Announcements for April 15, 2024

WELCOME VISITORS! If you are worshiping here for the first time today, welcome! We are glad to have you with us. Please fill out a visitor information card, located on the right as you enter the chapel.

JOYS AND CONCERNS: If you would like to add or update a prayer request, please contact the church office (298-9092). Recently updated entries are in italics.
(We’ll plan to leave celebrations listed for four Sundays—please call the church office if you’d like to add something!)
We celebrate
– that Beth Newman has returned to Asheville! For now, she and Brownie expect to make weekly trips back to Northside Hospital in Atlanta on Sunday/Monday, but she is delighted to be easing back into rhythms at home;
– that Rebecca Hettrick has moved into her own place on campus! You can drop her a note at 110 A North Lane Swannanoa, NC 28778
– the wedding of Rachel Sparling’s granddaughter
– the donation of more than 35 lbs of soap to Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries (SVCM), made possible by your generosity!
– the vital ministry of members during tax season, as Janice Collins, Mary Craig, Tom Eller, Sarah Anne Eller, and Ken Murchison provided free tax preparation services to community members in need!
We remember in prayer: Jackie Ligon Cole; Pat Crumpler; Will Dale (Jamie’s brother), anticipating cardiac bypass surgery in April, following lung cancer surgery in late February; Vernon Daugherty, Sr. (Derron’s father); Martha Dugger; Rick Garrison; Houston Huggins (Beth Meriwether’s brother); Erika Lytle; Salyna Morgan; Fran Roberts’ sister-in-law, Linda Briggs; Jon Hettrick and his family; Marjorie Hettrick; Allyson Hettrick’s mother, Sylvia Revis, as she recovers from a fall in assisted living; Kim Reece (daughter of Nancy and Rick Garrison); Shane Reece (Nancy Garrison’s son); Pat Wilson’s son, Kell.

OFFERING Plates are available just inside the doors to the sanctuary as you enter and exit. Our gifts take many forms: our open-hearted presence here, voices lifted in song, the prayers that rise in us, the material gifts we intend to share with the world, and our willingness to live in a world as advocates for those whose needs are overlooked. The money we bring symbolizes the offering of our lives in all circumstances.

TODAY Sunday, April 14: We’ll have lunch together in the fellowship hall following the service, as we learn from Dr. Jeff Keith’s re-examination of the history of Warren Wilson College. Dr. Keith’s work is funded by a Lilly Endowment grant.

NEXT SUNDAY Sunday April 21: Please make plans to attend the luncheon kick-off of “Holy Conversations,” the Mission Study that will inform our path forward, and ultimately guide our search for a new pastor. Congregational participation is crucial as we seek to answer these vital questions: Who are we? What is God calling us to be and do? Who Is our neighbor? We will provide the food; all that you need to do is to come ready to listen and engage with others who care about this worshiping community and its ministry in the world. (You do not need to be an official “member” to participate in this process—if you have interest in this community, we’d love for you to come!)

RSVP: Please let us know that you plan to attend. A sign-up sheet is in the lobby, or you may respond online, or by emailing or calling the church office. If you plan to come on April 21, please let us know by Wed., April 17.