What's Happening This Week - January 24

Please show your support in preventing human trafficking by wearing blue to church on Sunday, January 26th. 

 

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state and is one of the fastest growing crimes in the US. North Carolina ranks 8th in the nation for the number of reported human trafficking cases. Here are some common indicators of human trafficking from DHS: 1) Is the victim in possession of their identification and travel documents; if not, who has control of the documents? 2) Was the victim coached on what to say to law enforcement and immigration officials? 3) Was the victim recruited for one purpose and forced to engage in some other job? 4) Is the victim's salary being garnished to pay off a smuggling fee? (Paying off a smuggling fee alone is not considered trafficking.) 5) Was the victim forced to perform sexual acts? 6) Does the victim have freedom of movement? 7) Has the victim or family been threatened with harm if the victim attempts to escape? 8) Has the victim been threatened with deportation or law enforcement action? 9) Has the victim been harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, or other life necessities? 10) Can the victim freely contact friends or family? 11) Is the victim a juvenile engaged in commercial sex? 12) Is the victim allowed to socialize or attend religious services? 

 

Personalized Offering envelopes are available on the table in the hallway outside of the Archives Room.

 

YOUNG EXPLORERS
ALL 3-5TH GRADERS ARE INVITED

January 26th from 3-4pm

Pick up and drop off: Centenary UMC, Fellowship Hall
We will share God's love by keeping other warm this winter. We will be making blankets to donate to RCS. Let us know you are coming: amberharr@centenarychurch.com

or 808-344-8254

 

Mark your calendar for the United Methodist Men's Annual Pancake Supper on Friday, February 28 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $5.00 per person and may be purchased from any member of UMM, Troop 13 Boy Scout, or in the church office. The United Methodist Women will also be holding a Bake Sale during the dinner.

 

Stephen Ministers are positioned at the altar area after services to speak to those who desire prayer and also to recruit new trainees for the 2020 class. If you desire to speak to one of us about your concerns, the Stephen minister will be prepared to listen, in a discrete area if warranted. If you have a heart for this ministry, or would like to know more, please speak to the Stephen Minister at the altar after service.  There is a need for more Stephen Ministers. Applications will be made available.

 

MidWeek Meal-Wednesday-5:30 PM-Fellowship Hall-Menu: lasagna, bread, dessert prepared by Kit Jordan & Judy Morton. Everyone is invited to this kid friendly meal.

 

Bible Sunday: Parents of Kindergarteners
On January 26th, we will be giving Bibles to all our Kindergarteners and any children who are new to Centenary. Please let me know if your child would like to receive a Bible and email me their full name so I can be sure to spell it correctly. Amber
Harr-amberharr@centenarychurch.com

 

The future of our United Methodist Church has been much in the news lately as we continue to discuss human sexuality. During the month of February, we will have a chance to discuss the issues around the upcoming General Conference. Our intention is to provide an opportunity for persons to speak and be heard so that we can move forward united, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 General Conference. These will not be debates, but guided conversations around the topic. On February 9, 16, and 23 from 12:30-1:30 we will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a short presentation followed by table discussions with facilitators.

February 9: Our Theological Task

February 16: Source and Criteria for Reflection

February 23: History and Future

Please consider being a part of these discussions.

 

GriefShare "WINTER/SPRING"-*DAY SESSIONS: every Monday, 10:00 AM until noon from January 13th to April 6th in Room 206 in the church's educations building located at 309 New Street.   *EVENING SESSIONS: every Monday, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM from January 13 until April 6 in the church's library entering at the double wooden doors on Middle Street. GriefShare is a support group for people who have lost a loved one: spouse, family member, relative or friend. It is open not only to Centenary members, but our entire community as well.... ALL ARE WELCOME!! You can join us at any time. If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information and to preregister, please contact Pam or Ron Bonina at 252-497-8489 or dadboni@outlook.com

 

Multimedia Volunteers Needed-We will soon be recording and streaming the 8:50 & the 11:00 worship services. Volunteers are needed to learn to use the camera, work the soundboard, and to edit the videos. If you would like to help with this project, please contact the church office at 637-4181.

