Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, November 23, 2018
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, November 25, Christ the King Sunday

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School
      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship
This Sunday's Sermon is " A New World is Coming! " with Dr. Matt Bates. 

Join us THIS Sunday, November 25, following the 11:00 a.m. service, as we decorate the sanctuary for the season of Advent! We will have light snacks available so that we can begin and end our work as quickly as possible.  (Please note this change--bring a sack lunch if you'd like).   Hope to see you there! 

Open House/Christmas Parade: The Reaching Team is hosting an Open House at 9 a.m. here at Centenary on the morning of the Downtown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1, 2018. We will be passing out coffee, hot cider, and cookies on the sidewalk outside the church as people walk to and from the parade. We will also be offering tours of the sanctuary and the bell tour for those who are interested. If you are able to help by providing cookies or greeting people on that day please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
Gifts that Count Cards: Our annual sale of Gifts that Count Cards will begin Sunday, December 2! Feel free to stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall to buy a card in honor or memory of friends, family, or loved ones.
Covered Dish Luncheon: Join us on Sunday, December 2, following our 11 a.m. worship as Martha Stokes, Coordinator for Church and Community Ministry at the Hermitage, shares with us how to become a dementia friendly congregation.  
Walk-In Christmas Gift Giving: We will be collecting gifts for our Walk-Ins again for Christmas to be given out on Friday, December 21 . We are asking for items our guests might be able to use personally or to give as gifts. Suggestions for items are as follows: scarves, gloves, hats, socks, children's new books or small toys. Please remember, we want to give them gifts we would give to our own family. Gifts may be taken to the office. Thank you for your support of this important program.
Christmas Card Writing Project: We are in need of some volunteers to help with our Christmas Card ministry for our Friday Walk-In guests. Christmas cards will be made available; but we will need some smiles and hands to make contact with our guests as they choose cards to give to family and friends. They will also be encouraged to send a card to a Veteran at McGuires, which we will deliver for them. We will mail five personal cards for each of them, and they may have as many cards as they need to hand out. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know our guests. Please call or email the Wilsons at 804-320-0941 or dmacwilson@verizon.net, if you would like to be involved in this meaningful Christmas Outreach. The following Fridays are available: Friday, December 7, and Friday, December 14.
Advent Lessons and Carols:  Join us for our Advent Lessons and Carols services this Sunday, December 9, 2018 at our 8:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.
Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop:  Join us for a fun evening on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as you create an evergreen centerpiece for your Christmas table. David Pippin will demonstrate the basic techniques and assist as you assemble your own unique arrangement. Participants are asked to bring a bucket of evergreens to share, a water-tight container, and a pair of floral clippers/pruners. Floral foam will be available for $2.00/block. Some suggested evergreens: Boxwood, Pine (short needles), Cedar, Magnolia, Aucuba, Holly, Arborvitae, and Camellia. See the church bulletin board across from the kitchen for a sign-up sheet.
Christmas Luncheon:  Join us on Sunday, December 16, 2018, for our Centenary Christmas luncheon following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The church will provide the meat, please bring sides and desserts. We will also watch the children give a special performance as well as a performance from our new formed theatre group! Hope to see you there!
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Executive Mansion: Date soon to follow! David Pippin will be hosting a "Behind the Scenes" Christmas Decorations Tour of the Executive Mansion of Virginia for Centenary UMC Members and their friends. The limit is 25 people and the tour is free! We will meet at Centenary around 9:45 a.m. and walk to The Mansion. A sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

       If you would like to order a plant in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete the form below, include your payment and place it in the collection plate, mail it to the church or leave it in the church office by  Sunday, December, 9. 


REAL LIFE Community Center is an organization which provides assistance to individuals who have been incarcerated, are homeless or are battling substance abuse. They provide help with anger management, budgeting, computer lab training, family assistance, job preparation and placement, and a sober living home for men. REAL LIFE is holding an open house to familiarize people with their programs on Thursday, December 6, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 406 E. Main St. As this is an important outreach program in our neighborhood, we should show our support and encouragement by seeing what they do.


If you were unable to attend your scheduled photograph dates, Lifetouch will assist you in scheduling a photography session at a nearby location. 

To schedule your session, please call 1-866-756-0281. Once photographed, your photo will be provided back to us. 

Our church code is 210280 and we are using the BLUE background drape for Centenary photographs. 

If you have questions, please call Bob Almond at 804-833-3355.

Our directory will not be complete without you!


Circles RVA is in search of volunteers. They are a local chapter of a national organization that offers a relationship-based model to empower individuals and families to permanently move out of poverty and thrive by engaging the strengths, goodwill, and existing resources of community and focus on the collaborative ownership of solutions to break the cycle of poverty. 

See the attached flyer for more information. 

New Sunday School Classes will begin on Sunday,
September 9, at 10:00 a.m.  Our children's class led by Melissa Martinez will resume then along with two adult classes.
Dr. Dean Simpson, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond will lead a class on the Theology of Karl Barth, arguably the greatest theologian of the 20th century.  The class will review a chapter about Barth in The Great Theologians and  then move to a study of some of Barth's sermons delivered to prisoners entitled Deliverance to the Captives. Here is the information you need if you would like to order that book:Publisher, Wiph & Stock Publishers; Reprint edition, ISBN-10:1608999521.   

Robb Stottlemyer will lead a class in an in depth study of the parables of Jesus, following up the survey we did this summer.  If you would like to order the book for this class it is titled Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.  ISBN 978-0-06-156103-0. 

A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with her in 2018

November 25    Romans 4-7
November 26    Romans 8-10
November 27    Romans 11-13
November 28    Romans 14-16
November 29    1 Corinthians 1-4
November 30    1 Corinthians 5-8
December 1      1 Corinthians 9-11

Mark Inge
Gary Coberth-- brother-in-law to Sharon Steele, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5th at  age 72. He had heart problems (quintuple by-pass surgery about 10 years ago) & was a diabetic with numerous complications. 
Rev. Kathy Talley
JoAnne Judd (close friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury in Boulder, CO)

Photo of the Week!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the destination of the Rise Against Hunger meals you helped package on 10/20/2018. A shipping container, holding 285,120 meals, has been sent to Madagascar for our partner Adventist Development and Relief Agency. If you happen to receive more than one of these announcements, your meals have gone to impact multiple partners. 

Adventist Development and Relief Agency is an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Madagascar. To learn more, please visit our partner/country spotlight on the Impact Stories tab and click and drag on our World Aid Map at:
Ending hunger is only possible if we continue to grow the movement. We encourage you to share the news about this shipment. Since 2005, volunteers like you have helped us distribute over 310 million meals worldwide. We can end hunger by 2030, but we can't do it without you.

Please visit our website  www.riseagainsthunger.org  and continue your involvement. Consider making a donation, planning another meal packaging event (at your place of worship, school, company, civic club, etc), joining our advocacy efforts, or even inviting us to speak to a group.

Clip of the Week!
Check out some of our Friday friends singing in the RVA Street Singer's Choir!

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