The Transylvania Times -

Church Activites – Transylvania County


February 23, 2017


Davidson River


Jesus grew up in the temple and the scriptures brought him strength and comfort in his ministry. This week’s message from Keith Thompson is “Listening With Jesus to Psalm 23.” The Chancel Choir will provide special music for worship.

Sunday morning worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.



Brevard First United Methodist Church welcomes Dr. Robert Blocker for a concert this Friday at 7 p.m. as a dedication of the church’s new Steinway piano. This is something of a homecoming for Blocker. He is the former chair of Fine Arts at Brevard College and director of Music Ministries at FUMC, and is currently the Dean of Yale School of Music. The program will include the music of Bach, Mozart and Brahms. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

This Sunday is called the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took several of his disciples to a high mountain and was transfigured — surrounded by a bright light — as Moses and Elijah appeared with him. The disciples were afraid and amazed. Peter wanted to stay on the mountain, but Jesus led them back down and then turned his face toward Jerusalem. What can we make of this holy and mysterious event? Join us in worship as Rev. Mike Holder, senior pastor, explores this moment as the beginning of a new series of sermons, “Living in Grace.” This series will run through Lent and focuses on the ways God’s amazing grace comes to us in our daily lives.

A new Daniel Plan Study Group will begin a “40 Day Jumpstart Plan” with an organizational meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 12:15. This study is designed to coincide with the 40 days of Lent with a focus on healthy living from a spiritual perspective.

Brevard FUMC will host an Ash Wednesday service on March 1 at 6:30 p.m., in the sanctuary. This observance includes the congregation of St. Timothy’s UMC, and all are welcome. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten observance that will take us to Palm Sunday and Holy Week.



Brevard Quakers of the Religious Society of Friends will gather for Meeting for Worship Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Community Room of Elk Haven Wellness Center on Elk’s Club Road. Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend and experience worship in silent anticipation of God’s message.

On its surface, Quaker Meeting for Worship seems simple, but in reality it is simple only for those who grasp intuitively how to practice this rare form of silent worship. Silence allows us to stretch spiritually and relax physically and mentally. At the close of meeting we feel refreshed and complete. Guests often have difficulty with silent, leaderless worship. The silence may feel like deep water which they must fight in order to survive. Eventually, most relax and allow the silence to pervade their consciousness and broaden their spiritual strength and soul where peace and serenity reside.

English Chapel


Rev. Lee Eakes preaches this Sunday, Feb. 26, on the fith church of Revelation, the Church of Sardis. As seen in the messages to the first four churches, specific information is given each church and in these messages there are lessons for believers today. The title of the sermon will be “Sardis is Dead.”

The English Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its regular Sunday service at 9:30 in the Pisgah National Forest just North of the Ranger Station on U.S. 276. The bridge is open on Sundays for worship service. All are welcome!

Following the worship service, everyone is invited for refreshments in the fellowship hall.

First Baptist

On Sunday, Feb. 26, the youth group is sponsoring a baked potato lunch in the fellowship hall following the 11 a.m. service. There is no charge but donations will be gladly accepted. All donations will go toward the cost of camps this summer for the youth and children.

The handbell choir is working on new pieces for their next performance and the choir is rehearsing Easter music. Both groups invite new members.

A reminder of the W.E.E. school enrollment for the 2016-2018 school year. There are still openings, but some classes are filling up. Call Cindy Carter, director, at (828) 883-9838 or contact her at for additional information. She would like all those who previously attended the W.E.E. School to be a part of the 50 year celebration in the spring of 2018.


NEXT Church meets on Sundays at the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County at 11 Gallimore Road in Brevard.

Worship starts at 10 a.m. Come early for coffee at 9:30. Nursery and children’s age-appropriate worship are provided.

Pastor Dave Blackburn continues the series “Snap Shots” - Parables of Jesus and how they apply to us. “Who Is Right?” is based on Luke 18:9-14. Learn what it looks like to see and be seen through the eyes of grace.

