The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has been working this summer to reconcile the church's staffing plan to our Strategic Plan, developed by our 2020 Committee and Administrative Council. One of the main objectives of this work has been to move toward a reduced use of our endowment for operating expenses so it can help sustain Centenary's long-term future. Several changes are coming as a result.
First, the position of Director of Membership Development, held by Ann Davis, will be discontinued. We will redistribute the position's duties to a combination of other staff and volunteers. Ann is currently considering other opportunities, but has not yet settled on one. We are all very grateful to Ann for her hard work, friendship and good cheer. She is truly an extraordinary person and we wish her the very best.
Second, the position of Minister to Senior Adults will be redefined to include a greater emphasis on coordinating the work of volunteers, with the goal of increasing the overall reach of our senior adult ministry. There will be no change in hours for this part-time position.
After considering this reconfigured position, Rev. Cheryl Owen-Watson has decided that she will seek other opportunities. Cheryl will continue in her current capacity through December 1. We are very grateful for Cheryl's caring, compassionate presence with our older adults and wish her the very best.
At the same time, two other members of our part-time staff have told us of their decisions to retire in the coming months. Saran Yin, our Sexton, and John Lampe, Senior Accountant are planning to retire. We are evaluating options to replace their valuable efforts, for which we are all extremely grateful.
If you have questions about any of these changes, please reach out to Reid Ashe, Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, Jan Nelson, Chair of the Administrative Council, or Joe Speidel, Chair of the 2020 Committee.
Reid Ashe, SPRC Chair
This Weekend at Centenary
8:40 am - Informal Worship Service
10:00 am - Sunday School for all ages (see more information below)
11:00 am - Traditional Worship Service
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach "Seeing Joy Through Tears" based on the scripture reading Matthew 20: 1-16.
New class offerings for adults have begun. Dean Simpson is leading a study on the writings of
Viktor Frankl, starting with the book Recollections: An Autobiography and then Man's Search for Meaning,
and Robb Stottlemyer is leading a study of the book
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
Thursday, September 28: Centenary Travel Group Trip to the Eastern Shore
Our trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia is all set! We have 44 people signed up for the trip. Please arrive at the Lakeside United Methodist Church parking lot, 2333 Hilliard Road, Henrico, VA by 7:45 am. The bus will leave at 8 am.
The trip to the Eastern Shore is approximately three hours with an estimated arrival at the Eastern Shore Visitors' Center around 11 am. We will have a full day of touring, lunch, more touring, shopping, and dinner. We will leave the Eastern Shore around 7 pm. The estimated time of arrival at Lakeside UMC is 10 pm. P
lease contact Bob Almond at 804-833-3355 (cell), or 804-266-8633 (home) or email
Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm: Theatre Outing to Lysistrata
A group from Centenary will be attending this Quill Theatre world premiere adaptation of the comedy by Aristophanes at Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Arts Center (600 E. Grace Street in Richmond). What's the only way to keep men from going to war? Withhold the one thing they care about more than killing the enemy - their women. A young woman named Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to leave their men until a peace treaty is signed. (*Be advised - the show will contain adult language and situations, and is not suitable for children.)
Tickets will be between $0 and $20, depending on our group size.
Thursday, October 12: The Earl Siddons Open
Twice a year Centenary United Methodist Church hosts a golf tournament at the Hollows Gof Course (14501 Greenwood Church Road in Montpelier) to raise money for a meal packaging event with
Rise Against Hunger
Stop Hunger Now
), which ships these meals to countries where hunger is a critical
problem. 18,000 children die every day from
hunger. Over the years we have shipped 120,000 meals, which help reverse these terrible statistics
The golf tournament is a great way to enjoy the open air, have moderate exercise, a chance to meet and enjoy old and new friends, AND make a difference in the world. This year we have renamed the tournament in honor of Earl Siddons who ran the tournament for 20 years. Bring your own foursome or we can match you up with others. If you are not a golfer, you can sponsor a hole or join us at lunch. This year we are also inviting the other churches in the Downtown Community Ministries to join us for the tournament and the packaging event. To make your reservation for the tournament, call the church office at 804-648-8319 or contact Doug Wilson, Ann Davis or Nancy Cook.
