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Church Activities


August 17, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Whoever said, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me,” was clueless. Words can hurt, but they can also heal. Come Sunday to hear Keith Thompson’s message on “The Taming of the Tongue.”

Music will be provided by the Chancel Choir.

Every third Sunday B-DRPC receives the 5¢-A-Meal Offering to help fight hunger in our community. That will be received this Sunday at both morning worship services.

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

Brevard First UMC

This Sunday, David Troy Francis will make his return to Brevard First UMC with another inspiring afternoon of sacred, secular, classical and popular piano pieces, including several of his own arrangements. The free concert is at 4 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Francis also will provide special music in the worship service at 10:55. Rev. Lauren Sims-Salata, associate pastor, is the preacher this Sunday.

Brevard First UMC will join others for this year’s Brevard College “Move-In” day this Friday, Aug. 18, at 8:45 a.m. Meet and welcome new students and then help them “move in” their dorms.

We welcome Rev. Sharad Creasman, campus minister at Brevard College, as the preacher for Sunday, Aug. 27.

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 a.m. and 10:55, and a celebration service at 9 in the fellowship hall.

Dunn’s Creek Baptist

School supply store at Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 19. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for supplies. It is first come, first serve.

Faith Memorial Chapel

The Rev. Phil Bryant of the French Hugenot Church in Charleston, S.C., will preach this Sunday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain. For a complete schedule or directions, go to http://www.faithmemori

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

The adult forum series “Dying We Live: Christian Witness and Care at the Edge of Life,” continues on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. On Aug. 23 an ELCA Deacon will discuss “A Living Witness” – planned giving through one’s estate. Pastor Mary will conclude the series on Aug. 30 with “God’s Grace, Your Life,” an introduction to funeral planning materials developed by the worship committee.

Adult Sunday school continues to read and discuss the book of Romans using NC Synod materials developed to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m.

On Friday, Aug. 18, LCGS, along with other local churches, will help new students at Brevard College move into their dorms.

Upcoming fellowship events include a trip to Brevard Little Theatre to see “The Rainmaker” on Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., as well as a visit to the Transylvania County Library on Aug. 31 at noon to hear a presentation on photojournalism. Dinner groups are now forming for September.

For additional information regarding any of the above activities, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680. Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard. Sunday worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

NEXT Church

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

Davey Blackburn, son of Pastor Dave and Brenda Blackburn, will be the guest speaker at NEXT. Davey will be speaking about how God takes personal tragedy and creates triumph. When following Jesus, nothing is wasted.

For the month of August, our NEXT Kid’s theme is respect. Respect is a response to the character of God. When we see people like Jesus sees them, we can show everyone they matter to God.

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

Open Arms Tabernacle

A timely and informational message about “ECLIPSES: Are they signs from God?” will be delivered by Pastor Jack Drake in the Sunday morning service on Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Is this total solar eclipse, whose path is traveling over the entire U.S., a warning from God to America. What could this heavenly sign mean?

Join us on Aug. 20 for a time of powerful worship and message by Pastor Drake.

Rocky Hill Baptist

Rocky Hill Baptist Church’s 2017 homecoming will be Aug. 27, at 10:30 a.m. They will have a country bluegrass homecoming. Wear overalls with white shirt and tie, or long dresses with hat. Bring a covered dish. Enjoy a time of song and worship, reminiscing through old pictures, good conversation, and bluegrass gospel music from the Slick Fisher Boys.

For more information or to sign up to sing, contact Rocky Hill Baptist Church at (828) 862-5611.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The annual Tom Frain Sr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at Etowah Valley Golf and Resort. The entrance fee is $70 and includes a meal that will be served after the close of the tournament. For more information, contact Ed Buckley at (828) 606-9486 or Emil Hurtak at (828) 891-4171. Put a team together and join us in friendly competition for some great prizes.

Helping hands are needed to remove those pesky weeds popping up in all of our beautiful garden areas thanks to all the bountiful rain we have experienced. If you are able to donate some time to this project, contact Pat McGarrahan at (828) 884-7938.

Sacred Heart needs additional volunteers to complete two teams for the Rise & Shine after school tutoring program. Hours are 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. — Monday through Thursday, helping elementary school students with homework assignments or to improve their reading, spelling or elementary math skills. No classroom teaching experience is required. To volunteer or to obtain more information, contact Ray Danahy at 883-2564 or Shelia Norman, executive director of Rise & Shine at 883-2295, ext. 15. You can make a big difference in the life of a child.

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 9, a series of six sessions titled “Pope Francis Speaks To Our Hearts” is being offered. The goal is to provide both deep awareness of Francis’ message and personal insight as to what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The six sessions will not be academic classes but rather exploring Pope Francis’ Vision of Church, Discipleship and Joy. All are welcome. Come with an open mind and heart. There is no fee, but register. You do not need to commit to the series. Session dates are Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, and closing session on Oct. 21. These sessions will be facilitated by Tom Mahan.

The 2017-2018 Faith Formation year will begin on Sept. 10 and we are searching for new catechists, assistants and substitutes. Email Tricia Poche ( or contact her at the office if you are interested or have questions about becoming a catechist.

Save the date of Sunday, Sept. 17, at noon for the Parish Picnic. If you are planning to attend, email Tricia Poche or call the office with the number of attendees from your family.

St. Andrews By-the-Lake

Dr. Billie Hanks Jr. will be the guest minister at St. Andrews By-the-Lake at Lake Toxaway at 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 20. The outdoor chapel at Lake Toxaway is interdenominational.

Hanks founded International Evangelism Association in 1972 and today it leads the Great Commission outreach of Operation Multiplication. At the age of 20, he became the Billy Graham Evangelism Association’s first intern. He travelled throughout the world with the Billy Graham team, learning crusade evangelism, and became an experienced evangelist in his own right, preaching in 29 countries. He was invited to serve as a “minister at large” for BGEA. In that capacity, he equipped New Testament disciple-makers to minister to new Christians.

Hanks graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and has received honorary doctorates from two Christian universities. His Christian literature and sacred music compositions have become religious best sellers.

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.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

Kicking off a new school year can be exciting, chaotic, joyful and anxiety producing! But it will feel better with a hot, homemade breakfast, good fellowship and a back-to-school prayer. Parents and school age children, clergy, Godly Play teachers, Youth Sunday School teachers, and Youth Council folks are invited. Sign up outside of Miller Hall or call the church office (884-3666). The breakfast is from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, in Miller Hall.

It’s time for St. Philip’s to provide weekend meals for residents at The Haven. Sign the easel in Miller Hallway to help with pre-cooked breakfasts or dinners which need to be delivered to the St. Philip’s kitchen by 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

The Grounds Comm-ittee will host a church-wide work morning on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon. Join the group in this important work to beautify the church grounds.

The Shop of St. Philip’s offers fashionable -like-new clothing, along with household goods and unusual items for resale. The shop is celebrating its 55th year of service to the community. Visit the display cases on the main floor of the county library during the month of August for more on the thrift shop’s history and mission. Visit the Shop on North Broad Street behind Creekside Subs. All proceeds go to local charities.

Unitarian Universalist

The Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will deliver the sermon “Primal Beginning” at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Aug. 20. This month we are exploring Beginnings as a spiritual competency.

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.

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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