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Engaging with God & Connecting with One Another
Centenary Disciples, 
The Lord be with you . . . And also with you.
We're sorry we could not provide a Live Online worship experience this Sunday (June 14).  A partial recording of which can be accessed below.  We experienced an internet service outage at the Church that hindered our ability to broadcast. We pray that will not happen again, but if it does, we now have a back-up plan to assure our Live Online Worship will continue as scheduled . . . hopefully.  
We are so thankful to WAKK 1140 AM that we continue Live Over Radio at 10:30 am.  And when you're ready, Live in Person worship is happening in the 2nd floor Sanctuary at 9:00 am and 10:30 am following Virus Mitigation Protocols.  

I hope that this communication finds you physically well and that it contains helpful tools that will promote your spiritual health. 

We’re anxious to hear from you:

The Rev Jonathan Speegle, PhD, Pastor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .662-889-7000                                     Connie Felter, Minister of Discipleship and Visitation . . . . 601-248-1756                                       Christopher Hart, Minister of Music, Media, and Arts . . . . 601-810-5030                                    
Kevin Martin, Minister to Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 601-551-0848                                       Kathy Walton, Financial Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . .601-551-8723                                       Bob Raborn, Pianist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601-551-3735                                     Bruce Robinson, Custodian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .601-551-6298                                       Send prayer requests to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .601-248-1756  
                                  Thoughts by Connie Felter                                  
Monday’s staff devotion time recalled one of my favorite parables, The Parable of the Sower. My take on this story is somewhat different than the usual focus upon the soils. Given, soil is important – there are always thorns, weeds and stony ground along with shallow soil that render some gardens fruitless. Seeds do not do well in any of those conditions. Then there are varying degrees of soil that offer better yields. Suffice it to say, sowing seed is often chancy business. So many things must come together to bring forth fruit. One thing we can be sure of though, if the seed is not sown there is no fruit. 
I am taken with the person of the sower. He/she knows ahead of time the perils of gardening. He/she fully understands every seed sown may or may not bear fruit. Nonetheless, he/she is faithful to the task – sowing seeds. 
We are sowers in this God’s creation. We each have different tasks before us. we can be sure there are obstacles before us. The question before us is – do we abandon our task because we already know there are things that will hinder our actions? We have only to look to the sower in the parable for our answer. The sower did exactly what he was supposed to do. We are called to do the same. That is faithfulness!!
Anything Christian is under attack, Jesus said it would be that way. “In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.” In a world that challenges our every thought and deed, it is easy to give up or give in to discouragement.  We would do well to remember Jesus’ words and we would do well to follow the example of the sower. I suspect Jesus is looking for a few good sowers – willing hearts that are faithful to any God-given task!! Think About It…
                                               Ministry News                                                 
Children’s Sunday school and Wednesday night live activities are still on hiatus – however, some events are happening (online and pop-up live), contact Chris Richardson for information (601-810-6591)

Some Youth activities are happening, for more info contact Kevin Martin (601-551-0848)

Contact your Sunday School teacher concerning your class meetings.

Can you play an instrument or sing a solo during worship?  Let Christopher know your willing (601-810-5030)

To grow as a congregation while maintaining safely distanced crowds we may add even another worship event – contact Dr Speegle and prayerfully share what you would like to happen in a new service and how you can support it.

We need a camera operator and back-up audio visual person - can you help assist Wendy in the AV booth?   Contact Christopher (601-810-5030) or Dr Speegle for more info on how you can be a vital part of our worship team.
Mark your calendars: FamJam @ Centenary on Aug 8 at 10:30 am
For KIDS K-6th & their Families - Contact Chris Richardson for info (601-810-6591)
              Disciples Engage with God through Worship              
Worship is the most important thing we do as disciples; in fact, the purpose of human life is to glorify God and enjoy him forever; and that is what worship is all about.

