Centenary's Weekly Newsletter September 1, 2017
A Message from Centenary

Pastor Matt Bates
Dear Centenary Family,

We've all been impacted by the struggles the people in the Houston area are facing following Hurricane Harvey. There are certainly many ways all of us can respond to the great need in that area, but as United Methodists, we do have some tried and proven ways of offering assistance.

An article on umc.org suggested:  "Pray for the people--those who are first responders, those who are helping and of course for all of those who are in harm's way. They do express that they feel those prayers and it means a lot to them to know that we are surrounding them and lifting them up in prayer. People who want to do something can easily make kits, relief kits."

Here's a link to a video by Glenn Rowley, the Director of the Center for Mission and Justice Excellence for the Virginia Annual Conference:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6Ac0BiJlVE

We can also contribute to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) knowing that 100% of our contributions go to the relief efforts underway for Hurricane Harvey.

You can do that this Sunday or any time by writing a check or making a cash donation and marking it "Hurricane Harvey." You can also go online and contribute directly:

I'm working on a sermon based on Romans 12:9-21 entitled "Let Love Be Genuine." This text describes two important things:  what we start to look like by encountering Jesus Christ in the life of the church, and how we work within the world peaceably without compromising our unique identity as followers of Jesus Christ.

I hope you have a great Labor Day and look forward to kicking off the fall with you at our church picnic on September 10!

This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, September 3
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 "Let Love Be Genuine" based on the scripture reading Romans 12:9-21.

Monday, September 4:  New Shoes for Back-to-School Ministry
Children in the Richmond Metro area are gearing up to go back to school. It's a very exciting time for many children! However, many families are not able to afford comfortable, solid footwear for their children. When shoes are worn out, too tight, or otherwise uncomfortable, children have difficulty focusing on their studies. At Centenary, we have the opportunity to do something about this problem! One way we can help is by donating new shoes for these children. All sizes are needed! Children from kindergarten to high school need to start the new school year on the "right foot." There is a table in the sanctuary for donations:  shoes must be new, and sneakers are preferred (please no high heels, sandals, or bedroom slippers). If you prefer, there is a piggy bank where money may be placed for us to purchase needed shoes. Another way you can help is to sign up to volunteer to help on Labor Day. The drive will be held in two locations this year; Centenary volunteers will be helping at the downtown location at Third Street Bethel AME Church. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin across from the kitchen downstairs. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Owen-Watson at  owenwatson@comcast.net. Thank you in advance for helping our children start their school year with a comfortable, solid foundation!  All shoe donations are due Sunday, September 3.
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
September 1:   Ezekiel 9-12
September 2:   Ezekiel 13-15
September 3:   Ezekiel 16-17
September 4:   Ezekiel 18-20
September 5:   Ezekiel 21-22
September 6:   Ezekiel 23-24
September 7:   Ezekiel 25-27
September 8:   Ezekiel 28-30
Outreach, Mission and Service Opportunities

Driver(s) Needed for our Syrian Refugee Family
A driver or drivers are needed to take Shazia Rahmaty (the mom) to physical therapy on Tuesday, September 5, 12, 19, and 26 (at 4 pm). They live in the West End off Staples Mill near Hermitage High School. The appointments are not far from their house. Driver(s) would just need to pick her up and drop her off, as her husband will pick her up after the appointment. Driver(s) would not have to be 'vetted' by the IRC. We just need for them to be reliable. Please contact Nancy (cell phone 804-495-5674 or email vixyf1984@verizon.net) or Vic Grand (cell phone 804-495-5674).

Seamstresses Needed
One of the classes at Chimborazoo Elementary School (located at 3000 E Marshall Street in Richmond) is in need of chair bags. These hang on the back of students' chairs to give them a place to store their books and school supplies. If interested and available to make one or more, please contact Ann Davis at  cent.davis@verizon.net.

Meals Needed for Two CARITAS Locations
Two locations - St. David's Episcopal (1801 Camborne Road in North Chesterfield) and Grace Baptist Church (4200 Dover Road in Richmond) have been secured for August 26 through September 8, but neither church has the volunteers to provide meals. CARITAS has created a new sign-up website for individuals to sign up to provide a meal for these and other locations. If you are able to help, please go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F4FADAB2AAAFE3-caritas.   

Want a minimum of 10 months of "feel-good" moments?  
Join the Outreach Committee today. If interested, please let Nancy Cook (cook_t8rhill1@verizon.net) know as soon as possible. A small sampling of Outreach's projects:  Rise Against Hunger (2x yr), golf tournament (2x yr), Walk-in Ministry, donations to Richmond incarcerated, support for refugee family, Thanksgiving food donations, and more! Outreach would enjoy your participation. As my granny used to say, "Many hands make small work."  Thanks for your consideration.

Altar Guild Volunteers
Interested in serving? We are in need of a few willing and eager volunteers to help with the altar guild duties. If you feel lead to help and would like to serve, please contact the church office at cent.umc@verizon.net or 804-648-8319. 

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),  1 pair blunt scissors (rounded tip only, not plastic scissors),  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. 

