A Disciple’s Path

When you become part of a United Methodist Church, you promise to faithfully participate with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  Central wants you to know how to fulfill this promise well. 

Life in Christ is an exciting, unpredictable, on-going journey.  It’s a journey that is taken alongside others on the path of faith.  Some of those are more seasoned travelers; others are just getting started.  All are journeying with you as members of the family of God.  Central is a collection of some of those family members; the United Methodist Church is a larger collection of the Christian family.  A Disciple’s Path is a short study to help us on our journey of faith and to grow our Christian friendships.  We’ll have a week dedicated to each of the following: The United Methodist Church, prayer and scripture meditation, worship and small group community, financial generosity, spiritual gifts and gifts-based service, and invitational evangelism. 

Led by: Reverends Will Malambri, J. Derrick Cattenhead, and Meg Bryce Jiunnies
Sundays, January 13-February 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Room 173
No cost for this study. Childcare is available upon request.

Cancer…Now What?

All too often we hear that someone we know is facing cancer. A friend, relative, or neighbor—or a colleague, church member, customer, patient, care receiver, or client—receives the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. During such a difficult time, we want to reach out with support and care. But how? Stephen Ministries at Central will host a four-week series to help those with new diagnoses of cancer, those under treatment, family members and other interested persons to help them navigate the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges of cancer. This study comes from the excellent new resource, Cancer: Now What. Presenters include Dr. Michael Pavy of McLeod Oncology, a Palliative Care expert, a leader in grief work, cancer survivors, and a representative from Stephen Ministries International.

Led by: Stephen Ministers
Wednesdays, January 16-February 6
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Room 173
No cost for this study.

Courtney Graham Memorial Bible Study

"Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go"

The Courtney Graham Memorial Bible study is held each Monday morning in the Christian Family Conference Room #173. The class covers a few different studies in the course of each season. New participants are welcome!

Led by: Ginny Hill, Beth Ann Owen
Each Monday
9:15-11:00 a.m.
Room 173
No cost for this study

27:17 Men's Bible Study

Men of Central, please join us on Tuesday mornings for Bible study. We are usually together for about an hour, and it is casual- coffee is provided. This study is for men of all ages, and there is lively discussion. We’ll begin this fall by studying the Gospel of Matthew. Our goal is to become men who can make a difference for Jesus in our world. There is no cost for this study, just bring your Bible!

Leaders: Johnny Crouch, Art Justice, and Hank Leeke
Every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.
Room #173
No cost for this study

Sunshine Hour

The Sunshine Hour is for mentally, physically, or visually challenged adults, or anyone who wants to spread sunshine. This class enjoys helping people and shows concern for their family, friends, and anyone facing issues.

Led by: Barbara Deas
Each Wednesday
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room #164/165
No cost for this class
No registration needed

Prayerful Stress Reduction

Prayerful Stress Reduction will combine the science of stress reduction and meditation with the rich tradition of Contemplative Prayer. Each session will begin with a period of meditation based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in order to prepare our hearts and minds for prayer. Participants will then be introduced to various types of Contemplative Prayer including Centering Prayer, The Jesus Prayer, Ignatius Exercises and Franciscan Prayer. Each session will be self-contained so that interested parties can participate as they are available. No required reading. A resource list of materials and free phone apps will be provided. Light homework will be recommended.

Led by: Jim Canup
Each Wednesday, September 12, 2018-April 10, 2019
6:15-7:30 p.m.
Faulkner Board Room
No cost for this class

Disciple Studies

The courses in the Disciple programs are designed to build relationships in a small group setting as each person explores the Bible through discussion, reading and sharing. Disciple is for everyone, and while it is a commitment of time, there is nothing you will do in the next year that will help you to fully understand God’s expectations and wishes for you than to spend time in study and fellowship.

Orientation will be held for each Disciple class in their meeting room on August 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please attend and get to know others attending the same class! If you need a nursery for orientation, please call the church office and let us know.


Disciple I: Fast Track
Led by: Renae Chadwick
Wednesdays, September 12, 2018-April 10, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room 276
Cost: $45 per person
Childcare Available

Disciple II
Led by: Tucker Mitchell
Wednesdays, September 12, 2018-May 1, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room 273
Cost: $45 per person
Childcare Available

Disciple IV
Led by: Debby Stephens
Wednesdays, September 12, 2018-May 1, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room 272
Cost: $45 per person
Childcare Available

Questions about studies or registration?