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Engaging with God & Connecting with One Another
Centenary Disciples, 
The Lord be with you . . . And also with you.
Thanks for taking the time to read this email and learn about what's going on in your Church -- in an effort to make it "not unnecessarily long" we'll cut to the chase . . . 

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                                  
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King: let the heaven’s ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad! It is a beloved old hymn with timeless meaning. 
Once again, I found myself leaning into my seat Sunday morning as Bob Raborn began the Prelude. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit anointed Bob’s fingers as he played the piano and transformed this traditional old Father’s Day hymn into something timely and powerful – a much needed word for today’s world.
Life is not easy; our world is broken, and it is difficult to live amid brokenness and strife. I will be honest, some days I do not know which way is up and I seem to just muddle through. But it is times like Sunday morning that pick me back up, that help me focus, that reminds me of the holy ordinary. Yes, God’s Holy Spirit turned ordinary moments into holy moments as I held on to the thought The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!
I hope you will pick up a hymnal and read the words of this beloved hymn. I pray these words, anointed by God’s Spirit will strengthen, encourage and sustain you, and that you too experience the Holy in the Ordinary. 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)

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)
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
These flower dates are available: 
7/5, 7/26, 9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 11/29

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.

Set-up your tent
bring your chairs and cooler for 

Tailgate Style Worship
on the green-space next to the Youth House
Sunday July 19 @ 6 pm
Virus Mitigation Protocols will be in effect:
please do not share food or tent space with persons who do not live under the same roof,
you are welcome to drive-in and stay in your car
       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.
Sunday August 8 @ 10:30 am
Our 2020 class will be confirmed in the faith.
If God is calling you to be baptized, join the Church, or transfer your membership contact Dr Speegle (662-889-7000) today.
   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 30 @ 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 14.  
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.  
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:
David Yarbrough, 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, Catherine Grenn Wilfong, Bud Doherty, Debbie Stovall, Tracy Callahan, Marge Smith, 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)

               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
Learn More about the Centenary Foundation
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:

For the health workers tending the seriously ill

for the scientists working on a vaccination 

for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends

for the media outlets working to communicate reality

for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers

for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning

for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness

for the notes, cards, letters, and packages offering help and support 

for the internet and telephones and technology that connects

for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important

Thanks be to God.


For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones

for those who were already very anxious

for those immune suppressed or compromised

for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions

for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories

for those watching their entire income stream dry up

for those who have no choice but to go out to work

for those who are afraid to be at home 

for those who are more lonely than they've ever been

for those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer, comfort and protection,

be their strength, shield and provision

be their security, safety and close companion


And raise up your Church

to be your well-washed hands and faithful feet 

to be present to the pain

to respond with love in action

if even from a safe distance.


God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.
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