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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.

Triple P

June 10th, June 24th, July 8th,  and July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Triple P youth days are here! Get ready for an amazing summer with our Youth Ministry. Join us on June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, and July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for fun-filled days packed with exciting activities, games, and so much more. Bring your friends and make new ones as we enjoy these special summer gatherings. Don't miss out on the fun, we will see you there!

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.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED in creating an unforgettable God-experience! Whether you can lend a hand with setup, lead activities, or assist with cleanup, your support is invaluable.

In addition, DONATIONS are greatly appreciated to ensure that Hometown Nazareth is a success and accessible to all. Your generosity helps cover costs for supplies, snacks, and more, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone involved.

For more information, you can email Beth Spears at bspears@firstcentenary.com.

College Student Lunch

June 30th, July 28th, August 28th, September 29th, October 27th, November 24th, and December 29th
Meet in The Vine Lobby after the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Calling all fcCollege students! Join us in the Vine lobby after the 10:45 service to walk over to one of our favorite restaurants. Enjoy some great conversation, get to know other young adults, and hear about some upcoming events. The best part? Lunch is on us!

Passport Mission Week

July 1st - 5th in Berea, KY

Passport Mission Week is July 1st-5th in beautiful Berea, KY! This incredible trip is organized by our Youth Ministry and is an amazing opportunity for those interested in being involved in serving others and making a positive impact. This is a perfect chance to learn and grow personally and spiritually.

The cost for this life-changing experience is $350. For more information or to sign up, reach out to our Youth Director, Tori Crook, at tcrook@firstcentenary.com.

fcCollege Volunteer Interest Meeting

July 14th at 12:00 p.m. in The Vine

We need YOUR help! If you enjoy working with young adults aged 18-25, we would love your participation in our program. From weekly, monthly, and special events, there is plenty of volunteering needed to go around. We would also love to hear YOUR ideas for the college ministry program. If you have any interest in being involved, please join us Sunday, July 14th, following the 10:45 service in The Vine Lobby.

Mission U

July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at First-Centenary United Methodist Church

Join us at Mission U as we explore what it means to draw closer to God and  one another.
Jesus told his followers the kin-dom was among them (Luke 17:21). What does  that mean? Who does Jesus say will inherit the kin-dom? How do we transform  ourselves and our communities in ways that bring us closer to the kin-dom and  the kin-dom closer to us? Dive into these questions and more at Mission u 2024  as we examine Scripture together and join in worship, fellowship, and action.  

Mission U 2024 offers three exciting curricula on this theme:
Adult — Welcome Home by Neomi Fletcher  
The adult curriculum uses the image of home to explore how living in close  proximity to the kin-dom is like making a home with God. Participants are  invited to develop practices for building healthy, welcoming communities as  a result of being anchored in the abiding love of God.  

Youth — Cultivating Symbiosis: The Nature of God’s Kin-dom by Nica Sy
In Creation, we see the power of symbiosis, or interdependent relationship.  The youth curriculum explores the idea of symbiosis between our relation ships with one another and our relationship with God. By drawing closer to  one another and our world, we draw closer to the kin-dom.
 
Children — Me in the Kin-dom by Kathy Cook
The children’s curriculum uses the Lord’s Prayer as a lens to help us see that  we are all members of the family of God. Children will begin to understand  that the kin-dom is living with Christ and one another on earth as in heaven.

Registration deadline: July 5th

Popsicles in the Park

July 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Coolidge Park

Join the First Kids Children's Ministry for a fun-filled afternoon! Popsicles in the Park is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st, at Coolidge Park. Bring your friends and family for a sweet treat, activities, and lots of laughter. We can't wait to see you there!

Rising 5th-6th Grade Lock-In

August 2nd - 3rd Starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium

Calling all rising 5th and 6th graders! Get ready for an adventure like no other at our annual lock-in event. Dive into a night of excitement at the Tennessee Aquarium starting at 7:00 p.m. on August 2nd. Pick up will be the next morning on August 3rd. Join us for a night filled with fun, exploration, and unforgettable memories. From fascinating marine life to engaging activities, there's something for everyone. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to make new friends and experience the wonders of the ocean together. We hope to see you there!

For more information or if you are interested in signing up, email either Tori Crook at tcrook@firstcentenary.com or Beth Spears at bspears@firstcentenary.com.

