Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, July 27, 2018
A Message from Centenary
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, July 29, Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

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

This week, Dr. Bates will preach  "The Power Within. "

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

July 29        Isaiah 5-8
July 30        Isaiah 9-12
July 31        Isaiah 13-17
August 1    Isaiah 18-22
August 2    Isaiah 23-27
August 3     Isaiah 28-30
August 4     Isaiah 31-35

Upcoming Events

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! 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: 

Centenary vs. St. Bridget Catholic Church Young Adults in Volleyball: 
Join us on  Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. (302 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221). Cookout/beverages/fellowship to follow! 

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 - and tax free weekend is August 3 - 5!  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.

Annual Shoe Drive:   Children in the Richmond Metro area are gearing up to go back to school. It's a very exciting time for many children! However, many families are not able to afford comfortable, solid footwear for their children. When shoes are worn out, too tight, or otherwise uncomfortable, children have difficulty focusing on their studies. At Centenary, we have the opportunity to do something about this problem! One way you can help is by donating new shoes for these children. All sizes are needed! Children from kindergarten to high school need to start the new school year on the "right foot." There is a table in the sanctuary for donations to the Richmond Partnership of Churches Annual Shoe Drive. Shoes must be new, and sneakers are preferred (please no high heels, sandals, or bedroom slippers). If you would like to make a monetary donation, feel free to leave that in the piggy bank on the table. You can also include a check in the offering. Please note on your pledge envelope "For Annual Shoe Drive" as well as the bi-line of your check. There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen if you would like to volunteer at one of the two distribution sites on Monday, September 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Thank you in advance for helping our children start their school year with a comfortable, solid foundation!

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. 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.
We Need Your Votes!:  For our Centenary Summer Movie Series, we ask again for your input. September's movie will be selected from three great choices, by means of a drawing, and we want you to vote for your favorite. You may vote as many times as you have enthusiasm to do so. Ballots are available on Sundays on the table outside the chapel and at the July and August presentations. During our August movie session, we will draw one winner 'out of a hat!' If your ballot is drawn, you receive a gift for your efforts and your selection will be shown in September. VOTE EARLY!  VOTE OFTEN!

Movie DVD Exchange: 
Have a DVD you  have watched too often? Bring it to a Centenary Summer Movie Series showing and exchange it for a different one. Also, if you see a DVD you like on display, take it and leave a donation to RISE AGAINST HUNGER! At the end of our series, any remaining DVDs not exchanged will be donated to the McGuire Veteran Center. It's a win, win situation!!!

Centenary Summer Movies: We are commemorating the 78th anniversary of WWII's Battle of Dundirk and the Battle of Britain with our August movie selection, Mrs. Miniver. This 1943 Academy Award 'Best Picture' takes us into the lives of a very ordinary British family, who are called to do extraordinary tasks in the face of war and the invasion of their homeland. Starring Greer Carson (Academy Award Best Actress for her portrayal) and Walter Pigeon. Mrs. Miniver swept the awards and takes us back in time and the mindset of the "Greatest Generation."  Join us on Wednesday, August 15, at 6 p.m. for all the pathos and spirit-lifting drama . . . no war ration tickets required!

Sight and Sound Theatre Trip:   We have 17 Centenarians registered for the trip to the Sight & Sound Theater for Thursday, September 27.  We have openings for 3 more participants.  The trip leaves from Lakeside UMC at 7 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m.  We will enjoy good food, fellowship, a wonderful live play and safe travel on a motor coach.  Sign up today!  If you are interested in going on the trip to see the live production of  JESUS , please pick up a registration form on the bulletin board across from the kitchen and send your check for $160.00 to Bob Almond as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please call Bob at 804-833-3355 or email at bob.almond@verizon.net.

Canned Goods and Non-perishables Collection:  The Smethie Circle would like you to join us in collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for The Doorways, formerly known as The Hospitality House.  It provides lodging and kitchen facilities for families of children undergoing medical procedures. Dear little Brandon Herman from St. Lucia, lived at The Doorways during his medical treatment by The World Pediatric Project. He and his mother, Sophia, attended Centenary and we fell in love with them. We would like for this project to be in his memory.   We will begin our collection in June and continue through the summer. Containers will be placed outside the Ladies' Parlor and in the Social Hall.  Thank you for helping to keep the memory of Brandon alive by continuing to serve other children and their families as they make The Doorways  home while undergoing medical treatment.

Joe Speidel (who is in New York with this mother, who is on hospice)
Richard Steele (is now at home)
Serena Durst
Rev. Rita Callis
Lee Covington 
Greg deKramer and family (Leah & Bob Hundley's nephew who had a bone marrow transplant in May)
Leland Lycette (severe back pain)
Ron Davis (friend of Vic & Nancy Grand)
JoAnne Judd (close friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury in Boulder, CO)
Carrie Toro's niece Gabby

Celebrating Birthdays in July

David Jarvis
Isabel Junker
William Brock
Les Dobbs
Emmeline Steele
George Little
Matthew Steele
Mary E. Vetrovec
Jacob Armstrong
Bob Hundley, Sr. 
Laurie Cardoza
Dean Simpson
Beth Vetrovec
Susan Thomas
Bill Brock
Mary Dobbs
Kate Hundley
Mary Alice Nesbitt
R.B. Bennington
Sylvia Whaley
Bob Almond
Vikki Brock
Sarah Anzelmo-Steele
Ryland Bailey
Olivia Steele
John Stottlemyer
Photo of the Week!
This Sunday, July 29, is the first Sunday of our Annual Shoe Drive!  Donations can be placed on the table in the sanctuary. 

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