Out of the Shadows | A Lenten Sermon Series
Mar
10
to Apr 20

Out of the Shadows | A Lenten Sermon Series

Sundays, 11:00 AM Worship

During the season of Lent, we reflect upon the story of Jesus’s wilderness journey-his time of trial, temptation and discernment. It is a story of the universal human experience, as we consider the seductive forces of power and privilege at work in our culture and in the world.

For what do we hunger and thirst? What purpose shall define our life? What is the essence of our being? What fears must we overcome to find our authentic voice and step out of the shadows?

Such questions require sufficient silence, solitude and a contemplative spirit in the dessert places of our lives and shall surely humble us. Only then are we prepared to emerge “Out of the Shadows” into a world in need of the Light, which each of us has been uniquely and divinely equipped to offer.

Click on the event to see the entire series schedule or listen to the sermon podcasts each week.

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Mar
14
to Apr 21

An Overview of the 2019 Lenten Season at Centenary | See individual events for additional details

Sundays, 11:00 AM Worship | Out of the Shadows - Discovering the lesser known followers of Jesus

Sundays, 11:00 AM Worship | Out of the Shadows - Discovering the lesser known followers of Jesus

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March 6th | Ash Wednesday Service 6:30 PM In the Sanctuary  | Wonderful Wednesday Supper | 6:00 PM 

Thursdays | March 14 - April 4 | 6:30 PM | Round Room | For You Were Once Strangers: A Lenten Journey of Understanding, Faith, & Radical Welcome This interactive class will include opportunities for small group discussion to provide a deeper integration and exploration of the dynamics of immigration.

 April 3rd  | 6:00 PM Wonderful Wednesday Supper |  6:30 – 7:00 PM Keiko Tanaka in Concert

April 14th | Palm Sunday Picnic & Egg Hunt | Immediately following worship | In the Garden

Walking in the Light of Hope: A Pilgrimage in Solidarity with Immigrants | 4:00 PM beginning at St. Peter Claver followed by dinner, community building and storytelling at Centenary. This is not a political protest, but a peaceful prayer walk. 

April 17th-19th | Stations of the Cross | In the Sanctuary | 10:00 AM-8:00 PM  | Wednesday through Friday | Vía Crucis Migrantes | The Migrant Way of the Cross

April 18th  | Holy Thursday Communion Service | 7:00 PM  | The Sanctuary will be open at 6:00 PM before the service for a time of reflection at the Stations of the Cross. 

April 21st | Easter Sunday | 11:00 AM Worship  

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For You Were Once Strangers: A Lenten Study
Mar
14
to Apr 4

For You Were Once Strangers: A Lenten Study

For You Were Once Strangers:
A Lenten Journey of Understanding, Faith, and Radical Welcome

Thursdays | March 14 - April 4 | 6:30 PM | Round Room

Mark your calendars for a four-week Lenten Study on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM, March 14 – April 4. This interactive class will include opportunities for small group discussion to provide a deeper integration and exploration of the dynamics of immigration.

Immigration is a complex topic. However, it has been the story of humankind throughout history. At the core of Christian belief is the profoundly radical vision of God lifting the poor, the destitute, and the homeless. Immigrants—strangers—are included in this vision of mercy and justice. As the public debate about reforming America’s immigration laws becomes more rancorous, we shall gather to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider the common myths about immigration and immigrants, the biblical injunction to welcome the stranger, and the ways in which we can continue to become a community of radical welcome. A couple of guests will share information about the current situation for our undocumented neighbors and friends.

While a printed guide will be created particularly for this study, two books are recommended, but NOT REQUIRED. We will have a few copies for sale on Sunday, March 10th, and at the first class. The titles are: Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll; and, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang.

For more information contact Debra Carter Williams at debra@centenarymacon.org

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Prayer Vigil | Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia
Mar
22
2:30 PM14:30

Prayer Vigil | Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia

Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia


The Islamic Center of Middle Georgia is holding an Interfaith Prayer Vigil and a Funeral Prayer for the victims of New Zealand's Christ Church Mosque attack on Friday, March 22 at 2:30 P.M.after the Jumu'ah (Friday Prayer)

Members of the WIA are invited to attend to remember and honor the victims, and to stand united in love and humanity in the face of hatred and bigotry. As Martin Luther King famously said ”Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."

