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Church Activities – Transylvania County


Last updated 12/3/2014 at 1:33pm

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Charlie Steele will offer Christmas at the Organ” at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary on Saturday, Dec. 6, during the Twilight Tour in downtown Brevard.

Christmas carol arrangements for the organ will be featured. The two programs are identical, and will last 20-25 minutes each.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by and enjoy the familiar music of Christmas.

Brevard FUMC

Brevard First United Methodist Church enters the Advent season with several opportunities for music and worship.

This Friday the Blue Ridge Sacred Choral will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This is an auditioned group of singers under the direction of Timothy Shepard, director of Music Ministries.

On Sunday the focus in worship is on the prophet Isaiah and the comfort and hope that is found in God’s promises (Isaiah 40:1- 11). There are three services: 8:30, 9 and 10:55 a.m.

Sunday afternoon Brevard First UMC joins with the Transylvania Historical Society in sponsoring a service of “Lessons and Carols” at historic McGaha Chapel just off Highway 276 in the Sherwood Forest Commu-nity. This service will be at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, the music ministry of the church will present the Christmas cantata, “By Heaven’s Light,” by Allen Pote and Tom Long. This will be at the 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. services.

Looking ahead to Christmas Eve, Brevard FUMC will gather for two worship services in the evening. At 5 p.m. there will be a special service for children and families that will focus on the Christmas story.

A traditional Moravian Love Feast and Candlelight service will follow at 7 p.m.

The church is located across from Brevard College, and all are welcome.

Calvary Baptist

Join the congregation at Calvary Baptist Church this Sunday for coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m., followed by Sunday school at 9:45. We have a class for every age group! Our 11 a.m. Worship Service will be led by Dr. Gordon Benton.

We will also be observing The Lord’s Supper during the morning worship service.

Calvary is located at 133 Osborne Road behind Blue Ridge Community College.

Destiny Christian Fellowship

The Christmas play, “Camel Lot, Don’t Miss The Manger!” by Cyndi Nine, Rob Howard and David Guthrie will be presented Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Destiny Christian Fellowship located at 240 Greenville Highway in Brevard.

This Christmas, amidst all the hustle and bustle, join us on a delightful journey by camel! At the manger, find the true meaning behind the manger! Bring your friends and loved ones.

Admission is a non-perishable item for the Sharing House.

First Congregational UCC

The First Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes all to its fourth annual Holiday Cookie and Book Sale Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its fellowship hall, 1735 Fifth Avenue W. at White Pine Drive in Hendersonville.

Little River Baptist

The Christmas Spirit starts at Little River Baptist Church!

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with classes available for all ages.

A new class for College and Career led by Dolly McCall will begin Dec. 7.

Worship service begins at 11 a.m. Music is led by choir director, Jerry Mullinax.

Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m., with Bible study and activities for children and youth, coordinated by Mark Reynolds.

Each Wednesday Meals will be served at 5:45 p.m. each Wednesday. Sign up if you are coming.

At 6:30 p.m. the AWANA program starts for children 2 years through fifth grade. The youth meet with Pastor Mark at 6:30 p.m. Prayer meeting begins at 7 p.m., with a Bible study led by Pastor Chris.

Little River will be participating in the parade this year. The children ages K-fifth grade are preparing the “Old Time Christmas Play” to be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The adult play, “Aborted Christmas,” written and directed by Jerry Mullinax, will be presented Dec. 12-13, at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

The adult choir will be presenting their cantata, “Mary, Did You Know?” Sunday morning, Dec. 14.

The church will go caroling Dec. 17, and return to the church for a soup supper.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Contact the church at 877-4471 for more information.

Little River Baptist Church is located on Crab Creek Road in Penrose.

Morningside Baptist

Sunday, Dec. 7, there are Bible Study small groups for all ages, starting at 10 a.m. The youth begin a new study about “Developing A Quiet Time.”

The morning worship starts at 11 a.m. Rev. Sidney Calhoun will bring the message from God’s word. Children’s worship starts at 11:20 a.m.

Sunday night, the Praise Team has practice at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., and the church will have a Christmas movie night. The movie is “The Christmas Candle.” Everyone is asked to bring snacks to share. Popcorn will be provided.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Celebration Choir has practice at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there is prayer meeting for the adults, and Cross-Trainers for the youth and children.

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

NEXT Church

Pastor Dave Blackburn’s series, Advent 2014, continues on Sunday at NEXT Church. A special offering will be received to help a local family experiencing especially difficult times.

Sunday, Dec. 14, a special service of music and worship will be led by Trevor Hager of Nashville, Tenn. Following the release of his album “I’ve Been Redeemed,” he toured worldwide for a year with American Idol finalist Phil Stacey. His vision is to bring people together in worship through music that ranges from upbeat, toe-tapping songs to the serene. The public is invited.

