What's Happening This Week - July 19

A Note from Benny Thompson


My son Michael has been diagnosed with "MEIGE SYNDROME". This condition causes the facial muscles to contract and not release. The only way he has vision is to manually lift his eyelids. We have not been able to find any type of cure, though he is undergoing "Botox" injections in the tissue around his eyes. So far there has been no improvement.   As a 46 year old, over the road truck driver, this has effectively put him out of business. Michael has been unemployable since last September. To meet the requirements for social security disability, this condition must have been ongoing for a year with no cure.  This coming Saturday, July 20, there will be a pancake breakfast fund raiser at Hwy 55 Restaurant located at 2317 US Hwy 70. This is in James City on the right going out of New Bern, east. The hours are from 7:00 to 10:00 AM.

Please come out in your support and join Michael and I for breakfast.

Thank you,



The Faith We Sing hymnals are now in the sanctuary! Many thanks to everyone who donated hymnals so that our worship can be enhanced through their use. We appreciate the Memorials Committee heading up this project.


GriefShare "Summer Sessions" will run every Monday, 10:00 AM until noon through August 19th in Room 206 at the church's office bldg located at 309 New St in New Bern. 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 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. For more information, please contact Pam or Ron Bonina at 252-497-8489 or dadboni@outlook.com

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.  If there are any questions, please call Dr. Bob Whitley at 633-1560, email him at toothdoc@suddenlink.net or go to the EO website for information. Dr. Whitley will be giving two information sessions and slide show presentations on Sunday, August 11 in the church library. The first session will be at 10:00 AM and a second presentation at 5:30 PM. Anyone interested in learning more about this trip is invited to attend either session. There is no obligation to go on the trip by attending the presentation.


Craven County Schools has expanded eligibility for its 2019 Free Summer Meals Program to any county resident age 18 or younger, even if they are not students of Craven County Schools. No registration is required for children to participate in this free program, which operates until August 15, each Monday—Thursday. The meal schedule will run at the following times at these schools:

Breakfast: 7:00 AM til 9:00 AM only at Havelock High

Lunch: 11:00 AM til 1:00 PM at Trent Park Elementary, Havelock High, West Craven High

Supper: 6:30 PM til 8:30 PM only at West Craven High


Troop Support-Watch newsletters and bulletins for information about Centenary’s support for NC deployed troops. There will be troops deploying soon. Hal will let us know when and what will be needed.


Project Agape Christmas boxes should be turned in to Trinity UMC in New Bern by August 13. Instructions for the boxes are on the Sound District website. Scroll down to the Christmas in July article.


Stephen Minister Class for 2020 will begin in January. It is time to think about joining our team. If you have given thought to becoming a Stephen Minister, we want you to know that we would love to have you join us. To get information that will help you make your decision, contact any of the current Stephen Ministers and discuss the program.


Lay Servant Ministry Advanced Class: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (United Methodist Heritage). This course will be offered from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 10 at Hickory Grove UMC (3380 Kennedy Home Road, LaGrange, NC) with Rev. Belton Joyner as the guest leader. In addition to being a required class for the Certified Lay Speaker path, it is also open to anyone who would like to learn about the history of the United Methodist Church. The cost of registration is $25.00, which includes light breakfast items, snacks, and lunch. Registration ends at 11:00 PM on Friday, July 26th. Please register at sounddistrictnc.org/lay-servant-ministry-registration. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to purchase your required text: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder. You will need to read the text BEFORE you arrive in class on August 10th. If you have questions, contact Roxie Cauley at roxiemc51@yahoo.com


Young Explorers  All 3rd-5th Graders are invited     August 8th—9:00 AM—11:30 AM-The Young Explorers are partnering with RCS to help fight hunger in New Bern. We will be making sandwiches and gift bags to give to kids who might otherwise go without lunch this summer. Let us know you are coming: amberharr@centenarychurch.com or


This Week at Centenary:

  8:30 AM  Worship-Chapel
  8:50 AM  Xperience Worship
10:00 AM  Sunday School
11:00 AM  Worship

  4:00 PM  Chapel/Sanctuary Choir rehearsal


10:00 AM  GriefShare

  6:30 PM  Stephen Ministers

12:30 PM  Endowments Committee

  7:00 PM  NAMI Support Group

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

  5:30 PM  Staff Parish Releations Committee
  6:00 PM  Praise Team

  8:00 AM  Boy Scout CPR training