A Message from Our Senior Pastor & Video Link
Feb
17
to Mar 3

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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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Centenary Night at the Tubman Museum
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Centenary Night at the Tubman Museum

Thursday, November 15th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM Free Admission

Light refreshments | Guided Tours with Ann Tift

Drum Circle Performance |  View Galleries & Exhibits

The event is Family Friendly, but childcare can be provided at the church upon request. Contact flo@centenarymacon.org by Sunday, November 11th.

Be sure to plan to join us for a special evening at the Tubman African American Museum!

Did you know?

The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture African Americans.



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All Saints - A Service of Remembrance
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

All Saints - A Service of Remembrance

In the Sanctuary

Our All Saints Service will be held in conjunction with our Wonderful Wednesday supper this year (Supper at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall).

Plan to join us as we celebrate and remember the lives, stories and legacy of those who have died in the past year. We will be calling the names and lighting candles for members of this community and invite each of you to honor those departed light-bearers who have influenced your life.

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Copy of Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia
Nov
5
12:00 PM12:00

Copy of Women's Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia

WOMEN’S INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
LUNCHEON MEETING
Monday, November 5, 2018
12:00-2:00pm

Ushers Temple CME Church 411 Railroad St. | Ft. Valley

Topic for discussion:

“Interfaith 101”: A Brief Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’I

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).
Note: We are no longer collecting groceries.

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CSCE presents: "Joining the Peace Corps: My Midlife Crisis"
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

CSCE presents: "Joining the Peace Corps: My Midlife Crisis"

In the Fellowship Hall.

Macon resident, Sue Tharpe will be speaking about her years in the Peace Corps working to empower women economically in Pakistan and Botswana. Following her Peace Corps work Sue used her experience to empower girls as CEO for Girl Scouts in New York and South Georgia.Sue has also served as an executive with the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, served on the Governor's Committee for Juvenile Justice and a Trustee for the Fledgling Foundation that helps juveniles who have criminal records with educational funding and assistance. She was also a small business owner of a independent book store in Decatur, GA. for many years. Sue is the ultimate example of a strong woman working to enhance the lives of others.

Come and be inspired!

A handmade basket made by Botswana women will be given away as a door prize.

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Join us for another wonderful Centenary School of Creative Education event! 

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On the Table
Oct
17
12:30 PM12:30

On the Table

Save the Date & Join the Conversation

Wednesday, October 17th| 12:30 – 2:00 PM

In the Fellowship Hall

Centenary will be one of the Super Hosts for this important community-wide event. The Centenary discussion will focus on the topic of “Concentrated Poverty”. What is your experience with poverty? What does poverty look like in Macon? What steps can be taken to improve the lives of those in our community trapped in the demoralizing cycle of poverty? Bring your story and your ideas to share around the table.

Join the conversation at Centenary, where there is always A Place at the Table.

Childcare will be provided.

Learn more about the community-wide event at https://onthetablemacon.com/.

Register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4fYO5dth7hf8NXkyhYv8ilrXIJHnTg7N9zgYuo15_-2zXrA/viewform

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World Communion Sunday
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

World Communion Sunday

Sunday, Oct 7th is World Communion Sunday. Join us as we celebrate The Bread of Life and the Cup of Blessing with followers of the teachings of Jesus around the globe.

At Centenary there is “a place at the table" for all! 

Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month during our 11:00 a.m. service. 

This is a portion of our Prayer of Thanksgiving and  Invitation to the Table of Radical Inclusion:

Bread of life, cup of blessing,

               Peace for the world, hope of our lives,

               Grace in our midst, heartbeat of God,

               May we know Your presence

                        in the breaking of the bread,

                        In the sharing of the cup,

                        in the fellowship of all

                        who come to this table. Amen

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Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace & Justice
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace & Justice

On Saturday, October 6th Centenary will be traveling to Montgomery, Alabama, as the culmination of our four week Just Mercy study. All interested persons are invited to join us. 

The Deadline to reserve your spot is Sunday, September 30th.

Additional details will be posted as plans are finalized. Departure time listed is tentative. 

Learn more about The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace & Justice here https://museumandmemorial.eji.org 

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