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Asheville area religious events, music, services in July – Asheville Citizen |

Asheville area religious events, music, services in July – Asheville Citizen

Email info 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.


Steinberg kicks off concert series at Unity of the Blue Ridge

MILLS RIVER –  Charlotte-based singer-songwriter and storyteller Amy Steinberg will kick off a concert series at Unity of the Blue Ridge at 7 p.m. July 22. The series is the Dinner and Concert Summer Series, with a gathering at 6 p.m. for bring-your-own dinner. (No alcohol; bring your own dinnerware.)

“The main thrust of (Steinberg’s) work comes from marrying the sacred and profane,” Unity said in a news release. “Deeply soulful, she sings of self-love, open-mindedness, and the sacredness of everything.”

Tickets are $10 at brownpapertickets.com/event/2561339

Unity of the Blue Ridge is at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, to learn more, visit unityblueridgenc.org or call 828-891-8700. For more about Steinberg, visit amysteinberg.net.

 

Choir celebrates anniversary

ASHEVILLE – The Tried Stone Adult Choir will celebrate its 56th anniversary at 4 p.m. July 17 at Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Carroll Ave.

The guest choir will be Laurens County Mass Choir of Laurens, South Carolina. To learn more, contact J. Cornell Proctor at 828-285-0444. Elder Alfred Blount is the pastor.

Bluegrass Bash celebrates seventh anniversary photo

HENDERSONVILLE – July 17 marks the seventh anniversary of Hendersonville Presbyterian Church’s monthly Bluegrass Bash with a performance at 7 p.m. by associate lay pastor Dwayne Durham’s band, Appalachian Fire. Free admission along with free cookies, cake and ice cream.

Appalachian Fire is the band that inaugurated the Bluegrass Bash. The church is at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Grove Street. To learn more, call 828-692-3211.

Ethical Humanist Society holds monthly meeting

ASHEVILLE – The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. July 17 at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road.

Professor emeritus Patricia Robertson and civil rights attorney Curry First will explore the “Waves of Feminism” in the U.S. Discussion and refreshments will follow. To learn more, call 828-687-7759 or visit EHSAsheville.org.

Skyland UMC hosts blood drive

ASHEVILLE – A Blood Connection blood drive will be 1:30-7 p.m. July 19 at Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Road.

Walk-in donors welcomed but those with appointments will be seen first. To make an appointment, call 828-684-7283.

Christmas in July program at weekly Table Talk

HENDERSONVILLE – A program on Operation Christmas Child will be features at Table Talk at 6:25 p.m July 20 at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, 699 N. Grove St.

The event is free and open to all. An optional dinner at 5:25 p.m. requires reservations by calling 828-692-3211.

Brevard church hosts art show and sale

BREVARD – St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 256 E. Main St., will host the annual art show and sale Art of the Mountains from 4-8:30 p.m. July 22 and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 23 during Brevard’s Gallery Walk. The show raises money for local nonprofits.

More than 20 local artists will exhibit their paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography and other art forms in Miller Hall at the church. To learn more, visit the event’s Facebook page.

St. Matthias Episcopal celebrates 150 years

ASHEVILLE – The parishioners of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee St., will celebrate 150 years of service to God and the community at 3 p.m. July 23.

Music will be performed by the St. Matthias String Quartet and the combined choirs of St. Matthias and St. John’s Episcopal Churches. The church is off South Charlotte Street, across from the Public Works building. Rev. Gerald Prickett is the pastor.

Summer worship continues at Lake Junaluska

LAKE JUNALUSKA – The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center has announced a lineup of guest preachers every Sunday through Aug. 7. The Sunday services also feature the Lake Junaluska Singers. The speaker July 17 will be Rev. Amy Coles, assistant to the Bishop, WNC Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Worship services start at 10:45 a.m. Sundays in Stuart Auditorium. Holy Communion starts at 6 p.m. on Sundays in Memorial Chapel. Taize services start at 8 p.m. on Mondays in Memorial Chapel.

Upcoming guest speakers are: July 24: Harry J. Lyness, UNC evangelist; July 31: Dr. Tony Campolo, renowned author, evangelist and activist from Pennsylvania; Aug. 7: Bishop Larry Goodpaster, residing bishop for WNC.

To learn more, call 800-222-4930 or visit lakejunaluska.com.

Adult Forum addresses burials, Jung

HENDERSONVILLE – First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. W., invites everyone to its weekly Adult Forums from 9-10:15 a.m. Sundays in the Felix Building. To learn more, visit fcchendersonville.org or call 828-692-8630.

Upcoming topics include:

• July 17: “Planning for Death and Burial with the Earth in Mind.” Michele Skeele leads a discussion of sustainability and green choices related to the end of life. Skeele is a death doula and a guide on call with the Center of Life Transitions in Asheville and a local board member for the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

• July 24 31: “A Matter of Heart,” Parts 1 2. A two-part film presentation and discussion of “The Extraordinary Journey of C.G. Jung into the Soul of Man.” Learn more about this humanist, healer, friend and mentor through rare home movies, archival footage and a wealth of interviews.

Gilbert to preach at Montreat

MONTREAT – Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert will preach at 10:30 a.m. July 24 in Anderson Auditorium as part of Montreat Conference Center’s 2016 summer worship series. His sermon title is “Real Presence,” taking as his text Luke 11: 1-13. Gilbert teaches preaching at Howard University School of Divinity.

The center also hosts a Sunday night hymn sing in the lobby of Assembly Inn, weekly at 7 p.m. To learn more, visit montreat.org or call 828-669-2911.

Adult Forum addresses burials, Jung

HENDERSONVILLE – First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. W., invites everyone to its weekly Adult Forums from 9-10:15 a.m. Sundays in the Felix Building. To learn more, visit fcchendersonville.org or call 828-692-8630.

