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.

Lindsey Moss & Paige Horn Receive Laity Service Award

Lindsey Moss and Paige Horn were named Lay Servants of 2018. They are most deserving of this annual award. They co-chair Central’s Preschool Committee which is the latest way Central is in mission to our church and community. The dual language preschool called Children of the World Learning Center opens September 4, 2018. Lindsey and Paige have attended numerous workshops and conferences learning the requirements needed to be in full licensure. They have researched and planned, met with committee members and outside consultants, written grants and proposals, ordered materials and hired workers. The list seems endless.  A reception was held August 26 to celebrate these two ladies whose diligent work and personal faith and commitment to God are examples for all of us to follow. The district event to honor them and all the Metro winners will be held at Hickory Grove UMC on October 21 at 3:00pm. CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES

Sofia Guevara

CONGRATULATIONS to Sofia Arely Guevara who has been awarded a scholarship from the WNCC UMW to attend the UMW Assembly 2018:  “Power of Bold” from Wednesday, May 16 to May 21.  She will be traveling on the bus with other WNCC women.  We pray that Arely will take full advantage of the opportunity and continue to develop as a woman of faith and that she will be empowered to serve others and move forward in her passion of Social Justice.  Upon her return from Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, Arely will be working as an intern in ministry at Memorial UMC.