This Week at Centenary
Friday, October 9, 2020
Join the Clergy Against Racism As They Present
The October Town Hall Meeting Topic
The Community of Faith & It's Complicity in Racism - Part 2
In August we started a great dialogue on racism and its impacts on faith and the world around us. In our October town hall, we will continue that dialogue and devote more time to discussion in our breakout groups. This is an event you don’t want to miss -
be a part of this very timely and important discussion. Register today.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
6:00 P.M. - 7:45 P.M.
Zoom (Registration Required)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the meeting.
Centenary's Healthy Church Team (HCT) needs your feedback!

Please take the Check In With Centenary: A COVID-19 Survey. We ask for your thoughts and ideas about plans to return to in-person worship and your experiences during this pandemic. Please participate and share your valuable thoughts as we move forward together! Deadline to complete and submit the survey: October 21, 2020. Please do not hesitate to each out to our HCT team with any questions or concerns. Team members are Matt Bates, Jim Hill, Bob Almond, Karen Junker, Susan Thomas, Meredith Thrower (as legal consultant) and Jim Wickham ( as medical consultant).

The link to this online survey -
Our Charge Conference this year will be on Tuesday, October 27, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. We will provide a Zoom link in an upcoming newsletter for anyone that would like to attend.
Did you know that Sunday, October 11
is Clergy Appreciation Day? This is a time set aside to recognize the contributions and service of all clergy. While we will not be able to express our appreciation to Matt, Tim, and Drew in person this year we can certainly write them a note, email or send a card to show how grateful we are for all that they do for us. Please take time to show your appreciation to our wonderful pastors.
Matt Bates
1153 Lee's Crossing Ct.
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Tim Gerde
10508 Bishops Gate Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Drew Willson
7504 Greengate Dr
Henrico, VA 23229-4922
A New Way to Join Us Online
Centenary is pleased to invite you to our new online platform - Church Online Platform. ( free, online worship platform will stream the same worship service that you see on Facebook Live, but in a more stable, user friendly way!

Church Online Platform was create by a church - for the church. It allows you to watch the worship service, say hello and welcome people through Chat, see the order of worship (bulletin info) in Notes, search an online Bible, and see our upcoming Schedule without ever missing a second of the streaming worship service. Do you like to give online? There is a link to our online giving portal, which opens in a different window, so you can give online and still hear the worship service.

Even better - Church Online Platform is a very stable, internet platform, which allows for a better audio and visual experience.

And maybe best of all - no account is needed to access the entire experience. Just click on the provided link and you are there. You can use the same link every week! No more looking for the correct video or watching a previous week! You can bookmark the page to make it even easier. The link is on the homepage of our website and will be included each week in the newsletter. If you would like to join in the Chat, simply enter your name (which can be whatever you want - first name, full name, initials, nickname) and you can now chat with your Centenary friends. '

We will continue streaming to Facebook Live. So if you are comfortable there, no worries! We are still there for you.

A general word about online streaming - your Centenary family is working hard to provide a stable, enjoyable online experience that you can both see and hear! With the new equipment, and more stable online platform, we feel confident that our stream is stable. Also, we can now see if we are having problems! But, we can not guarantee that your experience will be uninterrupted or without issue. Each of you is watching on a unique device, with it's own capabilities and your own internet connection with it's capabilities. Feel free to comment in the Chat if you are having issues, and we will do our best to help.
A screenshot of Church Online Platform in action last Sunday. You can see the Chat box on the right. Below that, you see the tabs (red circle) for Chat, Notes, Bible, Schedule. Just click on the Notes tab to see the order of worship. Upper right, you see the Giving link (red circle).
You can use the red heart to send your love!
Here is screenshot
of the Notes tab.
The order of
worship is
included there.
A screenshot 'of the link
on our homepage.
Young Adults!! Gather with us from 6:00-7:15 p.m. at Bryan Park on Friday, October 23. We had a lovely time together there just over a month ago catching up, reflecting, praying, and singing pop songs. It will be delightful to come together again as the sun sets on that day and week of work.

Follow signs to Shelter 1 and we'll gather near there. Feel free to bring supper (from home or from the nearby Carytown Burgers & Fries Lakeside), and feel free to bring a friend or two. Most importantly, bring yourself. That's who we want to see and celebrate!
UMW - Smethie Circle
will meet via Zoom on
Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Meeting ID 898 7946 3766
Passcode 364499
To all Centenary Members
We are writing to ask you to consider joining the Reconciling Task Force in one of two ways.
Option One: To become an “ad Hoc” Task Force member and assist with one of our initiatives until it is completed.
Option Two: To become a full member of the Task Force and work with us on an on-going basis to achieve our goals to make Centenary a more inclusive, welcoming and accepting church.
Current Needs:
Barrett Brown has been searching the archives in order to get an idea of CUMC's history over the years with regards to our response to racial issues. But more can to be done. Volunteers are needed to work with Barrett to help research our church's records. Sadly, we are learning more and more from our records about CUMC’s racist history and efforts to exclude persons of color from our church.
Jim Hill has been providing leadership to the effort to display rainbow colored banners on the front of the church. Volunteers with an artist's eye are needed to work with Jim to come up with alternative ways to tastefully and artfully display the banners.
We have agreed to work with the Reconciling Ministries Network to raise money for their organization.   We can use help with organizing and managing our church's effort to assist this organization efforts to raise funds to support the important work they do.
If you would like to learn more about the Task Force and our goals, please contact Joe Speidel,
Online Worship
Join us on Church Online Platform or Facebook Live as we gather together for worship this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Invite others to join us this Sunday and on the Sundays to come!

This Sunday Rev. Matt Bates will be preaching.
His sermon is titled It's Not Hard to Lose Your Way.

Online Giving

Centenary has moved to Realm E-giving. If you would like to give online, please click on the "Give" link on the top our our homepage. Here is a short tutorial about Realm online giving.
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!
The Upper Room available as a PDF
The Upper Room is continuing to support their standing order
partners with a PDF of the September/October issue!
You may download your copy here.
This Week

October 11 - Andrea Dukes
October 14 - Kimberly Clark
Happy Birthday Merle Brown!

Merle Brown, one of our oldest members, will be celebrating his 93rd birthday on October 16. We would like to shower him with cards! If you would like to join in, his address is 101 Early Avenue, Sandston, VA 23150.

Also, a drive by birthday party will take place on Friday, October 16th at 2:00pm. They look forward to seeing many of their Centenary friends and waving to you all as you drive by to wish Merle a happy birthday!

Thank you from University of Mary Washington.
In last week's email, I incorrectly attributed our February concert
to the University of Mary Washington. That concert was
the blessing of Washington and Lee University Singers.
My apologies for any confusion this caused.
Oct. 13 @ 6 p.m. Clergy Against Racism October Town Hall
Oct. 15 @ 7 p.m. Ministry Team Leaders Planning Session
Oct. 16 @ 2 p.m. Merle Brown's Drive By Birthday Party
Oct. 20 @ 4 p.m. Church Council and Leaders Meeting
Oct. 21 @ 4 p.m. UMW Smethie Circle
Oct. 23 @ 6 p.m. Young Adults at Bryan Park
Oct. 27 @ 4 p.m. Church Charge Conference
All events are on Zoom unless otherwise noted.
Ka Cheng - friend of Vicki and Phyllis Stump diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ronnie Clements
Jack & Denney Collins - Jack is in rehab at Sheltering Arms. Continue to keep him and
his wife Denney in your prayers. Jack and Denney are part of our young adult
ministry. Cards and expressions of support and concern can be sent to Jack Collins,
1217 Stanhope Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227.
Shannon Conway - requests prayer for the Charles Sherman, Peter 
Oxborrow, Leon Beale and family.
Jeff Hatch
Clyde Hundley - recovering from a recent blood clot. 
Heidi Kara - for my step-mother, Graciela Puente, battling a kidney issue along with a serious heart condition.
Mary Mismas - recovering from back surgery this week.
Patti Oman - health concerns - friend of Beth Hensley.
Lolly Parker and family - friends of Barrett Brown, as Lolly struggles with COVID 19
and is in the ICU.
Jerry Rodwell - Amy Bates's dad - recent cancer diagnosis.
Phyllis Stump - at Lakewood Manor.
Rev. Kathy Talley - recovering from surgery.
Ron Towers - recovering from knee surgery. Cards can be sent to 202 North 20th Street, Apt. 306, Richmond, VA 23223.