The Transylvania Times -

Church Activites – Transylvania County


February 9, 2017





This Sunday, Feb. 12, the guest preacher will be Dr. Tom Lewis, the former director of the Spirituality Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Sandra Eastman, flutist, and the Chancel Choir will provide special music.

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



At Brevard First UMC, we continue the sermon series “Living in Covenant” this Sunday as the Rev. Mike Holder explores what it means as Christians to be “salt and light.” We have already seen how important it is for “covenant living” to offer to Christ our “prayers, presence, gifts, and service” as part of our vows. But all of these point us to the kind of “witness” we are called to live.

A “new member” class is starting this Sunday. This class is for those who are new to the church, have been attending for a while, or are recent new members. They will meet at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall (immediately after the 9 a.m. worship service). The class runs for four weeks.

The church celebrates Boy Scouts on Sunday, Feb. 19, in the 10:55 a.m. worship service. The church welcomes the boys and their families of Troop 701 and Cub Pack 701. Last year, Scouts celebrated their centennial. Troop 701 is one of the oldest in scouting.

An Ash Wednesday service is being planned for March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. It marks the beginning of the Lenten observance. All are welcome.



Brevard Quakers will gather for Meeting for Worship Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. In the community room of Elk Haven Wellness Center on Elk’s Club Road. Visitors and newcomers are welcome to worship with Friends and to join all activities.

Quakerism has produced amazing leaders, beginning with the religious genius, George Fox, whose message to the first small group of Friends: “Christ has come to teach his people himself. Dwell in the cool, endless power of the Lord that hath wisdom sweet and cool and pure.”

William Penn, founder of The Pennsylvania Colony taught colonists: “peace is not to be heard in the noises and hurries of the mind. Jesus loved and chose solitude and showed his disciples it was good to be alone.”

John Woolman wrote: “If we mutually keep to the Spirit and Power which teaches us to be content with things really needful and to avoid all superfluities, we give ourselves to serve the Lord.”



This Sunday, Feb. 9, the English Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its regular Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. in the Pisgah National Forest. It is reached by a bridge that is just North of the Ranger Station off U.S. Highway 276. The bridge is open on Sundays for worship service.

Rev. Lee Eakes will continue with his series on the Book of Revelation. The past three Sundays have focused on three of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The title of this Sunday’s sermon will be “Save the Sword at Pergamum” which is where the fourth church was located. Come join us in this impressive series.

Following the worship service, all are invited to the brunch in the fellowship hall.

First Baptist

Last Sunday 21 children and adults enjoyed a Super Bowl Party held in the student fellowship room. Food and door prizes donated by local area businesses made the gathering exciting and fun for all.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, our church buses will depart for the Tim Hawkins show at North Spartanburg Baptist Church. There are a few tickets still available. Visitors are welcome. Contact Tony Ladley at 883-8251 if you would like to be a part of this event. The plan is to leave from the church parking lot at 3 p.m., eat dinner in Spartanburg, and attend the show at 7 p.m. We will return to Brevard after the show.

The Young at Heart group will meet next Tuesday at 11:30. The admission is a covered dish. Bring one and come join the fun. They also have door prizes. Fabulous ones! Come and join the fellowship. To honor Valentine’s Day, the program will focus on romance.

The youth will have a fundraiser on Feb. 26.

Lutheran Church

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The Adult Sunday school class will continue hearing about refugee resettlement, immigration issues, and the Lutheran church’s work with migrant minors. Feb. 19 and 26 classes will focus on Latinos in Transylvania County and the refugee situation in Guatemala.

New Lectio Divina groups will meet during the Lenten season which begins March 1, Ash Wednesday. Lectio Divina, Latin for “divine reading,” describes a way of reading Scripture slowly, reflectively and responsively. Groups of six to eight meet weekly for six weeks.


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

Worship starts at 10 a.m. Come early for coffee at 9:30. Nursery and children’s age-appropriate worship are provided.

Pastor Dave Blackburn continues the series “Snap Shots” on Sunday. “What Do You See?” is based on Luke 10:25-37. Look at what Jesus intended us to see as we look at the needs of others.

Sacred Heart


A 12 week DVD series on “Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine” will continue on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. in Room 8 (Week 2). It is not a history course but a journey to identify the elements that first made Christianity appealing and the secret of its ability to attract new followers. Each session is one hour of lecture and time for discussion. Class size is limited. To register, call Dorice at 891-3064.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered during the 9 a.m. Mass on Friday, Feb. 10.

The next Knights of Columbus Red Cross blood drive is Monday, Feb. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Walk-ins are welcome or call 884-3475 to schedule an appointment.

A reception for new parishioners will take place on Feb. 26 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Fellowship Hall. Cake, coffee, punch and tea will be served. This is an opportunity to meet our newest parishioners and welcome them into our Sacred Heart Family.

Men of Sacred Heart – mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference held on March 4, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville, N.C. The day will be packed with national speakers, Mass with the Bishop, Adoration, confession and lunch. Featured speakers will be Robert Rogers, Fr. Bill Casey and Steve Beuerlein with Bishop Peter Jugis as the special homilist. Visit for more information and register at

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be held the weekend of March 24-26, in Atlantic Beach, N.C. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit the website at or contact [email protected] or call (704) 315-2144.

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. Please note that the Spanish Mass is now celebrated on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

St. Philip’s


The Third Annual Women’s Retreat takes place at Lake Logan on March 3-5, with the Rev. Wendy Billingslea and Mrs. Sue Nichols speaking. The theme of the weekend retreat is “The Peace That Passes Understanding,” using the Lord’s Prayer (forgiveness), The Serenity Prayer (surrender), and the Prayer of St. Francis (service) as the basis. Reservations are due by Feb. 15.

The Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, will make an informal visit to St. Philip’s on Wednesday, March 22. Arrangements are not yet finalized, but tentatively plan to attend from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for coffee and conversation with the Bishop. More information will be coming.

February is St. Philip’s month to supply non-perishable food and household products to the Sharing House pantry. The need is great; bring items to the church narthex on Sundays or the foyer of Miller Hall during the week.

Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Sunday school for all ages is at 10:10 a.m. Morning prayer takes place Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. All are welcome.

St. Timothy


This Sunday, Feb. 12, we will continue our study of John and Charles Wesley. Pastor Ann Duncan will preach on “The Three Rule” in examining the Greatest Commandment in Matthew Chapter 22. Music for the worship service will be from the pen of Charles Wesley.

St. Timothy is an active member in the Society of St. Andrew. As we prepare for the Lenten Season, we will be distributing small banks for the purpose of contributing to feeding America’s hungry through an arm of the society. For more information, contact the church office.

“The Tall Woman” by Wilma Dykstra will be the subject book for the Reading Women group in February. They will meet on Sunday, Feb. 26, to review and discuss this work. The group is open to all women. More information is available from the church office.



Rev. Ian White Maher will deliver the sermon at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Feb. 12. His message will be the second in the series on this month’s theme of “Pilgrimage.”

All are welcome to join the men’s group on Tuesday mornings 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 the calendar at

The first guiding Principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. UUTC welcomes all — persons of various ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, theological and political beliefs, socio-economic status, educational backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities. The building is wheelchair accessible, dress is casual, and visitors are always welcomed.

Life Spring


Charlotte Christmas Baxley will speak at the Life Spring Wesleyan Church in Etowah this Sunday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. It was erroneously reported that Baxley would speak at the church this past Sunday.

Baxley is the author of “Don’t Give Up Hope.”


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