Church Activities


December 19, 2019

Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian

Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. At 3 p.m., this coming Saturday, we offer “The Longest Night: A Winter Service of Hope and Healing.” This service of music, scripture and prayer seeks to bring light into the darkness and offers hope to those who are feeling sorrow, grief, loneliness or pain as Christmas approaches.

This Sunday, Dec. 22, is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Join us at 8:30 a.m. and/or 11 a.m. for worship as the Rev. Keith Thompson brings the message, “Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?” A nursery is provided during both services for infants through age 4, with Young Children’s Worship offered during the 11 a.m. service for ages 4 through 2nd grade. On Christmas Eve we offer two worship services, one at 4 p.m. – a Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service (no nursery) – and another at 7 p.m. – a Candlelight Communion Service (no nursery). We welcome you to join us for worship and fellowship.

Brevard First Baptist

Last week we joined other churches in a backpack mission trip to Wise, Va. That Christmas outreach provided a meal for all who came. The children received new socks and shoes, plus a backpack filled with school supplies, small items of clothing, snacks and a Bible. Then, each family left with a food box and the assurances that God loves them. On Saturday the women celebrated a special Advent Service in the sanctuary. Yesterday, the W.E.E. School had a birthday party for baby Jesus. Today, we will host the gingerbread house event. All children are welcome to come make a gingerbread house to take home. That takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. On Friday, we will travel to Broyhill Children’s Home for a Christmas party. There will be a dinner provided, entertainment and gifts for every child in the home. This is an outreach tradition that goes back many years for our church. Next week on Dec. 24 there will be a candlelight service at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. This is a beautiful time of worship, and we invite all who are interested to join us.

Brevard First UMC

What’s in a name? For Matthew, the name of Jesus means everything. When the angel first appeared to Joseph (Matthew 1), the stunning message was that Mary would bear a son. But this baby was different. He will be God’s gift of “Good News” to the world. “…And you shall call his name Jesus (Joshua in Hebrew which means ‘Savior’).”

The public is invited to join in worship this coming fourth Sunday in Advent as the congregation explores the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective.

The third and final organ recital will take place this Friday at 12:30 in the church sanctuary with Jeremy Roberts of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville as the organist. The recital is sponsored by the Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation and the music ministry of Brevard First UMC. A love offering is gratefully accepted. Park in the First UMC lot across Caldwell Street.

Next week congregants will gather on Christmas Eve for two special worship services. At 5 p.m. it is a family service and the children will lead in the story of the first Christmas with angels, shepherds, wisemen and, of course, baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph. Then, at 7 p.m., gather for a traditional service of carols, readings and candlelight.

On the Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 29, one service is scheduled for the day. It will be at 10 a.m.

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.

Brevard Wesleyan

The community is invited to our annual Live Nativity scene, which will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This popular Christmas tradition is now in its 51st year. The scene will again feature live characters portrayed by members of the church congregation, along with several live animals as they come to honor the newborn child laying in a manager. Visitors are invited to simply view the scene or to visit the stable and interact with the animals. Additionally, the church will offer light refreshments in Heritage Hall. The fully decorated sanctuary will also be open for those who wish to take a moment to reflect upon the real reason for the season. If we must cancel a presentation for an evening due to bad weather, we will make that announcement through the local radio stations and through social media the day of the cancellation.

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

Brevard Wesleyan Church is located at 583 N. Broad St. If you need more information regarding any event or if you want more information about the ministries of Brevard Wesleyan Church, call (828) 883-8408.

Cedar Mountain Baptist

Cedar Mountain Baptist is having a most wonderful Christmas season. Pastor Willie is presenting the birth of Jesus in a unique way. On Dec. 1, he went into detail concerning “the ugliness of Christmas” - our sins, the reason God sent His Son into the world; Dec. 8, “what is the true Spirit of Christmas” - worshipping in The Spirit; Dec. 15 - “what is so amazing about this Child” - He is God. You can read Luke chapters 1 and 2 to find scripture to back up these sermons but there are many more references from Genesis to Revelation to get the full picture. The congregation invites you to join them this Sunday, Dec. 22 to learn more about this amazing Child.

