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What's Happening This Week - August 19

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 Monday.

F.E.A.S.T. Community Dinners will resume in September.

The History Room is ready for you!  We have set up highlights of the music program here at Centenary.  Come by to discover interesting pictures and fun new artifacts.  The Archives and History Committee will try to fill in the blanks and answer any questions you may have.  Our future history book will provide you with more interesting and detailed facts.

Archives and History Committee

Mary Carpenter,

Coleen Doucette, 

Brenda George,

Martha Leoni,

Rebecca Scott,

Janet Sutton

As we continue to celebrate our 250th anniversary, we will welcome Dr. Bettsy Curtis to lead music during the 8:30 and 11:00 services next week.  Even though Bettsy was with us and many of us remember her, we are including her biography  so that everyone will know a little about her next week.  Dr. Curtis holds three degrees in piano performance, a Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.  Former faculty positions include Baylor University, Howard Payne University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.  College teaching positions shifted to public-school music teaching while her children were young.  In the summers of 1992 and 1993, Bettsy studied elemental music designed by German composer Carl Orff.  Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach is a developmental approach used in music education.  It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to a child’s world of play.  While she was the music director at Centenary United Methodist Church in 2004, Bettsy taught the children’s choir to play the “Orff instruments” as they sang musical dramas.   Bettsy just retired this year from Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington , North Carolina after sixteen years of leading the traditional worship music.  This marks the end of a forty-six year career of directing music and playing the organ/piano for churches in Ohio, Texas, and North Carolina.  Since 2010, Dr. Curtis directed the music at Wesley Memorial and held a music faculty collaborative pianist position at UNCW.  Starting in the Fall of 2022 she plans to divide her time between teaching a music fundamentals class for Musical Theatre minors, accompanying voice students, the university choirs, the Cape Fear Chorale, and visiting her adult children in New York City and Boone, North Carolina.

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 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 marthadzioba@yahoo.com. The in-person FALL SESSIONS will start on September 12th and go through December 5th on Monday mornings at 10:00am until noon in Room 206, Centenary Methodist Church, 309 New St., New Bern, NC. Online FALL SESSIONS will be held on the same dates at 6:30pm to 8:30pm using ZOOM.  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'll be part of the meeting. You will need a workbook. You can order it online when you register through the link, or go to the Church office and purchase one for $20. There is no cost if you already have a workbook. If you’d like to attend, please register online by clicking the link below for the group you want.


For the in-person group:  https://www.griefshare.org/groups/154953/registrations/new

For the Zoom (online) group: https://www.griefshare.org/groups/154954/registrations/new




























Dear Centenary friends,

Summer of 2022 is almost over, and it is time to start making plans to participate one of Centenary's Bible study for the Fall of 2022, Max Lucado Life Lessons from 2 Corinthians. This study covers 13 chapters of 2 Corinthians in 12 study lessons. The Church in Corinth was in a culture that was widely known for its immorality. Today, we are influenced by the surrounding cultural environment, and most of the problems that faced the church in Corinth are still with us. We are tempted in this environment to neglect our faith and slip back into the ways of the world. This Bible study and others being offered open the door to keep in contact with other church members and not being totally focused on the word. The weekly prayer list gives the opportunity to intercede for other during this challenging time.


So, mark your calendars for the fall startup coming in September.  Please see below your options for participating in our Fall 2022 study of 2 Corinthians.  All study groups are currently co-ed. Feel free to contact the facilitator(s) of any group that interests you. Facilitators will have copies of the book at the introductory session, or you can order one directly.


The lessons will be conducted on a teleconference package Zoom or in person determined by the group. Zoom is a free software package which runs on smart phones, PC’s, and tablets. if you are not familiar with the package which is free, we will help walk you through getting setup and connected to a test conference. We have used the Zoom on the Genesis, Hebrews, Galatian’s, and 1 Corinthians study, things went extremely well, and the participants were able to see each other and participate in a discussion. To do Zoom, we will need your email address so you can receive a link to the Zoom session each week.


Bible Sessions:

Sunday Evening Study Group at the Mangum's / Sundays at 6pm, starting September 18th. Contact the Mangum's at: vabmangum@juno.com

Thursday Evening Study Group at the Hunts / Thursday's at 7pm, starting September 15th. Contact the Hunts at:  jhunt515@yahoo.com or 336-543-7582


The Worship Committee is purchasing new Bibles for the pews.  We are offering to the members the opportunity to designate a Bible 'In Memory of'" or "In Honor of" an individual.  The cost of this is $12.00 per Bible to cover their purchase with shipping & handling. Checks should be made out to Centenary United Methodist Church with Worship Committee - Bible in the memo line.  Please contact Ann Corby at 252 637-9499 to designate your Bible or fill out the insert in Sunday’s bulletin.

