Centenary UMC
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's Happening

First Thursday of Month • Room 222 •  6:30 pm
You are invited to check out and join  the Centenary Creation Care Team. Do you love the outdoors? Are you aware of your impact on our natural world? Would you like to help the church and our members apply our biblical faith to the way we care for God’s creation? All meetings of the Creation Care Team are open meetings. Come help as we plan for congregational education, hands-on activities in the community, upgrading our church building to be more efficient, book discussions, documentary showings, field trips around the area and more. Check us out on the website at www.CentenaryOnline.com/CreationCare or search on The City for “Creation Care Ministry.” For more information, contact Rev. Jonathan Brake (397-1334)/jbrake@centenary-ws.org.
Leave Some  :  Take Some
Again this summer you will have the opportunity to share your extra garden vegetables with others in the church, or pick up something grown by a church member that you can enjoy during the week. From now through August, the “Take Some  :  Leave Some” table will be set up in the 4½ Street foyer. When you have too many vegetables, drop them off at the table on your way into the building. After worship, stop by and pick out something to eat that week. There is no cost involved, just a wonderful way to share with one another from our abundance. 
These three words can express so much heartache. A Stephen Minister can be a caring listener to those experiencing financial problems. A Stephen Minister won’t give advice or make judgments – he or she will care.  If you would like to find out more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone you know (possibly a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative) talk with Mark Ralls (397-1362), Craig Ford (397-1353) or Deena Morgan (764-4239) to find out how you can receive help from a Stephen Minister. All calls are confidenti
Children’s Check-In
Sunday morning check-in happens in the first floor lobby of the children’s building. This means that when you come to drop your children off for nursery or Sunday school, you need to enter the children’s building through the first floor lobby.   The door from 5th street is not available as an entrance, nor the interior doors on the second and third floors. It is our hope that having one entrance to the children’s building on Sunday mornings will allow us to improve how we welcome our families as well as assure the safety of our children while they are in our care. At the end of the Sunday School hour, if a Sunday School teacher must leave and he or she still has students whose parents attend the Rejoice service, those students are taken to room 209 where they can continue to fellowship or read in a supervised area until worship is complete. Please do not feel that you must leave worship early to pick up your child at exactly 10:45 am. If you have any questions about these new procedures please contact Kate May (397-1331/kmay@centenary-ws.org).
Nursery Care
Nursery care for infants through pre-kindergarten is offered during every Sunday morning worship service. During the 11:00 am worship service, 3’s and 4’s in the nursery have a time of engaged Bible storytelling led by children’s ministry staff. Our nursery classrooms, staffed by professional childcare workers, are located on the second floor of the children’s building.
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School began Sunday, June 15.  If you are available to teach any Sunday this summer, please contact Ashley Maner (397-1332)/amaner@centenary-ws.org.
Summer Registrations
Registration for many of our summer activities is now available.  Check out all of the fun and great things going on this summer at www.centenary-ws.org/kidsummer.  For questions about summer activities contact Rev. Kate May (397-1331)/ kmay@centenary-ws.org or Ashley Maner (397-1332)/amaner@centenary-ws.org.
Vacation Bible School Registration
August 3 – 7
Register online now for Vacation Bible School.  Check out all of the fun and great things going on this summer at www.centenary-ws.org/kidsummer.  For questions about summer activities contact Rev. Kate May (397-1331)/kmay@centenary-ws.org/or Ashley Maner (397-1332)/amaner@centenary-ws.org.
Family Movie Night
August 7 •  6-8 pm • Dining Room
We will be showing How to Train Your Dragon.  Bring something comfy to sit on and your dinner if you would like.  We will provide popcorn.
Join us for our Youth Ministry events today!
July 20
Join us for our Youth Ministry events today!
8:45, 9:00, 10:10 & 11:00 am: Worship
9:45 am: Sunday school   (Breakaway in room 408)
11:00 am: Commissioning of the Senior High Mission    Team
August 4-7
Vacation Bible School
Adult Sunday School is for You!
You are invited to try out a class on Sunday mornings. A complete listing is available in the information stations or at www.CentenaryOnline.com/School
Celebration Class  
Room 221 • 10:00 am 
Our adult class of all ages includes singles and couples who enjoy reflecting on daily Upper Room meditations throughout the year as well as discussing in-depth book studies.  We also meet for potlucks, for retreats and for mission projects. During the summer we will be discussing daily meditations from the July/August edition of Upper Room (available from Glad Tidings for $1).  The class leaders are Barbara Sterchi, sterchibld@att.net and Carol Leinbach, Lleinbach001@triad.rr.com.
Chapel Class
Each Sunday in July • Room 216 • 10:00 am
You are invited to join the Chapel Class for their summer guest speaker series. 
July 20: Ms. Jan Sawyer
July 27: Mr. Roy Smith
Announcing Fall Small Groups 
Go to our webpage for the full list of Fall Small Groups. You can read the descriptions, find out times, and even register!www.CentenaryOnline.com/SmallGroups
A Disciple’s Path
There are time-tested practices that feed the deep spiritual hunger within helping us grow in God’s love and grace as we take the next step in discipleship, becoming dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus Christ. In this small group, we will discover our unique gifts, find the ministry that truly fits, and bring about transformation in our lives, others and the world. Come learn about being United Methodist and how our Wesleyan way leads us down the Disciple’s Path.
