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Church Activities


May 18, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Sunday, May 21, Keith Thompson will bring the message, “A Hopeful Trip to the Beach.” Special music for worship will be provided by the Westminster Bells and the Chancel Choir.

Every third Sunday Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church receives the 5¢-A-Meal Offering to help fight hunger in the community. That will be received this Sunday at both morning worship services.

Sunday worship is offered at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Brevard FUMC

The music ministry of Brevard First UMC will host a Memorial weekend concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Blake Anthony Ellege, Shalene Hill and Aaron Price will present a concert featuring spirituals, gospel songs, patriotic and contemporary works. There is no charge for admission, but a love offering will be received.

This Sunday, Rev. Lauren Sims-Salata, associate pastor, will preach a message based on Acts 17:22- 31. It is the account of Paul going before the religious leaders in Corinth and reminding them of the idol in the city dedicated to the “unknown God.” Then he says, “Let me tell you about this unknown God.” And he shared with them the story of God coming to earth through Jesus Christ.

Brevard First UMC is located in Brevard on Broad Street across from Brevard College. Three worship experiences are offered on Sunday mornings: traditional worship at 8:30 and 10:55, and a celebration service at 9 in the fellowship hall.

Brevard Jewish Center

This Friday evening, May19, the Brevard Jewish Center will host Professor Barbara Weitz. Her talk is entitled “The Nazis and Hollywood.”

In the 1930s most of the Hollywood moguls were Jewish and rightly alarmed over the rise of Adolph Hitler. How did they react to this threat?

Before moving to Asheville, Weitz taught at Florida International University in Miami where she was director of the certificate in Film Studies. She will show film clips to illustrate her talk.

All residents of Brevard are invited. Services begin at 7 p.m .; the talk is at 8 in the fellowship hall of Sacred Heart Church.

Brevard Quakers

Brevard Quakers of the Religious Society of Friends will gather for Meeting for Worship Sunday, May 21, 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 worship with Friends and to join in our activities.

The Quaker religion is founded upon the principle that every person can have a direct relationship with God. When Friends gather in silence to worship they are collectively seeking to know and to experience deeply God’s will for them. Sometimes, in the silence of an especially rich meeting, the sense of unity with God becomes deeper and more powerful so that each worshiper becomes aware that the divine presence has drawn near. This kind of meeting can be what the Religious Society of Friends, at its best, preaches and practices. Gathered together in such worship individuals become aware that God is always close by and seeks us as much as we seek Him.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

The Adult Sunday School class will continue discussion on Lutheranism as a way of life. On Sunday, Pastor Mary will lead the class on the topic of “Hearing the Word Addressed to Us.”

The TTF (Twenties, Thirties, and Forties) Class will continue to discuss tolerance. Come enjoy fellowship and discussion. Child care is provided.

Sunday school, for children and adults, is held at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday. Worship services are held at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road across from Ingles. All are welcome.

NEXT Church

Pastor Dave Black-burn’s sermon series, “Get Real,” continues this Sunday with his message titled “How’s Your Love Life,” based on 1 John 4.

As the children come to the end of the school year, during the month of May, NEXT Kids will be discovering more about determination - deciding it’s worth to finish what you start.

For more information about NEXT, visit or call Pastor Dave Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

Pisgah Forest Baptist

Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. with worship service at 10:30, adult discipleship training at 5 p.m. and worship again at 6 p.m.

On Wednesdays at 6 p.m. are classes for preschoolers through youth, with disciple life classes at 6:30 and adult choir and praise team practice at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. the Pisgah Mtn. Travelers will entertain at Silvermont.

Families from the church will be traveling to Romania on a mission trip from May 18-27.

On Sunday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. is the children’s musical “Because He Lives,” which shares the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. The musical will be presented in English with Spanish translation. After the service, Spanish speaking parents and children are invited to a Bible fellowship led by Pastor Jose. Lunch will also be provided for the children’s ministry workers, parents and children.

Pastor David Spray extends an invitation to the community to attend this special worship service.

Ladies Birthday Lunch will be held Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Magpie Restaurant in Brevard.

