Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Vanderbilt Apartment Needs
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Low-sodium soup
  • Small cans of juice


Please bring items to the Parish Nurse Office.

Local Missions



As part of the community of the new covenant with Jesus Christ, we reach out with Christian love and compassion to meet human needs locally, nationally and globally.


Guiding Principles:


1. Sharing our resources, we give priority to agencies, organizations and individuals that work to alleviate hunger, poor health, lack of shelter and poverty.

2. We are accountable for our decisions and funding, evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of the agencies, programs and projects we support.

3. We actively seek the time, treasure and talents of the congregation to meet our mission objectives and apply these resources to realize the greatest good.

4. We strive to communicate effectively with our congregation and the community to educate, gain support and increase participation in meeting human needs.

Congregations for Children


Congregations 4 Children (C4C) is transforming the lives of children and families impacted by poverty through collaboration with public schools.

C4C's Primary Focus Areas are:

  • Poverty Awareness/Advocacy
  • K-3 Literacy
  • Basic Needs
  • Family Engagement


Central United Methodist Church has been chosen to partner with Emma Elementary School in West Asheville. So watch for this newsletter each month for things you can do to help us with our four goals found above. We need all of you!


Helping hungry children in Asheville

C4C 1

This summer Central members joined forty other area churches in the greater Asheville area in feeding children a nutritional lunch.  In Buncombe County only 10% of children receiving free lunch during the school year receive the nourishment necessary for proper physical, cognitive, and social development during the summer months.


For more information on Congregations for Children, check out their website or this brochure.



Check out this video for C4C that was shown at Annual Conference, and learn more about how C4C is making a difference in our communities:

Annual Conf C4C '17 from Rob Parsons on Vimeo.


Habitat for Humanity


Each year we partner with local churches and community members to build homes through Habitat for Humanity. In February 2015 two Habitat houses were dedicated that had been built by local United Methodist and Presbyterian churches.  (You can view pictures from the dedication here.)  Our next build will begin on August 4 in the Hudson Hills neighborhood of West Asheville.  If you are interested in helping with the build and/or helping coordinate Central's volunteers, please contact (828) 253-3316.

To learn more about our local Habitat ministry visit  



Asheville Habitat for Humanity - Presbyterian/Methodist House #22

Battery Park Apartments
Welcome Table
Haywood St. Congregation


In November 2006, Central United Methodist Church and Haywood Street United Methodist Church merged, creating two campuses under the name of Central United Methodist Church. CUMC made the commitment to maintain the historic Haywood Street Church building and use the Haywood Street Campus for mission-oriented activity.


In 2009, Rev. Brian Combs came to Asheville. Understanding his call to be in ministry with folks on the margins, Rev. Combs spent his first four months here in the soup line and under the bridge, staying overnight at the shelter, loitering downtown with an ear bent towards the cracks of poverty, always listening for the voice of Jesus among the disinherited. And what he heard was, “Offer me a congregation of absurd grace, a meal of scandalous abundance, a kingdom glance of heaven on earth.” 


And so began the Haywood Street Congregation. 


CUMC offered space for the new ministry on its Haywood Street Campus, and many CUMC members lent time and talent toward developing it.  Haywood Street Congregation was formally established as a UMC mission congregation in Spring 2010. CUMC continues to be its most significant ministry partner.


There are many opportunities for involvement at Haywood Street Congregation, with the church’s core programs:

  • Downtown Welcome Table
  • Haywood Street Respite
  • Haywood Outfitters Clothing Closet
  • Loaves and Fishes Bountiful Garden
  • Prayer Ministry


Worship with communion takes place in the sanctuary on the Haywood Street Campus each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – all are welcome!


For more information, visit or attend an orientation on the first Tuesday of any month at 5 p.m. or first Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. We are located at 297 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville, on the corner of Patton Ave. and Haywood St.

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)


Since the early 1970's, an organization called ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) has operated ECHOLogoBlockGreenwithTaglinein North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO networks with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions.


Their goal is to strengthen the ministry of missionaries, Peace Corp volunteers, development organizations and relief workers who work with small farmers in the developing world with new farming innovations and techniques. Central may have an opportunity to send a mission team to work on ECHO's farm in the summer of 2017.


Extensive information can be found about this vital ministry at Visit the site and learn about the fabulous Moringa Miracle Tree. If you have an interest in learning about how you and our church can get more involved, please contact Elizabeth Devereaux or Jim Kuse.