Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, May 10, 2019
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Fourth Sunday after Easter

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 
" Rehearsing for Eternity," and is based on the scripture reading from Revelation 7:9-17. 
Eastertide District Days
Saturday, May 11, 2 P.M.
Rappahannock and Richmond Districts
8063 Ladysmith Road
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

'Jesus was talking to us on the road'
(Luke 24:32)

Bishop Pete Weaver is inviting clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in district gatherings in May and early June.
"Jesus most often journeyed in the company of others," said Weaver. "Even in our context, we can learn from each other and practice our Christian love for each other by journeying together. I am inviting you to join me in a district gathering in May and early June so we may have conversation 'on the road' together."
He explained, "We will share in Communion, seek to care for one another, and look at the meaning of the Judicial Council decisions and their implications as your Bishop and Cabinet seek to follow the Book of Discipline which governs our church."

Join us this Monday, May 13, for the memorial service of Catherine Minnich, mother of Todd Minnich, here at Centenary at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. 


School Kits for Conference:
The children will assemble school kits again this year to send to Annual Conference. We are, currently, in need of notebooks and pads of paper (150 sheets) and unsharpened pencils (no logos or cartoons). Items can be dropped off in the office on Sunday or Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bless My Sole Sock Drive:
Our Bless My Sole Foot Washing Ministry is in need of more socks. If you would like to make a donation of socks feel free to drop those off at the office on Sunday or during church office hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Men's long white tube socks are preferred. 

"Announcing the Launch of the 4th Annual Warm Hearts, Toasty Toes Sock Drive!" Icon Credit Union, 5 June 2015, www.iconcreditunion.org/announcing-the-launch-of-the-4th-annual-warm-hearts-toasty-toes-sock-drive/.

Praise Chorus:
The Praise Chorus will be  singing and practicing on  Sunday, May 19.   The song they will be singing is "Here I Am Lord."

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale:
Join the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale at their spring concert when they present two classical chorale works and perform Gabriel Faure's Requiem along with Cecilia McDowall's Stabat Mater. Faure's Requiem is a well-known large choral work, while the Stabat Mater, premiered in 2004, focuses on Mary's suffering as Jesus hung on cross.  Performances will be on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Street, in Richmond and on Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street in Ashland. Five people from Centenary UMC sing with the Masterworks Chorale!  If you are interested in receiving tickets, see Nancy or Vic Grand - phone 495-5673 / 495-5674, or email  vicgrand@verizon.net.
"Central VA Masterworks Chorale Spring Concert." Visit Richmond VA, www.visitrichmondva.com/event/central-va-masterworks-chorale-spring-concert/18387/.

"All Means All" Buttons:
Have you seen folks wearing rainbow-colored buttons saying "All Means
All?" And would you like one? Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board downstairs, across from the kitchen, and one will be ordered for you. The donation required for each button is a $1.00, and those funds go to the Reconciling Ministries Network. Donations can be given to Rev. Kathy Talley on Sundays. Please be sure to sign-up by THIS Sunday, May 12.

Rise Against Hunger Now Meal Packing Event:
Join us for our next meal packing event on  Saturday, May 18, 2019. We will gather in the fellowship hall (no later than 8:45 a.m.) to pack meals to provide for families in distressed areas of the world. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and commitment to missions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. Join in the fun! (Reminder: Wear a hat or use a hairnet).

Lay Visitors Meeting:
There will be a lay visitors meeting here at Centenary on  Sunday, May 19 , at 12:15 p.m. 

Attention all Class of 2019 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 19, 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!

Our phones will be down briefly and will be off and on for updates on Wednesday, June 5, and 
Wednesday June 12, between the hours of 10 to 12 p.m. 

Thanks so much for your patience and support.

Centenary Downtown is Reaching Out  

Team Reach is working on plans to further reach out to our community and church. We are focused on building relationships with our visitors  and creating opportunities for service and fellowship.   

Look for some new things happening around Centenary Downtown.  We are: 
  • Changing how we follow up with visitors.  
  • Recording the sermon and service every week.  We are currently posting it on our CentUMC Facebook Page and soon it will be on our Centenary website 
  • Exploring an additional gathering area between services for fellowship near the sanctuary.
We would love to hear your ideas.  Reach out to one of our team members.   

Left to Right:  Mann Brown, Anne Kraft, Nathan Grubb, Pencye Bailey, Lynette Bailey, Rachel Bates, Susan Thomas, Mary Mismas, Steve Kraft.  Not Shown:  Reid Ashe, Sylvia Whaley, Clint Jones, Phyllis Stump, Mark Inge

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- at Manor Care on Hillard Road
Gary Motley-recently diagnosed with cancer
A.J. & Phil Crick- at Morningside at Bellgrade
Joe Speidel- recovering from leg injury and surgery
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 
Lucille Hunt- at Morningside at Bellgrade 
Wendy Tisdale- family friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd, diagnosed with staged 4 lung cancer 



Mann Brown
Bernice Walter
Phyllis Stump
Pat Shipley
Roy Cooke
Joyce Haley
Alice Cooke
David Ashe
Lynn Bailey
Tori Brock
Sally Jordan
Charley Webber
Robb Stottlemyer
Louise Smith
Chris Jarvis
Kim Golden
Penny Speidel

Photo of the Week!
Today was Eugene with our Bless My Sole Ministry's 71st Birthday! Happy Birthday, Eugene, and bless you for all you do here for us each week at Centenary!

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