Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, November 9, 2018
A Message from Centenary

Please join us TONIGHT for an organ recital. This is an American Guild of Organist Event Co-Sponsored by Centenary. International Concert Organist Kola Owolabi will perform and a reception will follow. 

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, November 11, The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Stewardship Sunday

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School
      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship
This Sunday's Sermon is " Good Reasons Not to Give "  with Dr. Matt Bates preaching.

We Welcome Rev. Brooke Willson as our preacher at both the 8:40 and 11:00 a.m. services on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Sunday, November 11--Stewardship Commitment Sunday.

Our Charge Conference this year will be held on this Sunday  with a cluster of other churches.  We will meet at Asbury UMC in Church Hill at 6 p.m. and begin with a combined worship service with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Peter Moon preaching.  Following worship, each church will gather to conduct their necessary annual business.  All are welcome to attend.

Sunday, November 18--  Bring in the Harvest .  Also, watch for details for an interfaith Thanksgiving service being planned by Clergy Against Racism for that afternoon.

Sunday, December 2--  Covered dish luncheon following our 11 a.m. worship.  Join us as Martha Stokes, Coordinator for Church and Community Ministry at the Hermitage shares with us how to become a dementia friendly congregation.  

Sunday, December 9  --Advent Lessons and Carols Services.  Invite someone to Centenary that day.

Sunday, December 16--  Centenary Christmas luncheon following our 11:00 a.m. worship.  The church will provide the meat, please bring sides and desserts.

PRAISE CHORUS:  The Praise Chorus will be practicing and singing "Written in the book of Love," on  Sunday, November 18 at the Early Service.

CLEAN-UP, CLEAN-UP, IT'S TIME TO CLEAN-UP THE ROOM:    With clapping hands, and a bit of a tune, this ditty spurs all 4 year-old's to clean as they know snack is coming. On  Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m., in the Centenary Social Hall, let's have all helpers available to make our lovely church shine for the upcoming busy season (church talk for Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas). If you have a pet project please come with your tools or if you just want to help, feel free to show up and a job will be assigned. OH, and YES, there will be snacks!

            Decorating for Advent!

Join us on Sunday, November 25, following the 11:00 a.m. service, as we decorate the sanctuary for the season of Advent! Pizza will be served and a sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Hope to see you there! 
             Help Us Make a Joyful Noise
 to the Lord
Music stirs the soul in a way nothing else on earth can. 
Our church is blessed to have a lovely set of English handbells, but they are only truly beautiful when played.  
The Centenary Handbell Choir is re-forming!
There is a core group of people committed to this mission, and the good news is we have room for you!  Prior experience is not required, only a desire to make a joyful noise to the Lord!    
Rehearsals will start on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. and our first performance will be at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.   For more info contact Nancy Grand at (804) 495-5674 or vixyf1984@gmail.com.
Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (an affiliate of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy) seeks your prayers and support for the community of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Virginia
 As part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline passing through Virginia there are plans to build a large compressor station in the midst of the 85% African American community of Union Hill. For more than 4 years the citizens of this area, concerned about the high potential, even probability, of air, water and noise pollution from this compressor station have been seeking answers and opposing its construction through a grassroots, interfaith organization called The Friends of Buckingham. To read more about this issue and the findings of an interfaith clergy delegation to Union Hill please go to the Interfaith Power and Light web site www.vaipl.org .  
On Nov. 8 and 9, 2018 the Air Pollution Control Board will meet to consider the final permit needed for this construction. Those meetings will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Building, Level 2, Room E21-AB, 301 N. 3rd Street, Richmond. The sessions will begin at 9:30 am and normally run through early afternoon. There will also be a "We Are All Union Hill" press conference at 8:00 am on Thursday, November 8 at the Third Street A.M.E. Church (614 N 3rd St. Richmond) and a rally at 8:30 am on Friday, November 9 near the Convention Center. Your presence and/or prayerful support of this interfaith effort would be greatly appreciated. Pat Shipley was a part of the interfaith clergy delegation to Union Hill and would be happy to answer questions (804-353-1387, plsrevdoc@aol.com).

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 11       John 16-18
November 12       John 19-21
November 13       Acts 1-3
November 14       Acts 4-6
November 15       Acts 7-8
November 16       Acts 9-10
November 17       Acts 11-13

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. 
Mary Anne Talley--mother of Rev. Kathy Talley who fell this week and is now at Our Lady of Hope for rehab.
Lucille Hunt--recent hospitalization
Jim Boice (Recovering from a recent fall)
Greg deKramer and family (Leah & Bob Hundley's nephew who had a bone marrow transplant in May; transplant seems to be successful and Greg is back at work; please continue to keep him in prayer- especially in the next few months)  
Ron Davis (friend of Vic & Nancy Grand)
JoAnne Judd (close friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury in Boulder, CO)
Charles Davis--heart surgery
Zand Durand--heart surgery

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