Nov 06

Finding Ourselves Among the Saints



Two years ago Misty Copeland became the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. At the time she told reporters, “I had moments of doubting myself, and wanting to quit, because I didn’t know that there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level. At the same time, it made me so hungry to push through, to carry the next generation. So it’s not me up here — and I’m constantly saying that — it’s everyone that came before me that got me to this position.” In a world—and not just the dance world—where pictures of success are still often filled with white faces, Copeland has become a model of new possibilities for people of all races. To those, like her, who have faced difficult circumstances just because of the color of their skin, she demonstrates the virtue of persistence and destroys the lies of limitations imposed on them. To those who have not faced such difficulties, she embodies a new world that is not chained by past prejudices and expectations. Misty Copeland is a gift, someone whose accomplishments are not just to be celebrated for their own sake but also for the fact that they make the world around her a better place. Continue reading

Nov 02

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All Saints, Thanksgiving baskets, Warm clothing<!–



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Daylight savings ends: Don’t forget to adjust your clocks Saturday night before going to bed!

Thanksgiving baskets: Please sign up this Sunday to supply a Thanksgiving for a family in our community. You can provide a basket for a family of 2, 4, or 6. A list of items to be purchased for the different-sized baskets will be available this week. Baskets need to be brought to church by November 12. Our church has already committed to caring for 14 families this holiday season. Way to go!

All Saints Sunday: We will celebrate All Saints this Sunday, November 5. If you would like to include a loved one or friend who has died in the last year, please email centreumc@gmail.com or write the name(s) on a prayer card this Sunday.

Warm clothing: Nancy Martin is collecting new socks and hats and new or gently used jeans (sizes 30-36), gloves, sweat shirts, and sweat pants for the New Hope outreach in Edgewood. Please bring items this Sunday.

Trustees: Trustees meet on Monday, November 6, at 7pm.


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Oct 30

The Reformation at 500: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God



“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred dwell together in unity.” Growing up, I heard these words often from my mother, who usually spoke them to me and my brother—I have a sister, too, but she almost never needed to hear these words—whenever we were fighting, or about to start fighting. “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in peace,” she would say, in the old King James version of Psalm 133. I never liked hearing those words, but I needed to hear them. I needed to be reminded that whatever state I was in with my brother—anger, frustration, disappointment, annoyance—there was something better for me, something good and pleasant for me to seek. Continue reading

Oct 26

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Thanksgiving baskets, All Saints Sunday, and More!<!–



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Thanksgiving baskets: Please sign up this Sunday, October 29, or next Sunday, November 5, to supply a Thanksgiving for a family in our community. You can provide a basket for a family of 2, 4, or 6. A list of items to be purchased for the different-sized baskets will be available this week. Baskets need to be brought to church by November 12.

All Saints Sunday: We will celebrate All Saints on Sunday, November 5. If you would like to include a loved one or friend who has died in the last year, please email centreumc@gmail.com or write the name(s) on a prayer card this Sunday.

Fifth Sundays Series: This Sunday is a Fifth Sunday, so we will have a combined Sunday School class for all youth and adults in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. This month’s Fifth Sunday will focus on the Reformation.


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Oct 22

The Reformation at 500: Made for Worship



We were created for worship. Yes—all of creation was made for worship. The psalmist cries out to creation: praise him! Angels, sun, moon, stars, sea monsters, snow, rain, fire, frost, cattle, birds, people of every age and status: praise him! Praise the Lord! You were made to worship the Lord. This is what you have been created for. One of the great legacies of the Reformation was the Westminster Catechism, a teaching book that John Wesley even adapted for Methodists. The very first question is, “What is the chief end”—that is, the main purpose or goal—of humankind? And the answer is, Our “chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” And what is true for humanity is true for each and every element of creation, from subatomic particles to galaxies, from the seen to the unseen. Worship is our common vocation. We are made for worship. Continue reading