Announcements for Sunday, March 26, 2017

Praying Our Way Forward:  April 2 – 8, the Virginia Conference will participate in a week of intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward which began in January.  This week of Praying Our Way Forward is an initiative of the Council of Bishops as a part of their larger commitment to lead the church in every part of the world in times of worship, study, discernment, confession and prayer for God’s guidance from January 2017-June 2018.  Each annual conference in the United Methodist Church will participate in this prayer ministry including churches in 16 districts in the Virginia Conference.  CUMC has select Tuesday, April 4 as our day of prayer.  We invite you to set aside time during that day for intentional prayer. To help guide you, below is the published prayer for April 4:

O Lord, we come to you today both as individuals and as a body.  Sometimes we too clearly hear the voices of division and fear around us. Sometimes those voices seem to echo within us. At those times it is difficult to hear your voice within.  Help us to be still.  In the stillness help us to let go of all the voices that shout at us demanding attention.  Help us to let go of all the emotional attachments that carry us to places of hopelessness or frustration or anger. Help us to trust you and to trust each other. As we let go, fill us with an awareness of your presence . . . not just in us individually . .  but in the community that is Christ’s body.  In that presence may we hold each other and all of your creation in loving peace and harmony.  May we hold The United Methodist Church.  May we listen to all of our collected voices with love and without judgement.  In our hearts may we lift those voices before you.  As we hold all of this in our hearts may we seek the peace and unity of love that are your kingdom.  May we hold each other and our church in our hearts and prayers as we journey ahead.  Lead us, we pray to that place of hope and safety and peace that is your Kingdom here on earth.  Through Christ we pray. Amen.


Contact: Anne Muradaz,

UMCOR Sunday: The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe – transforming lives every day. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.  UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries including the United States.  They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.  When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.  For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.  Donations UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover their costs of doing business. Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects their donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.  Join Centreville UMC and other United Methodist congregations in supporting UMCOR by contributing towards the UMCOR Offering today.

Lenten Offering: During this Holy season of Lent, Centreville UMC is collecting a special Lenten offering to go towards the Annual Conference offering.  Bishop Lewis has announced the annual conference mission offering will focus on six missional priority projects, two of which are as follows:

Virginia Long Term Disaster Recovery – We are committed to a long term response to those whose lives were changed by tornadoes and hurricane Matthew in 2016. The funding of the recovery will allow future teams to answer the call to make a compassionate response.
Virginia Volunteers in Mission – To provide funds to small membership faith communities who wish to engage in mission but may lack resources.

Checks can be made out to CUMC with Lenten offering in the memo line.  Thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

UMW Lenten Prayer Brunch: Women of CUMC are invited to attend a Ladies’ Brunch today March 26 beginning at 12:15 PM following church services.  This event is hosted by Centreville United Methodist Women and is part of the national UMW “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial”.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a pack of diapers for donation to Grace Ministries (diapers in larger sizes 5 or size 6 are preferred in packs which typically contain about 20 diapers).  Brunch will be served at the event.  All are welcome, you do not need to be a member of the UMW!

Children’s Ministry (

Contact: Diane Beatley,

Volunteer for Children’s Easter Celebrations: Adult and youth volunteers are requested to assist with two children’s Easter celebrations.  Saturday, April 1, CUMC will host an Easter celebration for preschool children (aged 2- 5) in the ROC from 10:30 – 11:45 AM.  Volunteers are requested to lead crafts and games, serve snacks, and help with the egg hunt.  Please sign-up online:  Monday, April 3 from 4:15 – 6:00 PM, CUMC will offer an opportunity for older children and their families to decorate and dye their own Easter eggs, while also hearing the resurrection story in a different way. If you can help, please sign up online:

Hero Central VBS – Volunteer Today!  Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help make Vacation Bible School a success. CUMC will host 200+ children for VBS July 17 – 21. There are two main types of volunteer roles: small group leaders and station leaders. Volunteers are expected to attend at least one training session and to be available each day of VBS from 9 am to 12:45 pm. More information including a link to the online sign-up form is available on the church website.

Youth Ministry (

Contact: Kara Stuebing,

Youth Group Tonight: This evening, March 26 is a regular youth group meeting. middle school youth will meet from 4:30-6:30 PM, starting with games and discussion in the youth room and finishing with dinner in the Fellowship Hall. High school youth will meet from 6:00-8:00 PM, starting with dinner in the Fellowship Hall followed by games and discussion in the youth room. All youth grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in Middle School Youth Group. All youth grades 9-12 are invited to participate in High School Youth Group. Friends are always welcome!

TOP: Next Sunday, April 2 is a Teens Opposing Poverty Sunday. All youth grades 7-12 are invited to participate in this mission ministry to feed the homeless in DC. Youth will begin preparing and packaging food at 11:30 AM in the church kitchen. At 12:30, the group will travel to DC to spend time distributing food and talking with the homeless in two parks in northwest DC. The group will return to CUMC at 3:30 PM. Chaperones and drivers are needed for this event. Please contact Kara if you are able to help with TOP! A permission form and Emergency Care form are also needed for this event. Forms are available on the church website and Sunday morning in the kitchen at the start of the event.

