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What's Happening This Week - November 24















Thank you to our congregation and other Centenary friends for your book donations to the students of Oaks Road. The books will be set out on Wednesday for each student to pick their favorite. They will take their new book home and share with their family. Your generosity made our program a huge success……783 books donated!!

With gratitude,

Gayle Midyette



























































































To stay in the loop on our youth program,

please check out our latest

CENTYouth Happenings Newsletter

by following the link below:




Please Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming

CentKids Christmas Events!

Sunday, November 26th from 3 – 6pm.

Young Explorers (children in grades 3rd through 5th) will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a Christmas Service Project. This mission is top-secret! These Young Explorers will be spreading a lot of Christmas Cheer!


Sunday, December 3rd from 3 – 6pm.

CentKids will meet at Accidental Artist to paint our 2023 Christmas Ornaments! Please contact Sarah (252-876-7577) to register your children for this event.


Saturday, December 9th from 3 – 6pm.

CentKids will meet in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Happy Birthday Jesus Party! This will be a drop off event. Kiddos will enjoy a party at church while the adults have 3 hours to shop, wrap presents, or take a much needed breather! Please contact Sarah (252-876-7577) to register your children for this event.










Centenary’s United Women of Faith will host the annual Women’s Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 at Taberna Country Club. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased in the church office or from Sherry Parker and Pam Scott. Please join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and Christmas music.








United Methodist Men’s Christmas Dinner will be held on Monday, December 11 at 6:00 PM at Taberna Country Club. Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at the UMM November meeting, from Steve Russ or from Mark Hill. Tickets are available for purchase until December 4th.














































































We hope you can join us Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 7-10 am at Morgan's Tavern & Grill in downtown New Bern for Pancakes for PIE! Through the generosity of Candice and Adam Simmons and their staff at Morgan's, we will serve a delicious pancake breakfast (which includes generous portions of pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, orange juice, and coffee). Still just $7/adults and $5/children 12 and under!


When you dine at Morgan’s be sure and tell them thank you for supporting our public school teachers and their classrooms. This is their 8th year hosting this event, raising over $140,000 for grants for our teachers. The difference they have made in our public school system is immeasurable.

  • New Bern High Chorus will carol, and Santa Ervin will join us!

  • The cost is still $7/adults and $5/children 12 and under. Reservations are not accepted as this is a pay-at-the-door event. 

  • Checks, credit cards, and cash are accepted. The price is all-inclusive.

  • Note the City of New Bern’s Christmas Parade will take place 10-11 am. On-street parking on Craven St. will be closed from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. See the map below for available parking.


  • The City of New Bern's Christmas Parade will take place 10-11 am after Pancakes for PIE! Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and then enjoy the parade. 

  • Below is a map of available parking for your convenience. Craven St. will be blocked off for parking. 

  • If you park behind Morgan's there is an egress/ingress between Captain Ratty's and the ABC Store on S. Front St.



























Join Rev. Tom Greener of St. James UMC and Dr. Bob Whitley of Centenary UMC on an exciting travel opportunity to England for a Wesley Heritage Tour July 9-17, 2024. On this journey you will travel to Epworth to visit the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley. Enjoy a scenic drive through the charming villages of the Cotswolds' and on to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Learn about the educational background of the Wesley brothers at Christ Church College in Oxford. In the port city of Bristol, you’ll attend a lecture in one of John Wesley’s early centers of ministry, the “New Room”, and also visit the home of the famous hymn writer, Charles Wesley. After a stopover in Bath, then it’s on to London, where you will have a free day to sight see places like Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye, or seethe Parliament building and hear Big Ben chime the hour. There are museums to visit, and possibly end your evening at a show in London’s famous West End theater district. The last day in London will include a lecture at City Road Chapel, site of Wesley’s home and grave. You’ll walk on Aldersgate Street where John Wesley had his “Warming of the Heart” experience. You will view Westminster Abbey where royalty is christened, married and buried, and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral where John Wesley often worshipped. The next day you will return to the USA or extend your adventure with an optional 3-day visit to Ireland culminating in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where John Wesley spoke and administered communion during one of his many trips to Ireland. For more information, contact Bob Whitley, 252-617-2727, or email at . Brochures are available in the church office.




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.


Available dates for the Altar Flowers program are as follows: November 19, & 26. December is open for Poinsettias in honor or in memory of a loved one. They are $12.00 and you can find an order form in the bulletin. Don't miss this opportunity to honor your loved ones and contribute to the beauty of our worship space.

November Creation Care Tips

Keep your garden messy all winter—for the birds! Help them feed through the winter by not deadheading spent blooms and not cleaning up your garden. Enjoy watching the birds.


Choose aluminum cans over plastic bottles. Plastic can be successfully recycled just once or twice, and only 3-6% of plastic that makes it to the recycling bin is truly recycled. On the other hand, aluminum can be recycled infinitely—as long as you put the can in the recycle bin.


Fall and winter are the seasons for planting trees. Explore your options for your home, your community, for your “neighbors” around the world whose lands need reforestation. Consider planting trees as a gift option as a memorial or in honor of someone you love and as a sign of hope.


If you have a creation care tip you’d like to submit send it to


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 in-person FALL SESSIONS began on September 11th and will go through December 4th on Monday mornings at 10:00am until noon in Room 206, Centenary United Methodist Church, 309 New St., New Bern, NC. 

Each person will need a workbook costing $20. It can be ordered online when registering. 

If someone would like to attend, please register online, click on the link below and select “Find a Group” at the top of the page for the group you want.

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!


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 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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