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"Centenary United Methodist Church"
3 W Washington St
Bath, NY
Pastor - Leanne Zeck
Phone - 607-776-3434
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Newsletter
March and April Worship and Study

March 2-Ash Wednesday
Noon
&
6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Bible Study
10:00 a.m. (the Wesley Challenge)

Holy Week
April 14 -Holy (Maundy Thursday)
6:00 p.m.

April 15-Good Friday
TBD Stations of the Cross Pulteney Square
6:00 p.m. Tenebrae service
in Church
April 17—Easter Sunday

6:15 a.m. Sunrise Service
(location tbd)
8:30 a.m.Traditional Service
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service

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This June will mark the 50th anniversary of the "Hurricane Agnes" flood.  Since this disaster was tremendously significant for our region, we are conducting a "72 + 50" campaign, asking that folks consider making copies of photos, documents, or memories (but not old newspapers) available to Steuben County Historical Society, or your local historical society.  At this point we still have a great many people who experienced the flood as adults, so we're taking this chance to preserve their memories and experiences.

Ash Wednesday at Grieving

Jan Richardson’s husband had died. His ashes were kept by Jan’s brother until the day she would be able to gather them and at last bury them. In her grief, she tells the story of the difficulty of Ash Wednesday—the words “from dust you have come, to dust you will return,” the feeling of ashes being placed on your forehead. She wrote a poem/ prayer for Ash Wednesday. I share it here:

Will You Meet Us?
A blessing for Ash Wednesday

Will you meet us
in the ashes,
will you meet us
In the ache
and show your face
within our sorrow
and offer us
your word of grace:

That you are life
within the dying,
That you abide
within the dust,
that you are what
survives the burning,
that you arise
to make us new.

And in our aching,
you are breathing;
and in our weeping,
you are here
within the hands
that bear your blessing,
enfolding us
within your love.

--Jan Richardson, poem appears in Circule of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons
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