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  • Centenary United Methodist Church 411 East Grace Street Richmond Virginia 23219

    Rev. Matthew D. Bates, Senior Pastor




    10:00 AM TO 11:30 AM



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  • One Hour a Day—You’re Kidding, Right? "Christian practices are not activities we do to make something spiritual happen in our lives. Nor are they duties we undertake to be obedient to God. Rather, they are patterns of communal action that create openings in our lives where the grace, mercy, and presence of God may be made known to us. They are places where the power of God is experienced. In the end, these are not ultimately our practices but forms of participation in the practice of God." -----Craig Dykstra Bishop Cho’s invitation to us to deepen our spiritual lives includes the goal of having ten percent of our worshiping congregation to engage in one hour of spiritual disciplines daily. That sounds daunting, doesn’t it? It sounds like another activity to add to an already long list of obligations that wear us out. But as Craig Dykstra points out in the quotation above, Christian practices, habits, or disciplines are places where you and I are open to and available to God so that we can experience God’s power, healing, grace, and life. When we hear this call to engage in an hour of spiritual disciplines every day, many of us just feel overwhelmed. So, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that have helped me as I think about an hour of spiritual practice daily. Your spiritual practice doesn’t have to be 60 continuous minutes daily. It can be broken up morning, mid-day, and evening. Maybe it makes sense for you to make your spiritual discipline part of something you already do. Maybe this summer is an opportunity to experiment. For instance, if you exercise, what if you prayed while you walked or jogged or burned up the treadmill? What if you prayed while you went through your morning routine of getting ready for work, preparing the children for the day, sending them off to daycare or school? Wouldn’t it make sense to begin your prayers focusing on what you have going on that day—a difficult meeting or a stressful deadline. Or maybe you could pray for your children and the special concerns they have that only you know of? And then to pray for the children they will encounter, and then all children, especially those who are neglected, abandoned, or mistreated here and around the world? I have found in recent years using the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer. If you are ever looking for words to help you, or things to pray about, or Scriptures to read, try this method-but do it attentively, thoughtfully, and prayerfully. Just google “Daily Office”, and you’ll find that this resource is at your fingertips. Or use the Upper Room or find a Bible Reading plan that will take you through the Bible in a year. But don’t just read the Scriptures, pray over them, asking God to use your reading to speak to your life. I’ve also been finding that writing is a helpful way for me to encounter God’s presence. Write about what you feel, where you hurt, or are angry, or confused. Write about your hopes and dreams and aspirations. Write in response to your reading of Scripture or some devotional guide. And then read what you have written. A great book along this line is Writing to Wake the Soul by Karen Hering. What ideas do you have? Remember, spiritual disciplines also include things like giving, serving, congregational worship, and in my mind working for justice and peace in our world. I invite you to brainstorm with me as we help one another discover the power and presence of God in our lives and in our congregation in new and wonderful ways. Peace, Matt

    CONGRATULATIONS TO REV. ANITA E. MAYS who is being commissioned as a Provisional Elder at the 2014 session of the Virginia Annual Conference. Anita was sent forth into ministry from Centenary and currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in Midlothian. If you wish to congratulate Anita, her address is 800 Brassie Lane, Apt. H, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059.

  • 4th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST July 6, 2013 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Psalm 72 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 5th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST July 13, 2013 Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 25 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

    6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST July 20, 2013 Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST July 27, 2013 Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

    The scripture readings are provided so that you may read and reflect upon them

    during the days prior to each worship service.


