Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Friday, July 5, 2019
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Fourth 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 "Not Too Proud to Do the Small Things." 

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.

Centenary Young Adults Meet 
This Sunday  at 10 a.m. 

All Centenary Young Adults are invited to meet with Rev. Drew Willson at 10 a.m. this Sunday in the Anchor Class. This will be a time to get acquainted and share ideas, hopes, and dreams for future ministry. 

Welcome Brunch for Rev. Drew Willson

We invite you to join us for a brunch on Sunday, July 14, at 9:45 a.m. as we welcome Rev. Drew Willson as our Minister to Young Adults. That Sunday will be Drew's first Sunday to preach in both of our services. We look forward to getting acquainted with Drew, his wife Shea Tuttle, and their two children. 

Centenary United Methodist Church and 
Virginia Reconciling Congregations & Communities

A gathering of the Virginia Reconciling Congregations and Communities will take place here at Centenary on 
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This meeting will be an opportunity for us to share in conversation around the theme, "What is the Role of a Reconciling Congregation following General Conference 2019?"  We will have opportunities to learn about recent developments since GC 2019, to hear from persons who attended GC 2019 as well as those who have attended subsequent national meetings.  Helen Ryde, the Southeastern Regional for the Reconciling Ministries Network will be joining us.  We will share responses from our various congregations to these recent developments, consider marriage policies and practices, discuss ways we might mutually encourage and resource one another as well as ways we might collaborate in ministry and witness.  Members of Centenary are certainly invited to join us.  If you plan to come, please contact the church office at 804-648-8319 or  cent.umc@verizon.net .  


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

UMW Meeting:
The next UMW Meeting will take place on  Thursday, July 11, 2019 , at 11:30 a.m. at McLeans Restaurant (3205 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23230). The program for this meeting will be given by Pat Shipley who will be speaking about her work with Shalom Farms. Please respond to Leah Hundley or Sharon Steele.

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

Our Hymn Festival is Returning!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 20. Keith Benniston will return and there will be a guest Choir and orchestra to accompany the singing of some of your favorite hymns. 

"American Music Jubilee/Rudy Theatre Selma NC | Why NC Is Home | Music, Christmas Shows, Theatre." Pinterest, www.pinterest.ch/pin/470485492300727594/.

December Centenary Travels Trip to Selma, NC:
Live Musical Christmas Jubilee at the Rudy Theater in  Selma, North Carolina on  Thursday, December 12, 2019 Take a nostalgic trip back to an innocent age when anticipation of Santa's visit made the holidays magical. Enjoy gospel favorites and the contemporary beat of hits like "Christmas in Dixie." A rrive at the theater by 12:30 p.m. for Matinee that starts at 12:45 p.m.  The cost of the trip is $112.00 per person and payment is due by July 15, 2019
This is an all-inclusive trip with motor coach transportation; snacks on the bus, door prizes, Chick-fil-A box lunches, theater admission, dinner at Fred Chason's Grandsons' Restaurant, (all-you-can eat buffet) and all gratuities.

There is a minimum number of participants of 40 for the trip to make . It is on a first-come-first reserved basis.  Make your decision quickly to ensure your space.

"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. Kathy Talley- recovering at home after shoulder surgery
Mary Alice Nesbitt- back at St. Mary's 
Lucille Hunt
Jane Grand- in rehab after a recent fall
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
Sarah Anzelmo-Steele
Ryland Bailey, Jr.
Olivia Steele
John Stottlemyer

Photo of the Week!
Here's what was on the menu for this week's lunch program! Yummy lobster cakes and ham steak's! Thanks so much to all of our volunteers who help make these amazing meals possible! 

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