May 2018 Calendar

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May 27, 2018 @ 8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Worship Services
Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2nd - Doors @ 7 p.m., Show @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 9th - Doors @ 7 p.m., Show @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16th - Doors @ 7 p.m., Show @ 7:30 p.m.
August 6 - 9, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
180th Anniversary Exhibit - From the Shoah to the Mountains: Remembering the Holocaust and Its Impact on Western North Carolina
On Exhibit from May 14th - June 3rd, 2018


in the Fellowship Hall on Exhibit from May 14th - June 3rd, 2018


This exhibit is part of the 180th Anniversary celebration at Central UMC.


Panel Discussion - From the Shoah to the Mountains: Remembering the Holocaust and Its Impact on Western North Carolina
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 6:00 p.m. in th Fellowship Hall


in the Fellowship Hall @ 6:00 p.m.


Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of the Holocaust on our world and our region. We'll also consider how we continue to teach and share this story with our younger generations so that we do not forget what we must continue to learn from.


Speakers include:

  • Sharon Fahrer, whose uncle perished in the Holocaust.
  • Toby Koritsky - Director of Education at Congregation Beth HaTephila.
  • Deborah Miles, Moderator - Director of the Center for Diversity Education.


Supper will be served from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$5 adults / $3 children

Reservations are not required.



Heritage Sunday at Central UMC
May 27, 2018 @ 8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Worship Services


As we bring to a close our celebration of our 180th Anniversary at Central UMC, join us for worship in the Sanctuary and a time of fellowship during the Sunday School hour (10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.) in the Fellowship Hall.


Bishop Paul Leland will be part of worship that Sunday and will be joining us between services to share thoughts and ideas about what's ahead for our conference and the United Methodist Church.


We will also celebrate 50 and 75 year members of our congregation.


Pastries, fruit and coffee will be served.

A Day of Service with Haywood Street
Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.


Haywood Street Congregation will have a workday on Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m., and all members of circle-of-handsCentral UMC are welcome to participate.

Work projects will include things like painting a small room, cleaning the clothing closet, putting mulch in the garden, baking dessert, etc.! This would be a great time to volunteer a few hours and to find out more about Haywood Street.

Would you like to come? For more information, or to sign up to work, please email Elizabeth Devereaux at:




Newsong Sanctuary Sessions - Wilder Adkins & Beth Snapp



NEWSONG MUSIC AND BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC RADIO PARTNER TO PRESENT THE ‘NEWSONG SANCTUARY SESSIONS’: Three-part weekly acoustic concert series to benefit Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR) will be held in the beautiful sanctuary of downtown Asheville’s Central United Methodist Church.


Questions? Please contact Gar Ragland, (617) 306-750.


The series will take place the first three Saturday evenings in June (June 2, 9, 16) and feature some of North America’s most talented emerging singer-songwriters. Concerts will take place in the beautiful and acoustically stunning sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church, located in the heart of downtown Asheville at 27 Church Street.


Tickets for each concert are available in advance for $15.00 at The Orange Peel website (, and will be available at the venue on the day of show for $20.00. 100% of the ticket proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Public Radio, NPR for Western North Carolina.


Time: The concerts feature general admission seating in the 800-person capacity sanctuary, and will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Doors will open each evening at 7:00 PM.


Parking: Ample downtown parking is located in the new parking garage located immediately behind the church at 40 Coxe Avenue.


“NewSong Music is delighted to be working with Blue Ridge Public Radio to present this wonderful lineup of talent here in Asheville, and to do so in such a beautiful, historic and acoustically unique venue,” says NewSong Music director and co-founder Gar Ragland, who is curating the series. “We’re so grateful to Central United Methodist Church for hosting these ‘Sanctuary Sessions,’ and for sharing this stunning venue for our community to experience live music in such a uniquely intimate way.”


BPR’s General Manager and CEO David Feingold said “Blue Ridge Public Radio reports on our region’s vibrant creative sector and is excited to be part of this very special concert series. The partnership of BPR, NewSong Music, and the Central United Methodist Church, shares a vision of supporting the arts and directly engaging with our community. We deeply appreciate having the Sanctuary Sessions serve as a benefit for BPR, which relies on community financial support to continue our high quality of public radio service to Western North Carolina.”


Each of the three concerts pairs two acts from across the continent. Saturday, June 2nd will feature Wilder Adkins & Beth Snapp.



Saturday, June 2nd:


Wilder Adkins (Birmingham, AL)

Beth Snapp (Kingsport, TN)


Wilder Adkins is a recent grand prize winner of the international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition. Recent Accolades include performances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and the Sundance Film Festival. Adkins' sound is deeply rooted in the folk traditions of the South, deftly blending thoughtful lyrics with an accomplished fingerpicking style.


