Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Friday, October 25, 2019
A Message from Centenary

Reconciling Tenth Anniversary Recommitment
November 2-3
One Combined Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
Note Change in Worship Time for November 3!
No Sunday School

This  year marks the celebration of the tenth anniversary of Centenary being a Reconciling Congregation.  We are planning several events throughout the year that will help us remember where we have been, consider where we are now, and envision together where God is calling us to go with our Reconciling witness.  

Please join us for these events:

Saturday, November 2

12 Noon-2 pm--Join us for a light lunch and discussion on the theme, "Where Are We Now?'  We will talk about our journey toward becoming a Reconciling Congregation, take stock of where we are, and learn more about where our denomination is at this time.

Sunday, November 3--10:00 a.m. Combined Worship--No Sunday School

  • Combined worship service featuring Stan Baker and the Centenary Choir, as well as music led by Drew Willson and Lee Covington.

  •   Helen Ryde, Reconciling Ministries Coordinator for the Southeastern Jurisdiction will share the story of her faith journey with us. 

  •  Rev. Pat Shipley will preach and we will celebrate Holy Communion   on this All Saints' Sunday. 
  • A Covered Dish Luncheon will follow and we will have a time of learning and conversation focused around the theme, "What's Next?  The Future of Centenary and the UMC."  Please bring your favorite covered dish to share.   The church will provide beverages.

 Staff Change
We're sad to announce that our Administrative Assistant, Mandy Porter is resigning to be a stay-at-home mom with her beautiful daughter Emma.  Mandy has been a blessing to our congregation--and to our community.  She has not only managed the details of our office with excellence, but she is known for sharing God's love with all  those who enter our building seeking assistance.  We have begun a search and are making plans for coverage in the office in this interim period.  When you have a chance, thank Mandy for all she has done for us and wish her well!

Centenary Member in Art Events

Richmond's Contemporary Arts Fair will take place on October 23-27 and Washington, D.C.'s Superfine! D.C.'s Art's Fair will take place on October 30-November 4.
Included in the schedule of events at the Current (Richmond), is the premier of a new documentary titled The Builder (produced by Shockoe Artspace.  The Builder is a documentary set in Richmond, Virginia, focusing on an art collection, building culture and a collector of contemporary art, Don Childress (a contractor who began his art collection by trading construction jobs for artwork with artists expanding or building studios). Premiering October 25, 2019, at Current Art Fair in Richmond.

This collection will feature our very own John Adams! 

It will also be screened at later dates at the VMFA, VCU, The Byrd Theatre, and in locations in DC/Northern, VA. 

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

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 "Accepted."

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.)


Announcement from Virginia Methodists for a New Thing:
A just resolution is taking place because of multiple complaints filed against an ordained elder in our annual conference for officiating a same gender wedding. Join Virginia Methodists for a New Thing in a public prayer and singing witness on  Tuesday, October 29, 2019,  beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the Virginia United Methodist Center. The just resolution meeting will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m., and we will surround those involved in prayer. We will pray and sing together as a large group from 1:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and then individuals who wish to stay until the conclusion can remain from 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to pray. The focus will be a faithful witness in song and in prayer, keeping our baptismal covenant and including everyone involved in the just resolution process as we seek healing and wholeness for the parties involved, for our Annual Conference, and for the United Methodist Church as a whole.  Note:  This gathering is intended to be a peaceful witness centered in prayer and music.

Book Copies Available!:
Copies of Exactly As You Are- The Life and Faith of Mr. Rogers, by (our very own) Shea Tuttle, will be available for purchase on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 9:45 a.m., after the early service and after the 11:00 a.m. service in the downstairs hall lobby. The cost will be $20.00 per book. And don't forget to join us for the Lunch and Learn, Book Signing Event on Sunday, November 10! (See Announcement below for more details).

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!

Our Next Gatherings Pop Up Drink Shop Date will be:
Sunday, October 27- JOIN US! 

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.


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- currently at St. Mary's hospital in room 532
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 

Wayne Panton

Barry Sanderlin
Milton Wright
Merle Brown
John Dillehay
Toni Corcoran
Norm Dinwiddie
Matthew Simpson

  Lynette Bailey
 Mary Anne Dazey
Photo of the Week!
We had our first pop up drink shop this morning.  We had lots of visitors, including some newer guests that came by both before and after church.  We served hot cider, Starbucks winter blend and some tasty cider muffins made by baker Steve.  People seemed to be genuinely grateful for opportunity to gather and enjoy some time together. We were busy up to the start of the service!  

Big thanks to Al who got everything set up with a table, coffee pots, electrical cords and cart!! 

Thanks to Mann who will be hosting next weekend, Sunday, Oct 27, 2019


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