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Revival with Rev. Steve Rhinehart

Elk Shoal Baptist Church will be in revival beginning Sunday November 29th at 6:00pm and coninuing through Thursday December 3rd at 7:00pm nightly during the week.  The visiting preacher will be Rev. Steve Rhinehart, Pastor of Mt. Sheba Baptist Chuch in Weaverville.  Pastor Stacey Elkins and the congregation invites all to attend.

15th Annual Presentation of Story of Jesus in Music and Drama

West Burnsville Baptist Church will present their 15th Annual Christmas Pageant December 3 - 6. Performances are at 7 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. The pageant includes a concert with familiar Christmas carols, followed by the majestic presentation, through drama and music, of the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The church is located in Burnsville one mile west of the town square on West Burnsville Church Road. Reservations for groups of six or more may be made by calling 828-675-4729. All performances are free!

From the Manger to the Cross: Outdoor Demonstration (Details)

5th Annual Christmas Drive Through Pageant

Gabriels Creek Baptist Church, located at 111 Gabriels Creek Church Road in Mars Hill, will be having their 5th Annual Live Christmas Drive Through Pageant Saturday December 5th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Come to Bethlehem and see the 5th live, outside drive-through presentation of Christ from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle. See the angel visiting Mary, where the Savior's birth took place and live scenes from the ministry of Jesus. Witness Jesus carrying His cross to Golgotha and His ascension into heaven as well as tour Bethlehem Village as it might have looked in Jesus' day.  For more information call 828-682-6755 or email

Christmas Program: "The Best Present of All"

Youngs Chapel FWB Church will be having their Christmas Program on Sunday December 6th at 6:00pm.  Get in the Christmas spirit as their youth present "The Best Present of All".

Annual Primitive Quartet Singing at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

The Primitive Quartet will be singing  at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Spruce Pine Sunday December 6th at 6:00pm.  Pastor Darrin Waldroup and the congregation invite everyone to attend.  

Toy Giveaway

There will be a Toy Giveaway at Cub Creek Baptist Church on Saturday December 12th from 9:00am-12:00 noon.  For more information call Angel Willis at 467-2462.

Christmas Recital by Roberta Whiteside

Vians Valley Presbyterian Church will host a Christmas Recital by Roberta Whiteside Saturday December 12th at 3:00pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The church is located off of 226 past Loafers Glory on Mine Creek Road. For more complete directions or details call Florence at 688-4928.

Christmas Play "This Man Jesus" at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will present their Christmas Play, "This Man Jesus", Saturday December 12th at 6pm with an encore presentation on Sunday, December 13th at 6pm. Pastor Darrin Waldroup and the congregation invites everyone to attend.

Christmas Play

Cub Creek and Red Hill Baptist Churches are joining together to perform a Christmas Play and will be presented Saturday December 19th at 7pm at Cub Creek Baptist Church and Sunday December 20th at 7pm at Red Hill Baptist Church.

Flood Relief

Pastor AJ Moore and Ronnie Proffitt delivered a truckload of flood relief supplies to Rev. Richard Jayroe the pastor of Browns Chapel UMC in Johnsonville SC. The supplies were provided by the Bald Creek and Pensacola United Methodist Church congregations.

Mitchell County Food Pantries (Details)

Seeds of Hope Community Garden

In the spring of 2013, Pastor Tommy James challenged the congregation of First Baptist Church in Burnsville to rethink the church’s mission in the Burnsville community. The vacant lot next to the church, he told them, would be an ideal spot for a community garden. (more)

Full Gospel Food Pantry for Those In Need

The Full Gospel Food Pantry at South Toe Old Presbyterian Church will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm for those in need of food.  South Toe Old Presbyterian Church is located just past South Toe School Road. For more information call 284-0375.

The Full Gospel Food Pantry is asking for monetary dontations to help them buy the food from Manna Food Bank to help them feed hungry people in Yancey County.  Churches and individuals wishing to help with funding may send donations to Donna Randolph, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1832, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Food Ministry for the Needy of All Counties

 Paint Gap Baptist Church is doing a food ministry for the needy.  The only requirement is that you or someone you know needs food.  All counties are welcome.  Please call ahead for pickup time at 828-689-4841 or 828-206-4841.

Food Closet

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine is now offering a Food Closet, open the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00pm-3:00pm for people in need.  For more information call 765-4966

A Pastoral Prayer in Response to Paris

Jeremy Troxler - Spruce Pine United Methodist Church
Our Father in Heaven,
Your prophet Jeremiah looked upon the once-beautiful city of Jerusalem,
devastated by violence and ravaged by bloodshed,
and wished that his eyes were fountains of tears,
so that he could weep continually from grief over the suffering of so many.
Lord, our hearts are overflowing fountains of tears today
as we ponder the violent deaths of your children
in cities like Beirut, in Paris, throughout your world.
With you, we mourn lives ended too soon;
we lament sacred stories stopped mid-sentence;
we grieve for families ripped apart;
we hurt with those whose bodies are maimed and whose memories are haunted;
we shake our heads and rage at the stupidity, the madness, the insanity of such violence.
We feel again the fragility of life,
the shock of death,
the violation of sin,
the wicked potential of the human heart,
our helplessness in protecting ourselves from pain
and our impotence at rooting out evil.
To you we turn. To you we pray.
We seek consolation and hope for those who have had a beloved one torn from their lives.
We ask for healing balm for injuries to body and mind.
We pray for guidance for civic servants and for church, mosque, community, and world leaders.
We cry out for your justice to be served.
We beg for your peace which passes all human understanding or even imagining.
We look to you to restore, to redeem, to make whole.
Lord, your Son taught us to pray,
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
So we, your Son’s people, pray today:
Save us, save all your children from temptation.
Protect us from the temptation to succumb to panicked fear,
to hunker down or to circle the wagons
instead of bravely lifting our heads and opening our arms.
Keep us from the temptation to condemn the many for the actions of a few.
Save us from the temptation to think that lives in Paris
are of more value than lives in Beirut or Kenya or Syria.
Restrain us from the nearly irresistible temptation to fall into the trap laid by the evil one,
to further spread the contagious virus of violence and hatred by responding blindly in kind,
the temptation to become wicked ourselves
by seeking wild vengeance or indiscriminate retribution instead of wise justice.
Save all your children from the hideous temptation to believe that killing could ever be holy.
Let us not be led into temptation, Lord, but deliver us, rescue us from evil:
deliver all your children from evil.
Deliver our world from the evil of any fraudulent form of ideology or religion
that condones or celebrates murder,
be it Christian or Muslim or Secular.
Deliver us from the evil of terrorism.
Deliver us from the evil of ISIS.
Deliver us from the evil of violence.
Deliver us from the evil of fear.
Deliver us from the less obvious forms of evil in our world
that so skillfully masquerade as good.
Deliver us above all from the evil that lurks within ourselves.
Strong Deliverer, Righteous Conqueror of temptation,
in our helplessness, in our pain, we turn to you -
for mercy, consolation, compassion, and healing,
for justice, peace, wisdom and courage,
for rescue and deliverance:
for thine, not ours, is the kingdom;
for thine, not ours, is the power;
for thine, not ours, is the glory;
not just once, not just now, but forever and ever. Amen.