Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, March 30, 2018
A Message from Centenary
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, April 1, Easter Sunday
7:00 a.m.                     Sunrise Service at  Chimborazo Park
8:40 a.m.                       Informal Worship               
10:00 a.m.                   Easter Egg Hunt in the Children's Room                                        for  Children/Youth
11:00 a.m.                     Traditional Service
***There will be no Sunday school this upcoming Sunday and the church office will be closed Monday, April 2. 
This week, Dr. Bates will preach 
"On the Other Side of Easter. "

Please pray for Mann Brown & David Pippin, in the recent death of Mann's father. We will let you know when information about arrangements have been finalized. 

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

April 1        1 Samuel 18-20
April 2        1 Samuel 21-24
April 3        1 Samuel 25-27
April 4        1 Samuel 28-31
April 5        2 Samuel 1-3
April 6        2 Samuel 4-7
April 7        2 Samuel 8-12

Easter Announcements

Flowers for the Cross: Don't forget to bring your fresh flowers to put on the cross this upcoming Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: There will be no Sunday school this upcoming Easter Sunday, April 1. 

Easter Egg Hunt: All children and youth are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt this upcoming EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 1, at 10 a.m. in the upstairs Children's Sunday School rooms. Caregivers of preschool children are encouraged to stay and help with their children on the hunt.

We are so grateful for the generosity through donations of both monetary gifts and service hours shown throughout the year by our Centenary family and friends.  Our Easter Offering this year will continue with last year's fund for the replacement of the tile flooring in the Fellowship Hall; with the strikingly impressive recent improvements of our church facilities, this much-used area will benefit greatly with a needed renewal.  You may use your Easter Offering envelope or write "Easter Offering" on the memo line of your check.  Thank you in advance for your continued support of the church and its mission.

Unite to End Racism: Join Others in Washington, D.C. on  Wednesday, April 4. You are invited to join others from the Richmond area in an effort to end racism. On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and their partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, we will commit to do our part to eradicate the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Rev. Pat Shipley at plsrevdoc@aol.com. Here is the schedule for the Wednesday event:
Wednesday, April 4: ACT to End Racism Rally on the National Mall
  • 7-8 a.m.: Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall
  • 8-9 a.m.: Interfaith Service
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Rally and Call to Commitment

A Special Message from Libby Rhame 
and Mitzi Rhame Golod

We are grateful to our Centenary family for the many prayers, kindnesses, and expressions of sympathy extended for the loss of our son and brother, Tripp Rhame (H.B. Rhame III).  We are grateful to God for the forty seven years He gave Tripp to us.  A celebration of his life will be held in Atlanta on April 21.  Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.
Libby Rhame and Mitzi Rhame Golod

Upcoming Events

Church Office Closed: The church office will be closed on Monday, April 2, in observance of Easter Monday. 

CARISTAS at Centenary:   We will be hosting CARITAS the week of Saturday, April 21- Saturday, April 28, here at Centenary. Please put that week on your calendar. We need a variety of volunteers to help support this mission. We have listed the types of volunteers that will be needed and feel free to sign up for any or all of these on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 

  1. Dinner: We need volunteers to provide, prepare, and serve a hot dinner for our guests. Dinner needs to be ready to be served at 7:00 p.m., so your arrival time is dictated by your preparation time. The Centenary kitchen will be available. If you need help with the appliances, we will try to pair you with someone who is familiar with the kitchen. This is a great event for groups such as Sunday school classes, families and friends, civic groups, Walk-In Ministry cooking groups, or other churches.
  2. Lunch Bag Prep: We need volunteers to prepare bag lunches for our guests. The lunches consist of sandwiches, chips, fruit, a drink (boxed juice or water), and a dessert. All supplies will be at the church as we will be soliciting donations of these items from our congregation. The duties include preparing the sandwiches and packing a bagged lunch for our guests. The time of day is flexible as long as the bagged lunches are prepared and ready the night before they are distributed the next morning.  
  3. Overnight: Volunteers are needed to stay overnight in the church from 9:30 p.m. until the guests leave the next day at 7:00 a.m. CARITAS staff will be present at all times. You may sleep in a separate area of the church behind closed doors, but you are there as an additional safety factor. Duties are setting up the cold breakfast for guests in the morning, distributing the bagged lunches, and securing the church facility after the guests have left for the day.
Saturday, April 21, through Saturday, April 27, 2018
  •  Boxes of instant oatmeal
  •  Boxes of cold cereal (Raisin Bran, Wheaties, Cheerios, etc)
  •  Hardboiled eggs for breakfast (not before 4/18)
  •  Juice for breakfast
  •  Individual bags of chips, crackers, cookies, and nabs (to use for lunch)
  •  Individual box drinks (to use for lunch)
  •  Bottled water (to use for lunch)
  •  Sandwich bread (not before 4/18)
  •  Cheese for sandwiches (not before 4/18)
  •  Fresh fruit for lunches (not before 4/18)
  •  Lunch meat (not before 4/18)
  •  Popcorn and hot chocolate for snacks
  •  Plastic bags for packing lunches
  •  Magazines, books, stationary, pens, games, cards, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, small packages of tissues, small bottles of hand sanitizer

