This Week at Centenary

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

8:40 a.m.    Early Service

 10:00 a.m.    Sunday School

     11:00 a.m.    Traditional Worship

Dr. Matthew D. Bates will be preaching this Sunday 
and his sermon is entitled  Essentials .
Join us on February 2 for the last Sunday
of the study of the book by Mark Achtemeier, 
The Bible's Yes to Same Sex Marriage: 
An Evangelical's Change of Heart

The session will be led by Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley
and held at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
New Sunday School Class Begins February 9
Join Robb Stottlemyer and the Anchor Class as they begin a new study on Sunday, February 9, at 10:00 a.m. Robb will be leading the class in a study of a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon.  You can order the book from Amazon or your favorite bookseller. The Anchor Class meets on the second floor in the classroom at the end of the hall. 
Jim Hill recently attended a Wesleyan Covenant Association meeting. Read about his experience in a blog posted on the website Virginia Methodists For A New Thing.

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Highlights Work of Centenary Members!

From the VICPP Newsletter:

The General Assembly has been in full swing last week and this week. Our VICPP policy staffers are working crazy hours – often at hearings at 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. (last night we were there until 10 p.m.). Since the General Assembly only meets for eight weeks, the session is jammed full. I’m always impressed with how hard the legislators and their staff are working.

I am particularly grateful for our Witness at the Capitol volunteers who meet with aides, deliver fact sheets, sit in hearings for hours, and testify to support or oppose legislation. They also lift up the voice of the faith community and stand with marginalized people.

Board members Rev. Dr. Anthony Fludd,  Dr. Warren Hottle  and  Rev. Pat Shipley, have been rock stars  – showing up day in and day out. We’ve also been blessed by regular support from Mr. Joe Brancoli, Ms. Lucretia Farago, Pastor Rodney Hunter, Rev. Jeanne Pupke, Dr. Eva Thorpe and Rev. Hollie Woodruff. Last week we had help from seven Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology students from Rev. Dr. Faith Harris’ J-term class and Mr. Rodney Page. We greatly appreciate all the help.

Second Fridays - 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
 Coffee Theology at Urban Farmhouse in Scott's Addition. 
All ages are welcome to join us for coffee and faith conversation. 

Fourth Sundays - 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Pub Theology at Triple Crossing Downtown

The Reach Team has enjoyed hosting our pop up coffee and cider bar, WAKE UP, on Sunday mornings. We have been thrilled by the number of guests that have stopped to chat before and after the service. It is great to see friendships grow with our current members too! WAKE UP will be on holiday the rest of January. Look for us again in February! 

Would you like to host WAKE UP? We are looking to add people to our WAKE UP Barista team. Tasks include making coffee, warming cider and providing a small treat for guests. Find a friend and partner up! Please contact Anne Kraft ( ) or any of our other Reach Team members (Lynnette Bailey, Mann Brown, Nathan Grubb, Pencye Bailey, Rachel Bates, Steve Kraft, Susan Thomas, or Reid Ashe) to learn more.
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 
Shannon Conway  - requests prayer for the Charles Sherman, Peter 
                 Oxborrow, Leon Beale and family
Riley Davin  - Niece of Vic and Nancy
Serena Durst
Les & Mary Dobbs
Gavin  - friend of Vic and Nancy Grand facing kidney transplant
Jane Grand  - has been moved to a skilled nursing facility and has leveled 
            in her recovery 
Jeff Hatch
Kathy Henn  - surgery January 15 - sister of Maggie King
Leah and Bob Hundley
Clyde Hundley  - recovering after recent hospitalization
Lucille Hunt  - at Morningside at Bellegrade
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
Patti Oman  - health concerns - friend of Beth Hensley
Phyllis Stump
Wendy Tisdale  - family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed 
              with stage 4 lung cancer
Bernice Walter - medical issues
Brooke Willson - recovering from knee surgery