Islamic Center of Middle Georgia
2501 Elberta Road
Centerville GA 31028

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The Easter Bunny Needs Your Help
Mar
24
to Apr 7

The Easter Bunny Needs Your Help

It’s time to prepare for our annual Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, April 14th. We are re-cycling a plethora of plastic eggs and need items with which to fill them. Wrapped candy is dandy (no chocolate, please), but feel free to also get creative with child and eco-friendly non-candy stuffers. Please bring your donated items by Sunday, April 7th , so the Easter Bunny has plenty of time to stuff them. Baskets to collect items will be at the back of the sanctuary beginning Sunday, March 24th. No plastic eggs or fillers, please.

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Community Interfaith Lecture Series at St. Peter Claver
Mar
26
to Apr 9

Community Interfaith Lecture Series at St. Peter Claver

Interfaith Lenten Lecture Series

St. Peter Claver | 131 Ward Street

5:30 PM | Dinner | Church Social Hall

6:30 – 7:30 PM | Lecture in the Sanctuary

Topic: “Coexistence: How are various world religions called to embrace members
of other faiths?”

March 26th - Rev. Debra Williams, Centenary United Methodist Church

April 2nd - Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein, Congregation Sha'arey Israel

April 9th - Panel Discussion -Fr. Bill / Fr. Menard, Imam Fofana, Rev. Williams, Rabbi Rubinstein

All are welcome to this timely community event.

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Re-Cycle Macon March Meet Up
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Re-Cycle Macon March Meet Up

RE-CYCLE MACON BICYCLE MEET UP


Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00pm – 8:30pm

1185 Ash Street

Macon, GA

Join Re-Cycle Macon for a bicycle co-op meeting to:

-Receive guidance and access to tools to work on your own bicycle.
-Learn how to earn a bicycle of your own.
-Help work on bicycles for people in need.
-Build community and share a free meal.

All are welcome. Come and be as involved as much or as little as you want!

For more information visit https://www.re-cyclemacon.org.


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Egg Hunt & Picnic in the Garden
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Egg Hunt & Picnic in the Garden

Annual Palm Sunday Picnic & Egg Hunt

Bring the family and invite your neighbors and join us for a relaxing afternoon of great food, conversation, and egg hunting for the kids. We'll gather in the Community Garden (or indoors if it's raining) immediately following the 11:00 AM worship service. No need to go home to change clothes, just come to church dressed to picnic.

Be sure to mark your calendar. Rain or Shine.

Bonnets optional.

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Vía Crucis Migrantes | The Migrant Way of the Cross
Apr
17
to Apr 19

Vía Crucis Migrantes | The Migrant Way of the Cross

April 17th-19th | Stations of the Cross | In the Sanctuary

Daily, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM | Wednesday through Friday

Based on the Stations or Way of the Cross, you are invited into a prayerful encounter that brings to light the plight of migrants, refugees, and all those who inhabit the margins of our society. The Way of the Cross refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion. Traditionally, a series of 14 images are arranged in numbered order along a path and serve as a holy pilgrimage as one moves from station to station for intentional prayer and reflection.

The Migrant Way of the Cross stations have been created by various artists within the Centenary Community, who bring their own creative and compassionate interpretations to this ancient tradition.

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Holy Thursday Evening Communion Service
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Holy Thursday Evening Communion Service

Encounter Jesus at The Last Supper

Join us for this moving service of reflection, litany, and song, as we await the joy of Easter morning. At Centenary, Communion is a sacred time of gathering around the table to receive The Bread of Life and The Cup of Blessing. All are invited to join in the blessed sacrament that joins heaven and earth, as we work together toward realizing The Kingdom of God on earth.

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CSCE Presents An Evening of Herbal Remedies
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

CSCE Presents An Evening of Herbal Remedies

An Evening of Herbal Remedies

Wednesday, March 20th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | In the Fellowship Hall

Mark your calendar and join us for the next Centenary School of Creative Education event. Come learn to make your own homemade and herbal remedies for a healthy immune system. We will begin by making herbal tinctures (herbal extracts in alcohol; vinegar will be provided for those who prefer a non-alcohol version) using plants known to support the body's immune system. We will finish by making an easy, homemade hand sanitizer spray with essential oils.

