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Church Activities


January 11, 2018

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, the congregation welcomes Rev. Bob Edmunds to the pulpit. Edmunds is a retired Presbyterian minister who recently moved to Etowah with his wife, Susan.

The Chancel Choir will provide special music for worship.

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

Brevard FUMC

Mark in his Gospel tells of the time when Jesus came to the River Jordan to be baptized by his cousin, John. It is a brief story, but so profound, and with a bit of mystery, too. Why would Jesus, who was without sin, need to be forgiven. And why baptism anyway? Join Brevard First UMC this Sunday to explore the meaning of baptism.

Brevard First UMC also 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, and a celebration service at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

First Baptist

We are getting back into our regular routines after the holiday special events and programs. The AWANA group began meeting again on Sunday night with 43 children and more than a dozen adults. Then, the Young-at-Heart group had their monthly luncheon/program on Tuesday.

The women’s mission action group brought 170 pounds of food and toiletries for the Sharing House to their first meeting of 2018. They do a local ministry outreach once a month.

Dr. Mike Miller, the Baptist Associational director, will give the Sunday sermon messages for the month of January as our search committee continues looking for a senior pastor.

Sunday school meets at 9:30 and worship services at 11 a.m. We also have a Wednesday night prayer meeting at 6 p.m. We welcome visitors at any time.

In The Bible Mission

Come fellowship with In The Bible Mission at Cathey’s Creek Community Center. Sunday service is at 11 a.m. and Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Reset Wednesdays at LCGS continue weekly through Feb. 7 with a cost dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by options for small group or individual prayer practices and a short worship/group prayer service at 6:50. Child care is available. Book club meets on Tuesday, Jan. 16, for discussion and fellowship.

Coffee office hours with Pastor Mary are Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon at College Walk and Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bill’s Boiler House. All are welcome.

For additional information regarding any of the above activities, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680 or [email protected] Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard or visit Regular Sunday worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages at 9:15 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic

Save these dates for the next P.A.C.K. meetings. Movie night is Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. Mardi Gras celebration is Feb. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Contact Tricia Poche for more information.

To receive a statement for your 2017 contributions, call Jenni in the office at (828) 883-9571 or email [email protected] If you have not been receiving envelopes but would like to, contact the office.

A new DVD lecture and discussion class began on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. The series, “Great Minds of the Medieval World,” presented by Dr. Dorsey Armstrong, will be offered every Tuesday morning for 12 weeks. To register, contact Dorice Narins at 891-3064. Sign up soon so you don’t miss any of the lectures.

Don’t miss out on a compelling and inspiring learning experience sure to draw you closer to Christ through a deeper understanding of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pillar I: The Creed is a 12-part program beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. and continuing every Wednesday at 6 p.m. For more information, or to register, call Byron Phillips at (828) 447-8227 or [email protected]

The annual Baby Bottle Campaign supporting the local Center for Women begins soon. The baby bottles can be picked up after any of the Masses on the weekend of Jan. 20-21. Fill the bottle with spare change, bills or a check and return it to the church over the next three weekends. The checks should be written directly to The Center for Women. In addition, feel free to donate new baby items on the collection weekends as well. The center uses these items as gifts for new mothers. Flyers are also available with details on how to participate in a spiritual adoption and baby shower.

Masses are celebrated on weekdays at 9 a.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation is on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2:45 p.m. The Spanish Mass is now celebrated on Saturday at 7 p.m.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

This Sunday, Jan. 14, is an important day at St. Philip’s: Father Thomas Murphy takes the helm as Rector of St. Philip’s, and the annual meeting will be held Sunday morning during a slightly revised schedule. A reception welcoming the Murphy family will follow the last service at approximately 12:30 p.m.

On Jan. 14, worship services will be held at 7:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., but there will be no 9 a.m. service. The annual meeting will occur at 8:45 a.m. in Miller Hall. This important meeting will include parish reports, budget presentation and vestry elections. All St. Philippians are encouraged to attend. Sunday school will take place as usual at 10:10 a.m.

The community is invited on Tuesday, Jan. 23, when St. Philip’s, in collaboration with El Centro Comunitario, will host Shoshana Fried, director of the Immigration Program at Pisgah Legal Services. She will discuss the latest changes and updates regarding Dreamers and DACA recipients, including how Pisgah Legal Services is working to support this group of young people. She will also give an overview of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in Miller Hall.

The parish office will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

St. Timothy UMC

The study of the Gospel according to John continues this Sunday, Jan. 14. The study will continue through Lent and Easter. John is believed by most scholars to be the last Gospel written. It was authored approximately 80 to 100 years after the life of Jesus.

Sunday, Rev. Ann Duncan will be preaching on John 1, 25-51, Jesus’ baptism and his choosing the first disciples.

The Angel Project for St. Timothy in January 2018 is the Children’s Center of Transylvania County. The Children’s Center is an organization which coordinates services for children who are at risk of or have been abused and/or neglected. Gifts of diapers sizes 4 and 5 may be placed in the church gathering space.

Alternately, you may bring a check made to St. Timothy and designated for “Children’s Center – diapers.” 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

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will deliver the sermon “Our Legacy of Tolerance,” at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Jan. 14.

This Sunday, we will join with Unitarians around the world in honoring the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the world’s first declaration of religious tolerance. The edict was proclaimed by the world’s first and only Unitarian king, who ruled (you guessed it!) Transylvania, Romania. Come and learn about our radical legacy as freethinkers and promoters of freedom and tolerance.

This coming Monday, join us in marching from Bethel A Baptist Church to the Porter Center (assemble at 5:30 p.m.) on our way to the annual MLK Celebration. All are welcome to join the men’s group on Tuesday 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 our calendar at

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 us for coffee between services at 10:30 a.m.


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