Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, October 5, 2018
A Message from Centenary

We express our condolences to the family of Rev. Rita Callis.  Rita passed away this morning (Friday, October 5) about 1:20 a.m.  Rita was a pastor in the Virginia Conference and served as pastor and as District Superintendent. She became part of our Centenary family when she retired.  For a time, Rita served among us as our Coordinator of Older Adult Ministries and made deep friendships with many of us in her short time among us.  We will make other announcements about plans for Rita's funeral when we have that information.   

One of the joys of ministry here in downtown Richmond is that we share ministry with the other downtown churches.  This Sunday, in observance of World Communion Sunday, we will have our early 8:40 a.m. service as usual.  However, we will abbreviate our 11:00 a.m. service that that we can join our friends from other downtown churches at the Dominion Energy Center at 6th and Grace where we will celebrate Holy Communion together.  So come, ready to make this short walk and join our friends for this time of worship and fellowship. Rev. Tim Gerde will be available to serve communion here in the sanctuary for those who are not able to make the walk to 6th and Grace.   Word has it that Maya Restaurant is providing some light snacks for us as we renew these important acquaintances and relationships.  

We express our appreciation to Bob Almond and the Reaching Team for all the work they have done to update our website.  It is leaner and more user-friendly.  Special thanks to Anne Kraft, Rachel Bates, and Reid Ashe for the many hours of hard work re-designing and re-writing the web site, and special to the assistance from folks at Addison-Clark Online.
Check out these features:
  • Re-branding that focuses on our downtown ministry--Centenary Downtown.
  • A new google calendar--click on events.
  • And note, even if you are not a Facebook user, if you click on the Facebook icon you can keep up with new postings and pictures of Centenary people and events!
This Week at Centenary

Sunday, September 30, The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School
      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship
Join us for a reception  following the 11:00 a.m. service! 

This week, Dr. Matt Bates will preach.  This week's sermon is based from Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12, The World in Communion.  


Be sure to join us for our next meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger on Saturday, October 20, 8:45 a.m. in the Social Hall.  We will pack 10,000 (or more) meals for hungry people around the world.  This is a simple way to make a great impact in a short time.  Invite a friend and come and join us!


Fall Pansy Sale to Benefit Shalom Farms
The UMUMR (United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond)  Auxiliary is again offering pansies to brighten your fall and winter garden. The pansies come in multicolored flats of 32 plants and sell for $20.00 per flat. You can order by signing up on the bulletin board outside the kitchen or by contacting Pat Shipley plsrevdoc@aol.com or 804-353-1387. no later than Sunday October 14, 2018. All payments should be given to Pat Shipley no later than October 14. Checks should be made out to UMUMR. Pansies will be at church in the afternoon on Friday, October 19 for pick up on Friday or the following Sunday.


Called Church Conference
Monday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
A Called Church Conference will be held on Monday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m., led by our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Peter Moon.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider releasing money from our Capital Campaign fund to pay for a new cooling tower and the completion of the new floor project in the social hall.  All church members are invited.   

Join us in October as we continue to deepen our understanding of God's reconciling love--and seek ways to put it into practice.  Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley will lead us in study and conversation around the theme Understanding and Combating Racism.  
We will meet on Wednesday evenings, October 10, 17, 24,
and 31.  We begin with a light supper at 5:45 p.m. and begin our study and conversation at 6:15 p.m.  (If you would be interested in assisting in preparing a light meal, please let the pastor know).  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



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

October 7         Matthew 13-14 
October 8         Matthew 15-17  
October 9         Matthew 18-19       
October 10       Matthew 20-21       
October 11       Matthew 22-23    
October 12       Matthew 24-25    
October 13       Matthew 26 
Upcoming Events

Pecan Orders:
Our annual pecan sale is here! To order, a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. You may choose from:
  • Whole halves of pecans
  • Large or medium pecan pieces
  • Chocolate covered pecans
  • Dark chocolate covered pecans
  • Cinnamon covered pecans
Please note- we have to order cases of 24 and if we have multiple orders for over 24 bags, we will only be able to fill the first 24 orders. Extra bags of pecans will not be ordered this year so be sure to get in your order.


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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