Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, August 31, 2018
A Message from Centenary
Dear Centenary Family,
I hope you've had a great summer.  We have a lot of exciting opportunities as we move into September.  I hope you'll take time to read about these opportunities for growth and service, as well as opportunities for fellowship and celebration.  There really is a lot of new information in this newsletter I hope you'll take note of! 
I'm working on a sermon for this week from James 1:17-27 entitled "A Little Less Talk..."  Such a state of affairs is hard to imagine in our word saturated world, but one of the marks of the power and presence of Christ within us is the ability and willingness to listen before we speak, and when we do speak to speak in ways that promote the expansion of love.   
I look forward to all that's ahead of us in the next weeks!


This Week at Centenary

Sunday, September 2, Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School 
       11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship

This week, Dr. Matthew D. Bates will preach
A Little Less Talk  


Congratulations to our Administrative Assistant, Mandy Porter and her husband Stephen on the birth of Emma Rose.  Emma Rose was born Wednesday, August 29, at 6:27 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs. and 7.5 ounces.  Please remember Stephen, Mandy and Emma Rose in your prayers.  Mandy will return to the office from maternity leave on November 12.

Come Bowl With Us!

The Centenary Bowling League is launching its 81st season . Join us for fun and fellowship. An organizational meeting will be held on
Tuesday, September 4 at 6:45pm, Shrader Lanes (near Parham and Broad). League bowling will begin on September 11. It is a handicapped league (which means you do not have to be a great bowler to compete). For more information, contact Mary Dobbs at 262-5801 or mftdobbs@aol.com.


Welcome Abby Smith

We are happy to welcome Abby Smith as our social work intern for this academic year!  Abby will be working under the supervision of veteran social worker, Joe Speidel.  Abby will be involved with many of the outreach efforts we're part of here in downtown Richmond.  Here is Abby's introduction to us:

I am a second-year social work master's student at VCU, expecting to graduate in May of 2019, and I received my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in the spring of 2017. I am originally from Hampton, Virginia and I enjoy being on or near the water, spending time with family, and playing with animals (especially my two cats). I will be completing my field placement at Centenary United Methodist Church from September through the end of April and will be helping with Outreach Ministry. Come to say "hi" on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays between 9-5!


Renovation Celebration September 9
You are invited to join us for our Renovation Celebration at 12 Noon, September 9, 2018 in the Centenary Fellowship Hall for a light brunch.  Join us as we thank God for the successful completion of our kitchen and elevator renovation!




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. 



Third Annual Earl Siddons Open
September 13, 2018 
Location:  The Hollows Golf Course  
Times:  11:00 a.m. Registration
             11:30 a.m. Putting Contest
             11:45 a.m.  Lunch
               1:00 p.m. Golf Tee-Off--Shotgun Start
Benefit:  Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
Cost:  $75/person ($15 Lunch Only)
Note:  Firm reservations needed for catered lunch
Format:  Captain's Choice--Sponsorship Opportunities
Hole Sponsors:  $50 (Any individual(s) may sponsor a hole as well)
Requests:  Gift Certificates or Golf Equipment and Apparel for any of our prizes:  1st, 2nd place finishes, Closest to the pin(s).
Please contact the church office at 804-648-8319 or cent.umc@verizon.net to register. 




 From the Trustees: Cemetery Lots for Sale  
As a member or friend of Centenary UMC, you are no doubt aware of our real estate holdings in the 400-block of East Grace Street in Downtown Richmond. Fewer people are aware of the church's additional assets in three area cemeteries. For many years now, the Trustees have held title to a number of burial plots and mausoleum crypts that were donated to the church, some as long ago as 1860.
The Trustees are offering these assets for sale this fall, in order that these gifts to the church may more actively support Centenary's mission and ministry. We would like to give our members and friends first consideration for purchase in September/October and then to offer them more widely, if necessary, in November/December. We will consider all earnest offers, with an eye to realizing the fairest benefit to the church.
The plots and crypts are described below, along with an approximate range of fair market value.
Hollywood Cemetery--Burial plots (10)
412 South Cherry Street in Oregon Hill
  • Section I, Lot 72, 4 spaces
  • Section I, Lot 73, 6 spaces
Estimated value:      $4,000-6,000 per plot (Hollywood cemetery website)
Forest Lawn Cemetery--Burial plots (6)
4000 Pilots Lane, near Chamberlayne and Laburnum Avenues
  • Section 3, Lot 931, Spaces 1-6
Estimated value: $2,500-3,000 (Craigslist, LetGo)
Greenwood Memorial Gardens--Mausoleum crypts (4)
12609 Patterson Avenue, just past Lauderdale
  • Section 2, Tier 2, 4 spaces (Nos. 173, 174, 187, 188)
Estimated value:      $2,600 (1990 value)-$4,900 (Craigslist)
Please e-mail me or write me in care of the church if you have any questions or would like to submit an offer. I have a map and walking directions to the Hollywood locations.
Humbly yours,
Jim Hill, Chair of Trustees



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

September 2         Ezekiel 13-15 
September 3         Ezekiel 16-17  
September 4         Ezekiel 18-20  
September 5         Ezekiel 21-22  
September 6         Ezekiel 23-24  
September 7         Ezekiel 25-27  
September 8         Ezekiel 28-30 
Centenary's Summer Movie Last Showing!