Congregational Care (

Contact: Pastor Michelle Holmes Chaney,

Women’s Fellowship Opportunity:  Support the Tea Ministry at CUMC.  Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship on Monday, March 27th from 7:00-9:00 PM to make an easy and useful craft as Debbie Angerman leads us through the process of creating mug rugs for the Tea Ministry branch of congregational care.  Mug rugs are perfectly sized to hold a mug and a snack and will be given to people visited by the Tea Ministry.  No need to bring anything besides a joyful heart and willing hands.  To register email

Serve Ministries (

Next Sunday is UFO Collection Sunday: U Feed Others-UFOs-are CUMC’s weekend food program for three local elementary schools.  A UFO is a one-gallon bag containing non-perishable food for a weekend of meals.  See the brochure on the UFO display for food suggestions and other information. UFOs may be dropped off Sunday, April 2 or to the church office weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Assistant Food Pantry Manager at WFCM needed: Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is currently seeking a part time Assistant Food Pantry Manager at its location in Chantilly, VA.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  managing volunteers, communicating with and assisting clients, accepting donations, and working with vendors and donors.  The Assistant Food Pantry Manager will work with the Pantry Manager and other staff to ensure the smooth and effective operation of all aspects of WFCM’s services.  This individual will go the extra mile to help WFCM’s clients, make sure they have food on their tables, and have experienced God’s love while at WFCM.  Additional information is available at or by emailing

Sneedville Mission Trip:  Sign-up TODAY! This year’s Sneedville Mission Trip will be June 24 – July 1. Applications are now available-see the link on the homepage of the church website!  For more information, please contact Johannah Evans at  Also mark your calendars now for the Annual Sneedville Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, April 24!

Adult Spiritual Formation (

Contact: Pastor Ellen LaCroix Fillette,

Pizza with the Pastors is the Second Sunday of each month:  Enjoy this time of fellowship with other newcomers, meet the pastors, and learn more about CUMC and the United Methodist Church.  Pizza and drinks are provided during the class.  Please plan to join us for the next session on April  9.

From God Community to Beloved Community: Taken from the writings of Samuel John Royappa, Director of Connectional Ministries of the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the UMC, this three-week course seeks to explore the biblical meaning of community and dissect what Royappa calls the “building bricks of beloved community.” Participants will focus on understanding the six bricks and will be expected to participate in an action or activity based on that understanding.  This Journey class,  led by Pastor Michelle Holmes Chaney, begins Thursday, April 6.

CUMC Book Club: Join us on the third Wednesday of every month! April 19 we will be discussing King’s Cross by Timothy Keller. In May our book is The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson-Moore; we will meet on May 19.  For June please read The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner and be ready to discuss it on June 21. Contact Shelley Teras at with any questions. Join us for any or all of the discussions. You’ll find us in Room 217 at 12:30 (bring a lunch if you wish).

CUMC’s Centreville Day School (CDS) (

Contact: Patricia Granberg,

2017-2018 Preschool Registration: Registration for the coming school year is underway. Information about the Centreville Day School and the Application for Admission (2017-2018) are available on the church website and at the Welcome Center.

Scholarship Fund: Donations are greatly appreciated to provide financial support for CDS families who may otherwise not be able to attend preschool.  This fund also supports families throughout the year who may have an unplanned circumstance during the school year which causes a financial hardship.  If you would like to share with a child of CUMC’s preschool, please make a donation earmarking your check “CDS Scholarship Fund” or direct your online gift to the CDS Scholarship Fund.

Centreville-UMC Job Opportunities CUMC/employment opportunities

Director of Serve Ministries: Centreville UMC has a part-time opening for a Director of Serve Ministries.  The director will be responsible for overseeing CUMC’s Serve Ministries that provides outreach to people locally, nationally and globally.  The director will work with  CUMC’s Mission Council and staff to help the congregation support:  mission trips, food and clothing distributions, hypothermia shelter and ESL classes.  Qualified applicants should submit their job application and resume to





Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week:

Sunday, April 9 ~ Palm Sunday       

Thursday, April 13 ~ Holy Thursday  ~ 7:30 PM Holy Communion Service

Friday, April 14 ~ Good Friday  ~ 7:30 PM Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday:

Sunday, April 16

Youth-Led Sunrise Service: 6:30 AM ~ Chapel Garden 

Traditional Worship with Communion: 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 AM ~ Sanctuary

Contemporary Worship with Communion: 11:02 AM ~ ROC


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For Families with Preschool Children

WHO: Children 2- 5 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

WHAT:  Crafts, games, snack & Easter egg hunts

WHEN: Saturday, April 1,  10:30 – 11:45 AM

WHERE: CUMC Recreation & Outreach Center /gym

Pre-Register HERE


For Families with Older Children

WHO:  Children  4 – 104.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

WHAT:  Bring your own eggs to decorate and dye.  Hear the resurrection story in a new way.

WHEN: Monday, April 3 from 4:15 – 6:00 PM

WHERE: CUMC Fellowship Hall

Pre-Register HERE.


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Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God

Volunteer Sign-up Kick-off is Sunday, March 12


As you may imagine, with hundreds of kids, many youth and adult volunteers are needed to help Vacation Bible School run smoothly.  To sign-up, please complete this online form. There are two main types of volunteer roles: small group leaders and station leaders. Volunteers are expected to attend at least one training session and to be available each day of VBS from 9 am to 12:45 pm.

Small group leaders are assigned a group of 3 – 6 students to supervise and lead throughout the morning.  Small group leaders move around the church with the students and get to experience the opening and closing assemblies as well as each station.

Station leaders are assigned to a specific station where they are responsible for leading the students in the activities. Station leaders stay in one location throughout the morning and repeat the same activities multiple times with different groups of students.  Stations include: science, Bible storytelling, crafts, music, recreation (outside), and snacks (kitchen).

CHILD REGISTRATION:  Click HERE for more information and a link to the VBS registration form.


Sign-up TODAY! This year’s Sneedville Mission Trip will be June 24 – July 1. Applications are now available!  For more information, please contact Johannah Evans at

To sign up, click here: Sneedville 2017 Application