Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, April 5, 2019
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, April 7, 2019- Fifth Sunday in Lent 

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
  10:00 a.m.        Sunday School

      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship

Dr. Matthew D. Bates will preach a sermon entitled 
"It's Not Always Bad To Forget! "

Join us for our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services on 
Thursday, April 18, and
Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. 

Have you ever wondered why we call these services
 Maundy Thursday and Good Friday?


The Praise Chorus:
The Praise Chorus will be practicing on Sunday, April 14, (Palm Sunday)  and Sunday, April 21, (Easter Sunday)  at 8:00 a.m. They will be singing "Low in the Grave He Lay/Christ the Lord is Risen Today," at the 8:40 a.m. service on  Sunday, April 21, (Easter Sunday). If you are in the Praise Chorus, please let Kathleen Gregory know if you will be able to practice and sing on Easter Sunday. 

Easter Flowers:
A variety of spring plants will adorn our sanctuary on Easter ( Sunday, April 21). If you would like to order a plant in memory of or in honor of a loved one, click on the link below and complete the form and either:
1) mail it to the church, 2) leave it in the church office, or 3) place the order form and check in the church offering by Sunday, April 7. 

THIS Sunday is the last Sunday to place your orders for Easter flowers. 
 Forms can also be found in the bulletin on Sunday up through Sunday, April 7.

Pancake Breakfast:
Join us for a pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14. 
There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday, April 14. 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross Walk:
On  Friday, April 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m., some of Richmond's downtown churches and friends from the larger Richmond metro area will conduct a Stations of the Cross Walk. The Stations of the Cross is a traditional form of devotion to help Christians remember the main events of Jesus' last day on earth as a man. This year, some of Richmond's downtown churches and friends from the larger metropolitan area will walk nine stations of the cross through Jackson Ward and downtown Richmond. This walk is an intentional attempt to bring people together across racial lines to witness to their common faith and share fellowship and friendship with one another. 

The walk begins in the sanctuary of Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 614 N. Third Street. Participants are invited to park across from the church on Jackson Street. The walk will proceed making stops at churches and locations throughout downtown for prayer and to observe the stations of the cross. The walk will conclude at Third Street Bethel A.M.E.  All are invited to do the entire walk or any portion of it they may desire.

Reconciling Task Force Meeting:
The next Reconciling Task Force Meeting will take place on  Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. 

Easter Egg Hunt:
All children and youth are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in the upstairs Children's Sunday School rooms.  Parents or grandparents of preschool children are encouraged to stay to help their children with the hunt.
There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday, April 21. 

Flowers for the Cross:
Easter Sunday, April 21, don't forget to bring your spring flowers to adorn our cross in celebration of Easter. 

Golf Tournament:
Join us on  Wednesday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. for the 4th Annual Earl Siddon's Open! Proceeds will go to benefit Rise Against Hunger Now and the cost is $75.00 per person ($15.00 lunch only). Please note: Firm reservations are needed for catered lunch. Hole sponsors are $50.00 (any individual(s) may sponsor a hole as well) and individuals may also donate gift cards to be given away as prizes. Please contact the church office at 804-648-8319 or cent.umc@verizon.net to register. 

Rise Against Hunger Now Meal Packing Event:
Join us for our next meal packing event on  Saturday, May 18, 2019. We will gather in the fellowship hall (no later than 8:45 a.m.) to pack meals to provide for families in distressed areas of the world. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and commitment to missions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. Join in the fun! (Reminder: Wear a hat or use a hairnet).

Lay Visitors Meeting:
There will be a lay visitors meeting here at Centenary on  Sunday, May 19 , at 12:15 p.m. Please note, this is a change of date. 

Hi Centenary Family,

Julie Landsdown is our missionary in Nairobi. Her thank you to CUMC for our assistance has been in our newsletter and she is in the picture above. Julie is doing a wonderful job and making a difference in the lives of many, many people.

Her birthday is Sunday, April 21 (Easter Sunday)! Her email address is:

It would be great if she received some birthday wishes from her Centenary family! 

                        Susan Thomas

Secret Prayer Partners

Sunday, March 17, we began our program of secret prayer partners. If you were not here for Sunday's service and would like to participate there are two baskets in the back of the church for that purpose. Please pick up a card from the small basket, write your name on it with any other information you may choose to add, and place it in the larger basket. 

When you leave pick one or two cards with someone else's name on it from the larger basket and pray for that person every day during Lent. You will be both giving and receiving prayers. At the end of Lent, maybe you would like to reveal your identity to the person you have been praying for. 

