Roseville Campus (Roseville, MN)

Roseville Campus

1524 W County Rd C2
Roseville, MN 55113 (map

Traditional Worship

Sundays @ 9:30a 
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)

Kids2 Worship

(kid-friendly, and for all!)
2nd Sundays @ 9:30a 

St. Anthony Park Campus (St. Paul, MN)

St. Anthony Park Campus 

2200 Hillside Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108(map

Contemporary Worship

Sundays @ 10:00-11:00a
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)

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Article Index

Congregations Can Provide Meaningful Employment

Eve Newman takes pride in her work as assistant custodian at Centennial UMC in Roseville, MN, a job she has held for 13 years. She has an intellectual disability that doesn't limit her ability to work, or to find the work meaningful. Eve sees keeping the church clean as serving her church and serving God. "I do my praying as I'm cleaning," she said. She works independently cleaning the entrances, classrooms, and bathrooms, keeping track of tasks she finishes by means of a checklist. Eve is the unofficial greeter for people who enter the building while she cleans the entrance. She was delighted when Vacation Bible School students noticed and thanked her for the good job she does.

Eve serves as a self-advocate representative on the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC, where she shares her gifts and gives voice to concerns of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Eve's mom Debby Newman (who represents parents and the North Central Jurisdiction on the DisAbility Ministries Committee) notes that Special Olympics participants typically introduce themselves by their name, where they live, and where they work. Work is a central piece of our identity, yet work is hard to obtain for many people with disabilities..

While Eve found work due to her mother's efforts, many adults never have that opportunity. Debby is now developing a position in the community for another Centennial member, based on that person's interests and abilities. Debby states that "this is one area where we church volunteers can make a difference. With the Holy Spirit providing momentum, change is possible."





For many, many years members of Centennial UMC have partnered in mission with O. C. Ministries--- originally known as Operation Classroom.  In the time I’ve  participated, the Piecemakers have been our Cutting Team for school uniforms going to Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Thousands and thousands of dresses were cut and made into kits for Minnesota United Methodist Women to sew.  Upon completion, African children at Kabala, Yanibani, Makeni, Rotifunk, Moyamba, Lunsar, Mile 9 , and Baiwalla primary schools have been supplied with blue and white girls’ uniforms.  Members at Centennial have also sponsored children by paying for their school fees, supplies, uniforms, and shoes.


The O.C. Ministries Board of Directors is extremely grateful for all the Centennial volunteers who have contributed in any way to bless this ministry.  It has been a great JOY serving with such wonderful and giving servants!!   To Barb Robinson, Carolyn Bender, Julie Elholm and all Piecemakers over the years, thank you for your time, talent, and devotion to producing uniforms!


In Christ,

Annette Brandner – Board Member

Uniform Coordinator for O. C. Ministries





Our friends from Congo continue to work hard to make their home in Minnesota. Janvier is working for Aramark at 3M but looks forward to starting a new job at Abbott as soon as all the processing is complete. He is also taking English classes at Fairview. He has his driver's permit and plans to take the driving test soon but needs to have a car. (He hopes to buy a car through a friend, but if anyone has an older car they'd like to sell, please let him know.) Sion is working at J&J Distributing up to 12 hours every day and hopes to soon continue in Job Corps. They moved two weeks ago, with help from Centennial members, into an apartment with friends, Queen, Oliver and baby Lena, who you may have met on a recent Sunday morning. Janvier and Sion deeply appreciate all the help their Centennial friends have given to them.

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UPDATE: JANVIER and SION, our friends from Congo

Thanks to all who have helped!  Sion is enrolled in Job Corps, living on campus and doing well.  Janvier was laid off from his job two weeks ago due to a slowdown and he needs help with job searches and submitting applications.  (One interview is hopeful but no news yet.)  He will be moving at the end of September and could use help as he plans for that.  Also, his iphone is giving out and he badly needs a replacement. If you can help him in any way, please let him know at 612-478-2713 or ndakorwa [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Questions? Contact Anita Mayfield | 651-483-8339 | k [DOT] anita [DOT] mayfield [AT] gmail [DOT] com





June 28, 2017 | Anita Mayfield

Thank you to all for your prayers for Sion.  He is recuperating at home from his accident and doing well.  He has follow-up appointments, especially for his eye injury, but hopefully it will heal without long-term damage. Janvier continues to work full-time and do all he can to help his brother. They deeply appreciate all the kindness that has been shown to them by their Centennial family.  One very important need is a job for Janvier that would help him advance his goal to work as an electrician (which he did for six years in Burundi).  He is open to any entry level job that might have some connection to that field.  Or, he would be very glad to have a referral to a job related to his degree in Computer Science (Hardware).  (He needs to work in a location in the Northern Suburbs, if possible, on a bus line.)  Rides to church and other occasional transportation are also needed and your invitations for a meal or some fun activities on Saturday or Sunday afternoons are always welcome!  Contact Janvier at 612-478-2713 ndakorwa [AT] gmail [DOT] com or Anita Mayfield at 651-483-8339; k [DOT] anita [DOT] mayfield [AT] gmail [DOT] com



Every gift has a multi-generational impact

May 10, 2017 | for Habitat for Humanity volunteers

About Ali, Masna, and their three children who are buying a home being built by Habitat for Humanity.

