Worship Cancelled January 12!

Dear CUMC family,

Jen and Rick have spent much time talking and praying about tomorrow, and have made the difficult call to cancel the service for tomorrow, Sunday, January 12. The conditions are potentially hazardous, and we won’t know until it’s too late how bad things will be. Please spread the word to folks that don’t have email, and take some time in your own home tomorrow morning to give thanks as a family for the blessings that we have received.

We will continue our series on religions next week with a look at Hinduism. We look forward to seeing you call next week. Stay safe and if you run into trouble, please reach out to others in the community.

God bless and keep you all.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jen and Rick

Online small groups launch!

Beginning Tuesday, September 17th, and continuing each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., CUMC will launch its first online small group – because life is better together! We at CUMC know life is busy – jobs, kids, grandkids, aging parents and so much more. That’s why we’re offering a way we can connect in a meaningful way, and do so from the comfort of our own home – or even from work!

You don’t have to be a regular participant in weekend worship to be part of this small group, but we will use the weekly grow.pray.study guide (found elsewhere on this website) for our conversation. We will also try and figure out ways we can come together every once in a while and make a difference in the world.

If this sounds interesting to you, contact Pastor Rick at rickm@centenaryfaith.org. He can fill you in on more details, and also give you the link you need to connect to the group. Life is better together!

New Message series June 9th

Starting Sunday June 9th, CUMC will begin a new series of messages on the Gospel of Mark. This book is a book about Jesus. Like a biography. The author, possibly Mark, wants to introduce and commend Jesus to his readers, and does so by telling the story of Jesus’ life, death and teachings. But this is not just any story. This is not just any biography. The books points to something more – something important is going on – a higher purpose to life. In this series, we’l explore this book and look for that purpose. And in the process, we may even discover a deeper purpose for our now lives. Join us!

10 Mi Yard Sale Space!

Space is available for rental for during the 10 Mi Yard Sale on the grounds of the church. Each space is approximately 20′ x 10′ (long side open to customers) on the grounds of the church (all spots outside!) All spaces face either Dr. Mann Rd. or the driveway of the church. No tables, tents or other supplies are provided. The fee for both days is $50 ($10 returned if your site is left completely clean at the end of Sunday). For more information and/or the application, email Lori at lori@centenaryfaith.org. Space is limited!

Embracing the Prophets

Lent is the time of year that followers of Jesus reflect on their faith journey during the 40 days (excluding Sundays) that lead to Easter. This year at CUMC we are using the material created by renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann as our guide. The focus is on the poetic prophecy of the Hebrew Scriptures and we will seek to make connections between Israel’s story and the economic and spiritual status of our own situation in the 21st century U.S. We’ll consider the message of these poet-prophets in their own time and place. We’ll ask: what is their message for us today? What steps can we take to reclaim the prophetic message of distributive justice, nonviolence, loss and hope? And maybe most importantly, we’ll reflect on our role in bringing God’s perspective to today’s society. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. or online through the church’s Facebook page. Series begins March 10th.

Simple Rules for Life

Methodists are descendants of one of the most strategic leaders in the history of the church, John Wesley. Like other spiritual leaders in history, Wesley was less interested in arguing a set of beliefs; he was more interested in helping others follow Jesus as a way of life. Like Benedict’s “rule of life,” or other “rules of life” from various monastic communities, Wesley’s 3 Simple Rules were meant to provide a framework for helping people grow in their faith and grow closer to God. For the next three weeks, starting Feb 17th, our pastors will lead us in exploring these three simple rules. Our hope is, whether you are just beginning the faith journey, or have been practicing the Christian faith for many years, these weeks will provide practical suggestions so that you can take the next steps you are being called to take. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

“At the movies” continues this week

Our series of messages based on popular movies continues this week, and our movie for Sunday is “Forrest Gump.” In particular, we’ll consider a clip that continues one of most famous lines for all of movie-dom: “Life is like a box of chocolates….” The popcorn will be popping and the Spirit will be moving so plan on joining us – worship starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday!

At the Movies!

There’s nothing like watching a good movie. You’re caught up in the story, on the edge of your seat. Feet suctioned to the sticky floor, a bucket of popcorn in your lap. If you want to laugh—there’s comedy. If you want to cry—there’s drama. Thrills, action, drama—everything we long for, because we love stories. We long for adventure. We long for escape.

When the screen goes dark and the lights go up, the truth remains: each of us is really smack-dab in the middle of our own story. Whether you think yours would only win the Oscar for ‘Most Boring Mockumentary’ or your own plot has more twists and turns than you know what to do with—you’re called to be a hero. To find your way out of the audience and into the action. To face down the villains that plague you. To rescue the neighbor in distress. To leave a legacy that’s more than just a shadow riding off into the sunset. You can transform the world. Our sermon series starting January 6th will feature one movie each week – inviting all of us to live the adventure God calls us to. (Sneak preview – first movie is “Chocolat” featuring Johnny Depp, and the next movie is “Les Miserables.” Check out the posters at church to find out the other movies we’ll be featuring!!

Happy, Healthy New Year’s Party

Be sure to join us December 31st starting at 6 p.m. for a New Year’s celebration. We are partnering with Somerset Public Health and Kennebec Behavioral Health to offer a night of fun and celebration.

From 6 – 8, we’ll have an outside cook fire with hot dogs and hot chocolate, and inside popcorn, more hot chocolate, along with board games and other fun things to do – like “panty hose bowling”! There will be crazy-hat making and a photo booth to preserve the moment! We’ll also have a few door prizes.

Then at 8 we’ll sit down to enjoy a feature film and end the evening by 10 p.m.

This is a FREE event for all ages, so put us in your calendar now!

Happy, Healthy New Years

Have you heard? CUMC, along with Somerset Health and Kennebec Behavioral Health, is hosting a NEW YEARS EVE party from 6 – 10 p.m. We’ll have an outside bonfire, with hot dogs and hot chocolate outside. Inside you can get a picture taken at the photo booth, get some popcorn and more hot chocolate or other refreshment. There will also be games, and lots more fun. At 8, we’ll be featuring the movie “Up” – a great uplifting film for all ages. This is a FREE event! All are welcome. For more information, give us a shout! For other details go to the link below: