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Engaging with God & Connecting to One Another
Centenary Disciples, 

The Lord be with you . . . and also with you.

This upcoming Sunday (October 11) we'll hear about Moses and golden calf.  Do you remember this guy?  

Wednesday Night activities for Kids, Youth, and Adults @ 5:30 pm
  1. Young people will meet at the Youth House (with pizza);
  2. Kids in the 1 Floor Fellowship Hall (with pizza);
  3. Adults in the Sanctuary (no pizza). 

Scroll down to see our Halloween plans at Camp Wesley Pines.

I hope this communication finds you well, and provides you tools to care for both your physical and 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
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Thoughts by Connie Felter, Minister of Discipleship & Visitation

Slay Road is a small country-lane type road. It’s soft rolling hills are perfect for a morning or evening walk. It has become a special place as I make my way up and down the road each day. Last Friday as I stepped out of the back door I was face to face with a huge full moon in the western sky. It was magnificent to say the least. I kept my eye on it as I made my way up the final incline of the country road. It is my turning point where I make my way back home. I stood and watched as the moon made its descent over the tree-lined horizon. I then turned and looked toward the eastern sky. It too was an incredibly amazing sight. The sky gleamed with yellows, golds, and bright oranges – the sun was breaking just over that tree-lined horizon. Spectacular came to mind as I stood on the little hill gazing upward. Both lights were there in the sky at the same time – the Lessor Light and the Greater Light – a wondrous display of the majesty and wonder of God’s good creation. I cried out saying, the heavens do declare your glory Lord. I stood a few moments longer – looking out and over to my right (maybe that was southward). There were green pastures, and still waters. I spoke once again; Lord you really are my Shepherd and I do not want…Those were moments I will long remember. I didn’t want to leave but I had to make my way home or Lamar would come looking for me.
 
In moments like these I am deeply humbled at the glory, majesty and wonder of our God. There may be a lot wrong with this world, but the beauty of His creation is a vivid reminder of God’s faithfulness, of God’s grace and God’s rule. We can be assured that until His return there will be morning, there will be evening, there will be springtime and there will be harvest. All these are God’s unforced rhythms of grace and they are ours to embrace and behold if we but take the time to do so.
 
I do hope we have taken time during this pandemic to refocus on what is important in this life. Created in the image of God we have a unique role to play. First, we give God our all as we love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Second, we relinquish our will and acknowledge life is not about our will but about God’s will. Third, we join hands with our Creator and become co-workers in this His Kingdom. There is no better time than now to look up and remember there is a throne, and on it sits a God of unimaginable majesty, ruling all for his glory and our good. And just let me add, sometimes I feel as though I get a glimpse of that throne as I watch the gleaming Son-rise on the morning horizon. Oh the glory, majesty and wonder of God’s good creation – Think about it…

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 @ 9:00 am   (Holy Communion, Nursery, No singing, Organ)
 
Live In Person @ 10:30 am (Piano, Singing, Nursery)
 
Live Online @ 10:30 am on YouTube or our Web Page
(Log on early and let us know via chat that you’re present and accounted for)
Click here to download the Order of WorshipKid's Page 3+, Kid's Page 7+
 
Live Over Radio @ 10:30 am on WAKK 1140 AM.  
(If you listen please make a positive post on our Facebook page)

Live Outside @ 6 pm  (Under the tent, in the green space beside the youth building: bring a lawn chair -- cancelled if raining)
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Disciples Engage with God through Holy 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.
We need Lay Eucharistic Ministers.  Is God calling you to serve Holy Communion during worship or extend the table by taking Holy Communion out to those who participate online?  Call Dr Speegle (662-889-7000) to express your willingness to be trained for this vital ministry.
Disciples Engage with God through 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 - Wed @ 5:30 - God and the Pandemic

Live in Person
in the Sanctuary -- virus mitigation protocols in effect
Live Online
(on You Tube -- if watching on your TV you can chat us on facebook
Adult Bible Study = God and the Pandemic
What:    Wednesday Night KidZone
When:   Wednesday @ 5:30 pm
Where:  1st Floor Fellowship Hall
Why:      Pizza+Praise+Prayer+Play
Read the daily lectionary to prepare for Sunday.
Daily devotions help us engage with the scripture
Disciples Engage with God through Prayer & 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.  
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.
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.  We are happy to pray with you if you'd like.

An online option is Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 am.
When you pray, please remember:
 
Our Members:
The family of Bud Doherty, the family of Cindy Price, Ted Purtell, Jennifer Gholson, David Yarbrough, Cecelia Clark, Jane Richmond, Nancy Felder, Martha Lamkin, Bobbie Kenna, Hannah Nieman, Dean Kebert, Helen Elise McMillan, Cindy Quayle, Terry Thompson.
 
Our Friends:
Ann & Andrian Sturdivant, Catherine Gren Wilfong, Cash Ward, Britty Deere, Dr Deck Stone, Sania Cade, Stephanie Moore, Bron Lowe, Sheila Puryear, Keller Porter, Bill Fitzgerald, Marty Wroten, Maria Giacobbi, Beverly Carr, Harry Plotner, Bud Doherty, Marge Smith, Lock Ross, Carla Grenn Allen, Will Jones, Emily Mote, Scott and Debbie Perkins, Julie Wallace.
 
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).
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.
Fall is in the air
Who's ready for s'more family fun
Canoeing, camp fires and hot dogs to share
We're inviting everyone!

CUMC is planning a church wide family event at Camp Wesley Pines, October 31 at 2:30. There will be something for everyone. Canoeing, rock wall, prayer trail, s'mores & hotdogs over a campfire, and much more! Plan to meet at CWP. Signup now with a $10 per family commitment to cover your dinner cost. Sign up with Connie Felter (601-248-1756) or Chris Richardson (601-810-6591).
 
Sign Up Now
Dr Speegle Wants to Visit with You
 You’re Invited
Wednesdays @ 10:00 am
Come to PJ’s + Grab some coffee
Meet on the patio
(in case of rain we’ll meet inside so bring your mask)
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.
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
Disciples Engage with God through Contemplation
Through contemplation, the Holy Spirit makes present the mystery of Christ found in a particular passage, sound, or scene, and by it helps you see all things as a reflection of the Father's love and give gratitude. 
An easy way to start contemplative prayer is simply to sit before an image of Christ for 5 minutes; as you behold the image pay attention to what thoughts come to your mind.  Try praying without words, that is, simply be thankful and love Jesus.  If you use must words, you might pray: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."
In this time of crisis, let this be our prayer:

Dear God,

It seems like lots of uncertainty around us.  

So many people who need prayers.

Today, I pray…

For those whose health is compromised by the coronavirus or other health issues.

For those who suffer from the economic impact of the virus, in travel, manufacturing, hospitality, energy or so many other industries.

For health care workers and first responders, and other public servants who put themselves in harm’s way for us.

For our leaders of the world, our countries, states, and cities, as they seek to help manage this challenge

God, it can be overwhelming. But you tell us over and over again not to be afraid.

Show me how to trust in you.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

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