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Church Activities


September 12, 2019

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

You are invited to worship with us as the Rev. Keith Thompson begins a two-part sermon series on Eternal Life. Every third Sunday B-DRPC receives the 5¢-A-Meal Offering to help fight hunger in our community. That will be received this Sunday at both morning worship services. Worship is at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nursery is available during both services. Godly Play in Young Children’s Worship is offered during the 11 a.m. service. We look forward to worshipping with you Sunday!

Enon Baptist

Enon Baptist Church in Pisgah Forest will be celebrating its Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 15. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m., followed by the service. The speaker will be Rev. Dan Dillinger. Dinner will be served after the service. Everyone is invited to bring a covered dish. The church is located on the Old Hendersonville Highway.

Jewish Community

On Friday evening the Brevard Jewish Community welcomes two prominent guest speakers, Frank Goldsmith and Judy Leavitt, leaders of North Carolina Jews for Justice. Their topic is “Our Jewish Mandate to Fight Anti-Semitism and Oppression.”

Leavitt serves as the state board president of Carolina Jews for Justice and as the chair of the Steering Committee of CJJ/West, the organization’s WNC chapter. She founded CJJ/West in 2014 and began serving as state president in 2018. Leavitt lives in Asheville and is a member of Congregation Beth HaTephila, where she was chair of the Social Justice Committee. She is a retired registered nurse and college-level educator of nursing and health policy. She retired to Western North Carolina after serving on the faculty of the University of Mississippi for 10 years.

Frank Goldsmith serves on the state board of CJJ and on the Steering Committee of CJJ/West. He is a retired civil rights lawyer and current mediator and has been active in social justice issues since the 1960s. He is a former chair of the Social Action Committee and president of Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville. He currently serves on its Security Committee. Goldsmith is an Army veteran and former military lawyer who, as a civilian lawyer, co-counseled with the Southern Poverty Law Center in suing a prominent neo-Nazi with connections to Western North Carolina; he also represented detainees at the Naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for several years. All guests are welcome. Services begin at 7 p.m., with the talk around 7:50 p.m. We meet at the Fellowship Hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

The “DiGG” adult Sunday school class (“Delving into God’s Goodness) will continue its four-week study of “The Power of Paradox to Tell the Good News.” Great Christian writings have used the phrasing of paradoxes to express some central understandings of our tradition, in and outside scripture. One particular form of writing in paradoxes has been the English sonnet, including some of the most powerful Christian sonnets over several centuries. On Sept. 15, the class will analyze how their paradoxes work in some extremely thoughtful and intensely felt sonnets. The Intersections Class welcomes high school youth who have been confirmed and adults to talk about a variety of topics that connect faith and life. On Sept. 15, the class will begin a study of the book “8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life.” The Confirmation Class will continue its study of the 10 Commandments and the Elementary Class will have its first Godly Play session. All classes start at 9:10 a.m. in various rooms in the church’s education wing.

The LCGS Reimaging Health Collaborating team will offer a small group to members and friends of Good Shepherd beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The group will focus on wellness that encompasses the whole person and will meeting for six consecutive weeks, ending on Nov. 5. The group is scheduled to meet from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. but the time may be adjusted if needed. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. For now, questions may be directed to Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar at

For additional information about these events or to learn more about LCGS, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680 or email or go to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard. Worship services are held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

New Hope Baptist

New Hope Baptist Church will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and homecoming Sunday, Sept. 15, starting with special music at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be former interim pastor Allen Thompson. Dinner will be served after the service. The church is located near Harmony Korner, off the Rosman Highway. Everyone is welcome, former members and visitors.

NEXT Church

NEXT Church exists to inspire people to take steps toward Jesus. NEXT Church meets at the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County at 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 are available. Pastor Dave Blackburn’s Series Title – “Good Shepherd.” Battle Ready! Ps. 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

NEXT Kids theme for September is trust. Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5. 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. There are several Life Groups that meets throughout the week. For more details, go to, like us on Facebook or call Pastor Dave Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

Sacred Heart Catholic

The Knights of Columbus Fall Garage Sale will be Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be great housewares, tools, artwork and furniture at low prices. Help the Knights support local charities in Transylvania County. Call Ray Stadnick at (828) 577-0076 to donate large items for pick-up. Thank you for supporting our Knights in all their great work. Faith Formation for grades K-6 begins Sunday, Sept. 15, and EDGE grades 7-8th begins Saturday, Sept. 14. Your child must be registered prior to those dates to participate in the programs. If you missed registration, contact Tricia in the church office to have your child registered, so that they don’t miss a class.

