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Church Activities


February 1, 2018

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m., Sarah Grace Montgomery will be ordained and installed as the new associate pastor of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.

Montgomery will also assist in worship Sunday morning. Communion will be served at both services and Keith Thompson will continue his “One Chapter in Mark” sermon series.

Special music for worship will be provided by the Chancel Choir.

Sunday worship is at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

On Friday evening, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the choirs of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn., will be presenting a concert at the church. The public is invited to attend.

Brevard First UMC

The music ministry of Brevard FUMC is hosting a concert of the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Jamie Hafner is the director and the concert will also include a collaboration with organist Timothy Shephard, director of music ministries at FUMC. There is no admission charge; however, a love offering will be received to support BRSB.

This Sunday we continue our series of messages on “Questions of Faith” by focusing on the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel. It is at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry and Mark takes people through some of the formative moments that set the stage for all that is to follow. Starting with the healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, Mark describes a “day of healing” by Jesus. Also, every first Sunday of the month, First UMC celebrates the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Brevard First UMC also offers chapel worship with Holy Communion every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome. The 30-minute service is held in the church chapel.

Brevard First UMC is located 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.

First Baptist

The baby bottles are due in Sunday for the Center for Women. Put your donation for the center in the baby bottle and bring it to the church Sunday. This is one way we offer support for this ministry.

We have boxes in the welcome center, fellowship hall and church office to collect gently used shoes. The Rosman Band is collecting them to be sent to Third World countries. It will also make some money for the band. Any type or size shoe is needed.

Diane Brown will be taking Cindy Carter’s place as director of the W.E.E. school effective at the end of school in June. She has been teaching the 2-year-old class for several years. We are excited to have her in this important position. Her assistant, Gina Owen, will replace Diane as the 2-year-old teacher. We will be looking to hire an assistant for the 2-year-old class. Also, remember our 50-year celebration will be held on June 2 with an Open House from 2-4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. is scheduled for the choir retreat. We will be working primarily on Easter music. New voices are always welcome.

The Brotherhood is planning a Wednesday night meal for Valentine’s Day. Call the church office at 883-8251 to make a reservation. Ladies who need transportation can ask for it when you make your reservation.

Summer camps are in the planning. Children exiting second through sixth grades will attend CentriKid camp at Ridgecrest. The older children will attend Centri-fuge, also at Ridgecrest. We ask for a $50 deposit. Fundraisers will help defray the cost for the campers. Contact the church office for more information at 883-8251.

Glady Branch Baptist

The public is invited to join the congregation at Glady Branch Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. for a time of encouragement, fellowship, prayer, worship through music and biblical teaching. Explore Jesus’s teaching on the Kingdom of Heaven and aim to apply his teaching in our daily lives.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 4, the adult Sunday school class will launch a six-session series on the Apostle Paul. Also that day they will celebrate their annual “Souper Bowl of Caring” with a light luncheon following the service. Donations will go to Sharing House and ELCA World Hunger.

The Women’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to focus on how Paul converted individuals to a new life in Christ and in community with one another. A “Share the Love” fundraiser will be held the evening of Sunday, Feb. 11, to assist the daughter of one of our members who is dealing with the high costs of medical care.

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 and Regular 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 on Gallimore Road in Brevard.

Pastor Dave Blackburn’s new series is based on Colossians, and not forgetting to say thanks. The sermon is based on Colossians 1:1-14.

For the month of February, the NEXT Kids theme is “Kindness.” Kids will learn by treating others the way we want to be treated. We live out the way Jesus taught us to live.

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

Sacred Heart Catholic

The Faithful Youth of Sacred Heart (PYSH) will have homemade soups for sale after all masses this coming weekend. The money raised help youth attend special Christian events and retreats and also assist in funding the many projects they undertake. Support them and enjoy delicious soups as you watch the Super Bowl.

The annual Baby Bottle Campaign supporting the local Center for Women is going on right now. The baby bottles can be picked up after any of the Masses. Fill the bottle with spare change, bills or a check and return it to the church by Feb. 10. The checks should be written directly to The Center for Women. In addition, feel free to donate new baby items on the collection weekends as well. The center uses these items as gifts for new mothers. Flyers are also available with details on how to participate in a spiritual adoption and baby shower.

If you would like to receive a statement for your 2017 contributions, call Jenni in the office at (828) 883-9571 or email If you have not been receiving envelopes but would like to, contact the office.

Save this date for the next P.A.C.K. meeting. A Mardi Gras Celebration will be held Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. Contact Grayson and Gaby Hicks for more information.

St. Patrick’s Anglican

This Sunday we celebrate Sexagesima, the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and also in some Protestant denominations, particularly those with Anglican and Lutheran origins. This is a celebration of the pre-Lenten season.

For 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, participants will continue their study in the book of the Prophet Isaiah. The Very Rev. Nick Henderson, vicar and the Dean of Appalachia, leads the study.

The 10:30 celebration of Holy Communion follows directly after Sunday school. Assisting Father Nick will be the Rev. Robert Shoup. Pip Sheppard will serve as acolyte. Kathryn Hackett-Fields will usher during the service. Lectors are Barb Liggett (OT) and Nancy Funston (Epistle). Our fellowship meal follows immediately after the service with Jim and Jenny Boettcher providing the meal along with others. Our monthly service at Cedar Mountain Home will follow the meal. Church closing duties are assigned to Pip and Melissa Sheppard.

The midweek communion service begins at 12:15 p.m.

St. Patrick’s members are scheduled for the Bread of Life on Feb. 15. Our mission committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18. The Synod for the Eastern United States will be held in Charlotte, July 16-20.

We believe in a Biblical faith and traditional Anglican worship utilizing the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. We meet on the bottom floor of the Hollingsworth Building at 147 E. Main St. All are welcome to join us.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

On Sunday, Feb. 4, the EYC youth will have soup pots in the Narthex after each service to collect money for the Bread of Life. Help support this ministry to the hungry on “Souper Bowl” Sunday. Before church, fill your pockets with loose bills and change and help fill the soup pots.

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. All are invited.

St. Philippians will be collecting food and household cleaning supplies during the month of February. Bring bags of donations to church each Sunday of the month. There will be a shopping cart in the Narthex to accept the bags.

Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (Rite I, no music), 9 a.m. (Rite II with contemporary music), 11:15 a.m. (Rite II with organ and choir). St. Philip’s welcomes all. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at all three services.

The Shop of St. Philip’s continues to refill the racks and shelves with new donations of clothes and household items. All proceeds go to local nonprofits. The shop is located behind Creekside Subs on North Caldwell Street in Brevard. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

St. Timothy UMC

The study of the Gospel of John continues at St. Timothy. This week Pastor Ann Duncan will be preaching on Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus using John chapter 3, verses 1-21. At this meeting Jesus spells out his reason for being on Earth: God the Father sent his only son that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life. Jesus did not come to the world to condemn it but to save the world.

The Gospel of John, unlike Matthew, Mark and Luke, is not written chronologically but deals more with Jesus’ miracles. John is much more poetic than the other gospels.

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 “The Oneness of Everything,” this Sunday at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist services. Almost 10 years ago, a lifelong UU had a chance encounter with another faith that changed her life. Sikhism is a radically inclusive monotheistic faith from North India and shares many theological and justice orientations with Unitarian Universalism. Come hear about this personal faith journey.

All are welcome to join the Men’s Group on Tuesday at 9 a.m. On Wednesday at 9:30, 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 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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