Ali and Masna are no strangers when it comes to jumping from place to place to build a better life for their family. They are excited for this transition to the home in Blaine and are looking forward to staying put!

The couple is originally from Ethiopia and came to the United States in the early 2000’s. Ali moved to California in ’05, but found that it was too expensive for his family. By 2008, Ali and Masna found their way to Minnesota.

The family is kept very busy with work and kids. Ali is working two jobs, the Airport and MedTox. Masna is a full-time mom for their three beautiful kids, two boys and one girl. 9-year-old Milkeysa, 7-year-old Fenet and 3-year-old Omar. Their son and daughter are in elementary school together, while little Omar attends daycare. Fenet is very excited for their new home because she does not want to share a bedroom with her brothers, and have insists on having pink all over the place!

The family currently lives in a small two-bedroom apartment. Ali and Masna are frustrated with the space for multiple reasons, it’s too cold, the kids don’t have room to play, and they can’t invite guests over. They are looking forward to having the park nearby in Blaine, and they believe the kids will be out there all the time.

Ali and Masna are excited to move to an area where they will feel safe. The past couple living experiences have left them feeling worried for their kids’ safety. Moving to Blaine will impact their lives in a wonderful way. The home is near a community that they have roots in and is extremely close to Ali’s work.  

Ali and Masna are incredibly happy and appreciate all the volunteers that help with building the home! Ali offered to buy food for all the volunteers.


Getting involved through greeting! 

May 3, 2017 | Meg & Jim Stephenson of the new Outdoor Greeting Team

Jim and I had a wonderful time greeting people as they came to church for the 10:30 service - it was a cold and rainy day, and everyone was so appreciative of the simple gesture of opening the door for them and saying hello! It was a fun way to meet new people too! This is an easy way to get involved and we hope more people will join us in welcoming our members each Sunday morning


Welcome to those who found us

May 1, 2017 | Anita Mayfield

For the past several Sundays we have had visitors to Centennial who recently arrived in the United States.  Some of you have met them: two brothers who are trying to figure out how to live in a new country, Janvier (Shawn-vee-air; age 29) and Zion (See-own; age 21). 

In the mysterious and wonderful way God works, Janvier and Zion were staying at a nearby motel, waiting to move to an apartment, when they "saw the cross on the steeple and knew we could come to pray".  So, they walked to Centennial to attend a Sunday morning service. Now it is our great blessing and challenge to fully welcome them.

Janvier and Zion are originally from Congo, but spent 19 years in Burundi as refugees with their parents and siblings. Sponsored by Catholic Charities, they have received basic help and are now settled in an apartment in Roseville - near Rice and Larpenteur (where Centennial members served a meal to refugees several years ago).

They are taking English classes at Fairview Community Center and trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible about their new community. Their immediate need is to find jobs so they may begin the process of supporting themselves. 

Janvier speaks English fairly well but Zion has more limited English language skills. Their languages are French and Swahili.  Janvier has had some training in electrical work and also video recording. They are willing to work in whatever jobs are available but would need to plan for transportation.  Also, they need to continue their English classes. If you have any ideas or suggestions about jobs, training programs, referrals to make, or any other ways you could help them, your assistance is truly needed.
Almost equally important, Janvier and Zion would be so happy to find new friends.  Janvier recently told me they come home from school, talk to each other, study as they can, watch some TV and that is about all.  He said "it is good to be able to talk to more people and learn more".

Would you take them to some places around the area and help them learn simple living skills that we take for granted? Transportation to church and lunch afterwards? A trip to the grocery store, a visit to the library or a local park? Prepare a meal with them and teach them about unfamiliar foods?  Share your talents and skills such as simple repairs, music, reading, writing, searching the internet for information, provide tutoring? If you could spend some time just listening and talking to these young men, you will learn about some of the difficulties they are facing as refugees and you'll no doubt find many other ways to help them.
In whatever ways you may feel called to welcome Janvier and Zion to Centennial and our local community, it will definitely enrich your life and theirs. 

