This Week at Centenary
The People are the Church…
…but we sure wish we could worship together in our beautiful sanctuary. Just want to let you know that Centenary has a ‘Reentry Team’ that is reviewing information from the governor, the bishop and elsewhere regarding the process and procedures for gathering together in the future. If you would like more information, please refer to the attachment from the governor. The team will keep you posted as to when and how we will worship in the future. In the meantime, our on-line worship services will continue on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
Please refer to Centenary’s weekly newsletter for upcoming information and events. Pastor Matt is leading a Bible Study every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The information on how to join the Zoom Bible Study can be found in the newsletter. Come join us if you can!
Many thanks to the Centenary family for your constant love and support. Stay safe and well.
Love and best wishes,
The CUMC Reentry Team
Matt Bates, Bob Almond, Jim Hill, Karen Junker & Susan Thomas

With Grateful Hearts
The Finance Committee wishes to express gratitude for the faithful giving demonstrated to date during the pandemic.  April gifts exceeded the monthly budget and helped make up shortfalls from earlier in the year.  While other revenues are below budget, contributions are within 1% of plan.  We have continued to defer apportionments until June to be confident in our ability to meet payroll and general expenses.  We continue to monitor our operating cash position closely with the Financial Secretary and Council.  

We are also very grateful for your generous support of our Easter offering. We were able recently to send a gift of $3,465 to the Covid-19 Response Fund administered through the Community Foundation. 

The impacts of the pandemic will be with us long after quarantine is lifted.  The Covid-19 trials are not over.  But Centenary has continued to demonstrate its devotion and dedication to God’s service by sharing what He has shared with us.  We are so blessed to be part of a steadfast, loving church family.

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother,
have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”  Philemon 7
Online Worship
Join us on Facebook Live for worship this Sunday at
11:00 a.m. This is the time and place that we gather to worship together. We will also be posting a recorded audio version of the service on our website , which you can access any time. (when available)

This Sunday, Rev. Matt Bates will be preaching. His sermon, The Post-Pandemic Church, is based on I Peter 3:13-22 .
Invite others to join us this Sunday and on the Sundays to come!

Tips for Online Giving
Thank you for continuing to support the ministries of Centenary during this time. Check out these tips that will make online giving easier and ensure that your contribution is credited to the proper fund.
Pub Theology
Today, Friday, May 15
6:00-7:15 p.m.

Topic:  The Strangeness of the Saints.  

Following last Sunday's story in Acts about the death of St. Stephen the Martyr, let's gather
on Zoom and talk about some of our favorite holy weirdos.

To get you ready for Pub Theology, here are some conversation starters:
  • Which saint has a firework named after her? Why?
  • Can you name three saints who had monastic orders named after them?
  • Which saint was known for involvement in politics... and for drinking pus from the ulcers of the poor?

Drew Willson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Pub Theology
Time: May 15, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 9619 5690
Password: 911942
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Join us on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.
for our Bible Study via Zoom. 
Watch for your Zoom invitation to join us on Tuesday!
Tea with Tim
Thursday, May 21 at 4:00pm

Join us as we to check in, catch up, and chat a bit. Rev. Tim Gerde will host our time with his usual wit and wisdom! We look forward to delightful conversation as we share our lives together via Zoom. Look for the Zoom invite on Wednesday of next week!
Celebration Sunday Spring Plants
A variety of spring plants will adorn our sanctuary in celebration of our first Sunday of worship following our closure! 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 or you may pay online using the directions in the article above and put "Spring Plants" in the Optional 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. Send the order form & your check to:

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

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

This Week

May 16 - Tori Brock

R.B. Bennington
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 
Miranda Clayton - in the recent loss of her grandmother
Ronnie Clements - Ronnie is home 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
Sue Ann Holloway - recovering from eye surgery
Leah Hundley and family
Justin Laman  - nephew of Lucy Hottle, a young father who has cancer
Lorna Leake - My friend Tate and her daughter Cher have been diagnosed for walking pneumonia.They are going to a tent doctor to be tested for the virus. Her daughter has several health problems and I am very concerned. 
David Leake - brother of Lorna Leake, health concerns
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
Irene Pier --sister of Alfonso Baker, Stan Baker's husband--hospitalized in Asheville, NC in serious condition with cancer
Neil Shingleton and family - Neil's dad, Roddy, passed away on April 28 in NC.
Phyllis Stump - at Lakewood Manor
Wendy Tisdale  - family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed 
with stage 4 lung cancer
Bernice Walter - medical issues