Update on our Syrian Refugee Family
This is a picture of the Rahmaty family taken at Camp Hanover on July 1st.
Left to right they are:
Arezoo, 11 (pronounced AIRZOO)
Nasim (Dad) (pronounced NAHSEEM)
The Rahmatys are doing remarkably well adjusting to life in the United States. Nasim is enjoying working for WRA, the 3 oldest children are in summer school catching up on their studies and taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and the 'baby' is in daycare on days Shazia has ESL classes.
Shazia was a teacher in Afghanistan prior to the Taliban taking power, but her American dream is to go to cosmetology school and to get her driver's license. In the meantime, additional drivers have been found to take Shazia and the children to various appointments.
Last Sunday, Vic and Nancy Grand put out a plea for additional bedroom furniture for the family. They asked for 3 good chests of drawers, and 2 sets of sturdy bunk beds that could also be separated and used as individual twin beds when the need arises. So far, they have had donations of 2 chests. If anyone has a line on bunk beds, please call or text Vic at 804-495-5673 or Nancy at 804-495-5674.
This Weekend at Centenary
8:40 am - Informal Worship Service
10:00 am - Sunday School for all ages
11:00 am - Traditional Worship Service
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach "Look at this Mess!" based on the scripture reading Genesis 29: 15-28.
Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29: Mission Encounter 2017
This Virginia Conference event will be held at Bon Air United Methodist Church (1645 Buford Road in North Chesterfield). Registration will begin at 8:00 am on Friday and the event will end at 5:00 pm on Saturday. The classes this year are: Climate Justice, Living as a Covenant Community, The Missionary Conferences of the UMC in the US (Red Bird, Oklahoma & Alaska). Joined and Held Together: A Children's Study on Missionary Conferences. For more information visit the conference website for the event brochure.
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
A pink rose will be placed on the altar on Sunday, August 13, to celebrate the birth of Sadie Ella Brooks, on July 22. She is the daughter of Michael and Brittany Brooks, and the new little sister to Penelope Brooks. Brittany had been our soprano section leader for 9 years. We welcome Sadie, to our Centenary family!
Sunday, August 6 at 6:00 pm: Summer Movie Night Centenary's Fellowship Hall is again being turned into a movie theatre (yes, with popcorn!). The featured movie this time is enjoyable for all ages - A Dog's Purpose. A devoted dog discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan. As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self. Rated PG.
Items for School Kits
With back-to-school sales already starting in the stores, this is the ideal time to pick up items for the school kits we will be assembling for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) this year. The items we really need to complete kits are: pads of wide ruled paper (spiral or top bound pads 150 sheets or less, can also be packages of loose leaf paper 150 sheets or less), pencil sharpeners (handheld - must be at least 1 inch long), 24-count boxes of crayons (must be 24 count),
30 centimeter ruler (hard or flexible, no advertisements), u
nsharpened pencils (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, cartoon characters are acceptable), and
2 ½ inch erasers (no advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols, cartoon characters are acceptable).
Read more about the school kits here.
Please Remember in Prayer
The family of Ryland Bailey, Sr. who passed away June 15
Rev. Bill Brown, Jr. and family (in the loss of his wife, Rev. Judy Brown)
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Bobby Davis (now a patient at Hanover Health and Rehab)
Susan Hill (in the loss of her father, Frank Hill III)
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Jennifer (friend of Nancy Grand with lung problems)
Kassi (niece of Nancy and Vic Grand who has blood clots in lung)
Mary Mismas' sister-in-law, Mary
Linda Vegas (friend of Doug and Patsy Wilson)
Celebrating Birthdays in July
Wirt Brock, V
Madeleine Chasse (Crick)
George Little, Jr.
Mary E. Vetrovec
Bob Hundley, Sr.
Mary Alice Nesbitt
Carter Johnson (Hinchman)
Ryland Bailey, Jr.
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