October 3,2012


Dear Centenary family,
George Tucker, our head usher, recently wrote a note expressing appreciation for Centenary UMC.  I wanted to share that note with you: 
Dear All,
I have had two experiences this weekend which makes me proud to be a Member of Centenary.
On Saturday, I stopped at Kroger on Gray Highway to pick up food on the way home. As I was standing, a bit befuddled as to where I would find the needed items, a man dressed in a Kroger uniform, approached me, and at first, I thought he was being courteous in trying to help me. He introduced himself as Shaquan Thorne, who had been in the Centenary Transition Program. He asked if I was still at Centenary, and as an Usher. It almost brought tears to my eyes to think that Centenary had helped him get a job with Kroger! I asked him to return to Centenary whenever he was able.
On Sunday, I was an usher at the Ash Street entrance. As I was about to move down the isle, a middle aged man got from the back seat, and explained that he had to leave early, and would I take his money and place it in the Offering plate. Of course I thanked him and he left. It was not much money, but again it brought tears to my eyes!
God Bless Centenary!
George Tucker
I, too, am grateful for the ministry we share together!  Thank you George!

“For the Bible Tells Me So” is a compassionate and insightful (and award-winning) documentary about how people in the church have used and abused scripture when dealing with the issue of homosexuality.  This movie includes such notables as Bishop Demond Tutu, Bishop Gene Robinson, The Rev. Jimmy Creech (a former United Methodist pastor), Congressman Richard Gephardt… as well as many others… who reflect on their process of reconciling their faith and compassion with the Bible.  If you simply long to understand the biblical issues… or if you want to learn more… or if you don’t know how to respond to those who bash the gay community…or if you have bashed the gay community… or if you have a gay friend… or if you are gay… or if you are straight – This movie is for you.  (Bottom line is that this is for everyone.)  We are showing the film on Friday, October 12, 7 pm in the fellowship hall at Centenary.  You are invited to come.  Spread the word and invite others.  A time of sharing and discussion will follow the viewing of the film.


This Sunday, October 7, we will be joined in worship by Nueva Vida UMC.  They are our sister Hispanic congregation at Centenary UMC.  What does it mean to sit around the table with many different kinds of people?  What does the Kingdom of God look like?  How are we to learn to HEAR each other as we listen for God?   In worship this Sunday you will hear English and Spanish.  We will hear voices that share pain and joy!   Please let nothing interfere with your presence in worship as we gather around the Table on the World Communion Sunday.  Bring a friend!  See you Sunday.

Grace and peace.

Tim Bagwell

Love God.  Love Others.  Love Yourself.  Serve.


October 18, 2012

Dear Centenary family,

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach, Florida is creating a new standard for great welcoming messages.  Here is what is printed in their church bulletin:

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion.” We’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!

What church does that sound like in Macon, Georgia?


For those who were unable to attend  the showing of “For the Bible Tells Me So” last Friday evening…  Keep watching -  The response was so strong and the conversation was so healthy we want to show it again for those who missed.  We’ll let you know the date and time.


Beth Dunwody is leading a study starting this Sunday, October 21 – beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The class meets in a classroom below the sanctuary.   The study is based on Praying with the Earth:  A Prayerbook for Peace by John Philip Newell.  You are invited!  For more information, contact Beth at beth@centenarymacon.org   



Phyllis and Jerry Elder’s Farm on Lower Thomaston Road

Sunday, October 28th,  6 pm

Pumpkin Carving for those interested…. Sitting around… talking… sharing… eating hotdogs… eating s’mores… A good evening of fellowship…

Directions will be in next week’s email and in the bulletin on October 28.

Hope you will be present!  No reservations necessary.  Just come!


This Sunday I am preaching a sermon I titled, “When Pentecost Ends Too Soon”….  Make it a point to be present as we worship together!

Grace and peace.

Tim Bagwell

Love God.  Love Others.  Love yourself.   Serve.