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What's Happening This Week - June 2































Job Opportunity:  At the end of May, Centenary’s longest-tenured employee, our long-time Church Secretary Marshall Faulkenberry, will retire. Marshall is irreplaceable; nevertheless, she will soon have to be replaced. 

Centenary is searching for a trained, experienced Administrative Assistant. The person we’re looking for will serve as the face and voice of our church, since he/she will be the initial point of contact for many people. Necessary personal characteristics include friendliness, politeness, patience, and compassion. Phone, text message, and e-mail proficiency are a must. The Administrative Assistant must be proficient in Microsoft products such as Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint. Besides the receptionist role, other duties include producing worship bulletins for three Sunday services each week, plus bulletins for seasonal services, and funerals. The Administrative Assistant maintains the church membership roll and the church member contact information database. Online statistical tables and Charge Conference forms must be completed once a year. Another key function of the Administrative Assistant is maintaining the church calendar and making room reservations for events. 

This position is salaried, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, and includes some benefits. If you’re interested in finding out more--or you know somebody who might be interested-- please contact Pastor Spivey at 252-637-4181 / or Staff-Parish Chair Dick Peebles at

Sexton Position Open-Following the resignation of our Sexton a few months ago, Centenary hired Crystal Clean of Havelock to clean our Preschool and Church. The Board of Trustees has indicated their desire to continue searching for a new Sexton, because we need someone on-site to help set up for events, conduct minor maintenance, and clean immediately after Church programs. The position is hourly, Monday through Friday, 30 hours per week, with no benefits. Some work after hours and on the weekends may be required.

 We are looking for an individual (or individuals) to clean the Church and Preschool both regularly and as needed. The Preschool, for example, must be cleaned every afternoon after the children leave. The Sexton must be able to perform minor routine maintenance, such as changing light bulbs, unclogging and repairing sinks and toilets, repairing broken doors and windows, touch-up painting, etc.. The Sexton is responsible for helping set up and break down after Church services and events. The Sexton maintains the Columbarium.

 Necessary personal characteristics include friendliness, politeness, patience, and compassion. Phone, text message, and e-mail proficiency are a must.

 If you’re interested in finding out more--or you know somebody who might be interested-- please contact Pastor Spivey at 252-637-4181 or or Staff-Parish Chair Dick Peebles at

All Hands On Deck!   Centenary is seeking skilled, motivated volunteers to become part of "Helping Hands." Helping Hand members will make simple repairs at the church as needed, including (but not limited to) repairing / unclogging toilets and sinks ... fixing door hardware ... hanging pictures and posters ... small-scale painting and touch-up ... and so on. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join. If you're interested, please contact Pastor Spivey. 

Wednesday night FEAST is breaking for the summer!!

See you in September!

Dear, dear Centenary friends-Thank you all so much for your good wishes, cards, gifts and the generous love offering gift. I shouldn’t be surprised at your generosity since I have known you for so long. Most of all, I am thankful for the time that we have spent together here at Centenary. You have been the best part of working here. Thank you so much!! And now I look forward to working with you again as a church member.
Much love to you all.
Marshall Faulkenberry


The North Carolina Conference

of the United Methodist Church

ahs asked the Music Ministry of Centenary

to provide the core group

for the Conference Choir

at it's 2023 Annual Conference

June 15th - June 17th

Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, NC

The Music Ministry would like to invite YOU

to be a part of this Choir.

The rehearsals are Wednesday at 6:00 PM

in the Choir Room on the Second Floor

of the Educational Building.

The Conference Choir will lead in worship on:

Thursday-June 15th-1:30 PM Worship


Saturday-June 17th - 11:00 AM Worship 

If you are interested or would like more information

please email the Music Ministry at

or call (252-637-4181, ext. 105 

Round trip transportation will be provided

from the Church to the Greenville Convention Center.


Congratulations to Centenary’s minor league baseball team. They won 2nd place in the tournament this week and were 2nd overall for the season.  Good job players & coaches!!!














Interfaith Refugee Ministry (IRM) is dedicated to helping refugees rebuild their lives in eastern North Carolina. IRM assists refugees with basic necessities when they first arrive in New Bern and surrounding areas. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance with housing, food, clothing, employment, learning English, and cultural orientation.

Their goal is to help refugees become self-reliant, emotionally secure and culturally adjusted in their new home, which usually occurs withing four months of arrival.

IRM’s work has been disrupted in the past six years but during 2022 they began again and received 82 folks from Burma, Congo, Guatemala and Columbia. 

The Missions Committee is having a collection of personal care items and household supply items for IRM.  Most needed are:  1.)  shampoo 2.) bath soap 3.) toothpaste 4.) deodorant 5.)  paper towels, and 6.)  dish soap. Collection boxes will be in the Narthex, outside the Chapel, by the volunteer desk in the Education Bldg., and on the second floor of the Education Bldg.

IRM will also accept new or gently used household items and furniture especially dressers at their location.  Please contact Amanda Norwood at anorwood@helpingrefugees.or or call 252-633-9009.  Their address is 1913 Trent Blvd.

If you have any questions, want to learn more about IRM or would like to explore how CUMC could become more involved with IRM, please contact Colette Maple at 252-671-2333 or email or Patti  Peebles at 252-571-2421 or email


2023 Mother Child Retreat sponsored by United Women in Faith-September 8, 9, 10.  Plan on a great time at Camp Don Lee for mothers & children to bond & spend quality time with your child (children).  Adult workshops are Personal Spiritual Growth or Challenge Course. Children’s workshops will include Bible lessons, games, crafts, singing, nature walks & preparation for the Sunday morning Worship Service. Saturday afternoon is free time for everyone. Cost for 2 nights + 4 meals-Children 6-12  $90 per person; Adults $127 per person. Contact the church office for registration information. Registration deadline is July 17.



























June Creation Care Tips-June is the time for celebrations-weddings, graduations and holiday get togethers. Choose alternatives to trashing. Use compostable plates and utensils.

Make a statement with party favors that give back. Look for something plantable, like herbs,

succulents, or seed packets. Or display a sign that you’ve made a donation in your guests’ honor such as planting trees or saving a favorite endangered wildlife creature perhaps one that fits the theme of the day. Nix the balloons. They are not biodegradable and they can harm birds and marine life. Instead add sparkle and fun to the event with tissue paper pom,poms, garlands from upcycled materials from home, fabric bunting, streamers made from recycled paper or bubbles. Notice that “heart” and “earth”


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

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 Marty Dzioba at 252-638-8769 or

The in-person SUMMER SESSIONS will begin on May 8th and go through July 31st 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.  There is no cost if you already have a workbook. 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 needs help stocking their pantry. Please see the list below. Place your gifts in the RCS box in the hallway leading to the Sanctuary.

Peanut butter


Canned fruit

Canned meat




Pasta sauce

Hamburger, Tuna, Chicken Helper

Canned soup



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


Harris Teeter Together in Education-You may contribute to Oaks Road Academy when you shop at Harris Teeter by linking your VIC card to Oaks Road Academy. Click here to link your card.


Centenary is a Stephen Ministry congregation.

That means that if you are dealing with a situation that

is difficult to handle alone; you may benefit from establishing

a one on one, totally confidential relationship, with a highly

trained and motivated Stephen Minister.

To explore how this caring ministry could help,

we invite you to contact;

Jan Hood, Sherry Parker, or Pastor David.



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