Did you notice the two exclamation points in the heading?! Hopefully that tips you off to the fact that we have reasons to be excited. This Sunday is one of the most underrated Sundays of the year, but we are going to make the absolute most of it this year. This Sunday calls for a party! Pentecost marks the end of our 50 day Eastertide journey, but it also marks the birth of the church. When I say “the church”, I do not mean Centerville UMC (although on the day that I am writing this, it is the 53rd anniversary of our very first worship service on May 16, 1965) – I mean the birthday of the very first Christian church!
Our 8:30 Service will be full of joy with a few surprises, and our 10:30 Service will be a birthday party you do not want to miss and it may be different than any worship experience you have ever been a part of at this church. We want to celebrate Pentecost with a loud cheer because it takes us back to our of seeing our birth as not the birth of an institutional church, but the birth of a movement. The church started out the day as a church of 120, but by the end of the inaugural sermon they had brought in 3,000 new believers! That’s going from roughly the size of the adult population in one of our non-Easter/Christmas 10:30 Services (i.e. minus the kids and youth) to us needing to expand to 9 services. I guess there would be worse problems to have… all of this to say, this is an event worth remembering and celebrating how we can be a part of God’s movement in the world today.
In the spirit of that movement of Pentecost, here are some ways that God is on the move in our church today:
An Addition to the Pastoral Staff – I am very excited to announce that this June that not only am I projected to be reappointed to Centerville UMC, but we are also receiving a new part-time associate! Rev. Kevin Clotfelter is a bi-vocational pastor that currently serves in a civilian role on Robins Air Force Base after retiring with the rank of colonel from the United States Air Force in 2015, and he joins us after serving the past 16 years at Andrew Chapel UMC in Ellaville, GA. Kevin and his wife Laurie live in Perry, and also run a non-profit called Living Water Ministries, which focuses on spiritual formation for churches and individuals. In addition to his military experience, he also is a licensed local pastor in the UMC and holds a Master of Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. While he continues to work on RAFB, he will be an asset to our church as he helps me cover more ground pastorally, and will also be a valued resource for our worship and discipleship ministries. We are grateful to the District Board of Missions for agreeing to cover his salary for the remainder of 2018, and we are in conversations with the Conference Office of Congregational Development to fund the first half of 2019.
Vacation Bible School June 10th – 14th - We are excited about this year’s VBS “Amped”, and now is the time we want you to be a part of this “movement”! We are going to start the party with a community-wide family night on Sunday evening, and then have the regular evening sessions and rotations start on Monday. Please contact the church office if you are interested in being involved, even if you can only do something small and even if you are not available every day. There are opportunities for helping with registration, meals, in the classrooms, shepherding kids around the building, greeting, and more!
Week of May 20th:
Sunday 5/20: Sunday Text (Acts 2:1-21)
Monday 5/21: Sunday Connection (Acts 2:22-41)
Tuesday 5/22: Life of Jesus (Luke 10)
Wednesday 5/23: Wisdom (Proverbs 31)
Thursday 5/24: New Testament Teachings (2 Corinthians 9)
Friday 5/25: Story of God’s People (Numbers 1-2)
Saturday 5/26: Psalm (Psalm 65)
"Centerville United Methodist Night" For $15: game ticket, free food, and a hat. Contact any UMYF or the Office to get your ticket.
We begin on the 10th with a cook out and family night and end on the 14th with a celebration. Contact the office (478) 953-3090, to sign up your child or grandchild. Tell your friends amd family!
We meet most Thursday evenings and we love to teach new people.
Our program has been in operation for over 22 years offering children appropriate play experiences which contribute to their physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development in a safe and nurturing Christian atmosphere. We use the Pinnacle Early Childhood Curriculum which is faith-based.
“Made with loving hands, praying that God’s love will cover and comfort you like a quilt”
Has weekly den meetings, and a monthly pack meeting,
We reject the lie that students should be immature and irresponsible, resulting in them being irrelevant to others; but rather, we challenge our students to live out the Gospel in all aspects of life.
United Methodist Men
United Methodist Women Circles
Every first and third Wednesday
Make reservations before noon on Tuesday before
Our Sunday School Programs is one way we come and fellowship. Visit any one of of our adult, young adult and children’s program. We meet 9:15am through out our campus. You can get room locations by reading below. You can also contact our Church Office by phone or email for more information.
Join us as we study from different contemporary authors.
We meet in the Old Narthex
You are invited to join us for study, fellowship, and of course, good coffee!
We meet on second room on the left as you enter Church's Administrative Wing
Join us as we study Experiencing God by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King. This book will remake you, reorient you and restore from the frustration of what you may have known as stale religion.
We meet in the first classroom on the left when you enter the Church's Administrative Wing.
The Pilgrim Class continues the Wondering through the Bible. This is an in depth study done with humor and light refreshments. We have breakfast every 5th Sunday. Everyone is welcome and there is no age requirement.
We meet down the hall from Fellowship Hall.
"The Real Heaven--What the Bible Actually Says... What comes to your mind when you think about Heaven? Clouds? Harps? Angels? Singing? Now, honestly, does that really sound like a great way to spend eternity? The good news is, that is NOT what Heaven is like. And when you discover what really awaits you there, it will radically change your view of your future and of Heaven. In this 3 part series from Living on the Edge, Chip Ingram digs into Scripture to reveal what our heavenly home will be like, what we'll do there, what we'll experience and how we're to prepare for eternity today. Join the Seekers SS Class as we discover the amazing truth of what awaits us all in Heaven"
We meet in the classroom closest to Fellowship Hall
Don Schall teaches the class described as an excellent lesson "mini sermon" each week. We study the Adult Bible Studies, an official resource for The United Methodist Church approved by the General Board of Discipleship and published by Cokesbury. Come join us each Sunday ... You will be glad you did.
We meet on the first classroom next to Treasurer's offcie turn right on the first hallway in Church's Administrative Wing
If you have some chores around your home you need help with, the Youth are taking on chores for members/regular attendees of our church. Contact the office.
Families interested in hosting a youth gathering, contact Louis Sampson or church office.
Youth are looking to help - do you need some help around the house/yard? Call the Office to schedule!
June 24-30 - Youth trip to Deep Creek NC
Yak Shack is next door to the Fellowship Hall - near playground
At the beginning of the year we will be putting in place some new "roles" within children's ministries. Roles such as children's Shepard - not to teach the class but be here to assist the teacher. If interested contact me at email@example.com, or call the church office. God bless, Jamie Hill, Children's Minsitry Director
Kid Central is down main hallway from Church's Admin Wing. It can also be reached off Walker Drive
We love to meet you during one of our Sunday Services.
600 North Houston Lake Rd., Centerville, GA 31028-1146, US
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 12:30pm