What's Happening This Week - December 15

Don't forget the Caring Cooks Fund Raiser on Saturday morning (tomorrow!) from 9:00 AM til 12:00 noon. You may come to the Fellowship Hall and buy delicious Brunswick stew and even more delicious cinnamon buns, all prepared by Centenary's Caring Cooks!! These would make great gifts or just enjoy them during the Christmas rush.


1 quart of Bruswick stew $10.00

1 pan of cinnamon buns $10.00

Proceeds will go to RCS.


Stephen Ministry-a new Stephen Minister Training Class will begin in early January 2018. If you have an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister of would like to discuss this opportunity, please see one of the Stephen Ministers that will meet you at the altar following each Sunday worship service. We would love to have folks join us in this wonderful ministry outreach.


Stewardship & Electronic Giving...If you currently make contributions to the church online, or have set up recurring transactions, your Estimate of Giving card is still needed to assist the Finance Committee in planning for the coming year.


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 Christmas and Easter. Anyone wanting to contribute to this special fund is invited to make donations. Mark checks “Music Designated Fund”.


Staff Love Offering-Every year at Christmas time the congregation has the opportunity to give a love offering to our church staff, a total of fifteen people. You may mail your offering or leave it at the church office. You may also place it in the offering plate during the regular worship services. Make your check payable to the church and designate it for the “Christmas Love Offering”. Return your gift no later than Monday, December 18. Thank you for your generous gift to this Christmas Love Offering.

Larry Lovvorn, Chair

Staff Parish Relations Committee


Nativity Helpers are needed-On December 22, 23 & 24, Centenary will present the Living Nativity. Volunteers are needed. Hours are 7:00 til 8:00. There are three 20 minute shifts each night. Please consider volunteering for 1 shift. This is a gift that Centenary gives the community each year and is a great experience for all who participate. Please contact Katie Saik to sign up.  208-850-9573


Christmas at Centenary

Christmas Cantata

December 17th 11:00am church service

& 3:00pm in the sanctuary

Living Nativity

December 22nd, 23rd, & 24th 7:00pm-8:00pm

Christmas Eve Services

11:00am - Lessons & Carols service -One Service only

4:00pm - Christmas Eve Family Worship

(geared for children)

6:00pm - Traditional Christmas Eve worship with candle lighting & communion

7:30pm to 8:30pm - Open table communion in the Sanctuary

11:00pm - Traditional Christmas Eve worship with candle lighting & communion December 31st Worship 11:00 am - One service only in the sanctuary


Come to Primetimers on December 21 to get in the Christmas Spirit.  Smithfield chicken is the entree and Glenda and Mary Ann are the hostesses.  Please bring a salad, side or dessert to accompany the chicken.  Eloise Collins, pianist extraordinaire, will lead us in the singing of Christmas Carols.  Please fill out the reservation form in the bulletin or call the church office so we know how much chicken to order.


2017 Gifts that Help Children! Our ZOE alternative gift giving fund raiser is ready! Look for the ZOE Christmas trees with book marks ranging from $10 to $500. Select your book mark(s) and book mark holder(s). Place a check in the offering plate, annotated “ZOE” or drop it by the church office. All proceeds support our newest Rwandan Working Group-- Twizerane Group, Muhambo, Rwanda made up of 31 households and a total of 101 children! In just three short years, these orphans become: secure, healthy, connected and prepared for life!  Since beginning our ZOE partnership in 2012, CUMC has supported and graduated 133 households and 306 children. Simply amazing! Praise God! Thank you for helping change so many lives of vulnerable African children.


 Altar Guild-The Altar Guild for 2018 greatly needs volunteers! This includes women/men!  The major duty is setting up and cleaning up after Communion on the first of each month.  The Saturday before Communion is when Altar Guild sets up.  Clean-up happens after/between all 3 services on the day of Communion.   There is a sign-up sheet on the Sacristy door (beside Library and Chapel entrance) for anyone wishing to sign-up.  We would like to have 5 volunteers on each month and would like to have a representation from all 3 services.  All current Altar guild volunteers, please check schedule of the month you are on and change if you would like a different time. Please call Maryanne Brinson (252-638-8636), Julie Brinson (252-637-4151) or church office (252-637-4181) for more information or to add your name to the list.  Blessings in Christ

Maryanne/Julie Brinson


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  Cantata for the community



10:00 AM  GriefShare

12:00 PM  GriefShare lunch

  6:15 PM  Pack 13



  4:15 PM  Men’s Ensemble

  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

  6:00 PM  Brass Ensemble

  6:00 PM  Chapel Choir

  7:00 PM  Sanctuary Choir

  7:00 PM  Praise Team

  7:00 PM  Troop 13

  8:00 PM  CentYouth Lock-in



11:30 AM  PrimeTimers lunch

  5:00 PM  Girl Scout Troop 4813

  5:45 PM  Girl Scouts



  7:00 PM  Living Nativity



   7:00 PM  Living Nativity