August Creation Care Tip of the Month. Use smart watering strategies outdoors. Water grass and plants only when they need it. Also water only before noon or after 6 p.m. to minimize evaporation during the hottest part of the day. Avoid watering when it's windy because the droplets drift off course. If you use a hose to water, make sure it has a shut-off nozzle, a small part you can add to a hose to prevent water overflow.


Mark your calendar for New Bern’s CROP Walk-Sunday, September 25 at Union Point Park. Registration is at 2:00 PM. Walk begins at 3:00 PM.  There will be entertainment after the walk. Please see Pastor Michael for more details.


Are you interested in Yoga sessions? Join us this fall. There will be two opportunities each week:

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Youth Room beginning September 14 and on Fridays at 9:00 AM in the Youth Room beginning on September 16. Cost will be $10.00 per session. Sessions will be led by Summer Hough. Contact Pastor Michael at michaelwilliams@centenarychurch.com or 252-339-5017 for more information.

Centenary families with children-Please remember to help out the Children’s Ministry by filling out the Google survey. Click here to connect to the survey. We would like YOUR input about the future of our program.


Update for Children’s Church-We would like our children to participate in Communion Sundays. Starting August 7th, children will remain for the whole service on first Sundays. This will allow them to be a part of the church family and receive communion. There will be activity clipboards by the entrance that children can use during the service.














Sunday, August 21

Join us!!!


During the 9:30 and 11:00 services, each child will receive a tag to place on their backpacks to remind them that they are loved and cared for by Centenary! These tags have been prayed over by our congregation. Children are welcome to bring their backpacks if they wish.


Then join us in Children’s Church for an ice cream party!


All are WELCOME!!!!

Centenary Young Explorers-Young Explorers (YE) is a gathering of children who are in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Our goal is to EXPLORE what it means to Experience, Grow, and Share Christ’s Love. The plan is to meet periodically to participate in various activities such as mission projects, Bible studies, and fun outings all with the intent of growing closer to God, Jesus, family, friends, and community.


  • Mark your calendars for Blessing of the Backpacks and Back to School Ice Cream Social on August 21 during worship and Children’s Church.

  • September 25-CROP Walk

  • To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rebecca Scott at rebeccascott33@yahoo.com or 252-514-8249.

The church is in the process of replacing the old pew Bibles with new ones.  The old pew Bibles that have been given in honor or in memory of someone will be moved to the church library to allow family members to pick up the Bibles, if they choose.  Please pick up any Bibles by the end of September.  The church will try to find a place for the remaining bibles. 


School will be starting soon. Oaks Road is in need of some school supplies. The teachers have requested the following items for their classrooms:

Disinfecting wipes


Hand Sanitizer

Dry erase markers

Ziplock bags of all sizes


Sheet protectors

Earbuds or head phones

Any other supplies will also be greatly appreciated. There will be tubs around the church for you to put your donations in.

Thank you for your continuing support of Oaks Road.

Gayle Midyette


MISSING!!-The Worship Committee/Altar Guild is missing  a silver offering plate! If you have seen it or know where it could be please let us know!


We are also missing one of the bulletin baskets. Please call the office if you know where it is!!

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.


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.


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




























On Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 1:00 PM, the SUAH African Dance Theater will present a West African dance performance and workshop for folks to learn these traditional dances. Children from the B&GC will be part of the performance and workshop. The event will take place at the J. Murphy Smith Center, 508 Middle St., New Bern. Tickets are available at the Bank of The Arts, Mitchell’s Hardware and Fuller’s Music. Donations are $10.00 and $4.00 for 18 or under. There will also be tickets available at the door on the day of the performance.

Three New Bern not-for-profits have joined together to sponsor this fun event for the New Bern community. Arts To End Genocide (ATEG), the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain (B&GC) and Faith Connection are presenting an afternoon of West African Dance. These three organizations all share a common mission of positive youth development for children in Eastern NC and around the world.

ATEG is focused on children living in the Faladje IDP Camp in Bamako, Mali. The camp is located on the site of a garbage dump, where children live under deplorable conditions. They suffer from food insecurity, lack of medical care, sanitation, shelter, and safety. Through the generous support from the New Bern faith-based community, ATEG has been able to provide medical care, food, and a Women’s Skills Training program.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain has a mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through partnership with this event, the children of New Bern will be helping improve the lives of their brothers and sisters in Mali.

Faith Connection, a local group of church leaders and lay persons, has a basic mission to work on uniting all of God’s children through their support as a partner for this event.


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