    In Memory of Clinton E. Jones Ginger Armstrong

    Sandy & Jim Armstrong Shelly Armstrong

    Florence Clay Bishop Vikki & Bill Brock Wilbur Cheatham

    Janet & George Corno James R. Cratch Lou Jones Davis

    Mary Ann & Rex Dazey Mary & Les Dobbs

    Sonia & Warren Goddard Todd Harbold

    MG(Ret.) & Mrs. John P. Henderson, Jr. Frank Hill, III

    Jack & Nancy Hill Leah & Bob Hundley

    Susan Iglehart Twyla Kulp

    Marjorie Landers Susy Meyer

    Carol & Joseph Mraz Robert L. Pitts Suzanne Ray Betty Spivey

    Sharon & Richard Steele Sylvia Whaley & Clint Jones

    Bernice H. Walter Mirian & Jim Wickham

    In Memory of Thomas Edward Gillie Sandy & Jim Armstrong Florence Clay Bishop

    Vikki & Bill Brock Mary Ann & Rex Dazey

    Mary & Les Dobbs Nancy & Jack Hill

    Susy Meyer Suzanne Ray

    Sharon & Richard Steele Bernice H. Walter

    Mirian & Jim Wickham

    In Memory of Walt Rosypal

    Leah & Bob Hundley

    In Memory of Al Thrower

    Susy Meyer

    In Memory of her mother and her son

    Edna M. L. Smith Knight

  • Unbinding Your Heart Follow-up and Celebration This past Lent we offered the congregational study, “Unbinding Your Heart,” meeting each Sunday in small groups to explore and discuss prayer, faith sharing, and evangelism. On Sunday, July 20, at 12:15 pm (following the 11:00 am worship service) we will meet again to have a light lunch and share the highlights of those discussions. Everyone is invited to join us even if you were not part of the Lenten study. This will be a wonderful opportunity for fellowship as we work together to celebrate and deepen the ministries of Centenary.

    Summer Movie Nights! Centenary’s Fellowship Hall is being turned into a movie theatre one Sunday night each summer month. Join us on July 27 and August 24 at 6:30 pm for a fun movie and of course popcorn! The featured movie will be announced a few weeks before each date.

    “New Shoes for Back-to-School Ministry” Centenary is again partnering with other downtown churches on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day), to distribute new shoes to as many children as possible as they return to school. The distribution will be at 2

    nd Baptist Church at 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard in southside Richmond.

    And once again you can help! First, we need lots and lots of new shoes. The shoes need to be practical such as sneakers, in all children and adult sizes. Monetary gifts are also welcome to allow us to purchase shoes in the sizes that are still needed after our collection. Please bring the shoes or monetary gifts to Centenary by Sunday, August 24. Second, volunteers are needed on Labor Day at 2

    nd Baptist Church to help distribute the shoes throughout the

    day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sign up for a shift on the lists that are on the Outreach bulletin board.

    Notes from the Lay Leader Mark your calendars now for upcoming Laity Lunches.

    We have heard many people say they wish that we, as a congregation, had more time to just be together and visit with each other. So let’s do it!

    On August 17

    th we will have our first Laity Lunch after the 11:00 worship service. Details

    will follow. October 19

    th is Laity Sunday. On that day we will have special worship services and will

    enjoy another Laity Lunch after the 11:00 service.

    Thanks to all of you who continue to pray each Sunday for the renewal of our Congregation, the Virginia Conference and The United Methodist Church. And thanks to those who are aiming for the daily hour of practicing spiritual disciplines.

    Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances… 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a


    Every Sunday

    8:40 AM Informal Worship

    10:00 AM Sunday School

    11:00 AM Traditional Worship

    Every Monday

    Every Tuesday

    12:00 PM Men’s Group at

    Aunt Sarah’s

    12:00 PM - AA

    Every Wednesday

    12:00 PM Staff Meeting

    Every Thursday

    Every Friday

    10:30 AM Walk-In & Bless My

    Sole Ministries

    12:00 PM - AA


    5:30 - 7:30 pm NAMI Family

    Support Group




    Church Office Closed


    6 7


    5:30 - 7:30 pm NAMI Family

    Support Group





    8:00 pm Richard III

    at Agecroft Hall

    13 14 No

    Administrative Council


    5:30 - 7:30 pm NAMI Family

    Support Group






    12:15 pm “Unbinding Your Heart” Lunch &




    5:30 - 7:30 pm NAMI Family

    Support Group




    26 10:00 am

    Rain Barrel Workshop

    27 6:30 pm

    Summer Movie Night



    5:30 - 7:30 pm NAMI Family

    Support Group

    30 31

  • July 1 John Ford July 2 Dave Jarvis July 3 Wirt Brock, V Les Dobbs Isabel Junker July 4 Madeleine Chasse (Crick) July 5 George Little, Jr. Matthew Steele July 7 Jacob Armstrong Mary E. Vetrovec July 9 Bob Hundley, Sr. July 10 Laurie Cardoza July 13 Nancy Lickey Dean Simpson Beth Vetrovec July 14 Jonathan Nuckols July 15 Susan Thomas

