At Stratford Academy | Free Admission
Centenary joins with our friends and neighbors to invite you to this special event.
Please join us at Stratford Academy (Henry H. Tift Fine Arts Auditorium) for a special performance of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day. This production is Directed by Sylvia Haynie, hosted in partnership by Congregation Sha'arey Israel, Temple Beth Israel, Stratford Academy, and the Jewish Federation of Middle GA.
WOMEN’S INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
Monday, April 29, 2019
(Our May luncheon is being held on this 5th Monday in April
to respect the May 5th beginning of Ramadan)
First Baptist Church of Christ
511 High Place | Macon Georgia 31201
Topic for the day: Words of Hope and Comfort
Bring a passage from your faith tradition's holy writings that currently brings you comfort, hope or inspiration. These passages will be shared around our luncheon tables.
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.
We are having a Mexican Fiesta!
Join us for our last monthly fellowship supper before we break for the Summer!
It’s a great way to meet new friends and strengthen the bonds of community!
Allison Evans from the Methodist Children’s Home will provide our program following dinner.
Be sure to join us! 6:00 PM | in the Fellowship Hall
Middle Georgia Reconciling Community
Hear Our Stories: Food, Fellowship, and Storytelling
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Join us and bring a friend for a night of food, fellowship, and storytelling. Please bring a covered dish. We will eat at 6:30 PM and begin our storytelling panel at 7:00 PM
Centenary will be teaming up with Mulberry UMC for Vacation Bible School this Year!
June 10th-14th | 9:00 AM- Noon | At Mulberry UMC
For kids from Rising Pre K through 6th Grade
Register by June 3rd | Space is limited
Register or volunteer at mulberrymethodist.org/community/VBS
Debra Williams & Flo Martin will be leading music.
Join us for a contemplative Service of Shadows: The story of Jesus’ life in hymns, songs and scripture.
The Sanctuary will be open at 6:00 PM before the service for a time of reflection at the Stations of the Cross.
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.
April 17th-19th | Stations of the Cross | In the Sanctuary
Daily, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM | Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 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.
Each of the stations has been created by artists within the Centenary community using a variety of creative expressions. Our thanks to Bethany Buck, Dianne Buck, Barbara Wilkinson, Resa Taylor, Teri Hatley, Yvonne Stuart, Daphne Stevens, Michael Williams, and Tommy Martin for lending their creativity to this project and to Debra Williams for her leadership in envisioning and organizing it. A prayer guide will be provided to accompany your journey through the stations.
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.
Fried Chicken, Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, Assorted Salads & Desserts will be provided.
(The Easter Bunny will provide the goodies for the Egg Hunt, so bring the kids!)
Be sure to mark your calendar. Rain or Shine.
Palm Sunday sets the stage for Holy Week and the coming celebration of Easter.
What begins with joyous shouts of Hosannah is actually an intentional act of provocation, as Jesus challenges the political and religious powers in his time and for all time.
Join us for this powerful service of worship, as we too dare to long for a more inclusive and compassionate world.
Centenary is off to the Races!
11th Annual Magnolia Soap Box Derby Saturday,
April 13th | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Race Times 11:00 AM & 1:00PM
Come out and join the fun and festivities and cheer on the Centenary team. Family fun, music and food. Will this be the year Centenary brings home the prize? Bragging rights guaranteed!
Centenary School of Creative Education
April Bird Walk | Saturday, April 13th
10:00 AM – Noon | At the Wesleyan Arboretum
Spring has sprung, and the Centenary School of Creative Education is inviting everyone to join us for a bird walk in the Wesleyan Arboretum located behind Wesleyan College. Migration will be well underway, and that's a great time for birds in Georgia. Professor James Ferrari will be leading us and giving us instruction about the natural history of birds during the walk.
Ferrari has been a biology professor at Wesleyan College since 1996. He received his B.A. in Biology from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota. He co-authored The Ecology of Fruit-Eating Birds in Georgia, 2009, with co-author Jerry Payne. Jim teaches courses in Ecology, Evolution, Field Biology, and Conservation Biology; he is also the Director of the 104-acre Wesleyan College Arboretum. He is past-president of both the Ocmulgee Audubon Society and the Georgia Ornithological Society.
Meet at the parking lot next to the tennis courts and Mathews Athletic Center at Wesleyan College (past the lake). We will enter the Arboretum trails at the entrance right next to the tennis courts. To get to the tennis courts, take the entrance to campus off of Tucker Rd. At the end of the walk, we will gather at the Arboretum pavilion for some light refreshments.
Whether you want to learn more about birds or simply want to enjoy a lovely morning observing them, please join us on the 13th. We encourage you to bring binoculars.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?”
April 9th - Panel Discussion -Fr. Bill / Fr. Menard, Imam Fofana, Rev. Debra Williams, Rabbi Rubinstein
All are welcome to this timely community event.
RE-CYCLE MACON BICYCLE MEET UP
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00pm – 8:30pm
1185 Ash Street
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.
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.
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
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: email@example.com..
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 & Thursday, | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 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
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.
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.
Join us for our monthly fellowship supper!
It’s a great way to meet new friends and strengthen the bonds of community!
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.
WOMEN’S INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
Monday, March 4, 2019
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
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