The Chosen

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor

The Chosen - Bible Study Led By Diana Kidwell

We will meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room or on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor (you get to pick your time).

The Chosen is an episodic biblical series based on events surrounding the ministry years of Jesus Christ. It follows the backstory of a few well-known characters before they first meet Jesus and interact with Him. Season 4 has been described as the beginning of the end: "Clashing kingdoms. Rival rulers. The enemies of Jesus close in for the kill while His followers struggle to keep up, leaving Him to carry the burden alone." Viewing previous seasons is not required. All are welcome!

Coffee with the Pastor

Every Third Sunday of the Month 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 at 9:45 a.m. in the conference room for Coffee with the Pastor!

Chris Bowles Circle

Every 4th Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Morgan Classroom

The Mary Martha and the Chris Bowles Circles of United Women in Faith have officially merged. The Circle’s next meeting will be at 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, March 26th, in the Morgan Classroom. We will fellowship, share light refreshment and review John Wesley’s approach to Bible Study.

Chris Bowles invested her life’s energies in her relationship with Christ and in her devotion to discipling others. Our circle bears her name to honor her memory and to be our reminder of her beautiful witness as we seek to deepen our Christian discipleship and to emulate her Christian servanthood. Please come prepared to share your ideas for our future Scripture and service adventures.

A membership list is available by request.
Martha Payne: mppayne66@gmail.com, text or call 423-316-0606
Sally Richardson: cavesallyr@gmail.com, text or call 423-785-7748

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

Hygiene Drive

Support The Bethlehem Center's Hygiene Drive For Students and Families

Help us support the Bethlehem Center's Hygiene Drive for Students and Families! Starting May 5th, bins will be placed outside the Welcome Center and The Vine Lobby for any donations. Our community's help is crucial in providing essential hygiene items to those in need. Donations will be given to the students and families attending Jump STArt Camp this summer. Every contribution counts and thank you for your kindness!

Here's what we're collecting:
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Floss
• Soap
• Washcloths
• Deodorant
• Tissue packs
• Sanitizer
• Mirrors
• Detergent

Youth Student Stocks 

Support the Youth on their Summer Romania Mission Trip

Are you looking for a way to support the youth traveling to Romania this summer? Here's your chance to make a difference! By purchasing a stock, you'll not only invest in their mission but also become an integral part of their journey. Your support will directly contribute to aiding in covering essential expenses such as supplies, food, travel, and accommodations. Each stock purchase will serve as a vital donation towards their mission trip fund. But that's not all!

When you buy a stock, you'll receive:
• A receipt confirming your contribution.
• An exclusive invitation to a special luncheon hosted by the youth group at the end of July.
• The opportunity to engage with the students, hear their stories firsthand, and ask any questions about their experiences in Romania.

We recommend $50 per stock, but any amount is immensely appreciated. Every dollar counts towards making this trip a success. Your support and prayers mean the world to us! Thank you for your generosity and let's make this mission to Romania an unforgettable experience for all!

For more information, email our Youth Director, Tori Crook, at tcrook@firstcentenary.com. Donations can also be given to Tori in-person.

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

Children's Enrichment Center is hiring!

Do you believe children are strong and capable? Want to help them build life skills and promote wonder and inquiry in a warm, nurturing environment? The Children’s Enrichment Center at First-Centenary may be the place for you!

With full and part-time positions available, we are in search of dependable, energetic, and enthusiastic candidates to join our team. Our staff is hired in compliance with the state requirements and qualifications as a base minimum. When hiring educators we take a lot into consideration such as experience, education and dedication as we know every educator brings their own strength and professional growth with them once they are hired. We also believe that one hires not only by education but also by the heart. We believe the Children’s Enrichment Center staff is a family and a team and when an educator is hired they understand this is a profession and a commitment as we are raising the future. We have a strong belief in professional development that exceeds the minimum state requirements.

Benefits
• Thirteen holidays off, as well as spring, (mini) summer, and Christmas breaks.
• Full-time employees receive a benefit package.
• Pay: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour

Required: Must pass a background check and drug screening.

If you are interested, please fill out the employment application and email it to cecdirector@fcumc.org. Call 423.265.9736 or email cecdirector@firstcentenary.com for more information.

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!

Summer Program Staff
Reading Coordinator
Athletic Director

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.

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