Friday, January 17, 2020
This Week at Centenary

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Second 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   Corrected Vision.
Join us for a study of this book by
Mark Achtemeier, 
The Bible's Yes to Same Sex Marriage:  An Evangelical's Change of Heart

Sessions will be led by Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley 
and held at 10 A.M. on Sundays, 
January 19, 26, and February 2 

The class will convene in the
Anchor Classroom  on the 2nd floor.

In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In 
The Bible's Yes to Same- Sex Marriage , Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for LGBT persons. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message for gay people. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.

This new edition includes a study guide and a new introduction from the author that reflects on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and changes within the church. Perfect for groups or self-reflection, the study guide directs readers over four sessions to explore both Achtemeier's book and the Bible.

You can purchase your copy from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

This Friday, January 10 - 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. 

Sunday, January 26
Sunday Fun Day at Tang & Biscuit. 
All ages are welcome to join us after 11:00 a.m. worship for lunch and shuffleboard.
(Our regularly scheduled Pub Theology on the fourth Sunday of the month is thus canceled.)
Altar Flowers for 2020

As we start 2020, we will be compiling a new Altar Flowers Calendar.  We are blessed with many folks who support our Altar Flower ministry by remembering loved ones each week, and we are always open to new folks who would like to honor someone with flowers. First Sundays cost $50 (2 arrangements are needed for Communion Sundays) & other Sundays are $25.  This year there are 4 months that have 5 Sundays - March, May, August & November, so the calendar changes each year as these 5th Sundays come and go! If you would like to sponsor flowers on a particular Sunday, please let me know & I will do my best to arrange for it.  Thanks for your continued support of this ministry! Sharon Steele, Altar Flowers Chair. 804-912-2549.

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

The Family of Jenny Bush - friend of Leah Hundley who recently lost 

                                                her battle with stage 4 melanoma

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

Patti Oman - health concerns - friend of Beth Hensley

Phyllis Stump - in rehab at Sheltering Arms, St. Francis

Wendy Tisdale - family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed 

                              with stage 4 lung cancer

Bernice Walter- medical issues

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