Centenary's Weekly Newsletter March 17, 2017
A Message from Centenary

The Norfolk State University Choir will be in concert 
here at Centenary 
this Sunday night, March 19, at 5 pm.
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, March 19:  Worship at 8:40 am (informal) and 11:00 am (traditional) 
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach " Arguing with God"  based on the scripture reading from Exodus 17: 1-7.

Sunday, March 19 at 5 pm:  Concert featuring the Norfolk State University Choir
The Norfolk State University Choirs have been under the baton of outstanding, talented, and dedicated music educators since their inception. Dr. Carl Haywood, Director of Choral Activities and current conductor of the Concert Choir and Spartan Chorale, has enhanced the reputation of the concert choir and expanded the choral program resplendently under the auspices of the University's motto- Achieving Excellence, Success Beyond Measure. The Concert Choir has received glowing reviews in concerts all over the country. The choir, which performed twice at the White House and at the request of the Governor of Virginia in the executive mansion, is known for the beauty of its choral tone and the ability to render exemplary performances of choral works of the great masters, as well as authentic performances of Negro spirituals, and works by African-American composers. 
About Sunday's Music

The Russians are coming!  Well ... at least one anyway. 

Alexander (Aleksandr) Kopylov (1854-1911) was mostly known for his instrumental works, having studied with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer of the famous orchestral works Scheherazade and Flight of the Bumblebee. Although I can't seem to find references to this online, he must have also composed a choral setting of the All-Night Vigil, a service which combines parts of both the Vespers and Matins services and is usually performed beginning at midnight on Holy Saturday (lasting into Easter Sunday morning). The most famous All-Night Vigil music is by Rachmaninoff.

Sunday's anthem is typical Russian Orthodox church music in a very good way! The music is beautifully sustained and downright luscious in the harmony. The middle section moves along quicker and louder but then returns to the mood of the beginning. My first exposure to this piece was from the old Concord Anthem Book which was a standard collection for many church choirs here in America. The original Russian text was not retained but was replaced by the text from John 4:24, "God is a spirit."

Russian choirs are famous for their basses who can sing extremely low notes. If our basses are in good voice on Sunday morning, you may get to hear one of these notes at the very end. This is one time when I might encourage them to stay out all night partying so they will have gravelly voices come Sunday morning!

Stan Baker
Director of Music/Organist

A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
March 17:   Joshua 22-24
March 18:   Judges 1-2
March 19:   Judges 3-5
March 20:   Judges 6-7
March 21:   Judges 8-9
March 22:   Judges 10-12
March 23:   Judges 13-15
March 24:   Judges 16-18

You can now register if you are joining Bishop Lewis in her challenge to the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in entirety in 2017. The short poll allows you to add your name as well as district (Richmond) and your home church (Centenary). Register here. 
Upcoming Events

UMUMR/Shalom Farms 2017 Spring Geranium Sale
The 2017 Spring Geranium Sale with UMUMR/Shalom Farms is here! 4 1/2" pots are $4.50 each and will come in red, salmon, coral, hot pink, and white. We will take orders for specific colors but cannot guarantee they will be the colors you ordered. Plants will arrive Friday, April 7. Make checks out to UMUMR. Note: We will only be accepting checks this year, no cash or credit card/debit card. Thanks so much and happy planting! 

Wednesdays, March 22, 29, and April 5 at 6:00 pm:  Lenten Worship Services and Light Supper
Join us for the next three Wednesday nights during the season of Lent for Worship at 6:00 pm, which will be followed with a light supper at 6:30 pm. Donations appreciated. (Note that Chancel Choir rehearsals will start at 7:15 on these nights.) The message each week will be "If I Had One Sermon to Preach." As some of you know, we are very fortunate here at Centenary to have several retired clergy among us as well as clergy serving in appointments beyond the local church.  Here's the preaching schedule: 
March 22:  Rev. Brooke Willson (retired)
March 29:  Rev. Kathy Talley (serving an appointment beyond the local church)
April 5:  Rev. Katie B. Gooch  (serving as the campus minister to VCU)

Thursday, March 23:  UMW 3rd Annual Day of Giving to The Legacy Fund
Join United Methodist Women around the country for part of their five-year 150th anniversary celebration! Each day of giving will be matched dollar for dollar! It's easy to give! Give online at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacyfund; by phone 800-278-7771; or by check to Office of the Treasurer, United Methodist Women, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 (write "The Legacy Fund" on the memo line).

