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October 31, 2019

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Join us for worship this Sunday. Glen Rainsley will be preaching again for our Commitment Sunday. His message will be “Some Table Talk.” Communion will be served at both morning services. Worship services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A nursery is provided.

Brevard First Baptist

The AWANA program continues on Sundays at 5 p.m. Children learn scripture, have a snack meal and time of recreation. There are over 100 children currently enrolled. Last week, the church members packed more than 80 shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse. This week, we are filling backpacks for a Christmas ministry to Wide County, Va. This trip is done in connection with other area churches. A meal will be served. Children will receive new shoes, socks and a backpack filled with fun things, clothing, snacks and school supplies. Tonight, 20 cars will present Bible characters giving their stories and handing out treats.

Brevard First UMC

Gratitude, spiritual growth and humility are each in their own way vital to the lives of followers of Christ. Of course, so is faithfulness.

Faithfulness is also about how people choose to live each day, in the toughest of times and in the best of times. How do people make it through the “storms” of life? How are people able to “rejoice” in God’s awesome goodness? Faithfulness takes it right to the heart of the matter, and that really is what is in people’s hearts that flows out into their lives.

A great example of faithfulness is this Sunday, All Saints Sunday. It is a day set aside for remembering the people and their lives that have meant so much to church and faith. In the past, they might have been called “pillars” of the church. Now they are living in the “church triumphant.” The congregation will remember and celebrate those from the church family during this worship.

A chapel service is on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. This is a casual and brief worship service of old hymns, meditation and Holy Communion in the FUMC 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, and a celebration service at 9 in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

Carr’s Hill Baptist

Carr’s Hill Baptist Church invites everyone to a Mission Christmas Festival Saturday, Nov. 16, noon until 6 p.m., in the church fellowship hall. The festival is a fundraiser for an India mission trip. BBQ plates are $8 each. Handmade, personally crafted Christmas decorations – wreaths, snowmen, stocking stuffers, ornaments, baked goods fully decorated Christmas trees – will be on sale. Come out for fellowship, food and do your Christmas shopping early. Carr’s Hill is located at 2719 Greenville Highway.

Etowah UMC

Etowah United Methodist Women’s 35th annual Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 110 Brickyard Road off U.S. 64 West. The women have been working all year on handmade crafts, such as placemats, scrubbies, protestant prayer beads, quilts, scarves, knitted hats, stuffed animals, ornaments and decorated gourds. Some men have donated wooden boxes, candle holders, a quilt hanger and outdoor decorations. Homemade baked goods and a soup luncheon are also available.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

On Sunday, Nov. 3, LCGS will remember with thanksgiving loved ones who have died. If you would like your loved one to be included by name in the prayers during worship that day, contact the church office at 883-3680 or at There will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of loved ones during both worship services. The annual LCGS congregational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov.17, in the fellowship hall following the 10:30 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. Additional details, including the official notification of the meeting and agenda, have been mailed out to all members. Contact the church office if you have not received you letter in the U.S. mail.

A group from LCGS will travel to Cherokee for a meeting with the mission partners of Living Waters Lutheran Church. The group would like to take some much-needed items for the food pantry at Living Waters with them. The items needed most at this time are toilet paper and dish soap (which is used for dishes, laundry and personal hygiene). Bring donations to LCGS on Sunday, Nov. 10, and place them in the labeled binds under the mailboxes.

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.

Morningside Baptist

Today, we will be holding our annual fall festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, candy and games. Weather permitting, we will also have a fire pit. In the event of rain, come around back to the fellowship hall. We will hold the event rain or shine. On Saturday, Nov. 2, there is a youth night out at the church starting at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 3, there are Bible study classes for all ages, starting at 10 a.m. Morning worship starts at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jerry Willingham will bring a message from God’s word. Children’s worship begins at 11:20 a.m. At 6 p.m., Sunday, there are Bible study classes for men, women and youth ReMIX. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, there is a prayer meeting at 6 p.m. and a youth Bible study at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for this week’s special events and regular services.

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. NEXT Kids services are available for nursery, preschool and elementary ages. We also have a safe ministry especially for special needs children and students. Pastor Dave Blackburn’s sermon series “Be-Gratitude. Poor in Spirit/Mourn.” Matthew 5:3 and 4. NEXT Kids’ virtue for November is honor: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.

Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. Romans 12:10. There are several Life Groups that meet throughout the week. For details, go to, like us on Facebook or call Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

St. Patrick’s Anglican

The celebrant for Holy Communion this Sunday will be the Rev. Nick Henderson, who will also be preaching. Father 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 Saints Willibrord of Utrecht. The service for Cedar Mountain Home is Nov 3. Nov 10, St. Patrick’s will be collecting a freewill offering as a part of the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church. The money collected will support the ministry of the Voice of the Martyrs. Nov. 7-10, Jim Boettcher will be assisting in the Kairos weekend at Craggy Correctional Institute. St. Patrick’s supports Jim in his efforts and also Kairos in general with a bi-annual donation to Kairos of Western North Carolina.

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 Episcopal

What with the sweet potato harvest in and other crops still coming in (Swiss chard, carrots, peppers, kale, and eggplant), we’ve harvested 567 pounds as of Oct. 24. Beginning Monday, Nov. 4, the Woodside Drive/back gravel parking lot entrance to St. Philip’s will be closed. Remember to use the St. Philip’s Lane entrance, or even better, use Rice Street.

Moms Demand Action and partners invite you to an upcoming event to promote healing and empowerment in response to gun violence: Gathering at the St. Philip’s Labyrinth: Nov. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thomas Murphy and Susan Lefler will share reflections on gun violence and the labyrinth as a space where the community can come for quiet reflection and healing. All art is now one-half price at the Shop of St. Philip’s.

Turkey Creek Baptist

Turkey Creek Baptist Church will have a “Trunk or Treat” from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, in the fellowship hall parking lot. All kids are invited to stop by for music and candy. Turkey Creek is located at 805 Capps Road in Pisgah Forest.

Unitarian Universalists

UUTC Day of Remembrance: Early in November, several holidays are widely celebrated around the world related to remembering, communing with or praying for the dead, in addition to a number of other similar observances, religious and traditional scattered around the calendar. While the distinguishing features between All Souls Day, Dia De Muertos, Khamis al-Amwat, etc., are many, each expresses the human need to remember and honor those departed. We will begin with a consideration of some of these customs and end with our own ritual of remembrance. If you have lost someone to death in this past year, you are invited to bring a photo or other memento for this observance.

Join the Rev. Sally Shore at both the 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. 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.

Children’s Religious Education classes are available during the 9:15 a.m. service. The younger class is for ages 4-7, and the older class is for ages 8 and up. Each class is overseen by two adults and emphasizes fun and enriching activities about how to be a better, more caring person and how to make the world a better place for everyone.

Men are invited to join the wide-ranging conversations, which occur each Tuesday at the 9 a.m. Men’s Group. Music lovers will enjoy hearing the Eclectics jam on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Heartfulness meditation is held Saturdays from 5:30-7 p.m., at no charge, for anyone age 15 and older. Please arrive a little before 5:30 p.m.

Join us for coffee between services at 10:30 a.m.


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