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Church Activities


November 2, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Join the congregation Sunday, Nov. 5, for worship at 8:30 or 11 a.m. Special music for worship will be provided by the Chancel Choir and by Jan Hart, pianist. Keith Thompson’s message will be “Close Your Eyes in Hope.”

Nursery care is provided in the Preschool Wing during services and Sunday school, and Young Children’s Worship meets during the second service when the youngsters leave with teachers for their own worship service.

Sunday school classes are offered between services (9:45-10:45 a.m.) for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Adult Study Groups meet between services. Visitors are always welcome.

On Friday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Seipp/Sheets trumpet/organ duo will be presenting a concert at the church. The concert is open to the public. Admission is free; an offering will be taken for the B-DRPC Music Fund.

Brevard FUMC

This Sunday on the Christian calendar is called All Saints Sunday. For many of us, it is a somber occasion. That is because we lift up the names of the “saints” in our church family who have “passed on” during the past year. And yet, for the early Christians, All Saints was actually meant to be a festive day—a day of remembering and celebrating the legacy of faithful people who have been an inspiration to us. So, join us as we celebrate “the communion of the saints” with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Looking ahead, Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of the Divinity School at Duke University, is our preacher on Sunday, Nov. 12, for the 10:55 a.m. worship service. She will also present a lecture that afternoon at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The Blue Ridge Sacred Chorale will present their fall concert, “Sing to the Lord of Harvest,” on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Timothy Shepard is the director and the chorale is accompanied by Adelaide Kersh.

The First UMC mission team hosts the annual “Trash to Treasures” yard sale on Nov. 10 and 11 at the church. All proceeds go to various missions of the church, including an orphanage in Colima, Mexico.

Brevard First UMC offers chapel worship with Holy Communion every Wednesday at 5 p.m. All are welcome. The 30-minute service is held in the church chapel.

Brevard First UMC is located in Brevard on Broad Street across from Brevard College. Three worship experiences are offered on Sunday mornings: traditional worship at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m., and a celebration service at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. You can find the church on the web at All are welcome.

Brevard Wesleyan

Brevard Wesleyan Church and Pastor Richard Jelley announce that the church will celebrate Heritage Day on Sunday, Nov. 5. The church was organized in 1922, making this its 95th year.

The schedule will be a combined service beginning at 10:30 a.m., with a covered-dish lunch to follow, and no other services that day. Rev. Morris L. Davis Sr. will be the guest speaker. He served as director of music and youth from 1980-1986, associate pastor from 1986-1990, and assistant pastor from 1991-2002.

Everyone is invited to worship with us as we honor the history of Brevard Wesleyan.

Etowah UMC

Etowah United Metho-dist Church is hosting its 33rd annual Holiday Craft Fair in the fellowship hall on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at 110 Brickyard Road off Route 64.

There will be baked goods, 18” doll dresses, jewelry, knitted and sewn goods, hundreds of unique ornaments, and a soup luncheon.

All items are handmade by church members and proceeds will go to United Methodist missions.

First Baptist

The Bible Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween night was a big success. The Bible characters each gave a short account of who they were in scripture and then handed out their candy. Hot chocolate was served in front of the church.

Last night, after a “bring your favorite soup dinner,” a group packed shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child event from Samaritan’s Purse. On Nov. 9 a group will go to the distribution center in Charlotte to pack the shoeboxes for shipment.

The backpacks for the Appalachian Christmas outreach have arrived. The church plans to pack 100 backpacks to be taken to Coeburn, Va. on Dec. 8 and 9. Items to be put in each backpack include school supplies, hats, gloves, a small toy and a Bible age appropriate for the child indicated as 3-5, 6-9 or 10-14.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the youth group will be having a Potato Lunch served immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted and baked goods will be on sale.

The money earned from this lunch will be used to stock the AWANA Christmas store. At a future date, the AWANA children will be able to buy presents from this store with the AWANA bucks they have worked so hard to earn.

The family pictures made for the new church directory have arrived. They were available to be picked up in Sunday school class last week. If you were not here, be sure to look for them on Sunday.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the World and Community committee will hold a fair trade sale during coffee hours. This sale features coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts and olive oil. Every purchase helps ensure that small scale farmers receive a fair wage for their labor.

The women’s Bible study group will gather at 11:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the church conference room to learn more about the work of women of LCGS. Bring your own lunch – drinks and dessert will be provided. Bible study will begin at approximately noon.

