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Engaging with God & Connecting with One Another
Centenary Disciples, 
The Lord be with you . . . And also with you.

As our activity and possible exposures increase, its good to remind ourselves:
1) frequently wash your hands;
2) unapologetically keep your distance; and
3) vigilantly watch for symptoms.  
Below find an infographic and a symptoms checker button (from the CDC).  If you're experiencing symptoms or feeing generally unwell click the button, answer the questions, and follow the advice.  Try it now.
Click Here to Check Your Symptoms

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                                  
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message) It’s one of my favorite passages as written in the Message and it is the closing verses of a somewhat difficult passage. In the early verses of this chapter Jesus confronts those listening. According to The Message he refers to them as “spoiled children whining to their parents…” Jesus then calls out the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum for their lack of faith. 
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear” – or as The Message says, “Are you listening to me? Really listening?” It’s as if Jesus is pleading for them and for us to hear his truth and act upon it. For you see, after Jesus’ challenging words he offers rest – his kind of rest. Walk with me, work with me, watch me and you will learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
It is difficult to hear the truth but Jesus never backed off from the truth. Sometimes the crowds received his words and repented; often times they did not. It’s easy to look back at them and wonder why they didn’t believe Jesus. But, as I have learned over the years, we are more like those crowds than we would like to admit. 
If ever there were a time to tap into the unforced rhythms of grace it is now. I am pretty sure we are tired and burned out – we find ourselves in difficult times to say the least. We cannot navigate on our own but we can learn from the One who always speaks truth, even the hard truth, but we can also receive and respond to his offer of real rest. 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.
              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   (Holy Communion, Infant Nursery, No singing)

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 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: 
9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 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.  
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.
 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 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 July 14 @ 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 finish up The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, -- Chapter 16.  
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:
Jerald Calhoun, Jennifer Gholson, Bob Jones, 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, Linda Purtell & Ted Purtell.
Our Friends:
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:
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).
MICA'S Christmas in July
It’s that time again, Christmas in July – MICA’s main food drive for the year. The bags for this drive are taped on the pull-down doors in the back of the Sanctuary. Please take a bag or two, or three and help fill the shelves at MICA. McComb Market will also have prepackaged bags ready for purchase. Simply go by the store and pick up several bags. Please take all bags directly to MICA. Let us be faithful and support our local food pantry.
            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
        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."
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:

Loving God,
we pray that you will give us courage and wisdom
as we face the harsh realities which confront us in life today.
May those with gifts for human health and hope
discover ways which help us
to end the threatening infections of coronavirus
and restore our lives to a new day.
Gift to us, we pray,
a profound sense of creative community
as we care for one other,
and especially those who are most vulnerable.
Hold us in your arms, O loving Father,
as we journey into the future.
Call us towards deeper faith, O Christ,
believing that you are with us.
Lift our hearts, O Holy Spirit,
as we face each moment, unafraid.

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