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Church Activities – Transylvania County


Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

A traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Davidson River Hall, Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.

Children from the church will lead a Mardi Gras parade around the hall wearing hats and tooting horns, celebrating the last day before Lent begins Feb. 18.

“Shrove Tuesday” refers to the custom of Christians attending church and confessing their sins (being shriven) the day before the self-denial of Lent begins. Also called “Mardi Gras” (“Fat Tuesday”), on that day Christians traditionally ate food they were required to avoid during Lent: meat, eggs and dairy products. Pancakes were often served at dinner, using up many of the ingredients that would not be eaten for the next 40 days.

Why pancakes? That custom began in Slavic countries where the round, warm pancakes represented the sun whose warmth would hasten spring.

Shrove Tuesday is still celebrated in many Christian churches, and the B-DRPC Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner will be fun for the whole family. Plan to join them at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, for an evening of music, fellowship, and pancakes.

Brevard First UMC

Brevard First United Methodist Church begins a new sermon series Sunday, called “I BELIEVE…!” The series runs through Easter Sunday and focuses on the core beliefs of Christianity found in “The Apostles’ Creed,” the earliest statement of faith of the church.

This Sunday, Rev. Mike Holder, senior pastor, will talk about why it is important to know what we believe and the ways our beliefs shape our lives as Christians.

Another opportunity for worship will be on Ash Wednesday. A service with imposition of ashes is set for 6:30 p.m. in the church chapel.

The church also welcomes Rivers Smith as new director of youth and college ministries. He has been a long- time teacher in the local schools, more recently serving as the choral teacher at Brevard High School.

Brevard First UMC offers three worship services on Sunday morning: traditional worship is 8:30 and 10:55 a.m., and a praise service is at 9 a.m. All are welcome.

Brevard Friends

Brevard Friends will gather for the regular meeting for worship on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Activities Room of College Walk Retirement Community. After the rise of meeting, “Quaker Bakers” will provide home baked delicacies for attenders.

The Brevard Friends group began using the Activities Room at College Walk for meetings in 2007. In addition to holding Sunday worship there, the group enjoys a variety of activities that provide social and educational opportunities and bring the community together to build closer friendships.

In the Religious Society of Friends worship is unplanned, unprogrammed, unhurried and spontaneous. Worship on the basis of silence is a departure from structured worship. Some people seem to grasp this form of worship intuitively, by relaxing physically, and stretching spiritually.

Others struggle, like an inexperienced swimmer fights the ocean. With time most people find themselves settling into the silence and emerging from it refreshed.

Brevard Friends welcomes seekers from all religious and cultural backgrounds to join them for worship. Visitors are welcome among Friends.

Dunn’s Creek Baptist

Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church is excited to welcome Hank Moffit as the new pastor of the church. The congregation looks forward to serving with Pastor Hank and his wife Robin.

Join them on Sunday mornings for Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.

Also join them for supper on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. followed by Prayer Meeting and youth classes.

Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church is a church where people come as friends and leave as family!

Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church has a Bible study starting Sunday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The title of the study is “The Invisible War” by Chip Ingram. Everyone is invited to this class. To make sure there are enough materials for everyone, call Pastor Hank at 553-0277.

The church is located at 2061 See Off Mountain Road.

First Congregational UCC

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hendersonville will conduct Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, worshiping with MCC Sacred Journey.

FCUCC pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Weidler will be co-worship leader with pastor Rev. Jane Nelson preaching. Service will include imposition of ashes and communion by intinction.

Beginning Feb. 18, from 3:30-5 p.m. and continuing each Wednesday during Lent, Rev. Weidler will lead a study of the late Marcus Borg’s final book, “Convictions, A Manifesto for Progressive Christians.”

Sunday, Feb. 22, at 9:15 a.m. the Adult Forum topic will be “Lent: Part 2 – Practicing Resurrection: Keeping Lent Alive.”

Lent begins Feb. 18. There are many, and often good reasons not to observe it. But at what costs? There is a wildness of the spirit that beckons us. Time together is an opportunity to speak about Lent and its season of ashes, because to go through life well, we must go through resurrection.

With Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Cornell West, and Kathleen Norris as companions, participants will seek to reframe “life” as “resurrection,” the word that sponsors this program.

Presenter Marc Mullinax teaches religious studies, philosophy, critical thinking, the examined life, and world religions at Mars Hill University and Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. He enjoys bringing insights from these subjects to faith congregations in the Western North Carolina area. An “unrepentant Baptist minister,” he looks forward to a lively time of discussion at First Congregational.

All are welcome at all events. To learn more, call (828) 692-8630 or visit

The church is located at 1735 Fifth Avenue W. and White Pine Dr.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Almost five years ago, the people of Good Shepherd founded a day care facility, called a crèche, in southeast India. This facility serves about 50 young children each year from the lowest caste in a poverty-stricken area.

In addition to safe shelter during the day while their parents work menial jobs for little pay, the children are given a basic preschool education, food, clothing, hygiene training, and simple health care.

The cost for each child is about $300. annually, funded entirely by individual donations from members and friends.

Each year, the congregation looks forward to a visit from Betsy Dailey who helped found the Good Shepherd Creche and four others in southern India. She brings news of the activities and progress of the children.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, come celebrate Shrove Tuesday at Good Shepherd. A pancake supper will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. Games will begin around 5:30 p.m., and costumes and masks are encouraged. All are invited.