Adopt a Church Friend:   Please consider being part of a new ministry to help us care for one another. Here is a possible job description:  After accompanying me on your first visit to meet a senior member (who may or may not be confined to home in varying degrees) a younger member would continue in making contact with their new "Church Friend."  I would offer a "training class" in regards to ways to develop an ongoing and mutually blessed relationship.  We could decide together the best ways to keep in touch, including determining how often to visit, the helpfulness of sending notes between visits, and other ways to be in relationship with our new "Church Friend."  The amount of time that would be required to maintain a good relationship would be determined on an individual basis. As a part of the "training class," we would discuss appropriate limits and guidelines for "Church Friends."

As this new mission continues to unfold, please open your heart to explore this new opportunity to share God's love.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please contact me at (804) 356-6860. I look forward to our ministry together.

Rev. Rita Callis     

Theatre Tickets:  We have two new opportunities for free theatre tickets. The first performance is "Lucky Me," on  Sunday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. and performed by the CAT Theatre. The play will take place at The Playhouse, located at 319 North Wilkinson Road. The second play is "Romeo & Juliet," on  Sunday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. and performed by the Quill Theatre. The play will take place at the VMFA Leslie Cheek Theatre, located at 200 North Boulevard (the theatre is on the lower level of the museum). If you are interested in any of these performances, see the bulletin board across from the kitchen to sign up, or contact Barrett Brown at  jmibb@verizon.net.

The 2018 Spring Geranium Sale with UMUMR/Shalom Farms is here!  4 1/2" pots are $4.50 each and will come in red, salmon, coral, hot pink, and white. We will take orders for specific colors but cannot guarantee they will be the colors you ordered. All orders must be placed and money turned into Pat Shipley no later than Friday, April 6. Plants will arrive Friday, April 13. Make checks out to: UMUMR.Note: We will only be accepting checks this year, no cash or credit card/debit card. Thanks so much and happy planting!

Attention All Graduates:  If you or someone in your family is planning on graduating from high school or college this spring or summer, please call the church office at (804) 648-8319, or send us an email at cent.umc@verizon.net, by Sunday, May 20, with the following information so that we can announce it in the bulletin.
The individual's:
1. Name (First, Middle, and Last)
2. Affiliation (child of, grandchild of, etc.)
3. School Attended
4. Future Plans
Thanks so much and congratulations graduates!

Centenary Young Adults:    Watch for details for our next  Pub Theology on  Sunday, April 8 !

Praise Chorus: The Praise Chorus will be  singing "Shout to the Lord," page 2074 in the Faith We Sing book, on Easter Sunday, April 1.

Choir Practice: There will be no choir practice on Wednesday, April 4. 

Beyond Hello

Last week, our Friday Friends were asked to tell us their life mottos and we had so many responses! I thought I would share a few that really touched my heart:
Stay positive and love the Lord.
Let the work I've done speak for me.
Change for the better, not for the worse.
Don't let the haters bring you down. Shine on them!
Don't look back- You're not going that way.
Our Friday Friends certainly know the power of having a positive outlook on life!
I hope you all have a very blessed Easter!
Rebekah Dyer, MSW Intern

Please Remember in Prayer
Joe Speidel (Joe's mother is in hospice care in New York).
Mann Brown & David Pippin (in the death of Mann's father).
Frances Shaw (a friend of Sonia Topey-Smith, dealing with breast cancer). 
Wendy Smith (her mother-in-law and husband's aunt)
Leland Lycette (severe back pain)
Riley Davin (niece of Vic & Nancy Grand)
Jennifer (friend of Nancy Grand with lung problems)
Lou Rosypal (at home following a broken hip)
Ron Davis (friend of Vic & Nancy Grand)
Jo Judd (a long-time childhood friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury from fall off a ladder in Boulder, CO)
Merle Brown (recovering from broken hip at home)

Celebrating Birthdays in April

 Vic Grand
 Kevin Cooke
 Caroline Enos
 Patsy Wilson
 Steven Cooke
 Marjorie Landers
 Luke Wolfe
Clarie Hundley
Doug Wilson
Charles Rhode
Joe Speidel
Stephen Lee
Vicki Stump
James Boice
Nancy C. Cook
Kate Stottlemyer
Julie Landsdown
Benjamin Armstrong
Jack Hinerman
George Thrower
Chris Junker
 Photo of the Week!
Join us for our Holy Week Services: tonight at 7:30 p.m. for our Holy Thursday service and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. for our Good Friday service. 

Centenary United Methodist Church | (804) 648-8319 | www.centumc.org 
Visit Us: 411 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219