Reception is a joy

-Susan Thompson, Music Director


The rain held off, a breeze blew, and for two solid hours a steady stream of cars passed under the Grant Street drive thru. The one hundred-plus crowd came by to express their love, appreciation, and well wishes to Pastors Dorothy Ann and Fred Webster. Not only will Sunday, June 28 be the Websters’ final Sunday at Central United Methodist Church, it will be their last as active Methodist ministers. After years of faithful service to God, and the thousands of individuals they have touched, the Websters are retiring and moving to Monte Sano in Huntsville.


Saying goodbye to pastors, although hard, is not unusual for Methodist congregations. Being able to celebrate their retirement from active ministry – the winding down and wrapping up of God’s calling on their life – is extremely special. In light of what has happened in our world over the past few months, what should have been a celebratory time became one of even more focus, drive and determination in serving our church family. No words could ever express our appreciation for the grace, love and service the Websters have shown to CUMC during this time.


Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant.






Thank you from the Parsonage Committee

-Pat Smithson, Chair


It is always nice to know that when you put out a call for help to Central members, they are quick to respond. John Kuhlman, Alan McRee, Wes and Sam Stephenson, and Carlton McMasters brought their tools and energy to prune shrubs, cut limbs and blow off the roof at the parsonage. We are ready for Miriam and Nathan.


Thanks so much for the help!


Members receive Church in a Box

-Debbie Looney, Children’s Director


Thinking ‘outside the box’ has become a new normal during these crazy times, so I decided to just use a box and send church in it to the CUMC families!


In-person meeting is a little too risky, VBS is too risky, gathering in general is too risky… so on Sunday June 21 the CUMC CHURCH IN A BOX was passed out to all the families in the children’s department during a drive thru that also celebrated the Websters’ retirement. Along with the box, yard signs for all church families were available! The signs are bright and cheery and just make me smile!



The ‘box’ contains Bible lessons for 8 weeks (2 per week), family activities, car activities, and object lessons. It’s just a way for the families to have fun together and have some Bible lessons.


I hope everyone has as much fun with their boxes as I did putting them all together!




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