Ebenezer United Methodist Church is located in the Dudley Shoals community of Caldwell County, North Carolina. Dudley Shoals is a farming community between Granite Falls and Hickory, North Carolina. It is a farming area that is slowly becoming a suburban area of individual homes, housing developments, and "trailer" parks that is still spotted here and there with small farms, small factories and businesses, plus estate-like homes with acreage. Basically, there is no zoning, so businesses, factories, the rich and the poor and middle class homes and families intermingle througout the area.
Ebenezer Church has been serving Dudley Shoals community since 1827. (History from 1827-1975) In the last few years, the church membership and attendance has grown. Scheduling two worship services on Sundays, not only increased the worship attendance figures, but also helped boost participation in Sunday school. We had so many classes on Sundays that we had to use the fellowship hall and sanctuary to accomodate them all. Because of this growth and our desire to help our community more, we began plans for an addition to the education building with a larger fellowship hall and kitchen. The land where the new building would sit was cleared of trees in 2010, and we began to build the Christian Life Center, with a much larger fellowship hall/gym combination and kitchen, plus a stage and more classrooms. This project was completed in 2012. We have slideshows of the construction process on our Photos page. The history of this project has been moved to the new Christian Life Center page.
Now that the Christian Life Center project is complete, we at Ebenezer UMC, continue to search for more ways to impact our community and to spread the gospel message and the love of Christ. As we work through our current church Ministries and Missions, and add more helpful services and activities, we invite you to visit with us and take part in our work for God's kingdom. On the News page you can keep up with what is going on. Once the news is old, we will move some of the items to our History2 page.
In July 2016, we welcomed our new Pastor, Rev. Jay Bissett. A new History3 page has been set up. We will move old news articles to this page now.
In July 2017, we welcomed another new Pastor, Rev. Tom Hunter. Please see our Welcome page for more information about Pastor Tom, his wife, Patsy,and his family. We look forward to continuing our service to this community under Pastor Tom's leadership.
We praise God for all His wonderful and continuous blessings, and for the strength and desire to continue the work He has set before us. We thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement, and support. May God bless you also.
Contact Information: 828.396.2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org