The church extends an invitation to join them on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. for fellowship time with hot chocolate, coffee and snacks in the fellowship hall then at 6 p.m. for our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in the sanctuary where we will worship with music and the Word of God. We look forward to having you join in this special service.

There will be no Wednesday evening services until the school winter break is over; we will resume services on Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. for the meal and 6:30 p.m. for CMS (ages birth through high school) and Bible study for all ages. Everyone is invited to all services on Sundays and Wednesdays.

On the fifth Sunday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m., our guests will be Darrell and Dawn Ritchie. They will present their Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour. Following the concert we will take a love offering for them and have our Christmas luncheon. We invite you to join us and bring a covered dish to share for the meal.

Pastor Willie and our CMBC family would like to extend to everyone a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year.

Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd

Dec. 22 is Christmas Cookie Sunday. Congre-gation members are asked to bring their favorite holiday cookies to share during the coffee/ fellowship hours following both services. A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. To learn more about LCGS, contact the church office at (828) 883-3680, email lcgs@ 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.

St. Philip’s Episcopalian

The following is St Philip’s Advent and Christmas worship schedule:

•Sunday, Dec. 22 (4th Advent) – 7:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I; 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II; and 11:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II.

•Tuesday, Dec. 24 – 3 p.m., Crèche Service (for children/families, with Eucharist); 7:30 p.m. Christmas Concert (with brass/choir) followed by Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II; and 10:30 p.m., Christmas Concert (with brass/choir) followed by Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Because seating is in high demand at the concerts, early arrival is recommended.

•Wednesday, Dec. 25 – 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist with Carols and Homily, Rite II.

•Sunday, Dec. 29 –10:30 a.m., Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist, Rite II.

NEXT Church

We exist 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 title for December is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Isaiah 9:6-7. NEXT Kids’ monthly application is Joy. Finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way. Verse of the month – Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again, Be Joyful. Philippians 4:4. There are several Life Groups that meet throughout the week. Go to the NEXT website for details at Like us on Facebook or call Pastor Dave Blackburn at (828) 384-1951.

Rocky Hill Baptist

Rocky Hill Baptist Church, located on U.S. 276 just past the Cedar Mountain Fire Department, will present its Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m., Sunday, in the church sanctuary, followed by finger-food and fellowship in the Family Life Center. Arrive early for a good seat. Lenore Bishop is choir director. The pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church is Dr. Leland Holland, who can be reached by calling the church at (828) 862-5611. Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Mountain will hold a Christmas Eve service beginning at 6 p.m., with the reading of the Christmas narrative with music followed by a candlelight Lord’s Supper.

Sacred Heart Catholic

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, along with members from several faith communities, continues to create a warm and welcoming environment on Christmas Day, sharing special holiday foods for the many residents of Transylvania County. The free dinner is served from noon – 4 p.m. and includes turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and bread. Also, a variety of desserts are provided. This is the 21st year for the Community Dinner and, for the dinner to continue successfully, volunteers are needed. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities for food donations. Consider your many talents, and if you are interested in helping in any way, contact Sandi Rogers at 883-2990 or

The end of the year is just around the corner, which means that tax time is coming up as well. If you would like an end of the year contribution statement from Sacred Heart, contact the church office and we will send your statement as soon as they are available. Thank you for supporting our parish in 2019.

Turkey Creek Baptist

Turkey Creek Baptist Church will have a Christmas Cantata, “Silent Night,” at 11 a.m., Sunday. There will also be a candlelight service that evening starting at 6 p.m. All are invited to join us for these special services. Turkey Creek is located at 805 Capps Road in Pisgah Forest.

Unitarian Universalists

Ring Solstice Bells! Now is the turning of the year. After today, the daylight hours grow longer, and the darkness recedes. In celebrating the returning of the light, we connect with our human history. That human history includes cultivating an awareness of the cosmos, a path to liberation and inspiration.

“A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual: A Celebration of the Darkness and the Light with Songs and Stories.” We’ll go down into the darkness, get quiet, become empty and then receive the Light.

This is a participatory, non-demoninational ritual that is a cleansing and “re-igniting” of our souls at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 22. Donations are gratefully accepted. 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. Join us for coffee between services at 10:30 a.m.


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