This Week at Centenary
Centenary Downtown – A Church with Heart
Dear Centenary family,
Thank you so much for your love and support as we go through these challenging times. There is so much good going on at our wonderful church!
A big thank you to Doug Wilson and Dan Corcoran for many, many food purchases and deliveries for our Walk-In program, led by Pat Shipley, David Pippin, and Mary E. Vetrovec. This labor of love is helping our guests every Friday by making bag lunches, while maintaining social distancing. The lunches are then distributed outside by Al Richardson, our facilities manager, and a Richmond Police officer. Thanks to all of the Centenary Walk-In helpers as we help to feed our community.
The Centenary United Methodist Church Council and Committee Chairs have been meeting regularly to review and discuss the many aspects of maintaining our church – from financial issues, to brainstorming ideas on the best way to hold church services via technology, to ways to assist our community at this Easter season. We have been expanding our horizons with the use of many ZOOM meetings.
Many thanks to Pastors Matt, Drew, and Tim, as they work tirelessly to meet the needs of our congregation and community. Their wisdom, care, and concern for others gives us comfort and hope. 
Many thanks to our CUMC Council and Committee Chairs: Matt Bates, Bob Almond, Jan Nelson, Mitzi Golod, Suzanne Ray, Doug Wilson, Karen Daly, Barbara Pierson, Susy Meyer, Herb Young, Ryland Bailey, Jim Hill, Florence Bishop, and Anne Kraft.
Thanks to everyone for keeping in touch with each other through social media, phone calls, texts, emails, notes, cards and letters. We are family and we are changing the world through love.
Love and best wishes,
Susan Thomas
CUMC Council Chair 
Good Friday and
Easter Sunday Worship
Join us on Facebook Live .
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Easter Offering 2020
Leaders from our Serving Team, Finance Team, and Church Council have taken a hard look at how we can extend our generosity and compassion to people in our city whose lives are being turned upside down by the Covid-19 Pandemic. 
After some thorough research, prayer, and deliberation, our Church Council has agreed that our Easter offering this year will go the Community Foundation , which works in conjunction with RVA Strong to help our local businesses and people being adversely impacted by this pandemic. 
 You can read more about the Central Virginia Covid-19 Response here.
We want to do something to share God’s love with people hurting here in Central Virginia. We want to keep striving to be generous people and a generous congregation even when our inclination is to turn our focus inward and worry about our own needs. 
You can make your donation either by mail to the church or online by going to the Give tab in the upper right-hand corner of our homepage at . From there click, “Gifts—Unpledged” and in the memo line put “Easter Offering.”
Together, we can keep striving, with God’s help, to change the world through love!
Celebration Sunday Spring Plants
A variety of spring plants will adorn our sanctuary in celebration of our first Sunday of worship following our closure from the COVID-19 pandemic! If you would like to order a plant in memory of or in honor of a loved one, there are two ways to order. Plants are $12.50/each. Checks should be made payable to Centenary UM Church. Please put "Spring Plants" on the memo line.

  1. Complete this online order form. Remember, you order is not complete until the church receives your payment.
  2. Print out and complete this order form. The send the order form and your check to:

Centenary United Methodist Church
411 E. Grace Street,
Richmond, 23219

Get your orders in soon! We don't know exactly when we will be back together, but when it happens, it might happen quickly and we will need to order ASAP. So don't miss out!

We will have an insert on Celebration Sunday with our donors listed and plants can be picked up following the 11:00 service.
Dear Centenary Family,

As you may know we have been praying for Ronnie Clements who has been recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. We have a goal of providing meals on Mondays and Thursdays for Ronnie and Luis. Ronnie does have some dietary restrictions. If you click on this link, you will see what kind of food is best for Ronnie and you can volunteer to prepare a meal.  


3308 E. Broad St. **Don't go to the door at the front, but go around to the left side, to the door there where you can drop off the meal.

Ronnie is no longer on the keto diet. They will gladly accept and be thankful for any meal you are able to provide.

Grub Hub gift cards are a good way to provide a meal if cooking/delivery aren't options for you.

If you are able to prepare and deliver a meal, we ask that you call ahead and let Ronnie or Luis know you are coming.

Here is some guidance for health and safety:

1) Be diligent in washing hands.

2) Take care in how the food is handled.

3) You can deliver the food for Ronnie and Luis to pick up without going into their apartment. They can give you information on how to do that.

If you need help with delivery contact Susy Meyer (

Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve!

If you would like information about how the Young Adults are staying connected during this time of social distancing, please contact Rev. Drew Willson -
Spring 2020 Geranium Sale to Benefit Shalom Farms.

If you need more information, please contact Pat Shipley.
This Week
April 11 - Stephen Lee
Marti Hurlburt
Eric Pace
April 12 - Vicki Stump

R.B. Bennington
Joanne Crick Berft  - daughter of Phil & AJ Crick, asking for prayer for  
recent health issues
Betty Brown  - Bill Glaze, Betty's brother-in-law has been diagnosed with 
pancreatic cancer
Ka Cheng  - friend of Vicki and Phyllis Stump diagnosed with breast 
Ronnie Clements - Ronnie is hospitalized again at VCU and Luis has been laid off from work.
Shannon Conway  - requests prayer for the Charles Sherman, Peter 
Oxborrow, Leon Beale and family
Riley Davin  - Niece of Vic and Nancy
Les Dobbs
Serena Durst Edwards
Jeff Hatch
Leah Hundley and family
Family of Lucille Hunt  - as they mourn her passing.
Justin Laman  - nephew of Lucy Hottle, a young father who has cancer
Vincente Lopez  - nephew of Heidi Kara, U.S. Army Infantry, deploying
to Egypt
Megan Mattax -   a friend of Miranda Clayton, pregnant and diagnosed  
with breast cancer
Family of Samuel Moody III - as they mourn his passing
Patti Oman  - health concerns - friend of Beth Hensley
Phyllis Stump - at Lakewood Manor
Wendy Tisdale  - family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed 
with stage 4 lung cancer
Bernice Walter - medical issues