    July 18 Sonia Smith July 19 Bill Brock Mary Dobbs July 20 Edna M. L. Knight July 21 Kate Hundley July 23 Mary Alice Nesbitt July 24 R.B. Bennington Carter Johnson (Hinchman) Sylvia Whaley July 25 Bob Almond Vikki Brock July 27 Sarah Anzelmo-Steele July 30 Ryland Bailey, Jr. Olivia Steele July 31 Rev. Judy Brown John Stottlemyer



    Connie & R.B. Bennington Mary & Tom Bailey

    Florence Clay Bishop Bob Buntin

    Alice & Roy Cooke Mary & Les Dobbs

    Lucille Hunt Lila Irby, in memory of Moreland Irby

    Lila Irby, in memory of Ida Gray & Stewart Pierce Nancy Lee, in memory of Harry Lee

    Beth & Richard McNeil Jan & Troy Nelson

    PEOPLE SOLUTIONS Suzanne Ray Pat Shipley

    Sue Siddons Ms. Evan Ward

    Sylvia Whaley & Clint Jones Doug & Patsy Marrs Wilson

  • ACOLYTES 06 Christina Kidd 13 Taylor Lee 20 Isabel Junker 27 Katie Shingleton ALTAR GUILD 06 Mary Sue Sanderlin 13 Nancy Grand 20 Serena Durst 27 Lucille Hunt Sylvia Whaley BANNER BEARERS 06 Agatha Kidd 13 Vic Grand 20 Chris Junker 27 Ryland Bailey, Jr. COMMUNION STEWARDS 06 Lorna Leake Mirian Wickham GREETERS 06 Mary Ann & Rex Dazey 13 Mirian & Jim Wickham 20 Doug & Patsy Marrs Wilson 27 A.J. & Phil Crick HALL MONITORS 06 Joe Speidel Jim Hill 13 Earl Siddons R.B. Bennington 20 Herb Young Neil Shingleton 27 Chris Junker Charley Webber


    LAY READERS 06 Doug Wilson 13 Alan Davis 20 Susy Meyer 27 Bob Hundley, Jr. NURSERY 06 Lorna Leake 13 Mary Sue Sanderlin 20 Carolyn Dinwiddie 27 Nancy Hill TELLERS 07 Ginny Jarvis & Sylvia Whaley 14 Ryland Bailey, Jr. & Jack Hill 21 Ryland Bailey, Jr. & Jack Hill 28 Roy Cooke & Lila Irby USHERS Keith Hinerman, Captain Ryland Bailey, Sr. Ryland Bailey, Jr. Rex Dazey Matthew Steele COORDINATORS Lay Readers: Phyllis Stump (330-2544) Greeters and Hall Monitors: Sylvia Whaley & Clint Jones (795-5492) Tellers: Suzanne Ray (262-4854) Ushers: Sylvia Whaley & Clint Jones (795-5492)


    Worship………………………………………..8:40 a.m.

    Sunday School………………………………..10:00 a.m.

    Worship …………………………………...…11:00 a.m.


    Senior Minister………………...….….Matthew D. Bates

    Minister to Senior Adults…….…..Cheryl Owen-Watson

    Director of Music/Organist…………...Stanley M. Baker

    Director of Membership Development…...….Ann Davis

    Administrative Assistant………...………Reeves Danter

    Senior Accountant……………...…….…….John Lampe

    Facilities Manager…………...…………..Al Richardson

    Sexton…………………………...……………Saran Yin

    Choir Section Leaders …………………Brittany Brooks

    ……………………………...………………Alden Bean

    ……………………………………...…….Todd Minnich

    ………………………………..…….………...Sam Cook

    Early Service Musician………….………Lee Covington

    Nursery Worker……………….…....…Melissa Martinez

    Nursery Worker………………………...Shannon Hocutt

    411 East Grace Street

    Richmond, Virginia 23219

    Phone: 648-8319


    Matt – [email protected]

    Cheryl - [email protected]

    Ann - [email protected]

    Reeves – [email protected]

    Stan – [email protected]

    John - [email protected]

    Centenary United Methodist

    Church is a Reconciling

    Congregation, extending

    hospitality and encouraging

    full participation of all,

    regardless of age, race,

    national origin, gender,

    gender identity, sexual

    orientation, marital status,

    educational or economic

    background and physical or

    mental ability.