Friday Greetings - September 18

On the bulletin board on the door to my office is a letter I received in late June of this year. It is there in part because of the sender and in part because of the word of thanks it gives. It is a handwritten letter, a notable achievement these days, sent to me from Pamlico Correctional Institute. The author thanks us for the ministry of Centenary and especially the sound of our pipe organ. He listens on 97.9 every week and “just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that some us here are listening.”


I share that with you as a way to introduce the sermon series that Pastor Michael and I will begin this week. We are looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians for the next 4 weeks. This is a letter Paul wrote from prison, awaiting trial to encourage a congregation he loved because he could not be with them. Held in this ancient letter is “A Word for Today” and we will listen.


Join us this week as consider the word LIVE and what it means for us. We will see you on Facebook at 8:30, 9:30, or 11 and on the Radio at 97.9FM, The Bear at 11:00. Please remember, you are able to join us in person, we only ask that you consider carefully your own health as well as the health of others.

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You are invited to join us for a discussion of our current racial tensions and the experience of others. Brenda George and Pastor Tom will lead a book discussion focusing on Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. We will meet virtually on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 every other week, beginning October 6th. The book explores the hidden system that defines the “place” each of us has in society and challenges us to move beyond that system to a place in which each can explore their gifts for the good of all. If you are interested, please call the church office.


Pastor Tom


Sunday Scripture Exodus 16:2-15

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16



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P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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