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Friday Greetings - January 19

From Pastor Vann

No Time to Lose

As we get older, we tend to dwell on the past. We think about mistakes we’ve made and fantasize about how our life might be today if we’d only done things differently.

Or, if we’re not drifting into nostalgia, we’re anxious about the future. We imagine that life would be better if we could only foresee what curveball life is winding up to throw our way.

Alas, we can’t live in yesterday or tomorrow. We have only today, right now. And our control over much of what happens to us today is limited. But is that such a bad thing?

Jesus, of course, spoke about this. Join us in worship this week and find out what he had to say.


New Member Sunday

The next New Member Sunday is coming up February 11th. If you’re interested in joining Centenary, or want to know what’s involved, contact the Church office or one of our pastors. Welcome Home!


It’s “That” Time Again: Flu, COVID, RSV, and the “Crud”

Many Centenarians (including Anne-Marie and me!!) have been sick. Hospitalizations are on the rise, as they usually are at this time of year. Many have expressed concerns about going out in public.

Centenary is NOT at this time recommending social distancing or universal mask use. This will remain the case until there is an official advisory to take stronger measures. In the meantime, there are ways to lessen the chances that you’ll get sick or infect someone else.

I recommend that you click on the link below to the University of Chicago Medical Center website. Like Duke, Chicago is one of the country’s finest universities and hospitals.

Key takeaways on things you can do now:

  • If you’re feeling ill, keep your distance from others and avoid close contact with those who may have COVID-19 or the flu.

  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Cover your mouth when sneezing and keep from rubbing your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Is it safe to attend worship and other church functions? If you take the precautions mentioned in the linked article, yes. Yet if you’re considered “at-risk” because of your age, a chronic health condition, or the status of your immune system, there’s no shame or guilt associated with wearing a mask or worshiping from home by tuning in to Centenary on Facebook or 97.9 FM.

Prayerfully consider what option is best for you and your family.

Be smart and stay safe this winter! 

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