Adkins’ songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn.




The music of Beth Snapp drifts across folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz. Her new EP Don’t Apologize was recently recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. Her band features some of eastern Tennessee’s most accomplished bluegrass and Americana players, who are joined by guest artists Dave Eggar (cello) and Cruz Contreras of the Black Lillies on the new recording.




About NewSong Music


Established in 2001, the NewSong Music Group is an independent artist development company headquartered at Asheville, North Carolina’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. Its programs include the annual, international NewSong Music Competition (now in its 17th year), an award winning independent record label NewSong Recordings and NewSong Presents, its concert curatorial arm.


About Blue Ridge Public Radio

Blue Ridge Public Radio and its two services, BPR Classic and BPR News, are Western North Carolina’s home for music and NPR journalism with its engaging in-depth style of storytelling. Listeners can find BPR programming on the radio,, and the BPR and NPR One apps. BPR and its translator stations serve more than 400,000 people in 13 counties. Blue Ridge Public Radio is funded by its listeners and local businesses and organizations. It is governed by an 18-member volunteer Board of Directors, with input from its Community Forum.


Newsong Sanctuary Sessions - Max Hatt / Edda Glass & Becca Leigh
Saturday, June 9th - Doors @ 7 p.m., Show @ 7:30 p.m.


Each of the three concerts pairs two acts from across the continent. Saturday, June 9th will feature Max Hatt / Edda Glass and Becca Leigh.


Saturday, June 9th:


Max Hatt / Edda Glass (Santa Fe, NM)

Becca Leigh (Charleston, SC)


Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) and a "unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR) that's taken them across the county from NPR Mountain Stage to NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Film Festival. Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass's voice ultimately "one of a cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide).


Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz and classical with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco).


Together with Glass's literate lyrics, this Jazz Americana evokes the grandeur of the western landscape, telling intimate stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep.




Becca Leigh (Becca Leigh Nicholson) is a songwriter based in Charleston, South Carolina. Her songs emerge from a folk tradition, focusing on melody, imagery, and emotion. They press on the tension between melancholy and hope, beauty and pain.


In 2015, she self-released her debut EP, Doxologies, a collection of five songs recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina with producer Daniel Levi Goans of the folk duo Lowland Hum. In April of 2016, she joined Charleston-based label Coast Records and re-released Doxologies as part of the Coast repertoire.


In November 2017 she was selected as a finalist in the New Song Music Competition and performed at the songwriter showcase at Lincoln Center in New York City.


She recently released a single in collaboration with producer Matt Lohan of Dyado and Matt Zutell of Coast Records that is featured on a folk vinyl compilation project based in Germany, Down by the Water.


Newsong Sanctuary Sessions - Rose Cousins & Maya de Vitry
Saturday, June 16th - Doors @ 7 p.m., Show @ 7:30 p.m.


Each of the three concerts pairs two acts from across the continent. Saturday, June 16th will feature Rose Cousins and Maya de Vitry.


Saturday, June 16th featuring:


Rose Cousins (Halifax, NS)

Maya de Vitry (Nashville, TN)


Originally from Canada’s Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax when she’s not touring internationally. Fueled by collaboration she deeply values being part of multiple music communities.


Her 2012 album WE HAVE MADE A SPARK won a JUNO, 3 ECMAs, a CFMA, was long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and made featured/best of lists in USA Today, NPR and Oprah Magazine. Her music has appeared in several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Nashville.


To make her new record NATURAL CONCLUSION, she enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.


Rose Cousins is nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards, was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards, and was recently named “Best Artist to Enjoy Quietly” by Halifax’s weekly arts paper The Coast.  NATURAL CONCLUSION was nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY award (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Ryan Freeland, Joao Carvalho), is nominated for eight East Coast Music Awards, won two Music Nova Scotia Awards (Americana Album of The Year and Solo Album of the Year), is on Polaris Music Prize’s “Longer List.”


A lover of the strange and beautiful conversation between words and music, Maya de Vitry experiences and embraces being alive through song. She has spent the last six years touring the United States, Canada, and Europe with her celebrated Americana band The Stray Birds.  In her solo work, her lone, dynamic voice, and her muses and meditations, explore a striking new landscape. Originally from Pennsylvania (and twice a resident of Asheville), Maya makes her home in Nashville, where she has watched more sunsets on the same lake than ever before in her life.



Vacation Bible School


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August 6 - 9, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ages 4 and 5 & Kindergarten - 5th Grade






Join us for four exciting days of: FELLOWSHIP, LEARNING & FUN



For more information, contact Lynnette Sills at 828-253-3316 or