Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, November 3, 2018
A Message from Centenary

Dear Centenary Family,
This Sunday, November 4, we celebrate All Saints Sunday.  We pause to remember all those who've gone before us in the faith, particularly members of our church family who have died in the past year.  When we come to this Sunday each year, my mind goes in several directions.  I think of people close to me that are no longer here.  I think of what they meant to me, and how, in and through their human gifts and imperfections, I experienced God's grace.  I think of the great cloud of witnesses Scripture says surround us--Abraham and Moses and Ruth and Esther and Mary and Peter and Paul.  I think of great people in the history of the church I admire and who have shaped our tradition--Augustine and Aquinas and Luther and Wesley and Barth, as well as King, and Romero, and Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich.   
This week, my mind has turned to reflecting on people from within our own congregation, with its long and rich history, who have shaped us, and still shape us.  I consider what we mean when we say in the creed that we believe "in the communion of the saints."  All these saints, those from our own families, those from this congregation, those from the great tradition of the Church, may sometimes seem far removed from us by time and space.  But the truth is, our faith teaches us that they are more near and present to us than we can imagine.  I'm working on a homily based on the Old Testament reading, Isaiah 25:6-9 entitled, "They Have Not Gone Far."
I hope you will join us Sunday as we remember, worship, and consider who God is calling us to be and become.  And let's continue to work and pray for justice and peace in our world.  Let's allow our hearts to be touched by the pain of others, and then consider how God calls us to be in solidarity with all those who suffer from hatred and prejudice.
God is using us to make a difference, I am sure.   
This Week at Centenary
Remember to Move Your Clocks Back One Hour this Sunday as Daylight Savings Time Ends

Sunday, November 4, The Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School
      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship

This Sunday's Sermon is based on Isaiah 25:6-9 and entitled "They Have Not Gone Far"  with Dr. Matt Bates preaching.




           SAVE THESE DATES                       

Sunday, November 11--Stewardship Commitment Sunday.

Our Charge Conference this year will be held on Sunday, November 11 with a cluster of other churches.  We will meet at Asbury UMC in Church Hill at 6 p.m. and begin with a combined worship service with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Peter Moon preaching.  Following worship, each church will gather to conduct their necessary annual business.  All are welcome to attend.

Sunday, November 18-- Bring in the Harvest.  Also, watch for details for an interfaith Thanksgiving service being planned by Clergy Against Racism for that afternoon.

Sunday, December 2--Covered dish luncheon following our 11 a.m. worship.  Join us as Martha Stokes, Coordinator for Church and Community Ministry at the Hermitage shares with us how to become a dementia friendly congregation. 

Sunday, December 9--Advent Lessons and Carols Services.  Invite someone to Centenary that day.

Sunday, December 16--Centenary Christmas luncheon following our 11:00 a.m. worship.  The church will provide the meat, please bring sides and desserts.



Help Us Make A Joyful Noise To The Lord
Music stirs the soul in a way nothing else on earth can. 
Our church is blessed to have a lovely set of English handbells, but they are only truly beautiful when played.  
The Centenary Handbell Choir is re-forming!  
There is a core group of people committed to this mission, and the good news is we have room for you!     Prior experience is not required, only a desire to make a joyful noise to the Lord!    
Rehearsals will start on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. and our first performance will be at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.   For more info contact Nancy Grand at (804) 495-5674 or vixyf1984@gmail.com.

Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (an affiliate of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy) seeks your prayers and support for the community of Union Hill, Buckingham County, Virginia
 As part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline passing through Virginia there are plans to build a large compressor station in the midst of the 85% African American community of Union Hill. For more than 4 years the citizens of this area, concerned about the high potential, even probability, of air, water and noise pollution from this compressor station have been seeking answers and opposing its construction through a grassroots, interfaith organization called The Friends of Buckingham. To read more about this issue and the findings of an interfaith clergy delegation to Union Hill please go to the Interfaith Power and Light web site www.vaipl.org.  
On Nov. 8 and 9, 2018 the Air Pollution Control Board will meet to consider the final permit needed for this construction. Those meetings will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Building, Level 2, Room E21-AB, 301 N. 3rd Street, Richmond. The sessions will begin at 9:30 am and normally run through early afternoon. There will also be a "We Are All Union Hill" press conference at 8:00 am on Thursday, November 8 at the Third Street A.M.E. Church (614 N 3rd St. Richmond) and a rally at 8:30 am on Friday, November 9 near the Convention Center. Your presence and/or prayerful support of this interfaith effort would be greatly appreciated. Pat Shipley was a part of the interfaith clergy delegation to Union Hill and would be happy to answer questions (804-353-1387, plsrevdoc@aol.com).

New Sunday School Classes will begin on Sunday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.  Our children's class led by Melissa Martinez will resume then along with two adult classes.
Dr. Dean Simpson, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond will lead a class on the Theology of Karl Barth, arguably the greatest theologian of the 20th century.  The class will review a chapter about Barth in The Great Theologians and  then move to a study of some of Barth's sermons delivered to prisoners entitled Deliverance to the Captives. Here is the information you need if you would like to order that book:Publisher, Wiph & Stock Publishers; Reprint edition, ISBN-10:1608999521.   

Robb Stottlemyer will lead a class in an in depth study of the parables of Jesus, following up the survey we did this summer.  If you would like to order the book for this class it is titled Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine.  ISBN 978-0-06-156103-0. 



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

November 4         John 1-2    
November 5         John 3-4     
November 6         John 5-6          
November 7         John 7-8           
November 8         John 9-10        
November 9         John 11-12      
November 10       John 13-15

Mary Anne Talley--mother of Rev. Kathy Talley who fell this week and is now at Our Lady of Hope for rehab.
Lucille Hunt--recent hospitalization
Jim Boice (Recovering from a recent fall)
Greg deKramer and family (Leah & Bob Hundley's nephew who had a bone marrow transplant in May; transplant seems to be successful and Greg is back at work; please continue to keep him in prayer- especially in the next few months)  
Ron Davis (friend of Vic & Nancy Grand)
JoAnne Judd (close friend of Sharon Steele's, recovering from a massive brain injury in Boulder, CO)
Charles Davis--heart surgery
Zand Durand--heart surgery

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