What's Happening This Week - February 22

Annual United Methodist Men's Pancake Supper TONIGHT Friday, February 22 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Menu is pancakes, sausage, and beverage. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the United Methodist Men or from Troop 13 Boy Scouts. The United Methodist Women will also be holding a bake sale during the supper to raise funds for mission projects.


GriefShare "Winter/Spring Sessions" will run every Monday, 10:00 AM until noon in Room 206, from January 28th to April 22nd. You can join us at any time. GriefShare is a support group for people who have lost a loved one: spouse, family member, relative or friend. It is open to Centenary members and our community.... ALL ARE WELCOME!! If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information, please contact Pam or Ron Bonina at 252-497-8489 or dadboni@outlook.com.


ZOE Update! Thanks to your generosity, the “Gifts That Help Children” December Alternative Giving Campaign receipted $2135 towards our $80000 commitment to support Centenary’s Twizerane, “Confidence”, Muhambo, Rwanda Working Group. Thank you to all who contribute monetarily and hold the children in prayer! Also, visit the church’s website to see the latest update on the group of 31 families with 103 total children! If you have any questions or want to be more involved in ZOE, please contact Patti
Peebles, ppeebles2393@gmail.com or 252-571-2421!


Empty Bowls-Thursday, February 28-11:00 AM until 1:30 PM-Temple Baptist Church-Tickets are on sale now! Purchase a ticket to the Empty Bowls event for $25 ($30 at the door). At the event you will select two bowls of soup prepared by participating area restaurants and churches, along with crackers and drink. You will be able to pick out a pottery bowl, handmade by a local potter, to take home! Tickets are limited and are available now at the Bank of the Arts, Fuller’s Music, Mitchell’s Hardware & Temple Baptist Church. Proceeds go to support the Arts and to feed the hungry.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Friday, March 1st is "World Day of Prayer" for 2019.  Centenary United Methodist Women encourage you to spend time that day in prayer.  We also are encouraging people to come to the Chapel to pray at the Altar.  We still have a few open time slots: 9:00 - 9:30 AM, 9:30 to 10:00 AM, Noon to 12:30 PM and 1:30 to 2:00 PM.  I f you feel led to come to the Chapel and pray at one of those times, please call Jean Stoll at (252) 631-3078 or email to stolljean45@gmail.com. There certainly are many people and things to pray for.  The Centenary Prayer List is a great place to start.  Many other choices, such as family, friends, our Church, our Nation, Our World and it's leaders, the afflicted, the persecuted, the unchurched........ The list goes on and on. Thank you, in advance, for your prayers.  Thanks and God Bless, The Women of Centenary UMW


Backpack Blessings will have their final weekend packing event for this school year on Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 PM til 8:00 PM, Friday, March 1 from 6:00 PM til 8:00 PM, and Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 AM til 11:00 AM at Garber UMC in Morris Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and show support for Oaks Road Academy. You may pick the day and time that works for you. Please call Susan Sawyer at 252-671-3154 if you have any questions.

Trip to the Israel and the Holy Land and a presentation of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany in 2020.  Dr. Bob Whitley is leading a trip to visit the Holy Land in Israel and also to attend a presentation of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany in August of 2020.  The Passion Play has been presented once every 10 years by the residents of Oberammergau since 1634.  This once in a lifetime trip is being organized thorough Educational Opportunities Tours, (www.eo.travel) a prominent Christian tour company.  The Methodist Conference sponsored a trip to the Holy Land in back in 2011 with E.O. Travels.  An informational presentation will be held Wednesday, March 6, after the First Wednesday Community Meal.   Anyone interested in this exciting experience is encouraged to attend.  There is no obligation to go on the trip by attending the presentation.  If there are any questions prior to the presentation, please call Dr. Bob Whitley at 633-1560, email him at toothdoc@suddenlink.net or go to the EO website for information.

New Bern CROP Hunger Walk-Sunday, March 10th. Registration at Union Point Park @ 2:00 PM. Walk begins at 3:00 PM. 50% of the money collected will go to RCS to assist with hunger & hurricane recovery.


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.

Free Income Tax Return Preparation is being offered by the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Craven, Pamlico & Jones Counties. This free tax service is being offered for low to moderate income & elderly taxpayers at the Harrison Community Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern on Mondays & Tuesdays, February 4 thru April 16 & Thursday, March 7. (Not open March 5). The hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM & by appointment. Free income tax returns will be prepared by IRS certified volunteers. For more information call 252-772-5245 or email: NewBernVITA@gmail.com


There will be a District Gathering following the called General Conference on March 3 at 3:00 PM here at Centenary UMC. The gathering will last no more than 1 hour & anyone is welcome to attend. Members of the NC Conference delegation will be at the gathering to review what happened at General Conference & discuss the impact on the NC Conference.


This Week at Centenary: 

  8:30 AM  Worship-Chapel
  8:50 AM  Xperience Worship-Sanctuary
10:00 AM  Sunday School
11:00 AM  Worship-Sanctuary
  4:00 PM  Called Church Council meeting
  5:00 PM  Middle School Youth
  6:00 PM  CentYouth dinner
  6:00 PM  Brices Creek Ephesians Study
  6:30 PM  High School Youth
10:00 AM  GriefShare

10:30 AM  Ephesians Bible Study
  5:30 PM  Trustees
  6:00 PM  Cub Scout Pack 13
  6:30 PM  Stephen Ministers
  7:00 PM  New Bern Civic Strings

  9:30 AM  Voice of God study
  5:30 PM  Missions Committee
  6:30 PM  Carillon Choir
  7:00 PM  NAMI Support Group

  6:30 AM  Men’s Prayer Breakfast-Country Biscuit
12:00 PM  Wednesday Worship
  4:30 PM  Children’s Choir
  5:30 PM  Facilitator’s meeting
  5:45 PM  Ephesians Study
  6:00 PM  Chapel Choir
  6:00 PM  Praise Team
  7:00 PM  Troop 13
  7:15 PM  Sanctuary Choir
  7:00 PM  Downtown Ephesians Study