On Thursday, May 25, senior citizens will travel to Pisgah Inn for lunch and then to the Asheville Farmers’ Market.

Sacred Heart Catholic

Sunday, May 28, is the last regular session for Faith Formation. All Faith Formation students and their families are invited to attend the year-end picnic on May 28 at noon for fun and fellowship. The picnic will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

“How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!” said Pope Francis.

The Sacred Heart family has an opportunity to extend the hand of friendship to neighbors at The Haven homeless shelter by contributing a dish for homecooked weekend meals. Soups, stews, and casseroles for 40 dinners and 40 breakfasts are needed for the weekend beginning Friday, June 2. There is also a need for packaged foods, coffee, etc. To help, contact Annette Campbell at (828) 384-1544 or by email at

Join your fellow parishioners for baseball and “all you can eat” food at the Asheville Tourists game on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. The church will have its own Party Pavilion, which will include food service lasting for an hour and a half after the gate opens. The cost is $24 per person for entry ticket and food. Children under 5 are free. Transportation is not included in the cost. Consider carpooling from the church. Contact the Parish Office for information or to purchase tickets.

Sign up for Vacation Bible School being held July 10-14 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The theme this year is “A Mighty Fortress.” The cost is $10 per child or $30 per family. Contact Tricia Poche in the church office with questions.

It is time again to select new members for parish council. There will be three seats vacated in June. The commitment is one evening per month for a 3-year term running from July 2017 to June 2020. Parishioners may nominate themselves or another parishioner with the nominee’s approval. Forms are located on the table under the bulletin board in the gathering area and should be returned to the labeled box by May 28. Consider nominations for this next term.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

Sweet and savory crepes will be featured at the final breakfast before the summer break. All are invited for a delicious full breakfast Sunday, May 21, in Miller Hall from 8:15 to 9 a.m.

Sunday School Recog-nition Day is on Sunday, May 21, at 10:10 a.m. in Miller Hall. The contributions of all the children, youth and adults will be celebrated who make this fabulous program what it is. The entire parish is invited, and refreshments will be served.

Art of the Mountains will be Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, and 20 local artists will be showing and selling their original works to raise funds for Transylvania charities. Raffle tickets for one of six works are on sale now in the church office or during the show.

The Veterans Ministry is privileged to present a Veterans Roll Call of Honor this Memorial Sunday, May 29. The roll call of departed veterans will be included in the service leaflet for all three services. Remember to sign up departed veterans on the roster in the parish house foyer as soon as possible to make sure they will receive the honors due to them.

Join the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Women on Thursday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Miller Hall to welcome Katherine Jeter, “The Silver Tornado,” and hear her presentation “Gearing Up for an Abundant Life.” There will be more information and a sign up board in Miller Hall Friday, May 19. All are welcome.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, a single “unity” service will be held at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Pentecost story will be read in multiple languages, modeling the experience of that 50th day after the Resurrection when, in Luke’s words, “each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.”

St. Timothy UMC

Continuing our Easter season worship services, Pastor Ann Duncan’s sermon this Sunday, May 21, will be “Trust in God’s Grace.” She will be using several texts as the basis for the sermon. They are Galatians chapter 11 verses 13-17 and chapter 2 verses 11-21 and Luke Chapter 18 verses 9-14.

The garden team meets each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. All who enjoy gardening are welcome to join them. More information is available from the church office.

St. Timothy United Methodist Church is located at 1020 Asheville Highway at the corner of Hospital Drive. Worship is at 10:55 a.m. each Sunday and Sunday school is at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the church office at 883-2985 or visit the website at

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Ian White Maher will deliver the sermon at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on May 21. They will be exploring celebration as a spiritual competency this month.

All are welcome to join the Men’s Group on Tuesday at 9 a.m. On Wednesdays at 9:30, bring an instrument and jam with or listen to the Eclectics!

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. Services are at 9:15 and 11 a.m. The building is wheelchair accessible, dress is casual, and visitors are always welcomed.

Children’s Lifespan Religious Exploration is offered at 11 a.m. Infant care is available during the service. Join them for coffee between services at 10:30 a.m.


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