A one-day retreat for the Smoky Mountain N.C. Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) will be held at Good Shepherd Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The retreat, entitled “Freeing Your Heart,” will focus on the topic of forgiveness. Breakfast and lunch will be served; the cost is $7. Sign up at the church or call 883-3680 to register.

Services at Good Shepherd are at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m., with adult and children’s Sunday school between services. Child care is available for children five and younger during the 10:30 a.m. service.

NEXT Church

Pastor Dave Blackburn concludes the four part series “Love and Marriage” this Sunday at 11 a.m. Come early for coffee and conversation at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s activities are provided.

NEXT Kids, elementary school ages, learn about one virtue each month. February’s virtue is “kindness – showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.”

ReGen student ministry for grades 6 through 12 meets Sunday evenings from 5 - 7 p.m.

Ladies exercise and bible study meets Sunday evenings from 5-7 p.m. The study is Beth Moore’s “David – Seeking a Heart Like His.” Call Gala Rice at 553-0955 for details.

Childbirth education classes are held on designated Tuesday evenings. Classes are taught by a certified childbirth educator and are free of charge. Email [email protected] or call 553-4134.

Free Movie Night for the community on Friday, Feb. 13, features “The Song” showings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. For the kids there is a fun-filled Freeze party. Free childcare will be provided for nursery and pre-school as well.

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

Pisgah Forest Baptist Church

Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1-3 p.m. Pisgah Forest Baptist Church will host a “Thank you” celebration for all of those involved in the recent Operation Christmas Child project.

Participants will be told how many shoeboxes were collected locally and nationally. Ideas also will be shared as to what can be done next year.

Participants also should bring their favorite baked cookies and recipe, the latter of which will be compiled into a recipe book. Extra cookies will be donated to the Bread of Life and The Haven.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Sechrist at sechristandrea or (828) 318-337 or Carolyn Robinson at [email protected] or (828) 577-7694.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Catholic Church opens its heart and its doors to all to join in celebration of Mass. Masses are celebrated on weekdays at 9 a.m. and on Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and Spanish Mass Sunday at 1 p.m.

On Feb. 18, THEY will celebrate Ash Wednesday with an English Mass beginning at noon. A Mass in Spanish will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

The Lenten Tradition of Stations of the Cross and Reflections on Individual Stations will begin Friday evening Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. These will be held every Friday through Lent. A simple supper of soup, bread and water precedes the service at 6 p.m. A love offering for Operation Rice Bowl will also be collected to help feed the hungry in other lands.

The parish community welcomes new members and all those interested in learning more about the Roman Catholic faith. Visit sacredheartcatholicchurch

St. Patrick’s Anglican

In order to assist the community in observing a Holy Lent, Saint Patrick’s Anglican Church is offering the following Lenten Services:

On Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18) Imposition of Ashes, Other Wednesdays in Lent (Feb. 25-April 1) Holy Communion,

On Fridays at 5:15 p.m. Fridays in Lent (Feb. 20-March 27) Stations of the Cross, Good Friday (April 3) Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion.

The church is in the Hollingsworth Building, 147 E. Main Street, Suite 102 in Brevard. For more information, visit stpatricks or telephone (828) 687-0115.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

Leaders of St. Philip’s invite the public to celebrate the work the parish is doing in this community and world.

Tonight (Feb. 12) is a social gathering in Miller Hall at 5 p.m. to hear good news and help congregants celebrate.

Free Rein is a special ministry that St. Philip’s supports and encourages new volunteers to assist with horse therapy.

Training for new volunteers is this Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 884-2848 to sign up.

Feb. 15 is the third Sunday Children’s Church at the 9 a.m. service. Parents may bring their children to the beginning of the service; children will process out to attend their own child-oriented service, and then return in time to receive communion with their parents.

Sunday, Feb. 15, is the annual training session for all Lectors (12:45), Lay Readers and Chalicists (1:45) for all who are currently serving or wish to serve. Middle and high school students are especially encouraged to read at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be hosted by the EYC Tuesday, Feb. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children under 10 with a $24 maximum for a family. All money raised will be used for EYC (youth) projects.

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Both include Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.

The church continues to collect non-perishable food and paper products during the month of February to re-stock the Sharing House pantry.

Pick up a book of Lenten Devotionals on the table in the foyer of Miller Hall.

St. Timothy UMC

This week, Pastor Ann Duncan will continue her sermon series on the Book of Mark, preaching on “Who is Jesus, Son of God.”

This series will continue through Lent and conclude on Easter Sunday.

The Angel Project for February is “Souper Bowl” for Bread of Life. Needed supplies include large cans of fruits and vegetables, tuna, dried beans, rice, pasta and peanut butter and jelly. These will help replenish the Bread of Life pantry. Monetary gifts are also welcome as they can be used to buy food in bulk.

St. Timothy will host the first of the Koininia Lenten services Friday, Feb. 20. There will be an offering for the Back Pack Buddies program and the service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon in the church fellowship hall.

This year, St. Timothy will be participating in a Service of Ashes on Sunday, Feb. 22. This will replace the traditional Ash Wednesday service.

A Lenten Bible study based on “Who is This Man?” by John Ortberg will begin Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. The five-week program reveals Jesus Christ’s inescapable influence on the world. It will also be offered on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for those who cannot attend the Tuesday grogram.

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


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