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What's Happening This Week - February 3

In the event that the internet goes out during a service on Sunday mornings, we want you to know that the service is still being recorded and will be uploaded to our web page ( by Monday.


Personalized 2023 Contribution Envelopes are available for pick-up in the hallway outside the Archives & History Room.  If you do not find personalized envelopes for your family and wish to receive them, please contact Kathy Mitchell at the church office, 636-4181 or

Centenary 250th Anniversary books are available in the church office.


FEAST Wednesday Dinner:  5:00 PM Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall. Menu:  meatloaf, redskins mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert prepared by United Methodist Men.

It’s almost time for Lenten Bible Study!  Our 2023 Lenten study will be “Witness At The Cross: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Friday” by A.J. Levine.  Chapter by chapter, we’ll meet the many witnesses at the Cross: everyone from bystanders and opponents to disciples to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  We’ll also explore the unique perspectives of the four Gospel writers.  This study is a feast of riches! We’ll meet for 6 sessions, February 27th - April 3, on Mondays at 1:30pm in the Chadwick Classroom.  You may sign up for the study and get your copy of the study guide in the church office. Price:  $11.50.   Please leave your contact information with Marshall when you sign up.   Weekly meeting reminders and study hints will be sent by email. Please plan to bring a Bible with you (hard copy or online) and a notepad (if you like to take notes). There is an accompanying DVD series for this study which we will watch at each session. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. Books are available in the office. I can hardly wait!  See you on the 27th of February!   Susan Pate Greenwood


Visit the Holy Land of Israel and follow the path of the Exodus through Egypt   January 10-23, 2024
Join Rev. Michael Williams and Dr. Bob Whitley of Centenary United Methodist Church on a trip to experience many of the Holy Land sites in Israel, and continue to Mount Sinai and the path of the Exodus across the Sinai desert, ending in Cairo, Egypt.  This 15 day tour will take you to Bethlehem (Jesus’ birthplace), Nazareth (Jesus’ boyhood home), Capernaum (the center of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee), Jerusalem (Temple Mount, Western Wall, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb, and more), Jericho, Qumran and Dead Sea, Masada, the Red Sea,  Mount Sinai (Moses received the Ten Commandments) and Cairo, Egypt (Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx).  This trip is conducted by Educational Opportunities and is all inclusive for international air travel from Raleigh-Durham International airport, first class hotels, deluxe motorcoaches, experienced tour guides with audio headsets, all entry fees and daily breakfast and dinner.  The cost of the trip is $4846 (based on double occupancy – credit cards subject to 3.5% surcharge).  Optional (but recommended) travel protection insurance is $499.  Lunches and personal snacks, plus a love offering (tip) for the tour guides and bus drivers, plus small souvenirs will bring the estimated cost of the trip to $5700-$6000 per person. 
A visit to the Holy Land is a life changing experience.  Walking in the footsteps of Jesus will change the way you read Bible stories forever.
Brochures for this exciting Holy Land experience are available in the church office.
Please feel free to contact Rev. Williams (252) 339-5017 , or Bob Whitley (252) 617-2727,  for more information.


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at Oaks Road Academy? Second semester has started and there is a need for more volunteers. There are several ways you could help, including reading with a student,  being part of the “lunch bunch” monitoring the cafeteria, helping in the library and many others. If you are interested, please call Gayle Midyette at 252-637-2415 to talk about the possibilities.


Altar flowers needed:  You may sign up for a Sunday to place flowers on the altar in honor of or in memory of someone. You just call the church office at 637-4181 and let us know which Sunday you prefer. Then you order the flowers from the florist of your choice. They will deliver the flowers to the church.  Dates available:  February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 29, 26.


United Methodist Men will meet on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 PM for dinner and a program. Please call the church office or fill out the reservation form in Sunday’s bulletin to make your reservation for dinner.


Rothermel Foundation Lecture on Sunday-The lecture is by James Copland, IV, Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary. The title of the talk is “The Unelected: The Administration of State and Overcriminalization, Federally and in North Carolina.


February Creation Care Tips

Identify in your home or workplace ways you have made thoughtful changes in the past year

because of your love of creation. Are you printing less or on two sides? Have you cut down on

food waste or started composting? Make a list of your actions and celebrate. Then talk about

the exercise with someone. Find out what they are doing.

*Soil just isn’t dirt. It’s a habitat for millions of microbes that are essential for growing nutritious

food for all. Discontinue the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on your lawn

and land. Love your microbes and you love everyone who eats food.

*Go from rags to riches—ditch paper towels and switch to reusable, washable cloth rags or

napkins. Decreasing demands means decreasing deforestation. Reusing cloth for napkins and

clean-up saves money as well as trees.

If you have any Creation Care tips you would like to share contact Renee Scantlin at her email If you would like to join our Creation Care Team, please contact

Colette Maple at her email or phone 252 671-2333.













As part of the 250th Anniversary, Centenary provided a $25,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity's Faith Build. Pictured is Pastor Vann presenting a housewarming gift to Marie Baker and her family at the Home Dedication on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Marie, during her comments, especially thanked Centenary for the support both in funding and volunteers to help her achieve her dream for her and her family. As well as the funds, volunteers helped on site and former Pastor Tom Greener served as Family Mentor for Marie and her children. Thank you Centenary UMC!





































































































































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 United Methodist Church members, but our entire community as well.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  You can join us at any time. If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information, please contact Marty Dzioba at 252-638-8769 or

The in-person WINTER SESSIONS will begin on January 9th and go through April 4th on Monday mornings at 10:00am until noon in Room 206, Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St., New Bern, NC. 

Online WINTER SESSIONS will be held on the same dates at 6:30pm to 8:30pm using ZOOM.  All you need is a laptop, tablet or cell phone to participate, and it is easy to do.  Just clicks on the link that will be provided and will be part of the meeting.

You will need a workbook.  You can order it online for $20 when you register through the link.  There is no cost if you already have a workbook. 

If you’d like to attend, please register online by clicking the link below and select “Find a Group” at the top of the page for the group you want.

For the in-person group:

For the Zoom (online) group:



Habitat for Humanity of Craven County invites amazing women of New Bern to join Women Up on the1st Saturday of every month from 8-12 PM. The Woman Up program is about including women and challenging them to help build a stronger, safer community in Craven County by encouraging a female-oriented work site. You will find women of all ages, ethnicities, professions, and faiths serving together. This is an inclusive opportunity, men are not excluded, and this event is open to all gender identities. No construction experience is necessary. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Orientation for this program is held every Wednesday at 8:00 AM and at 5:15 PM. To participate in Woman Up, for any Saturday, register beforehand at and click on the volunteer page.


RCS needs help stocking their pantry. Please see the list below. Place your gifts in the RCS box in the hallway leading to the Sanctuary.

Peanut butter


Canned fruit

Canned meat




Pasta sauce

Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper

Canned soup



Stephen Ministers are at the altar following each service for confidential discussion or questions.

If you are home and need a meal, the Caring Cooks have prepared meals in the freezer in our kitchen. You are welcome to come down and pick up what you need. If you need meals delivered, please contact Dawn Ferreira at 252-289-5630 or email her at


Harris Teeter Together in Education-You may contribute to Oaks Road Academy when you shop at Harris Teeter by linking your VIC card to Oaks Road Academy. Click here to link your card.


Centenary is a Stephen Ministry congregation.

That means that if you are dealing with a situation that

is difficult to handle alone; you may benefit from establishing

a one on one, totally confidential relationship, with a highly

trained and motivated Stephen Minister.

To explore how this caring ministry could help,

we invite you to contact;

Jan Hood, Sherry Parker, or Pastor David.


























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