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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 (September 20) we'll hear about Moses and the complaining Israelites. Do you remember this one from the movie?

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

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

They worked hard to get there. It was a long time in coming, but finally the day arrived and it was very, very good!! Once again the heavens opened up and God declared, these are my beloved daughters and I am pleased.
 
It wasn’t what was initially planned as they began their confirmation classes in January. Faithfully they met in person until a pandemic interrupted in person meetings.  Nonetheless, they continued to meet by way of Zoom hoping to be confirmed on April 19. That did not happen – they waited. With things still up in the air for in person gatherings the possibility of doing separate Confirmation services emerged. Hannah Turner and Olivia Torres were confirmed on August 9 and Heidi Lewis, Brooke Richardson, and Addison Root were confirmed on September 13. Two separate but equally touching services, each one a testimony to God’s faithfulness and to their growing faith.
 
God spoke earlier in their lives as their parents presented them to God in infant Baptism. In His loving grace, He entrusted them into the care and nurture of their parents, family, and friends. Their church families also committed to help raise them in the faith.  And so continues the faith journeys of Heidi, Brooke, Addison, Olivia, and Hannah. Each have taken up the mantel of faith as their own, affirming their belief and acknowledging the hand of God at work in their lives. Words cannot truly express the heartfelt joy of these moments.

We are not done yet as we renewed our vows to uphold the church and to do all in our power to increase their faith, confirm their hope and perfect them in love. What a joy to know we continue to play an important role in their young lives. God has special plans for each precious child.  We join their parents in celebrating all God has done and all God will do, being confident that he who began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 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
Questions for Reflection
Reading to Prepare for Next Week
Shoot me an email to be added to our Teams Class
where you can receive the notes, assignments, and chat with others
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:
 
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, Cecelia 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:
Dr Deck Stone, Sania Cade, Stephanie Moore, Born Lowe, Sheila Puryear, Keller Porter, Bill Fitzgerald, Marty Wroten, Maria Giacobbi, 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.
  
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:

God of all power and love,
we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn,
break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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