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Church Activities – Transylvania County NC



Davidson River


Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church is kicking off a new Presbyterian Weekday Preschool Year with special musical guests in worship on Sunday, Aug. 28, with Elizabeth Bahnson (fiddle, vocals) and Brittany Whitmire (piano, vocals). They will also be joined by Andy VonCanon on mandolin. Bahnson and Whitmire are members of FolkPsalm, a band that offers bluegrass and Americana settings of Old Testament Psalms and scriptural songs. Charles Pettee, the founder and songsmith of FolkPsalm, renders lyrics and original music that has filled four FolkPsalm albums over the last decade. Bahnson and Whitmire both live in Transylvania County and enjoy sharing the music of FolkPsalm with the community.

Keith Thompson’s message for the morning will be “Expect Resistance” and Connor Leidner will talk about his experience at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium this summer.

Worship times are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.



Brevard First United Methodist Church welcomes Rev. Sharad Creasman as the preacher for Sunday. Creasman who also happens to be a native of Brevard and an alumni of Brevard College is the new minister for Brevard College. He will preach at all three services (8:30, 9 and 10:55 a.m.). All are welcome. The church is located on Broad Street across from the college.

Brevard Quakers

Brevard Quakers of the Religious Society of Friends will gather for meeting for worship Sunday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. in the activities room of College Walk Retirement Community. Guest and visitors are always welcomed at Friends Meetings.

Often in a Quaker meeting a worshiper will give vocal ministry by speaking of their personal experience of God. Vocal ministry is an important element in Quaker worship. As worshipers sit together in silence to wait upon the Lord, anyone among them may find arising a message which seems intended for more than themselves alone. When the message is delivered, other worshipers receive encouragement from hearing the wisdom of the other.

Carson’s Creek


Isaac’s Well will be singing at Carson’s Creek Baptist Church Sunday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.

Pastor Roger Smith and congregation invite everyone to come enjoy an evening of great Southern gospel music with them.

To reach the church, turn off U.S. 276 onto East Fork Road. Then turn right at Connestee Fire and Rescue, and go through Connestee’s East Fork Gate. The church is approximately one-half mile from the gate.

Faith Memorial


Rev. Tony Pate of Trinity Church in Greenville, S.C. will preach this Sunday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. at Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain. For a complete schedule or directions, go to


First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 1735 Fifth Ave. W. and White Pine Dr. in Hendersonville invites all to its weekly Adult Forums in the Felix Building on Sundays from 9-10 a.m. Click, or call (828) 692-8630.

Sept. 4 is “Pantheism and Other Views about God” with Larry Anderson. Come consider human views about God. Anderson will lead a discussion about words and concepts that we may use to describe our views of Deity; for example, theism, agnosticism, atheism and pantheism. Anderson is a retired minister and a retired prison psychologist. Besides playing with words, he also strums the guitar for the monthly Communion service.

Sept. 11 is “Oneness Blessing” with Diane Swift. This will be an experiential forum. After a brief explanation of the origins of Oneness Blessings (also known as “deeksha”), we will have a guided meditation, followed by blessing givers giving the Oneness Blessing to those who wish to receive it. Then we will send healing to survivors of 9/11 and other mass tragedies. (Blessing givers transmit divine energy by placing their hands on the top of receivers’ heads.) Swift is a spiritual teacher and retired psychologist who specializes in energy therapy. Besides being a Oneness Blessing giver, she is a Unity Prayer chaplain. She loves to inspire others, give blessings and pray with people.

Sept. 18 is “The Far Reaching Impact of Gun Violence” with Robert Miles and Diane Swift. More than 30,000 Americans have been killed annually by guns for more than 40 years. This forum will present details about the deaths (including school shootings and mass shootings), compare gun deaths in various countries, and discuss the effects of state and federal laws. Goals for common sense laws will be discussed that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our communities safer while respecting gun ownership. Robert Miles, a retired college counselor, and Diane Swift, a retired psychotherapist, co-lead the FCUCC Violence Social Justice Group and the Hendersonville chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Sept. 25 is “Bridging the Gap through Empathy: What to say when you don’t agree with Cathy Holt. This class will give you some skills for relating respectfully with people who have views that are very different, or even opposite to your own. We will practice shifting the focus from “positions” to the underlying universal needs everyone is trying to meet and to find common ground.

Lutheran Church

Of The Good Shepherd

Adult Sunday school continues to study the Letters of Paul. On Sunday the topic will be “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” a study of Christian community. The discussion will include the extended metaphor of one body with many members, the “love” passage often read at weddings, and other things to help people imagine a real live Christian church.

Beginning in September, the Adult Class will study “Christian Contemplation: A Model and a Resource in Parson/Poet George Herbert.” Join the congregation as they read, react to, and think through a few poems by this admired early Reformation pastor.

On Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, from 10:30-11:45 a.m., Pastor Mary will begin an 11-week study of Martin Luther’s Large Catechism. All are welcome to a single session, the whole series, or anything in between. (There is no class on Oct. 6.)

Lectio Divina small groups will begin in September. (Pronounced LEX-ee- o di-VEEN- a, this Latin name means “divine reading.”) Through prayerfully reading and reflecting together on a Scripture passage, these groups provide an avenue for growing spiritually in community. To join a group, contact the church office.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road, across from Ingles. Sunday worship services are at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for children and adults are at 9:15 a.m. For more information on church activities, call the church office at 883-3680.



NEXT Church meets on Sundays at the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County at 11 Gallimore Road in Brevard.

Pastor Dave Blackburn’s sermon title for “NEXT” Part 2 is “Your Future - Face It” from James 4:13-17. God’s calling is clarified when we are consistently in his court. People practice his presence through prayer, praise and prophecy.

NEXT ladies will begin a new Bible study by Priscilla Shirer, “Seed.” “Seed” is a unique Bible study experience for those who long to dive deeply into scripture. Everyone is invited to join this fellowship of women with exercise and Bible study on Sunday’s from 5-7 p.m.

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

Oak Grove

A gospel singing featuring the Street family from Morganton, N.C. will be held at Oak Grove Community Church on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The church is located on the Asheville Highway across from Blue Ridge Community College.

Rocky Hill


Sunday, Aug. 28 is Rocky Hill’s 141st homecoming with Butch Skerrett bringing the message. There will be music from the choir, special music from Issac’s Well, and special memories recalled, as well as great food (covered dish lunch) and fellowship.

Rocky Hill Baptist Church is located at 10811 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 276-S) in Cedar Mountain. The number is (828) 862-5611.

Sacred Heart


The final opportunity to register for Faith Formation 2016/2017 will be held Aug. 27 and 28 after each Mass. The fee is $50 per family. Contact Tricia Poche in the Parish office or at [email protected] with any questions.

Catholic Charities will be offering a Day of Reflection on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Sacred Heart Church. Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, MA will be speaking on the topic of “God in my Life-my Life in God.” Plan to join us from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The day will include prayer, input for reflection, silence and sharing and will include a light morning refreshment and lunch. Register with Sandra Breakfield, program director of Elder Ministry at (704) 370-3220 or email [email protected] The cost will be $10.

On Sept. 10, Sacred Heart is offering a day-long Healing Workshop open to all. The title is “Grasping the Hand of Mercy Healing Workshop.” It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations by Mary Cruz include “Understanding Mercy and Healing,” “The Power of Forgiveness,” and “The Process of Healing.” There will be time for personal reflection, adoration, and personal testimonies followed by Mass at 4 p.m. Bring a notebook, bagged lunch and snack. Drinks will be provided. Call (828) 883-9572 for more information or questions.

A 12-week DVD series on “Great Figures in the New Testament” by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will be offered beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Dr. Levine is a professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, an author of books and articles on the Bible and has held office in the Catholic Biblical Association. Some of her works include “The Jewish Annotated New Testament,” “The Misunderstood Jew,” and “Short Stories by Jesus.” To register, contact Dorice at (828) 891-3064.

Mark your calendars for the Young at Heart Annual Cook-Out being held at noon on Sept. 15 at Sycamore Flats in Pisgah Forest for those 50 and over. More details will follow.

St. Andrews


Rev. Robert W. Caswell will be guest minister at St. Andrews By-the-Lake summer, outdoor Chapel at Lake Toxaway at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, with the Holy Eucharist.

Caswell has served churches in New England, Ohio and South Carolina.

He studied at Duke, Gordon-Conwell in Boston and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale before being ordained in the early 1990s. He presently serves as the executive director of Hope For Homes, an organization that seeks to inspire a generation of servant leaders to live into God’s command to “love your neighbor” by repairing homes of the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged citizens of coastal Carolina.

Caswell is an avid outdoorsman who, along with three generations of Caswells, has been a regular visitor to the mountains of North Carolina and to Lake Toxaway. His parents, Fred and Sandy Caswell, are part-time residents of Lake Toxaway.

All are welcome at the summer outdoor chapel at Lake Toxaway where ministers from different denominations conduct services. The chapel is located on Route 281 North, 0.6 of a mile from U.S. 64 West.

St. Philip’s


School is starting and the Daughters of the King will begin praying for students as they begin a new year. On Sunday, Aug. 28, written prayer concerns will be taken by the daughters, who will pray for those students and teachers throughout the year.

Back to School Breakfast is Monday, Aug. 29, from 7-8 a.m. in Miller Hall. Parents and school age children are invited to eat a delicious hot breakfast with clergy and Sunday School teachers on that morning.

Coffee Hour resumes on Sunday, Sept. 4, after the third worship service each Sunday. This is a wonderful way to extend hospitality to all who walk through the doors of St. Philip’s.

The annual Parish Picnic for all ages will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 12:45-4 p.m. at Lake Atagahi at Connestee Falls. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; bring a side dish or dessert to share. Sign up in the church office so the Connestee gate folks will know who is coming.

St. Timothy


“Jesus as Teacher” will be the subject of Pastor Ann Duncan’s sermon this Sunday, Aug. 28. In responding to a legal expert’s question about how to inherit eternal life, Jesus responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

As part of this service St. Timothy will hold a special prayer time for teachers and students to mark the beginning of the school year.

The August Angel Project will benefit Davidson River School with supplies needed to provide necessary items for the school year. If you would like to make a contribution, contact the church office for more details.

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



The service, “Knowing Joy, Justice & Peace: Experiencing Pete Seeger,” is based on Clark Olson’s personal experience with Pete Seeger and his music, beginning as a college student 63 years ago. There will be congregational singing, solos of songs written by Seeger and reflections from Olson about important moments in his life when Seeger’s music has been particularly inspiring.

Olson has served as a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1957 in Westboro, Mass .; Berkeley, Calif .; and as UUA vice-president for Program and Planning. In 2015 he was honored at the UU General Assembly and received the UUA’s Distinguished Service Award. Since 1989 he has lived in Asheville with his wife Anna who has served on the UUA Board of Trustees representing the Southeast District. Olson has also been honored for his part in the 1965 Voting Rights March in Selma, when an attack on Olson, Orlof Miller and James Reeb led to Reeb’s death, which in turn was a “tipping point” in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are served between services.

The Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County (UUTC) congregation is located at 24 Varsity Street, Brevard, on the corner of South Broad Park. Children’s Lifespan Religious Exploration is offered at 11 a.m. 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 welcome.


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