News for the Week of May 28, 2021
I think this is both a challenge and an opportunity for us. The challenge is that those of us who are eager to get back to “normal” and resume doing the things we’ve always done may be impatient with such a process. The opportunity is that this new group can lead us to be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we ask, as the disciples did gathered in the Upper Room before Pentecost, what God has in store for Centenary on the other side of the pandemic. We really need to ask what attitudes, practices, and habits we need to leave behind. We need to consider what new forms of ministry and mission God is calling us to embrace. 
 
One piece of advice that makes great sense to me and helps lower my anxiety level is that as we begin in-person worship, we need to keep things simple and we need to go slow. Our main goal through this summer and early fall is simply to get used to being in our building again and to readjust to being in public with others. Other things I’ve been learning that help me get my bearings:
 
  • Don’t talk about the “new normal.” Instead be open to a new future.
  • As a congregation, we need to see ourselves as a core group of disciples ready to launch something new. In other words, try to see ourselves as if we were a new church plant.
  • In the last year, people have been through a lot—a pandemic, social unrest, economic uncertainty, loss of loved ones, and more. We need to be patient with each other—and spend time listening to each other. In other words, we as a church have an opportunity to be a healing community.
 
There’s more to share, more to learn, and many more people to thank for all they are doing and have been doing. So please stay tuned to our newsletter and to worship as we move into the future together.
 
You are loved—by God—and your church family.
 
Peace,
Matt
Farewells
Please join me in wishing Regan Sprenkle a very fond farewell.
Regan has resigned as the choir alto section leader as of the end of May to spend more time with her family. Regan joined the choir as section leader in September, 2017, and has ably fulfilled that role in many different ways. Best wishes for the future! -- Stan Baker and the Chancel Choir
June 13 will be Rev. Drew Willson's last Sunday at Centenary
SPR is planning to present him with a plaque during the service that day. We would also like to give you, the members of Centenary, an opportunity to show your appreciation to Drew through notes and a Love Offering. There will be envelopes available in the back of the sanctuary for you to use for your gifts of money and/or word beginning this Sunday. Please make any checks payable to Drew Willson and place the envelope in the offering plate. Deadline is June 13 - before the worship service!
Altar Flowers
Sign Up for Altar Flowers
As we resume in-person worship in our Sanctuary, we are adding beautiful floral arrangements from Coleman's to our altar. There is a tentative list from 2019, but it is open to anyone who would like to request a particular Sunday. Cost is still $25/week. Please make checks payable to Centenary UMC & sent to the office or put in the offering plate - with "ALTAR FLOWERS" noted in the memo line. Please let us know any preferences you have to contribute to this beautiful part of our Sunday services! For more information, please contact the church office.
Food Drive
The Centenary Serving Team has selected a Food Collection Project in support of the district Annual Conference Mission. Centenary will sponsor a food drive to collect packaged/canned non perishable food items to be delivered to one of the eight food pantries in our district. All church members are invited to participate in the food drive by dropping off food donations on Sundays, May 30, June 6 or June 13 in the collection box at the first floor entrance opposite the elevator. If for any reason you are unable to bring items during the three Sundays, you may drop off donated food items between 10 and noon on June 19 in the church parking lot. What an excellent opportunity to help those in need of food and an opportunity for us to share our blessings with others. The Serving Team is excited about Centenary’s participation in this project and welcomes all donations from our church family. If you have questions, please contact the church office.
More News
New Publication Guidelines
As we are coming out of the pandemic, we can look back at the many ways our lives are different. One big difference, how much more we do online. With this in mind, the guidelines for communicating news and events at Centenary are changing a bit too. If you have an announcement, please read our updated guidelines for more information about how best to communicate your announcement and our new deadlines.
Zoom Book Study
Sunday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Join us for a study of the book
by Heather McGhee.
To register, please contact the church office.
Young Adult Gathering
Friday, June 4 at 6:15 p.m.
Behind the VMFA. We'll meet near Chloe
again and find a spot thatsuits us. Maybe the
storms will even stayaway this time!
Feel free to bring food and drinks
or to get some at theCafé before we meet.
Wednesday mornings
10:00 a.m.
Please join us as we look
at the scripture for the upcoming Sunday.
We meet together via Zoom for study and
fellowship. The Zoom link will be sent
via email on Tuesday.
Please contact the church office, if you
would like to be included on this email.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The Upper Room
The Upper Room is continuing to support
their standing order partners with
a PDF of the May/June issue!
May 30, June 6 & 13 - Food Drive for Annual Conference Missions

May 31 - Office Closed for Memorial Day

June 2 @ 10 a.m. Bible Study

June 2 @ 7 p.m. Reconciling Task Force

June 4 @ 6:15 p.m. Young Adult Gathering at VMFA

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