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Church Activities: Dec. 13, 2018


December 13, 2018

Brevard FUMC

The Music Ministry of Brevard First United Methodist Church is excited to present “What Sweeter Music; A Cantata For Christmas” by John Leavitt on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the 8:45 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. worship services. The public is cordially invited.

“What Sweeter Music” is an elegant work that captures the varied moods and colors of the Christmas season. Creatively crafted, the cantata features a collection of carols that is sincerely Christmas joy. The nine carols in the collection will be spread out and sung throughout the worship services.

Carols included in the cantata are: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “People, Look East,” “The Angel Gabriel,” “He Is Born; “Resonet in Laudibus,” “What Sweeter Music,” “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” “We Three Kings” and “Sing Noel, Alleluia!” A few of those are original pieces. The rest are traditional carols.

Accompanying the choir is a talented ensemble of instrumentalists — 12 in all, including strings, winds and piano. The chamber orchestra is funded with a gift from the Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation. The Chancel Choir is made up of 40 singers. We are delighted to welcome a number of guests to the choir. The choir is under the direction of Tim Shepard, the director of music/organist at the church since 2008. Sarah Lee Myracle is the accompanist for the choir and will be participating with the orchestra.

Also, this Friday at 12:30 p.m., First UMC will host the second Christmas organ recital. Edward Tipton, currently director of music at Grace Episcopal Church in North Asheville, and formerly canon for music and organist at the American Cathedral in Paris, will present a program of music for the season on the church’s 28-rank Schantz pipe organ.

The church is located at 325 N. Broad St. across from Brevard College. Parking is available on Methodist Row and across Caldwell Street behind Pad Thai. Do not park in the College Plaza parking lot.

Brevard Wesleyan

This year, Brevard Wesleyan Church will present a special 50th anniversary edition of its annual Live Nativity Scene on the church lawn from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 20-22. You are invited to come experience this event, which features live animals and characters. During the scene, you may also come inside the church to view the decorations and enjoy some refreshments.

The musical “One Incredible Moment” will be presented at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, featuring the writing of Max Lucado, woven with music crafted by Tom Fettke. In one incredible moment, God reunited Creator and created. With the birth of Christ, His perfect plan appeared in the flesh, becoming the cornerstone of man’s redemption.

On Dec. 24, a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The church is located at 583 N. Broad St. in Brevard. If you have questions, call 883-8408 or visit the church’s website at

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Feeling Blue this Holiday Season?

For many people and for many reasons — including the death of a loved one, job loss, illness, loneliness and the long, dark nights of winter — the holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Timothy United Methodist Church invite you to a Service of Hope and Consolation, an opportunity to give our grief, pain, loneliness and fear to God, and to receive hope, comfort, and strength from God and from one another.

The service will include Bible readings, music, prayer, time for reflection, and candle lighting. Following the service, participants are invited to remain in the quiet of the sanctuary and/or enjoy refreshments during a time of fellowship.

The service will take place at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (22 Fisher Road, across from the main entrance to Ingles). All are welcome.


We exist to inspire people to take steps toward Jesus. NEXT Church meets at the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County on 11 Gallimore Road in Brevard. Worship starts at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy coffee and goodies at 9:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s age-appropriate worship is available. Pastor Dave Blackburn will continue his teaching series — “Holidaze!” The Missing Character. Matthew 2.

NEXT Kids services are available for nursery, preschool and elementary ages. We also have a safe ministry especially for our special needs children and students. NEXT Kids’ December virtue is Compassion — caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. There are several Life Groups that meets throughout the week. Go to, like us on Facebook or Call Pastor Dave at (828) 384-1951.

Pisgah Forest Baptist

The Christmas Eve/ Lord’s Supper Service will be at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24. Everyone is invited to join in this special worship service. Pisgah Forest Baptist Church is located at 494 Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest.

Rocky Hill Baptist

Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Mountain will share a Christmas Drama in the Family Life Center building at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. Come early to get a good seat. The pastor of Rocky Hill, Dr. Leland Holland will be narrating.

A lasagna dinner is being served to all attendees as well to promote Christian fellowship during this special time of year.

