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Church Activities

 

November 30, 2017



Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, Dec. 3, will begin the season of Advent with observance of Communion at both morning worship services. Keith Thompson’s message will be, “Limping Through Advent.” Special music for worship will be provided by the Westminster Bells.

This Sunday the Christian Speakers Forum will host Dr. Bob Hayward from PARI with a program entitled “An Astronomer Looks at the Star of Bethlehem,” in Davidson River Hall from 9:45-10:45 a.m. No one really knows what the Star of Bethlehem was, but it is fun to speculate. All we really know is what we find in the scriptures. In this presentation Hayward will use Matthew and Luke as a starting point and then present some arguments for and against several proposed explanations for the star. Join us for this fascinating presentation.

This Sunday all child classes grades K - 5 will meet together (9:45-10:45) with all of their teachers to celebrate the end of a term and begin the Study of Advent with preparation for the Nativity of the Christ Child. Youth and young adults will join the Christian Speakers Forum in Davidson River Hall.

PYC will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Room this Sunday. Their scheduled speaker is Rev. Dr. Keith Thompson, with “Ask the Rev.”

On Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m., the Westminster Bells will present a half-hour program of Christmas music in the church’s sanctuary. Those attending the Twilight Tour are invited to stop by and enjoy some sounds of the season.

Brevard First United Methodist Church

Brevard First United Methodist Church will host a series of organ recitals on the first three Fridays in December, starting at 12:25 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This Friday, Timothy Shepard, director of music ministry and organist at Brevard First UMC, will present the first recital.

Corey Powell, organist at Central UMC in Asheville, will follow on Dec. 8. On Dec. 15, Kyle Ritter, organist at All Souls Cathedral in Asheville, will conclude the series. Each organist will present a 30-40 minute program of their favorite Christmas music. The series is sponsored by the Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation at Brevard First UMC and donations are gladly accepted.

This Sunday, the congregation begins its journey to Bethlehem with the first Sunday in Advent. Rev. Mike Holder’s message is “Watching and Waiting,” and is based on Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark 13:24-37. Join them in worship and celebrating Holy Communion.

Looking ahead, the Chancel Choir of Brevard First UMC will present the Christmas cantata, “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 8:45 and 10:55 a.m. worship services.

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.

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.

Crossroads Baptist

Crossroads Baptist Church will have a special Christmas food giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon. They ask that people come in the front entrance and they will load the car.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the church will have a special service for those battling drug and alcohol addictions.

The church is located at 320 Whitmire St. in Brevard.

First Baptist

On Sunday, Dec. 3, come hear Mountain Faith. There is no charge, but a love offering is appreciated. They will be featured during the 11 a.m. worship hour.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, we will host the Rosman High School Choir under the direction of Grayson Barton. Again, the community is invited to this 12:30 p.m. concert.

Thursday, Dec. 14, will be the Gingerbread House day. Children may come between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. to make a little gingerbread house. All supplies will be ready with adults to assist in this fun project.

On Friday, Dec. 15, the church will go to the Broyhill Children’s Home to give them an early Christmas party. Members are already shopping for presents to take. This is an annual event for First Baptist Church.

On Dec. 8 and 9 some of our members will join with other churches to take food, some winter clothing, and 100 school backpacks to bless many families in Coeburn, Va.

Let’s not forget to worship the Lord in all our busy days. Services are Sunday school (Bible study) at 9:30 and worship at 11 a.m. Dr. Mike Miller from the Baptist Association has been bringing the message on Sundays. Our youth pastor is Tony Ladley. We invite you to visit First Baptist Church any Sunday.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Each Wednesday during Advent, LCGS will host a mid-week supper at 5:30 p.m. with a free will offering followed by a service of Holden prayer at 6:30. The Advent theme is “Gathering at the Manger.” The topic for Dec. 6 is “service as a path to the manger.” Throughout Advent the annual “giving tree” will be in the commons.

Everyone is invited to sponsor a gift for the Sharing House Christmas Blessings program or to support ELCA World Hunger.

Services for Sunday, Dec. 24, include 9:30 a.m. worship and a 5 p.m. candlelight Christmas Eve service.

LCGS will host the Blue Ridge Ringers Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10.

LCGS will partner with St. Timothy’s to offer a parents “time out” during the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 9. The holidays are not always the “happiest time of the year” for everyone. On Sunday, Dec. 17, LCGS and St. Timothy’s invite you to a Service of the Longest Night. This will give us an opportunity to give our grief, pain, disappointment, loneliness and fear to God, and to receive hope, comfort and strength from God and one another.

For additional information regarding any of the above activities, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net. Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard and http://www.lutheranchurchbrevardnc.com. 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.

Pastor Dave Blackburn begins a new series, “Generous Living,” based on Mark 6:30-44.

For the month of December, NEXT Kids will focus on the virtue of generosity. Think outside the box! Children will see that giving big can be how they spend their time and use their talents to help others.

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

Pisgah Forest Baptist

The following special events will be offered by Pisgah Forest Baptist Church:

•Senior adults will travel to Franklin for dinner and a Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 1. They will leave the church at 3:30 p.m.

•Retired missionaries Mark and Jenny Roberts, who served in China, will speak at the morning service on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. This special event will begin the Week of Prayer for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.

• The church is located at 494 Hendersonville High-way above the Lions Club.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The next Knights of Columbus Red Cross blood drive is Monday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Walk-ins are welcome or call 884-3475 to schedule an appointment. If a machine answers, leave a message with your name and phone number and desired appointment time. Your call will be returned. Giving blood takes less than an hour and is a way of giving life to those in need.

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. 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 sandi dougrogers@yahoo.com. Sign-up sheets to volunteer or to donate food will be in the Gathering Area of Sacred Heart Church.

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be held the weekend of Feb. 2-4, in Clemmons, N.C. Early sign-up is recommended. For more information, visit https://NCMarriageDiscovery.org or call (704) 315-2144.

Masses are celebrated on weekdays at 9 a.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Recon-ciliation is on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Note that the Spanish Mass is now celebrated on Saturday at 7 p.m.

St. Timothy UMC

Advent at St. Timothy is always a time of celebration as we look to the birth of the Christ child.

Beginning this Sunday and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 17, there will be a gathering in the fellowship hall at 9:45 a.m. to enjoy hot drinks and watch clips of three movies that the Rev. Ann Duncan has chosen to illustrate key themes of anticipation, preparation, hope, expect-ancy and joy. Rev. Duncan will be using these themes in her weekly pastoral message during worship. This Sunday, the movie clips will be from “Life is Beautiful” a comedy-drama about the Holocaust in Italy during WWII.

Pastor Duncan’s sermon will be “Antidote for Despair” using Isaiah 52 verses 7-10 as a basis.

Adopt-A-Senior is our Angel Project for December. St. Timothy will adopt seniors, usually single and normally among the last people to be adopted at Christmas. We will provide each with $25 gift cards which are used to food, household items, and medicine. More information is available through the church office.

On Dec. 9, St. Timothy and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a “Parents Time Out” at St. Timothy Fellowship Hall. The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will provide parents with the opportunity to shop or just have some peace and quiet. Children will be able to join in a number of activities and have lunch. Space is limited. Register by calling 883-2985 or 883-3860.

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 http://www.sttimothy-brevard.org.

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Dick Tucker will deliver the sermon “The Gifts We Bring” at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Dec. 3. The choir will be singing. This month’s theme is “Light.”

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! For information on more public events, check the calendar at uutc.org.

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 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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