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The Centenary Connextion - June 21

From Pastor Vann

Picking a Side

Would you steal medicine to save your child if that was the only way to get it? Or would you let them die because theft is both illegal and a violation of the 8th Commandment? We all hope we’ll never face dilemmas like that, but we actually encounter them daily. For example, have you ever exceeded the speed limit so you could rush home to the bathroom? You can either break the law or have an unpleasant experience in your car. (Don’t lie; you know you’ve done it.)

Many people consider laws, whether human or divine, to be unbreakable. For them, morality is a matter of obeying rules. The Pharisees and Scribes of ancient Judea were like that. They knew the Law of Moses inside and out and considered it their responsibility to judge, condemn, and punish lawbreakers. That spirit of legalism is still strong, even among followers of Jesus. We, of all people, ought to know that while the Law was important to Jesus, he taught that sometimes a higher law—compassion—must guide us.

It's a controversial subject, but legalism continues to plague us in both civil society and the church. Christians need to understand what Jesus said and did about it. To hear more, worship with us this coming Sunday. I’ll tackle this issue in both the 9:00 and 11:00 services.

Help Needed: Medical Transportation

Centenary has many members who live alone and have no family nearby to help them when they’re unable to leave home. For example, if you’ve just had surgery and can’t drive but need to go to physical therapy, what are you supposed to do if you have no children or grandchildren close enough to help you? If you’d like to help your Centenary friends, please contact the office ASAP. We have folks right now who have no transportation. Thanks!

Greeter Training: This Means YOU

I was recently told that while Centenary is a wonderful place to worship, __________ Church “has friendlier people.” I know that isn’t true, but if we’re truly glad to have new faces, let’s show it. If you attend worship at Centenary, YOU ARE A GREETER. Every person who enters our Sanctuary or Chapel may potentially meet a first-time visitor. If you see someone you don’t know, PLEASE greet them warmly and welcome them home to Centenary. Ask them if you can help in any way. Thanks!

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