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From our beginnings in 1894, God has blessed us with spiritual as well as physical growth. We've come a long way since those humble beginnings. Some of the highlights of where we've been:


The first building was 30-by-40 structure built on the site of present Center United Methodist Church graveyard. It was the result of a meeting in the spring of 1892 of a small group of rural farmers who gathered together to discuss the need for a place to worship. They met each Sunday morning in a small bush arbor near what is now the church graveyard. (A painting of that original structure can be seen in the vestry today. The bell from the first church is still hanging in our belfry, and the first pulpit, built for $5, remains in use in the Goodwill class.)



The Church grew after the turn of the 20th century, and by the early 1920's, it was decided that a bigger church was needed. In 1926, land was purchased and a new brick structure was built where the sanctuary stands today


A new parsonage was built beside the church.


The church hut, or fellowship building as it was later called, was built. This was the meeting place for the Methodist Men, the Methodist Women and the Methodist Youth Fellowship.


The church had again outgrown it's structure, and plans were made in 1957 to expand and remodel the sanctuary. During construction of the project, worship services were held in Welcome School. In 1959, a beautiful new church was complete.


Our present multi-purpose fellowship hall was built to replace the old church hut.


The church purchased 1.26 acres on the west side of the property to provide for future expansion.


The church celebrated 100 years of serving God with a special Homecoming service.


A new modern playground facility and fenced area was added.


Clay Morgan arrived at Center United Methodist Church in 2001 as our pastor.


The fellowship hall basement was finished, adding a large recreation room for the Youth Fellowship and Children's Church, two new youth classrooms, a room for the Club Scouts and Boy Scouts and two new bathrooms.


Center United Methodist was honored by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as a Church of Excellence.



The long-range planning committee outlined the need for a new fellowship hall, and a building committee was elected to start plans for the project.


A new chairlift was added, making our church assessible for everyone.



The Christian Fellowship Center is completed!

Center Church becomes Incorporated.

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