Lectio Devinpo for Women – Would you like to deepen your encounter with the Sunday scripture readings? Join with other women on Mondays in the library for a reflective reading of the scriptures for the coming Sunday. We read, briefly write our reflections and share. We meet every Monday from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars: On Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a silent, prayerful and public witness against abortion. Thousands of people across the nation will hold messages for life, unified in prayer. Brevard’s LifeChain will be on the corner of Broad and Main streets by the Transylvania Courthouse. Signs are provided. Mark your calendars for a parish retreat entitled: “A Time of Grace,” to be held at Sacred Heart on Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 25. Fr. Michael Sullivan, OSA, will be here to lead a series of discussions to include: To be Born Again, The Healing Love of Jesus, The Call to be Church, Our Response to the Call. Fr. Michael will be preaching at the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass, and the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Masses that weekend, so that you can hear him speak before the retreat begins Sunday night. He will also be celebrating the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning Masses that week at 9 a.m. each day. Sessions will be each evening from Sunday through Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come out and experience healing, forgiveness, hope and a call to discipleship.

St. Patrick’s Anglican

The celebrant for Holy Communion this Sunday will be the Rev. Nick Henderson who will also be preaching. Rev. Nick will be assisted by Deacon Robert Shoup. Wednesday’s Holy Communion service is 12:15 p.m., and we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle. Mission Committee will meet Sept. 22. Intake for Sharing House is Sept. 29. The Cedar Mountain Home service is Oct. 6. Oct 12 will be our Blessing of the Animals, and the following day members will participate in Crop Walk. St. Patrick’s is a traditional, biblical and apostolic mission, reveling in the rich heritage of the Church of England. We are nourished by the grace of Christ, inspired by the fullness of the Holy Spirit and humbled by the majesty of God the Father. With open hearts we welcome all visitors. We are located at Suite 100, 147 E. Main. Our web address is

St. Philip’s Episcopalian

Pan Harmonia’s 20th Season celebrates women’s creative genius and opens with Sambas and Serenades for classical guitar and flute. Join us Friday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Philip’s for an after-work concert before dinner under the full moon. Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door; students 26 and under $5.Come after work and then go enjoy a meal downtown. More info and tickets are available at

NAMI Family-to Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family members and caregivers of people with mental health conditions, beginning Sept. 16. It is a designated, evidence-based program that significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. Register at or call Janice Kimball at (828) 877-2806.

The former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will be the guest of Grace Church in Morganton on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. for the church’s 2nd Annual Green Faith Forum. Her topic will be “Climate Change: Grief, Growth, Gratitude, & Grace” and will discuss the church’s role in responding to this crisis through advocacy, stewardship and sustainability efforts. Her address will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Bishop José. She will lead a Sunday school discussion and preach at the 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, Choral Eucharist.

St. Timothy UMC

September is the month when St. Timothy takes part in Project AGAPE, a ministry begun in 1994 by North Carolina Methodists for the Christian community in Armenia. This is a desperately poor region for which we provide needed support for medical, educational and orphanage facilities. We will be providing gently used clean clothing of all types and sizes along with small kitchen utensils and sewing supplies. In addition, we will provide financial assistance through our Third Mile offering.

We are also assembling Christmas shoe boxes for children. Samaritans Purse does not serve this Armenian region. Contributions of $30 will provide the funds for items to be included in each shoe box.

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

Unitarian Universalists

“Silver Linings of the Climate Crisis.” During Sept. 20-27, activists and concerned citizens across the world will be participating in the Global Climate Strike, demanding committed action by the world’s leaders to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. While the situation may be grave, the tools we need to combat global warming are at hand, and as we do so, collateral benefits will ensue, as well. We will ponder four heartening silver linings of the Climate Crisis.

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. Nursery care is available for ages 1-3 at both services. Men are invited to join the wide-ranging conversations which occur each Tuesday at 9 a.m. Men’s Group. Music lovers will enjoy hearing the Eclectics jam on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Heartfulness meditation is held Saturdays from 5:30-7 p.m., at no charge, for anyone age 15 and older. Arrive a little before 5:30 p.m.

On Monday, Sept. 16, Eric Edwards will talk about “Rising from Homelessness” from 7-8:30 p.m. at the UUTC.


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