Sunday Morning Worship Schedule
Live In Person at 9:00 am   (No singing, Holy Communion, Infant Nursery)

Live In Person at 10:30 am (Singing, Infant Nursery)

Live Online at 10:30 am on YouTube or our Web Page
(Log on early and let us know via the chat that you’re present and accounted for)
Click here to download the Order of Worship, Kid's Page 3+, Kid's Page 7+
Live Over Radio at 10:30 am on WAKK 1140 AM.  
(If you listen please make positive posts on our Facebook page)

 How Things Will Be Different Sunday
  1. We have implemented cleaning and disinfection practices according to the CDC guidelines.
  2. We will stay well under 50% capacity of the worship space (our maximum is 75 persons – an overflow room in the Fellowship Hall will be available if needed)
  3. 3 Services will help us maintain safe spaces: 9:00 am; 10;30 am; and Live Online at 10:30 am
  4. We have implemented a plan to ensure a flow of fresh air into the worship space — the air will run constantly, so if you sit near a vent it may be cold, bring a sweater or light jacket.
  5. We will follow physical distancing guidelines; no handshaking or hugging, sitting 6 feet apart, wearing a mask, singing softly, etc.
  6. We will dismiss sequentially (last row first, and so on, so that we do not form a crowd at the exits)
  7. Vulnerable persons, those who are symptomatic or have a fever, those who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive in the last two weeks, or have travelled to a hot spot in the last two weeks are encouraged to worship ONLINE ONLY.
  8. Please make the best decision you can concerning your own health and safety – it’s OK to stay home and participate online if you are not yet ready to return.
10 Things You Should Do If You Plan to Worship Live In Person
  1. Take your temperature
    • If you have a temp of 100 or more; If you have any shortness of breath; If you feel unwell – DO NOT ATTEND – but call you doctor, or go to the Emergency Room
  2. Wash your hands 
    • for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  3. Bring a sweater or jacket
    • It may be cool in the sanctuary as we will be using the air conditioner constantly to increase the flow of fresh air into the worship space
  4. Wear a mask
    • If you forget yours, we may have some at the Church
  5. Bring your smart device if you want to use it as a worship aid (orders of worship will be available)
  6. Sanitize your hands at the door
  7. Use non-contact greetings
    • refrain from handshaking, hugging, or touching
  8. Maintain proper distancing
    • gracefully give others permission to say “not too close” and unless you live under the same roof, sit 6 feet apart.  
  9. Exit carefully and in order, taking your bulletin with you and maintaining distance
  10. If you become symptomatic please let us know immediately 
    • Call Connie (601-248-1756) or Chris (601-810-5030) or leave a message at the Church (601-684-6698)
    • We will not publicize your name; but this will allow us to notify others who may have been in close proximity so they can more attentively monitor their own health
Our Latest Service (or at least part of it)
These flower dates are available: 
7/5, 7/26, 9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25

Claim your date and text (601-248-1756) or email your memorial designation.
You can drop your check for at least $43.00 in the offering plate, the mail, or choose "flowers" on our giving page.
       Disciples Engage with God through the Sacraments      
Holy Baptism & Holy Communion are the ordinary ways God gives us saving grace.

Baptism is our primary connection to Christ; through which we receive the gifts of salvation, the Holy Spirit, and rebirth as a child of God.  Each time you wash your hands (and you should be washing your hands a lot these days) say aloud: I remember that I am baptized, and I am thankful.  
Holy Communion is the chief way we receive grace for the forgiveness of our sins, and the power to live as God’s children.  Every time you eat bread, and every time you drink from a cup, remember the Lord’s death, and pray that soon you can once again gather around his banqueting table.
   Disciples engage with God through the Holy Scripture   
When we read and study the bible; we learn more about God, Jesus speaks to us, and we receive grace to love and obey him.
Bible Study = Tuesday June 23 @ 6:30 pm (ending promptly at 7)
This digitally integrated bible study will be live in person in the sanctuary and online at Facebook Live.
Chris will be moderating the Facebook live chat so that you can ask questions (and hopefully answer some) live – he’ll even let you ask anonymously.
We will pick up The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, -- Chapter 13.  
Please follow the virus mitigation guidelines if you plan to attend live and in person.