NEXT Kids, elementary school ages, learn about one virtue each month. Generosity, making someone’s day by giving something away, is the theme they are exploring in December.

Middle school students meet during part of the morning worship time.

ReGen student ministry for grades 6-12 meets at the church from 5-7 p.m. Sundays. They will serve food Dec. 7 at Bread of Life in Brevard.

“True Spirituality” adult study continues to consider what the Christian life looks like in the modern world on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is available.

“Healthy Living” women’s group meets at the church from 5-7 p.m. Sundays. New participants are welcome.

Childbirth education classes are held on designated Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Classes are taught by a certified childbirth educator and are free of charge. All supplies are included. Email nextstep childbirth@gmail for more information or to register for classes.

For further information about church activities, go to or call (828) 384-1951.

North Toxaway Baptist

The public is invited to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with a free Christmas dinner Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Life Center of North Toxaway Baptist Church.

Families may receive a free family portrait and children are invited to participate in the Christmas story.

The church is located at 51 Slick Fisher Road in Lake Toxaway.

For more information, call (828) 966-9634.

St. John In

The Wilderness

A service of Old Testament scripture passages and liturgical an-thems of the Advent season will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock. The 4 p.m. event will feature the St. John Parish Choir, Choral Scholars from Furman University in Greenville and other special guests.

Dewitt Tipton will lead the singers during the program. He is organist and director of Music for St. John as well as instructor of music and collaborative pianist at Furman University.

The Choral Scholars are music students at Furman who will sing with the St. John Parish Choir. The students are Will Booker, tenor; Boykin Carter, soprano; Elise Etherton, mezzo-soprano; and Timothy Millison, bass.

Dr. Grant W. Knox, tenor, and his wife Danielle Knox, soprano, will perform recitatives and arias from Handel’s “Messiah.” Grant is assistant professor of voice at Furman University. Danielle is director of the middle school choirs at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville.

Presiding at the service will be the Rev. John Morton, rector at St. John; the Rev. Alex Viola, associate rector; and the Rev. Joyce Beschta, deacon.

Contact the church office at (828) 693-9783 or for more information.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

The Christmas Project is almost a reality!

On Dec. 9 elves will meet at Miller Hall to assemble 600 gift baskets for children to choose for their parents/guardians. On Dec. 12 the event moves to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, where shepherds will assist the children in selecting their baskets plus enjoy cookies at a Christmas party. If you haven’t volunteered yet to be an elf or shepherd, contact Ruth at

Christmas Pageant rehearsals continue at 10:10 on Dec. 7. All are invited to experience the traditional nativity story, re-enacted by the children of St. Philip’s, on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. All ages will enjoy this touching presentation as a way of getting into the true spirit of Christmas.

Want to make a happy child? Choose an angel card on the tree in the foyer, and purchase a gift for a child in the Sharing House Christmas project. Return your unwrapped gift by Dec. 15.

Heifer animals are available at the table in the foyer Dec. 7 and 14. St. Philip’s has a long history with Heifer, and these animals, bees, etc., make wonderful living gifts!

Vestry nominations are due by Dec. 8. You may nominate yourself or another with their permission.

St. Timothy UMC

Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., St. Timothy will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at the Manger. Everyone is invited to gather at the church with their family pets.

The event will be held in the amphitheater where the story of Jesus’ birth from an animal’s perspective will be told. Each animal will receive a special Christmas blessing and a treat. Their humans will partake of hot cider, sing a Christmas carol or two and enjoy the manger scene.

If the weather is poor, the blessing will be held in the church fellowship hall. All animals should be on a leash or in a cage.

The Advent Bible study “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” continues each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the council room. Based on Adam Hamilton’s book, the study uses video to help capture life in the Holy Land at the time of Jesus’ birth and is being taught by Pastor Ann Duncan. Contact the church office for further information.

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 stti

Unitarian Universalist

The Rev. Ernest L. Mills Jr. will conduct both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services Sunday, Dec. 7. His sermon topic will be “How to Scare the Bishop.”

“Moral life is impossible without spiritual freedom,” said Nickolay Berdyaev. But the institutional church is not very fond of giving people freedom. Those who made their own choices in matters of dogma have often been labeled heretics … and sometimes burned at the stake. Participants take a look at spiritual freedom.

Join the congregation for either service and for informal coffee fellowship between 10:30-11 a.m. Infant care is available during both services.

The public is also invited to Mindfulness Meditation, which meets Mon-days at 7 p.m .; to the Men’s Group, which meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m .; to our weekly Eclectics jam session, which takes place Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and to the Drum Circle, which will meet tonight, Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. No drumming experience is necessary.

UUTC is located at the corner of South Broad Park and Varsity Street in Brevard.

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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