Tuesday evening, the leadership of Centenary, lay, staff, and clergy, met together to pray and to discuss the steps we need to take to protect the health, safety and well-being of our congregation and community.


          As a result, we are suspending all in-person ministries until March 31 with the exception of take-out meals on Wednesday nights.


          This decision is in compliance with the recommendation of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and state, and local health authorities, of not being in groups of more than 10 people. After the next two weeks, we will reassess and make future decisions at that time. 


          Church services will be live-streamed and I encourage you to log on to the Centenary website at Put your cursor over the word ‘Worship’ and click on ‘Sermons’ when the drop down menu appears to watch the streaming services live at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 22 and March 29. You can also be able to view the service at a later time on the website using the same procedure.


          More information about how we will continue to be Centenary United Methodist Church during this time tomorrow.


          I close, for now, with a ‘Prayer for a Pandemic’ written by my good friend, the Rev. Amy Shanholtzer:

Gracious God, as we face tomorrow, let us do so unafraid. Remind us that you are the one who holds tomorrow. There is not a second of that day that we can count on today. It is all a gift.

In these uncertain times, O God, make us into the disciples that you want us to be. As we follow the guidelines from the healers among us, help us find new ways, creative ways, powerful ways to love your children. For a short time, O God, we will cease from gathering as large groups to worship. We remember the scripture, "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.;"  And, on that day, when we gather together again, we will sing your praises with great joy.

          Until then, we will love your people and all of creation. 

          We will love them with our prayers for caregivers and physicians and nurses and the frightened and the disbelieving.

          We will love them with our presence on the phone, in an email, with a card or a note. 

          We will love them with our gifts - our financial gifts that sustain the ministry of our local church and your worldwide church that is even now seeking to alleviate suffering.

          We will love them with our service - lending a hand in need, dropping off groceries, listening to fears and anxieties and checking on the frail and fragile.

          And we will love them with our witness - our witness that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is in this powerful name that we pray, Amen.



          May the only thing people catch from us is hope…

Come join the Tuesday Night Women’s Bible Study Group as we begin an 8-week study of Colin Smith’s “Momentum – Pursuing God’s Blessing through the Beatitudes” starting March 24th in the Family Life Center from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.





2020 Southeast District Lenten Services Schedule

(All Services Start at 6pm)

March 22 – Maple UMC (Cape)

March 29 – New Salem UMC (Daisy)

April 5 – Grace UMC (Cape)


JAMS is coming!

Wednesday, March 18th 3:30-5pm



Mark your calendars!

Vacation Bible School

“Knights of North Castle”

June 8-11