Church Activities


June 15, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, June 18, Keith Thompson will bring his Father’s Day message, “The Misnamed Parable.” Special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir.

Every third Sunday B-DRPC receives the 5¢-A-Meal Offering to help fight hunger in the community. That offering 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

There is a great story about Abraham and Sarah from the Old Testament book of Genesis. They receive the good news that Sarah will bear a son at a very “advanced age,” and her reaction is to laugh. But God’s promise is true, and Isaac is born. Join the church in worship this Sunday as associate pastor Lauren Sims- Salata explores Genesis 18:1-15 in her message, “A Laughing Matter!”

MAD Camp (“Music, Art and Drama”) for rising third-eighth graders will be the week of July 31- Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. until noon. “MAD Camp Jr.” for rising kindergarten-second graders is also being offered. They will spend the week preparing a musical, “In the Image” by Mark Burrows, to be presented on that Friday at 5:30 p.m. For information, contact Rev. Kim Dodson at

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 a.m., and a celebration service at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

Brevard Jewish Community

This Friday evening, June 16, the Brevard Jewish Community will host Mary Hinkle Shore, pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. This is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of his demands on the church door in Wittenberg, and Shore will speak about how a Lutheran today views Martin Luther. Shore has served as pastor for four years.

Prior to coming to Brevard, she spent 16 years on the faculty of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., as professor of New Testament and associate academic dean. She holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian origins from Duke University, and her academic interests include the use of the Old Testament in the New.

Shore recently completed a three-year term as a patient-family advocate at Transylvania Regional Hospital and is currently a member of the Brevard College Board of Visitors. She is also vice-chair of the board of Mountain Neighbors Network, a fledgling nonprofit built on the national village model to offer transportation, task assistance and social activities that help seniors live longer in their own homes.

All residents of Brevard are invited. Services begin at 7:30, the talk is at 8:20 in the fellowship hall of Sacred Heart Church. Feel free to come at 8:20 if you only want to hear the talk.

Brevard Quakers

Brevard Quakers of the Religious Society of Friends, will gather for Meeting for Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 18, in the Community Room of Elk Haven Wellness Center. Visitors and guests are invited to join them for worship and to participate in all activities.

Friends strive to use God’s gifts wisely. The Stewardship Testimony encourages them to be cautious in their use of the earth’s fragile natural resources. They are urged to make a concerted effort to reduce consumption of energy, to recycle and to decrease waste. To Friends, good stewardship means taking care of what has been given, not just for themselves, but for the people around them and for future generations. They spend conservatively, seeking creative and cost-effective ways to avoid extravagant spending.

In the words of the Native American Faith Keeper, Chief Oren Lyons, “Whatever befalls the earth befalls also the children of the earth.”

Calvary Baptist

Join Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:45 and the morning service begins at 11. There is Children’s Church for ages 5 - fifth grade.

Also, our Vacation Bible School, “Rome-Paul and the Underground Church” starts June 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. for ages fourth-sixth grade.

Calvary is located behind Blue Ridge Community College.

English Chapel

On Sunday, June 25, English Chapel will honor Rev. Lee Eakes, who is retiring after serving the church for 20 years. The special service will be held at 9:30 a.m. with a meal following.

The church is located on U.S. 276 just past the Visitors Center on English Chapel Bridge Rd.

For more information, call 884-4506.

Faith Memorial Chapel

Rev. Jonathan Tompkins, of Travelers Rest United Methodist, will preach this Sunday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain. For a complete schedule or directions, go to http://www.faithmemor

First Baptist

The church sent one group of children and adults to Centrifuge camp this week and will send a second group to Ridgecrest next week. Camp experiences make lifetime memories for many and lifetime decisions for others.

The church has added two new families in the last few weeks. They welcome the Crawfords and the Browns into fellowship. Last Sunday they also had several young visitors from the music center.

Lois Ann Misen-heimer, a long time resident of Brevard and member of First Baptist, will be starting a new chapter of her life as she moves closer to family members. Friends and family members hosted a “Wish Her Well” reception last Saturday in the Welcome Center. Many came to say good luck in this move. She will be greatly missed.