 

Covenant Bible Study guides small groups through a comprehensive, in-depth study of the whole Bible over twenty four sessions broken into three eight-session modules. This study emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying theme through both the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God's people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God's love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in relationship with God while we share signs of God's love with others. Participants are guided by daily scripture readings and offered space to interact personally with the readings, the group experience, and the weekly meditations. First session will be on Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 PM. Books are $14.00 and are in the office. Please sign up by calling Marshall in the office at 637-4181.

We are also hoping for volunteers for child care during the sessions. Please contact Amber Harr is you would be willing to volunteer: amberharr@centenarychurch.com or 808-344-8254

 

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop 

Want to learn to be a better active listener & reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, February 1, our congregation will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM & refreshments will be served. This half-day workshop consists of 3 sessions designed both to enhance participants' caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. The cost is free for members of Centenary. If you have friends or associates who are members of another church, the cost is only $15 per person or $50 for a group of 4 or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register to attend, please contact Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600. You can also register online at www.stephenministry.org/workshop

 

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop 

Want to learn to be a better active listener & reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, February 1, our congregation will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Registration begins at 8:00 AM & refreshments will be served. This half-day workshop consists of 3 sessions designed both to enhance participants' caregiving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry. The cost is free for members of Centenary. If you have friends or associates who are members of another church, the cost is only $15 per person or $50 for a group of 4 or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register to attend, please contact Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600. You can also register online at www.stephenministry.org/workshop

 

Free Income Tax Return Preparation-Free income tax return preparation is being offered by the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Craven, Pamlico, and Jones counties. This free tax service is being offered for low to moderate income and elderly taxpayers at the Christ Church Harrison Community Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern on Mondays and Tuesdays, February 3 thru April 14 and April 15. The hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm and by appointment. Free income tax returns will be prepared by IRS certified volunteers. 
For more information go on line at www.NewBernVITA.com, 
email: NewBernVITA@gmail.com, or call 252-772-5245.

 

Centenary United Methodist Church is excited to offer 2020 Spring Tee Ball & Baseball teams through the New Bern Sunday School League.
-Tee Ball (4-6 yr. olds) -Rookie (7-8 yr. olds)
-Minor (9-10 yr. olds) -Major (11-12 yr. olds)
Children can register for a team based on their age as of May 1st. Registration Forms are located on the church website, and must be returned to the front office with fee by February 21st. Coaches needed for Rookie & Major!! We are excited to get out there and make a difference in some children's lives with good old fashioned fun and sportsmanship! We hope you will consider being a part of the team! Centenary's teams are first come first serve! We will have a limit on players depending on the division, so please get your forms in ASAP. Practices will begin in March, and games usually run April through beginning of June.

 

CENTYouth Corned Beef & Cabbage Lunch Fundraiser
Sunday, March 15, 2020
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Supporting Youth Missions

Menu Board
Corned Beef
Cabbage
Boiled potatoes

Authentic Irish Soda Bread
Iced tea or lemonade
(kid friendly PB & J option is available)

 

This lunch fundraiser goes to support our youth in the mission field.

Suggested donation $10 minimum

 

This Week at Centenary:

Sunday
8:30 AM Worship-Chapel

8:50 AM Xperience Worship-Sanctuary

10:00 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship-Sanctuary
3:00 PM Young Explrers Blanket Making
5:00 PM CentYouth
6:00 PM Brices Creek Genesis study

Monday

10:00 AM GriefShare

5:30 PM Trustees
6:30 PM Pack 13

6:30 PM Stephen Ministers
7:00 PM New Bern Civic Strings
Tuesday
9:30 AM Gideon Bible Study
3::00 PM Ladies Ensemble
4:15 PM Men’s Ensemble

5:30 PM Missions Committee
6:30 PM Carillon Choir
7:00 PM NAMI Support Group

Wednesday
6:30 AM Men’s Prayer Breakfast
12:00 PM Wednesday Worship

3:30 PM AfterSchool Program
4:30 PM Children’s Choir
5:30 PM Facilitator’s Meeting
5:30 PM MidWeek Meal
6:00 PM Praise Team
6:00 PM Chapel, Sanctuary Choirs
7:00 PM Troop 13
Thursday
5:30 PM Girl Scout Troop 3813

7:00 PM Downtown Genesis Study
Friday

Saturday

9:00 AM Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop-Fellowship Hall