I get to write something every week, and get to preach something most weeks. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly, and so I try to steer away from “personal rights of privilege” or any soapbox issues. Well this week, I have to admit that it is one of those rare occurrences that I want to speak to something personal and use this ambiguous white space to say something unique to me and my family: the invitation to belong to a family is one of the greatest gifts we can offer as a church! I say this because this Sunday morning at the 10:30 Service, we will officially welcome my son Asher Cannon McPhail into the family of Centerville UMC. This week is the week that we get to baptize Asher, and it is an opportunity to initiate him into the family of God and the family of our church. Emma and I could not be more excited to take this step as parents with such a great cloud of witnesses!
It also is a time that we will recognize others of our faith community that truly belong to us. As this weekend marks the graduation date for Houston County Schools, we are excited to honor two of our own that “belong” to us! At the 10:30 Service we will also recognize Mary Bagwell and Taylor Warren, who both graduate this weekend from Houston County and Northside High Schools respectively. Graduating high school is no small feat, and we are proud to honor and recognize our graduates!
This weekend we also have the opportunity to remember the lives of many servants of our nation, as we observe Memorial Day. At both of our services this week, we will remember our fallen soldiers and give thanks for their sacrifice, as we live into the freedom that we have as a nation and a church to worship freely.
We also have an addition to our staff, and opportunities to be involved in ministry and mission as we seek to invite others to belong to God and to us:
· New Addition and Reception June 17th – As I shared last Sunday morning, we are excited to be receiving a new part-time associate this June! 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. There will be a drop-in welcome reception for the Clotfelters on June 17th during the Sunday School hour, and we are asking each class to bring some finger foods to share (the church will provide the drinks).
· Help Us Welcome Others for VBS 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! There is a meeting on Tuesday May 29th at 6pm to bring everyone up to speed on the plans.
Week of May 20th:
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)
Week of May 27th:
Sunday 5/27: Sunday Text (Romans 8:12-17)
Monday 5/28: Sunday Connection (John 3:1-17)
Tuesday 5/29: Life of Jesus (Luke 11)
Wednesday 5/30: Wisdom (Song of Solomon/Songs 1)
Thursday 5/31: New Testament Teachings (Galatians 1)
Friday 6/1: Story of God’s People (Numbers 3-4)
Saturday 6/2: Psalm (Psalm 66)
"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