Sacred Heart


A reception for new parishioners will take place on Feb. 26 after the 10:30 Mass in the fellowship hall. Cake, coffee, punch and tea will be served. This is an opportunity to meet the newest parishioners and welcome them into the Sacred Heart Family.

Men of Sacred Heart – mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference held on March 4, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville. The day will be packed with national speakers, Mass with the Bishop, Adoration, confession and lunch. Featured speakers will be Robert Rogers, Father Bill Casey and Steve Beuerlein with Bishop Peter Jugis as the special homilist. Visit for more information and register at

The Ladies Guild is again hosting a “Women’s Day of Reflection” on Saturday, March 25. The topic will be “The Secret of Joyous Living” and the speaker is Scarlett Goodman. It is open to all women. Any questions should be directed to Therese at (828) 883-5809.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be held the weekend of March 24-26 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit the or call (704) 315-2144.

Masses are celebrated on weekdays at 9 a.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation is on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2:45 p.m. The Spanish Mass is now celebrated on Saturdays at 7 p.m.

St. Philip’s


The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be hosted by the EYC (youth) on Tuesday, Feb. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 884-3666.

The ECW (Church Women) hosts Yallana McGee of Pisgah Legal Services on Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. A simple soup lunch will be served. McGee’s program will be “Pursuing Justice, Restoring Hope, Changing Lives.”

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be offered at the Great Vigil of Easter on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. Any who are desiring baptism should contact the Rev. Walker or the Rev. Livingston at 884-3666 to make arrangements.

The Discernment Committee is offering a series of gatherings called Holy Conversations in an effort to build parish profile to accurately describe St. Philip’s to potential candidates for rector. Each St. Philippian is encouraged to make the time and effort to attend one, as all voices are needed and welcomed. Check the e_pistle newsletter for dates and times.

Morning and evening services will be held on March 1, Ash Wednesday, to mark the start of a renewing and holy Lent: 10:30 a.m. is Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes; and 7 p.m. is Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes. The evening service will have music; the morning service will not.

February is St. Philip’s month to re-supply the Sharing House pantry with non-perishable foods and household products. Brings items this Sunday and leave them in the shopping basket in the narthex.

St. Timothy


“I am no longer my own, but thine.”

“Put me to what Thou wilt, rank me with whom Thou wilt.”

These are the first two sentences of the Methodist Covenant Prayer developed by John Wesley. It will be the subject of Pastor Ann Duncan’s sermon on Sunday, Feb. 26. This will conclude the series of worship services on John and Charles Wesley and the founding of the Methodist Church. The Chancel Choir will provide special music from Charles Wesley.

On Wednesday, March 1, St. Timothy will join other Transylvania County United Methodist congregations at Brevard First UMC for an Ash Wednesday worship service. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m.



Pedro A. Sandin-Fremaint will speak “In Defense of Sin” at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Feb. 26.

“As children of the Enlightenment, Unitarian Universalists are prone to dismiss the concept of sin. In this homily, I suggest that the concept of sin is quite useful, and that in dismissing it we are perhaps left without a replacement that could help us speak of the irreducible capacity for evil that dwells in every human heart,” said Sandin-Fremaint.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sandin and his wife Ana have been living in Brevard since 2006, when he retired from the University of Puerto Rico after 33 years of service as a professor and administrator. He has a B.A. in modern languages from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S. in French from Puerto Rico, and a Ph.D. in theology and literature from Emory University. Between 2008 and 2015, he worked as instructor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The first guiding Principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. UUTC welcomes all — persons of various ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, theological and political beliefs, socio-economic status, educational backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities.

All are welcome to join the men’s group on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. On Wednesdays at 9:30, bring an instrument and jam with or listen to the Eclectics! For more information on more public events, check our calendar at

The building is wheelchair accessible, dress is casual, and visitors are always welcomed.


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