Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Thursday, December 26, 2019
A Message from Centenary


Please note, that the Sunday after Christmas, December, we continue what has become a tradition for this Sunday in the church year.  We will have one combined worship service and participate in a Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols.  We will not have Sunday School that day, but will gather at 10 a.m. to sing our favorite carols together!  

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, December 29, 2019
The First Sunday after Christmas Day
Please Note the Change in Schedule
No Sunday School
One 10 a.m. Service
A Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols

We return to our regular Sunday Schedule on January 5!

Church Office Holiday Closings

The church office will be closed Wednesday, January 1, and Thursday, January 2.  

Watch for Events and Gatherings for 2020!

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 12, 19, 26, and February 2 in the Social Hall

More about the Study

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.

Watch for other opportunities for spiritual growth, service, and fellowship in early January!

Suzanne Ray-- in the recent loss of her uncle
Rev. Kathy Talley-- recovering from recent foot surgery
Betty Brown-- Bill Glaze, Betty's brother-in-law has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
R ev. Pat Shipley-- in the recent loss of two cousins, Bill Groseclose in Pennsylvania  and Mike Justice in North Carolina
Clyde Hundley-- Recovering from open heart surgery
Gavin --friend of Vic and Nancy Grand facing kidney transplant
Ka Cheng --friend of Vicki and Phyllis Stump diagnosed with breast cancer.  
Serena Durst
Joanne Crick Berft- daughter of Phil & AJ Crick, asking for prayer for recent health issues
Bernice Walter- medical issues
Les & Mary Dobbs
William Clyde Hundley- recovering from heart surgery at home
R.B. Bennington- at home
Leah and Bob Hundley
Phyllis Stump
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
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 

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