11:00 am Registration
11:30 am Putting Contest
11:45 am Lunch
1:00 pm Tee Off
$70 / Person (includes green fee, cart rental,
putting contest, and a delicious BBQ lunch)
$15 / Lunch Only
$50 / Hole Sponsorship
Saturday, October 14 at 8 pm: Theatre Outing to The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
A group from Centenary will be attending a production by River City Community Players (formerly Huguenot Community Players) at Huguenot United Methodist Church (10661 Duryea Drive in Richmond). Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual fishing derby. It's a fish out of water story that becomes a quirky and hilarious fish in the water story complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack. Tickets are $12 each. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
Sunday, October 22 at 4 pm: Hymn Festival
Featuring organist/composer Keith Beniston from London and the choirs of Centenary and Randolph Macon College, there will be performances by the choirs and Mr. Beniston as well as hymns sung by the congregation. Beniston is the former organist of Westminster Central Hall Church in London and has visited Richmond a number of times over the last 20 years to join us for this festival. A reception will follow the program. Contributions of food are needed and would be greatly appreciated - there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
Saturday, October 28 at 8:45 am: Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall to pack meals for families in distressed areas of the world. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and commitment to missions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. (Reminder: wear a hat or use one of the provided hairnets.)
Thursday, November 16: Centenary Travel Group Trip to Selma, North Carolina
Join us for a Centenary Travel Group to Selma. Enjoy some great Christmas shopping at DeWaynes, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and garden center all under one roof! Next, there will be lunch at a local favorite, The Robbins Nest Restaurant. Enjoy their popular "Country Buffet" featuring many delicious hot entrees. Last, but not least, an exciting afternoon of holiday entertainment awaits you at "The American Music Jubilee!" The motor coach will depart Lakeside UMC at 7:30 a.m. and return to Lakeside UMC at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $130.00 per person and includes round-trip motor coach transportation (as well as refreshments served during the trip and driver gratuity), lunch at The Robbins Nest Restaurant, and tickets to "The American Music Jubilee." Payment is due Thursday, October 5. Make check payable to SignaTours and mail to Bob Almond, 1309 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227. Also see the bulletin board across from the kitchen for flyers and sign-up sheet.
Outreach, Mission and Justice Opportunities
The annual pansy sale to benefit Shalom Farms is here! The pansies come in multi-colored flats (1 flat is 32 plants). They sell for $20.00/flat. The deadline to place an order is Monday, October 2. Make checks out to UMUMR and the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the kitchen. Please turn in all money for orders to Pat Shipley on, or before, the Monday, October 2 deadline. Thanks so much and happy planting!
Protecting the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The UMW Annual Pecan Sale is here! To order, sign up on the list on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Please note - extras bags of pecans will not be ordered this year so be sure to get in your order.
Please Remember in Prayer
We express our sympathy to Earl Siddons in the recent death of his brother-in-law, Frederick Cawthorne. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, at 11 am at Cedarfield (2300 Cedarfield Parkway, Richmond), with a graveside service to follow at 4 pm at Kenbridge Heights Cemetery in Kenbridge, Virginia.
You can read the obituary here
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Beth Hensley (Nancy Grand's sister)
Nancy and Jack Hill
Jack & Lois Hinerman
The family and friends of Judy Holland, who passed away on September 14
Jennifer (friend of Nancy Grand with lung problems)
Dianne Letsche (sister of Gail Bolt who visited worship last week)
Mary Mismas' son Brad and his girlfriend Lara who were in a boating accident
Mary Mismas' sister-in-law Mary Yerby
Mary Nicholson, sister of Vic Grand
Wendy Smith's sister and foster daughter
Linda Vegas (friend of Doug and Patsy Wilson)
Celebrating Birthdays in September
Photo of the Week
Another great picture from September 10 - in the kitchen preparing for the picnic!
Photo by David Pippin
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