This class will be taught by Camille Cody. A native of Asheville NC, Camille has a background in organic agriculture and a degree in Holistic Nutrition and Herbal Medicine. She has been teaching about herbal remedies and whole food cooking since 2010 and runs a small business making and selling herbal skin care products.

Join us for another educational, fun, hands-on experience. Attendees are asked to pay $5.00 to help offset the cost of supplies, and the number of attendees will be limited to 20. Please contact Yvonne Stuart to save your spot for this class: vonniestuart@gmail.com..

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Community-wide Event: Middle Georgia Reconciling Community
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Community-wide Event: Middle Georgia Reconciling Community

Middle Georgia Reconciling Community

Tuesday, March 19th | 6:30-7:30 PM Pierce Chapel – Wesleyan College

There will be an informational/organizational meeting for persons in Middle Georgia interested in forming a Reconciling Community in this area.

Anyone interested in showing support for LGBTQIA persons are invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Scott Mitchell or Flo Martin.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the forty days leading up to Easter.

Please join us for our Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary following the Wonderful Wednesday fellowship supper. 

All are welcome to come and be a part of this brief, but meaningful service.

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Wonderful Wednesday Supper
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Wonderful Wednesday Supper

Join us for our monthly fellowship supper!

It’s a great way to meet new friends and strengthen the bonds of community!

Menu

Pork loin, baked sweet potato, stir fry veggies, salad, rolls, dessert

Immediately following tonight’s dinner, we will move to the sanctuary for our Ash Wednesday service marking the beginning of the season of Lent.

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 Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia

WOMEN’S INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
LUNCHEON MEETING

Monday, March 4, 2019
12:00-2:00pm


Trinity United Methodist Church
129 South Houston Road
Warner Robins GA 31088

Topic for the day:
Faith and Science - Can We Talk?
A presentation with discussion to follow

LUNCHEON IS POT LUCK STYLE
If possible, please bring a dish to share.

To be respectful of all Faith traditions,
please DO NOT bring foods containing pork or gelatin.
Kindly label your dish and provide serving utensils.

PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR WIA
SERVICE PROJECTS (Cash or Items for Daybreak -
current needs are listed on the WIA Facebook page).

We hope to see you March 4

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A Message from Our Senior Pastor & Video Link
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

A Message from Our Senior Pastor & Video Link

All Is Well and All Shall Be Well 

I am leaving Friday, February 22, for St. Louis, Missouri, where I will attend and observe a called General Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The General Conference can be defined as “where the buck stops” in terms of decision making for the United Methodist Church.  862 delegates (half clergy and half laity) from all over the world will represent their own conferences for these 3 days of prayerful deliberation. This conference has been called to navigate the thorny issue of deep theological disagreement and division in the denomination.

What is the issue?  A 60%-65% majority of Methodists in America believe that the LGBTQ community should be welcomed openly as members, be able to pastor churches (if they are called by God), be able to serve as leaders in the church and be able to be married in Methodist Churches by Methodist clergy. In short, there should be no impediments or restrictions.  All means all.  Others in our denomination strongly disagree with that truth.

So, what is the problem?  Centenary identifies with the majority of Methodists in America.  However, the United Methodist Church is global.  40% of the delegates to General Conference are from African nations, many of which have cultures that are dominantly hostile to the LGBTQ community.  Death is the verdict for LGBTQ persons in many places in Africa.  So, a large block of the votes from Africa coupled with a minority of votes in the United States create a General Conference majority that want our church law to tilt toward exclusion for LGBTQ persons.  This impasse is a major problem.

What is at stake?  Our identity. Who are we?  What is God’s call?  For Centenary and a majority of UMC churches all over the nation, “All means all”.  Traditionalists, on the other hand, believe that to be faithful to God the UMC must take strong stands against issues of inclusion and acceptance. Among leaders in the church (traditional, moderate, and progressive), it is nearly a universal opinion that the status quo in the UMC is untenable and unsustainable.  

