CENTENNIAL NEWS

TOP ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

Discover Centennial: Sunday, February 25, 8-8:45am | Roseville campus | Join us for coffee, donuts and a chat! If you’re interested in learning more about Centennial or becoming a member, we invite you to the Roseville campus for a casual meet-up. Whether you’re new or have been here for a while, this gathering is perfect for getting to know us better and getting connected at Centennial. The next Discover Centennial event will be held at SAP on April 7 over lunch. These gatherings will regularly take place every 6-8 weeks and will alternate campus locations. Register here: [CLICK HERE]

Intergenerational Retro Game Night: Wednesday, February 28th, 6:00-7:30pm at the Roseville campus | Enjoy a meal at 6:00pm followed by board games until 7:30pm. Questions contact Jen at janderson@centennialumc.org.
 
Support the Girl Scouts in your Centennial family! Girls will be selling cookies after worship at Roseville this Sunday, Feb. 25th. Cookies are $6 per box. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted. Thank you to everyone who purchased cookies and supported the Girl Scouts last week at SAP. Contact Blair with questions at blair.anderson08@gmail.com.
   
2023 Annual Report:  What a year it was! Check out the 2023 Annual report and let us celebrate together all that God has done through the faith community at Centennial UMC. [CLICK HERE] to view the Annual report, or pick up a copy at either campus.

Our Easter Lily Tradition: It is a tradition to decorate the chancel area of Centennial both campuses with lilies and other seasonal decorations on Easter. [CLICK HERE] to fill out the form no later than March 3. You are encouraged to take your lily home after the worship service on Easter Sunday.

SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES


"Why Centennial" 2024 General Conference Discussions:  Do you have questions about the 2024 General Conference? How might you respond to questions about the 2024 General Conference & why you are a United Methodist? What does it mean for Centennial to be an inclusive church? Join 20-30 minute conversations after worship at both campuses. Roseville campus - meet at the back of Linden Court. St. Anthony Park campus - meet in the sanctuary. Feb. 25 - Methodist history with LGBTQ exclusion with Rev. Walter Lockhart [CLICK HERE for Handout]  Mar. 3 - General Conference 2024 with Becky Boland, Hamline UMC [CLICK HERE for Handout]  Mar. 10 - Personal "why" statements.  [CLICK HERE] for more information and resources.

New Lenten Bible Study at St. Anthony Park: Sundays 9:30am before worship, in the fellowship hall downstairs. | St. Anthony Park campus | From Sunday February 18 through Palm Sunday, March 24. Each week we will dive deeper into the Scripture that will be used for the week’s sermon, learning through the apostle Peter’s faith journey. All are welcome to join the conversation for any or all the weeks as we explore our faith together.  Questions contact Alan O'Donnell, arodonnell@hotmail.com.

Bible Study at Roseville: Wednesdays at 6:00pm | Roseville Campus in Asbury 1 | Join anytime! Trouble reading and understanding the bible? Come and sift through the scriptures together. Find things for the first time or see things in a new light regardless of your background. We’ll use tools from Les Feldick Ministries.  Contact: Mark Meyer mark.meyer@netzero.com.    
 
Ever wonder about our celebrations of Valentine's Day and Easter as America's holidays? Connectivity on March 3 and March 10 10:30 Asbury 1 at Roseville  Dr. Bruce Forbes, a United Methodist minister who taught Religious Studies at Morningside for 40 years, is our guest speaker in Connectivity on March 3 and 10. He will reveal the many surprises about holidays of Valentine's Day and Easter.  All are invited and welcome!

Grief & Loss Small Group: Every other Thursday from 11:15 am-12:30 pm, starting February 29 | This small group study is for those experiencing recent loss and looking to learn about the grief process and tools to move through it.  We will use the secular curriculum, ""Grief and Loss"" written by Taylor Blanket, Licensed Master of Social Work. This group is led by Pastor Whitney and will meet as a hybrid through Zoom and at the SAP campus starting Feb. 29. Registration is REQUIRED.  Contact the SAP Area Seniors office at 651-642-9052 to sign up. This group is sponsored by CUMC and SAPAS.
 
Connectivity invites you! 10:30 am at Roseville Centennial in Asbury 1 | Connectivity is a Sunday morning adult discussion group. The topic is sent to you by email each week for a robust discussion each Sunday. For more information, contact MDeLong@umn.edu or House001@umn.edu

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Request for Hygiene items: Augustana Apartments is in need of 30 sets of hygiene items for their Home Again program, which assists & welcomes individuals as they transition out of homelessness. Items requested: toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, hand towel, wash cloth, bar of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Full size items preferred. Items can be dropped off at either campus this Sunday Feb 25th or brought to the Intergenerational Retro Game night Wednesday Feb 28th. Watch for an update next week to see if this need has been fulfilled, or if additional items are still needed.
 
Compassion Team March Food Drive: We are working with the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign to help stock Keystone and Ralph Reeder food shelves. You can donate by dropping off items from March 3 to March 17 near the SAP front entrance or Roseville Linden Court. Or send a donation to Centennial UMC by March 17 with March FoodShare on the memo line. Financial donations go further due to access to food banks and discount purchasing programs. Thank you for helping to feed our community. Questions? Contact Sally McCarville 651-226-3871.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors presents: Do You Have an Estate Plan? Saturday, March 2 | 10:00-11:00 am, SAP sanctuary or Facebook | Attorney Chris Courtney from Courtney Law Office, PLLC, will present how to set up an estate plan. The presentation will include a focus on incapacity planning documents (health care directives and powers of attorney) and estate planning (wills and trusts). She'll include a description of estate administration and use that framework to explain how to set up an estate plan based on how the estate will be administered after death. Q & A will follow presentation. Childcare will be provided. No charge.    

SAVE THE DATES - United Women in Faith: March 16, 10:00 am, Unit meeting with Betsy Gedatus on Immigrant & refugees. May 4, Spring Luncheon.              

THANK YOU

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GOD AT WORK

United Women in Faith – Carrying Out Our Mission.

 We decorated 40 birthday bags for alley shoppe and filled with birthday cake, frosting, candles, napkins, and plates.  At the same time, we decorated and sent 30 valentines to members.  On a recent Saturday morning the UWF gathered for a morning of fellowship and faith renewal as Beck Bohland shared her faith journey. In our closing worship we remembered the five deceased members from 2023.  Come join our future events.

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