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The community potluck was well attended. An enlightening short film called Through Their Eyes, a history of America at War from 1917 through the Global War on Terror, was shown. Many veterans were present, honored and encouraged to go first in line for the ample buffet. Veteran Charles Holden emphasized that some wars/conflicts are really never over.


This Sunday, Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes the Rev. Dr. Stephen Clyborne. Stephen retired in January 2023, after a distinguished ministry culminating with his service as Senior Pastor at Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina since 2009.

Selections of music this Sunday will be provided by Soprano, Emily O'Connor. Emily is a native of Slate Hill, New York. She received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Master of Music from Boston Conservatory of Music.


On Sunday, July 16th, there will be an Indian Dinner Fundraiser event with free cultural presentations at Lighthouse Chapel, Terra Nova Center. Meals are Vegan/Gluten Free. You can Dine in or take out. Please reserve at

Event Itinerary: 5:00 pm: Welcome Singing Bowl Music by Hailey, TNC board member; 5:30 pm: Dinner, then relax or take a lake walk; 7:00-8:00 pm: Tibetan Thangka Painting and Indian Dance presentations by Yogesh and Tanamayi at 8 pm. Cultural presentations are open to everyone 7:00-8:00 pm with or without dinner reservations.


Starting on July 19th onwards, Wednesdays between 5:30-6:30 pm, Bollywood Dance classes will be offered at Cedar Mountain Community Center. To sign up, please visit the schedule at


On the second Friday of each month, the Cedar Mountain Canteen will be serving authentic Indian cuisine. The next meal will be Friday, July 14th, at 5:30 pm. Meals are gluten-free and vegan. Dine-in or take-out options are available. This is a zero-waste event so please bring your containers for takeout. The Canteen is furnishing plates, bowls, and flatware to use.

Dinner will consist of a simple meal with 4 items at $18. A full platter with 8 items is $35. Pre-order Indian Dinners at the CM Canteen Website or We thank you for your support. June proceeds went to the Cedar Mountain Fire Department. July proceeds will go to the Cedar Mountain Community Center.


Monday was a record day for the Sherwood Forest Ladies Golf League. We had 28 women show up for a round of golf. The game was Par 4’s on the front nine. Game winner: Georgia Osterc. Low Net: Deb Hincewicz. Low gross: Gloria Clouse. Next week we play the back nine, and the game is Odd Holes Count. Come out and play with us if you haven't already. Or come out and play with us again if you've only been out a couple of times. We continue league play through the first Monday of October. Registration is at 8:30 am Play starts at 9 a.m. With the large group we've been having lately, please do arrive no later than 8:40 am to register, or call Sherwood's clubhouse by 8:30 am to let us know you're coming so we can get you on the starter's sheet. The clubhouse phone is 828-884-7825.


Mark your calendars for our next blood drive on Saturday 8-26-23 at the CMFR in Cedar Mountain from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.


It’s nice to know that the Solomon and Janie Jones family reunion on July 4th commenced with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.


Kickoff on Sunday, July 16 - Slip and Slide at 5 pm with hotdog supper to follow and then VBS at 6:30 pm. Sunday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 18 – VBS activities from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm include Bible skits, crafts, music, zip line, and snack supper. Ages - Preschool through middle school. Contact – Patty Stahl at 885-2498. Please come and join us!

CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace


You’re invited to a drop-in at the Cedar Mountain House this Saturday, July 15, from 1-3 pm. Sponsored by the Cedar Mountain House and Rocky Hill Baptist Church Missions, we are kicking off “Operation Christmas Child” on Saturday, also known as the Shoebox ministry. Please bring one or more items to put in a shoebox to go to needy children for Christmas. Suggestions of items to donate include, but are not limited, to these items: Tote bags, puzzles, sewing and/or craft kits, shirts & pants, hats, mittens, scarves, bandanas, toy cars, dolls, hair bows, colored pencils & a sketch pad, etc.

There are several locations you may drop off items if you’re unable to make it to the July 15th kick-off. Donations will be accepted through July 31st at these locations: In Brevard: First Citizens Bank (Broad St.), Charlie’s Tire (Caldwell St.), and Attitudes Hair & Nail Salon (Jordan St.) In Pisgah Forest on Hwy. 64 you may drop items off at the Transylvania Baptist Association building. In Cedar Mountain donations are accepted at the Cedar Mountain House, Rocky Hill Baptist Church, and the Back Porch at the Creekside Market. Questions, please call (828)513-0686.


August 10th-12th is the date of the 11th annual “Mountain Gourd Gathering” here in Cedar Mountain, at the Family Life Center. Classes are posted online for Friday & Saturday (Aug. 11 & 12) and can be seen at: http/

Thursday afternoon from 1-4 pm there will be several Make ‘n Take classes, you can just walk in and participate if you wish. No signup is needed. Two new classes are offered this year. Bob Ross a (certified instructor) will provide the canvases, oil paints, & brushes needed to learn this technique.

A huge selection of already-cleaned gourds will be available from “Front Porch Gourds”, and supplies to create various art forms on the wonderful hard-shell gourd. You may contact host Christine Pace at (828) 885-2103 or (828) 556-5238 with questions.


Homecoming is scheduled for the 4th Sunday in August each year. This year’s date is August 27th. Homecoming begins at 10:00 am with music, a slide show of past homecomings, a memorial of those who passed this past year, and a message brought by a visiting pastor, Rev. C. Matthew Jones from Matthews, NC will be preaching this year. He attended Rocky Hill in his teenage years. A huge covered dish lunch follows in the Family Life Center next door. Food can be dropped off there prior to the start of Homecoming. The church provides fried chicken and drinks. For more information please call the pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church, Dr. Leland Holland, at (828)862-5611

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

It’s good to be home again in beautiful Cedar Mountain/Transylvania County. We were treated to unexpectedly great weather while on vacation in Wisconsin. It was mostly sunny with a shower or two and temps in the 80s. The air quality was very good also. This was to be a fishing trip but the lake at the campground was only accessible by golf cart or a long walk. We went to another lake, and caught one nice Bluegill, but turned it loose when nothing else was caught.

On the way back we stayed at a campground in Berea, KY. Temp was in the 90s and our motor home A/C couldn’t quite cope with it. We will have that checked out before our next trip out west. We went swimming in the pool when the sun was nearly down. Wow. I hadn’t been swimming since last year and it was wonderful.

The kitty kids, Buddy and Nozee, were glad to be home. They were very well-behaved for the entire trip and found the captain's seat most comfortable when the “Capt” wasn’t in it.

Tuesday morning I walked outside and saw that deer had eaten all the Hostas they could reach, a geranium, daylilies (buds and all) and sampled just about everything else in the flower bed. There’s not much left. Don’t get me wrong, I love deer – prepared properly, served with mashed potatoes and gravy with pie for desert.


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