A Fun-Filled Christmas Sycamore Social
On Monday, December 4, thirteen Centenary members hosted a fun-filled Christmas Sycamore Social for the mentally and physically challenged men and women of Terre Haute. The Maple Avenue Armory was filled with approximately 90 excited guests and their aides, shooting basketballs, playing the corn toss game, dancing, and visiting with their friends. The first 30 guests received green elf hats colorfully decorated by Gerri Varner and Vicky Boyd. Our guests were treated to cake and ice cream, pretzels, cheeses and crackers, and punch. About mid-point in the party, a surprise visitor in a red suit appeared, and they immediately surrounded him, showing love and affection. They were led in Christmas carols by Ken Lane and Santa Claus, portrayed by Charlie Jackson. Gerri Varner photographed our guests with Santa, and she will make photo ornaments for them. A big thank you to our workers and those who contributed food and items to the party. Our workers included: B.J. Carlson who provided Santa hats for the workers, Pastor Mel Camp, Vicky Boyd, Susan Brattain, Chris Brown, Bill and Caroline Dando, Don Dodson, Rev. Deb and Steve Hardin, Ken and Janice Lane, Cindy Miller, and Gerri Varner. Special thanks to Pam Virgilio for sending out the flyers to the various homes and making reminder calls to the homes.
CENTENARY UMW EVENTS
Centenary U. M. Women's group gathered on Wednesday, December 6, for their annual Christmas Potluck Luncheon. The Friendship Room was festively decorated by hostesses Ann Bloxdorf, Susan Brattain, and Gerri Varner, and Mary Lynn Siefert put everyone in the Christmas spirit as she played Yuletide music on the piano. As part of the program, Karen Heefner shared a treasured family Christmas story, Clown of God by Tomie dePaola, to the group. The Rev. Deb Moore Hardin collected a number of baby outfits and layettes, contributed by UMW members, for newborns at Union Hospital. Centenary UMW President Susan Brattain conducted a business meeting prior to the program. Thank you to all who contributed in making our gathering such a gala event. The Centenary UMW group will not meet again until April 2018 and the Circle will not meet until April 2018, as well.
The Evening Circle will meet on Monday, January 8 at 6:00.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Seventh Cents Youth Group spent December with Bible Studies and an overnight at Centenary on December 15. A fun time was had by all!
55:1 COMMUNITY MEAL
The Fellowship Hall was gaily adorned with Christmas ornaments and lights to welcome our guests to our December Community Free Lunch event on Monday, December 11. A delicious turkey dinner with all its trimmings, including mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and beverages, was served to approximately 85 ISU students and staff, townspeople, and some homeless and needy folk. A member of the WDWQ 102.7 Radio Station and a member of WTHI Hi-99 Radio Station where Pastor Mel and Chris Brown were interviewed also came to have lunch with us. Approximately 21 Centenary members cooked and served our guests. They were: Tom and Martha Barnett, Ann Bloxdorf, Vicky Boyd, Chris and Julie Brown, LeaAnn and Pastor Mel Camp, B.J. Carlson, Bill and Caroline Dando, Mary Halsted, Gail Hayes, Ken, Janice, and Jason Lane, Mary Ellen and Jim Long, Bill Shriner, Donna VanSandt, and Gerri Varner. A big thank you to all who contributed food and those who worked to feed our hungry group. Our next Isaiah 55: 1 Community Free Lunch will be on Monday, January 22, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30. Please come and join us as we serve chili with all its fixings.
EIGHT CHURCHES PARTICIPATED IN STAINED GLASS WINDOW TOUR
During the Stained Glass Window Tour of Terre Haute churches on Sunday, June 11, 2017, approximately 75 visitors toured Centenary United Methodist Church.
Assisting with welcoming the visitors were: Gerri Varner, organizer of Centenary's stop on the eight churches tour; Ann Bloxdorf, Chris Schellenberg, B.J. Carlson, Evelyn DiLavore, Donna VanSandt, Bill and Caroline Dando, and Pastor Mel and Lea Ann Camp, along with pianists Mary Lynn Siefert and Madonna Nally. Tribune-Star reporter Dave Taylor wrote an excellent account of the Stained Glass Sunday event, and it was published on the front page of the Tribune-Star, June 12 (see Bulletin Board). A special thank you to all who participated and/or provided cookies and refreshments for the reception that the visitors enjoyed.
Centenary graduates were recognized in our June 4 Worship Service. They are:
High School: Delaney Brown, Will Hayes, Abigail King, Laura Rogers, Crimson Tennis
College: Emily Bell, Morgan Brown, Kelli Buchanan
Masters: Elizabeth Camp
Congratulations to all!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
We offer 3 Adult Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings after the Worship Service. The Fellowship Class meets downstairs and follows a weekly lesson plan that is listed in the Sunday morning bulletin. A more informal class meets in the Thirza Bunce Room for a discussion of the Sunday sermon, no preparation needed. The College Age/Young Adult Class meets downstairs in the Discipleship Room. We hope you will join us at one of these classes for some lively discussion and fellowship!
The Chancel Choir is under the direction of Paul Ellison. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the choir rehearsal room.
14TH & CHESTNUT FOOD PANTRY:
For several years the Friendship Class has collected non-perishable grocery items and paper products for the 14th & Chestnut Food Pantry. Recently, the class decided to give the congregation the opportunity to contribute to this ministry. There is a box in the church library near the elevator for any donations.
PRAYER GROUP EVERY THURSDAY
11:00 AM in the Thirza Bunce Room. Everyone welcome!