Centenary's Weekly Newsletter September 8, 2017
This Weekend at Centenary

Sunday, September 10:  Worship
8:40 am - Informal Worship Service
11:00 am - Traditional Worship Service 
Senior Pastor Matt Bates will preach "Working Out the Gospel" based on the scripture reading Matthew 18:15-20.

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!
A Challenge from Bishop Lewis to Read the Bible with Her in 2017
This week's readings:
September 8:   Ezekiel 28-30
September 9:   Ezekiel 31-33
September 10:   Ezekiel 34-36
September 11:   Ezekiel 37-39
September 12:   Ezekiel 40-42
September 13:   Ezekiel 43-45
September 14:   Ezekiel 46-48
September 15:  Daniel 1-3
Upcoming Events

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
Our trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia is all set! We have 44 people signed up for the trip.  Please arrive at the Lakeside United Methodist Church parking lot, 2333 Hilliard Road, Henrico, VA by 7:45 am. The bus will leave at 8 am.  The trip to the Eastern Shore is approximately three hours with an estimated arrival at the Eastern Shore Visitors' Center around 11 am. We will have a full day of touring, lunch, more touring, shopping, and dinner.   We will leave the Eastern Shore around 7 pm. The estimated time of arrival at Lakeside UMC is 10 pm. P lease contact Bob Almond at 804-833-3355 (cell), or 804-266-8633 (home) or email bob.almond@verizon.net

Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm:  Theatre Outing to Lysistrata
A group from Centenary will be attending this Quill Theatre world premiere adaptation of the comedy by Aristophanes at Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Arts Center (600 E. Grace Street in Richmond). What's the only way to keep men from going to war? Withhold the one thing they care about more than killing the enemy - their women. A young woman named Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to leave their men until a peace treaty is signed. (*Be advised - the show will contain adult language and  situations, and is not suitable for children.) 
Tickets will be between $0 and $20, depending on our group size.

Thursday, October 12: The Earl Siddons Open
Twice a year Centenary United Methodist Church hosts a golf tournament at the Hollows Gof Course (14501 Greenwood Church Road in Montpelier) to raise money for a meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now ), which ships these meals to countries where hunger is a critical  problem. 18,000 children die every day from  hunger. Over the years we have shipped 120,000 meals, which help reverse these terrible statistics The golf tournament is a great way to enjoy the open air, have moderate exercise, a chance to meet and enjoy old and new friends, AND make a difference in the world. This year we have renamed the tournament in honor of Earl Siddons who ran the tournament for 20 years. Bring your own foursome or we can match you up with others. If you are not a golfer, you can sponsor a hole or join us at lunch. This year we are also inviting the other churches in the Downtown Community Ministries to join us for the tournament and the packaging event. To make your reservation for the tournament, call the church office at 804-648-8319 or contact Doug Wilson, Ann Davis or Nancy Cook.
11:00 am      Registration
11:30 am      Putting Contest
11:45 am      Lunch
 1:00 pm      Tee Off
$70 / Person (includes green fee, cart rental,
           putting contest, and a delicious BBQ lunch)
$15 / Lunch Only
$50 / Hole Sponsorship

Saturday, October 14 at 8 pm:  Theatre Outing to The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
A group from Centenary will be attending a production by River City Community Players (formerly Huguenot Community Players) at Huguenot United Methodist Church (10661 Duryea Drive in Richmond). Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual fishing derby. It's a fish out of water story that becomes a quirky and hilarious fish in the water story complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack. Tickets are $12 each. Please sign up on the bulletin board across from the kitchen.

Saturday, October 28 at 8:45 am:  Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall to pack meals for families in distressed areas of the world. This is a wonderful time for fellowship and commitment to missions. Bring family, friends, and neighbors. (Reminder: wear a hat or use one of the provided hairnets.) 

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.
Outreach, Mission and Service Opportunities

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. 
Please Remember in Prayer

The family of Gloria Anderson, who passed away August 11
Joe Ciucci Jr.
Miranda Clayton
Nancy Cook
Roy Cooke 
Bobby Davis 
Mary Hazelgrove
Beth Hensley (Nancy Grand's sister)
Nancy and Jack Hill 
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland (in hospice)
Sarah Hunter
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 
Dianne Letsche (sister of Gail Bolt who visited worship last week)
Mary Mismas' sister-in-law, Mary
Troy Nelson 
John Seyfarth
Neil Shingleton 
Wendy Smith's sister and foster daughter
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
Centenary, with 14 other churches and synagogues, collected over 4000 pairs of shoes for Labor Day's "New Shoes for Back-to-School" Ministry at two locations. Centenary contributed 322 shoes and sent volunteers to the distribution site at 3rd Street Bethel AME. 
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