Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Friday, November 1, 2019
A Message from Centenary

Important Updates Below
  • Sympathy to Ron Towers/Opportunity to Respond
  • Farewell to Mandy Porter
  • Office Updates
  • Sunday Worship at 10 a.m. with Covered Dish Luncheon Following
  • Daylight Savings Time
  • Stewardship Update

Dear Centenary Family,

I hope you will note the important information in this edition of our weekly newsletter.

Condolences to Ronald Towers
First, we express our sincere sympathy to Ronald Towers, our sexton in the tragic loss of his son, Ronald Vincent Towers, Jr. and Lisa Denise Towers in an auto accident in South Carolina.  Their services were held this morning at 11 a.m.  A number of you have asked how we can help.  We plan to receive a special offering for Ron this Sunday.  We hope to have special envelopes you can use.  Your gift can be in the form of cash or a check made out to Ronald Towers.  Condolences can be sent to:

Ronald Towers
202 North 20th Street
Apt. 306
Richmond, VA 23223

Farewell to Mandy Porter

Today was Mandy Porter's last day as our Administrative Assistant.  We are so grateful for Mandy's faithful service.  Mandy brought enthusiasm and compassion to her work and saw her work as a form of mission and service.  Mandy plans to be a stay at home mom with her daughter Emma.  We wish Mandy, Stephen, and Emma all the best.  We are working on planning an occasion where we can properly thank Mandy for her service and wish her all the best.

Office Update

We are very grateful to Reeves Danter, our former Administrative Assistant, who will be helping us some in the office as we conduct a search for a new person to fill this role.  For right now, Reeves plans to be in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.  And we have a good crew of office volunteers on Tuesdays for whom we are very grateful.  We ask for your patience during this time.  We may not always have someone present to answer phone calls immediately or to provide access in and out of the building.  If you need to come to the church for business, it would be best to check before coming.  Also, because of the times we now have people available, our bulletin deadline will be Monday at noon.  Thank you for your patience in this interim period.  

End of Daylight Savings Time

Please be sure to see the note below about Daylight Savings Time.  Remember to "Fall Back" Saturday night !

Reconciling Anniversary Celebration--See the Information Below

Stewardship Update

Thank you to those of you who have responded to our recent appeal to help us catch up on our budget deficit.  Also, please put these two important dates on your calendar.  On Sunday, November 17
at 10 a.m., instead of Sunday School, we will have a presentation on funding our ministry for 2020.  This is your chance to learn about our budget for 2020 and ask any questions you might have.  And then, on Sunday, November 24, we will have our Stewardship Commitment Sunday.  You'll be hearing more soon about all these things.  Thank you in advance for supporting our downtown ministry!

And, please be sure about Rise Against Hunger on November 9!

I look forward to seeing how God uses us to support one another in this journey of faith--and how God uses each of us for the work of proclaiming and living the good news!  I hope to see you this weekend!



Join us for Worship this Sunday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.

Dear Centenary Family,

I hope you will join us this weekend, Saturday, November 2 at Noon in our social hall for a light lunch and a time of conversation in recognition of our 10th Anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation.  This will be a time for warm, open discussion about where we have been in the past 10 years and where we are headed, especially in light of our denomination's current struggles.

Helen Ryde, the Southeastern Jurisdiction Coordinator for Reconciling Ministries Network will be with us and some of our own people including Jim Hill, Rev. Kathy Talley, and Dr. Pat Shipley will be leading the events of this weekend.  Here are the highlights of this weekend's activities:

Saturday, Noon-2 p.m.

  • Lunch and discussion about where we are now as a Reconciling Congregation.  We look forward to conversations around questions like:
    • What other struggles for full inclusion have we already lived through as a congregation and denomination?
    • What is the Reconciling Movement's history?
    • What is it like to be gay and a member of Centenary and the UMC?
    • How have we grown, and what is yet to be achieved?
Sunday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.

  • Combined worship service celebrating All Saints Sunday.
    • Music by the Centenary Choir led by Stan Baker and music led by Rev. Drew Willson and Lee Covington
    • Sharing of faith journey by Helen Ryde
    • Sermon by Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley
    • Holy Communion
  • Covered dish luncheon--bring a dish to share!
  • Fellowship and conversation around the table 
    • What's going on in the UMC now as we move toward General Conference 2020?
    • What are some of the possibilities being considered for the future of the UMC?
    • How might this impact Centenary?
    • What are some things God is calling us to do and to be at this time?
Friends, this is a challenging time, a wilderness/exodus time as you will hear Sunday from Jim Hill.  But it is also a time for us to deepen our faith, draw closer to each other, and trust that God is indeed leading us to a land filled with promise and hope.

I hope you will make every effort to join us for these important events.



This Week at Centenary

Sunday, November 3, 2019
All Saints Sunday

Combined Worship Service at 10:00 am. 

Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley  will be preaching this Sunday and her sermon is entitled "On Being Saints."

Did you miss a service? Would you like to listen to a sermon again or share it with a friend? You can now listen to the sermon or the entire 11 a.m. service.  The services are posted on our church website,  (Click on this link to go to the church website.). Each sermon  is normally available Sunday or Monday afternoon and remains available for later listening. Please tell anyone who might enjoy listening.

Second Fridays:
Coffee Theology at Urban Farmhouse in Scott's Addition (6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.)
Fourth Sundays: Pub Theology at Triple Crossing Downtown (6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.)


Introducing Gatherings, Our New Pop Up Drink Shop!:
We will be serving specialty coffee, cider, and yummy treats!
Open: 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. - 12:20 a.m.
Located just outside the sanctuary by the Ladies' Parlor.
Check the weekly church newsletter for our next pop update! 
Stop by and bring a friend!

There will be no Gathering Pop Up Event 
this Sunday, November 3. 

The next Gathering Pop Up Event will take place on Sunday, November 10. Hope to see you there! 

New Sunday School Classes Begin:
Join us for Sunday School.  Dean Simpson is leading a class on  The Great Theologians.   Robb Stottlemyer begins leading a class on Shea Tuttle's new book, "Exactly as You Are:  The Life and Faith of Mr. Rogers,"  which can be purchased on Amazon.

Adult Handbell Choir:
The Adult Handbell Choir rehearsals will meet  at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor in the room across from the elevator.

On  Saturday, November 9, 2019,  we will gather in the fellowship hall (no later than 8:45 a.m.) to pack meals to provide for families in distressed areas of the world. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and commitment to missions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. Join in the fun! (Reminder: Wear a hat or use a hairnet).

Lunch and Learn: Shea Tuttle Book Signing Event!:
Won't You Come "Meet" Our New Neighbor?  Meet author, Shea Tuttle, and wife to our very own Drew Willson!  Join us on Sunday, November 10, 2019 following the 11:00 a.m. service for a light lunch and a 20 minute discussion about Shea's upcoming book, Exactly As You Are- The Life and Faith of Mr. Rogers. After the discussion, there will also be an opportunity to purchase and have a book signed by Shea!


School Supplies:
Because of your generosity, our youth were able to assemble 48 school supply kits in June!  They will assemble more during the year to take to next year's conference.  We still have enough of many of the required items but do need:
  • One-subject spiral-bound notebooks (each kit requires 3 notebooks)
  • Loose-leaf paper

The Centenary Buddy System:
The Centenary Buddy System is looking for individuals who would like to reach out to new members, provide updates for upcoming events, and be a resource to explain the ins-and-outs of the church. Those interested should sign up on the bulletin board by the fellowship hall or talk to Mann Brown/Nathan Grubb.

Ron Towers--the recent loss of his son, Ronald Vincent Towers, Jr. and his daughter, Lisa Denise Towers
Mitzi Golod and Libby Rhame- request prayers for their nephew/grandson and his wife and their families in the passing of their infant son, Wilder
Serena Durst- recovering at home
Joanne Crick Berft- daughter of Phil & AJ Crick, asking for prayer for recent health issues
The Family of Lois Hinerman- who passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Bernice Walter- medical issues
Les & Mary Dobbs
Pat Shipley- in the recent passing of her brother, Tom Shipley
Merle Brown- at Memorial Regional Hospital and a had a cardiac  catheterization   
Lynn LaBarre- father passed away suddenly in Social Circle, GA
Alex Hundley- undergoing basic training for the Army 
Allen White- passing of a childhood friend
William Clyde Hundley- son of Bob & Leah Hundley, recent cardiac catheterization
R.B. Bennington- at home
Leah and Bob Hundley
Phyllis Stump
Serena Durst- back problems and much pain
Mary Alice Nesbitt
Lucille Hunt- at Morningside at Bellgrade 
Jane Grand- has been moved to a skilled nursing facility and has leveled in her recovery  
Riley Davin- niece of Vic and Nancy
Shannon Conway requests prayer for Charles Sherman, Peter Oxborrow, Leon Beale and Family
Jeff Hatch
Nancy Penman- Wendy Smith's mother who has had a stroke and lives in New Jersey   
A.J. & Phil Crick- at Morningside at Bellgrade
Justin Laman- nephew of Lucy Hottle, a young father who has cancer
The Family of Jenny Bush- friend of Leah Hundley, who recently lost her battle with stage 4 melanoma
Wendy Tisdale- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnose with  staged 4 lung cancer 

Ginny Jarvis
Mike LaBarre
Roy Lambertson
Todd Minnich
Sidney Tilghman
Keith Hinerman
Nancy Lee
Susy Meyer
Thomas Stottlemyer
Sandy Armstrong
Taylor Lee

Photo of the Week!
Thank You to our friends at Grit Coffee, located around the corner in Champs, for bring us some yummy treats on Friday!


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