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Asheville area faith classes, events, music in early November – Asheville Citizen |

Asheville area faith classes, events, music in early November – Asheville Citizen

Email information about faith-based events at least two weeks in advance to Bruce Steele at bsteele@citizen-times.com and Carole Terrell at cterrell@citizen-times.com.


Kelley Hunt at Unity of the Blue Ridge

MILLS RIVER – Here’s some of what’s going on at Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road. To learn more about these events or other Unity programs, visit unityblueridgenc.org or call 828-891-8700:

• Kelly Hunt solo concert, 7 p.m. Nov. 4. The acclaimed roots singer-songwriter performs with just her guitar. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit kelleyhunt.com/shop.html.

• Weekly services are at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Calvary barbecue craft sale

FLETCHER – The annual Calvary Barbecue will be noon-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Calvary Episcopal Church. A craft sale will also be ongoing that afternoon.

Meals will be available for eat-in or take-out. From 4-6 p.m., Whitewater Bluegrass Company will perform. Meals are $10, ages 12 and younger $6.

Interfaith Initiative sponsors green energy forum

ASHEVILLE – The Interfaith Initiative, made up of representatives of 14 faith communities in the Asheville area, has organized a green energy forum for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St.

The meeting is free and open to the community. RSVP requested at facebook.com/events/339549253182107/. Panelists from green energy companies and advocates will speak.

Churches host seasonal sales

Western North Carolina churches are busy hosting late summer rummage, yard and other sales to benefit programs and missions. They include:

•  Etowah United Methodist Church, 110 Brickyard Road, will host its 33rd annual holiday craft fair  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Includes handmade gifts, holiday items, toys, jewelry, kitchen accessories, knit shawls and more. Baked goods and lunch available. To learn more, call 828-698-5909.

• First United Methodist, 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville, hosts a juried crafts festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4, with more than 50 artists and craftspeople working in wood carvings, pottery, handmade jewelry, fabric art, holiday decor, photography and more (828-693-4275).

• Weaverville United Methodist Church, 90 N. Main St., is hosting its 24th annual Mission Craft Bazaar noon-7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11. To learn more, 828-645-6721 or contact Janet Cress at granitesgarden@gmail.com.

• St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill Road, Arden, is having a Frosty Village Bazaar 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 18. Find handcrafted items, homemade candy, baked goods and more. Seasonal music by students of the Angelus Home School Fellowship. Coffee and cinnamon rolls until 11 a.m., light lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Gift Market, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Handcrafted gifts by low-income artisans from more than 30 countries priced from $10-$30.

Inspirational music at area churches

Check out these upcoming performances by inspirational vocal groups at WNC churches:

• St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte), will host a chamber music concert featuring works for string quartet and string quintet at 3 p.m. Nov. 5. The players will be Lew Gelfond and Steve Trismen, violins; Brenda Phetteplace and Day Ann Emory, viola; and Ron Lambe cello, performing music by Schubert and Dvorak.

All Saints at Grace Lutheran

HENDERSONVILLE — Here’s some of what’s going on at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 Sixth Ave. W. To learn more about these events, call the church at 828-693-4890 or visit GraceHendersonville.com:

• All Saints Sunday will be commemorated at the 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. services Nov. 5, including special music, prayers and liturgy, as well as Communion. The names of church members who died the past year will be read aloud.

• A blessing of prayer shawls is scheduled for 8:15 and 11:15 a.m. services Nov. 12 to recognize the 13 years the ministry has been active, crafting more than 1,000 shawls and baby blankets for use by agencies that deal with crisis situations.

• Healing prayer time, 1-2 p.m. the second Friday of every month. Next meeting is Nov. 10. Arrive by 1:30 p.m.; stay at least 30 minutes. Prayers will be offered up for those attending, whether for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. Nondenominational; everyone is welcome.

NAMI meets at FCUCC

HENDERSONVILLE — Here’s some of what’s going on at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. W. To learn more, visit fcchendersonville.org or call 828-692-8630:

• A NAMI Connection meeting is held 6:30-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Nov. 9. This is a free support group for adults living with mental illness, led by trained facilitators.

• Bible study meets 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the parlor, studying the New Testament and led by Rev. Barbara M. Rathbun. All are welcome. No registration required.

Pancake day at St. Paul’s

ASHEVILLE – St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at 223 Hillside St., will host a Pancake Day from 8-11 a.m. Nov. 11.

It’s just $5 for all you can eat; children (age 7 and younger) and veterans eat for free. To learn more, call the church at 828-252-6512.

Ethical Humanist Society discusses passion

ASHEVILLE – The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. “The Nature and Nurture of Passion” will be presented by Gregg Levoy, author of “Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion.”

Discussion will follow the combination talk-workshop, along with refreshments. Bring writing materials. To learn more, call 828-687-7759 or visit EHSAsheville.org.

Collection sites available for shoeboxes

ASHEVILLE – From Nov. 13-20, several locations in the Asheville area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, which delivers thousands of boxes of school supplies, hygiene items and toys to needy children across the world every year. 

Collection sites are Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road; Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy, 20 Reynolds Mountain Boulevard; Billy Graham Training Center, 1 Porters Cove Road; Arden First Baptist Church, 3839 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden; Newfound Baptist Church, 2605 New Leicester Highway, Leicester; Good News Baptist Church, 1953 Smokey Park Highway, Candler; Mars Hill Baptist Church, 67 N. Main St., Mars Hill.

To learn more, call 704-583-1463 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Transformation America meets

FLAT ROCK — Transformation America is an alliance of faith-based and conservative people and groups working together to deepen understanding of America’s Christian roots and how to craft a better future.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Upper Christian Fellowship, Room 214, 991 Upward Road.  To learn more, email nativeheartcda@gmail.com. 

Meditation at St. George’s Episcopal

ASHEVILLE — An interspiritual Intentional Meditation program will be offered 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Center for Art and Spirit at St. George’s Episcopal Church, at 1 School Road in the Malvern Hills community of West Asheville.

The program, sponsored by the nonprofit Spring Creek Spirituality, includes instruction and a variety of silent meditation forms. Participation is by donation. To learn more, visit SpringCreekSpirituality.com.

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study seeks members

HENDERSONVILLE — The Christian Men’s Breakfast Bible Study is open to new members. This ecumenical group meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Dixie Diner on U.S. 64 W. in Laurel Park.

Every week, four Scriptures are discussed, per the weekly lectionary used in most Christian liturgical churches, including selections from the Old Testament, Psalms, an Epistle and a Gospel. Bring your Bible of choice. No homework is required

Those who attend order breakfast from the menu and are responsible for the cost. To learn more, call Bob Andersen at 828-697-0464.

Community service offered

ASHEVILLE — The Community on Haywood is an alternative fellowship and worshiping community. It meets Wednesdays for nondenominational worship and socializing. On the first, third and fifth Wednesdays, join the community for a meal and music-filled worship starting at 5:30 p.m. at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. On the second and fourth Wednesdays, meet at 6 p.m. at a local pub for “Bible and Brew.”

Visit TheCommunityOnHaywood.org for all events and activities.

On Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Asheville Presbyterian, the Community on Haywood offers God’s Cafe, a lunchtime program that includes a meal, prayer and Bible study (this year focused on the book of Revelation). Arrive anytime from 11:30-noon.

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