The Wired Word - Join us for Bible Study each Tuesday
at 6:00 p.m. in the W.A. Miller Room. Utilizing the
Wired Word Curriculum, our weekly lessons confront
current headline news with Scripture and hope. All
lessons will be emailed to participants in advance so
that there can be ample time for reading and reflections.
Hard copies of the lesson are available on the bulletin
board next to the W. A. Miller room. If you would like
to join us and cannot, forward your email address to
copy of the lesson also. Any comments/reflections that
you would like to share with the class, please do so via
email. Topic for this week: “Neurobiologist's Near-Brain-Dead Experience Convinces Him of Heaven's Reality.”
For questions or additional information, please contact
or 901-774-7604. Blessings! Dr. Deborah B. Smith
Upcoming Events …
Mar. 31 Holy Community Breakfast/
Ms. Gayle Perkins (7:00 a.m.)
Mar. 31 Sunrise Service, (7:00 a.m.)
& Breakfast, (8:00 a.m.)
Children’s Presentations (9:15 a.m.)
Easter Service (10:30 a.m.)
April 2 Zumba Fitness (6:00 p.m.)
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday school will be held each Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
in the Youth Room.
Bible Study/The Wired Word
Please join us for the Wired Word every Tuesday in the
W. A. Miller room at 6:00 p.m.
Healthy Church Challenge
All members will meet immediately after 10:30 a.m. worship
today in the Worship room for weigh- in.
Classes are held on Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
If you are interested in attending Zumba classes, please let
Tutoring will be offered every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m. until the end of this school term.
Women's Chorus will rehearse each Tuesday, beginning
March 26th at 7 p.m. in preparation for UMW Sunday,
April 28th. New voices are welcome!
Holy Community Breakfast
Each Sunday in March at 7:00 a.m., a different ministry
at Centenary UMC will be serving breakfast to the
community at the United Methodist Smith Center.
March 31st – Gayle Perkins
Older Adult Ministry
Please come and tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music with us on Thursday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. General Admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors – 62 plus.
Discounts: 15% discounts to AAA members. Also, we will
have lunch and fellowship at the Four Way Grill at 1:00 p.m.
Please support our youth fundraisers that will be coming
up within the next few months. These funds will go
toward our North Carolina Harambe trip in June.
Thanks be to God our Children's Church is up and
running, but we are in need of volunteers. If you would
like to serve in this ministry, please contact Ms. Tondala Hayward or Tamala Young at 901-774-7604.
To Denise Parker and family in the passing of her father,
Euphan McLaughlin of Baltimore, Maryland.
Opportunities to Serve (We Really Need Your Help!)
We need volunteers to decorate the children’s nursery.
Wall supplies have been purchased. So we need
creative individuals. Please contact Tamala Young,
Liturgical Dance Ministry
We are starting a Liturgical Dance Ministry for young
girls ages 3 – 18. If you are interested in becoming a part
of this ministry, please contact, Tondala Hayward at
901-550-8511 or the church office, 901-774-7604.
Communion Serving Team Ministry
If you feel called to assist with communion visitation to
our sick and shut in, please contact Dr. Deborah Smith,
Photographers / Videographers
We are in need of (no fee) volunteer photographers/ videographers to help capture special events and to record Centenary’s church history. If you would like to serve in
this area, please contact Mrs. Kathryn McLaughlin at
901-590-0636 or the church office at 901-774-7604.
Urgent Request, Food Pantry Ministry
A Call to Serve - Please donate one bag of canned
vegetables and canned meat to the Centenary Food Pantry
or please designate at least $10 per month to support the
Food Pantry. We have shoppers who will use the money
wisely to support this ministry.
We are restructuring our efforts as related to the community garden. This project is an extension of the church's outreach
and evangelism programs. To that end, we firmly believe that the garden should reflect the combined efforts of the church
and the neighboring communities, i.e. planting, watering,
and harvesting the vegetables from the garden. We are
asking families, community groups and area ministries to
adopt a bed in the garden. This means that each group will
be responsible for planting, maintenance (watering, weeding,
etc.) and harvesting. Mr. John Petty will coordinate the
efforts and serve as the Master Gardener.
It is imperative that we organize a Community
Gardening Committee that will organize and support
the efforts of our garden. If you are interested in
adopting a bed in the garden or volunteering to assist,
Food Pantry Report
Thank you for your continued support in your giving. As
for the month of March, we have distributed a total of 77
bags of groceries. These bags provided food for: 52 men,
25 women and 27 children
Please be reminded that all announcements, including
inserts in any format, must be approved by the Pastor.
If you have any announcement(s)/inserts to be included
in the weekly bulletin, contact Ms. Tamala Young at
901-774-7604 no later than Wednesday. Announcements submitted after Wednesday will not be added to the bulletin.
All printing will be done on Thursdays. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
South Memphis Shalom Zone
October 2012, we were assigned the task of opening a
central clothing closet for South Memphis residents to
receive goods as the local churches in South Memphis
operate as one body. The committee for South Memphis
Clothes Closet of Excellence has been diligently working
to bring to reality this central place to store and distribute clothes and other items for people in need. Centenary
UMC and others are supporters of the efforts to quickly
bring this grand opening to our community. Centenary
UMC has committed to allowing the SMSZ to occupy a building located on its property for this project. Now, we are humbly asking for a rally of monetary support from churches and community leaders to defray the cost of items needed to fully open the clothing closet. The
following things are our urgent needs: painting the
interior, replacement of commodes, replacement of sinks, repairs of the roof, shelving, storage containers, clothing racks, labeling equipment, filing cabinet, ledger for record keeping, material for advertisement, etc.
We are asking for your help in meeting this current goal
of $2500.00 needed by your target date of April 8, 2013.
We are asking for your donation by April 8, 2013 as we
try to keep this project on schedule. Thank you for your kingdom support.
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by American writer Douglas A. Blackmon. The book explores the forced labor of imprisoned African American men and women through the convict lease system used by southern states, local governments, white farmers, and corporations after the American Civil War
until World War II in the southern United States. Blackmon presents evidence that slavery in the United States did not
end with the Civil War, instead persisting well into the 20th century. Family Ministry will show this movie during the summer. Just want to let you know what is coming next
from Family Ministry. We will distribute information with a definite date and time later. Family Ministry
Passionate worship is an act of the whole person. It is to
embody the greatest commandment: "Love the Lord your
God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind." It is
expressed in the psalmist's cry, "Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name" (Psalm 103:1).
We desperately need to practice passionate worship - worship that is whole-hearted, not half-hearted; Worship that is alive
and an expression of a heart sensitive to God instead of
worship of a heart cold to God. Given this perspective
we are enhancing our current worship experiences.
8:00 a.m. Worship Celebration
We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the
1st and 3rd Sundays. On 2nd and 4th Sundays, we will be
led in song and praise.
10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration
We will begin our worship with a time of praise.
This praise period will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m.
each Sunday, and we will continue into worship celebration
at 10:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered on the 1st Sunday as is our current custom. Also, the altar will be open for anyone who would like to pray prior to worship. There will be individuals present at the altar during
that time, if you would like someone to pray for you and/or
over you. I am so excited about our time together in worship
and praise, and I sincerely pray that God will continue to
bless us as we gather for worship. Blessings to each of you!
Dr. Deborah B. Smith