Next Sunday, August 24 at 12:00 noon
Following Sunday School
head to Fairbanks Park for airboat rides & picnic
at the Kiwanis Shelter near the playground.
Drinks, fried chicken & table service will be
furnished. Please bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert.
JESUS IN THE GOSPELS
Starting September 18 Crossroads Cluster will offer a
30 week Second Generation Disciple Bible Study.
Thursdays 2:30 — 4:30 PM
at Memorial UMC, 2701 Poplar Street in Terre Haute, IN
Study Manual - $33.99 Gospel Comparison - $10.19
We will order study materials in advance, and you may pay at the first meeting. Sessions will be led by Tom Siefert.
For an informational brochure call church office.
BEGINNING CLASS FOR HANDBELL PLAYERS Centenary is blessed to have a beautiful set of handbells and all the accessories needed to produce music in praise of, and prayer to God. Debbie Thompson and Doris Pell are teaming up to establish an active Handbell Choir to play for Worship. "Learn to Play Bells" class meets at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays. Players can be 7th grade through whatever age you are. Pre-requisites to playing? None. It does help if you can tap your foot to a piece of music. Reading music is not a pre-requisite. Come and try it. The plan is to have beginners class meet until October, and on October 1, to invite experienced players to join the beginners in preparing music to play in Worship.
FROM THE PASTOR
I don’t think I will ever forget her. I walked into her shop, interested in checking out the goods and services they sold, but fully determined that I was there only to look. She asked if she could help, and I told her why I was there, and that I was still in the “looking” phase. Soon enough we were chatting…I like to chat…and I found her to be really good at listening and engaging…so I kept talking. Pretty soon, she was talking back, letting me know that some of the products in her store were just what I was describing. By the time I had left, I had decided to purchase her line of goods. And to this day, I’m not sorry at all…they’ve been everything she said they would be , but I find myself puzzled. I was thoroughly committed to not buy into what she was saying. What happened? Was she just really tricky? Or did she find a way to discover what I was really wanting, and to convince me that it was right within my reach? What is there to learn from her?
This summer during worship, we have been paying attention to the parables of Jesus. The parables help us by challenging us to think differently about the kingdom of God. In one of those stories, Jesus described a merchant who was looking for fine pearls. And one day, he found a “keeper”…one so valuable that, in the words of Jesus, the merchant “went and sold all that he had and bought it.” In other words, God has placed in each of us a longing for something so true and good that we’ll completely rearrange our lives to acquire it. At the very least, this means for us that as long as God is luring us, the first word, our own or someone else’s, isn’t the final word.
Together, as a congregation, we are working to develop a vision statement that will link our congregation to what God is up to in the world, particularly in our community. Our prayer is that the statement will be persuasive to us, and to those with whom we connect
Left to our own devices, our fearful or our bored brain sends a signal to our bodies and souls to live in isolation, from God and from each other. The deeper desire we all carry, somewhere within us, is to wrapped up in a love that asks something great from us, that seeks to live in a community of peace, and that prays to be a part of something good and right.
Let’s pray together for openness, and that together we find the vision that will sustain us as we, and others, move from “I’m just looking” to “This is just what I’m looking for.”
Take good care
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
BIKE RIDERS’ DINNER—MONDAY MAY 12, 2014
For several years Centenary UMC has hosted this annual event in Terre Haute, IN. The estimated 70 riders plus their support team began arriving at Centenary in the afternoon to spend the night. Volunteers directed riders to shower facilities at ISU and others served dinner to the group. Bikers made bike repairs, and camped out at Centenary for the night. Then after a hearty breakfast on Tuesday, they continued on their ride. Thanks to Krogers North and to Texas Roadhouse and Baesler’s for their generous donations of food
Hosting the Sycamore Social
On May 5th, 2014, members of Centenary United Methodist Church hosted a special group of guests at the National Guard Armory at 3614 Maple Avenue in Terre Haute, IN. Physically or mentally challenged guests and their caregivers played basketball or corn-toss or danced the limbo. They met old friends, visited, munched on cookies and sipped lemonade. Our guests enjoyed themselves as Centenary members reached out to the community in a very special way.
FROM THE PASTOR
It's graduation day at (insert the name of your rival school), and everybody is going graduate except for Josh. At the graduation assembly, the entire senior class stands up and shouts "Let Josh graduate! Let Josh graduate!" The principal agrees to give Josh one last chance. "If I have five apples in my right hand and five in my left hand, Josh, how many apples do I have?" he asked Josh. Josh thought long and hard and then said: "Ten." And the entire senior class stood up and shouted, "Give Josh another chance. Give Josh another chance!"
Ah, yes. It is graduation season. Many of us remember our graduations fondly, though we may not remember graduation speeches so fondly. For many of us, there was a certain social pressure to be especially giddy that day, so pity the poor soul who had agreed to speak to the rowdy group of graduates. To make matters worse, all too often the speeches are boringly predictable. “You have achieved much. Many have helped you. You have great potential.” Somehow those powerful truths…and they are powerful…can appear trite, because graduates expect someone to say them, and because their minds are more concentrated that day on celebration and fun.
It is the church’s job to retrieve those words, or better, their spiritual versions, and to offer them to those who need them. Part of our mission as church is to lift up ‘calling’ or ‘vocation’ as part of the Christian vision. Any Christian community is a community of calling where we are, with regularity, asked to consider why we are in the world. What is our purpose in being here? That is what ‘calling’ means.
How do we arrange ourselves as a congregation so that we may effectively commend “calling” to others. One way is to create opportunities for us all, and particularly those youth and young adults among us, to engage in meaningful service and caring. Surveys have consistently shown that “millenials” (those born between 1982 and 2003) have the highest service volunteer rates among all generational groups. This longing within us, and especially within the young among us, powerfully resonates with the Wesleyan call to discipleship and service.
Calling is not just about getting a job; it is about blessing the world. Frederick Buechner writes that “Vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” And Howard Thurman once wrote, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Trust me, those are things contemporary graduates would hear…perhaps even on graduation day.
Take good care.