What's Happening This Week - May 22

Mark Your Calendar for:

Pentecost in the Park

Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m.

in the lot next to The Galley Store

We can worship together- outdoors!!

Wear red!

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, it does not appear that we will be able to complete the project of raising funds for a vehicle for Joshua Tawiah in Ghana. As a result, we will be releasing the funds raised to date to the Ghana Methodist Church and Bishop Samwini to be used for transportation needs in Ghana. If you contributed and would like your donation returned, please let us know. If we do not hear from you by June 15, we will assume you agree to this change in designation.

If you need a mask to wear when you are out of the house, we have plenty in the office. Just come by and pick one up. Thank you to Dick and Patti Peebles and the Carolina Colours seamstresses who made them for us.


The Helen Morton Class will be serving a Drive-Through Community Meal on Wednesday, June 3 at 5:30 PM. Menu will be barbecued chicken and fixings. This is a free meal for the community.


Wednesday, May 27 will be the last Wednesday Evening Prayer Service.


Birthday Card Ministry-You can brighten a child’s day right from your home. If you would like to be part of sending birthday cards to our children here at Centenary, just contact Amber Harr. AmberHarr@centenarychurch.com or 808-344-8254.


Dear Families,

After prayerfully discussing what to do about VBS this year, we have decided that the best and most loving course of action we can take is to offer at home VBS kits instead of having a large gathering. We think this is in the best interest of everyone involved, in an effort to do no harm and still share the Love of God with our children. 

Our theme this year is going to be Faith Labs, which works better for an at home setup. We will look forward to gathering in person for the Nights of North Castle theme next year. The kits will provide Christ centered lessons, songs, videos, and science experiments for each day of the week.

In order to request a free kit for your family simply contact Amber Harr at AmberHarr@centenarychurch.com or 808-344-8254. You do not have to be a member of Centenary to participate. We are delighted to give them to any family who will use and benefit from them. It is important to let us know that you would like a kit, so that we can order enough for everyone. We will reach out to you this summer to let you know when you can drive by the church and pick it up.

Centenary UMC’s Children’s Counsel 

From the Treasurer:

It seems that our hopes of getting back to normal operations within a couple weeks are not going to materialize.  We are keeping the church open with limited hours and we’re always available by phone or email.  Our bills keep coming so, if possible, we would appreciate your contributions now more than ever.  Hopefully things will improve in the next few weeks.  We look forward to your ongoing faithfulness.

Allow me to share ways you can contribute to the life of Centenary: 

  • Between 9am – 12noon you may bring your offering and place it in the offering plate by the door in the church office.

  • You may mail your contributions.  We ask that you use our post office box (P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563).

  • Or use our secure online giving portal.  

Kay Ragland

Did you know Centenary offers electronic giving? You can contribute anywhere, anytime right from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

  • Give online by visiting our church website at www.centenarychurch.com and clicking "Online Giving"or click this link:  Donate Now

  • Or download our free GivePlus mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. Find our church by Zip code, "28560", or by searching for our Church name. 

Thank you for your generosity!


This Sunday we will worship at 11:00 AM. Please tune in on the radio (WNBB 97.9 FM) or join us on Facebook Live. We will be broadcasting both services live on Facebook. If you miss these broadcasts, you can always hear the radio broadcast on our webpage (centenarychurch.com). You may find the Order of Worship on our website (centenarychurch.com)

The Church Office 

will be open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. 

There will still be only one person in the office 

and you will need to be buzzed in.

GriefShare -The GriefShare program is now being conducted virtually, so all you need is a laptop, tablet or cell phone to participate, and it is easy to do. You can join us at any time. 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!! 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

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 chefmomdawn@gmail.com


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. 


Volunteer Opportunity-The NC Guardian ad Litem Program has been service abused and neglected children since 1083. When a petition alleging the abuse or neglect of a child is filed in district court, the Judge appoints a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Child Advocate to represent that child’s best interests in court. The volunteer Child Advocates are trained, supervised and supported by local GAS staff.A virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM via WebEx Conferencing. Contact Tracey Brenneman at 252-515-2007 or at tracey.t.brenneman@nccourts.org for more information.

Backpack Blessings - In response to the nutrition needs of children in our area due to the Coronavirus, Backpack Blessings will be holding food distributions on March 27 at each of our summer distribution sites for families in our area who are identified as living in food insecure homes.  We will continue these food distributions every two weeks until they are no longer needed.

We need your help!!  Here are some ways that you can make a difference.

1.  Food donations

We are asking for food donations of specific foods to go in our food boxes to supplement what we have already ordered. 

These foods are:

Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned soups

Tuna or other canned meat

Boxes of pasta (any kind)

peanut butter

jelly (no glass)

brownie or cookie mix

ramen noodles

Food Lion Gift cards

These donations can be brought to Garber UMC (4202 Country Club Road) from 10:00am - noon starting Thursday, March 19 and continuing every M-F after that.  You will just need to drive by with your donations.  There will be board members to unload your car.

You can also order food items on line and have them shipped directly to Garber (4202 Country Club Road, Trent Woods, NC  28562).

2.  Monetary donations are needed and appreciated!  You can give to your local church to their Backpack Blessings Fund, donate at our website (backpackblessings.com), or mail a check directly to. . .

Backpack Blessings, Inc.

PO Box 1675

New Bern, NC 28563

3.  PRAY!  For our children, and for their families, and for our communities!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email:

Ruth Powers

Co-Director Backpack Blessings



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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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