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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 (August 30) we'll hear about Moses' encounter with the Burning Bush. Do you remember this from the movie?

Invite your friends to "tune in" to our Live Online @ 10:30 am service OR you could just forward them this email and encourage them to subscribe.  

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

Heart Matters!! Pause for a moment and reflect on those words. Depending upon the lens through which you look, those words can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For many, heart matters are physical; for others heart matters are emotional and others, heart matters are relational. Regardless of the view, we probably agree; heart matters are important, and they are essential. As we view heart matters through the lens of Scripture, we discover heart matters are all of these and so much more.

Scripture says, Love the LORD your God with all your heart…Scripture also says, The heart is deceitful above all things…We might beg to ask the question, how does a deceitful heart love a Holy God?

When God sent Samuel to anoint one of the sons of Jesse, he assumed the next king of Israel would be easily recognized. Not so, God told Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height…the Lord does not look at the thing people look at…but the Lord looks at the heart. We know the story, after eying Jesse’s son’s, Samuel had to ask, are these all the sons you have? There was one more out in the field tending the sheep. That one more was David – Israel’s greatest king. Why David over his brothers or anyone else for that matter? The Lord’s words to Samuel are key, but the Lord looks at the heart…You see, heart really does matter! Was David perfect? We know he was not – his life was flawed, and his sins were many. But David, when confronted with his sins bowed his heart before God and humbly confessed his sins. Psalm 51 offers a picture of a deceitful heart that cries out in earnest to a Holy God. Have mercy on me, O God…wash away my iniquity…against you, you only, have I sinned…cleanse me with hyssop…wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART, O GOD…David acknowledged the deceit in his heart and he asked God to give him a new and pure heart. We can do the same!

I write these words because this past week, God has put a new song in my heart. It is a short little chorus, but the song has become one of several mantras for me as I walk the uncertain paths of these difficult days. Change my heart O God, make it ever true. Change my heart, O God, may I be like you. You are the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray. Change my heart, O God, make it ever true. Change my heart, O God, may I be like you. It makes for a wonderful, life-changing prayer. As I bow before him and allow myself to become clay in the Potter’s hand then, I become a vessel of His crafting. More so, my heart is changed! I am convinced more than ever, Heart Matters. I hope you will join me and 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, Infant Nursery, No singing)
 
Live In Person @ 10:30 am (Singing, Infant 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)
10 Things You Should Do Before Live In Person Worship
  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 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
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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 -- September 2 @ 5:30 -- God and the Pandemic
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 download it here.
  • 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 & 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:
 
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:
Matthew Dykes, Beckie Nieman, Harriet Wood, Ted Purtell, Jerald Calhoun, Jennifer Gholson, David Yarbrough, Ike Fesmire, Cecilia Clark, 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.
 
Our Friends:
Bill Fitzgerald, Marty Wroten, Maria Giacobbi, The family of Mrs. Warren Ella Allen, Beverly Carr, Travis Odom, Preston Rushing, Bill Fish, Curtis McKenzie, Norma Williamson, 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:
School Boards, Administrators, Teachers, and Support Staff as they make prepare for the opening of schools.
  
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).
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
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)
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:

May your love that never fails
strengthen the weak
encourage the fearful
calm the anxious
heal the sick
through your church –
your washed hands
and feet on earth –
distant but still present
virtual but still connected
apart but still helping.
God in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Amen.
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