Centenary's Weekly Newsletter February 23, 2017
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, February 26:  Worship at 8:40 am (informal) and 11:00 am (traditional)
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach Glimpsing God  based on the scripture reading from Matthew 17:31-9.
About Sunday's Music

"Bouman is part of what I consider to be a 'golden era' of Lutheran church music in the United States."

The quote above is from Robert J. Kernan, a church musician in San Francisco, speaking about Paul Bouman (b. 1918), the composer of the anthem this Sunday. We will be celebrating The Transfiguration of Christ - this movable feast day is always the last Sunday of the Epiphany season and the last Sunday before Lent begins. In the Gospel lesson we hear about Christ being "transfigured" with his face shining like the sun and his clothes becoming dazzling white.

The hymn text "Christ upon the Mountain Peak" was penned in 1962 by contemporary English poet Brian A. Wren (b. 1936). Mr. Bouman's tune for this hymn is remarkable in that, while it does go up and down, every note moves only "one step at a time" - there is only one instance where a note in the scale is skipped over. Listen for the last word of each of the four verses, "Alleluia." Not only does Mr. Bouman use the same music each time on this word but the organ introduction and interludes also use this little 8-note theme to "cue" the choir that it's time to sing. Using a musical technique that we have heard several times already this year, Mr. Bouman writes a canon for verse two. The women start and the men follow very quickly singing exactly the same music at a distance of two eighth-notes.

Near the end of the biography on the website below, it says that "His newest collection is  12 anthems for mixed voices, published (in 2014) by tempo 1ยบ press." I can't find any reference that Mr. Bouman has passed on. Could he still be composing at age 99? I suspect that I will be decomposing instead at that age!

Stan Baker
Director of Music/Organist
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:

February 24: Numbers 31-32
February 25:  Numbers 33-34
February 26:  Numbers 35-36
February 27:  Deuteronomy 1-2
February 28:  Deuteronomy 3-4
March 1:  Deuteronomy 5-7
March 2:  Deuteronomy 8-10
March 3:  Deuteronomy 11-13

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

Wednesday, March 1:  Ash Wednesday Worship Services at 12 noon and 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 5 at 12 noon:  Chili Cook-Off
Mark your calendars and start looking for a winning chili recipe! Prizes will be given for the best red chili, the best white chili, and the best vegetarian chili. Those who don't want to bring chili may bring a salad or dessert to share. And everyone who comes will be the judges! Drinks and condiments (sour cream and shredded cheese) will be provided. This will also be a fundraiser for scholarships for children to attend summer camp at Westview on the James. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

Sundays, March 5 and March 12:  Praise Chorus Rehearsals
The Praise Chorus will be practicing on Sunday, March 5, and Sunday, March 12, at 8:00 am. They will be singing the song "You are my All in All" on Sunday, March 12. The song can be found on page 36 in the book Shadow of the Cross in the foyer.

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 pm:  Theatre Outing to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Join a group from Centenary and attend this production presented by the Jewish Family Theatre at  Weinstein JCC (5403 Monument Ave).  The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes  to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll,  this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.  Tickets will be $15 each. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 at 6:00 pm:  Lenten Worship Services and Light Supper
Join us for four Wednesday nights during the season of Lent for Worship at 6:00 pm, which will be followed with a light supper at 6:30 pm. Donations appreciated. (Note that Chancel Choir rehearsals will start at 7:15 on these nights.) The message each week will be  "If I Had One Sermon to Preach." As some of you know, we are very fortunate here at Centenary to have several retired clergy among us as well as clergy serving in appointments beyond the local church.  Here's the preaching schedule:  
March 15:  Rev. Rita Callis (retired)
March 22:  Rev. Brooke Willson (retired)
March 29:  Rev. Kathy Talley (serving an appointment beyond the local church)
April 5:  Rev. Katie B. Gooch  (serving as the campus minister to VCU)

Sunday, March 19 at 5 pm:  Concert featuring the Norfolk State University Choir
The Norfolk State University Choirs have been under the baton of outstanding, talented, and dedicated music educators since their inception. Dr. Carl Haywood, Director of Choral Activities and current conductor of the Concert Choir and Spartan Chorale, has enhanced the reputation of the concert choir and expanded the choral program resplendently under the auspices of the University's motto - Achieving Excellence, Success Beyond Measure. The Concert Choir has received glowing reviews in concerts all over the country. The choir, which performed twice at the White House and at the request of the Governor of Virginia in the executive mansion, is known for the beauty of its choral tone and the ability to render exemplary performances of choral works of the great masters, as well as authentic performances of Negro spirituals, and works by African-American composers.

Thursday, March 23:  UMW 3rd Annual Day of Giving to The Legacy Fund
Join United Methodist Women around the country for part of their five-year 150th anniversary celebration! Each day of giving will be matched dollar for dollar!  It's easy to give! Give online at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacyfund ; by phone 800-278-7771; or by check to                Office of the Treasurer, United Methodist Women, 4 75 Riverside Drive, N ew York, NY 10115  (write "The Legacy Fund" on the memo line).

Saturday, April 1:  Bishop's Convocation on Prayer 
Bishop Sharma Lewis will host a Bishop's Convocation on Prayer at Trinity United Methodist Church (903 Forest Avenue in Henrico). The Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, will be the plenary speaker for the convocation.  
Workshops on a variety of topics are also being offered.  
Click here to download a brochure  that includes workshops and registration information.

Thursday, April 27:  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 Storehouse. 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! 
Outreach and Mission Opportunities

Richmond Justice Center
The Outreach Committee will be accepting items for our new project to assist those incarcerated in the Richmond Justice Center. Often when a person finds herself/himself incarcerated, s/he does not have the most basic items for daily existence. We hope to remedy their situation by supplying these items. We will accept donations through Sunday, March 12.
Items for donation: 
F or both men & women - f ull sized, solid antiperspirant, fu ll sized bar soap,  12+ oz. shampoo,  12+ oz. lotion,  12+ oz. toothpaste. 
For just men - w hite t-shirts, u nderwear (all colors and sizes - prefer boxers), w hite long johns. F or just women - w hite t-shirts, w hite long johns, s ports bras (no wires), u nderwear (all colors and sizes), t ampons and sanitary pads.  Other acceptable donations - m onetary contributions, p aperback dictionaries,  Christian paperbacks,  Koran and  Bibles. 
Please place your donations in a marked bag, labeled Outreach and leave them in the church office. Also, please contact Nancy Cook at 804-644-0240 or cook_t8rhill@icloud.com to let her know that a donation is waiting in the office for pick up.  Thank you for your concern and generosity.
Please Remember in Prayer

Ryland Bailey, Sr.
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Bobby Davis
Rebecca Enos
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland          
Inez Johnson (friend of Vic and Nancy Grand)
John Seyfarth
Wendy Tisdale (friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd)
Celebrating Birthdays in February

Chloe Simpson 
Rachel Bates
Maria Dandridge
Troy Nelson
Toni Shelton
Jim Hill
Eli Armstrong
Clint Jones
Greg Speidel
Christina Kidd
Andy Jordan
Agatha Kidd
Nancy Grand
Ann Sykes
William Willis
Robert Bucher
James Armstrong
Nancy Reitzel
Justin Bates
Alan Davis
Virginia Sykes
Melissa DeVader
Ina Wilson

Photo of the Week
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