If you would like more information, please contact Anita Mayfield at 651-483-8339 or k [DOT] anita [DOT] mayfield [AT] gmail [DOT] com

NOTE:  There are some items that they need or would greatly enjoy if you wish to donate anything:  a microwave, an iron, some basic tools, bicycles, a sewing machine, a music keyboard, books to help improve/learn English. Other ideas you might have to help them are welcome!  Thank you for anything you may be able to offer.



Connecting with God - Launch Seminar

April 20, 2017 | Tammy Nara


We have been asking people to share their stories about what they experieneced at our Launch Seminar. Here's what Tammy Nara shared (shared here with her permission):


When the launch seminar was announced, the thoughts that came to mind went something like this:

"That sounds interesting. Maybe that is just what I need to figure out why I have felt so disconnected from church lately."

"Not so fast. You know what will happen. It is an event to recruit volunteers. You don't want to return to that life of being overextended."

"They claim that the event's purpose is to deepen your personal relationship with God. That is what I want. If It turns out to be something else, I can always leave."

"But would you?"

"Yes, I would."

One of my life goals is to spend less time at work, and I knew that if I did not go to the Launch event, I would spend that Saturday morning at work. I felt I had nothing to lose, and possibly something to gain. Maybe it would help me clarify some other life goals. When I saw that Dee and Jeff Lee were organizers, that helped me make the decision to sign up.
Turns out, this event WAS all about deepening your personal relationship with God. I felt zero pressure to sign up for anything, although those options were available. The activities were designed for reflection and decision making. I could share as much or as little as I wanted with the others at my table. It really was OK to do what was helpful for me.
We were encouraged to ponder our big dreams and decide on steps to take in their direction. My big dream is to spend time in nature creating art that communicates ideas. This art will help people see what is important. Since then I have devoted time to this dream, and I am getting closer to it.

The Fine Arts committee here at Centennial has approached me in the past and I had declined to get involved. During the seminar my phone rang. I was so embarrassed about forgetting to silence it, I jumped up and left the room to answer. It was a member of the Fine Arts committee asking if I could display my art in Linden Hall. I decided this time to say yes, even though the art I want to display was not yet created. If I wait until I feel completely ready, it will never happen. Since then, with God's help, I have created some new paintings, and looked through all my old ones. I am excited to show them in June. I hope that the people who see them will understand what they are trying to say.
Another added bonus to attending the seminar is meeting more of the people at church. I have enjoyed talking with the people from my table at coffee time, and I started joining in on walks with the Centennial group called "Sneakers".
The Launch Seminar is a time to reflect on your relationship with God and what to do about it. I am very glad I decided to take part.


The next seminar is April 29, 2017. Head over here for more information and to hear Lucinia's story.


Want to sign-up now? Email Jeff and Dee Lee at djlee1387 [AT] gmail [DOT] com



Adventures When We Notice

April 12, 2017 | Anita Mayfield

Many people like to travel, seeking adventures they don't find at home.  I'm not much of a traveler and can't point to more than a few famous places that I've visited.  But it doesn't matter, because, for me, adventures are always around in the people I meet and the experiences I have with them - when I notice.

Three Sundays ago I met a young man named Zion, a new refugee to the United States.  He had walked here to Centennial from the motel down the frontage road.  He had seen our church steeple and came.  When I saw him sitting alone, I moved to sit by him.  (As many of you may know, my daughter-in-law is a refugee from Somalia, so God opened my eyes over 12 years ago.)

Zion and his brother, Janvier, and the rest of their family were driven out of Congo 19 years ago and had grown up in Burundi in very poor conditions.  Through sponsorship by Catholic Charities, they are now settled in an apartment near Rice and Larpenteur (where many of us served a large meal several years ago; it is still home to many refugees).

Janvier and Zion have begun English classes at Fairview, including joining our Wednesday afternoon Sewing/Knitting/Conversation Groups at Fairview. Many of you have volunteered at Fairview and others from Centennial are ESL/ELL teachers there. In our unawareness, God keeps weaving us together.

One small adventure/anecdote, among many, that I've had so far with Janvier and Zion:  After church last week, we went to eat together and then to the Roseville library.  Janvier studied to be an electrician in Burundi and wanted to find books to learn more.  When we were leaving, he picked up a brochure about "finding your true calling" and, as we stood outside the room where the program had begun, he asked me what that meant. I said it means finding out what you're meant to do and finding your talents to do it.  He smiled and said "I know that you're meant to help people.  And I know mine is to learn electricity."

Catholic Charities has done much to get Janvier and Zion get started, but their obligation ends after three months - by June.  Can we, together, pick up the threads of welcome and friendship now when Janvier and Zion need us?  Adventures continue every day when we notice the people around us.