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. Currently all in-person events and meetings are cancelled but many are available online through ZOOM.
Just when it looks like we are getting close to normal it all changes. Our adult Sunday School classes have worked so hard to continue, recently meeting inside in the church (with proper guidelines of social distancing and masks). However, with increased positive cases in our state the governor and Western North Carolina Conference has issued that no more than 10 people are to meet together INSIDE. So Sunday School classes may continue to meet with this added restriction. If your class would like to meet, please contact Gina in the church office to schedule your meeting space. And thank you for adhering to these regulations!
The January/February editions are available outside of the office. Feel free to stop by Mon-Thurs 9-4 or Fri 9-1. They are currently not available online.
Fall has arrived and we are excited to jump into opportunities to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through new Bible studies! We hope you will join us:
WORD AND WINE – Mondays, 6:30 pm
We miss gathering at Dragonfly to share a glass of wine and dive into the Scriptures, but we can still be “together” and share as we meet via ZOOM! With so much chaos in our society, we will take this Fall to see where God is in the midst of our fears, conflicts and uncertainty. Grab your Bible and a glass as we ask God and share our thoughts and insights. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391585122
REVELATION – Tuesdays, 7 pm
The book of Revelation has always intrigued Christians. This exciting and thought-filled study will NOT be your “Left Behind” theology of the end of times, but rather a clear, readable look at the Scripture’s historical context (approximately AD 90), and its message for us today. We will be using “Revelation for Today” by James M. Efird as our guide (available at Cokesbury.com or from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=white+fragility&qid=1600112632&sr=8-3). Join leader, Savanna Craig, at Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86843458934
SAVING JESUS –Wednesdays, 3:30-5 pm
Who knew Jesus needed to be saved? And saved from what? This is a very progressive study, for those who may have ever felt like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Through video presentations by theological scholars of today, participants will engage in meaningful conversations around the relevance of Jesus for today. Email Pastor Fawn at [email protected] to receive the study guide and Zoom link.
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. Your Prayer concerns and joys may be submitted to the office by phone, mail or through the Pray link at the top of this page. 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.
The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We have cancelled our meetings until after the need for social distancing is necessary and the restaurants are allowed to have inside dining.
Our adult Sunday School classes have reconvened and been meeting outside on the town square. But with weather changing, a warm, dry environment is needed! So Sunday School classes will be able to meet inside the church in 3 different locations WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REQUIRED MASKS. Please call Gina at the office to receive information and reserve space!
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+.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
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 7:00-8:15pm.
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