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Faith Notes

Friday, Oct. 4

STRINGS OF PRAISE CONCERT, 7 p.m., Brookstone Church, 90 Griffee Road, Weaverville. The church will host Ray Flynn Ministries’ Strings of Praise concert. The concert will feature mult-Grammy-nominated band, The Isaacs, which is an eight-time award-winning arts; bluegrass favorite Primitive Quartet; Emily Ann Roberts from “The Voice;” and High Road, billed as “New Artist of the Year.” Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7. To order tickets, are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP, call (888) 238-6858 or online at RAYFLYNNMINISTRIES.COM. (VIP tickets include early admission, choice of seating and a meet-and-greet with the artists from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) 

Saturday, Oct. 5

ARUN GANDHI PRESENTATION ON PEACE/INCLUSIVITY/NONVIOLENCE, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, will address — in a single presentation given twice — the principles of peace, inclusivity and nonviolence to Western North Carolina. His talk is titled “Be The Change: Creating Peace Within and Without.” (The late M.K. Gandhi’s 150th birthday is being marked by celebrations worldwide this October, Unity stated in an event promotion. M.K. Gandhi often was referred to by his supporters as “The Mahatma,” which is Sanskrit for “Great Soul.” Mahatma is similar in usage to the modern English term “saint” and can be translated to “ascended master.” Regarding M.K. Gandhi, Wikipedia noted that he “was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.”) As for Dr. Arun Gandhi’s presentation, an event promotion noted, “Gandhi will outline the steps every individual can take towards creating peace within and without. Advancing the legacy of his grandfather, Arun says, ‘Peace is the creating of understanding, equality and harmony in self and society.’ Arun learned the lessons of peace and nonviolence firsthand, beginning at age 12 when he was sent to live with his grandfather. Arun was born in South Africa during the time of the nation’s apartheid laws. As an Indian, he was a victim of racial violence and his teenage anger led his parents to send him to live with his grandfather for two years. Grandfather Gandhi taught his grandson through stories, parables and various disciplines ‘to channel anger for good and turn weakness into strength; understanding it as a lifelong process.’ As founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Arun has committed his life to the process, education, and practice of peace, equality and nonviolence; working with governments, leaders, institutions and individuals around the globe. In his first visit to North Carolina, Arun will share the stories and teachings of his grandfather in a captivating presentation; he will then respond to questions from the audience.: A book sale and signing will follow. Seating will be limited. Tickets , which must be purchased in advance, may be ordered online at, or by calling 891-8700.

Friday, Oct. 11

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 p.m., 1 Sandburg Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The UUCA will screen a yet-to-be-announced film. After the screening, a discussion will be held. All are welcome and admission is free.

Sunday, Oct. 13

PROPHETIC MINISTRY, 11 a.m., Glory Tabernacle, 1221 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Dr. Mark Barclay, billed as a “preacher or righteousness,” will preach. According to an event flyer, “For over 40 years, Dr. Mark T. Barclay has traveled the world over, preaching the uncompromising Word of God. He is a proven, precise leader among ministers. God has anointed him with a severely accurate prophetic ministry. Don’t miss this opportunity for impartation and revelation!”

HOMETOWN GOSPEL CELEBRATION, 2:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. A Sunday afternoon of hometown gospel favorites will feature Turning Home, the White Sisters, the Dendy Sisters and more. For tickets, which are $10, visit

Saturday, Nov. 2

MEN’S RETREAT, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Bonclarken Retreat Center, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock. The 2019 Men’s Retreat will feature Jonathan Lotz, grandson of Billy Graham. Registration is limited to 90 men.To register, visit online at

JURIED ART/CRAFT FESTIVAL, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Avenue W., Hendersonville. The church will hold its 19th annual Juried Art and Craft Festival. Forty local artists will bring original, handcrafted art and fine crafts for sale, including baskets, oil and watercolor paintings, old-world Santas, jewelry, holiday décor, pottery and wood-turned bowls. The show is one of many missional activities supported by the church. Proceeds will  support a self-help fund for low-income residents of church-owned apartments.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2019 21:03


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