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What's Happening This Week - July 12

Zoe Rwanda Program Update


From Beggars to Bosses in 3 Years Guided by the core belief of not doing anything for these young people that they can be taught to do for themselves, ZOE equips orphans and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty by addressing multiple barriers simultaneously over a three year period:


  • Food Security

  • Secure Housing

  • Health & Hygiene

  • Education

  • Income Generation

  • Child Rights

  • Community Connections

  • Spiritual Strength

Centenary is currently sponsoring Urukundo "Hope" Empowerment Group, impacting 30 households and 100 children. An annual fundraiser is conducted during December to support this commitment. Since 2012, Centenary has sponsored five other groups empowering and enabling 188 families and 488 children to move from "beggars" to "bosses"!


On July 1, Centenary started the third year sponsoring our sixth Empowerment Group, Urukundo-Bukure.  The Second Year Rwanda Report shares what our group has done during that time! Follow the link here. Thank you for your loving support and prayers for Uruknudo-Bukare and the 100 children in 31 families!


Click the link to see the June report:

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The first Global Citizen Music Festival, a free event open to the entire community, will be held at Union Point Park on Saturday July 20, 2024,   from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. The Festival will be held light rain or shine, and those attending should plan to bring their own seating or blankets. Food trucks participating include Charburger, Sea & Soul, and Kona Ice. Although this unique music festival is free, At-Will donations will be appreciated to support the work of the hosting organization, Arts to End Genocide.


“We hope this event will allow everyone in our community to experience a festival designed to share a unifying spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood through the power of music,” said Mitch Lewis, Executive Director of Arts to End Genocide, the host of this first-time program. “We are able to offer this free event to the public because of our partnership with Faith Connection, the generosity of our sponsors, and support from the Craven Arts Council,” explained Lewis.


Festival performers will represent the diversity of music of many cultures represented in our local and wider communities, including Victor Ihuka & Global Connexions (Africa), K’nyaw (Burma), Caffeinated Soul Boogie (New Bern), Montagnard Music (Vietnam), and Del Caribe Son (Latin). At the end of the program, Finley Woolsten, the producer and host of The Choral Tradition on PRE Sunday afternoons, and a well-respected conductor, performer, and choral director for more than 35 years, will direct a Community Choir comprised of singers from several area churches. This newly formed group, organized especially for this event, will lead the audience in three familiar and unifying songs to express appreciation for our shared humanity and in recognition of our individual roles as global citizens.  


Arts To End Genocide (ATEG) is a New Bern based not-for-profit that supports specific programs to help marginalized women and children in Africa. With support from the two local Rotary clubs in New Bern, a Rotary Global Grant allowed ATEG to establish the Rotary Children Clinic in Bamako, Mali in 2019. Current programs focus on assisting women and children living in the Faladje IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camp located in a garbage dump in Bamako. ATEG programs provide basic medical care and food. A Sewing Skills Training Program for the women has helped them learn a revenue-generating skill and has led to the formation of a Women’s Cooperative. Some of their items are now available at the Tryon Palace Museum Gift Shop in New Bern. ATEG         received a grant in 2023 from the P&G Alumni Foundation to expand this program to include more women and additional skills training programs. We also offer children’s dance and life skills workshops and in 2023, a Childhood Education program     was initiated to allow thirty children to enter first grade. A “Sponsor-A-Child” program offers an opportunity for individuals to have make a difference in the life of one of the many children living in the camp’s deplorable conditions. For more information on the work of Arts to End Genocide since its founding in 2013, its current programs, and to make a single or recurring donation, visit their website at


For more information on the First Global Citizen Music Festival, or ATEG’s work in West Africa, contact Mitch Lewis, 252- 670-1339.

Backpack Summer Blessings

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Hey friends! We had so much fun packing supplemental food boxes in June, let's do it again in July!! It is such a blessing to be able to pack and distribute much needed food to our Backpack Blessings families!!

The July packing dates are July 22-24 and there are jobs for everyone! Hope to see you there!



