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Church Activities


December 21, 2017

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church invites everyone to worship this Sunday, Dec. 24. Christmas Eve morning service is at 11 a.m. Nursery is provided.

At 4 p.m. is the Family Candlelight Christmas Eve service.

There will be no nursery.

This is a participatory Christmas celebration during which children help recreate the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. This impromptu play comes complete with cows, pigs, kings, angels and shepherds and all the necessary costumes. Come share the spirit of wonder and love.

A beautiful communion and candlelight service will be held on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., with special music for the 11 a.m. worship service and the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be provided by the Chancel Choir.

Brevard FUMC

Brevard First United Methodist Church has been hosting a series of organ recitals on Fridays in December, starting at 12:25 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This Friday, Cory Powell, organist at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, will close out the series. He will present a 30-40 minute program of favorite Christmas music. The series is sponsored by the Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation at Brevard First UMC and donations are gladly accepted.

This Sunday morning is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Rev. Lauren Sims-Salata, associate pastor, offers the message, “Upside Down!,” based on Luke 1:26-38. It is the story of the angel coming to Mary with the shocking news that she is going to have a very special baby.

That evening Brevard First UMC will hold two services on Christmas Eve. A service for children and families is at 5 p.m. and involves the children participating in the Christmas story. A traditional candlelight service with lessons and carols is at 7 p.m. Both services are in the church sanctuary. All are invited.

On Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, First UMC will hold one worship service at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday school.

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 and will resume on Jan. 3.

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 a.m. and 10:55 a.m., and a celebration service at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

Carr’s Hill Baptist

Everyone is invited to a Christmas Eve Candlelight and Lord’s Supper worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m.

First Baptist

Snow and missed school days prevented the Rosman choir from being with us last week. We were very disappointed. But the gingerbread house event was attended by more than 100 children with parents in tow. We know at least 122 gingerbread houses were made. Thank you for coming to participate.

The AWANA store last Sunday was a busy place with children buying presents with the AWANA bucks they had earned. With the help of volunteers, each child was able to take home wrapped presents for their family members. Thanks to all those who helped make this possible. There will be no AWANA classes on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.

Regular church services will be held on Christmas Eve, with Sunday school at 9:30 and worship at 11 a.m. Then, we will have our traditional Candlelight service at 6 p.m. The church office will be closed Dec. 25 and 26.

At this time there is no program planned for New Year’s Eve. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and encourage each of you to remember the one we celebrate.

Lake Toxaway Methodist

On Sunday, Dec. 24, Lake Toxaway Methodist church will have one Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to this special candlelight service as we celebrate God’s gift to the world.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

We at LCGS wish you a very Merry Christmas. Join us for Christmas Eve worship on Sunday, Dec. 24. At 9:30 a.m. the service will include a reading of the O Antiphon sonnets. The 5 p.m. service will include candle lighting. Holy Communion will be available at both services. All are welcome.

If you’re looking for a way to recharge after the busy holiday season and want to start the New Year off right, plan to join us for Reset Wednesdays at LCGS. Beginning in January we will offer a cost dinner each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., followed by small group discussion on prayer practices and a short worship service.

For additional information regarding any of the above activities, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680 or lcgs@compori 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 a.m.

NEXT Church

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 and conversation at 9:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s age-appropriate worship are provided.

Pastor Dave Black-burn’s message will be “The Blessing of Generosity.”

For the month of December, our NEXT Kids will focus on the virtue of generosity. Kids will see that giving big can be how they spend their time and use their talents to help others. For more information about NEXT, visit, or call Pastor Dave Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

Pisgah Forest Baptist

Pisgah Forest Baptist Church will hold Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. for all ages with worship services at 10:30 a.m.

On Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Lord’s Supper will be held. The public is invited to this special worship service.

Rocky Hill Baptist

This Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. there will be a special “Chrismon” service, the Lord’s Supper and Candlelight Service at Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Mountain. Everyone is welcome to attend. The pastor, Dr. Leland Holland, will present 20 Chrismon ornaments and their meanings and ask children present to put each one on a special Christmas tree. The Lord’s Supper will be offered and all are invited to participate in the candle lighting. The service will end with the song “O Holy Night.”

For more information, call Dr. Holland at Rocky Hill Baptist Church at (828) 862-5611.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The Sacred Heart Ladies Guild would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the wonderful members of the parish who recently contributed to the Giving Tree. Because of your generosity, we were able to donate more than 200 gifts to the Sharing House, help five families through the Children’s Center and make 14 senior citizens gift bags. Thanks for helping us spread some Christmas cheer.

The Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus thank all who donated blood this past Monday, Dec. 11.

Forty-eight people presented to donate, with three first-time donors. They also would like to thank Jet’s Pizza for supplying pizza pies and Ginny Bohanan for her scrumptious cookies. The next blood drive is to be held on Monday, Feb. 12.

The following Masses are for the fourth Sunday of Advent: Saturday, Dec. 23: Mass in English at 4 p.m. -Misa en Español at 7 p.m .; Sunday, Dec. 24: Mass in English at 10:30 a.m.

The following Masses are for The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord: Sunday, Dec. 24: Mass in English at 4 p.m .; Monday, Dec. 25: Mass in English at 10 a.m. and Misa en Español at 7 p.m. For additional parish information, visit

Selica UMC

Christmas Eve communion service will be held Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. at Selica United Methodist Church.

All are welcome and communion is open to all.

The church is located on Selica Road off Rosman Highway.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

Greening of the Church will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to twine ivy around railings and place candles and lanterns in the church.

Christmas Schedule: Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m., Morning Prayer (spoken); 3 p.m., Children’s Creche Service with Carols and Eucharist; 8 p.m., Rite II, Festival Holy Eucharist; 11 p.m., Rite II, Festival Holy Eucharist. The 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. services will be preceded by special music; both services feature Brass Quintet and Chancel Choir. Early seating is recommended. Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25: 10 a.m., Rite II, Holy Eucharist with Carols and Homily.

The parish office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, through Monday, Jan. 1. Someone will check messages and a priest is always on call.

Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will deliver the sermon “Many Lights, One Light” at 11 a.m. on Dec. 24. At 4 p.m. will be a “Nativity in a Trunk,” where all youth in attendance can, without practice, be part of the action. Special music from recorder and vocal quartets will be part of this service. Then, at 6 p.m., a contemplative lessons and carols service will be held. Candlelight will be part of both the 4 p.m. and the 6 p.m. services.

There will be no Men’s Group on Tuesday, Dec. 26. On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., bring an instrument and jam with or listen to the Eclectics!

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. Services are at 9:15 and 11 a.m. The building is wheelchair accessible, dress is casual, and visitors are always warmly 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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