Midweek News September 6, 2023

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We honored June Bagby and celebrated her 99th birthday during worship this past Sunday. She has been an active member of this congregation for decades, as was her late husband, Bill.

Robert and Melanie Dunn joined the church last Sunday. Please help to welcome them as new members! 

The September Women’s Gathering will be held this coming Tuesday, September 12, from 4-6 p.m., at Gingercake Acres Club House. Please bring something sweet or salty to share and your own beverage. Call the church office for more information. 828-733-1939.

Our new Bible Study begins on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3-4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall and runs through October. A note from Pastor Jim Taylor, who will be leading this study: “I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery using a series called ‘A New Family, Throwing Open the Doors of the Sanctuary’ featuring the late Rachel Held Evans. Please let Pastor Kathy know if you would like to take part in this study and if you need a book. She has ordered plenty of books at $10 each.

Sunday, September 17, at 11 a.m., church sanctuary, we will be sharing in a Worship Service of Word and Music.  Woodie and the String Pullers are returning to be our guest musicians and lead the congregation in special music and hymns. Pastor Kathy will share scripture and reflections that weave together sacred music and bible passages. Please join us for this special worship experience!

From Gayle Culbreath and the fellowship committee. Our next potluck will be on Sunday, September 17 following worship. It is going to be casseroles! Our congregation is so creative, and I am looking forward to seeing what you will bring. It takes a team effort, and I am deeply grateful. We have been embracing our scripture verses guidance.

 “Matthew 20 - For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” We are always in need of help so if you are interested in helping with any of our gatherings, please contact me.

Sunday, September 17, 2023, will also be Choir Appreciation Day.

Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m., church sanctuary “The Civil War in Appalachia: History, Stories, and Song.  The residents of the Southern Appalachian Mountains were deeply divided during the Civil War. Loyalties to the Union and the Confederacy tore apart communities and even families. Some historians describe the conflicts here in the mountains as a civil war within the Civil War. This lecture will touch on military history, but it will focus on the social history of the war. Dr. Karl Campbell, a Professor of History, at ASU, will share a few popular stories from the period, and Jackie Rullman, an ASU History major, will sing and discuss several mountain ballads. These stories and songs helped people make sense of the tragic times in which they lived, and they can help us understand the full history of the Civil War in Appalachia.

Community Opportunities:

Experience Taizé’: A Service of Prayer, Song, and Contemplation by Candlelight, the first Sunday of each month, beginning this Sunday, September 3, at 6 p.m., at Sloop Chapel on the campus of Crossnore Communities for Caring. Contact Rev. Brent Nidiffer For more information: 423-707-4514.

The fifth annual Warriors Heart Foundation Dance and Fundraiser will be held at Land Harbor Recreation Center on Saturday, September 9, 7-11 p.m. Warriors Heart® provides private treatment to active military, veterans, and firefighters, police, and EMTs, 18 and older who are seeking inpatient treatment for chemical dependency, alcohol abuse, and co-occurring psychological disorders relating to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder ) or the psychological effects of MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury). Warriors Heart is a privately funded treatment center located in San Antonio, Texas, and Virginia (coming soon). Tom Spooner, Gayle Spooner's son, is the Co-Founder. If you want to make a reservation ($15) or have items for the silent auction email Gail Spooner: at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you have any questions, call Addie Bobbitt, who is a member of our church family.

Banner Elk Presbyterian Church has invited us to join them for a seminar: “I Wish I Had Known: A Survivor’s Guide to End-of-Life” on Sunday, September 17, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. This panel discussion will provide guidance for end-of-life concerns. This seminar will offer helpful information concerning which documents and directives you need to share with loved ones before death. Questions? Please contact the church office at 828-898-5406.