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Church Activities – Transylvania County


Blantyre Baptist

Mark 209, a southern gospel band from Nashville, Tenn., will be singing their Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 15, at Blantyre Baptist during the morning service at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Nelson and the congregation invite the community to this concert.

Boylston Baptist

“Name Above All Names” Cantata will be presented by Boylston Baptist Church Choir, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Children’s Christmas play begins at 6 p.m. The church is located at 10642 Boylston Highway in Mills River. Everyone is invited.

Brevard FUMC

Brevard First United Methodist Church will host a service of “Lessons and Carols” at historic McGaha Chapel this Sunday at 2 p.m. in collaboration with the Transylvania County Historical Society. Enjoy the beauty and meaning of the season in the simplicity of times gone by. Dress warmly for this brief service.

Also, the church will offer two special worship services on Christmas Eve. There is an informal service for children and families at 5 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., members come together for a service based on the Moravian Love Feast with candlelight. All are welcome.

The church is located at 325 North Broad Street, across from Brevard College.

Calvary Baptist

Calvary Baptist Church at 133 Osborne Rd. will present a Christmas musical program by the Adult Choir Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m., and the children’s program will be Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the Christmas celebration.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Dec. 15 the youth will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service, which will include a presentation of the Christmas story, hand bells and singing.

The Blue Ridge Ringers will perform in the church sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. where participants will focus on the story of Jesus’ birth and what it means in their lives. All are invited to this traditional candle-light service with Holy Communion. Nursery care will be provided for children 5 and younger.

Two new groups, Sages and Hiking Club, have recently begun at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Sages are active seniors who enjoy each other’s company through organized outings. Hiking Club is a multigenerational group who enjoy Hiking together on the local trails.

Check the church website (lutheranchurchbre for more information on the programs at Good Shepherd.

Morningside Baptist

Sunday, Dec. 15, there are Bible study classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. The morning worship starts at 11 a.m. The worship choir and praise team will be presenting a “Blue Ridge Country Christmas.” Soloists are Lisa Campbell, Shawn Chandler, Gail Dorrity, Alex Marquez, Kimberly Marquez, Dawn Mitchell, Steve Mitchell, Anthony Perez, Billy Ragland, and Bill Vaughan.

Sunday at 6 p.m., the church will be caroling in the community. After caroling, everyone will meet at Pastor Bill and Barb’s for a Christmas fellowship.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, the deacons meet at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the church has its monthly business meeting. There is CrossTrainers class for the youth and children. There will be no worship choir practice. Practice will resume in January.

Everyone is invited to this week’s special events and regular services.

NEXT Church

Keeping our focus on the real meaning of Christmas can be a challenge, which is addressed in Pastor Dave Blackburn’s four part advent series, “Conspire by the Fire.”

NEXT Church is a casual-dress, friendly fellowship featuring contemporary music, relevant teaching, and an emphasis on taking the next step in our relationships with God. Coffee and conversation begin at 10:30 a.m. and worship starts at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of Brevard Elementary School. Nursery and children’s church are provided.

ReGen activities for middle school and high school students begin at 5 p.m. Sundays at the school gymnasium under the direction of Assistant Pastor Travis Hayes.

A variety of small groups for all age groups meet during the week for Bible study, fellowship, and sharing interests. Visitors are welcome.

Ladies Day Away on Saturday, Dec. 14, will be a day of shopping in Greenville.

Wrapped Angel Tree gifts for local children will be gathered Sunday morning. A special offering will also be received to help five area families this Christmas.

For more information about activities or worship, visit http://www.nextchurchnc. net or call (828) 384-1951.

Open Arms Tabernacle

Open Arms Tabernacle Praise Team will present “Unto Us: A Night of Worship to the King” Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the fellowship hall.

The church is located at 91 McLean Road in Brevard.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

The children of the parish will be presenting their annual Christmas Pageant, Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m., in the church. All are invited to hear the story of the birth of Jesus and join in singing some favorite Christmas carols. Following the pageant will be the annual “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” party in the parish house Miller Hall.

Heifer Project animals are now on sale in the parish. Take this opportunity to purchase a farm animal (or part of one) in honor of someone on your Christmas list. These gifts will make a world of difference for struggling families throughout the world. A family will receive the animal plus training in its care with the understanding that they will pass on the animal’s offspring to a needy neighbor, making this the “gift that keeps on giving.” For more information call the parish office at 884-3666.

St. Timothy UMC

This Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall there will be a Christmas play presented by the children and youth followed by a hot dog supper. The evening’s festivities will be capped by a visit from Santa Claus.

All are invited to join in and bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert.

The Angel Project for December will be the Adopt-A-Family program. This program allows congregants to share with neighbors at Christmas. All gifts should be brought to the outreach center by Dec. 22.

St. Timothy United Methodist Church is located at 1020 Asheville Highway at the corner of Hospital Drive. For more information, contact the church office at 883-2985 or visit the website at http://www.sttimothy-brevard. org.

Unitarian Universalist

The Rev. Ernest L. Mills, Jr. will conduct both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services Sunday, Dec. 15. His sermon topic will be “The Wrappings of Christmas.”

How do Unitarian Uni-versalists celebrate Christ-mas? There is no single “right” way to do so. Because we are a diverse community, we attempt to give a universal flavor to this holiday, realizing that many streams from many different sources have fed into the story of Christmas. We will explore some of these streams.

Before becoming minister of the Unitarian Universalists of Transylva-nia County (UUTC), Mills was chaplain of Brevard College for 20 years. Prior to that, he served the United Methodist Church. Mills has master’s degrees from Duke Divinity School and Candler School of Theology.

Join us for either service and for informal coffee fellowship between 10:30 and 11 a.m. We are located at 24 Varsity Street, Bre-vard, at the corner of South Broad Park. Children’s Religious Exploration is offered during the 11:00 service, and infant care is available during both services.

UUTC is a Welcoming Congregation inclusive of persons of all backgrounds, faiths and lifestyles. The building is wheelchair accessible, dress is casual, and visitors are always welcomed.


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