March 30 at 2:30 pm:  Free Choral Concert for Senior Citizens at Atlee High School
You are invited to the 2nd Annual Free Choral Concert for Senior Citizens by the Atlee High School Show Choirs at Atlee High School (9414 Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville). For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Hundley at nmhundley@comcast.net or 804-306-9102.

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. Deadline to register is March 27   
Click here to download a brochure  that includes workshops and registration information.

Thursday, April 6:  Centenary Travel Group Trip to Brent & Becky's 2017 Spring Garden Tour
You are invited to join this tour of Brent & Becky's Gloucester Garden, located at 7900 Daffodil Lane in Gloucester, VA. We will have lunch at the Garden Center and then shop in the historical town of Gloucester, VA. All participants will be leaving from Lakeside UMC at 9 am and will travel by cars. (Please arrive by 8:45 am.) We will return to Lakeside UMC around 4 pm. Please indicate on your form if you are willing/able to drive. The trip costs $25 per person and includes garden tour, lecture, lunch, meal tax and gratuity. Information and trip reservation forms are on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Questions should be directed to Bob Almond, 804-833-3355. Reservations are due by Monday, March 20. All forms and checks to Bob Almond.

Sunday, April 9:  Palm Sunday
You won't want to miss this special day with a Pancake Breakfast starting at 9 am and special Palm Sunday Celebration at 10:15 am 3rd Street Bethel AME Church (located at 614 N 3rd Street) with other Downtown Community Ministries churches.

Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 pm:  Holy Thursday Worship Service

Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm:  Good Friday Worship Service

Sunday, April 16:  Easter Sunday
8:40 am (informal) and 11:00 am (traditional) Worship Services
10:00 Easter Egg Hunt for Children and Youth

Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm:  Theatre Outing to The Heir Apparent
Join a group from Centenary attending this Quill Theatre production at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Leslie Cheek Theater (located at 200 North Boulevard in Richmond).
Set in Paris in 1708, this play by David Ives, adapted from Le Légataire universel by Jean-François Regnard, tells the story of the penniless, but handsome, Eraste and his love for the fair Isabelle. All seems to be going well for the young couple, except one thing; Eraste can't inherit his elderly, miserly Uncle Geronte's fortune until the old man dies - but the old man loves Isabelle, too! The multiple strands of the plot unravel with endlessly fast and funny wit, with contemporary slang thrown in, bringing this vintage 18th century story into the 21st century.  This production is directed by the critically acclaimed international director of theatre and film Paolo Emilio Landi. Landi's career has spanned over twenty years, producing shows in Italy, France, Lithuania, Russia, as well as the United States. He comes to Virginia as a guest professor at the University of Richmond teaching "Translation in Context" for the Theatre department, as well as a course on Comedy in the Italian department.  Tickets will be between $0 and $25, depending on the size of our group. Sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 

Thursday, April 27:  Golf Tournament
Join us at the Hollows Golf Course for the 40th Annual Golf Classic. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a putting contest at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m., and a Golf Tee-Off at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $75.00/ person, $15.00 for lunch only (firm reservations needed for catered lunch). The proceeds benefit Stop Hunger Now/Operation Storehouse. Hole sponsorships are also available at $50.00 per sponsor and $10.00 or more for patrons. Gift certificates can also be donated to be given as prizes. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar and don't forget to practice your swing! 
Please Remember in Prayer

Ryland Bailey, Sr.
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Bobby Davis
Rebecca Enos
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman

Rev. Denise Honeycutt (in the loss of her father, Gene Edwin Honeycutt, who passed away February 23. Condolences may be sent to: Rev. Denise Honeycutt, 1361 Chalmette Dr NE, Apt 4, Atlanta, GA 30306 jpatdenise@mac.com)  
Judy Holland          
Inez Johnson (friend of Vic and Nancy Grand)
John Seyfarth
Wendy Tisdale (friend of Agatha and Christina Kidd)
P.C. and Carol Yerby (parents of Mary Mismas)
Celebrating Birthdays in March

Ann Davis
Polly Chamberlain
Stanley Childress
Jane Chasse
Christopher Weaver
John Vetrovec
Carrie McNeil
Madison Lee
Amy Bates
Logan Lewis
Lucille Hunt
Jim Wickham
Virginia Davis
Lillian Cersley
Conna Davis
Phil Crick
Nicole Brager
Julie Lee
Morgan Colonna
Stephanie Petty
Courtney Levasseur
William Brown
Judy Holland
Anna Simpson
Mara Smith
George Little
Barbara Pierson
Judah Murphy
Sarah Wright
Audrey Kane
Charles Craig

Photo of the Week
The sanctuary during Lent.
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