Richmond Youth Host Home Program - 
April 27th Training for Host Families

There are hundreds of homeless teenagers in Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico public schools who are struggling to earn their diplomas and become successful, independent adults.  There are also college students who have nowhere to stay over their breaks and holidays.  Several youth- and young-adult focused programs and agencies have joined together with Change the World RVA (a ministry of Bon Air United Methodist Church) to create the Richmond Youth Host Home Program.  This centrally organized program will place students in volunteer host homes and provide ongoing guidance for both the family and student.

If you are interested in becoming a short- or long-term host family for a high school or college student, please visit the Change the World RVA website (www.changetheworldrva.org) to complete a preliminary application and to register for the workshop.  All host families are asked to attend the workshop. 
Our Host Home Training Program will be held on Saturday, April 27th at Change the World RVA (411 East Grace Street., in Centenary United Methodist Church) from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  The training will be an interactive and engaging combination of workshops, panel discussions, and conversation.   Coffee,  beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

Another Woman's Treasure 2019 is here!  

Find your treasure on Friday, April 12 (4-8) and Saturday, April 13 (9 - 1) in the  Bon Air UMC  (1645 Buford Road) Christian Life Center. Come shop hundreds of new and gently used purses, and thousands of pieces of jewelry. We also have scarves, belts, cookbooks - beautiful women's accessories, all priced to sell!  All proceeds benefit  Change the World RVA , our ministry supporting homeless high school and college students in the greater Richmond area.   For more information, please visit our web site:  www.changetheworldrva.org .

Join us
Saturday, May 4, 2019 
from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society Eleventh Annual Tea Party Fundraiser to benefit:

The event will take place at The Markel Corporation Conference Room (4521 Highwoods Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23060). 

Donation: $36.00 per person. Checks can be made out to:
  Moss on the James

Each person is invited to bring a teacup and saucer to be used 
at the Tea Party. 

A silent auction bidding opens at 12 p.m. and lunch service 
will begin at 1 p.m. 

Come and bring family members and friends- all are welcome! 

Please RSVP by mailing in the RSVP card below and check no later than Monday, April 15. Flyers and RSVP cards can also be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 

Questions- call Bob Almond at 804-833-3355 or 
Pat Whitlow at 804-335-7632

Geraniums will be available for pick-up THIS Sunday, April 7. 


Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m.  Quiche and salad dinner at the home of Mary E. Vetrovec. All the ladies of the church are invited. Please bring a quiche, salad, dessert or bread to share.

Ten-Day British Landscapes Trip 
Featuring England, Scotland, and Wales

You are invited to join a travel group from Centenary and friends on a special planned trip by Collette Travel Group. The ten-day trip is scheduled for  September 19 - 28, 2019 . If you are interested, please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen and pick up a brochure.
If you have questions before the meeting, please contact Bob Almond via email at  bob.almond@verizon.net or at (804) 833-3355.

Les Dobbs- had a fall last night and is at St. Mary's hospital with a lumbar fracture 
Gary Motley
A.J. Crick- at Sheltering Arms receiving rehab from recent fall
Nancy Hill- at home recovering from recent hospital stay
Joe Speidel- recovering from leg injury and surgery this past week
Justin Laman- nephew of Lucy Hottle, a young father who has cancer
Charles Mills- brother of Jimmy Mills, at Regional Memorial hospital with fluid in his lungs and around his heart
Clyde Hundley- son of Leah and Bob Hundley, is currently on blood thinners for Afib
Jane Covington- wife of Lee Covington, recently broke her kneecap
Joe Kokoski
Jenny Bush- friend of Leah Hundley, is diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. 
Deirdre McElroy-friend of Gwynn Henderson, now undergoing radiosurgery to eliminate persistent cancerous tumors.
Lila Irby 
R.B. Bennington 
Lucille Hunt- at Morningside at Bellgrade 
Wendy Tisdale- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed with staged 4 lung cancer 
Mark Inge



Vic Grand
Kevin Cooke
Patsy Wilson
Steven Cooke
Marjorie Landers
Luke Wolfe
Claire Hundley
Doug Wilson
Joseph Speidel
Stephen Lee
Vicki Stump
James Boice
Kate Stottlemyer
Julie Landsdown
Benjamin Armstrong
George Thrower
Chris Junker

Photo of the Week!
Invite a friend or a neighbor to join us and come "chill with our Centenary peeps" this Easter Sunday, April 21! We will have a number of services and opportunities for worship: 
  •  Sunrise Service at Chimborazo Park at 7:00 a.m.
  •  Informal Worship Service at 8:40 a.m.
  •  Easter Egg Hunt for Children/Youth at 10:00 a.m.
  •  Traditional Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. 

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