What are we to do?    Pray.  Relax.  Be non-anxious.  In the words of Jesus, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:1) Regardless of what happens in St. Louis, Centenary looks forward to being able to fully embrace its long-held core values.   The bottom line is that “All shall be well.  All shall be well.  All manner of thing shall be well.”  (Julian of Norwich, 1389)

Where can you learn more?  First, I hope you will attend an information and discussion forum that I will be leading at Centenary on Sunday, March 3rd, after our morning worship service.  (Nursery provided.)  Second, if you want to know more before then watch the 12-minute video which gives an overview of the primary reports before the General Conference by clicking on this link.  https://www.sgaumc.org/resourcesvideo

 All is well and all shall be well…  Tim Bagwell

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Re-Cycle Macon
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Re-Cycle Macon

RE-CYCLE MACON BICYCLE MEET UP


Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00pm – 8:30pm

1185 Ash Street

Macon, GA

Join Re-Cycle Macon for a bicycle co-op meeting to:

-Receive guidance and access to tools to work on your own bicycle.
-Learn how to earn a bicycle of your own.
-Help work on bicycles for people in need.
-Build community and share a free meal.

All are welcome. Come and be as involved as much or as little as you want!

For more information visit https://www.re-cyclemacon.org.


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Reflections on General Conference from Our Senior Pastor
Feb
28
to Mar 3

Reflections on General Conference from Our Senior Pastor

Dear Centenary friends,

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church met in St. Louis February 23 – February 26. What came out of the conference was stunning. It was an earthquake for everyone involved. Whatever your theological position, there was only grief and shock leaving the conference. The Traditionalist plan prevailed… barely… with 65% of American delegates voting against what prevailed. The church is in disarray at this point. Much of what passed has been declared unconstitutional, according to our church constitution and organization. Right now, Methodists do not have a method to follow. Even the Bishops are deeply divided and confused.

What passed the General Conference is incompatible with Centenary’s mission, our welcome to all, and the Gospel. Our mission at Centenary is shared by tens of thousands of other Methodist congregations across the nation. What is undeniable is the extreme pain that has been and continues to be inflicted on the LGBTQI persons and all of us who believe that “All are welcome at the table”, and “All means all”. Those are non-negotiable Jesus-stances.

Centenary will have decisions to make in the future. In the midst of all of these unresolved questions, your Administrative Council which is made up of lay leadership and staff will begin a process of evaluating, praying, contemplating and keeping you informed.

When tragedies occur, families come together. We need you to continue to stand with Centenary. Our best and most vital work lies ahead. Frankly, our greatest witness is in front of us. Support your church home as we offer a witness of full inclusivity to our village, our city, and our world. The best way for Centenary to come out of our denominational struggle is for all of us to support our congregation with prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

When tragic events occur, families come together. So, I hope you will be in worship this Sunday as I share a sermon about being on the mountain top and then coming back down into the valley. We will share Holy Communion. I am so very blessed to be the pastor of Centenary. I am grateful for you.

All shall be well.

Tim Bagwell

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Community Event | Beloved Community Symposium
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Community Event | Beloved Community Symposium

Beloved Community Symposium

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 26-27, 2019

Tuesday, February 26th

6:30 pm: Opening Banquet (Presidents Dining Room, Mercer University Center)
Keynote Speech #1 – Dr. Claudia May, Associate Professor and Program Director of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 27th

8:30 am: Breakfast (Centenary UMC Fellowship Hall)
Speakers: Revs. James Goolsby (First Baptist, New Street) & Scott Dickison (First Baptist Church of Christ)

10:00 am: Keynote Speech #2Dr. Claudia May (Mercer - Penfield Hall)

11:00 am: Roundtable Discussions (Mercer - Penfield Hall)

Noon: Light Lunch (Mercer - Penfield Hall)

7:00 pm: Special Unity Service

at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church

2789 Millerfield Road

Free Admission to All Sessions
Reservations Required for Meals

Call or email Trish Dunaway at 478.475.9506 or trishdunaway3@gmail.com

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CSCE Class | Let's Roll Egg Rolls!
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

CSCE Class | Let's Roll Egg Rolls!

Centenary School of Creative Education Class (Prior reservations required. This class is FULL)

Let's Roll- Egg Rolls & Fried Rice with Suzan Bennett

Wednesday, February 20th | 6:00-8:00PM

Suzan will show us how to make Egg Rolls and her favorite Honey-Hot Mustard Sauce and Fried Rice. The secret is in the rice! Suzan participated in a Chinese cuisine cooking classes taught by Dr. Dick R. Gourley, the former dean of Mercer School of Pharmacy in Atlanta.

