Announcements for July 7, 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.

OFFERING Plates are available just inside the doors to the chapel as you enter and exit. Our gifts take many forms: open-hearted presence here, voices lifted in song, the prayers that rise in us, the material gifts we share with neighbors, and our willingness to live in a world as allies and advocates for those whose needs are overlooked. The monies we bring symbolize the offering of our lives in all circumstances. (A separate labeled basket is available each week to receive Our Daily Change offerings, formerly known as Five Cents a Meal hunger offering)

WELCOMING REFUGEES If you would like to learn more about serving on a Circle of Welcome to assist a refugee family as they settle in our area, there is a handout available in the entryway, or you may contact Vicki Collins (, 828-712- 0251). 20-25 families are expected to arrive in our area in the coming months, and the need is urgent. You do not need to be a member of the church, and no financial commitment is involved.

COMMUNITY JOYS AND CONCERNS: If you would like to add or update a prayer request, please contact the church office (298-9092).
We celebrate: Ted’s marvelous week at the Worship and Music Conference in Montreat (ask him about it!) ⸰ the news that moisture -damaged windows in the fellowship hall will be replaced in the coming weeks, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
We remember in prayer: Sandee Butterworth and family, following Milt’s death on June 26 ⸰ Susan Laney, responding well to medication following a brain-bleed ⸰ Bubba Lytle, Rodney and Sharon’s son, making excellent progress recovering from a serious motorcycle accident ⸰ James Kelley, Janice Collins’ son, recovering from a broken hip ⸰ Thurman Slone, Joyce Cucinella’s brother now under Hospice care ⸰ Carol Lee Joslin, Blake Joslin’s mother, suffering from Alzheimer’s ⸰ Beth Newman, who returned to the pulpit in Bryson City on June 2! Beth continues to return to Atlanta for check-ups every two weeks, and has significant fatigue, but has been told by her doctor that she is experiencing a “perfect” recovery ⸰ Jackie Ligon Cole ⸰ Pat Crumpler ⸰ 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 ⸰ Kim Reece (daughter of Nancy and Rick Garrison) ⸰ Shane Reece (Nancy Garrison’s son) ⸰ Pat Wilson’s son, Kell.

CELEBRATE THE 4th WITH YOUR CHURCH FAMILY TODAY! Join us today for a potluck picnic right after church! The church is providing hamburgers, hot dogs, and buns (with vegetarian and gluten-free options available), as well as cold drinks. Please join us!

AUGUST NEWSLETTER As a reminder, we are trying to give more lead time to the volunteers that help make the newsletter happen. That means we would like submissions for the August Newsletter on or before July 15. Please submit those to Andrew by calling the church office (298-9092) or e-mailing

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AS SUNDAY SERVICE GREETERS Greeters will welcome people to the Sunday service, hand out bulletins, hand out information cards to visitors, point out the items on the information table, and assist with a brief after-service cleanup of bulletins and hymnals. A sign-up sheet is available on the side table in the entryway. Help us to be a more welcoming church!

GUEST PIANIST Dr. Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse has piano degrees from Grace College, Indiana University, and U. of Kansas. She recently retired from 23 years at Montreat College, and is now a private piano instructor in Black Mountain. In addition to many classical recitals over the years, she has also played for countless services and other
ceremonies in numerous states.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS Monday through Friday, 9:00-3:00.