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Engaging with God & Connecting to One Another
Centenary Disciples, 

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

This Sunday (11/15) we hear the second judgment parable of Jesus = The Parable of the Fearful Money Manager.

Click here to learn more about celebrating Thanksgiving safely.

  1. Live Outside is now at 5 pm on the Youth House Patio
  2. Give to "Thanksgiving Dinner" Food Bags
  3. Can you help with Christmas Decorations?
  4. Wed Nights for Kids, Youth, & Adults @ 5:30 pm
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

Looking back through the Book of Hebrews something jumped out at me this morning. It is a line in Hebrews 5, “Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.” (The Message) I don’t know about you, but these words speak to me as we seek to navigate today’s perilous times.
 
The very fact that, though he was God’s Son, Jesus suffered, speaks volumes. I sometimes think we like to sanitize the Jesus story somewhat. We may remember at Christmas that he was born in a stable as we sing Away in a Manger. But, after Christmas we forget the dirty, smelly conditions of his birth. And if that isn’t bad enough, his family hurriedly flees the land per the evil decree of Herod to kill baby boys born at that time. Doesn’t seem like a good start for God’s Son does it? After his Baptism by John he immediately enters the wilderness where Satan unleashes his temptations. He is alone, he is hungry, and he is suffering; at the same time Jesus is learning trusting-obedience. Through suffering, that trusting-obedience grows over the next three years where it is put to the supreme test – Calvary’s Cross!!
 
The last words of this Scripture are page leapers also – just as we do! Folks, to put it mildly, 2020 has been a tough year. Some might say the suffering has been unbearable. Maybe it has – I honestly do not know. What I do know is that throughout this time of suffering therein lies an opportunity to learn trusting-obedience, just as Jesus did.  I am thinking if Jesus needed to learn this how much more we need to learn this. Life on this side of eternity is not easy. God never promised it would be. He did promise to be with us always. In God’s perfect timing this sin-filled, broken world, in which we suffer, will be redeemed – made whole once again. Until then we press on, learning trusting-obedience through our suffering. Is this present suffering our supreme test – probably not. Yet, we can learn so much in and through these difficult times. Trusting-obedience, 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 @ 5 pm  (on the Youth House Patio -- cancelled if raining)
Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Make or buy a home Advent Wreath so you can fully participate in our Advent and Christmas Eve worship services online. 
(All you really need is 5 candles arranged in the shape of a cross, and a little greenery for decoration)
 
We Have Advent Wreath Kits contact Connie (601-248-1756) to get yours
 
Our Latest Service
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
What Kind of Jesus Do You Want?

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 = What Kind of Jesus Do You Want?
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:
Gaye Starnes, Ted Purtell, Jennifer Gholson, David Yarbrough, Jane Richmond, Nancy Felder, Martha Lamkin, Bobbie Kenna, Hannah Nieman, Dean Kebert, Helen Elise McMillan, Cindy Quayle.
 
Our Friends:
Guylene Cutrer, Jill Robinson, Pearl McCray, Darla Hutson, Jerry Danos, Catherine Grenn Wilfong, Cash Ward, Britty Deere, Bron Lowe, Bill Fitzgerald, Beverly Carr, Harry Plotner, 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.
We have committed to providing 100 food bags 
for the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving
.
You do not have to shop for the groceries, we are simply asking that you make a monetary donation by November 13. The cost per bag is approximately $15, mark your checks Salvation Army Food Bags. Please consider providing at least 2 bags ($30), or more if you are able. This way we can easily meet our goal.
Connie will make ALL food purchases with the monies received, and the youth will assemble the bags for distribution. Families will drive-thru for pick up on Nov 24. 
Thank you in advance for your generosity as we continue our partnership with the Salvation Army to help needy families during these difficult times.
Give Now
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).

Nov 29 begins the
Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
cycle of the Church year.  
If you can help decorate the sanctuary, church, and other spaces
to enrich our worship contact
dr Speegle (662-889-7000)
or Connie Felter (601-248-1756).  
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.
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."
Let this be our prayer:

Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy Scriptures
to be written for our learning:
Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast
the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us
in our Savior Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 
Amen.

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