Newly Refurbished Cross in the Sanctuary

 

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It is with great joy that we can announce a new addition to our sanctuary!  But, to be fair, calling it a “new” addition is a bit of a misnomer.  Luther Oates built the walnut cross that has adorned the chancel wall of our church since Mother’s Day of 1935.  It is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece, but it was a bit small for its location above the choir loft on the back wall.

A little over three years ago we had to take down two 317 year-old white oak trees on the south side of the sanctuary.  With the help of the Jackson brothers, we were able to make sure the wood was milled up into dimensional lumber for furniture instead of just being turned into firewood.  The result of this project in saving those trees has already been seen in a number of projects around the church including the picture frames of the original deeds of the church and most recently the refurbishment of the 1879 pulpit that was in the timber-framed church.  Rick Morehead was able to take the white oak from our property and mix it with some walnut to create the pulpit we currently use today.

In many ways, our sanctuary appointments are a reflection of who we are as a church–old and new, blended together seamlessly and in harmony with one another!  The rich, walnut tones accentuate the warm tones of the white oak, creating a unified piece that reminds us of God’s kingdom composed of many colors and peoples–different, yet united together even across the span of time.

Rick Morehead was able to do the lion’s share of the work of this cross, assisted by Rev. Goforth who designed and carved the alpha and the omega on the refurbished cross, and Derick Tickle who gold-leafed the carvings.  This was a work that took the gifts and time of many people to complete, and we hope you enjoy it’s presence among us in worship each Sunday morning.  Stay tuned because we now have a newly refurbished pulpit and a newly refurbished cross–now all we need is a “new” old altar from one of those slabs that the Jacksons cut for us of the Asbury Oaks!

 

 

Summer Sermon Series:

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God has done so much for us.
Luke’s Gospel shows us what God expects of us in return.

“What does the Lord require of you?”
-Micah 6:8

 

When we see a red stamp like the one pictured above on a piece of mail, we know that the sender of that envelope wants us to respond to the message inside it.  God’s word calls for an urgent response in the way we live our lives as well.

Beginning on Sunday, July 10th we will begin a new Summer Sermon Series entitled “Urgent: Action Required.”  This four-part series will focus on some well-known stories in Luke’s Gospel that remind us of all that God has done for us, but will also helps us see what actions God requires of us in return.  You are invited to join us each Sunday morning at 11:00 am in the sanctuary as we explore the stories of the Good Samaritan, Mary and Martha, the Persistent Friend, and the Rich Fool.

We also have some special music planned that will accompany the messages.  If you miss a Sunday, the audio mp3 of the service will be available for download or streaming from our Worship Service Archive section of the website.  Bring a friend with you as we learn together from God’s word.  May the peace of Christ be with you.

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Annual Conference 2016

Quilt-400-300x225It’s the time of year again when United Methodist engage in Annual Conference.  For many, Annual Conference is a time of what John Wesley called “holy conferencing,” a term that seems to many nowadays to be a bit oxymoronic–for what on earth can be holy about a conference?  Well, in Wesley’s day, holy conferencing was a way of speaking about being involved with other like-minded individuals about the relevant theological conversations of the day.  It was not that we were all to agree with one another in every way, shape, and form, but there was an understanding that an attitude of mutual respect and engagement took the limelight.

It is my hope that such a wonderful tradition will continue in our mountains at Lake Junaluska this week and weekend as meet together to chart the course for the Western NC Annual Conference together for the upcoming year.  We may not all agree, but I have always viewed those times in my life when I’ve been an outsider as a real gift to me personally as I’ve found out more of who I really am–and I imagine you’ve had the same experience in your life as well.  Please keep the lay and clergy delegates to Annual Conference in your prayers.  If you’d like to find our more about what has happened at Lake Junaluska this past week, you can see all the updates by going to the conference website at www.wnccumc.org.

A briefing of what happened the opening day of Annual Conference is located here.