Centenary's Weekly Newsletter April 14, 2017
A Message from Centenary
This Weekend at Centenary

Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm:  Good Friday Worship Service
Sunday, April 16:  Easter Sunday
7:00 am - Sunrise Service at Chimborazo Park
8:40 am (informal) and 11:00 am (traditional) - Worship Services
NOTE - No Sunday School This Morning
     10:00 am - Easter Egg Hunt for Children and Youth

EASTER OFFERING 2017:  We are so grateful for the generosity through donations of both monetary gifts and service hours shown throughout the year by our Centenary family and friends. Our Easter Offering this year will start a fund for the replacement of the tile flooring in the Fellowship Hall; with the strikingly impressive recent improvements of our church facilities, this much-used area will benefit greatly with a needed renewal. You may use your Easter Offering envelope or write "Easter Offering" on the memo line of your check. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the church and its mission.
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
April 14:   1 Kings 6-7
April 15:   1 Kings 8-9
April 16:   1 Kings 10-11
April 17:   1 Kings 12-14
April 18:   1 Kings 15-17
April 19:   1 Kings 18-20
April 20:   1 Kings 21-22
April 21:   2 Kings 1-3

You can now register if you are joining Bishop Lewis in her challenge to the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in entirety in 2017. The short poll allows you to add your name as well as district (Richmond) and your home church (Centenary). Register here. 
Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm:  Theatre Outing to The Heir Apparent
Join a group from Centenary attending this Quill Theatre production at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Leslie Cheek Theater (located at 200 North Boulevard in Richmond).  Set in Paris in 1708, this play by David Ives, tells the story of the penniless, but handsome, Eraste and his love for the fair Isabelle. All seems to be going well for the young couple, except one thing; Eraste can't inherit his elderly, miserly Uncle Geronte's fortune until the old man dies - but the old man loves Isabelle, too! The multiple strands of the plot unravel with endlessly fast and funny wit, with contemporary slang thrown in, bringing this vintage 18th century story into the 21st century. This production is directed by the critically acclaimed international director of theatre and film Paolo Emilio Landi. Landi's career has spanned over twenty years, producing shows in Italy, France, Lithuania, Russia, as well as the United States. He comes to Virginia as a guest professor at the University of Richmond teaching "Translation in Context" for the Theatre department, as well as a course on Comedy in the Italian department. Tickets will be between $0 and $25, depending on the size of our group. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 
Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 am:  Golf Tournament
Join us at the Hollows Golf Course for the 40th Annual Golf Classic. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a putting contest at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., and a Golf Tee-Off at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $75.00/ person, $15.00 for lunch only (firm reservations needed for catered lunch). The proceeds benefit Stop Hunger Now/Operation Sharehouse. Hole sponsorships are also available at $50.00 per sponsor and $10.00 or more for patrons. Gift certificates can also be donated to be given as prizes. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar and don't forget to practice your swing! 

Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm:  Remember and Recommit Workshop
The last workshop in our series "Remember and Recommit: Christian Faith and the Modern Civil Rights Movement," will be held at Centenary and led by Rev. Jim Melson.  All are encouraged to attend, even if you haven't been to one of the previous workshops in this series. The focus of this workshop will be the year 1967. Through a combination of worship, presentations, video clips and small group sharing, we will remember the witness and sacrifice of so many 50 years ago during the Civil Rights Movement and recommit to discerning and following God's ongoing call for racial justice and reconciliation in our time. 

Sunday, April 30 at 12 noon:  5th Sunday Reception
Join us after the 11:00 am worship service this Sunday for a reception. Donations of simple finger foods would be appreciated. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

Attention All Class of 2017 Graduates
If you or someone in your family is planning on graduating from high school or college this spring or summer, please call the church office at (804) 648-8319, or send us an email at cent.umc@verizon.net, by Sunday, May 21, with the following information so that we can announce it in the bulletin.
The individual's:
1. Name (first, middle, and last)
2. Affiliation (child of, grandchild of, etc.)
3. School attended
4. Future plans
Thanks so much and congratulations, graduates! 
Outreach and Mission 

Afghan Refugee Family
Please give generously to support our Afghan family. Our present focus is on raising funds so that the family can purchase a used van, especially for the father's transportation to/from his job. Our hopes are for the family's eventual self-sufficiency and independence. Thank you for your concerns and donations.
Please Remember in Prayer

Ryland Bailey, Sr. and family (in the loss of his brother)
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Bobby Davis
Rebecca Enos
John Ford and his father, John C. Ford, Sr. who is seriously ill 
Jack Hill (currently at Lucy Corr Rehab)
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland          
Ginny Jarvis
Inez Johnson (friend of Vic and Nancy Grand)
Joe Kokoszki 
Julie and Stephen Lee and family (in the loss of Julie's mother, Judy Brannon) 
John Seyfarth
Neil Shingleton and family (in the loss of his brother, Will Shingleton)
Phyllis Stump
Wendy Tisdale (friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd)
Jim Wickham
P.C. and Carol Yerby (parents of Mary Mismas)
Celebrating Birthdays in April

Vic Grand
Kevin Cooke
Patsy Wilson
Steven Cooke
Marjorie Landers
Luke Wolfe
Claire Hundley
Doug Wilson
Joe Speidel
Stephen Lee
Vicki Stump
Jessica DeVader
Jim Boice
Rebecca Wyatt
Nancy Cook
Michael Shelton
Kate Stottlemyer
Julie Landsdown
Lori Gregory
Benjamin Armstrong
Jack Hinerman
George Thrower
Chris Jun ker

Photo of the Week
Stations of the Cross Walk this Good Friday morning - Senior Pastor Matt Bates leads the reading outside Centenary.
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