For more information, call the church at (828) 862-5611.

Rocky Hill Baptist church is located on U.S. 276 just past the Cedar Mountain Fire Department, on the left.

Sacred Heart Catholic

With the help of many volunteers, area churches and businesses, the 20th annual Community Christmas Dinner will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. We will once again serve a delicious, cost-free dinner from 12-4 p.m. on Christmas Day in our Fellowship Hall. The Community Christmas Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate and share with the many residents of Transylvania County. Our needs have increased along with the needs in our community. If you are unable to volunteer, consider a donation for the purchase of the turkeys, hams, paper products or any other needs. Make donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and in the memo line write Christmas Dinner. Any leftover food will be delivered to the Bread of Life Ministry. However you choose to donate – be it food, funds or time – will be greatly appreciated. For more information or questions, contact Sandi Rogers at 883-2990 or sandidoud [email protected]

With the start of a new year, this is the perfect time to enroll in Online Giving. If you are interested, visit the website http://www.sacred or go to our Sacred Heart website where you can click on the link. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, call Jenni in the parish office at (828) 883-9572.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

AmiciMusic presents “Four-Hand Holiday” at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Join AmiciMusic, Asheville’s award-winning musical ensemble, as pianists Alex Watson and Daniel Weiser team up on a single piano to perform some wonderful four-hand holiday classics, including Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Bells,” and other Christmas favorites. Church Tickets for church members are $15 and general admission is $20. Children 18 and under are free. All are invited.

Christmas Pageant dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m. The pageant will be presented at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec.16. Hear the story of the birth of Jesus and join in singing some of your favorite seasonal hymns, followed by celebration of the Eucharist. Afterwards, join congregants in Miller Hall for our annual “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” party.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., we welcome our brothers and sisters from La Capilla de Santa María Episcopal Church in Hendersonville to celebrate the Mexican celebration of Las Posadas. This celebration recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to multiple inns looking for a place to stay with traditional songs followed by a festive potluck and a piñata.

For the Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner held each year at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Philippians will be providing cans of corn and green beans. Large size cans make it a little easier for their cooks, but you may bring whichever size can you wish. Should you prefer to donate money, make out your check to St. Philip’s with “Christmas Day Cans” on the memo line. Bins are in the Miller Hall foyer for your contributions.

St. Timothy UMC

The Rev. Parker Haynes will preach a series of Advent sermons on the term “with,” beginning this Sunday, Dec. 16. Sam Wells, former dean of the Duke Chapel, has written that the word “with” is the most important word in the Christian faith. Pastor Haynes’ sermon, “With Joy,” will highlight how God is with us and we are with each other.

Following worship we will gather in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate the Christmas season with a luncheon. All visitors and guests are welcome to join in the festivities. We will receive a visit from Santa Claus who will have a special surprise for all the children.

At 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, we will join the congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd to observe the Longest Night, a service of hope and light for those who grieve during the Christmas season.

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 9:45 a.m. For more information, contact the church office at 883-2985 or visit the website at http://www.sttimothy-

Unitarian Universalist

John Falter will offer a sermon titled “The Wheel of the Year” at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist worship services on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Falter is a graduate student in the field of rhetoric at Western Carolina University. He is a native Floridian now living in Asheville. His academic background includes classics and religious studies.

Falter’s sermon will focus on paganism and nature-based religions and the wisdom they impart to us as the seasons change and the wheel of the year leads to the winter solstice. Rev. Ilene Tompkins-Gillispie will co-officiate this service reflecting on the impending return of light that the solstice celebrates.

One Unitarian Universalist principle is to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. With diverse backgrounds and beliefs, UUs seek to create a force for love and compassion which is more powerful than one person or one belief system.

The UU building on the corner of Broad and Varsity streets in Brevard is wheelchair accessible. Dress may be casual and visitors of all ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities and beliefs are warmly welcomed.

Music lovers will enjoy hearing the Eclectics jam on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11 a.m. Men are invited to join the wide-ranging conversations that occur each Tuesday at the 9 a.m. Men’s Group.


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