Read the daily lectionary to prepare for Sunday.
Daily devotions help us engage with the scripture
  • The Upper Room is available in the Centenary kiosk or click here for free electronic downloads.
  • Our church-wide yearly devotional is New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp (available on Amazon).  You can join the Facebook Discussion Group by going to the Church’s Facebook page, then to groups, then choose “join the group.”  For help joining the group contact Chris Hart (601-810-5030).
   Disciples Engage with God through Prayer and Fasting  
Prayer is how we converse with God who relates to us as our loving Father.  Prayer, fasting, and contemplation are ways we participate in our relationship with God.  
Go to our YouTube playlists where you’ll find our Taizé Service Music 
This music is especially prayerful and will help you in your devotions; and we will be using it in worship soon.
The Church is open throughout the week for private prayer.  
Remember to wash your hands, keep your distance, and call a staff person to let you in if needed.  
Good prayer practices include:
  1. Praying the Lord’s Prayer daily
  2. Praying grace over meals
  3. Praying upon rising in the morning and before sleeping at night
  4. Praying throughout the week for our prayer concerns.
When you pray, please remember:
The needs of the church, especially:
Our pastor and staff as they continue their ministry during this crisis.

Those burdened by any kind of difficulty, sickness, or suffering, especially:
Our Members:
Jane Richmond, Becky Schertz, Nancy Felder, Martha Lamkin, Bobbie Kenna, Cindy Price, Hannah Nieman, Dean Kebert, Helen Elise McMillan, Cindy Quayle, Terry Thompson, Lamar Murrell, Linda Purtell & Ted Purtell.
Our Friends:

The Family of Wilma Faye Pounds, The Family of Delores Smith Bell, The Family of Robby Robizine, Harry Plotner, Virginia Griffin, The Family of Peggy Felder, The Family of Amy Willingham, Catherine Grenn Wilfong, Bud Doherty, Debbie Stovall, Tracy Callahan, Annette King, Marge Smith, Shiela Puryear, Jimmy Clark, Lock Ross, Patsy Brock, Carla Grenn Allen, Will Jones, Emily Mote, Scott and Debbie Perkins, Richard Coghlan, Julie Wallace.
The local community, especially:
Law enforcement officials, first responders, and all medical professionals working to preserve life and stop the pandemic.
The public authorities and the salvation of the world, especially: 
All those working to slow the current pandemic.
To request prayer, you can:
 Persons added to the prayer list will remain for four weeks, after which you may resubmit if desired.
        Disciples Engage with God through Acts of Service        
God desires a people who freely love him and love each other.  When we do good to each other we are actively loving God.
If you need assistance picking up prescriptions or items form the store, we can help with that.  
Contact Kevin Martin (601-551-0848), Darren Felder (601-248-8038), Teresa Price (601-551-6982), Jennifer Dumas (601-248-0622) and they will match you with someone who will be glad to help.
If you have an idea for a service project or mission outreach that you think the Church should be involved in contact Jennifer Dumas (601-248-0622).
Baby Bottle Boomerang
In lieu of collecting coins (which is not "covid-friendly") please make your donation directly to the Crisis Pregnancy Center or through the Church by placing a clearly marked check in the offering plate, in the mail, or choose "Baby Bottle Boomerang" on our giving page.
            Disciples Engage with God through Fellowship            
No one is a Christian alone.  God gave us the Church so that we can hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, and so that we could provoke one another to love and good deeds.
The Church has subscribed to ZOOM
If you need to call a meeting, have some small group or Sunday school class time – you can use our subscription – just call Dr Speegle and he’ll send you what you need to make it happen.

Dr Speegle wants to visit with you
you’re invited – come to PJ’s – grab some coffee – meet on the patio
(in case of rain we’ll meet inside so bring your mask just in case)

We celebrate our Youth Girls meeting for Study & Fellowship
               Disciples Engage with God through Giving                  
We give because God first gave to us.  God is the giver of life and all good gifts, and he desires that we too give generously and cheerfully.  
Please continue to give regularly even when we cannot meet regularly.  
The needs and expenses of the Church continue during crisis.  If you are not a financial supporter of the Church, perhaps now is your time to start.  If you are, perhaps you could give a little extra to make up for those who can’t.  
  1. You may mail your offerings to PO Box 712, McComb 39648
  2. or drop them by the Church Office
  3. or donate by automatic draft
    (Kathy can help you set this up, call 601-684-6698)
  4. or electronically by going to our giving page
    Electronic givers can charge their donation to a debit or credit card.
Give Now
If you have something you would like to suggest including in our next issue, please reach out and let Dr Speegle know (662-889-7000).
In this time, we pray:

Ever-present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.
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