Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, December 7, 2018
A Message from Centenary

Inclement Weather Policy

Dear Centenary Family,

We are all watching the weather this Sunday.  We all hope that whatever is coming will hold off until later Sunday--we don't want to miss Advent Lessons and Carols!

If you have questions about whether we are open or not, our procedure is to:

1) Send an email notifying you if there is a change in our schedule.
2)  Post this on our website and on Facebook.
3)  Post this information on Channels 6 and 8.

We hope to see everyone Sunday!



This Week at Centenary

Sunday, December 9, The Second Sunday of Advent
Join us for our Advent Lessons and Carols Services at the 8:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Services.

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


Attached is a brochure about a District Leadership Training event scheduled for church leaders on  Sunday, January 13 , 2-5:30 p.m. at Woodlake UMC.  

There is one registration fee that covers an unlimited number from each church so we can have as many people as are interested attend.

If you are interested, please contact the church office in the next couple of days at 804-648-8319, or cent.umc@verizon.net.


Gifts that Count Cards: Feel free to stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall to buy a card in honor or memory of friends, family, or loved ones.
Walk-In Christmas Gift Giving: We will be collecting gifts for our Walk-Ins again for Christmas to be given out on Friday, December 21 . We are asking for items our guests might be able to use personally or to give as gifts. Suggestions for items are as follows: scarves, gloves, hats, socks, children's new books or small toys. Please remember, we want to give them gifts we would give to our own family. Gifts may be taken to the office. Thank you for your support of this important program.
Christmas Card Writing Project: We are in need of some volunteers to help with our Christmas Card ministry for our Friday Walk-In guests. Christmas cards will be made available; but we will need some smiles and hands to make contact with our guests as they choose cards to give to family and friends. They will also be encouraged to send a card to a Veteran at McGuires, which we will deliver for them. We will mail five personal cards for each of them, and they may have as many cards as they need to hand out. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know our guests. Please call or email the Wilsons at 804-320-0941 or dmacwilson@verizon.net, if you would like to be involved in this meaningful Christmas Outreach. The following Fridays are available: Friday, December 7, and Friday, December 14.
Advent Lessons and Carols:  Join us THIS SUNDAY for our Advent Lessons and Carols services at our 8:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.
Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop: Join us on  Thursday, December 13, 2018, for a morning workshop, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as you create an evergreen centerpiece for your Christmas table. David Pippin will demonstrate the basic techniques and assist as you assemble your own unique arrangement. Participants are asked to bring a bucket of evergreens to share, a water-tight container, and a pair of floral clippers/pruners. Floral foam will be available for $2.00/block. Some suggested evergreens:  Boxwood (Please DO NOT bring Boxwood! We want to avoid spreading Boxwood Blight.) Pine (short needles), Cedar, Magnolia, Aucuba, Holly, Arborvitae, and Camellia. See the church bulletin board across from the kitchen for a sign-up sheet
Christmas Luncheon:  Join us on Sunday, December 16, 2018, for our Centenary Christmas luncheon following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The church will provide the meat, please bring sides and desserts. We will also watch the children give a special performance as well as a performance from our new formed theatre group! Hope to see you there!
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Executive Mansion: Monday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m.  David Pippin will be hosting a "Behind the Scenes" Christmas Decorations Tour of the Executive Mansion of Virginia for Centenary UMC Members and their friends. The limit is 25 people and the tour is free! We will meet at Centenary at 10:30 a.m. and walk to The Mansion. A sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

       If you would like to order a plant in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete the form below, include your payment and place it in the collection plate, mail it to the church or leave it in the church office by NEXT  Sunday, December, 9. 


       There will be no Children's Sunday School classes on Sunday, December 23 and Sunday, December 30.   

    Pecan Sale
We still have pecans available if you want to get your order in before the holidays. The pecans that we have left are: 

6 bags of cinnamon
5 bags of dark chocolate
12 bags of halves
12 bags of large pieces

Please contact Leah Hundley if you are interested at lchphn@gmail.com. 

The next UMW Meeting will take place at Covenant Woods on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided by Lila Irby (please note that this date is a change). RSVP to Leah Hundley or Susy Meyer. 

    The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present their winter season program which will include J.S. Bach's  Magnificat  along with James Whitbourn's  Missa Carolae . The  Magnificat  is the first large choral work that Bach composed after his appointment in Leipzig in the spring of 1723. The  Missa Carolae  is a contemporary work by British composer James Whitbourn, and reflects the artist's love of medieval musical language as it fuses American and English Christmas traditions. Ryan Tibbetts will conduct the singers and orchestra, and nationally-renowned organist Daniel Stipe will accompany and perform. The concerts are Friday, December 14 , at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, and Sunday December 16 , at 3:00 pm. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland. If you would like to attend, please contact Nancy or Vic Grand @ (804) 495-5674 or  vicgrand@verizon.net 


The Hand Bell Choir will be rehearsing Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Hope to see you there!


REAL LIFE Community Center is an organization which provides assistance to individuals who have been incarcerated, are homeless or are battling substance abuse. They provide help with anger management, budgeting, computer lab training, family assistance, job preparation and placement, and a sober living home for men. REAL LIFE is holding an open house to familiarize people with their programs on Thursday, December 6, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 406 E. Main St. As this is an important outreach program in our neighborhood, we should show our support and encouragement by seeing what they do.

The Praise Chorus 

PRAISE CHORUS: The Praise Chorus will be practicing the song "In the Bleak Midwinter," a version from Lee Covington's Mom's vault of music  Sunday, December 9 , and will sing and practice on Sunday, December 16 .


It is with great pleasure that we announce the destination of the Rise Against Hunger meals you helped package on 10/20/2018. A shipping container, holding 285,120 meals, has been sent to Madagascar for our partner Adventist Development and Relief Agency. If you happen to receive more than one of these announcements, your meals have gone to impact multiple partners. 

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. 

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

December 9          Ephesians 1-3
December 10        Ephesians 4-6
December 11        Philippians 1-4
December 12        Colossians 1-4
December 13        1 Thessalonians 1-5
December 14        2 Thessalonians 1-3
December 15        1 Timothy 1-6

Leah Hundley
Bryson Keavey (6 months old), friend of Nancy Hill (heart transplant) 
The family of Cheryl Owen-Watson-- her family asks for prayer for comfort and healing as they grieve the loss of her mother
Wendy Tisdale-- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed with staged 4 lung cancer 
Mark Inge
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. 
Rev. Kathy Talley
JoAnne Judd (close friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury in Boulder, CO)

Photos of the Week!
A good time was had by all at the Open House/Christmas Parade event this past Saturday! Thanks to all who came out to help and especially to Bob Almond who helped to coordinate this event. 

Clip of the Week!

Take a look at this adorable video of the Christmas Story told by kids! 

Christmas According to Kids - Southland Christian Church
Christmas According to Kids - Southland Christian Church

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