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Friday Greetings - January 26

From Pastor Vann

The Authority of Love

Many Christians look at the world around them, see suffering and violence, and think, "If only these people were Christians, the world would be a better place." That ought to inspire believers to reach out with patient compassion, but nowadays it usually inspires Christians to lobby for a political candidate or party that will, through edict or legislation, force people to "behave." 

What kind of authority effects lasting, beneficial change? Is the authority of government backed up by the threat of coercion, or the authority of truth, goodness, and love? And does it even matter, as long as the end result is acceptable? This Sunday, I'll preach on this subject, now more relevant than ever in an election year. Don't miss it! Worship with us in-person or online. 


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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