What's Happening This Week - February 16

 MidWeek Meal-Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. This week’s meal will be prepared by the Caring Cooks. Price:  $5.00 for adults; children under 10 eat free. Please sign up on the reservation insert.


GriefShare is in session and will run every Monday from 10:00 AM until noon. They will continue through April 23rd in Room 206. You are welcome to 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, If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information, please contact Pam Bonina at 252-497-8489 or pambonina@gmail.com


United Methodist Men’s Annual Pancake Supper- Friday, February 23 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Menu is pancakes & sausage. Coffee will be served. Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased from Centenary Methodist Men, Troop 13 Boy Scouts, or at the door. The UMW will also be having a bake sale during the Pancake Supper. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to the RCS Bee Campaign.


Altar Flowers-If you would like to put flowers on the altar in honor of or in memory of someone during 2018, please call the church office at 637-4181 to reserve your Sunday. Openings:  March 4, 11, 18, April 8, 15, 29.


Centenary is collecting new or “gently” used ties for an event in March that Dr. Patrick at Oaks Road Elementary School is planning for approximately sixty 4th and 5th grade boys. This event will include breakfast and an opportunity to learn how to tie a tie. There are collection boxes in the Narthex, on a table outside of the Chapel, and in the Chadwick classroom. If you have any questions, please contact Colette Maple, 671-2333.


Designated Music Fund-This fund was established, more than a decade ago, to defray Music Ministry costs not covered by the operating budget, such as the cost of musicians and orchestra at Easter. Anyone wanting to contribute to this special fund is invited to make donations to “Music Designated Fund”.


Fill the empty bowls of those in need by filling your own on Thursday, February 22 from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM at Temple Baptist Church. For $25, you’ll get a hearty lunch, prepared by local restaurants and church groups, along with a handcrafted bowl to take home and use again. Proceeds benefit Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council and help us nurture the creative process and feed hungry people in Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. Tickets are on sale in the hallway of the Education Building this morning or at the Bank of the Arts during the week.


WORLD DAY OF PRAYER-The United Methodist Women are encouraging members of the congregation to participate in World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 2nd.  Please prayerfully consider signing up for a half hour time slot devoted to prayer on that day.  You may come to the Church to pray at the altar in the Chapel or Sanctuary between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM or choose to pray in the comfort of your own home.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the end of the hall in the education building between services on Sunday, the 11th and the 18th.  You can also email Jean Stoll at stolljean45@gmail.com or call at (253) 631-3078.  If you don't feel called to sign up for a prayer slot, but have someone or some situation that you would like us to pray for, please let us know.  Names will be kept confidential if you prefer.  Let's all take time that day to be Prayer Warriors!  🙏


Neuse River Bridge Run-March 24, 2018 at 6:45am-Union Point Park
​The Annual Neuse River Bridge Run includes a half-marathon, 10K or 5K race. Participants who wish to walk may choose the 5K route only. RCS is a beneficiary of proceeds raised from this amazing event. More information available online at
www.bridgerun.org or www.runtheeast.com. Volunteers  We are currently looking for both RUNNERS and VOLUNTEERS for  the Bridge Run.  Contact Susan Lucas as slucas@rcsnewbern.com  


RCS needs-Warehouse/Food – RCS is in need of 1lb bags of rice, spaghetti o’s, canned meat and helpers.


Lenten Noon-Day Worship

February 21     12:00 PM         Scripture:  Mark 6:1-20
                                                Preacher:  Jason Leighton
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by Balko/Gaskill Circle

February 28-    12:00 PM         Scripture:  Mark 5:25-34
                                                Preacher:  Rachel Moser
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by Caring Cooks

March 7           12:00 PM         Scripture: Mark 1:29-34
                                                Preacher:  Maren Sonstegard-Spray
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by Susan Miller Circle

March 14         12:00 PM         Scripture:  Mark 8:22-26
                                                Preacher:  David Brosnan
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by United Methodist Men

March 21         12:00 PM         Scripture:  Mark 2:1-12
                                                Preacher:  Don Hodges
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by Chadwick Class

March 28         12:00 PM         Scripture:  Mark 3:1-6
                                                Preacher:  Rick Moser
                        12:30 PM         Lenten Lunch prepared by Missions Committee


Backpack Blessings provides 32,000 weekend food bags for kids in Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties. Kids who receive “snack bags” are identified by school personnel as being at risk for hunger. Centenary sponsors the children at Oaks Road School. The next packing event will be Saturday, February 24 at Garber UMC from 9:00—11:00 AM.  If you would be interested in helping out with packing the backpacks, please sign up on the reservation insert. We need to let them know how many will be coming. (There is also a youth packing event from 1:00—3:00 PM at Garber. Please let Rick know if you would like to participate.)


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 and Pamlico counties.  This free tax service is being offered for low to moderate income and elderly taxpayers at the Harrison Community Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern on Mondays and Tuesdays, February 5 thru April 16 plus February 22 and April 12 and 13.  (Not open February 13 & 19 and April 2 & 3)  In Pamlico, free tax service will be offered at the Pamlico County Senior Citizens Center, 800 Main Street in Alliance on Wednesdays, February 7 thru April 11.   Both sites will be open from 9 am to 3 pm.  Free income tax returns will be prepared by IRS certified volunteers.  For more information call 252-772-5245 or email:



Interfaith Refugee Ministry needs:  Dish detergent, unscented laundry detergent, 13 & 30 gallon trash bags, towels, bed linens (No king size), blankets, 60 W light bulbs, Windex, Clorox wipes, Comet powder or Soft Scrub, sponges, deodorant, razors, shampoo, diapers, baby wipes, bar soup, liquid hand soap, calendars, umbrellas, wrench, hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, school supplies, stamps. Please bring your gifts to the office.


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

  5:00 PM  Middle School Youth

  6:00 PM  CentYouth dinner

  6:00 PM  Brices Creek Psalms study

  6:30 PM  Sr. High Youth



10:00 AM  GriefShare

10:15 AM  Psalms study

  6:15 PM  Pack 13

 7:00 PM  New Bern Civic Strings



  9:30 AM  A Woman’s Heart study

  3:00 PM  Ladies Ensemble-Chapel

  4:15 PM  Men’s Ensemble-Chapel

  4:30 PM  Children’s Choir

  6:30 PM  Carillon Choir



  6:30 AM  Men’s Prayer Breakfast @ Country Biscuit

12:00 PM  Lenten Noon-Day Worship

12:30 PM  Lenten Lunch

  3:15 PM  After School Program

  5:30 PM  MidWeek meal

  6:00 PM  Brass Ensemble

  6:00 PM  Chapel Choir

  6:15 PM  MidWeek study

  6:15 PM  Facilitators meeting

  7:00 PM  Sanctuary Choir

  7:00 PM  Praise Team

  7:00 PM  Troop 13



  5:00 PM  Girl Scout Troop 4813

  5:45 PM  Girl Scout Troop 560

  6:00 PM  New Bern Civic Theatre rehearsal-Fellowship Hall

  7:00 PM  Downtown Psalms study



5:00 PM  UMM Pancake Supper til 7:00