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What's Happening This Week - April 19








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! 


























National Child Abuse Prevention Month: The blue pinwheels on Middle Street in the landscape beds by the Chapel entrance are in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. It also promotes the social and emotional well being of children and families. More info on this subject may be found at About National Child Abuse Prevention Month | Child Welfare Information Gateway and there is an excellent podcast on the subject at UWF Faith Talks,













Save the Date for VBS

6/17/24 - 6/20/24 (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Click here for program info!

Please consider volunteering and being a part of making this an amazing week for the kids! We need help before, during, and after the VBS dates. If you feel called to help be a part of this amazing ministry, Visit: 

VBS is for children 4 years old (children must be 4 years old by June 1st) through rising 5th Graders. Please

enroll your child in the grade that they will be entering in the 2024/2025 school year.

To register:


(Children must be fully potty trained to attend VBS)

Please contact Sarah with any questions




















































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. Altar Flowers program for 2024 is open.


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.





Primetimers Trolley Tour


See Beautiful Gardens as we tour

Historical New Bern aboard

our famous trolley!


Thursday May 9th

Tour leaves Centenary UMC at 11:30am

and lasts 1.5 hours


Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in our

Fellowship Hall after the tour or walk into town for lunch.

Cost $25 per ticket


Monies due by April 24th


Make check payable to CUMC

(Primetimers in the Memo)


For more information and to RSVP

Call Irma Becker at


For more information and to RSVP





























































Centenary is seeking the help of camera enthusiasts, amateur photographers, and photo app experts to produce our

2024 Membership Directory. We are in the early stages of setting up objectives and timelines and aim to complete this project in-house by our Homecoming event this year. We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us, regardless of their skill level. If you think you can help, please reach out to Kathy Patton at 252-288-4443 or Marshall Faulkenberry at 252-229-3044. Thank you!









CENTyouth Happenings


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



2024 CENTyouth Mission Trip









What Will We Be Doing?


Our youth group will partner with Raleigh Youth Mission for our 2024 summer mission trip. We will venture to the City of Oaks, Raleigh, North Carolina, for a weeklong mission immersion.


Throughout the week of July 21-26, our youth will have the opportunity to explore the hidden needs and struggles of those who live in our state’s capital city. We will volunteer at a variety of agencies, many of which are located among the halls of power of the North Carolina state government, serving alongside our neighbors who are homeless, in poverty, or food insecure.


How Can You Help?


The cost per student to attend is $420.00. This includes room and board, meals, supplies, and all costs associated with the work we will be doing. If you would like to support the youth of our congregation, here are two meaningful ways that you can help:


Pray: Please pray for our youth, the chaperones, the staff and volunteers of Raleigh Youth Mission, and those our youth will encounter.


Donate: Please consider supporting our youth by contributing financially to defray the cost of our trip. Please designate any gifts as “Youth Mission Trip" on the memo line of your check, or you can give online using this link: YOUTH FUND.


If you want to know more about the trip or have any other questions, please speak to Pastor Tyler!



May 5, 2024: Tina Pippin's program on "Jesus was a poor man":

Encountering Jesus in History and Culture


Date/Time: May 5, 2024 @ 2pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church; 400 New Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Presenter: Tina Pippin, Wallace M. Alston Professor of Bible and Religion at Agnes Scott College

"Jesus was a poor man": Encountering Jesus in History and Culture


Tina Pippin will explore ways she encounters “Jesus” in social justice movements and cultural expressions. The phrase, “Jesus was a poor man,” are words that adorn the ministerial stole of Bishop William Barber. She will examine different media, especially Jesus’s appearance in the Poor Peoples’ Movement co-founded by Barber (with its origins in Eastern North Carolina), and also in art, film and fiction, using examples across centuries and in some contemporary global and diverse cultures. 


Please join us on Sunday May 5th at 2pm to learn more about Jesus in social justice and social media..


Rothermel Foundation presentations are free to the public and last approximately 1 hour followed by a short question-and-answer session with the presenter.


For more information please visit

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!

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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