Summer with Central

Let’s Stay Connected at Central This Summer!

The Ministry of Engagement is excited to announce the following events for us to stay connected and celebrate this season.

Summer Events with Central

  • Reconnect in the Mountains

    Register for Central’s All-Church Retreat via this link. If you have any additional questions regarding registration, please contact Linda Massengill at

    All are warmly invited to enjoy fellowship with Central friends in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina at Montreat this Labor Day weekend. If you’ve not been before, Montreat has a campus-like feel with a small lake, creeks, playgrounds, lodges, and private homes in a lush wooded setting. Just outside the bounds of Montreat is Black Mountain, a lovely town with shopping and dining opportunities. There are many trails for hiking and exploring in the area, and Asheville is about a 20-minute drive away.

    Where: Montreat Conference Center,

    Black Mountain, N.C.

    When: Saturday, September 3 at noon through Monday, September 5 at noon.

    What is included in registration?

    Activities for all ages

    • Arts-related activities, lots of outdoor recreation led by Central members, and opportunities for small group discussion
    • Intergenerational fun including, outdoor meals, bonfire, s’mores, singing, games, and more
    • Worship and reflection


    • Lodges with private rooms and shared bathrooms
    • Kitchen facilities and refrigerators in each lodge so you can bring breakfast and snacks

    Group Meals

    • Saturday lunch and dinner
    • Sunday dinner
    • (Breakfasts and lunch on Sunday are on your own with your lodge mates)
    • Registration will remain open through August 1, but the sooner you register, the easier it is for us to make plans. If you would like to register in person or ask questions, look for the Montreat table in Tull Hall beginning June 5.

  • The Annual After Church Picnic

    Sunday, July 31: Join us for our annual after church picnic! We will have food trucks, entertainment, and games for families at this fun event! Stay tuned for details.

  • Lunch with Central

    Sunday, June 26: Central’s going out for lunch! Join your Central family for fellowship and lunch at Das BBQ restaurant following worship on Sunday, June 26. There will be a buffet set up at the restaurant. In addition to smoked meats, there will also be vegetarian sides on hand. Just a mile away from Central, with ample parking, the restaurant has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate all ages. The cost is $10 per household, or you may pay what you can. We request you pay now and sign up via your Realm account.

  • The Wired Word

    9:45 a.m.
    Sundays through July 31
    Tull Fellowship Hall
    The Wired Word is our 8-session summer Sunday School focus. The class takes place at 9:45 a.m. in Tull Fellowship Hall and runs through July 31 (no class on July 3). The class is inspired by the late Karl Barth, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, who said: “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”
    Moderated each week by a Central layperson or clergy member, the class takes a look at a particular current national or international news story, places it under a theological and biblical microscope and discusses it through the lens of our faith. Topics are wide-ranging – everything from events surrounding the war in Ukraine and American politics to heart-warming human interest stories you may not have heard about.
    Regardless of your familiarity with any particular subject, the structure of the class ensures that everyone who wishes can contribute to the conversation.
    Plan to join us for a summer of great fellowship and learning with The Wired Word! For additional information, please contact Rev. Semmes.
  • The Negro Spirituals: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

    9:45 a.m.
    The Parlor off Tull Fellowship Hall
    The Sojourners and Friends on the Journey classes recently began a new study led by Rev. Oscar J. McCloud focused on “The Negro Spirituals: Biblical and Theological Perspectives.” Discussions focus on the biblical and theological basis of Negro Spirituals, sometimes referred to as slave folk songs or slave spirituals – the earliest form of Black theology. One writer has referred to the Negro Spirituals as “singing the Lord’s song in a strange land.” The Negro Spirituals speak to the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ; to the struggle and emancipation of oppressed people (“Go Down Moses”), and to the aspiration and longing for salvation (“We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”). The Negro Spirituals are based on Old Testament and New Testament biblical texts and key Christian doctrines. Why this class? Not many people are aware of the history, purpose and meaning of Negro Spirituals.
  • Issues in Theology

    9 to 10 a.m. 
    The Brotherhood Room
    This group continues its discussion on H. Richard Niebuhr’s book “Christ and Culture.” The group meets in person in the Brotherhood Room and also offers a Zoom option for those unable to attend.
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 817 5819 8127
    Passcode: 604106