Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, September 14, 2018
A Message from Centenary


Join us on this Sunday, September 16, for our Church Picnic.  Because of the weather, we will gather in the Social Hall after the 11 a.m. service.  The church will provide hot dogs. 
This is also be our "Bring a Friend to Church Sunday." What a great event to invite your friends and neighbors too! Please bring a casserole or dish to share. We hope to see you there and don't forget . . . to bring a friend!  




Reconciling Anniversary Celebration Next Sunday, September 23

Join us next Sunday as we remember the anniversary of Centenary becoming a Reconciling Congregation.  Rev. Dr. Pat Shipley will be our preacher at both services.  This will be an important time to remember the steps taken that lead us to this place together and think about how God can use us to welcome others in the future.
A Birthday Celebration--ice cream and cake--follows our 11:00 a.m. service!



This Week at Centenary

Sunday, September 9, Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

8:40 a.m.       Early Service
 10:00 a.m.        Sunday School
      11:00 a.m.       Traditional Worship
Join us for picnic following the 11:00 a.m. service and bring a friend with you! 

This week, Dr. Matthew D. Bates will preach
A New Understanding    

We express our sincere condolences to the family of Richard Steele.  Richard passed away Friday morning, September 14.  We will let you know when arrangements are made.  Please remember all of Richard's family in your prayers.   

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. 



Third Annual Earl Siddons Open
September 26, 2018
(Please note the new date!) 
Location:  The Hollows Golf Course  
Times:  11:00 a.m. Registration
             11:30 a.m. Putting Contest
             11:45 a.m.  Lunch
               1:00 p.m. Golf Tee-Off--Shotgun Start
Benefit:  Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
Cost:  $75/person ($15 Lunch Only)
Note:  Firm reservations needed for catered lunch
Format:  Captain's Choice--Sponsorship Opportunities
Hole Sponsors:  $50 (Any individual(s) may sponsor a hole as well)
Requests:  Gift Certificates or Golf Equipment and Apparel for any of our prizes:  1st, 2nd place finishes, Closest to the pin(s).
Please contact the church office at 804-648-8319 or cent.umc@verizon.net to register. 




 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

September 16        Daniel 4-6 
September 17        Daniel 7-9  
September 18        Daniel 10-12    
September 19        Hosea 1-7    
September 20        Hosea 8-14  
September 21        Joel 1-3    
September 22        Amos 1-5 
Centenary's Summer Movie Last Showing!

The last summer movie has been rescheduled for Friday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Fall is just around the corner as well as football season! Centenary is celebrating with our Friday night presentation of  Remember the Titans . This moving biographical, sports drama is based on a true story of an African-American coach (portrayed by Denzel Washington). It depicts his attempt to make champions of a 1971 desegregated Northern Virginia football team as they battle racial prejudice and slowly gain their community's support. Grab your pom-poms and head on down to join us . . . Leave no doubt, you will be inspired and entertained!

Congratulations to our Winner, Miss Ann Utz, in Centenary's September Summer Movie Drawing! She received a prize and her chosen selection for September's movie is Remember The Titians to be presented on September 14th! All our thanks go to Miss Utz for such a great inspirational pick and thanks to everyone who voted!!!
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.
Congratulations to our Winner, Miss Ann Utz, in Centenary's September Summer Movie Drawing!: She received our gift prize and her chosen selection for September's movie is  Remember The Titians  to be presented on September 14th! All our thanks  go to Miss Utz for such a great inspirational pick and thanks to everyone who voted!!!

Dementia Conference Information:   
Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 20, then click on the link or call the number below to register and join me for the Alzheimer's Association 2018 Education Conference. The keynote speakers this year are Melissa Andrews, President & CEO of LeadingAge Virginia, a consortium of non-profit organizations working to expand the world of possibilities for aging, and Doug Pace, Director of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.  The 2018 conference promises to continue the Association's tradition of providing the most up-to-date information on the disease, care giving, and healthy living.
See you at the conference!

804-967-2580 (number to register for conference). 

Grace & Peace,
Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Gerde 
  Items for School Kits: 
The children of Centenary will be assembling school kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) throughout the year.  With back-to-school sales already starting, this is the ideal time to pick up supplies for the schools kits!  Below are the items that go into each kit. 
  • Blunt scissors (round tip only, no plastic scissors)
  • Box of 24 crayons
  • One-subject notebooks (no marble composition books)
  • Loose-leaf paper (100-200 page packets, wide or college rule)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener (1 inch or longer)
  • Ruler (12 inches or 30 centimeters long)
  • Unsharpened pencils
  • Eraser (2 inches or larger)
These items should not have any advertisements or religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols.  Please let Meredith Thrower (mersanderlin@yahoo.com) know if you have any questions.

VA PrideFest 2018:  
On  Saturday, September 22 , Centenary Downtown United Methodist Church will be hosting a booth at the 2018 VA Pridefest on Brown's Island.  We invite you to assist at our booth as we take time to meet and invite our LGBT brothers and sisters to become a part of Centenary.  Please check your calendar and sign up on the 2018 VA Pridefest sheet on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
We will be sharing information about our Reconciling Congregation that extends hospitality and encourages full participation of ALL regardless of age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, education or economic background, and physical or mental ability.  Please sign up today and work with our team to reach out and welcome new members to our family!
Peaks of Otter Centenary Travels Trip:  
This is an all-inclusive trip with motor coach transportation, snacks on the bus, lunch at the Peaks of Otter Lodge (Buffet), National D-Day Memorial, Poplar Forest, and all gratuities included. The trip will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Payment Due by September 1, 2018 -Make check payable to Robert Almond.  The cost of the trip is $125.00 per person and see the flyer on the bulletin board across from the kitchen for more information.


The family of Richard Steele who passed away Friday, September 14
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) 
Alicia Webster (Sister of Rachel Hanning, patient again at Henrico Doctors Hospital)
Pat Emory (mother of Alicia Webster and Rachel Hanning--recent hospitalization)
Serena Durst
Rev. Rita Callis
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

Celebrating Birthdays in September

Juliana Steele
Lisa Ashe
Chris Gregory
Carolyn Dinwiddie
Karen Junker
Alison Nuckols
Earl Siddons
James Durst
Bette Dilehay
Dan Corcoran
Libby Rhame
Wilbur Cheatham
Mary Hazelgrove
Ginger Armstrong
Shelley Armstrong
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