Dear Centenary Family,

This week, Stan Baker announced plans for his retirement. As you can imagine, this is a big surprise to us all.

We are all grateful for Stan’s 31 years of faithful and excellent service to Centenary as our choir director and organist. After last Sunday’s Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, I commented to several people that the quality of music we have enjoyed here at Centenary for so many years is on a par with many large United Methodist Churches, if not well above.

Stan’s official retirement date is Sunday, April 30. We look forward to journeying through Lent and Easter with Stan. And then, on April 30, we will remember and celebrate Stan’s many accomplishments here at Centenary. Our Staff-Parish Relations team will be working on these plans and will keep you posted as these develop.

Our Staff-Parish Relations team in conjunction with our Church Council will also begin the work of formulating a transition plan. Look for opportunities to share your hopes and dreams as we work through this change together.

We’ll have time in the weeks ahead to recall Stan’s contributions to Centenary in more vivid detail. In the meantime, pray for Stan during this transition in his life, share your best memories and express your gratitude when you see him, and pray for our congregation as we discern God’s will for our next steps in our worship life together.




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Sundays at 10:30am

In person and online.


Church Online or Facebook

Contact the church office for more details.

The Chosen - Season 3

Sundays at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall

Episode 3 - Physician Heal Thyself

Jesus returns to his childhood home and discusses the peoples’ need for release from spiritual debt as opposed to physical debt. Tensions increase significantly with religious leaders.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays at 10:00am

We gather together on Zoom to look

at the scripture for the upcoming week. An email is sent out with more details

on Tuesdays. If you would like to be added to the Bible study email list, please contact the church office.


UMW - Smethie Circle

Children’s Health and Wellness Building Tour

on the UMFS Campus

3900 West Broad Street.

February 1 ~ 10:30am

We will meet in front of the new Child & Family Healing Center on the UMFS campus. Join us as we see and learn about all the changes happening at United Methodist Family Services!

Karen Junker, Centenary's Lay Leader who is an Art Provenance Specialist, WWII era, will be introducing the film and leading a discussion

after its viewing.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

2023 Altar Flowers

It's that time of year again, the weekly altar flower calendar is being set up. Time to choose that special date to honor or remember friends and family or recognize a special event. You may sign up in any

of the following ways:


  1. Select a date from the list placed in the office hallway
  2. Request a date using our online form. You will be contacted to confirm the date.
  3. Call the church office and chose your date the "old fashioned way" in person.


You may select any date that is open. First come is first served. Costs. $44.00 for the first Sunday Communion Sunday (2 arrangements). $22.00 for all other Sundays (1 arrangement). You can pay online here. Please choose Flowers-Altar from the pull down menu.

Easter Jubilee Show at Rudy Theater

Traveling Friends Day Trip to Rudy Theater in Selma, NC

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - Sign Up Today

For more information, contact the church office.

Household Items Needed

A friend of Centenary has recently moved and is in need of the following items:

  • a table lamp
  • a floor lamp
  • a shower curtain
  • a small breakfast table
  • a twin bedspread or sheet set

Please call or email the church office if you have any of these items and would be willing to donate them.


January 29 @ 10:30 am - In-person & Livestream

January 29 @ 11:30 am  - The Chosen - Social Hall

January 30 @ 5:00 pm - Change the World/RVA

February 1 @ 10:30am - Smethie Circle at UMFS for tour

February 1 @ 11:00 am - Wednesday Bible Study

February 1 @ 7:15 pm - Chancel Choir Rehearsal

February 3 @ 10:30 am - Walk-In Lunch

February 5 @ 10:30 am - In-person & Livestream

February 5 @ 11:30 am - The Chosen - Social Hall

Please use this QR code for

easy online giving!


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Rev. Matt Bates - [email protected]

Rev. Tim Gerde - [email protected]

Stanley Baker - [email protected]

Office/Laura Nealley - [email protected]


Our mission is to change the world through love.

To acknowledge God’s love is, for each of us, a life-changing event.

As followers of Jesus, we share God’s love for all people, and work together to make our world a better place, one life at a time.