Centenary's Weekly Newsletter Friday, September 28, 2018
A Message from Centenary

We express our sincere condolences to the family of Richard Steele.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. here at Centenary with a reception following.   

Invitation to Drama Ministry Meeting from Ben and Carri Toro, September 30 Following Worship
COMING SOON to a house (of worship) near you...Centenary UMC presents Theatre on the Mount! Ben and Carri Toro invite you to the first get together of Centenary's new theatre group. We will be showcasing a variety of short presentations later this year, some sacred and some secular, as part of Centenary's great tradition of participation in the arts. Auditions will be coming up soon and all ages and abilities are welcome! Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the stage or if it's just something you've always wanted to try, then here's your chance. Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 30th following regular services to find out what we're all about and what we're planning. See you at the premiere!
Invitation to Lay Visitors to Gather Sunday, September 30
About 20 people have volunteered to serve Centenary as lay visitors.  Phyllis Stump, Lay Leader, and Rev. Dr. Tim Gerde, Coordinator of Older Adult Ministries invite these volunteers and any others interested to join them after worship Sunday, September 30 for a brief organizational meeting.

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard last weekend to make the celebration of Centenary's Ninth Anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation so meaningful.  Special thanks to Bob Almond and the Reaching team for organizing volunteers at our tent at PrideFest.  Thanks to Florence Clay Bishop and all who assisted with the birthday celebration following worship.  Thanks to Rev. Pat Shipley for her powerful message.  And thanks to those who shared their faith with us in worship.
In response to a number of requests, here is a poem written by Ralph Weaver and shared in worship last week:
Beside and Above
just as I am, we are indeed
with hope, trudging forward, from what believed
surrender now, toward freedom, each thought and deed
with each mask then removed, my fear revealed is me
yet steady on: the value of a name, held in identity
how simple then, the measure of a man
yet only my God can quite understand
who I am, or not, to be
beside and above: held whole by integrity
day by day, we persevere as word becomes deed... 
faith is as faith does, we hear 
beside and above, I become three... 
just as we are, from here to there:
my God, my brother, and me

One of the joys of ministry here in downtown Richmond is that we share ministry with the other downtown churches.  Next 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.  Word has it that Maya Restaurant is providing some light snacks for us as we renew these important acquaintances and relationships.  
This Week at Centenary

Sunday, September 30, The Nineteenth 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 on James 5:13-20 and entitled Where the Healing Happens.

Fall Pansy Sale to Benefit Shalom Farms
The UMUMR 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

September 30  Zechariah 8-14 
October 1        Malachi 1-4 
October 2        Matthew 1-4      
October 3        Matthew 5-6      
October 4        Matthew 7-8   
October 5        Matthew 9-10   
October 6       Matthew 11-12 
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 Richard Steele who passed away Friday, September 14
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) 
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
R.B. Bennington who is recovering at home following a recent fall at our Friday Walk-In Ministry
Rev. Rita Callis recovering from a fall that occurred Thursday, Sept. 20
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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