In the coming year, LCGS will focus on beginning and/or expanding ministry with several different groups in the area. One of these groups is Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Although a small church, Living Waters is making a big impact in the community, operating a food and clothing pantry in a high poverty area.

For additional information regarding any of the above activities, contact the church office at 828-883-3680. Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard. Sunday worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages at 9:15.


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

Pastor Dave Blackburn’s new series Set Free is the fruit of the Spirit.

For the month of November, our NEXT Kid theme is “Refocus on all God has done for them.” The virtue is gratitude.

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

Pisgah Forest Baptist

Pisgah Forest Baptist Church will hold the following special events in the coming weeks:

•Saturday, Nov. 4, Baptist Women meet at 10 a.m.

•Sunday, Nov. 5, Hispanic Bible Fellowship Class will begin at 9:15 a.m. Brandon McMinn, youth leader, will be speaking at the 10:30 a.m. worship service and the 6 p.m. worship service.

•Tuesday, Nov. 7, the deacons meet at 7 p.m.

•Sunday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., Steve and Paula Mathis will be speaking about their involvement in the N.C. Baptist Men Hurricane Relief.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The Sacred Heart Gardeners will be “putting the gardens to bed” on Saturday, Nov. 4. If you have a few hours, join them at 9:30 a.m. for fun and fellowship in this wonderful ministry.

The annual Ladies Guild “Giving Tree Ministry” will begin this coming weekend, Nov. 4 and 5. Come by the Gathering Area and pick a card to make Christmas special for The Children’s Center and Sharing House. Gifts need to be returned the weekend of Nov. 18 and 19.

Join them for a new film series and study program “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.” This five-part program will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Room 8. Participants will be led on an exciting tour of Mass as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures experienced at Mass and explains their significance. Everyone is invited to learn more about the Mass. For more information, contact Byron Phillips at (828) 447-8227 or [email protected]

Learn how to better love your spouse by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next weekend events are scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. and Feb. 2-4, 2018 in Clemons, N.C. Early sign up is recommended. For more information, visit or contact [email protected] or (704) 315-2144.

The next meetings for the planning of the 2017 Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m .; and Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. All meetings will be held in the church library unless otherwise notified. If you have any questions, contact Sandi Rogers at 883-2990 or email [email protected]

St. Philip’s Episcopal

At 5:30 on Sunday, Nov. 5, St. Philip’s will host a Power Up! fundraiser dinner for Sharing House to help local families with winter heating needs. There is no charge for the dinner; donations for the heating fund will be gratefully accepted. Sign up by calling 884-3666 or email [email protected] and come hear about this vital community-supported program. Community members are invited and welcome.

St. Philippian Amarech Richmond is a senior at Brevard High School. For her senior project, she has chosen to raise money for Ethiopian Adoption Connection, a nonprofit which helped her locate her birth family in Ethiopia. Amarech invites all to help raise money to assist others like herself by coming to Miller Hall at St. Philip’s on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. for homemade chili and cornbread. Call 884-3666 to sign up.

Christmas Project 2017 is gearing up once again to allow children to experience the joy of giving at Christmastime. Donations of cash or gift items for adults are needed so that volunteers can fill 300 baskets which the children may select to give to the two important adults in their lives. Participating children come from the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club, El Centro, and Rise & Shine. Donations are being accepted now.

St. Timothy UMC

“Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” will be Pastor Ann Duncan’s sermon on Sunday, Nov. 5. St. Timothy will be observing All Saints Day, recognizing those who passed in the past 12 months.

Stewardship Sunday will begin with a light brunch and music at 10 a.m. During morning worship, guest preacher Andrew Lewis will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration.

The Angel Project for November will be the Sharing House Santa Shop. This program allows low-income families to choose up to $50 in Christmas gifts for their children.

The November Reading Women book will be “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg. This month the group will meet at 4 p.m. on Nov. 19. Reading Women is open to all women. Contact the church office for more information.

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

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will deliver the sermon “What They Carry” at both the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services on Nov. 5. This month’s theme is “Freedom.”

All are welcome to join the men’s group on Tuesdays 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 person. 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.

Children’s Lifespan Religious Exploration is offered at 11 a.m. Infant care is available during the service. Join us for coffee between services at 10:30 a.m.


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