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Prayer Ministry

We are looking for a group of persons to spend some time in prayer for our three services we have each Sunday morning. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Dr. Ruth Cox @ 252-670-4499.

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We Need Your Help!

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, we have the ability to video testimony to share with the congregation. If you're a person who doesn't like to speak in public but you'd like to share about 60-90 seconds of your life with your brothers and sisters in Christ, consider signing up to give a short testimony that will be aired during worship. The subject is "How has Centenary Church changed my life?" Contact the church office or one of our pastors if you're interested. The more, the better! 

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Altar Flowers Needed

We invite you to participate in our Altar Flowers program, a beautiful way to honor or remember someone dear to you. By signing up for a Sunday, you can place flowers on the altar in their name. It's a meaningful gesture that adds to the spiritual ambiance of our church.


To sign up, simply call the church office at 637-4181 and let us know which Sunday you prefer. Once you've chosen a date, you can order the flowers from the florist of your choice, who will then deliver them to the church on the designated day.

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Hey everyone! The directory volunteers and photographers met and have a few dates to share with you.


Sundays: August 18th & August 25th 10am-1pm in the Parlor First Come, First Serve


Wednesdays evenings: August 14th & 21st 5-8pm in the Parlor by Appointment


With our large membership, photography will take some time, but we're committed to making this directory the best it can be. Please ensure you and your family members are ready for the photo, as we are limited on time.


Photo submissions can be sent in lieu of having your photo taken, however, PLEASE NOTE we cannot accept copyrighted photos taken professionally.


To submit your photo:

  • Select an image (.jpg, .png, or .gif) 10MB or smaller.

  • TIP: Roughly square images with the subject(s) close to the center work best.


Submit your photo to:


Contact Kathy Patton at 252-288-4443 or Marshall Faulkenberry at 252-229-3044 to set an appointment. Let's make this directory a success together!

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CENTyouth Happenings


To stay in the loop on our youth program, please check out our latest CENTYouth Happenings Newsletter by following the link below:




If you want to support our youth ministry, please consider contributing financially to our youth-designated fund. You can give online using this link: YOUTH FUND.

If you have a Centenary activity that you would like advertised on the radio station, please contact Lydia Warren at (252) 671-6115.


If you have an activity you want in the Friday Greetings or church bulletins, please call the church office (252) 637-4181.


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! Participants can join us at any time. If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information, please contact Marian Bissett at 252-670-3992 or


The new GriefShare Series 4 has not only been very positive and informative, but more concise and updated. If you’ve missed portions of this series you can, of course, rejoin our group when we begin again in mid January. If you decide to repeat the group please remember to register again at


For the in-person group:


RCS Donations Make a Difference!

By donating to RCS, you can help ensure that individuals and families who are struggling have access to nutritious meals and essential resources. Your generous contributions will go a long way in making a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most. Together, we can make a difference and help build a stronger, healthier community. Thank you for your support! Please see the list below.

Place your gifts in the RCS box in the hallway leading to the Sanctuary

Please see the list below.

Beans (Canned & Dry)

Bottled Water

Canned fruit

Canned meat

Canned soup

Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper (most pressing need)



Pasta sauce

Peanut butter

Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper (Most Pressing Need)


Rice (1-2 lb bags)

Spaghetti-O’s (Canned Pasta)

Thank you for your donations to this important ministry!

NOTE: Please take any clothing donations directly to RCS.

If you would like to have communion delivered to you at home by a Stephen Minister on first Sundays, please contact the church office at (252)637-4181.


Centenary is a Stephen Ministry congregation.

If you're going through a tough time and find it difficult to cope with it alone, Centenary has a solution for you. As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we offer one-on-one, confidential support from our highly trained and compassionate Stephen Ministers. Whether you're dealing with a personal or family crisis, grief, illness, or any other challenge, our Stephen Ministers are here to help.


To learn more about this caring ministry and how it could benefit you, please reach out to Jan Hood, Sherry Parker, Judy Tymes, or Pastor David.

We are here to support you through difficult times.

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

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