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February 8, 2018

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

This Sunday, the new associate pastor, Sarah Grace Montgomery, will preach the sermon.

Special music at the 8:30 a.m. worship service will be provided by Jacolyn Campbell, soloist, and by the Chancel Choir at the 11 a.m. service.

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

Brevard First UMC

This Sunday, we take a look at one of those “holy mysteries” in the Bible. Jesus goes to the top of a mountain with three of his disciples and suddenly is “transfigured” before them; that is, a bright light seems to emanate from him. And just as suddenly, there appears with Jesus both Moses and Elijah, two of the most revered names in Jewish tradition. What does it mean? Join Brevard FUMC for worship and explore this theme.

Brevard First UMC also 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 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.

First Baptist

Next Wednesday the Brotherhood will prepare a special dinner for Valentine’s Day. So they can adequately prepare, call the church office for a reservation at 883-8251. This is to especially honor our older ladies. You may also request transportation, if needed, when you make your reservation.

Last Thursday the Ladies Mission Action group took a vase of roses to each shut-in church member. The roses were pretty, but the visits are the most meaningful part to our shut-ins.

Remember the winter choir retreat scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. This will allow extra time to focus on Easter music. Lunch will be served after rehearsal on Saturday morning. You do not need to be a choir member to attend. We appreciate newcomers.

Young at Heart will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. followed by a devotional and program.

First Baptist has prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. Sunday Bible study classes are at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 11. AWANA for children 2-18 starts Sunday evenings with dinner at 5. This features Bible study and game times. We usually have around 50 children attending.

Glady Branch Baptist

The public is invited to join us Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. for a time of encouragement, fellowship, prayer, worship through music and biblical teaching. Pastor Wes Parker will be teaching on John 2:13-25, Jesus’ first confrontation with the religious leaders. Participants will explore the profound meanings of the Passover and Jesus’ statement: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Grace Lutheran

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian penitential season of Lent, will be commemorated at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with services and Holy Communion at 12:15 and 7 p.m. For Christians, Ash Wednesday commemorates the beginning of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. Everyone is welcome at these services and those who believe that Holy Communion carries with it the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are invited to share in this means of God’s grace.

Ashes were used in ancient times to express grief. Today, Christians continue the practice of using ashes as an external sign of repentance. At Grace Lutheran, those attending the service will be invited to receive the imposition of ashes from the burned palms of last year’s Palm Sunday, prior to receiving Holy Communion. For those who wish to receive ashes, the pastors will apply them in the shape of the cross on the forehead of each worshipper. This serves to witness that all people are sinners in need of repentance and that through Jesus all sins are forgiven through faith.

Nursery care for children ages birth to 5 years old will be available during both services. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Sixth Avenue West and Blythe Street in Hendersonville. For further information, call (828) 693-4890.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

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. New toothbrushes are being collected for an upcoming mission trip to the Philippines by several of our members.

The weekly Koinonia Lenten service will be hosted by LCGS on Thursday, Feb. 22. An offering for SAFE will be received. New member classes are now forming and will begin on Sunday, Feb. 25.

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

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

Pastor Dave Blackburn’s new series is “I’ll have the Supreme,” based on Colossians 1:15-18.

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

There are several life groups that meet throughout the week. Go to the NEXT website for details.

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

Pisgah Forest Baptist

The following events will be held by Pisgah Forest Baptist Church:

•5 p.m. Region 9 Rally-Asheville, N.C .; B&G Meeting Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

•Feb. 14 - 11 a.m. BYB to Bay Breeze for Valentine Lunch

•Feb. 16 - Laura Story Concert at Franklin, N.C.

•Feb. 17 - CARE Outreach 10 a.m.

•Feb. 22 - Ladies Birthday Lunch 11:30 a.m. Pisgah Fish Camp.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The next Knights of Columbus Red Cross blood drive is Monday, Feb. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Giving blood takes less than an hour and is a way of giving life to those in need.

Walk-ins are welcome or call 884-3475 to schedule an appointment. If a machine answers, leave a message with name and phone number and desired appointment time. Your call will be returned.

A new flower calendar has been posted on the bulletin board in the social hall. There are many weekends available to sign up to arrange for a basket of flowers for the altar area in memory of loved ones or in celebration. For more information, contact Cecile Voso at 883-3885 or

Lent is a time of preparation which includes prayer, fasting and giving. As part of the Lenten journey, you are invited to join the faith community on the Fridays during Lent, beginning Feb. 23, and ending on March 16, for a simple meal together consisting of soup and bread. There will be sign up sheet in the gathering area for each week. Indicate if you wish to bring soup and/or bread. Also, please note if you are able to assist with set-up and cleanup. The soup suppers start at 6 p.m. each Friday.

It has been the tradition at Sacred Heart to show solidarity with brothers and sisters most in need around the world by participating in the CRS Rice Bowl Program. At each soup supper, there will be an opportunity to give a love offering for CRS Rice Bowl and learn about the highlighted country and family for each week.

Weekend Masses are celebrated 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. The Spanish Mass is now celebrated on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Anglican

This past Sunday, St. Patrick’s was graced by Rev. Richard Hicks, who was visiting with us while taking some time off from his own church.

This coming Sunday, we celebrate Quinquagesima. Quinquagesima is one of the names used in the Western Church for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. It is also called Quinquagesima Sunday, Estomihi, or Shrove Sunday. The name Quinquagesima originates From Latin quinquagesimus (fiftieth). This is in reference to the 50 days before Easter Day using inclusive counting which counts both Sundays.

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Students are studying the book of the Prophet Isaiah. The class is led by Father Nick Henderson. Holy Communion follows at 10:30 a.m. In traditional lectionaries, the Sunday concentrates on Luke 18:31-43. The passage presages the themes of Lent and Holy Week.

Wednesday’s, Feb. 14, Holy Communion service beings at 12:15 p.m. This will be an Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes made from the palms used last year on Palm Sunday. Members are asked to bring these palms this Sunday.

The weekly sermon is posted on our

Join us downstairs in the Hollingsworth Building at 147 E. Main St. Handicapped parking is available behind the building or on Main Street. We welcome all visitors.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

Sunday, Feb. 11, is Outreach Sunday. All community groups who are receiving funds in 2018 from the Foundation, Episcopal Church Women and Christian Social Concerns will have a representative at the 11:15 a.m. service to be recognized as St. Philip’s partners in ministry. These representatives will attend the coffee hour following the service to answer questions from individuals and offer ways for St. Philippians to be involved with their organization.

A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be held on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall. This is a perfect family activity and appropriate for all ages.

Two Ash Wednesday services will be held on Feb. 14 to mark the start of a renewing and holy Lent: 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (no music); and 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes with music.

The Lenten series will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. with the installation of the new rector, the Rev. Thomas Murphy. On Wednesday evenings during Lent, the common study material will be former Archbishop Rowan Williams’ book “Being Christian,” available at the church or at Highland Books.

Unitarian Universalist

Juanita Wilson, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will deliver the message “Cherokee Culture: Navigating Diversity and Acclimation” at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Univer-salist services on Feb. 11.

All are welcome to join the Men’s Group on Tuesday at 9 a.m. 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 welcomed.

Children’s Lifespan Religious Exploration is offered at 11 a.m. Infant care is available during the service.


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