Centenary's Weekly Newsletter 
Friday, May 31, 2019
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Pentecost Sunday

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 
"Mission Accomplished- Almost ," and is based on the scripture reading from Luke 24:44-53. 
This week, we welcome our new social work intern, Jessica Mason! Here is a bit of information about Jessica:

We are very pleased to announce that Ms. Jessica Mason has agreed to join us in the church office for the coming year as a graduate student intern. Ms. Mason is an advanced standing student in the VCU, School of Social Work and expects to graduate in May 2020.
Ms. Mason graduated in 2018 from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Social Work Degree.  For the past year, she has been in the AmeriCorps Vista program and worked at the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission in Culpepper. In this position, she was engaged in special initiatives working to end veteran, chronic, youth ,  and family homelessness.
This summer Ms. Mason will be in the church office on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are at church on either of these days please stop in the office and welcome her to Centenary. 
A Heart-Felt Thank You!
from Joe Speidel
I would like to sincerely thank the many CUMC church members who said prayers on my behalf and offered kind words of support and encouragement during my rehabilitation from knee surgery. They were deeply appreciated. With Penny's incredible help, I have had a very good recovery and, thankfully, no longer need to use a crutch or my leg brace. I feel very fortunate to be a member of the CUMC church family.


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/.

Children's Sunday School Summer Schedule:

The last day of Children's Sunday School before the break will be Sunday, June 8,  Children's Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 8. 
Childcare will still be available 8:45-12:15  p.m.  each Sunday.

"The Tin Pan Events - Wedding Venue - Event Venue - Reception Venue - Party Venue - Richmond Virginia." The Tin Pan, www.tinpanevents.com/.

Rev. Drew Willson will be playing at The Tin Pan on  Wednesday, June 26, 2019 . The doors open at  6 p.m . and the show begins at  8 p.m.
Advance tickets (bought online) are $12.00 and tickets bought at the door are $15.00. 
"The Old Testament Course Guidebook." Amazon, Amazon, 1 Jan. 2001, www.amazon.com/Old-Testament-Course-Guidebook/dp/B007XMRRZE.

Join us, Sundays this summer, for a study in the fellow ship 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.  

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.

We are currently working on a newly formatted birthday list. Our birthday list gives individuals' first and last names, their birthday month and day, excluding the year. It is used in-house to mail our monthly Centenary birthday postcards as well as to be given to members who like to mail birthday cards to other members. If you have joined Centenary in the last 5 years and would like to be included in our birthday list, please email or call the church office at cent.umc@verizon.net/804-648-8319. All information is due by Sunday, June 30, 2019.

We are working on an insert for the picture directory for individuals who would like to have changes made to their contact information. If you would like us to make any changes to your information, please call or email the church office at cent.umc@verizon.net/804-648-8319. All information is due by Sunday, June 30, 2019.

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

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- at Manor Care on Hilliard Road
Gary Motley-recently diagnosed with cancer
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 
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!

Alcedo, Madison. "25 Spring Quotes to Welcome the Season of Renewal." Country Living, Country Living, 20 Feb. 2019, www.countryliving.com/life/g3077/spring-quotes/.
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