Upcoming topics include:

• July 17: “Planning for Death and Burial with the Earth in Mind.” Michele Skeele leads a discussion of sustainability and green choices related to the end of life. Skeele is a death doula and a guide on call with the Center of Life Transitions in Asheville and a local board member for the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

• July 24 31: “A Matter of Heart,” Parts 1 2. A two-part film presentation and discussion of “The Extraordinary Journey of C.G. Jung into the Soul of Man.” Learn more about this humanist, healer, friend and mentor through rare home movies, archival footage and a wealth of interviews.

Oteen Baptist offers patriotic music

ASHEVILLE – Oteen Baptist Church, 37 Oteen Church Road, is hosting an evening of patriotic music at 6 p.m. July 24.

Featured will be the men’s chorus from Beverly Hills Baptist Church, piano duets by Cindy Blankenship and Becky Wilburn and selections by the Oteen Baptist Church choir. To learn more, call 828-298-3384.

Unity of Blue Ridge honors artist

MILLS RIVER – Rev. Darlene Strickland, senior minister of Unity of the Blue Ridge, recently unveiled the original oil work titled “The Blue Ridge,” painted and donated by David Berger. Berger will be honored in an appreciation ceremony at services at 9:15 and 11 a.m. July 24.

Berger is an award-winning oil painter moved with his wife, Jill, from Florida to Cashiers in 2006, where they opened Mountain Mist Gallery. “I found a Unity Church in Florida as a young man,” Berger said. “I was struggling with recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. … The loving acceptance and spiritual fulfillment that are the hallmarks of Unity helped open the doors to my sobriety, and to discovering my art.”

The large-scale painting of a Blue Ridge scene is 5 feet by 9 feet. “Creating this painting as a gift to my current congregation at Unity of the Blue Ridge is a ‘thank you’ for the many gifts I have been given,” said Berger. For more about Berger and the gallery, visit mountainmistgallery.com or call 828-743-1801.

Unity of the Blue Ridge is at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, to learn more, visit unityblueridgenc.org or call 828-891-8700.

Mars Hill United Methodist has new pastor

MARS HILL – Rev. Wiley B. Cooper is the new pastor of Mars Hill United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St. Cooper, a member of the South Carolina UMC Conference, has been spending time in Madison County since 1998 and he and his wife moved to Asheville in 2014.

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and worship service is at 11 a.m.

King named interim pastor at Congregational Church of Tryon

TRYON – The Congregational Church of Tryon (United Church of Christ) welcomes its new interim minister, the Rev. Rick King. Born in Ohio, King is based in Colorado and will be serving and working with the Tryon church in its pastoral transition following Robert Barrows’ retirement in May.

To learn more, visit ucctryon.org or revrickking.com or the church’s Facebook page.

Free jam, concert with Carolina Spring Band

MILLS RIVER – Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road will host a free musical jam with embers of Carolina Spring Band, the Asheville bluegrass, country and gospel band, at 7 p.m. July 30. Local musicians invited to join in and jam with the headliners.

A free dessert buffet will be available. To learn more, call 828-891-7101.

Music camp available for children

ASHEVILLE – Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, will have a summer music camp from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1-5 for rising first graders through rising seventh graders.

Lunch will be served daily. Children will learn and perform the musical “Down By the Creek Bank.” To learn more, call 828-298-4623 or visit bhbc.org.

Festival of Wisdom Grace planned for August

LAKE JUNALUSKA – Adults in the second half of life are invited to attend the Festival of Wisdom and Grace from Aug. 1-4 at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center. The conference will include worship, Bible studies, workshops, professional training and fellowship. Conference leaders include Tony Campolo, Mickey Efird and James H. Pace.

The theme is “Come to the Water,” a reference to Isaiah 55:1, 12.

Packages include the program fee, lodging at a local hotel and meals.To register, call 800-222-4930, email registrar@lakejunaluska.com or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/wisdom-and-grace.

Mills River Presbyterian gears up for VBS

MILLS RIVER – “The Story of God Through the Story of Noah” is the theme for the Vacation Bible School program, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 10-12 at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, for children from 18 months to age 13.

A kid-friendly dinner will be included each day. To register, call 828-891-7101 by Aug. 8.

Calvary Episcopal plans August Supper

FLETCHER – Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2016 August Supper will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the church, 2840 Hendersonville Road. Tickets are $10 and $5 for age 10 and younger. There will be a choice of fried chicken or ham, side dishes and desserts contributed by members of the church.

The event benefits the church’s programs. The Calvary Crafters will offer craft items for sale. Produce and other country store items will also be for sale. To learn more, call 828-684-6266.

Back-to-school help from Salvation Army

ASHEVILLE – The Salvation Army will be giving free clothes to children for back-to-school through August. Donations of lightly used children’s clothing is needed, with drop off at Salvation Army Family Stores at 91 New Leicester Highway or 2247 Hendersonville Road or the Center of Hope, 204 Haywood St., downtown.

To learn more, call 828-253-4723.

Hendersonville Presbyterian opens preschool registration

HENDERSONVILLE – Hendersonville Presbyterian Church’s Creative Beginnings preschool is registering children ages 1-4 for the fall, as well as for a five-week summer arts program, offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 28-July 28 for ages 2-6.

Open to the community, the fall preschool offers classes from 8:30-11:45 a.m. five days a week beginning Sept. 6.

To register for either program, call Fran Rochester at 828-692-3211.

Community service offered

ASHEVILLE – The Community on Haywood meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for socializing and 6 p.m. for a nondenominational worship service at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Visit www.TheCommunityOnHaywood.org for all events and activities.

On Tuesdays, the Community on Haywood offers a lunchtime program with open discussion geared toward working people. A light lunch is available for $5.

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