How well do you know and understand the Bible?  An important question considering that it is the foundational book upon which our Christian faith is based.  Would you read it more regularly if only parts of it weren’t so difficult to understand? Have you ever been perplexed, confused, or disturbed by something you have read in the Bible?

On Sunday, January 3, Centenary’s Adult Class is starting a new study called “Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today.”  This DVD study features the Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the 18,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, who has been called “a master at explaining difficult questions of faith in a down to earth fashion.”

In this six-week study, Rev. Hamilton will address the following topics: Making Sense of the Old Testament (January 3); Making Sense of the New Testament (January 10); Questions about the Nature of Scripture (January 17); The Bible and Science (January 24); Violence, Suffering, and Other Troubling Issues (January 31); and Wrestling with Issues of Sexuality and Relationships (February 7).

This study will benefit those who love the Bible and look to it to help them find meaning and purpose for their lives; those who are willing to wrestle with portions of the Bible about which they have questions; and those who are largely unfamiliar with the Bible but who are curious and want to know more.  Start the New Year off right!  Join us for this important study, Sunday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Sunshine Room, beginning January 3.


Each week children open their Bibles, listen to and begin to understand God’s word, and grow in their faith. They’ll learn the Bible in a way that makes sense, helping them to navigate through life and find their place in God’s story.

Child Care is available for parents who attend Worship Service with children ages 3 and younger, and is located in the Children’s Room, just off of the Narthex, across from the Women’s Restroom. There is a changing table, crib, and toys and books for the children.

Preschool and K (ages 4-6), meet downstairs in the second classroom (on the left). Children learn to recognize that the Bible is God’s Word and that God loves and cares for us. Each easy-to-use lesson will actively engage every child in the Bible story, and lead them to experience God’s love and know Jesus.

First and Second Grades study the Bible section by section. Children develop a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Each week children will begin to really know Jesus, love God and live their faith in practical, tangible ways.

Third and Fourth Grades meet downstairs in the first classroom. Children learn Lessons from the Old Testament or New Testament, also will learn how the whole Bible leads to Jesus. Nothing is more important than a child’s relationship with Jesus.

Fifth and Sixth Grades meet in the Perry Room in the Day Care Wing. Based on 24 key Bible passages, students discover what the Bible says about popularity, success, failure, friendship, rules and more. Kids develop Bible study skills, grow in Christian maturity and respond by serving Jesus in church and the community.

Seventh and Eighth Grades meet in our church library. Students also participate in Worship Services.

CUMC Junior and Senior High students meet downstairs in the Youth Lounge.



Our Music Ministry at Centenary UMC is led by our Director of Music Ministry Donavon Soumas.
and Pianist — Jonathan Benjamin

The Chancel Choir meets on Sunday mornings.
Donavon Soumas

Donavon Soumas is the Director of Music Ministry/Choir Director. Donavon, brings 30 years of experience as a musician, director and educator to his new role.

Donavon is currently the Choral Director of the Upper School at Manhattan Country School in New York, and also Music Educator and Music Program Director at the Lord Stirling School in Basking Ridge. He is the owner and director of the Soumas Heritage School of Music in Plainfield, offering music lessons to children and adults. Donavon is also the founder and director of H.E.R.I.T.A.G.E., Inc. (Helping to Enhance Resources by Incorporating The Arts to Gain Education), also in Plainfield.

Donavon has served in music ministries at the Covenant United Methodist Church (Plainfield), Shiloh Baptist Church (Plainfield), and the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (Somerset). He has also worked with the renowned Newark Boys’ Chorus.

Donavon is a graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., with a Bachelor of Music degree. A resident of Keyport, Donavon is also a Music Advisory Board Member of the Westminster Choir/College of the Arts of Rider University.









Women’s Small Group Meeting

A Women’s “Small Group” meets on the third Sunday of every month, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Sunshine Room. The group is studying and discussing “Prayer.” Topics include:

What is the meaning of prayer;
Keeping God in the forefront;

Using different types of prayer, including, song, being in need, morning prayers, evening prayers, prayer as conversation, potential figures of God, Names of God, and more.

The group is led by Karen Seidner, with Rev. Terrilisa Bauknight, Assistant Pastor, as the co-facilitator. The group welcomes all women to join in the time of discussion and learning together.