A Message from Centenary
Virginia Interfaith Center Congregational Partner
Several months ago the Centenary Administrative Council voted to become a Congregational Partner with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP). VICPP is the official advocacy organization of the Virginia United Methodist Conference. The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy envisions a world where people of all faiths cooperate to create communities that are just, peaceful, equitable, and sustainable. To make this vision a reality they create space for Virginians to manifest social justice for all by advocating for systemic change. VICPP hopes to empower faithful advocates to: LEARN about the issues challenging our communities; PRAY for guidance and discernment; and ACT to make Virginia a more just and compassionate Commonwealth.
In December of 2018, VICPP merged with Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL) in order to realize its vision of empowering all faith communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve sustainable living, the Mission of VAIPL states: "We are a community responding to climate change by gathering, sharing, and advocating ecological wisdom through interfaith collaboration on behalf of current and future generations."
While this partnership is a new venture for Centenary UMC, we have a long history with both VICPP and VAIPL. For many years from its inception until about 10 years ago, the VICPP offices resided on the third floor of our church and the congregation frequently interacted with its leaders and staff. Virginia Interfaith Power and Light actually had its inception through the work of Rev. Pat Watkins while he and his wife Rev. Denise Honeycutt were living in Richmond and attending Centenary. Currently, Warren Hottle and Pat Shipley serve on the Board of Directors of VICPP.
On January 22 of this year, Centenary hosted the VICPP "Day for All People" where about 250 people of many faiths from all corners of the Commonwealth gathered to hear briefings on the issues being advocated by VICPP and VAIPL, meet in groups with their Senators and Delegates, attend workshops on a variety of advocacy topics and hear an inspiring keynote address from Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. Several members of Centenary served as hosts for the event and many positive comments were heard about Centenary's facilities and hospitality.
The Serving Committee hopes that this will be the start of many positive interactions between VICPP/VAIPL and Centenary. Look for more information in future newsletters and follow VICPP and VAIPL on their web pages
vaipl.org including daily updates on what is happening to social and environmental justice issues at the General Assembly.
Sunday, February 10, 2019- Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
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 "From Confessions to Proclamation," based on Luke 5:1-11.
Items for Charterhouse School Weekend
Backpack Feeding Program
The Charterhouse School Backpack Program provides weekends meals for our families who may benefit from extra supports. Each week the students in our Applied Curriculum Culinary Program assemble the bags and distribute them to the students in the Backpack Program, this gives these students an opportunity to work on sorting, counting, and following a list of instructions, while also allowing them to give back to their fellow students. There will be boxes in the fellowship hall for donations.
Chili Night - in an individual reusable grocery bag
* 4 cans of Chili (vegetarian or meat and pop-top lids if possible)
* 2 boxes of cornbread mix
* 2 cans of vegetables
* Juice boxes
Pasta Night - in an individual reusable grocery bag
* 4 boxes of pasta
* 3 cans of sauce
* 1 can of parmesan cheese
* 2 cans of vegetables
* Juice boxes
Taco Night - in an individual reusable grocery bag
* 3 taco shell meals
* 4 cans on beans (black, pinto, or refried)
* 3 packets of instant rice
* 1 jar of salsa or queso (plastic jar)
* Juice boxes Snacks - in an individual reusable grocery bag
* Individual Granola Bards
* Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
* Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn
* Trail Mix
* Peanut Butter and Jelly (plastic jar)
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Women's Leadership Event in Richmond:
Clergy and lay women are invited to a two-day event in Richmond, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Kutz. As more and more women step into significant leadership roles, every woman is encouraged to consider her own unique opportunities to make a difference. The event will be
Wednesday, February 13
, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
Wednesday, May 8
, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location will be at Bon Air UMC (1645 Buford Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235). Cost is $75 which includes both dates and two lunches. To register and for more information, contact Kutz at
Going, Going, Almost Gone!! The Smethie Circle of our United Methodist Women has a very limited number of PECANS still available...3 16-oz. bags of Halves and 6 16-oz. bags of Pieces. Please let me know ASAP if you would like any of these wonderful pecans - @ $12/bag...the last we will have until next Fall! Thanks! Sharon Steele 912-2549.
An Altar Flower Liner is Missing!:
We have 2 green heavy plastic liners for our weekly altar flowers and currently one is missing! Please check around at home and perhaps you have one that you borrowed to take flowers home. If so, please let me know so we can get it back in rotation with Coleman's for our weekly altar flowers! Thanks. Sharon Steele, Altar Flowers Chair, 912-2549.
Our Bless My Sole Ministry is in need of white, men's tube-socks. Feel free to drop any donations off in the church office.
