Centenary's Weekly Newsletter September 9, 2016
This Week at Centenary
Sunday, September 11 at 12 noon:  Church Picnic
Join us for an INDOOR picnic following the 11:00 am Worship Service. Because of the forecast for hot weather, we have decided to set up the picnic inside the Fellowship Hall. 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! 

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

Sunday School Teachers and Assistant Teachers Needed
Please, please consider volunteering this school year to teach or assist in our children or youth Sunday School classes for just one Sunday morning a month. The classes meet from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. We just need one more assistant with the children's class and two more leaders for the youth class. Please see Ann Davis for more information.

New Sunday School Offering for Adults to Begin September 18

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The Outreach Committee wants you to be aware of an opportunity to help the struggling people in Louisiana as they overcome destruction from the floods. If you make a check out to Centenary UMC and write UMCOR #901670 on the bottom of the check, it will be sent to help with Louisiana's recovery. If you want your contribution to go to help with buying clean-up buckets for the effort, write UMCOR #901440 on your check. At this time UMCOR doesn't have numbers for the earthquake in Italy or the fires in California. We will keep you updated as we receive this information. Visit the UMCOR website to learn more.

Items for School Kits
With all of the back-to-school sales, 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!), blunt children's scissors (rounded tip only, not ones with plastic blades), 24-count boxes of crayons. We have plenty of pencils, erasers, and rulers left from last year's collection. Visit our website to learn more.

Thursday, September 15 at 6 pm:  Discover Downtown Eateries
Join us for dinner at Wong Gonzalez located on Grace Street right across from Centenary. Wong Gonzalez isn't quite like any place you have been before. A concept born in the hawker stalls of Malaysia's bustling town centers where all the wonderful and dynamic flavors of South East Asia are found and then raised in the kitchens of small Mexican towns full of rustic culture and mouthwatering aromas. Wong Gonzalez is a rousing and exciting blending of Asian and Latin cuisines. The best of both worlds brought together but never forgetting the sanctity of either. Not just Chinese... not just Mexican. They like to call it Mexinese! Everyone will order from the menu and we will each pay for our own meal. Please sign up by September 11 on the bulletin board outside of the kitchen or call the church office at 804-648-8319. Check out their menu here.

Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 am:  Service of Celebration
The Committee on Episcopacy of the Virginia Conference United Methodist Church invites you to attend a Service of Celebration on the assignment of Sharma D. Lewis as Resident Bishop. The service will be held at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road in Richmond. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Read more about the election and assignment of Bishop Lewis.

Sunday, September 25 at 12 noon:  Covered Dish Lunch and Hymn Sing
Bring a dish to share for lunch and then enjoy an old-fashioned hymn sing. Featured musicians will include Pencye Bailey and Suzanne Ray on the piano and Matt Bates on guitar. Don't miss this one!

Thursday, September 29:  Golf Tournament
Join us at the Hollows Golf Course for the 39th Annual Golf Classic. Registration will begin at 11:00 am with a putting contest at 11:30 am, lunch at 11:45 am, and a Golf Tee-Off at 1:00 pm. 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. Visit our website to learn more about Stop Hunger Now. 

Pansy Sale
The annual pansy sale to benefit Shalom Farms is here! The pansies come in multi-colored flats (1 flat is 32 plants).  They sell for $20.00/flat. The deadline to place an order is Monday, October 3. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board next to the kitchen. Make checks out to UMUMR.  Thanks so much and happy planting! Visit our website to learn more about Shalom Farms. 
Please Remember in Prayer

I would like to thank the members for their notes, cards and calls and mostly for their prayers. I am much better but still have some way to go. I look forward to seeing the new kitchen and using the elevator. Grace Hinchman

I want to thank Centenary's "prayer warriors" for all the prayers, thoughts, and good wishes on behalf of my uncle, Marcus Smith.  He continues to receive cancer treatments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  He feels he is in good hands,  and is grateful for the on-going support he has gotten from family and friends. God bless, Suzanne Ray

Joe Ciucci Jr.
Ruth Anne Davis
Susan Dobyns (friend of Leah Hundley)
Grace Hinchman 
Jack & Lois Hinerman
Judy Holland          
Jean Jones
Donna Mestre (Betty Brown's sister)
Troy Nelson
Marcus Smith (Suzanne Ray's uncle)
John Seyfarth
Kevin Watson (son of Cheryl Owen-Watson who is hospitalized at VCU following surgery)
Celebrating Birthdays in September

Barbara Boone
Valerie Knorr
Julia Parks
Patricia Emory
Juliana Steele
James Swinford
Cathy Armistead
Eric Meyer
Brenda Pega
Lisa Ashe
Chris Gregory
Carolyn Dinwiddie
John Cook
Karen Junker
Alison Nuckols
Earl Siddons
James Durst
Rachel Simpson
Bette Dillehay
John Cole
Todd Muse
Dan Corcoran
Elaine Ryan
Morgan Pritchett
Teddy Ryan
Libby Rhame
Wilbur Cheatham
Mary Hazelgrove
Ginger Armstrong
Shelley Armstrong
Photo of the Week
Today was the last day our Walk-In Ministry would have to serve bag lunches in the courtyard. Next Friday we move back into the kitchen to prepare hot meals for our guests!
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