Below you will find a variety of events, studies, trips and experiences that will help you in your spiritual growth and faith development. We encourage you to attend those that speak to you and even maybe one that doesn’t as you seek to be the disciple that God calls you to be.

Family Camp 2019

FINAL CALL!! Final balance and Registration due Wednesday, September 11th

WHO: All CUMC families… young and old alike!

WHERE:  Camp Tekoa is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, near Hendersonville, NC.  Tekoa is owned and operated by the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.

WHEN:  Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th

FEE: $65 per- person, children 2 and under are FREE! There is a $300 family maximum (for families that would exceed that amount otherwise).  Camp fee includes lodging (linens and towels NOT provided), all meals, a t-shirt, and activities at camp (climbing tower, zip line, gaga ball, lake swimming, etc).  If needed, scholarships are available.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: Registration is from 6-8pm on Friday night. Our first event will begin at 8:00pm (dinner will NOT served on Friday Night).  On Sunday, we will leave around 11:00am and lunch is on your own.

HOW TO REGISTER: Turn in the registration form below, a recent family photo, a $65 deposit (NON-REFUNDABLE) made out to “Central UMC” into Savanna Craig or Fawn Mikel.


If you have any question/concerns, please contact us at: [email protected] or [email protected]

Fam Camp 2019 Registration Form



Fall Discipleship Classes

noun dis·ci·ple \ di-ˈsī-pəl \

Definition of disciple

1 : one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another

2: a convinced adherent of a school or individual

We know the word… but are we living the life, GROWING into a TRUE disciple of Jesus?


Word and Wine

Mondays, resuming September 9th, 6:30 pm Dragonfly on the Square

Life hits hard and we struggle to find God in the midst.  Join us as we discuss the REAL life of a disciple, wrestling with all the world throws at us,  and discovering God’s presence and direction.

Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word, Into the World

Tuesdays, beginning September 10th, 6:30 pm Conference Room

Rob Laney will be leading participants through an exhilarant and extensive study of Genesis and Exodus.  Daily readings and a workbook will assist you in understanding the beginnings of faith and following God in such a way that others may experience God’s presence.

Living the Questions

Sundays, beginning September 15th, 5:30 pm Conference Room

Too often we are told to simply believe.  But God calls us to wrestle, and even question, the things of faith.  This 8 week study is a practical tool, bringing together, equipping and re-educating thinking Christians… and letting you know it is not only OK, but desirable, to question long-taught and approved beliefs and doctrine.


Tuesdays, beginning October 1st, 6 pm Conference Room

GriefShare is a 13 week program giving hope to those struggling with grief-related issues after the loss of a loved one.  Each weekly session is    designed to be “open” so that a person may beging attending at any time, finding comfort, answers, and hope.  Join us to begin your journey toward joy even in the midst of sorrow.

Short Stories by Jesus

Wednesdays, beginning October 9th, 9 am Conference Room

This 6-week study interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers.


UMW Celebrates 150 Years of Missions

The United Methodist Women are celebrating their 150th birthday around the world. The WNCC UMW are commemorating this milestone at their annual meeting Sept. 13-15 at Lake Junaluska. Pastor Mark, along with Catherine Ritch, are leading the music for this event, which also features Christi Campos,  UMW Executive for Development and Donor Relations for the keynote and Belinda Forbes,  United Methodist Missionary  serving in Nicaragua as the missions speaker.

All United Methodist Women are cordially invited. For registration and more information go to:  Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 8


Older Wiser Livelier Seniors (OWLS)

The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home.

September 16th at 11:30 am at Toscanos on the Court Square. See you then!

October 21st at 11:30 am at Pappas and Beer, 306-6 East Dixon Blvd.

November 19th at 11:30 am at China Town, 727 East Dixon Blvd.




Each Sunday in worship we share the importance of prayer at Central UMC.  We make known prayer needs with our congregation and then spend time lifting concerns and joys.  We encourage everyone to share circumstances and people in need of prayer.  What a gift!  But those prayers do not end on Sunday morning.  A group of committed individuals pray over those needs every day throughout the week.   If you would like to be a prayer partner, contact Pastor Fawn for more information.


Sunday School

9:00am every Sunday

It is our belief that the Sunday School teaching program provides the glue that bonds our church family together. Spiritual enrichment and lasting friendships are benefits of the Sunday School program.

Adults have the opportunity to study and discuss the Old and New Testament as it applies to our daily lives. Dedicated teachers enlighten class members with their knowledge and abilities while encouraging growth through discussion and practice. We believe these classes strengthen our relationship with God, our marriages, our families, our friends and our community.

There is a place for you in Sunday School! You would be welcomed in any of these classes!

There are several classes to choose from, each with a different focus:

CORNERSTONE — E2, Room 207 Join us as we study Soul Keeping reminding us that the soul is the MOST important part of our being and how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea–it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction.  Most Participants are Age 40+.

GROWING CHRISTIANS — E2, Room 208 Following the lectionary schedule of Scriptures provides students deep conversation as together we experience who God is and who we are as disciples of Christ.  Most Participants are Age 40+.

HOEY BIBLE CLASS — S2, South Side of Sanctuary Discover God’s mystery and wisdom as experienced through the creation stories found in Genesis.  Most Participants are Age 70+.

HOLY GROUND — E2, Conference Room Freedom came to the Hebrews as they left Egypt, but with it also came new challenges like learning how to live in community.  This DVD study, Fire on the Mountain,  takes participants to biblically significant sites in the Holy Land.  Most Participants are Age 50+,

SAINTS & SINNERS — E2, Room 203 Discover God’s mystery and wisdom as experienced through the creation stories found in Genesis. Most Participants are Age 60+.



Women’s Circle

WINGS meets 3rd Wednesdays at 10:00am in the church parlor. This circle has published a cookbook “Holy Chow” proceeds from which were used to fund many church projects. If you would like to have one of these cookbooks, they are still available in the office. These caring, generous women enjoy their service projects as well as many fellowship activities. Members offer care and support for each other.


Walk To Emmaus

The “Walk to Emmaus”, a spiritual renewal program, is the Methodist adaptation of a movement started in Spain in 1949. The current program was developed by the Upper Room ministry of the UMC to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Participants begin the program with a 72 hour pilgrimage weekend.

The program gets its name from the story in Luke 24: 13-35 where the risen Christ appears to two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.

Many members of Central have participated in the Walk weekend and are active in the program. Central is a member of Grace Emmaus Community which also includes many churches of several denominations in Cleveland County and the surrounding area.

Detailed information can be found at the following websites:

Newborn Visitor Committee

The purpose of the Newborn Visitor Committee is to make a visit in the home of babies born to church members. We present a small gift to the child on behalf of the church. In addition, we typically take a gift of food. We offer support to the family and let them know the church is thinking of them during this time.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Table: A Shared Community Meal—every Saturday in PAC
Bereavement Team Ministry—support grieving families with a meal
Congregational Care Ministry to Homebound Members—support shut-ins with companionship
Backpack Ministry to Shelby Public Schools
Hospice Support
Disaster Relief
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
Soup Group

Click here for more information.

Music Programs

Central offers multiple music opportunities:  Chancel Choir, Praise Ensemble, and Central Ringers (Hand bell Choir).  Chancel Choir meets on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Praise Ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30pm. Central Ringers meet on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30pm.

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