Our Sweet Susan Wins Mecklenburg Ministries Prestigious Award

Pastor Susan Suarez Webster has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Sydnor Thompson Jr. Community Leader Award by Mecklenburg Ministries.  She was honored at a May 27 fundraising breakfast held virtually for the first time.

Pastor Susan won this deserved honor for her commitment to building bridges, understanding, compassion and justice.  She was nominated by Louise Woods and Pastor Pam. Read her story here.  Watch a video of the presentation here.  Listen to a podcast of Pastor Susan  discussing building bridges between churches and community here.

Mecklenburg Ministries envisions a community that lives by the highest values and core virtues of its rich faith traditions and respects the dignity of every person.  See a video of this  significant event here.

Pastor Susan’s Departure Marked with Drive-By

Pastor Susan preached her last sermon at Central June 14 and was honored with a drive-by parade with numerous cars afterward.

Pastor Pam’s remarks at WNCC-UMW’s Spiritual Growth Virtual Retreat 2020 are available online at WNCC webpage.

Pastor Pam Blackstock will be the featured speaker at the first session, June 12, 7 pm.  Other sessions June 13 and 14 will begin at 2 pm.  Sessions can be accessed live here or recordings will be available at the website or Facebook page afterward.

Central members and friends lobby for Temporary Protective Status in Washington, DC.   Photos here.

Louise and Dick Woods–Central’s 2019 Laity Service Award winners recognized by District UMC

Louise and Dick Woods

Read Bobby Denny’s tribute to this honored couple here.

Yascara and Antonio Ramirez Chavez family joined the church Sunday.

Former Pastor Santosh Niroula becomes US Citizen

Pastor Santosh receives his certificate as a naturalized citizen.


Makenna Ross, left, was awarded the “Nurse Buck” by the Cabarrus School of Health Sciences for outstanding work in her hospital clinicals, and Madison Collver was accepted to the Wingate University School of Pharmacy Doctoral Program!

Central Honors Teachers starting a new year.

A reception for teachers featured Pastor Pam as driver of the school bus, putting the children in God’s hands.  See photos here.

Central’s long-time custodian, Kay McDaniel, retires

Kaye, left, with Bev Chaville

Central Members Urged to Join Reconciling Ministry Network

Jill Henley, center, with Christy Bost and Matt Henley.

Central member Jill Henley read her letter to the congregation urging members to show love and support to the LGBTQ members of our church community and to participate in the Metro District Reconciling Ministry Network forming a new group of Methodists.  Laity and clergy are met April 28 to support and educate other United Methodist individuals and churches about the full inclusion of all God’s people.  The movement is a reaction to the United Methodist Conference vote to endorse the “Traditional Way” proposal which excludes gay and lesbian members from being married in a United Methodist church or serve as clergy.

Long-time Secretary Edna Welch Retires

See a gallery of pictures from her retirement dinner here.

Miguel Zelaya named 2019 Man of the Year at Central

Miguel Zelaya with Mike Moss

Miguel Zelaya has been awarded the 2019 Man of the Year at Central United Methodist Church.  His contribution of time and energy–always with a warm smile and loving heart, made him a very deserving candidate for this church honor.

Miguel Zelaya was born in El Salvador  and came to the United States about 20 years ago.  He came to Central UMC about 6 years ago.  His wife Maria had been studying English here, and she invited him to come and meet Pastor Susan on Good Friday so that they could read and pray together and remember Christ’s gift of love to us.  After that, Miguel would come to church every Sunday, and he became a member in 2013 along with his family.

Miguel began helping with multiple tasks around the church and is now a trustee.  He helps with trimming and cutting trees, changing light bulbs, cooking barbecue with the Methodist Men, cooks for Room in the Inn and is especially known for the delicious chicken that he grills for the Youth fundraisers called Sabor Latino  (Latin flavor).     Pastor Susan calls Miguel her RIGHT HAND MAN because he helps her with attending meetings or parking cars for an event.  He welcomes the Latino community into our church and talks about Central wherever he goes.  Recently Miguel led the Bienvenidos Sunday School class in providing a fundraiser for the Children of the World Learning Center.

We thank the Lord for Miguel’s life and that he and his family are a part of the Central family.  Congratulations for being the Man of the Year.

 Ashley Pimental Named National Co-Chair of MARCHAs Youth/Young Adults

MARCHA stands for Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans or Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana. It is an organization that advocates and affirms respect for the dignity of  the Hispanic/Latino people inside and outside the church.  It offers accompaniment and mutual support to the people in the organization of the same and in the training opportunities to respond to their needs.  MARCHA also encourages the creation of spaces for reflection on the Hispanic/Latino pastoral,  promotes respect for human rights, commitment to peace and justice, freedom and equality and is in solidarity with the churches and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The group also works with other peoples and works in solidarity with other ethno-racial groups.

MARCHA’s vision is to be an instrument of advocacy of the Hispanic/Latino Methodist people that ensures that the contributions and cultural values ​​of the Hispanic/Latino people are received and appreciated in the church and the society.