Look for further news about Vacation Bible School. The dates are coming up for the week of July 10, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

On June 25 and three Sundays in July, Bill Moore will lead sessions on the theme he calls, “Religious Independence, Tribes and Decision-Making.” Its topics will connect with our discussion of the relations of Christians to refugees and to the religion of Islam. as well as being part of our recognition of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. The topic for June 25 is the issue of “Authority.”

A New Members class is being offered after worship on June 18 and 25 from noon until 2 p.m., with a light lunch provided. Contact the church office at 883-3680 for more information.

The Experience is a group of 44 high school students from Christ Lutheran in Charlotte. On Friday, June 23, they will join us to perform this year’s musical at Good Shepherd. These students have taken time each week during the school year to put together this year’s show so others can hear about God’s love in a new way that will touch your heart. Come enjoy a family friendly night of laughter, music and worship. Bring your friends. The evening’s performance is free and open to the public.

Pastor Mary continues her “coffee office hours” at Bill’s Boiler House on the Brevard College campus. Drop by anytime between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Monday or Thursday to meet and chat with her.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road across from Ingles. Worship services are held on Sunday morning at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30. Sunday school classes for children and adults are held at 9:15. A nursery is offered during the 10:30 a.m. service. For more information on any of these events, contact the church office at 883-3680.

NEXT Church

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

Pastor Dave Black-burn will continue the series titled Pressure Points “Blessing or Blame?” The road to blessing is not an easy road; blaming others makes it no easier. Sermon is based on James 1:12-15.

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

Pisgah Forest Baptist

On June 18, BYB Group (senior citizens) will take a trip to The Cove for evening concert/dinner.

•June 20 at 6 p.m. is Care Outreach.

•June 24, Bible Camp “Galactic Starveyors.” Registration is 9-9:30 a.m .; with Bible Camp from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Bible Camp is for children ages 3-sixth grade. To register or for more information, call the church at (828) 877-4223 Monday-Thursday.

•June 29, at 11:30 a.m. is ladies birthday lunch at Zeke’s in Etowah.

Sacred Heart Catholic

“Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone.” — Pope Francis.

The parish currently has reached about 76 percent of its Diocesan Support goal. It still needs approximately $13,000 to reach its assessed amount. Any amount given above the goal comes back to the parish.

Join us in the celebration of the 17th anniversary of Father Shawn’s ordination on Sunday, June 18, between 12 and 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Don’t miss the opportunity to thank him for his many years of service as a priest and for his dedication to the Sacred Heart parish family.

At all Father’s Day Weekend Masses, the Knights of Columbus invite each couple present to affirm their wedding vows. This is an ideal time to celebrate the role of fatherhood within the Christian family and for fathers to celebrate and honor their marriage vows.

Additional ushers are needed for all masses. Training for new ushers and those wishing a refresher will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Training will last about one hour. Call Dave Wahus at 862-8554 if you have questions.

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. Save the date of Monday, Aug. 28, for the annual Tom Frain Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This year Etowah Valley Golf and Resort is the host course.

For additional information, contact Ed Buckley at (828) 606-9486 or jed ward All money raised goes to local charities.

St. Andrews By-the-Lake

Rev. Thomas G. Lewis will be the guest minister at St. Andrews By-the-Lake outdoor Chapel in Lake Toxaway this Sunday, June 18, at 11 a.m.

Rev. Lewis is a retired (2012) Presbyterian minister.

He was director of Spirituality Program, Columbia Theological Seminary and has been pastor of Commerce Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville, Ga., and associate pastor First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, Okla. Before the ministry, he had a business career with Merck & Company.

Lewis has a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, Master of Divinity from Princeton University and Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.

He and his wife, Sebring, have led six spiritual pilgrimages to the Holy Land. They live in Brevard.

He was founding president of Jackson County Boys & Girls Club and on the founding board of Habitat for Humanity and the Community Club for Jackson County.

All are welcome at the summer outdoor chapel at Lake Toxaway where ministers from different denominations conduct services. The chapel is located on Route 281 North, 0.6 of a mile from U.S. 64 West.

For more information, visit

Unitarian Universalist

Three lay ministers will speak at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on June 18. We will be exploring incarnation as a spiritual competency this month.

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. On Sunday afternoons, join us for Heartfulness Meditation from 4:30-6 p.m. (age 15 and up).

There is no fee for any of these activities. For information on more public events, check our calendar at

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 warmly welcomed.

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


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