CENTENNIAL NEWS

TOP ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

Special Easter Offering: Building a Wider Community, Church and Society and Racial Justice have identified three recipients for our Easter offering: Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul which hosts Project Home and American Indian support services, Second Harvest Heartland helping people maintain food security, and the St. Paul Urban Teacher Residence (SUTR) program for scholarship stipends to train BIPOC educators. If you have a preference, enter the group name on the memo line of your check.
 
Kids on a Mission: Wade in the Water (VBS) 5-8pm, Wednesdays July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16 at the Roseville Campus | From local rain gardens to the river, from food gardens to changing climate; God calls us in many ways to care for Creation. Together we'll wade into the waters of environmental stewardship and justice, and continue to grow from there. Open to kids 3 years old (& potty trained) to current 5th graders. [Sign-up HERE] for the dates that work for your family! To help offset the cost of food & supplies, we're asking for a donation of $5 per child, per day.
 
Centennial welcomes ministry intern Alyssa Saleem! Alyssa is an international student hailing from Pakistan attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul and working towards her Masters of Arts. Alyssa will be working closely with Pastor Whitney in worship, pastoral visits, and at our outreach events. Meet Alyssa and learn about her women’s ministry in Pakistan at the upcoming UWF Day Apart on Saturday, April 15th.

From Your Treasurer: Thank you so much! We are off to a great financial start to 2023. Donations in January and February were at pre-COVID levels and well ahead of the COVID years. It is crucial to maintain this positive start as we navigate this transition year.

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

Connectivity Adult Faithwalk April schedule: Connectivity Adult Faithwalk class WILL NOT meet on Palm Sunday April 2nd or Easter Sunday April 9th. Connectivity will resume weekly meetings at 10:30 on Sunday April 16th in Asbury 1 and by Zoom as usual. If you wish to be added to the Connectivity mailing list, please contact Jan or Jim House 651-636-0372  or Marilyn or Max Delong  651-647-9560.
 
UWF Reading - SOMETHING NEW! April 13 at 9:30 am & April 25 at 7:00 pm | On April 13 at 9:30 am and April 25 at 7:00 pm. We will have a discussion of the book SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult. Books are available from Peggy Rhodes 651-482-1018 or the Public Library. Welcome all with your interesting input. Also the Reading Group will meet on April 24 at 9:30 am.

RARES: Thursday, April 13 2pm | Doug Ohman, a historian and photographer who has spent 25 years documenting vanishing barns, schoolhouses, courthouses and churches around Minnesota will be here to present his "Vanishing Landmarks" program. Sign up at the Connection Point.

UWF Day Apart: April 15, 9:00 am-1:30 pm, Lounge, Linden Court & Chapel | All are welcome to join our Day Apart and hear how Alyssa Saleem, an intern at SAP & Luther Seminary student runs a women’s ministry in her Pakistan Community and as she shares about the Status of Christian Women in her country. She will share personal experiences with women’s ministry and her personal Christian journey. There will be time for fellowship, remembrance service & lunch. Registration is $15. Scholarships available. Contact: Mim Heggerston 763-786-4624.

Life Together Groups: New to Centennial or looking to connect with others? Add your name to our running list for the next Life Together Group to share stories & celebrate what God is doing in our midst. New groups start up when we have 6-10 folks signed up. Email Pastor Jen at janderson@centennialumc.org.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Refugee Resettlement Aid through Lutheran Social Services collecting now through April 20th: There are 9 refugee families arriving to the Twin Cities this month. LSS is in urgent need of furnishings and essentials for these families. Contact Amanda Schultz at mandaroo112@gmail.com for more details or if you have gently used/new smaller household items you would like to drop off at church to be dropped off to LSS in carloads throughout the month. If you have furniture, please contact Kara Barkman at kara.barkman@lssmn.org. A list of household items needed can be found [HERE].
 
Habitat for Humanity/Holy Hammer 2023 Project: This year we will be assisting at 2 sites - 2574 Dunlap, Roseville and 903 Fremont E., St. Paul. While volunteers can sign up for any day during the 8 week project, Centennial has been asked to fill the dates April 25-28 and May 8-12. Here is the link for this year’s registration [CLICK HERE]. Feel free to contact me with any questions jacklgriffin@hotmail.com. I hope that you can join us as we assist Habitat’s efforts to provide affordable housing for families in our community. - Jack Griffin

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Driver Refresher Course: Thursday April 20 from 12-4pm Register by calling 1.888.234.1294 or www.driverdiscountprogram.com. Cost $22.
 
MN Reconciling Congregations Social Event: You are invited to the MN Reconciling Congregations Spring Social Gathering on Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 - 2:30 at Spirit of Hope UMC in Golden Valley. Come socialize, share in a potluck, and hear author and theologian Austen Hartke share his experience coming out as a transgender Christian. Contact Nan Carlson nancarlson5@gmail.com for more info.

Growing Through Loss-Support for Those Experiencing Loss in their Lives: Monday evenings, April 17-May 22 | 6:45-9:00pm | Abiding Savior Lutheran Church 8211 Red Oak Dr. Mounds View, MN 55112 | This 6-week series provides an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. Each session begins with an educational presentation by a professional from the community, followed by small groups facilitated by leaders who understand the grieving process. Call 763-755-5335 or visit www.growingthroughloss.org for more information. Brochures available at the Connection Point.

Parenting with Mental Health in Mind: April 18, 2023, 7 p.m., SAP campus of CUMC | In this warm and engaging presentation, Erin Walsh, co-founder of Spark & Stitch Institute, will help parents and caregivers better distinguish between typical signs of stress in your kids and signs that you need additional mental health support. By showing support, love, and normalizing mental health issues parents can help overcome stigma and begin the journey to wellbeing. Registration is requested [CLICK HERE]. Event will stream live on the CUMC Youtube Channel [CLICK HERE].

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GOD AT WORK

Centennial went to The Prom!

This past Saturday, March 25th 30 Centennial youth and adults were blessed to go as a group to The Prom at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. We highly recommend this amazing show and incredible cast and truly felt inspired to live out our calling to love thy neighbor! We were even blessed to get to meet a few actors after the show. This is one of many ways we at Centennial are working to live into our calling as a reconciling ministries congregation.

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