Dick Woods Named Central’s United Methodist Man of the Year

Men’s Club leader Kevin Eudy cited the wide-ranging work of Dick Woods over the years.  He was active in founding the Children of the World Learning Center bi-lingual preschool, has organized the community carnival for a number of years, stands up for TPS holders with wife Louise and spends endless hours maintaining the church facilities.  Kevin also praised Dick for having a broad view of who is included in God’s kingdom.  He also was a winner of Central’s 2019 Laity Award with Louise.

Former Pastor Susan Webster receives Conference Denman Award

Former Pastor Susan Webster accepted the Harry Denman Evangelism Award Aug. 3 at the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church annual meeting.   Outstanding lay and clergy leaders were recognized at Annual Conference. See video of presentations here.

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.

 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.