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Sunday Worship

The Sanctuary (Traditional): 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

The Vine (Contemporary): 10:45 a.m.

Join us for worship in the Sanctuary and the Vine! We offer contemporary and traditional services.

Forward Grief Group

Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Church Parlor

Forward is an ecumenical group which offers mutual support for those who have lost a spouse. First-Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Chattanooga will host a new small group, seven sessions in all, beginning Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Parlor. These groups offer space for the newly and sometimes not so newly bereaved to share experiences and begin to find ways to step Forward into the future. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this group, please contact the Church office at 423-756-2021. There is no charge to participate.

Lenten Studies

Prime Time Wednesday Nights, February 21st - March 20th

Meal is at 5:30p.m. in the Oak Street Center Vine and Classes are at 6:30p.m.

Join us on Wednesday nights for dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Street Center Vine and classes at 6:30 p.m. led by Paster Jason, Pastor Will, Pastor Barry, Pastor Michelle, and the United Women in Faith Creation Care Circle Group. 

Marriage Retreat

February 23rd-24th at the Transformation Center Retreat Property in Dayton, TN

The upcoming Marriage Retreat will be on February 23rd-24th at the Tranformation Center Retreat Property in Dayton, TN! We will be focusing on the important topic of "How To Create A Marriage That Thrives."

Youth Summer Mission Trips Youth Parent Meeting

February 25th after the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service in the Pit

If your child (grades 6th-12th) is eager to embark on a transformative journey this summer, join us for an important meeting about the upcoming mission trips on February 25th after the 10:45 a.m. service in the Pit! During the meeting, we'll discuss trip details, the mission objectives, fundraising opportunities, and answer any questions you may have. It's the perfect chance to connect with other parents, get involved, and learn more about the incredible experiences awaiting our youth.

For more information, contact Tori Crook at tcrook@firstcentenary.com.

Coffee with the Pastor

Every Third Sunday of the Month, Starting March 17th, at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room

Are you a first time visitor or have been visiting for a while? Do you want to know more about First-Centenary? Are you interested in becoming a member of First-Centenary? Or, do you simply want to get to know the Senior Pastor? Then join Pastor Jason every third Sunday of the month, starting March 17th, at 9:45 a.m. in the conference room for Coffee with the Pastor!

Eggstravaganza Easter Bash

March 24th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Elem in front of the Steeple

Get ready for our Eggstravaganza Easter Bash on Palm Sunday, March 24th, from 11:45am to 1pm! Bring your little ones for a good time filled with fun, laughter, and of course, plenty of egg-citement. Let's make unforgettable memories as we search for hidden treasures together. Mark your calendars and hop on over to the Elem (grassy area in front of the steeple) for an egg-citing time!

Candy Donations

Easter’s excitement is beginning to be whispered in the halls of the Children’s Ministry! We would be so honored if you would help us fill our Easter Eggs this year. Donations of small candies and/or tiny “egg sized” toys would be greatly appreciated.
Large donation buckets will be outside our worship areas and at the Welcome Center for Candy Drop Zones. Also, contact Beth Spears at bspears@firstcentenary.com if you would like to help stuff eggs.

Romania Mission Trip

April 15th - 23rd

If you have always wanted to go on a mission trip to Romania and haven't had a chance to go, a trip is being planned around April 15th. We will be building some bunk beds and preparing some space for our youth that will be going this summer. There will be other things to do while over there, such as planting a few trees, working on a field that is going to be turned into a soccer field, visiting some homes of the people that live in the village, and always interacting with a lot of kids that live there. Come join us for this wonderful trip of a lifetime, you don't want to miss out!

If you are interested in going, please contact Barry Kidwell at cbarrykidwell@gmail.com, or call either (423)713-6379 or (423)756-2021.

2024 Southeastern Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting

April 19th - 21st, 2024 in Chattanooga, TN

What does it mean to answer the call to "love one another"
(John 13:34) in 2024?  Come GET TOGETHER to:

FEEL the joy when faith-filled women unite.
NURTURE our souls through the strength of our sisterhood.
DEEPEN our relationship with God.
EXPLORE the power of love to make a difference.

TOGETHER we can do more, TOGETHER we can be more,
TOGETHER  the power of love in action can change the world!

Registration now through March 19th: $240

Confirmation

January 7th - April 28th during Sunday School in the Student Center

Confirmation will be every Sunday until April 28th during Sunday School in the Student Center. Here is to an exciting new chapter of faith!

Vacation Bible School

June 24th - 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

First-Centenary invites Families to HOMETOWN NAZARETH: WHERE JESUS WAS A KID

A summer family event called Hometown Nazareth will be hosted at First-Centenary from June 24th to the 28th. Families step back in time at Hometown Nazareth, exploring what it was like to live in the town where Jesus grew up. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Jesus’ mom, Mary, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes at Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved. Kids and adults at Hometown Nazareth will join other VBS participants in a hands-on mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid, in which kids will collect money that will help provide clean water for kids in Honduras.

Join a United Women in Faith Small Group!

Put your talents, energy and ideas to work. You’ll find flexible opportunities for spiritual growth and ways to act for social justice, support your community, live your faith and enrich your life right here at First-Centenary United Women in Faith in our small groups/Circles.

Ways To Serve

Memorial Garden Refresh

It is time to refresh the Memorial Garden at First-Centenary UMC. This will allow it to continue to be a place of quiet contemplation and meditation, as well as a beautiful place to hold meaningful services.

