What's Happening This Week - February 20

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 23: Source and Criteria for Reflection
                March 1: History and Future

Please consider being a part of these discussions.


Every Monday until April 6th GriefShare "WINTER/SPRING" at Centenary-DAY SESSIONS: 10:00AM to Noon in Room 206 at the church's office bldg. located at 309 New St    EVENING SESSIONS: 6:30 PM to 8:30PM in the church’s library entering at the double wooden doors on Middle St. 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!! If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them.  You can join us at any time.  For more information and to preregister, please contact Pam or Ron Bonina at 252-497-8489 or dadboni@outlook.com


MidWeek Meal-Wednesday-5:30 PM-Fellowship Hall-Menu:  pigs in a blanket, macaroni & cheese, applesauce, & ice cream sandwiches prepared by Dawn Ferreira & Pam Price. Everyone is invited to this kid-friendly meal.

Caregiver Workshop: Hope & help for those who care for others-Thursday, March 26 from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM. This workshop will cover stress reduction practice, insider tips, hints, and shortcuts, caring for the caregiver, demonstrations of basic caregiving skills & techniques. Facilitator is Deidre Edwards, author of Toolkit for Caregivers. To register, contact Adult Enrichment Program at Craven Community College-https://cravencc.edu/aep/health-wellness/#care


Ash Wednesday Lenten Noon Day Worship

Wednesday, February 26   12:00 PM    Chapel

Communion with the Imposition of Ashes

Preacher:  Rev. Tom Greener

Scripture:  Philippians 2:1-11

Lunch after the service in the Fellowship Hall

prepared by Susan Miller Circle


 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, 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 Men’s Annual Pancake Supper
Pancakes, sausage & coffee
Friday, February 28
5:00 – 7:00 PM
$5.00 per person
Goodies baked by United Methodist Women will be for sale during the dinner.


Sign up for New Bern Sunday School League-Centenary UMC 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.


Lenten Bible Study-begins on Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 PM. In the Parlor. We will be studying the book of Colossians. Sessions will last between an hour and an hour and a half. Books may be purchased in the office. The book is also available as an eBook. Questions? Call Michael at 637-4181.


Centenary UMC is excited to host MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Come and join us for a fun-filled morning or coffee and conversation! We meet in the Chadwick classroom from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM.  Next meeting is March 13th. Contact Katie Saik at 208-850-9573 for more information.


If you would like to be a part of a Covenant Group during Lent, please sign up on the insert in Sunday’s bulletin.

On Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30 PM, Bill Sherman will be in the Parlor to discuss the Ark Encounter & Creation Museum trip to Kentucky scheduled for April 27-May 1.


The Centenary Music Ministry will welcome the ECU Chamber Singers in concert on March 1 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  The Singers have been selected as a national semi-finalist of the 2019-2020 American Prize in College/University Choral Performance.  The concert is free and an offering will be collected to support their travel to this competition. 

Centenary’s Young Explorers are excited to join 2020’s CROP Walk ono March 8 from 2-4pm. Feel free to bring the family. This is an event we all can participate in together! We will meet at the swing set at Union Point Park Stage Area on Front Street. To donate, go to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/newbernnc/CentKids
Contact Amber Harr at 808-344-8254 or amberharr@centenarychurch.com if you need additional information.


 Ark Encounter & Creation Museum Trip

5 days-4 nights

April 27-May 1

offered by Jarvis Memorial UMC, Greenville and White Star Tours


$689.00 Double Occupancy

$938.00 Single Occupancy

Package includes:

4 night lodging, including overnights
4 breakfasts
2 dinners, including a Riverboat Dinner Cruise & Dinner with Entertainment
Admission to the Creation Museum
Admission to the Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park
Souvenir Gift
Luggage Handling in Kentucky
Taxes & Meal Gratuities
Motorcoach Transportation

For information and reservations, contact:
Rev. Bill Sherman
Jarvis Memorial UMC
510 Washington St.
Greenville, NC  27858

On Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30 PM, Bill Sherman will be in the Parlor to discuss the Ark Encounter & Creation Museum trip to Kentucky scheduled for April 27-May 1.


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
  3:00 PM  Covenant Bible Study

  5:00 PM  CentYouth
  6:00 PM  Brices Creek Genesis study


10:00 AM  GriefShare
10:15 AM  Bible Study

  3:15 PM  AfterSchool Program
  5:30 PM  Trustees
  6:30 PM  GriefShare
  6:30 PM  Pack 13

  6:30 PM  Stephen Ministers

  7:00 PM  New Bern Civic Strings
  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

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
  5:30 PM  Girl Scout Troop 4813

  6:00 PM  Colossians Lenten Bible Study

  7:00 PM  Downtown Genesis Study

  5:00 PM  United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper til 7:00 PM


  9:00 AM  Coastal Photo Club
  9:30 AM  UMW Mission Study-Midway UMC