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Church Activities


November 23, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, Nov. 26, the service will be one of Scripture, readings, and hymns based on the themes of creation and Thanksgiving. Leading worship will be Gary Greene.

This Sunday all child and youth classes will meet together (9:45-10:45 a.m.) to view animated DVDs about the Nativity of Jesus. Adult Study Groups will meet between services. Visitors are always welcomed.

PYC will host Roger Herbert, Ph.D. (CAPT., USN, ret.) at 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Room this Sunday. A former Navy SEAL, his subject is “Courage – ‘Can We Teach It? Can We Learn It?’” Drop in if you’re interested.

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

First Baptist

Mountain Faith will once again perform in the sanctuary on Dec. 3, during the 11 a.m. worship hour. Everyone is encouraged to tell friends, family and neighbors to come. There is no charge to attend. Many in the community know the group and will want to take advantage of this opportunity to hear them once again in person. A love offering will be taken at the end of the service as a thank you for them.

December is a busy month for all of us with many ministry opportunities available. On Dec. 8 and 9 we join several other area churches in an outreach to Coeburn, Va. Our contribution to the items taken will be the backpacks for children. We hope to send 100 of them packed with items of food, clothing, school supplies and Bibles.

On Dec. 12 we will have another musical event. The Young at Heart group will host Rosman High School Choir members under the direction of Gayson Barton. They will present a concert in the sanctuary at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited and we would love to see a large attendance to encourage these young people and their director.

All those who want to make a Gingerbread House are invited to come on Dec. 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Supplies will be ready in the fellowship hall with adults to assist. Parents are also welcome to be a part of the activity.

Broyhill Children’s Home Christmas Party will be on Dec. 15. This is an outreach from our church that provides presents and a party for all the residents in the Children’s Home. The church has held this party every year for many, many years. It is a blessing not only for the children who receive, but also for those who go and give.

You may call the church office for any additional information at 883-8251.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Beginning on Nov. 29 and each following Wednesday during Advent, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will host a mid-week supper at 5:30 (free will offering) followed by a service of Holden prayer at 6:30. Women’s Bible study will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. On Saturday, Dec. 9, LCGS will partner with St. Timothy’s to offer a parents “time out” during the holiday season.

One of the priority groups for 2018 is people who are affected by mental health issues and addiction. LCGS is part of the Reimagining Health Collaborative, a program of Duke Divinity School that focuses on church, mental health and community building.

Members of LCGS will be providing meals for The Haven the weekend of Dec. 8. A short planning meeting will be held following the second service on Nov. 26.

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

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

For the month of November, the NEXT kid’s theme is “Refocus on all God has done for them.” The virtue is gratitude.

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

Sacred Heart Catholic

The Adoration Chapel will be inaugurated after the 9 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The chapel is being named after St. Catherine Laboure.

Sacred Heart Haven food team needs your help Friday, Dec. l. The Haven shelter of Transylvania County provides a temporary home and supportive services to men, women and families who become homeless. One way local church volunteers support this effort is by taking turns providing weekend meals. The Sacred Heart Haven Food Team is scheduled to provide 40 dinners and 40 breakfasts for The Haven residents for the weekend starting Friday, Dec. 1. If you could help with a donation of a dinner item like a casserole, soup, stew, chili, salad or bread or breakfast items like egg casserole, breakfast bars, biscuits, frozen waffles, etc., your contribution will be much appreciated and will make a real difference in the well-being of our neighbors sheltering there, especially at the holiday season. Call Annette Campbell at 384-1544 or email

Sacred Heart, along with members from several faith communities, continues to create a warm and welcoming environment on Christmas day, sharing special holiday foods for all. The dinner is served from 12-4 p.m. and includes turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and bread. Also a variety of desserts are provided. This year the community Christmas dinner will be celebrating 19 years. For the dinner to continue successfully, volunteers are needed. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities as well as opportunities to donate food. If you are interested in helping, contact Sandi Rogers at 883-2990 or email Signup sheets to volunteer or to donate food are in the gathering area of Sacred Heart Church.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

St. Philip’s will say goodbye to interim rector, Father Bill Walker, and his wife, Laura, in a “Celebration of Ministry” this Sunday, Nov. 26, in one combined service at 10 a.m. This will be followed by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Miller Hall. There are no other services that day.

An Advent Wreath Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. Materials for the wreath will be provided in this fun family activity. Make a reservation by calling the office at 884-3666.

Christmas Project 2017 happens on Dec. 8, when children from the Boys & Girls Club, Rise & Shine, and El Centro will experience the joy of giving by selecting gift baskets for two special adults in their lives. Donations are needed now to fill 650 baskets. Leave small new or lightly-used gift items for men and women in the collection boxes in the Parish House.

“Gifts from the Holy Land” market will appear in Miller Hall on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ann Franklin and Barbara Norton have selected these items on their trips to Israel and Palestine. They will feature beautiful handcrafts and organic foods for holiday shopping, and talk about bringing works of the artists and farmers to the U.S. market. All proceeds benefit schools and worker’s cooperatives in the Holy Land.

The ECW general meeting and Christmas Tea will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. The speaker will be Katerina Whitley, author of seven books focusing on biblical themes. Reserve a place by calling the office at 884-3666.

St. Timothy UMC

This Sunday, Nov. 26, Pastor Ann Duncan will preach on “Jesus the King” using as her text, John, chapter 18, verses 33-37. Jesus explains that he is indeed a king but that his kingdom is not of this world but of the spirit.

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


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