Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, October 27, 2018
A Message from Centenary

This Week at Centenary
 

Sunday, October 21, The Twentieth 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 Mark 10:46-52 and entitled "Seeing Again" with Dr. Matt Bates preaching.

Other Activities This Week
 
If you are interested in learning more about membership at Centenary, join us this Sunday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. for coffee with the pastor sponsored by our Reaching Team.
 
Lay Visitors are meeting briefly following the 11:00 a.m. service in the Morton Class.
 
Pub Theology this afternoon, 4:30 p.m. at Scott's Addition.  Though this is primarily for young adults, all are welcome!
 
Combating Racism Conversations led by Rev. Pat Shipley conclude this Wednesday, October 31 at 5:45 p.m.   
 
Remember the Service of Death and Resurrection for Rev. Rita A. Callis this Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 p.m. here at Centenary.
 
 

ORGAN RECITAL, NOVEMBER 9

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AN ORGAN RECITAL ON  FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, AT 7:30 AT CENTENARY.  THIS IS AN AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS EVENT CO-SPONSORED BY CENTENARY.   INTERNATIONAL CONCERT ORGANIST KOLA OWOLABI WILL PERFORM AND A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW.  DETAILS AT http://richmondago.org/organ-repertoire-recital-series
 


SAVE THESE DATES

All Saints Sunday will be observed next Sunday, November 4 in both worship services.

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.




 



 
COMING THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 
COMBATING RACISM CONVERSATIONS CONCLUDE
 
During the month of October as we have been deepenig our understanding of God's reconciling love--and seeking ways to put it into practice.  Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley has lead us in study and conversation around the theme Understanding and Combating Racism.  
 
If you were not able to join us this past Wednesdays, we'd love to have you join us on October 31 as we conclude this study.  Each week, we have grown in number and there's room for you this week.   
  
We begin with a light supper at 5:45 p.m. and begin our study and conversation at 6:15 p.m.    Here is a description of this opportunity for continued growth:
 

Racism is intimately entwined with the American story and impacts every aspect of our lives in community.  In this class we will look at the legacy of racism and the state of racism in our nation and community.  We will examine the personal and cultural complexity of racism by looking at racism versus prejudice; individual racism versus cultural and institutional racism; implicit bias; and white privilege.  Finally we will explore ways in which we as individuals and as a congregation can combat racism.
 

   
 
 



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. 







 
 


 



 From the Trustees: Cemetery Lots for Sale  
   
 
As a member or friend of Centenary UMC, you are no doubt aware of our real estate holdings in the 400-block of East Grace Street in Downtown Richmond. Fewer people are aware of the church's additional assets in three area cemeteries. For many years now, the Trustees have held title to a number of burial plots and mausoleum crypts that were donated to the church, some as long ago as 1860.
 
The Trustees are offering these assets for sale this fall, in order that these gifts to the church may more actively support Centenary's mission and ministry. We would like to give our members and friends first consideration for purchase in September/October and then to offer them more widely, if necessary, in November/December. We will consider all earnest offers, with an eye to realizing the fairest benefit to the church.
 
The plots and crypts are described below, along with an approximate range of fair market value.
 
Hollywood Cemetery--Burial plots (10)
412 South Cherry Street in Oregon Hill
  • Section I, Lot 72, 4 spaces
  • Section I, Lot 73, 6 spaces
Estimated value:      $4,000-6,000 per plot (Hollywood cemetery website)
 
Forest Lawn Cemetery--Burial plots (6)
4000 Pilots Lane, near Chamberlayne and Laburnum Avenues
  • Section 3, Lot 931, Spaces 1-6
Estimated value: $2,500-3,000 (Craigslist, LetGo)
 
Greenwood Memorial Gardens--Mausoleum crypts (4)
12609 Patterson Avenue, just past Lauderdale
  • Section 2, Tier 2, 4 spaces (Nos. 173, 174, 187, 188)
Estimated value:      $2,600 (1990 value)-$4,900 (Craigslist)
 
Please e-mail me or write me in care of the church if you have any questions or would like to submit an offer. I have a map and walking directions to the Hollywood locations.
 
Humbly yours,
 
Jim Hill, Chair of Trustees
jaschrhill@gmail.com






 
 


 

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

October 28         Luke 10-11   
October 29         Luke 12-13    
October 30         Luke 14-16         
October 31         Luke 17-18          
November 1       Luke 19-20       
November 2       Luke 21-22      
November 3       Luke 23-24
 
 
 




Mary Anne Talley--mother of Rev. Kathy Talley who fell this week and is now at Our Lady of Hope for rehab.
The family of Rev. Rita Callis who passed away Friday, October 5
Lucille Hunt--recent hospitalization
Jim Boice (Recovering from a recent fall)
Mark C. Inge  
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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