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In-person/ Live Streaming Worship Service

December 10, 2023 at 10:15 AM

2nd Sunday of Advent

*Scripture Lessons

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; John 14:27


"Peace & Comfort" by Rev. Sooah Na

*Worship Assistant:

Nancy Rapp

*Advent Candle Lighting

The Cary Family

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*Special Christmas Mini Concert

Centenary Choir & Musicians

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Hunger Walk Update



Six walkers from Centenary UMC raised $519.71 for this year's One Step At A Time Hunger Walk, held on Sunday afternoon, November 5th. Sponsored by the Metuchen-Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association (MEAICA), the hunger walk is an annual event hosted by houses of worship in Metuchen and Edison to help replenish their shared emergency fund for neighbors in need.


Walkers started from the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen and followed a three-mile route through Metuchen and Roosevelt Park in Edison before returning to the church. Centenary's walkers included Pastor Sooah, Peggy and Nino Martino, Jack Sweeney, Asher Irfan, and Bob Carlson. Our top contributor was Jack who raised $275--more than half of Centenary's total--through contributions from his sponsors. Special thanks to everyone who donated to the Hunger Walk.  

December Bible Reading Challenge

We are excited to announce our December Bible Reading Challenge, just in time for the Advent season. This challenge is perfect for all ages, including children and youth.

Not only will it include daily Bible readings, but it will also provide fun and meaningful activities that you and your family can enjoy together to make your Christmas even more special.

We believe that the Advent season is a time for reflection and growth, and we hope that this challenge will help you deepen your faith and strengthen your bonds as a family. Join us on this journey as we read and learn together during this festive season of Advent!

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December Diaper Drive



Centenary's annual diaper drive for The Maker's Place, a United Methodist Hope Center and diaper bank serving low income families in the Trenton area, will be held from December 3 to 17.  Now in its sixth year, our diaper drive has become an Advent tradition. Over the last two years, Centenary has collected nearly 7,000 diapers for The Maker's Place, which distributes an average of 24,000 free diapers each month to help struggling families meet their basic needs.  The Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church established this missional initiative to address the high infant mortality rate in the Trenton area.

   Did you know that babies require up to 12 diapers a day, and toddlers about 8. A sufficient supply of diapers is necessary to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy. Because diapers are expensive, low income families often cannot afford an adequate supply and must cut back on the number they purchase to meet other essential expenses.  

   Here are three ways your diaper donations make a big difference?

1) Babies who remain too long in soiled diapers are exposed to potential health risks. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the U.S. infant mortality rate rose three percent last year--the largest increase in two decades. Infant mortality is the measure of how many babies die before they reach their first birthday. YOUR DONATIONS MAKE A CHANGE FOR BETTER INFANT HEALTH!

2) Most child care centers, even free or subsidized facilities, require parents to provide a day's supply of disposable diapers. YOUR DONATIONS MAKE A CHANGE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CHILDHOOD LEARNING!

3) Many parents can't go to work or school if they can't leave their babies at child care. YOUR DONATIONS MAKE A CHANGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES, AND HELP FAMILIES IN POVERTY STRETCH THEIR INCOME FURTHER.

   Diaper donations can be dropped off at Centenary UMC, 200 Hillside Avenue, Metuchen on Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and noon. The Maker's Place collects diapers of all sizes, as well as pull-ups and wipes. Sizes 4, 5, 6, and 7 are especially needed.  

   During this Advent Season, as we celebrate the coming of the Christ child into the world 2,000 years ago, what better way to honor Him than by giving the children being born today a better chance to grow up healthy.

Bob Carlson

Missions Chairman

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Poinsettia 2023 Order Form

If you would like to order poinsettia, please print the order form below, fill it out and send it to the church office with cash or check. (Please write POINSETTIAS in the Memo section of your check.) Your order can be mailed to the church office or placed in the offering plate.

The last day to order is Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Thank you.

Kind regards,

Flower Chairperson, Äli Woodfield

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Every Wednesday & Sunday

  • Celebration of Found Cans (nonperishable item collection ministry from 9:30 am to 12 pm)

December 10th (Sunday)

  • Christmas Music Sunday

December 14th (Thursday)

  • Sandwich Thursday (Sandwich Making Night) at 6:30 pm at Room 20

December 17th (Sunday)

  • Children and Youth's Christmas Presentation Sunday
  • Gingerbread Bash (After the fellowship time following church service)

December 24th (Sunday)

  • Service of Lessons & Carols at 10:15 am
  • Christmas Eve service at 4:30 pm

December 31st (Sunday)

  • Christmas Karaoke Party

January 2nd (Tuesday)

  • Prayer Group Meeting at 7 pm (Online)

January 8th (Monday)

  • Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 pm (Online)

January 9th (Tuesday)

  • Staff Meeting at 10 am (Online)

January 11th (Thursday)

  • Sandwich Thursday (Sandwich Making Night) at 6:30 pm at Room 20

January 23rd (Tuesday)

  • ELC Liaison Meeting at 10 am (Online)

We pray for...

Remember in your prayers: Kiara Gonzalez's family (Nicole's cousin); Michael Gabriel (friend of Ruth Lechelt), Jessica Elil (Peggy's co-worker's daughter), Kenny Fischer (a cousin of Charles Giordano), Young Oh( Se Oh's father); John Ringler; Linda Serentino, John Lashley ; family of Celeste Ramsey (mother in law of Isabel Pichardo); family of Ed (friend of Mojomick family); family of Sylvia Woodfield; family of Heather Vail (friend of Ruth Lechelt); Noah (family of the Dingles); Amelia (student at Edgar MS- Metuchen); countries of Turkey/Syria/Ukraine; Mary Ellen Heim; family of Sandy Baks; family of Rev. Dr. Hoo Sug Lee; family of Mala Roberts; family of Anne Beattie; parents of Lester Gesteland; mother of Asher Irfan; family of Mary Kari (aunt of Shirley Kanchi); family of Rowena Principe (sister of Odessa Delos Santos); family of Monika Korte; family of Rev. Gary Frieze; family of Samantha Nu Nguyen Hogan (friend of the Tiernos); Shirley & Steve Mosteller; family of Lewis Hause; Monika Van Houten; Carolee Szajko; Patricia Thompson; family of Matthew Ferry (former teacher of Lily Tierno); Pvt. Brian Reppert (serving overseas and family friend of Ruth Lechelt); Miriam Dingle; Poonam Chauhan (sister-in-law of Mala Roberts); Arthur Manjourides (father of Paul Manjourides); Terri Sgambati (aunt of Nicole Tierno); Lori Loza; Reshma Rahi; Debra Martin (daughter of Mary Ellen Heim); Fran Koppell (friend of Bruce & Ellen Clarke); Melanie Spanko (daughter of Janet Spanko); Lee Lehman; Lester Heim, Jr.; Howie Reenberg (friend of Tom Moyer); Laura Vasile (daughter of Rita Vasile); Portia Lashley

*Bold indicates new to the list.

Prayer Request:

If you have a request for prayer, or a joy you would like to lift up, please let pastor Sooah Know or send your requests to: 


The requests will be passed along to Pastor Sooah. Please keep us updated on your requests.

Celebration of Found Cans


Centenary continues its weekly collections of non-perishable food items to help “REPLENISH” (formerly the Middlesex County Food Network) make a dent in food insecurity!

Food collection at Centenary takes place on WEDNESDAYS and SUNDAYS from 9:30 a.m. – noon. On Wednesdays, the green REPLENISH collection bin is located at Centenary’s front door; just drop off an item or two or more (follow your GPS to 200 Hillside Avenue in Metuchen)!

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