A Journey to the Holy Land

In February of 2019, Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel. Iyad Qumri will be the local guide who’s strong Christian faith will further enhance the trip from merely visiting the sites where Jesus was born, grew up, died and was resurrected into “living” them. The trip will depart the US on February 7th and return February 20th. You can find an itinerary here and the registration form hereRegistration and a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by April 1st, 2018.  It’s NOT too late, contact Fawn if you are interested but haven’t gotten your deposit in yet, [email protected]!


Catawba Valley Lay Servant Training

March 10, 17, 24, and 31

3:00 – 5:30 pm
Park Street UMC
120 Park Street, Belmont, NC
Each course consists of four Sunday afternoon class meetings. Attendance will be required all four days in order to complete the 10 hours needed for certification. Cost for each Lay Speaking course is $25 per student. You may register and pay online at or mail a check. If paying by check, make checks payable to Catawba Valley District WNCCUMC. Class listing is available at the above link.

Designate your check for “Lay Servant Training” and include the name of the student.  Mail your payment to be received in the District Office by March 4, 2019, to:

Jana Alexander

CV District Office
166 East Main Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28052



AMISHLANDS Pennsylvania – April 29-May 2, 2019

Central UMC and First Baptist Church will travel together for 4 days and 3 nights of experiencing the beauty of the Amish country and her people.  Our experience will include transportation, lodging, meals, a performance of “Jesus” at the Millennium Theater (sold-out in 2018), tours and more.  Our hosts will be Burel and Pam Harris. Below is detailed information or you may contact Fawn for more information and to register, [email protected].

Cost Per Person:

$367.00   Double

$352.00   Triple

$347.00   Quad

$506.00   Single

Package includes:

3 Nights Lodging

3 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners including a Family-style Dinner and Shady Maple Smorgasboard

Performance of “Jesus” at the Millennium Theater

Guided Tour of the Amish Countryside including stops at an Amish Craft Farm and Bake Shop

Kitchen Kettle Village, Kreider Farms “Farm Tour”, Herr’s Snack Factory Tour, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Tour

Souvenir Gift

Luggage Handling, Taxes, and Meal Gratuities and Motor Coach Transportation


Bible Studies

To start the year off right, we are offering a Smorgasbord of Bible Studies! Below is a brief synopsis of the six studies that are available this fall:

WORD AND WINE — Mondays at Dragonfly Wine Market 6:30-8 pm

Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading. How may we use our faith to help us deal with today’s issues? Diverse cultures, immigration, workplace environments, aging population — the issues of our world affect each of us.  Join us as we discuss our own views and how God’s word helps us live in the world and still keep the faith.

Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study — Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 

Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study – using Scripture as its foundation participants will discover the principles of following Christ.  This is a great opportunity to read the Bible, discovering who God is and who we are created to be as Christian.  Rob Laney will be teaching this class on Tuesday Evenings.

The Gospel of JohnWednesdays 9:30-10:30 am in the Conference Room

will provide inspiration and deeper understanding as we look at discipleship through a disciple.  Together we will study the Scriptures, finding our own calling to follow Christ.

With All Your Heart Bible Study – Sundays 9-9:45 am in the Conference Room

Beginning January 20th join Pastor Fawn on Sunday mornings in the Conference Room for 6 weeks to consider how we need to remember our need for God in this study by teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan.  Through video Vander Laan will guide us to through the Promised Land as we discover the geographical, cultural and historical context of the Scriptures.




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. Upcoming events include:

Please join us for lunch on Monday, January 21st.  We will meet at 11:30 am at Chen’s Chinese Restaurant, 209 W Dixon Blvd.  Hope you will join us!

We’ll have a Memory Meal at Ken and Mary’s on Monday, February 18th at 11:30 am. Join us as we play a game of Remember When… at 1628 S. Dekalb St.

Lunch at Ruby Tuesday on Monday, March 18th at 11:30 am. Meet us at 2003 East Dixon, Shelby.

Be sure to check out the information above for the Amishlands Trip April 29th- May 2nd.




Sunday School

Held at 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: young adults, single or married or college age students. The class deals with contemporary topics in a Biblical context as it relates to their lives.
  • Growing Christians: mostly young adults and married couples who are striving to grow in their Christian faith and service to the church. Teachers rotate, leading the class in discussion topics of interest to the class. This class sponsors frequent socials and Sunday fellowship dinners.
  • Saints and Sinners: singles and couples of all ages. Several teachers lead discussions centering around a variety of topics. Activities and projects include offering assistance to foster children at Christmas and occasional socials.
  • Hoey Bible class: any adult, male or female. The oldest Sunday School class at Central is steeped in local and church history due to the influence of two former governors. Several teachers offer weekly lessons with music and singing as an integral part.

Wesley Class: Mostly retired women and couples. The International Lesson Series is used in this class and is taught by rotating teachers. Regular fellowship events emphasize service to others through mission projects. Music and singing is an important part of each class. This class meets every Sunday at 11:00am.


Women’s Circles

There are two active circles at Central United Methodist Church. Each one functions under the United Methodist Women auspices and supports the UMW with a yearly pledge to the conference.

  • Lydia Circle meets at 1:15pm on the 2nd Monday of each month. The group supports the goals of the Methodist conference through World Bank offerings. Their meetings provide opportunities for fellowship and reviews of Christian books. Lydia Circle is the newest circle at Central consisting of members from the former Altar Guild.
  • 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

Hot Lunch Program—every Tuesday and 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

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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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