This weeks upcoming events and Announcements

Sunday, Oct. 22: Ignite Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Wear any shade of pink to not only honor those who have suffered this illness but to also bring awareness to the importance of self-screening and early detection.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: American Red Cross Blood Drive  Roy Johnson Room, 1:30-6 p.m. 

It's almost time - but not too late - for you to sign up for next week's blood drive. If you don't know your schedule, you can come as a walk-in. There's usually less waiting time after 3:00 p.m. It's a precious gift you can give, and one that is constantly needed.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Sew Much Love Meets, 9-11:00 a.m. 

If you have basic sewing skills, please join the Sew Much Love group in the Roy Johnson Room. We are making dresses and pants for little children. For more information, click 

Wednesday, Oct. 25: "I Don't Know What To Say: Comforting Those Who Mourn" Class, 3:30 -5:00 p.m. 

Often, we don't know how to help someone who is grieving. The bereaved struggle with intense emotions, including anger, guilt, and deep sadness after the death of a loved one. If you're worried about saying or doing the wrong thing at this difficult time, you're not alone. Join us as we explore practical ways to offer comfort and support, and practice the art of compassionate consolation. Led by Lara McKinnis (Bereavement Team Leader, Four Seasons Hospice) and Rev. Jean Goodwin (Assistant Pastor). 

Wednesday, Oct. 25:  The Gathering, our drop-in dinner from 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

Prepared by a local catering service, this week's menu is:  Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potato Souffle, Sugar Snap Peas with Julienne Carrots, Salad Bar with Rolls, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. The children's menu is Chicken Tenders and Mac 'n Cheese. Enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to classes starting at 6:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary. 

  • Gathering Dinner Volunteers We need a few volunteers on Wednesday evening to help with serving food, washing dishes and general setup/cleanup. If you can help one or more Wednesdays, please contact Paul Goebel, 828-699-3482 or For more information click The Gathering.

What's coming soon...

Sunday, Oct. 29: Annual Charge Conference, 4:00 p.m., Chapel

This is an important time of reporting on the business of Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. You are encouraged to attend and celebrate our connexionalism.

Tuesday, Oct. 31: Calling All Chili Cooks!

We need a variety of chili (classic beef, chicken, vegetarian) for our Trunk or Treat hosts on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Bring your chili of choice in a crock pot no later than 4:45 p.m. to the Gettman room. Madeleine Duncan will be hosting our Chili Table in costume! Contact Leslie Merrill by Sunday, Oct. 29, at or 828-693-4275.

Tuesday, Oct. 31, Trunk or Treat, 6-7:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun evening of Trick or Treating in the lower church parking  lot! Help us to reach out to families in our church and community by being a trunk host. Decorate your truck or hatch, elaborately or simply (nothing too scary, please), and have fun giving out candy. You may also participate by donating candy. Look for a collection bin in the Welcome Area. Be a part of the design team - join the team by Tuesday, Oct. 10 - or sign up as a "Trunk Host" by Tuesday, Oct. 24. 

Wednesday, Nov. 1: Erin Johnson, Missionary, to Speak

Erin Johnson, missionary to the Philippines with Brand New Day Ministries, will share an update on her work with street children in Silang, Philippines, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. She will review the progress her ministry has made, the challenges facing the people with whom she works, and the plans Brand New Day has to expand.

Saturday, Nov. 4: Juried Crafts Festival

The 17th annual Juried Crafts Festival will fill the Barber Christian Life Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with wood carvings, pottery, handmade jewelry, fabric art, holiday decor, photography, etc. created by 50 talented artists and craftspeople. Lunch provided by Dandelion Catering, a job training program of Safelight.

Sunday, Nov. 5: All Saints Day

Enhance the Sanctuary With Your Photos. All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for those who have gone before us in faith. You can honor the memory of your loved ones by bringing photographs or mementos to the church before Nov. 1; drop off at the welcome desk or in Michael Brannon's office. Please label each item with your name and phone number. Your items can be picked up in the sanctuary immediately after the 11:00 a.m. service or later from Michael's office. If you have any questions, email Karen Appleby at

Wednesday, Nov. 8: 11th Annual Veterans Dinner

The 11th annual Veterans Dinner will be held in the Barber Christian Life Center starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be a dinner accompanying the ceremonies. Veterans are invited at no charge. Spouses and other adults: $7.00. Veterans, please plan on attending so we can honor your service to our country.

News you can use

The October Word Newsletter Is Ready For You!

Click The Word to read the October issue. The Word is available in paper format at our Welcome Desk, and is delivered to shut-ins by our wonderful volunteers during their scheduled visits.

Check out the November-December Youth Newsletter

Click November-December Newsletter to read about the many planned events.

ZOE Children's Art on Display

When you walk past the Missions bulletin board (on the ground floor next to Leslie Merrill's office), look for the poster made by the children in our newest ZOE Rwandan group, ICYEREKEZO. The poster depicts their dreams for the future with the names of children who share the dream. Thank you for helping them make their dreams come true. For more information, contact Carol or Austin Watson at or

Updated Contact Information Reminder

If you have recently changed your email or telephone number, please contact Cindi in our church office, 828-693-4275, with your updated information. Thank you!

Parking Update

Great news! Our Sunday Parking volunteers report parking in the Buncombe St. lot is going very well, and those who use the First Citizen's lot (both top and bottom levels) find it very convenient to access the Sanctuary and the Ignite service side door. There are still many open spots in the First Citizen's lot, and we encourage you to park there for easy access to the church.

Financial Update

The October 2017 Stewardship Update Letter keeps you current on the status of our five stewardship initiatives. Click Stewardship Update to read about these projects. The Kairos Leadership Team shares with you the financial report as of September 30. Click Operating Fund Summary for the latest financial data. Thank you for your generous support of this church!


Tune In To Our Live Radio Broadcast Every Sunday Morning

Our 11:00 a.m. service is broadcast live on WTZQ's two stations: 95.3 FM and AM 1600. When you can't join us in Sunday worship, tune to WTZQ and hear the complete service.

Pastoral Care Line: 828-702-1454

Because our pastors' individual schedules vary, please call the Pastor Care Line at 828-702-1454 if you have a Congregational Care need. The Line is monitored 24/7 to ensure your needs are promptly met.

Deadline for "Word" Newsletter Articles

The deadline for The Word monthly newsletter articles is the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Please submit articles by using the Communications Request form on our FUMC website under the Connect tab.