Central congregations bids farewell to Pastor Michelle

Pastor Michelle’s sermon included a beautiful solo, and she also directed the anthem. During a covered dish lunch, Central families had their pictures taken in the “doghouse” set featuring Michelle’s dog Luna.  Pictures were put in an album for Michelle to remember us by.

Congratulations to Sofia Arely Guevara

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.


Congratulations to Karen Bell Carpenter on passing the NC State Bar Exam

Successful Spring Barbecue Involves Many Members

Pastor Santosh Niroula and wife Muuna present their new daughter to the congregation.

Two Medina children selected for Northwest School of the Arts

Nery Medina was recently selected to attend the prestigious School of the Arts to study piano.  His brother, Edwin, also attends the school in the visual arts program.  They are the children of Central member Deysi Medina.

Choir held its annual “Christmas” party in February

Watching the cooking at the Japanese restaurant.  Photos by Ann Doyle


Larry Ward Honored

Long-time chairman of CUMC Board of Trustees, Larry Ward, was honored at reception by the congregation for his many years of service.  Larry, left, is shown here getting advice from Paul Wohlfeil and with wife, Lynn, and Dot and Lewis Hinson.

Pastors Michelle and Susan Stand with Minerva

Shown here in front of Homeland Security with area clergy and laity, including these fine faithful United Methodists. Standing up for our immigrant sister Minerva and all who are seeking refuge.

Kevin Eudy Wins Laity Service Award

Central recognizes Kevin Eudy as our 2017 Laity Servant. This award is given by churches in the Metro District as a way of saying THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO. Kevin will be honored by Central on Sept. 24 at a reception in the fellowship hall right after the service. He will be honored again with other Laity Service recipients in the Metro District at a celebration to be held at Rocky Mount UMC in Mooresville, October 15 at 3:00.  Everyone can attend this wonderful service.

Kevin’s work at Central and beyond is amazing. Just a few ways he serves are Sunday school teacher, worship liturgist and praise band percussionist, photographing and compiling into videos many of the activities at the church, youth leader, CCC leader and board member, Carnival master of ceremonies, puppeteer for VBS, delegate to Annual Conference, Men’s Club past president and active member, missions and evangelism worker…the list goes on! Kevin is a personable, compassionate follower of Christ who ministers everywhere he goes, winning souls for Jesus and building up the body of Christ. Central salutes Kevin Eudy!

Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader


Classes for youth offered by CM Police Department

A series of 10 classes for youth ages 12-18 will be offered this spring at Central by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  Classes will be held 6-8 pm on a day to be determined.  The young men and women will learn about a variety of topics which will prove beneficial to them now and later.  Interested families should sign up with Miguel Zelaya or call the church office, 704-536-9157.

Congratulations to Ashley Pimentel and Sofia Guevara who are the recipients of the

Ashley Pimentel

Sofia Guevara

YoungAdult Hispanic Latino scholarship to attend the MARCHA (Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) conference from August 9 – 13 at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.  The scholarship includes airfare, lodging, per diem, and cost of registration.   Ashley and  Sofia will represent our Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC and the Southeast Jurisdiction.  The overall theme for the conference is “Rooted in Hope.”   Ashley and Sofia will attend a pre-conference as well in which the content will focus on “Social Holiness.”

Math Star Victor Guevara Featured in The Observer

Central member Victor Guevara, an eighth-grader at Albemarle Road Middle School, was featured in the Charlotte Observer‘s series on “Counted Out:  Why are smart, low-income students falling off the fast track?”  Read the article here which details Victor’s accomplishments as well as the extra assistance many Central members have provided, especially Louise Woods and Pastor Susan Suarez-Webster to help Victor navigate the school system’s opportunities.

Kayley Carpenter named Morehead Scholarship Winner

Central UMC featured on UMC world-wide website

Central’s service that features different languages of the many nationalities represented in its congregation is described in the Sept. 20 report on The People of the United Methodist Church website.

Laity Awards to Ashley Pimentel and Miguel Zelaya