Don’t forget to “Fall Back”! Be sure to turn your clocks back before going to bed on Saturday the 4th. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!
Nov 1 Choir 7pm
Nov 2 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Nov 5 Daylight Saving Time ends
Youth Group-Minute to Win it 6:30pm
Nov 6 Quilting 9am
Nov 7 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Nov 8 UMW Birthday Lunch 12noon
Nov 9 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Nov 12 Christ & Community Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group-Farkle Party 6:30pm
Nov 14 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Nov 15 UMW Unit Mtg 12noon
Nov 16 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Nov 18 Indoor Work Party 9am
Nov 19 Finance & Facilities Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group-Camp Fun 6:30pm
Nov 20 Quilting 9am
Community Dinner 5:30pm
Nov 23 THANKSGIVING! OFFICE CLOSED
Nov 24 OFFICE CLOSED
Nov 26 Why a Messiah? Bible study Brkfst 8:30am/class 9:15am
Gifts & Graces Mtg 12:30pm
Nov 27 Community Dinner 5:30pm
Nov 28 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Nov 29 Choir 7pm
Nov 30 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Pastor Chats For November!
We continue to experiment with our Pastor Chat at the new TransAlta Commons building on Centralia College campus. We’ve been advised to change our time to when more students are milling about (apparently Tuesday mornings, from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. is prime class time. So as of November 7th we are taking their advice. Pastor Chat II (or Collegiate Pastor Chat) at the college will now be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the cafeteria of the TransAlta Commons. We will hold Pastor Chats on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 7th, 14th, and 28th. Of course, we will continue to offer our Thursday afternoon Pastor Chats at Dawn’s Delectables from 2 to 4 p.m. We will hold Pastor Chats on the following Thursdays in November: Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, and the 30th.
CARING GROWTH GROUPS MEETING TIMES
Would you enjoy more Christian fellowship and friendship? A time to explore the Bible and learn with other Christians? A small group is just for you. We have several and each one is always open to new members, come and join us anytime. Contact the church office and we will help you get in touch with a small group leader. 36o-736-7311
Everyone is invited to the community dinners, come and join us for a time of friendship and fellowship and enjoy a free meal.
All Meals are Free and All are Welcome to Attend
Monday November 20th, 5:30 pm Monday November 27th, 5:30 pm
Youth News for November
November—the month of turkey and stuffing! The youth group will continue to meet on Sundays. See what we have planned this month:
November 5th: Minute to Win It! We have come up with about 10 all new challenges for you to take on. We’ll divide the group up into two teams and we’ll see which one can complete the most challenges under the 60-second limit. We’ll start at 6:30p.m., and play until 8 p.m.
November 12th: Farkle Party! The most fun dice of all time! We’re going to have a Farkle Party on Nov. 12th. Farkle is a game that is very easy to learn and anyone can play it. We’ll start at 6:30 p.m. and play until 8p.m. This game requires absolutely no skill. Only a willingness to take a chance from time to time.
November 19th: Camp Fun with Henry Night! Henry Wegener spent last summer serving as a camp counselor at Lazy F. This opportunity exposed Henry to some creative and fun activities, which he will lead us all in on the 19th. We’ll start at 6:30p.m. and end by 8 p.m.
November 26th: No Meeting (Thanksgiving Weekend)! Many people take advantage of the four-day weekend to go see extended family, so we won’t be meeting on this weekend.
Recently, our congregation was approached about participating in the United Way program “Reading Buddies.” It’s a simple program that can make a huge difference in the life of a young child. The gist of the program is that you volunteer one hour out of your week to sit with a child and listen to that child read. There is an orientation and training that you are asked to attend. And you must pass a background check. After that, you can go to the school of your choice and become part of this great program. For more information, go to www.lewiscountyuw.com. There are flyers in the office that you can pick up as well. 97% of students served by this program showed improved reading scores.
UMW November Calendar
Nov 8 UMW birthday lunch 12noon
Nov 15 UMW Unit Mtg 12 noon
Turkey Luncheon and Bazaar December 8th
Tickets will be available soon! The cost is $7.50 per ticket.
The Bazaar opens at 10am and the Luncheon will be from 11-2pm.
Tables are available for crafts. Please contact a UMW member to see how you can help, there are many opportunities and it is a lot of fun!
Why a Messiah?
A new bible study class is starting November 26, 2017 through December 31st. It will be on Sundays with breakfast at 8:30am and discussion starting at 9:15am – 10:15am. We will be discussing; what the world was like, why the Messiah, and what happened after? This is a six week Advent study facilitated by Dan and Andrew Thompson. At the Centralia UMC, 506 S. Washington Ave., in the Mary Room. Any questions please call 360-523-0890.
Raise the Roof Capital Funds Campaign Update
By the time you read this, our roof will have been replaced. Christian Roofing did an outstanding job. Now, all we have to do is finish paying for it. Thus far, we have raised $19,000 through one-time gifts and pledges. If you haven’t made a pledge yet, you can pick up a pledge card from the church office.
Hanging of the Greens
Our annual Hanging of the Greens (the event David Wegener looks forward to all year!) will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, following the worship service. The tree will already be put up, with the lights connected (to the best of our ability). We’ll take the time to decorate the tree with ornaments, and the rest of the sanctuary as well. A light lunch will be served prior to the Hanging of the Greens. Many hands makes for light (and speedy) work.
Indoor Work Party- Nov. 18th!
The reroofing of the building caused a lot of sediment to fall to the floor, so we’re going to have an All-Church Work Party on Saturday, Nov. 18th, starting at 9 a.m. We want to give the building a detailed cleaning, so if you’re available on the 18th, even if it’s just for an hour, we’ll find something for you to do.
Coming Up: 2018 Pledge Drive!
Shortly after Thanksgiving, you will be receiving a letter with a pledge card enclosed. You will be asked to make a commitment to support the ministries of Centralia 1st UMC. As you know, we are almost totally dependent on the generosity of our members to make ends meet. So when that letter comes, read it carefully, and then pray about your pledge for 2018. You are asked to return the pledge cards to the church office. Together, we can do amazing things.
Coffee Hour Schedule for November!
It’s so important that we are a church that practices radical hospitality. One of the most important comments you can hear from a first time visitor is that they felt very welcomed when they entered our church. With that in mind, here is the Greeters/ Coffee Hour rotation for November: November 5th: Adult Sunday School Class (Contact: Alta Smith and Linda Bailey); November 12th: All Church Coffee Hour; November 19th: Christ and Community Team (Contact: Gordon McLeod-Koreis); November 26th: Finance and Facilities Team (Contact: Charlie Boyd); December 3rd: Choir (Contact: Missy Peterson). There is a template that groups can use as a guide for when it’s their turn. The template can be obtained from the church office.