Join us for Pub Theology
THIS Sunday afternoon, February 10, at 4:30 p.m. at Triple Crossing in Fulton Hill (113 South Foushee Street). Pub Theology is an informal gathering for fellowship and conversation on topics related to Christian faith and life. Though oriented toward young adults, all are welcome.
Lunch and Learn
Sunday, February 24, at 12 p.m.
Join us on Sunday, February 24, at 12 p.m. in the fellowship hall for a lunch and learn lecture. There is a $5.00 admission fee to attend. Learn about the big archaeological discoveries made in Jamestown over the past 25 years and the 400-year commemoration of the 1st House of Burgesses and the 1st documented enslaved Africans. Historian presenter will be Justin Bates, Manager of Public Programs at the Historic Jamestowne. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
"Born in North Carolina and raised in Richmond, Justin attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, graduating in 2013 with a BA in history. Since then, he has spent the last several years working at various historic sites across the state. During college, he interned with Richmond National Battlefield Park where he was introduced to the idea of a career in historical interpretation. After college, he started at Historic Jamestowne in their visitor services department, and shortly after started at Monticello as a guest services associate. While commuting to both Williamsburg and Charlottesville, he went on to get a third job with Henrico County Recreation and Parks where he worked primarily in interpretation at several of their historic properties. Working simultaneously at sites that covered colonial, revolutionary, and Civil War history, Justin worked in a variety of capacities over the years, eventually becoming an education guide at Historic Jamestowne, and a guide and house supervisor at Monticello. He began a new position at Historic Jamestowne last March, where one of his primary duties has been the implementation of a brand new First Africans tour in preparation for the 400th commemoration taking place this year. He is currently Manager of Public Programs at Historic Jamestowne and is excited to share some of the fascinating discoveries made at Jamestown in the last 25 years."
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.
We will have a meeting with Collette on Monday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at Centenary to discuss the trip. If you are interested in traveling with Centenary family members and friends, please plan to attend the Monday, February 25th meeting.
Come prepared with your questions and thoughts.
If you have questions before the meeting, please contact Bob Almond via email at
or at (804) 833-3355.
The Parade of Nations & Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk-". . . thrill to the dazzling extravaganza of music, ceremony and patriotism!"
Day Trip - Thursday, April 25, 2019 -
YOU ARE INVITED!
Please register for a day trip to the Parade of Nations & Virginia International Tattoo on
Thursday, April 25, 2019. There are flyers on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. The word "tattoo" evolved over time as it refers to what developed as a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands and drill teams. The Virginia International Tattoo incorporates groups from around the world including acrobats, choral groups, and precision military drill teams. The performances of each country are beautiful, patriotic, and a favor performance featuring countries from all over the world. You will love it!
The package trip will include motorcoach transportation, taxes and gratuities, bus tour of Norfolk Naval Base, dinner at the Golden Corral (all-you-can-eat), admission to the two-hour Virginia International Tattoo Show at the Norfolk Scope, bottle water and treats on the bus and door prizes. The cost of the day trip is $129.
Reservations and payment are due by February 15, 2019.
Please complete the reservation form, make check payable to Robert Almond and sent to 1309 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227.
11:30 a.m. Departure from Kenwood UMC, Ashland-Return to Kenwood by Midnight
12 noon Departure from Lakeside UMC, Henrico-Return to Lakeside by 11:30 p.m.
If you have questions, please contact Bob Almond at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (804) 833-3355.
by Steven Dietz
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage with no prospects for change. Then one night, a socially-inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. She is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun with her. This is a story about choices and consequences, about taking that different road you always wondered about.
"Becky's New Car" is CAT's submission to the 2019 Acts of Faith Theatre Festival. There will be talk-backs following both Sunday matinee performances.
Cast: Becky - Kerrigan Sullivan; Joe - Scott Bergman; Walter - Mark Atkinson; Chris - Jimmy Mello; Kenni - Maura Mazurowski; Steve - Daryl Scruggs; Ginger - Tricia Hawn
Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen and join us on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. The deadline for signing up is THIS Sunday, February 10.
Rev. Kathy Talley- mother had surgery this past week
Deirdre McElroy- good friend to Gwynn Henderson, who has been battle cancer for the past 4 years with amazing strength and fortitude
Phyllis Stump in the recent loss of her sister in Louisville, KY
Lila Irby (home after recent hospitalization)
Lucille Hunt (in the Laurels on Robious Road)
Leah Hundley (at home recovering)
Bryson Keavey (6 months old), friend of Nancy Hill (heart transplant)
Wendy Tisdale-- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed with staged 4 lung cancer
Photo of the Week!
This past Sunday, we were excited to welcome three new members into our church family- Heidi Kara and Scott and Tammy Tilghman. Welcome to all!
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