - Light French Grey and Lantern Light Yellow.
These colors evoke happiness as our new kitchen is nearing completion.  The walls have color and the woodwork is next.
The appliances are waiting to be installed and the ceiling will be dropped.
The custom built  elevator will be shipped July 29 and requires 2 weeks for installation.
So the end is near!
Meanwhile, as a by-product of renovation, the Hodges Classroom will be thoroughly
cleaned and painted. The Centenary Saints of the past will be carefully stored in the archives.
This will be a grand opportunity for members with a "design bend" to have some input on making this room  fresh and new. It will await a new Sunday School class,  a small group, a lunch celebration or Bible study.  Maybe a fun book discussion. The possibilities are limitless.
And the contractors promised that "The Centenary Ghost" has been quite quiet  so it is obviously pleased.

Sunday, July 17 at 6 pm:  Summer Movie Night
The featured movie in July is The Finest Hours from Walt Disney Pictures. The screenplay is based on the book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, and chronicles the true account of the 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton after it split apart during a nor'easter off the New England coast. Rated PG-13.
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 2 at 6 pm:  Discover Downtown Eateries
Join us on for dinner at Pop's Market on Grace right next door to Centenary in the Cokesbury building. This locally-owned restaurant bills itself as a caf√©, delicatessen & bakery with a little bit of everything. Everyone will order from the menu and we will each pay for our own meal. Please sign up by July 31 on the bulletin board outside of the kitchen or call the church office at 804-648-8319.  

Sunday, August 21 at 6 pm:  Summer Movie Night
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 underd og. 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.
Please Remember in Prayer

Joe Ciucci
Goldie Craig's niece Morgan 
Ruth Ann Davis
Susan Dobyns (friend of Leah Hundley)
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland          
Jean Jones
Mike Jones
Troy Nelson
Marcus Smith (Suzanne Ray's uncle)
John Seyfarth
Ann Michael Sturgeon's family (A.J. Crick's sister, who recently passed away)
Kevin Watson (upcoming surgery on September 1)
Celebrating Birthdays in July

Bob Almond
Sarah Anzelmo-Steele
Jacob Armstrong 
Ryland Bailey
R.B. Bennington
Reggie Bristow
Bill Brock
Vikki Brock
William Brock
Judy Brown
Laurie Cardoza
Madeleine Chasse
Frank Childrey, Jr.
Nikki Cullather
Les Dobbs
Mary Dobbs
Scottie Estis
John Ford 
Joe Hudgins
Bob Hundley
Kate Hundley
David Jarvis
Suresh Joel
Carter Johnson
Isabel Junker
Edna Knight
George Little
Mary Alice Nesbitt
Jonathan Nuckols
Charlie Petty
Opel Pritchett
Dean Simpson
Sonia Smith
Geraldine Stallings 
Emmeline Steele
Matthew Steele
Olivia Steele
John Stottlemyer
Susan Thomas
Beth Vetrovec
Mary E. Vetrovec
Sylvia Whaley
Phillip Wood
Photo of the Week
Cardboard covers the new kitchen floor while work continues on electrical elements.
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