The Memorial Garden was created in 2001 after previously serving as a meditation garden. Since then, 71 families have chosen this area to lay their loved ones to rest. There are currently 325 designated spots as well as an area where ashes can be scattered. The Garden Mission Team currently maintains the Memorial Garden.
Over the years the garden has thrived, but both freezing winters and time have taken their toll. It is time to refresh it to ensure it lasts many more years. A landscape designer has created a beautiful plan for us, and we have a landscaper to install it.

Most of the plantings will be removed and the watering system replaced. We will add trees, shrubbery, plants with seasonal color, new hardscape, and a new water feature. Each phase of the project will be conducted with care and respect, and ensure that interred ashes are undisturbed. The cost of this project is $30,000. The largest cost is labor to remove the current vegetation because it will have to be carried out by hand.

We need your help to keep the Memorial Garden looking beautiful. We invite you to consider donating to this worthy project. The upgrade will begin this month so your immediate consideration is appreciated. You can give by writing a check to First-Centenary UMC and putting “Memorial Garden Refresh” on the memo line. You can also go to the church’s website, click on either “Give,” enter the dollar amount and select “Memorial Garden Refresh.”

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Free Meals Campaign

Each year we ask families of the church to donate money towards our Sunday & Wednesday meals. This is a lot easier than asking parents to sign up to bring breakfasts and dinners and it is cheaper as well.

If 36 of our youth's families donate $150 then we will have enough money to pay for ALL of our meals for the entire school year. Give the full amount or give part of the amount monthly or in whatever way you would like. Some choose to give $50 per month for 3 months or $25 a month for six months. Any amount is helpful. We currently need donations for our kickoff to fall!

To give, you can click the link below or simply write a check, write "Free Meals Campaign" or "Youth Meals" in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate on Sunday or send it with your child on Wednesday night.

MTM Loaves and Fishes for Children

Our Sunday night service has continued to grow and with that, we have had a lot more children join in on Sunday nights. What started out as two or three children and the sweet kitchen ladies starting to teach them Bible stories has become fifteen regular children and the children’s ministry stepping up to help on Sunday nights. There are 1 in 5 children who live in food insecure homes in our country and the majority of the children on Sunday nights come from low income households and face hardships many of us never have to worry about. In order to make life a little easier and enjoyable in their young lives, we have worked together with the children’s ministry to put together snack bags for the children to take home with them on Sunday nights after church. These bags include non perishable things they can snack on during the week, use as a breakfast item, or take to school for lunch. Most of our children do not get the luxury of picking and choosing a snack or something they might enjoy for lunch and often times our children have to just go without. Please keep in mind that this happens year round, not just during the holidays. This ministry plans to continue indefinitely as children need food all year long and not just around the holidays.

If you feel led to donate to this specific snack bag ministry, here is a list of items we could use that will help these kids throughout the week:
• Individually wrapped muffins or muffin bites
• Fruit cups
• Fruit snacks
• Ramen noodles
• Microwavable mac and cheese
• Fruit or apple sauce cups or pouches (Gogo Squeez)
• Pop tarts
• Instant oatmeal
• Individually wrapped danishes or pastries
• Chewy granola bars
• Vienna Sausages
• Individual trail mix of packets of mixed nuts
• Multi pack single serve cereal
• Slim Jims
• Nutri-grain bars

If you prefer to make a monetary donation you can do so by check to Mustard Tree Ministry or First Centenary UMC just write “MTM Loaves and Fishes” in the “for” line or you can find us on Venmo @MustardTreeMin.

Employment Opportunities

First Kids is hiring!

We're looking for someone to join our First Kids' team! Email Beth at bspears@firstcentenary.com if you have any questions. Click below to apply!

The Centenary is hiring!

Want to... Make a positive difference in the life of a child? Encourage literacy? Gain valuable job experience leading groups of students? Use your creativity to encourage young minds? Apply to join our team and help students grow into resilient and capable leaders of our city. Since 1967 The Centenary has been providing academic support, physical education, life skills development, and avenues for spiritual expression to students from across Chattanooga.

Youth Ministry is hiring!

First-Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee is seeking a full-time Assistant Youth Director/College Minister. First-Centenary is a large membership church with a thriving student ministries program from birth to college. A qualified applicant should have a college degree, previous youth ministry experience, be technologically savvy, have a passion for connecting with and developing youth and college students into strong young adult Christians, the emotional and relational maturity to relate to youth, parents, college students, and adult volunteers, and possess (or be willing to learn/teach) a Wesleyan/Methodist theological approach to youth ministry and theology. We are located next to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and are looking to rebuild our college ministry.

The youth group at First-Centenary has students from 15 to 20 different schools in the Chattanooga area. Because First-Centenary is a downtown church, there is not one school that most of our youth come from. This allows the youth group to reach an eclectic mix of students. The students at First-Centenary are accustomed to intellectual curriculum that is based in Wesleyan Theology. Students are encouraged to ask questions and explore their doubt in a welcoming and understanding environment.

We aim for our college minister to reflect this as well and be a place where college aged students can continue to grow in their faith and develop as leaders. Because of our close proximity to the campus and the natural articulation of college students we believe that it is time to revive a campus ministry that paused during COVID years. An ideal candidate would have a passion for campus ministry, a start up mentality, and a relational approach to ministry.

If you are interested in applying please send your resume and references to the Youth Director Tori Crook, at tcrook@firstcentenary.com by April 1,2024. If you have questions about the timeline, application process, or the church, please feel free to email Tori or call the church at 423-756-2021.

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