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Christ Centered Unity:

Be Completely Humble and Gentle

Ephesians 4: 1-13

4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8 This is why it says: When he ascended on high, he took many captive and gave gifts to his people.”

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

What does it mean to “Be completely humble and gentle? This is a posture of divine submission. This is to be so connected to God that you and I refuse the greed of the world, the social narcissism that infects the world. 


God calls us, in Christ, to live this difference, to resist the temptations of the shameless and brazen.” The invitation from Christ is to be different, to be better, to be divine selves. This is essential because, in the words of Malidoma Patrice Somé."As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are."


We are to be ourselves, the loving, justice seeking and freedom sharing people God made us to be. On this day, let us marinate in humility and gentleness, for ourselves and our surrounding community. It is not easy. It is right.


Prayer: Grant me dear Lord, the desire and the courage to be humble and gentle. Let me trust you and the power of these, rather than the pain inflicting ugliness of this world. Let me trust you to do this great work in me and may I submit to it. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.


Meditation Moment: Where does God show me humility and gentleness? Who models that and how can I imitate the same?  



The Inward Journey 

by Howard Thurman 

7:15-8:45 pm 

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1ST Black Woman Commanding the World's Largest Navel Base

Janet Days

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Janet Days made history last month when she became the 51st commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk. It's the first time a Black woman has held the position in the installation's 106-year history.

A formal ceremony was held at Airborne Command and Control Squadron 124 at Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 3, where Days relieved Capt. David Dees as commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA).

Days addressed the crowd and talked about the history that she made by becoming the first, Black female commanding officer of NAVSTA Norfolk.

"I wandered down the halls of N-26 headquarters where my office resides – and took note of the majestic pictures and leadership boards displaying the previous commanders of Naval Station Norfolk," said Days in a speech during the event. "As my eyes moved from name plate to name plate, it was painfully obvious that in 31 years from the day I entered the Navy, still not one person of color was displayed – and finally today that changes!" "I am here to say to all of those who do not believe that hard work pays off – keep grinding – stay focused and from the words of General Colin Powell – "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work!"

Days continued, "To the incredibly talented officers, civilians, Chief Petty Officers and extremely capable Sailors – team Naval Station Norfolk – I see one of my primary tasks to simply maintain the significant momentum you have built under Capt. Dees' leadership," she said. "I fully expect you will see a Navy base and team aligned to support the operational fleet."

“Naval Station Norfolk where Days serves covers more than 6,200 acres. It has 326 tenant commands with over 600 facilities. Over 67,000 personnel, including military and civilian personnel, work there. With 13 piers and an 8,000-foot airfield, Naval Station Norfolk also supports 63 ships, 188 aircraft and 18 squadrons.”



Wednesday, March 15th | 6:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Session 2 - History of Central and the

United Methodist Church

Sheila Powell, Chair of Central's History & Archives Ministry and Julie Gordon will facilitate the session on Church History. They will delve into the rich history of Central UMC and the history of the United Methodist Church through video, and exhibits. Wendell Love, Chair of Disciple Formation, will provide information on discovering your spiritual gifts.

The classes are for our new members and our seasoned members.

All are Welcome!

If you have questions, contact the Membership Team, membership@centralumcatl.org






Contact your U.S. Senators to advance the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Senator Warnock - Atlanta Office 770-694-7828; DC Office 202-224-3643

Senator Ossoff - Atlanta Office 470-786-7800; DC Office 202-224-3521

Remember to reach out to the members in our Central family. You can send a text, email, mail a card or call. Include our new members, the sick and shut in members, isolated members and any who the Spirit tells you needs a voice of love and hope during this time!


Mrs. Schereline Billingslea, Mrs. Alice Israel, Mrs. Jean McPherson


Ms. Barbara Barham, Mr. Craig Garrison, Ms. Margaret Belton-Guice, Mr. Howard Roberts, Mr. Hiram Scott, Mr. Arn St.Cyr (brother of Valeria Clark), Mrs. Sherole Thrash


Mr. Gregory Jones,the father of Ms. Taylor Jones and Ms. Brooke Jones, the son of Mrs. Joyce Jones and the brother of Mrs. Donna Metts, Mr. Reginald Jones and Mr. William Jones, passed Tuesday, March 14th.Funeral arrangements will be announced.

Mrs. Georgia A. Bullock, the mother of Mr. Darrell Bullock and the mother-in-law of Mrs. Valerie Bullock, passed on Wednesday, March 1st. The Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, March 20th, 11:00 am at South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. Messages of condolence may be sent to The Bullock Family, 1728 E. Tamarisk Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040.


"A Christ-Centered, Radically Inclusive, Intergenerational Congregation that uses its Spiritual Gifts to meet the needs of our Unique Surrounding Community"

Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross, Senior Pastor
Rev. Angela Johnson, Associate Pastor