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12
Apr

Easter Sunday Service

Good morning, friends. And Happy Easter! I’m pleased to send you this link to our service this morning:  Morning Worship, Easter Sunday There are several people I wish to thank for their contributions to this service, and for their help in making it possible, but I don’t wish to spoil what I think will be […]

02
Apr

I Know the Plans I Have for You

I’m writing to share our plans for Holy Week, with some specifics about our services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter. I’ll do that below.  But first, here’s a link to a short message from me this morning, with some updates about what the church staff are up to these days, and then a […]

29
Mar

Hope Will Rise Again (Morning Worship)

Good morning, friends!   I will copy the link below to this morning’s worship service, but first, a couple of announcements: VIP OF THE WEEK AWARD  If we had an award like this it would go to Vicki Collins and Susan Laney for organizing meals and other support for the ladies or Room in the Inn.  RITI is […]

12
Mar

COVID-19 update/Sunday service

Dear friends, As you doubtless know, the news around the COVID-19 outbreak is unfolding rapidly. I would like to provide you with updates about two things that happened earlier today, and follow that with how we are planning to respond. First, County Commission Chair, Brownie Newman, held a press conference this afternoon and announced that […]

11
Mar

Caronavirus Precautions

Dear friends, As you may know, earlier today the World Health Organization officially declared that the coronavirus outbreak is a global pandemic. Governor Roy Cooper has also declared a state of emergency here in North Carolina, which is focused on reducing and slowing the rapid spread of COVID-19. Demographically, a large percentage of our membership […]

06
Mar

Update on Coronavirus

Dear friends, In light of the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (or COVID-19), we want you to know that the health of our community is of utmost concern to the leadership this congregation. We are doing all that we can to stay current with public health guidelines, to follow best practices for hygiene, and to […]

30
Jul

A Report on El Paso

Dear friends, Yesterday we marched. It will take me a long time to process the experience, and to fully determine what it meant for me to be part of this action on our southern border. And I look forward to ongoing conversations about what the need to take such actions (i.e., the need to protest […]

09
Dec

Peace on a Snowy Morning

Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’* Luke 2:14 On this snow-covered morning, it feels very peaceful outside. And as much as I would like for us to soon be […]

01
Dec

Steve’s Slant

Early last October, acting on a tip from John Laney, I drove over to the Asheville Mall after work one day to take advantage of a sale on men’s wear at Belk.  The men’s wear section is on the second floor so I hopped on the escalator and just as I got off I came […]

01
Nov

Steve’s Slant

I’ll confess up front that this is not the newsletter article I was expecting to write, given that it’s now November — Thanksgiving month — and that we’re also now just two weeks away from the culmination of our stewardship campaign in support of next year’s budget.  I thought I might write about things for […]

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