Centenary United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.


Sunday Worship
8:45am Early Service
9:45am Sunday School
10:55am Morning Worship 
6pm Intercessory Prayer
10am Chancel Choir
4pm Stephen Ministry
5:30pm Youth Group
9am-12, 2-4pm Food Closet
9am-12 MMO
7pm Men's Bible Study
9am-12, 2-4pm Food Closet
9:30-11:15am Bible Study
9am-12 MMO
7pm Bible Study
9am-12, 2-4pm Food Closet
9am-12 MMO
9:30/10am Bible Study
6pm Fellowship Supper
6:15-7pm Parables Study
6:15-7pm Children's Choir
7pm Chancel Choir
9am-12, 2-4pm Food Closet
9am-12 MMO
9am-noon, 1-3pm Food Closet
9am-12 MMO
7pm Hispanic Worship

Message From Pastor William 


A Word From Our Pastor 


My son, Matthew, called the other night to talk about his choices for his M.O.S.-Military Occupation Specialist assignment. He is contemplating several different opportunities all of which are entirely different from anything that he had previously discussed. He wanted, I think, affirmation from his mother and me. I pray that we gave him what he needed. 

I understand changing one’s mind. I am 54 and I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do when I grow up. Yes, I know that I need to hurry as time is a wasting, but right now my passion is what I have been doing since 1985. However, who is to say that God won’t choose to have me mowing grass at a nursing home. (Please, Lord, don’t do that as You know how much I hate mowing grass!) You know that God has a wonderful sense of humor sometimes. 


Well, my advice to my son, and to anyone trying to figure out what to do with their life, is simply this: Know that every part of our being is designed for some God-given purpose 


Stop and think. What really moves you? What causes you to jump for joy? What in life drives your passion? 

Don’t know? Ask your family and friends what they see in you. What are you good at it? I wanted to be a singer once, but I discovered much to my dismay that I can’t sing. So, I am learning to play the mandolin with the goal of winning a Grammy at 70. Don’t laugh, in my dreams I am the best. 

You see, if we have passion about the things we want to do in life, then we put a bit more effort into doing them. And if we have passion in seeking God’s face, we draw closer to Him. And when we draw closer to God, then we get a sense of the call that God has for our life. And God has designed each of us for a purpose. But it is only when we are seeking to hear His voice that we truly discover what that purpose is. 

The Psalmist said it well when he wrote, “Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” 

Have a blessed day; I wish you joy. Thank you for praying for me and my time with you. And if you are reading this newsletter and have been away from the church, come on back. The door is always open. 

Still in His Peace, 

Pastor William 


 Children’s Choir will begin on Wednesday September 10, 6:15 -7:00. The children will participate in a time of music and a study of Parables. It is open to children ages three through Fifth grade. The children will be divided into age appropriate groups for instruction. We will also have some beginning hand chime/bell instruction. The parents are invited to join Meagan Matthews for a study of the Parables of Jesus during this same time. 

Third Grade Bibles will be presented on Sunday October 12 in the 10:55 service. 


Fall Festival will be on Wednesday October 29 from 5:30-7:30. Come join us for an evening of fun with age appropriate activities, face painting, balloon art, hot dog supper, cake walk and inflatable play. 



    Upcoming Events



Fall 2014 Bible Studies 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study 

Meagan Matthews will be leading a Women’s Bible Study that will meet Tuesday mornings at 9:30 starting September 16th. We will be studying Dr. Efird’s series on the Book of Isaiah. The cost of the study will be $12. Please contact Meagan directly to sign up by emailing or calling her at: rev.matthews@gmail.com or (919) 631-9623 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study – 9:30am 

Lectionary Study with Robert Flynn starting September 10th @ 9:30. This class will be using the same material used in the spring session. 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study – 10am 

Susan Brown and Meagan Matthews will be continuing to lead a Bible study that meets Wednesdays at 10am starting September 10th. Every-one is welcome to attend, no registration required. 

Wednesday Evening Bible Study 


Meagan Matthews will be leading a study of the parables Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7pm starting September 10th. Rodney Sawrey will be teaching a parallel study to the children as a part of Children’s Choir. Everyone is invited to attend. Please contact 


Register now for
Centenary United Methodist Church’s 
Mother’s Morning Out
nd Preschool Program

2014-2015 School Year
Offering classes for ages 1 through Pre-K
Two, Three and Four day a week options
5 to 1 Student to Teacher ratio
for 1 &2 year olds
6 to 1 Student to Teacher ratio
for 3-5 year olds

$100/month for 2 days a week
$130/month for 3 days a week
$155/month for 4 days a week
$60 Registration fee

Program operates Monday through Thursday,
9AM – 12PM
Please call Bethany at 919-412-5355
to find out how to register.