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Church Activities


September 21, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, Sept. 24, Glen Rainsley will bring the message, “A Journey of Faith or Just a Treadmill: How Can I Keep From Giving?” The Generosity Ministry is leading us into the commitment season which provides an opportunity for us to respond to the ongoing and amazing grace of God.

Special music for worship will be provided by the Chancel Choir.

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

Brevard FUMC

The prophet Isaiah is speaking for God when he says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” (Isaiah 43:19). God is always doing “a new thing” in this world and it happens in the lives of faithful people and through the church as the “Body of Christ.” Join us in worship this Sunday as Rev. Mike Holder, senior pastor, explores the ways in which God is at work in our lives.

For many of us, our attention has been focused on praying for and helping the people in the path of Hurricane Harvey, and now Irma. Brevard First UMC continues to collect cleaning supplies to fill “flood buckets” and donations that go to our disaster response ministry, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Brevard First UMC offers chapel worship with Holy Communion every Wednesday at 5 p.m. All are welcome. The 30-minute service is held in the church chapel.

A new “life group” is forming for the fall. It is based on the John Wesley model of “class meeting.” Groups are 12 or fewer members who make a covenant to meet weekly in support of each other with the main focus on growing their faith relationship with 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 a.m. and 10:55 a.m., and a celebration service at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

Brevard Jewish Community

The Brevard Jewish Community will celebrate Rosh Hashanah at services Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

This service is open to the entire community and to visitors and guests.

Etowah UMC

Etowah United Methodist Church is holding its 4th annual Brickyard Bonanza on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. This is an outdoor family event that includes free food, music by The Stepchild Band, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, balloon artist and cider pressing. Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

To round out the weekend, there will be the Brickyard Music Jam-boree, a concert of traditional and contemporary Christian music and an old fashion hymn sing-along in the church sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Music will be performed by the church choir, praise band and guest musicians. A dessert reception will follow. A voluntary love offering to benefit the music program will be collected.

The church is located at 110 Brickyard Road in Etowah. For additional information, contact the church at (828) 891-4360.

First Baptist

The AWANA program is off to a great start. More than two dozen adults have interacted with 60 registered children to learn more about God and the Bible. After being fed at 5 p.m., the children go to classrooms where they study and memorize scripture passages. Game time provides fun and fellowship. We then end with a group assembly where children are recognized for their work and given any earned awards. Registration is $20 for the year and can be done any Sunday at 5 p.m. or by calling the church office. The program runs Sunday evenings, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Work on the new church directory is in full swing. Most members have already had their pictures made. Several group shots have been done and some are still in the process.

The choir is looking into music for the Christmas season. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. A special choir retreat will be held in mid-October. Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Call Paul Smith at 883-8251 for any additional information.

First Baptist Church has dinner and prayer meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday services are Sunday school Bible lessons at 9:30 for all ages and worship at 11. We welcome visitors any time. Nursery staff provides care for the Sunday school and worship hours.

Life Spring Wesleyan

Life Spring Wesleyan will hold a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The church is located in Etowah across from the golf course.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Adult Sunday school classes will continue to look at outreach ministries while the children are learning about Martin Luther, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Command-ments. On Oct. 29, Reformation Sunday, all ages are invited to participate in an intergenerational class. Also on Reformation Sunday, the LCGS Sanctuary Choir will celebrate with a performance in worship of the Cantata 80 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Rehearsals begin Sept. 27. They welcome any new singers wishing to participate in this special occasion.

On Sept. 25, LCGS will host Mountain Neighbors Network, the Transylvania County local “village,” a nonprofit volunteer-based member of the village-to-village network. Those attending will watch a simulcast discussion on aging, living life with a purpose and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters of everyone’s lives. This discussion will feature Dr. Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal.” All are invited to join the free viewing party and reception. For more information on MNN, contact

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. with Sunday school for all ages at 9:15.


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

The message this Sunday will be the last of the NEXT Church Vision series “Serve.” For the month of September, our NEXT kid’s theme is friendship and how it is a reflection of God’s character. For more information about NEXT, visit or call Pastor Dave Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

Oak Grove Community

Oak Grove Community Church will have a gospel singing on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The featured singers are Victory Strings from Easley, S.C.

The church is located across from Blue Ridge Community College.

Pisgah Forest Baptist

On Nov. 5 at 9:15 a.m., Pisgah Forest Baptist Church will be starting Hispanic Bible Fellowship class for adults. Wednesday night children will attend age-appropriate Sunday school classes.

If you have questions, call the church office at 877-4223. Pisgah Forest Baptist Church is located at 494 Hendersonville Highway in Pisgah Forest.

Sacred Heart Catholic

Confirmation will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. Bishop Jugis will be here to officiate. Join us as seven of our youth celebrate this special sacrament.

The Young of Heart Club is sponsoring a bus trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Thursday, Sept. 28. The bus will leave promptly from the church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. and will return at 6 in the evening. The cost is only $30 and every participant will receive a $10 voucher for food. Call Kathleen for more information and to make your reservations at 862-3275.

Brevard’s annual CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. This family-friendly 3-mile walk is a reminder that many in the world walk more miles for their food, water and fuel. Call Chris Baglio at 862-4696 for further information.

Join the National Life Chain event Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2 until 3 p.m. outside of the Transylvania County Courthouse. Life Chain is a nationwide pro-life movement of silent, prayerful and public witness against abortion. For more information, visit

The 12th annual Ladies Guild Craft show will be held on Oct. 27, and 28 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Selica UMC

Homecoming will be observed at Selica United Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 11:15 a.m. The speaker will be our pastor, the Rev. Cole Altizer. Special music will be provided by our music assistant, Hunter Rogers. A covered dish meal will be served following the service. Everyone is invited to attend this and all services.

Turkey Creek Baptist

Turkey Creek Baptist Church has AWANA each Wednesday night from 6:30-8 p.m. There are Bible stories, snacks, games/ activities and mission projects. All children from age 2 to sixth grade are invited. For more on the AWANA program, visit

Turkey Creek Baptist is located at 805 Capps Road in Pisgah Forest.

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will deliver the sermon “Days of Awe” at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Sept. 24. Rev. Ilene’s own Jewish heritage will be featured in this sermon. This month’s theme is “Growth.”

The first guiding Principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. 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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