What's Happening This Week - January 15

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 (centenarychurch.com) by 1:00 PM.


As you have heard, Governor Cooper has recommended to move to Phase 3 in the reopening plan for North Carolina. The plan does not specifically address churches, largely because of the recent court ruling that the state cannot limit congregational gatherings. Centenary has sought to operate within the general guidelines of the Department of Health throughout this process.


In Phase 3, spaces such as church sanctuaries (namely movie theaters and music venues) are allowed to operate at 30% capacity or 100 persons, whichever is fewer. Our Chapel can hold approximately 150 persons. 30% of that would be 50 persons. Our Sanctuary can hold 400 persons, which would make the 100 person capacity lower. While we will not be taking reservations nor turning anyone away, we recommend keeping those numbers in mind as you plan for attendance at worship.


All who attend are asked to text “worship” to (252) 618-1411 in order for us to maintain records in the event of an infection. For anyone attending worship, we ask you to honor the social distance markers in each pew and wear a mask throughout worship. Please greet one another in non-contact ways — the holy nod, to borrow the phrase of St. Paul. Finally, our North Carolina Annual Conference guidelines say, “As singing is among the riskier behaviors because it spreads droplets/aerosols which can carry the virus a significant distance and remain suspended in the air highly increasing the risk of infection, congregations should refrain from group singing.” Please keep that in mind.


Additionally, for persons over 60 years of age, you may want to consider carefully attending any large gathering. We will continue to offer Facebook Live video for all 3 worship services as well as our radio broadcast (97.9 FM) for the 11:00am service.

Personalized 2021 Contribution Envelopes are available for pick-up in the reception area of the church office.  If you would prefer they be mailed, please let us know.  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 kathymitchell@centenarychurch.com.

January 2021 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as decreed by presidential proclamation.  It is also known as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery,  an 150 –billion–-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 40.3 million people around the world.  It includes the practices of forced labor, debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced marriage, sex trafficking and the recruitment and use of child soldiers, among others.  To learn more about human trafficking, please visit Department of Homeland Security’s website ww.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.

For an update on the ZOE program, go to our website: https://www.centenarychurch.com/international-missions

9:30 Children’s Church
We are excited to announce that we will be having Children’s Church during the 9:30 service.

If you are able and willing to help occasionally, please let Amber know.
        amberharr@centenarychurch or 808-344-8254

We would like to reopen our Nursery during the 9:30 service, but we need your help to do it. If you are able and willing to volunteer, please let me know.

AmberHarr@Centenarychurch.com or 808-344-8254


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.

CENTYouth wants to have dinner with YOU! We want to invite the congregation to share in our Sunday evening mealtime by hosting and sharing a meal following one of our regular weekly hangouts. We meet each Sunday at 5:00, and typically eat dinner around 6:20. We are asking church members, Sunday school classes, Circle groups, Bible Studies, couples and friends to come cook, serve and come sit and have conversations with us (socially distanced in the fellowship hall, of course). Our true purpose is to make this a time of sharing and having some enlightening table discussions over dinner. Typically our group has somewhere around 20 folks. The sign up link is here.  We look forward to breaking bread with you soon.

Church History Committee needs your input! As we are gathering information to add to our church history book, we find there are many groups, classes, and organizations that may want to add their history to the whole project. Though we have many, there are more that we know are part of our church family, and we want all of you in it. Please write a short synopsis of your group and forward it to Mary Carpenter, our archivist, (mpclinko77@gmail.com) or Susan Crawford, our editor/writer (susankanderson@bellsouth.net).  You can leave your entry in the church office to our attention, or email directly to either one of us. Thank you for joining in this great project.
Mary Carpenter
Susan Crawford


GriefShare –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 members, but our entire community as well…ALL ARE WELCOME!!  You can join us anytime. If you know of someone who is hurting, please invite them. For more information, please contact Pam or Ron Bonina at 252-497-8489 or dadboni@outlook.com.

The WINTER/SPRING SESSION will start on Jan 11th and go through Apr 5th on Monday nights at 6:30pm. The program is being conducted on line using ZOOM, so all you need is a laptop, tablet or cell phone to participate, and it is easy to do. Just click on the link that will be provided and you're on.

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



Daily Encouragement messages - We are happy that many of you are finding the Daily Encouragement messages helpful. If you know of a church member or neighbor who does not have email, we urge you to share these messages with them-by printing them and delivering them to that person’s home and leaving it where they can find them or call them and read to them. This will help us all stay connected to each other even when we can’t be together. 

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Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

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

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602

Email: centenaryumc@centenarychurch.com

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