Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Friday, July 26, 2019
A Message from Centenary


This Week at Centenary
 

Sunday, July 28, 2019
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

8:40 a.m.       Early Service

  10:00 a.m.       Sunday School

        11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship

Dr. Matthew D. Bates will be preaching this Sunday and his sermon is entitled "A Difficult Object Lesson. "
 

Did you miss a service? Would you like to listen to a sermon again or share it with a friend? You can now listen to the sermon or the entire 11 a.m. service.  The services are posted on our church website,  (Click on this link to go to the church website.). Each sermon  is normally available Sunday or Monday afternoon and remains available for later listening. Please tell anyone who might enjoy listening.
 
Announcements


Pub Theology:
Join Rev. Drew Willson and Centenary Young Adults this Sunday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Champion Brewing (4th and Grace) for a discussion on "Prayer and How to Pray." 

The Centenary Buddy System:
The Centenary Buddy System is looking for individuals who would like to reach out to new members, provide updates for upcoming events, and be a resource to explain the ins-and-outs of the church. Those interested should sign up on the bulletin board by the fellowship hall or talk to Mann Brown/Nathan Grubb.


Lay Visitors Meeting:
There will be a Lay Visitors meeting here at Centenary on  Sunday, September 15,  at 12:15 p.m.

Altar Flower Openings:
T hanks to all who help sponsor our altar flowers each week! As part of Centenary Downtown's Worship Committee, I keep a rotating calendar of our sponsors, but do get "openings" from time-to-time.  We have a few up-coming "open" dates and would love to include anyon e who would like to help with this ministry!  Altar flowers are $50 on communion Sundays (2 arrangements) and $25 for all other Sundays.  They can be given in honor or memory of loved ones or to celebrate special birthdays or anniversaries! If you would like to share in this important ministry, please let me know!  Thanks.  Sharon Steele  - 912-2549, or   steeles2010@yahoo.com

Fellowship Lunch:
The Bob Evans Lunch Group will now be meeting on
Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.



Hymn Festival 2019: In Memoriam Richard Steele:    Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 20. Keith Benniston will return and there will be a guest choir from the University of Mary Washington under the direction of Chris Ryder.













"The Old Testament Course Guidebook." Amazon, Amazon, 1 Jan. 2001, www.amazon.com/Old-Testament-Course-Guidebook/dp/B007XMRRZE.

Sunday School Summer Study:
Join us, Sundays this summer, for a study in the fellowship hall open to all Centenary adults in which we will be studying the book  The Old Testament-Course Guidebook written by Professor Amy-Jill Levine. 

See description below:

The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. Its influence, whether you consider it scripture or literature, is evident everywhere in our culture, from medieval mystery plays to modern novels, art, music, theater, film, and dance. What can this work teach us about those who wrote it? About the people we once were? And can new academic understanding also speak to faith? As Professor Levine observes: "The Old Testament is endlessly fascinating because it offers everything to explore: myth, saga, and history; tragedy, comedy, and farce; economics and politics; literature and poetry of surpassing beauty; court intrigue and prophetic morality; heavenly miracles and sometimes heavenly silence; questions of theodicy; answers that satisfy and answers that may not; destruction and rebuilding; despair and hope."

In a series of 24 lively lectures, she takes you down all of these avenues, exploring selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

And though the focus of her lectures is on historical and literary issues, Professor Levine does not shy away from issues of religious concern, maintaining that the goal of an academic course is not to undermine religious faith, but to use that academic knowledge as a new source of insight into the writings that form a believer's spiritual bedrock.

"The Old Testament Course Guidebook." Amazon, Amazon, 1 Jan. 2001,  www.amazon.com/Old-Testament-Course-Guidebook/dp/B007XMRRZE.  


Rev. Jim & Carolyn Noland
Andrew Rathbone- son of Heidi Kara, currently in the Marine Corps. and is deployed over the Indian Ocean
Rev. Kathy Talley- recovering at home after shoulder surgery
Mary Alice Nesbitt
Lucille Hunt- at Morningside at Bellgrade 
Jane Grand- in  Peoria Hospital  in Illinois after a recent fall and stroke. 
Walt Prestwood- uncle of Suzanne Ray
Riley Davin- niece of Vic and Nancy
Bob & Leah Hundley
Shannon Conway requests prayer for Charles Sherman, Peter Oxborrow,           Leon Beale and Family
Jeff Hatch
Nancy Penman- Wendy Smith's mother who has had a stroke and lives in           New Jersey 
Les Dobbs- is at home now. 
Gary Motley-recently diagnosed with cancer and will be having surgery on       July 25
A.J. & Phil Crick- at Morningside at Bellgrade
Justin Laman- nephew of Lucy Hottle, a young father who has cancer
Charles Mills- brother of Jimmy Mills, home recovering from heart surgery
Joe Kokoski
Jenny Bush- friend of Leah Hundley, is diagnosed with stage 4                  melanoma
Lila Irby 
R.B. Bennington 
Wendy Tisdale- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnose with staged 4 lung cancer 



John Ford
David Jarvis
Les Dobbs
Isabel Junker
Emmeline Steele
Matthew Steele
Mary E. Vetrovec
Bob Hundley, Sr.
Joe Hudgins
Dean Simpson
Beth Vetrovec
Susan Thomas
Charles Petty
Bill Brock
Mary Dobbs
Kate Hundley
Mary Alice Nesbitt
R.B. Bennington
Sylvia Whaley
Bob Almond
Vikki Brock
Vicki Willson
Drew Willson
Sarah Anzelmo-Steele
Ryland Bailey, Jr.
Olivia Steele
John Stottlemyer

Photos of the Week!
Here's a photo of our own poet, Ralph, and his recent work of art. 






























Here are some photos of last week's Reconciling Congregation Meeting here at Centenary. 





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