This 7-week study will meet on Sundays:
September  7, 14, 21 and October 5, 12, 19, 26 (from
5:00 – 6:30 pm) Rev. Jonathan Brake, facilitator
Sabbath Leadership Summit
September 11 •  9:00 am – 3:00 pm • Auditorium
You are invited to join with Christians from across the area for a special summit led by Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth of Blessed Earth. For those of us who learned about celebrating Sabbath during our 2013 Lenten Study, chances are you are ready to “take it to the next level” or simply find more encouragement for making Sabbath practices into habits. Discussion sessions will include such topics as: 1) Sabbath with Small Children; 2) Sex and the Sabbath; 3)Making do with less—expanding Sabbath practices to fight consumerism; and 4) Sabbath for clergy—Setting boundaries to save sanity.
Lunch is provided and there is no cost, but registration is required. Register at www.blessedearth.org. Click on “Sabbath Leadership Summit.” Or contact Mairi Renwick, mairi@blessedearth.org for more information.
Handy Helpers
Are you familiar with Handy Helpers?
Handy Helpers is a small group comprised of four teams who provide transportation services to Centenary members.  Generally, such services are comprised of transporting a person to a doctor or dentist or to the grocery store here in Winston-Salem.  Due to the rather lengthy period of time involved, such trips to Raleigh, Chapel Hill, etc. have been excluded from the services.  Transportation to church and funeral services is not provided.  Depending upon the circumstances, team members may be able to assist you in minor projects around the house.
In most instances, church members are likely to turn to neighbors or family for such services.  When these options (or the ability to drive) are no longer available, Handy Helpers is just a phone call away.  When at all possible, a lead time of several days or a week is desirable.  When such services are needed, give Craig Ford a call and he will contact one of the team leaders who will call you and set up a pick-up time.  Keep us in mind when you need help.
July Food of the Month
The July food of the month is Spaghetti-o’s, ravioli and rice. Please bring your food donations to the  Missions bins, located in the Reception Narthex at 4½ Street.
Feed the Whole Child
We are collecting children’s books to be given out at Loaves & Fishes during our Tuesday morning community ministry. Especially during the summer, kids come in with their parents who are seeking financial assistance and making use of our food pantry. By offering books, we give them an opportunity to be fed in more ways than one. Please bring books that are either new or gently used and appropriate for a young age. If you are buying books to donate, consider looking for ones that reflect diversity, as our neighbors come from a broad range of ethnic and social backgrounds. Bins will be at the 4 ½ Street entrance now through August 17, and donated books will be sorted as they come in. If you have any questions, contact Rev. Sarah Howell (showell@centenary-ws.org/397-1348).
Food Bank Garden Harvesting
Mondays & Wednesdays • 5:30 pm    Saturdays • 9:00 am
There is a great summer service opportunity harvesting vegetables at the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden at The Children’s Home!  Many people are needed to pick the squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and melons that are ready for harvest. All of this fresh and nutritious produce goes to Second Harvest Food Bank which serves food pantries and community centers in 18 counties of Northwest NC.  Children, youth, adults, and seniors are welcome. 
If you would like to be on the weekly updates, send an email toharvest.tomatoes@gmail.com. 
For more information and schedule updates, visit the garden website at:jimandbettyholmesfoodbankgarden.shutterfly.com
Haiti Mission Trip
October 9-13
The Outreach Committee of Centenary United Methodist Church will be taking a group to Port au Prince, Haiti. Our church has had connections to this country in the past and seeks to establish a new, sustainable relationship with Haiti Outreach Ministries, an organization that ministers to and with the people of Haiti by focusing on worship, education and healthcare. This trip will provide a variety of opportunities for mission work and relationship building. No expertise in any particular field is required, though each person’s gifts can be put to use. We will leave for Haiti on Thursday and return Monday, having a chance to get to the people, working and worshipping alongside them. We hope this short trip will be just the beginning of an ongoing relationship with HOM and Cite Soleil. The exact cost of the trip has not yet been determined, but we expect it to be under $1,000. Scholarships are available. The deadline to sign up is August 1. Members who are unable to go on the trip but would like to support this mission will have opportunities to do so as the dates get closer. For more information or to sign up, contact Rev. Sarah Howell (showell@centenary-ws.org/397-1348).
Art Exhibit
Now – October 23 • 4½ Street Gallery
The Visual Arts committee of the Music and Arts team presents “Life Abundant” based upon John 10:10 “I come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Come and view the beautiful works of art created by Centenary members. 
Singing with the Choir!
Ever thought about joining the choir? Love to sing? Love music in general? Whatever your reason may be, come join us this summer! Simply come to rehearsal at 10 am in the choir room to rehearse the music for the 11 am service on the Sunday of your choosing. We hope you’ll join us at least one Sunday – we’ll have a robe ready for you!
This coming Sunday, July 27, the Chancel Choir will be singing “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” arranged by Mack Wilberg. See you at 10am in the Choir Room!
If you’d like to join the choir at the 8:45am service – join us for rehearsal in the choir room at 8:00am! Next Sunday, July 27, we’ll be singing “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” arranged by Peter Niedmann.
If you tried to shop in Glad Tidings this past week and things were closed, we are in the middle of some construction.  Always know that if you need to shop and Glad Tidings appears to be closed during the week, you may contact Judy by calling 918-0346.  If she is not in a meeting, she will meet you at the shop.
Our sale continues, and the smiling faces are proof that everyone is appreciative of the excellent buys to be found.  We will reiterate that everything is on sale except the food items, UMW cookbook and any current curriculum for Sunday School and Small Groups.  We had three customers in who completed their Christmas shopping for 2014 and boy, were they happy taking advantage of 1st quality gifts at such reduced prices.  We really have something for everyone and are bringing in new product each week, so keep apprised of the selection.  Our current discount is 30% on gifts and 25% on books.
Good things happen when you shop Glad Tidings, especially when there is a sale!
Judy Jones, Manager (918 0346)/jjonescentenary-ws.org

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