Centenary's Weekly Newsletter January 13, 2017
A Message from Centenary
Meet Our New Intern
Kaitee in her office in the church nursery!

I am Kaitee Nicholas and I am a senior at Randolph-Macon College. I will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish. Through my four years at R-MC I played on the Varsity Field Hockey team and am currently involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Dining Services Committee, and a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic Honors Society. After graduating I plan on attending Graduate School at either VCU or ODU to receive a Master's Degree in Counselor Education with a focus on School Counseling.

I am originally born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia where I grew up attending Memorial United Methodist Church. I have always enjoyed attending church on the weekends and different church events and looking for different ways to expand my faith. Social media is on the rise and is a great way for churches to expand their audience and reach out to different people. I am here in hopes of learning different ways for your church to increase your social media platforms to help encourage greater church attendance. I would like to thank Ms. Ann Davis for allowing me to be a part of your church for the month of January and learn about all of the events you have coming up to help advertise and get your church name out there! 

Acts of Faith Festival

Centenary is once again a sponsoring faith community in Richmond's Acts of Fai th Festival.  Centenary will be listed with the other churches in all theatre playbills and posters during the months of January, February and March. We will also offer group outings to many of the productions.
From a recent article in the Richmond Times Dispatch:

It might start as a glimmer, a wish, the first few words of a prayer.  But honest-to-goodness faith is more than just a dream. Faith in this world requires acts - bold, decisive, impulsive moments when dreams can become real.

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase," said Martin Luther King Jr.

Testifying to every bold, multihued and glorious act that ever set any of us on a path to a more vibrant destiny, the Richmond theater community's 13th annual Acts of Faith Festival - known as one of the largest faith-based theater festivals in the U.S. - will once more use live theater and post-show "talkback" discussions to examine the fundamentals of faith in action: personal courage, self-awareness, and the willingness to take chances in our precious, fleeting lives.

Through a total of 15 productions currently scheduled at theater venues throughout the Richmond area, The Acts of Faith Festival's 2017 season aims to remind audiences that faith and religion have long been informed and shepherded by the narrative power of live theater.
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, January 15:  Worship at 8:40 am (informal) and 11:00 am (traditional)
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach "First Steps" based on the scripture reading from John 1:29-42.

2017 Pledge Offering Envelopes
The new 2017 Pledge Offering Envelopes have arrived. Please pick up your numbered box of envelopes in the hallway by the church office. 
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017

This week's readings:
January 13:  Genesis 38-40
January 14:  Genesis 41-42
January 15:  Genesis 43-45
January 16: Genesis 46-47
January 17:  Genesis 48-50
January 18:  Exodus 1-3
January 19:  Exodus 4-6
January 20:  Exodus 7-9
Upcoming Events

Monday, January 16 at 6:30 pm:  Outreach Committee Meeting
                                      7:00 pm:  Finance Committee Meeting
                                      8:00 pm:  Administrative Council Meeting

Sunday, January 22 at 1:00 pm:  UMW Holiday Brunch
The UMW Holiday Brunch will be at Brio Tuscan Grill in the Stony Point Fashion Shopping Center.  Everyone will pay for their own meal and it is imperative that we give the restaurant a count of who will be attending.  Please call A.J. Crick at 804-272-8554 or Anne Baughan at 804-794-5026 with your reservation.

Monday, January 23 at 12 noon:  VMFA Lunch and Guided Tour of the Faberge Exhibit 
We will meet at the Cafe for lunch before we have a guided tour of the Faberge Exhibit. Everyone pays for their own lunch, but the tour will be free. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm:  Acts of Faith Theatre Outing to The Top of Bravery
Join a group from Centenary attending this Quill Theatre production at Richmond Triangle Players (1300 Altamont Avenue in Richmond). This astonishingly powerful work tells the story of the life of Bert Williams, beloved African American vaudeville star of stage and screen. Starring Jeremy V. Morris, who also wrote the play, this original musical will bring laughter, tears, and rejoicing in the joys and pains of our rich and fertile history. Read more about the production here. Tickets will be between $0 and $25, depending on the size of our group. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 

Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm:  Acts of Faith Theatre Outing to The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr
Join a group from Centenary attending this Quill Theatre production at the  Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center  (2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen).   This is an irreverent, high-speed roller coaster ride through the Bard's plays. Join this madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden  actors as they weave their wacky way through Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild night that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!  Tickets will be between $0 and $25, depending  on the size of our group.  Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 
Sunday, February 5 at 12 noon:  Staff Appreciation Reception
We are blessed at Centenary with a small but caring and dedicated staff. To show the congregation's gratitude, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee is organizing a Staff Appreciation Reception immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service on February 5. A sign-up sheet, soliciting volunteers to bring various kinds of snacks and finger food, has been posted on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Please direct questions or suggestions to Reid Ashe, 513-7223 or reid@alum.mit.edu. Please come and help us celebrate this wonderful group of people. 

Saturday, February 11 at 6:00 pm:  Gospel Concert
Join us in the sanctuary for a night of wonderful music by the Gospel group Trinity Quartet visiting from North Carolina. You can hear their music on their website here.

Saturday, April 1:  Bishop's Convocation on Prayer 
Bishop Sharma Lewis will host a Bishop's Convocation on Prayer at Trinity United Methodist Church (903 Forest Avenue in Henrico). The Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, will be the plenary speaker for the convocation.  
Workshops on a variety of topics are also being offered.  
  Click here to download a brochure  that includes workshops and registration information.
Outreach and Mission Opportunities

Socks Needed
The Bless My Sole Foot Washing Ministry is running low on socks and would love any donations that you may be able to provide. Men's and women's tube socks are especially in demand.
Please Remember in Prayer

Rives Priddy in the loss of her father, Sumpter Priddy, Sr., who passed away January 12. The 
visitation will be this Sunday, January 15 at the Nelson Funeral Home in Ashland and the funeral will take place at 1st Baptist Church in Ashland on Monday, January 16. 

Ryland Bailey, Sr.
Amy Bates (at St. Mary's recovering from a fractured sternum)
Betty Brown (in the loss of her sister, Donna Dae Mestre. Read the obituary here.)
*(A note from Betty - " I wish to thank everyone who showed their love and concern with cards and phone calls regarding the death of my sister.  I love each and every one of you and miss you terribly!)
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Carolyn Dinwiddie (in the loss of her sister, Jeannie Hudgins Tatterson. Read the obituary here.)
Rebecca Enos
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland          
Inez Johnson (friend of Vic and Nancy Grand)
Mike Jones
Rebecca Odea (friend of Rugby Baker) 
John Seyfarth
Ina Wilson (her sister passed away October 3)
Celebrating Birthdays in January

Evan Cooke
Rex Dazey
John Thrower
Elizabeth McNeil
Kevin Harris
Kelly Andreycak
Catharine Tucker
Robert Mast
John Benton
Alexa Rosypal
Mary Lou Rosypal
Rugby Baker
Christopher Murphy
Emily Smith
Allan White
Stella Vetrovec
Anita Mays
Eugene Walter
Nancy Hill
Harrison Farmer
Meredith Farmer
Rives Priddy
Photo of the Week
The Evangelism/Communications Committee at their quarterly meeting at the Red Door Restaurant.
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