Class size limit is 15 and will fill quickly! Reserve your spot by contacting: Yvonne Stuart-vonniestuart@gmail. com

A $5 contribution to defray cost is much appreciated.

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Re-Cycle Macon Launch Event
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Re-Cycle Macon Launch Event

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Thursday, January 31st | In the Fellowship Hall | 6:00 PM

Join us for a free meal and learn about the expansion of CCMI’s bicycle program.

CCMI has recently won a renewable grant from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to expand its bicycle ministry. This annual grant will enable CCMI to give out more bicycles to people in need, as well as offer the space, tools, and guidance for our bike recipients -and anyone - to fix their bicycles at monthly meet ups. Most of all, it will be a wonderful time of community building.

We would love your help fixing bikes for people in need (even if you have no experience), or simply your presence building community. Join us Thursday, January 31st in Centenary's fellowship hall for a free meal and to learn more about this growing ministry.

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Monday Evening Study Group
Jan
28
to Feb 11

Monday Evening Study Group

Making Sense of the Bible

Study begins | January 28th

6:30 – 8:00 PM | Community Center Conference Room

Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues.

The underlying debate isn’t about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it.

In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country's leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. He proposes a new way of seeing scripture that is more elastic, realistic and human than many conservatives currently see it.

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Women's Book Group
Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

Women's Book Group

Women’s Book Group

Sunday, January 27th | 5:00 PM PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

The Women’s Book Groupis currently readingThe Same Kind of Different as Me.

Get your copy now and plan to join the group in January. The group will be meeting at the home of Karol Daniels. For more information email office@centenarmacon.org.

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Coat & Blanket Drive
Jan
27
to Feb 3

Coat & Blanket Drive

The temperatures have dropped, and it’s time to share the warmth. Blankets and men’s winter coats are needed. Rain coats would be especially appreciated in this cold and wet weather!

There will be baskets in the back of the sanctuary to collect gently used items.

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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Jan
22
to Jan 27

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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The 8thAnnual Old City Flower Festival was a tremendous success! Thanks to the year-long planning and preparation invested by dozens of volunteers, an estimated 700+ visitors came through our doors to experience the phenomenal floral arrangements from fifteen area churches, the participants’ reception, the Art Show & Sale, the floral class with Chris Abbott, and the Sunday Dinner generously sponsored by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Special thanks to Vicki Hinson and Carol Woodbery who co-chaired this year’s spectacular event and to all the incredible volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Be sure to visit the Centenary Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/Centenary-Community-43381776665/posts/ for more photos of the event and all the floral arrangements.

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Wonderful Wednesday
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

Wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday, January 9th6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall

Start the New Year with great food, fellowship, and guest storytellers!, Rev. Bob and Elaine Davies.

It’s going to be a fun evening.

RSVP on the Connect Card in your Sunday Bulletin.

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 Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia
Jan
7
12:00 PM12:00

Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia

Women’s Interfaith Alliance

Monthly Luncheon

Monday, January 7th | Noon – 2:00 PM

Islamic Center of Middle Georgia in Centerville

Theme:
“Sharing Food from our Faith and Cultural Traditions”

(includes a food preparation demonstration)

Everyone is encouraged to bring a family recipe with a couple of sentences about its meaning for you. We are compiling an Interfaith Cookbook!

Bring a dish to share.

Please be aware of dietary restrictions of the different faith traditions.

Please do not bring dishes made with pork, shellfish, or gelatin.

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Epiphany Sunday
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Epiphany Sunday

January 6th marks the end of the Christmas season or Christmastide. In the Western churches, Epiphany Day has marked the observance of the arrival of the wise men.

Join us for this first Sunday of the New Year, as we all seek to follow the light on our own path towards wisdom and wholeness.

Tim Bagwell will be preaching a sermon titled, “Stargazing: Good News or Trouble?”

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 5PM
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 5PM

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It's the most wonderful time and service of the year!

Pack up the kids, grab your neighbors, and make this Christmas truly memorable with a 'come as you are', informal, family friendly service filled with light, hope, and song.

It might just become your favorite new tradition.

And, by the way, ours is an open table at Centenary. All are welcome where there is always   "a place at the table."

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