Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, March 8, 2019
A Message from Centenary

Dear Centenary Family,
I'm looking forward to being together as a church family this Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent.  I want to invite you to join us at 10:00 a.m. in the social hall where we will learn about and discuss the recent actions of the Called General Conference in Saint Louis.  (Come at 9:30 a.m. if you'd like and join us for our informal time of coffee and fellowship that we have every Sunday).   
I hope to accomplish three things in this brief time together:
1)  Take the temperature of our congregation as we process the results of the actions at General Conference.
2)  Share important information about what legislation actually passed and look at what this means for us here at Centenary.
3)  Consider what steps we can begin to take together in light of the developments at General Conference.
In this relatively brief time together, we may identify other areas for future conversations and meetings.  
The sermon I'm working on for this Sunday is based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and is entitled "Remembering the Future."  I hope you'll come and see what I mean with that crazy, mixed-up title.
These are challenging days for Centenary and for all our United Methodist Churches--but there is also an air of excitement as we continue our vital mission here in downtown Richmond and see what new things God may have in store for us as the people of God!

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, March 10, 2019- First Sunday in Lent 

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 
"Remembering the Future."

Join us on Sunday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the social hall for a presentation about the actions of the recent Called General Conference and to discuss what this means for our future ministry and mission at Centenary. 
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)

UMFS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. The IRS requires us to state that you received no goods or services in exchange for this gift. Please retain this written acknowledgment as a receipt for your tax records. FIN: 54-0505969. 

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. 

This is an image of what the liner looks like:

The Praise Chorus:
The Praise Chorus will be practicing and singing THIS upcoming Sunday, March 10. The song they will be singing is "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want," found in the UMH hymnal on page 136.

Don't forget to change your clocks THIS upcoming
Sunday, March 10, for Daylight Savings Time. 

Join us
Saturday, May 4, 2019 
from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Moss on the James Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society Eleventh Annual Tea Party Fundraiser to benefit:

The event will take place at The Markel Corporation Conference Room (4521 Highwoods Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23060). 

Donation: $36.00 per person. Checks can be made out to:
 P. Buckley Moss Society 

Each person is invited to bring a teacup and saucer to be used 
at the Tea Party. 

A silent auction bidding opens at 12 p.m. and lunch service 
will begin at 1 p.m. 

Come and bring family members and friends- all are welcome! 

Please RSVP by mailing in the RSVP card below and check no later than Monday, April 15. Flyers and RSVP cards can also be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 

Questions- call Bob Almond at 804-833-3355 or 
Pat Whitlow at 804-335-7632

Faithful Aging Conference 
Culpeper Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

See the attached flyer with more information 
or see Tim and Marilyn Gerde who will be 
attending the conference. 


Facebook Update

Thanks to everyone who has liked/ loved/ shared/ and commented on our Facebook posts recently. With your help, our posts have reached 2,470 people in the last 28 days (many of them in the past week).

Facebook is a team effort. Thanks to everyone who contributes photos and ideas for posts. We can always use more! 

Any photos from Centenary events and gatherings can be sent to the church office or emailed to  Rachel Bates at:


Geraniums come in multiple colors (we will take orders for specific colors but cannot guarantee specific colors

Colors are as follows:  coral , hot pink , salmon , red, and white

They are $4.50 each and please make  CHECKS OUT ONLY to UMCOR. Please turn in all money for orders to Pat Shipley.

The sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.  For additional information, see Pat Shipley. 

The last day for orders and to turn in money for orders is Sunday, March 24. 


Please Take Note :  The serving committee will have a brief meeting in the chapel at 9:45 a.m. THIS Sunday, March 10, concerning the Soup Cook-Off.

Come join your church family and friends on Sunday, March 17, following the 11:00 a.m. service for a Soup Cook-Off. Bring your favorite soup or stew to share and enter into the friendly competition. In addition to this event being a great time to fellowship with your church family and friends, it is one of our fund raisers to support Centenary as we continue to participate in Rise Against Hunger. All donations collected will go to cover our fees to participate in the Rise Against Hunger program.

Thursday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.  

Join us for our meeting at Debbie's Kitchen on Rt. 33 (Staples Mill Rd) just over the Henrico/Hanover Co. line on the left (13155 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen). We will be working on the Linus project.  If you can tie a knot or fold a blanket, you can help.

Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. 

Quiche and salad dinner at the home of Mary E. Vetrovec. All the ladies of the church are invited. Please bring a quiche, salad, dessert or bread to share.


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.

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.
If you have questions before the meeting, please contact Bob Almond via email at  bob.almond@verizon.net or at (804) 833-3355.

Joe Kokoski
Jenny Bush- friend of Leah Hundley, is diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. 
Patsy Marrs Wilson- recovering from hip replacement surgery
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)
R.B. Bennington 
Lucille Hunt (recovering at home)  
Wendy Tisdale-- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed with staged 4 lung cancer 
Mark Inge



John Vetrovec

Madison Lee

Amy Bates

Logan Lewis

Lucille Hunt

James Wickham

Phil Crick

Julie Lee

Barbara Pierson

Charles Craig

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