Pecan Sale
The UMW Annual Pecan Sale is here! To order, sign up on the list on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. Please note - extras bags of pecans will not be ordered this year so be sure to get in your order. 
Upcoming Events

Welcome to our new Intern Ms. Rebekah Dyer!
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Rebekah Dyer will be a student intern working at our church from August 30, 2017 until April 27, 2018. Ms. Dyer is a second year graduate student from the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will be working Wednesday through Friday and will be assisting with our various outreach and social service programs. We look forward to working with her this school year. 

Tuesday, September 5 at 7 m:  Centenary Bowling League Organizational Meeting
The Centenary Bowling League will be Initiating it's 79th year with an organizational meeting at Shrader Lanes, 8037 Shrader Road (near the intersection of Broad and Parham). Join us for fun and fellowship! As the summer winds down, several of us meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 for some casual bowling. If you would like to join us for that, you are more than welcome. For additional information, please contact Mary Dobbs, 262-5801 or mftdobbs@aol.com .

Sunday, September 10 at 10 am:  Coffee and Conversation with the Pastor and Staff
Anyone new to Centenary is welcome to join the Pastor and staff in the parlor (on the second floor next to the sanctuary) to learn more about the church.

Sunday, September 10 at 12 noon:  Church Picnic on Grace Street
Mark your calendars for a picnic following the 11:00 am Worship Service. Grace Street will be closed in front of the church and tables will be set up on the street and sidewalk. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided by the Congregational Care Committee. Please bring a large covered dish or dessert to share. Bring your families, friends, and neighbors!

Saturday, September 16 at 2:30 pm:  Theatre Outing to Ken Ludwig's Baskerville (A Sherlock Holmes Mystery)
A group from Centenary will be attending a production at CAT Theatre (located at 319 N. Wilkinson Road in Henrico).  Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously  funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To  find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.  Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web  of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit. Tickets will be between $0 and $20, depending on the size of our group. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.
Thursday, September 28:  Centenary Travel Group Trip to the Eastern Shore
You are invited to join the Centenary Travel Group for a "Behind the Scenes Tour" of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We will be leaving Lakeside UMC, via Winn Motor Coach, at 8 a.m. and will arrive at Cape Charles at 11 a.m.  for a tour of Northampton County with life-long residents. Then, we will have a delicious lunch at "The Shanty" with Eastern Shore Winning Clam Chowder, Oyster and Shrimp Po-boys, as well as gluten free and vegetarian options. Next we will journey to discover a history of the Eastern Shore with a bus tour of Northampton and Accomack counties and the Barrier Islands of Machipongo, as well as visiting the Virginia Institute of Science in Wachiponga. Finally, we will finish our tour with a buffet dinner at the Island House and will arrive back at Lakeside UMC at 7 p.m. See the bulletin board across from the kitchen for more information, including an itinerary and a reservation form for the trip. All forms, and questions concerning the trip, can be submitted to Bob Almond, 804-833-3355. The cost of the trip is $128.00 per person and forms must be submitted to Bob as soon as possble - there are only a few remaining spaces.

Thursday, November 16:  Centenary Travel Group Trip to Selma, North Carolina
Join us for a Centenary Travel Group to Selma. Enjoy some great Christmas shopping at DeWaynes, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and garden center all under one roof! Next, there will be lunch at a local favorite, The Robbins Nest Restaurant. Enjoy their popular "Country Buffet" featuring many delicious hot entrees. Last, but not least, an exciting afternoon of holiday entertainment awaits you at "The American Music Jubilee!" The motor coach will depart Lakeside UMC at 7:30 a.m. and return to Lakeside UMC at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $130.00 per person and includes round-trip motor coach transportation (as well as refreshments served during the trip and driver gratuity), lunch at The Robbins Nest Restaurant, and tickets to "The American Music Jubilee." Payment is due Thursday, October 5. Make check payable to SignaTours and mail to Bob Almond, 1309 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227. Also see the bulletin board across from the kitchen for flyers and sign-up sheet.
Please Remember in Prayer

The family of Gloria Anderson, who passed away August 11
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Nancy Cook
Roy Cooke 
Bobby Davis 
Mary Hazelgrove
Beth Hensley (Nancy Grand's sister)
Jack Hill 
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland
Jennifer (friend of Nancy Grand with lung problems)
Kassi (niece of Nancy and Vic Grand who has blood clots in lung)  
Lila Irby
Joe Kokoszki 
Mary Mismas' sister-in-law, Mary
Troy Nelson 
John Seyfarth
Neil Shingleton 
Linda Vegas (friend of Doug and Patsy Wilson)
Celebrating Birthdays in September

Patricia Emory
Juliana Steele
James Swinford
Cathy Armistead
Eric Meyer
Lisa Ashe
Carolyn Dinwiddie
John Cook
Karen Junker
Earl Siddons
James Durst
Bette Dillehay
Dan Corcoran
Elaine Ryan
Teddy Ryan
Libby Rhame
Mary Hazelgrove
Ginger Armstrong
Shelley Armstrong

Photo of the Week
The team from Centenary hard at work in the kitchen preparing lunch for today's Walk-In Ministry guests.
Photo Credit: Christina Kidd
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