Central UMC is absolutely committed to serving members of our congregation, citizens in our community, and members of the body of Christ around the world. We invite all our members to serve our local, regional, and global community through our financial support, gifts of talents, and time.
Each August comes the ringing of school bells, and thousands of area children will begin the new year. The cost of school supplies has soared and incomes of many homes has not kept up. Please consider donating to Central's School Supply Fund! (It is more helpful if you contribute money instead of items, as schools are very specific about the types of supplies children need, and we can buy the required materials and package them into individual packets.)
Central UMC and its Koinonia Sunday School class partner with local agencies in Cabarrus County to provide clothing, summer toys, and other needed items to children in the community. Members have the option to sponsor a child through a monetary donation or to shop for items like clothing, diapers, bubbles, backpacks, chalk, and swim items. Since its inception, this mission has served more than 300 children in the community. Look for opportunities to participate in late spring/early summer. For more information contact the office.
The Healing Shawl Ministry began at Central in 2005. In the intervening years we have distributed approximately 400 shawls to church and community members. Shawls are given for illness, trauma, bereavement, or, on occasion, just to show someone that they are lifted up! About four years ago, this ministry expanded to include baby blankets to be presented at the altar of our sanctuary when a baby is baptised.
The Samaritan House Night Shelter (located just a few blocks from the church) provides a place for the homeless to sleep and get breakfast and dinner. Volunteers provide the meals and Central helps out several times a year. If you would like to help, sign-up sheets for the various tasks are posted in the narthex. This is a chance to do direct service to the neediest members of our community. If you have any questions about this mission, please contact Mitchell Hagler.
In the summer of 2020, Central will send a delegation to Managua, Nicaragua to work to foster greater mutual understanding of assets and needs, and to establish relationships upon which effective aid and ministry can be based. For this effort, Central is partnering with Cantera, a local non-profit organization, founded and run by and for Nicaraguans. They do great work in promoting sustainable agriculture, gender equity, providing area youth with education and opportunities for self-understanding and expression as an alternative to violence, and much more. You can see some of the work that Cantera does on their website.
If you're interested in future opportunities like this, please contact Pastor Ben. If you'd like to financially support this kind of ministry, we welcome donations. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Godsend means a very valuable event, person or thing. The early 19th century definition is 'what God has sent.' During the Christmas season Central collects socks, underwear, hats and gloves to share with our needy neighbors at Opportunity House. To people without means these things are disposable, there are no means to wash them. A person without a car may walk as many as 10 miles in one day. In 2019 when we delived over 1,000 pieces.
Tears were shed as these are the least donated items. Watch each Christmas season for the laundry baskets, and help us fill them with new socks, underwear, hats and gloves.
Backpack Buddies Ministry provides weekend meals for needy children (and their families) at Coltrane Webb Elementary School. In 2019-2020, Central is assisting 13 children/families while our sister church, First Presbyterian, also provides for an equal number of children/families.
We would greatly appreciate your help in collecting any of the following items:
Canisters of quick-cooking oatmeal
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Cans of green beans
One-pound boxes of spaghetti noodles
Cans of tuna
Plastic jars of peanut butter (medium size)
Cans of sliced carrots
Cans of fruit cocktail
Boxes of granola bars/cereal bars
In addition to the needed food, we collect toiletries (full size shampoo, full-size toothpaste, bars of bath soap, toothbrushes, and roll-on or spray deodorant) for the Hygiene Closet at Coltrane Webb.
Any donated food or toiletry item can be placed in the basket beside the associate pastor’s door in the back hallway of the church. You may also give to BBM in the form of a donation or a financial gift in honor of or in memory of someone special.
BBM also welcomes volunteers to grocery shop for specific items, pack food bags, deliver food bags, and pick up empty bags. If you are interested in helping, please contact Doris Redding, BBM coordinator at Central.
Thank you for your support!