The last summer movie has been rescheduled for Friday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Fall is just around the corner as well as football season! Centenary is celebrating with our Friday night presentation of  Remember the Titans . This moving biographical, sports drama is based on a true story of an African-American coach (portrayed by Denzel Washington). It depicts his attempt to make champions of a 1971 desegregated Northern Virginia football team as they battle racial prejudice and slowly gain their community's support. Grab your pom-poms and head on down to join us . . . Leave no doubt, you will be inspired and entertained!

Congratulations to our Winner, Miss Ann Utz, in Centenary's September Summer Movie Drawing! She received a prize and her chosen selection for September's movie is Remember The Titians to be presented on September 14th! All our thanks go to Miss Utz for such a great inspirational pick and thanks to everyone who voted!!!
Upcoming Events

Pecan Orders:
Our annual pecan sale is here! To order, a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. You may choose from:
  • Whole halves of pecans
  • Large or medium pecan pieces
  • Chocolate covered pecans
  • Dark chocolate covered pecans
  • Cinnamon covered pecans
Please note- we have to order cases of 24 and if we have multiple orders for over 24 bags, we will only be able to fill the first 24 orders. Extra bags of pecans will not be ordered this year so be sure to get in your order.
Congratulations to our Winner, Miss Ann Utz, in Centenary's September Summer Movie Drawing!: She received our gift prize and her chosen selection for September's movie is  Remember The Titians  to be presented on September 14th! All our thanks  go to Miss Utz for such a great inspirational pick and thanks to everyone who voted!!!

Dementia Conference Information:   
Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 20, then click on the link or call the number below to register and join me for the Alzheimer's Association 2018 Education Conference. The keynote speakers this year are Melissa Andrews, President & CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, a consortium of non-profit organizations working to expand the world of possibilities for aging, and Doug Pace, Director of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.  The 2018 conference promises to continue the Association's tradition of providing the most up-to-date information on the disease, care giving, and healthy living.
See you at the conference!

804-967-2580 (number to register for conference). 

Grace & Peace,
Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Gerde 
Annual Church Picnic:  
Join us on Sunday, September 16, when we will close Grace Street and have a picnic in front of the church after the 11:00 a.m. worship service! This will also be our "Bring a Friend to Church Sunday." What a great event to invite your friends and neighbors too! Please bring a casserole or dish to share. We hope to see you there and don't forget . . . to bring a friend! 

Bishop's Convocation on Prayer:  
The Bishop will be hosting a Convocation on Prayer Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Reveille UMC (4200 Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221). Feel free to check out the conference website for more details: 

Items for School Kits: 
The children of Centenary will be assembling school kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) throughout the year.  With back-to-school sales already starting, this is the ideal time to pick up supplies for the schools kits!  Below are the items that go into each kit. 
  • Blunt scissors (round tip only, no plastic scissors)
  • Box of 24 crayons
  • One-subject notebooks (no marble composition books)
  • Loose-leaf paper (100-200 page packets, wide or college rule)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener (1 inch or longer)
  • Ruler (12 inches or 30 centimeters long)
  • Unsharpened pencils
  • Eraser (2 inches or larger)
These items should not have any advertisements or religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols.  Please let Meredith Thrower (mersanderlin@yahoo.com) know if you have any questions.

VA PrideFest 2018:  
On  Saturday, September 22 , Centenary Downtown United Methodist Church will be hosting a booth at the 2018 VA Pridefest on Brown's Island.  We invite you to assist at our booth as we take time to meet and invite our LGBT brothers and sisters to become a part of Centenary.  Please check your calendar and sign up on the 2018 VA Pridefest sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
We will be sharing information about our Reconciling Congregation that extends hospitality and encourages full participation of ALL regardless of age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, education or economic background, and physical or mental ability.  Please sign up today and work with our team to reach out and welcome new members to our family!
Peaks of Otter Centenary Travels Trip:  
This is an all-inclusive trip with motor coach transportation, snacks on the bus, lunch at the Peaks of Otter Lodge (Buffet), National D-Day Memorial, Poplar Forest, and all gratuities included. The trip will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Payment Due by September 1, 2018 -Make check payable to Robert Almond.  The cost of the trip is $125.00 per person and see the flyer on the bulletin board across from the kitchen for more information.


Mandy and Stephen Porter--Congratulations on the birth of their daughter, Emma Rose. 
Richard Steele (patient at Johnston-Willis hospital)
Jim Boice (Recovering from a recent fall)
Mark C. Inge (Job eliminated) 
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) 
Alicia Webster (Sister of Rachel Hanning, patient again at Henrico Doctors Hospital)
Serena Durst
Rev. Rita Callis
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

Celebrating Birthdays in September

Juliana Steele
Lisa Ashe
Chris Gregory
Carolyn Dinwiddie
Karen Junker
Alison Nuckols
Earl Siddons
James Durst
Bette Dilehay
Dan Corcoran
Libby Rhame
Wilbur Cheatham
Mary Hazelgrove
Ginger Armstrong
Shelley Armstrong
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