CEDAR MOUNTAIN NEWS FOR THURSDAY 8-18-22

BLOOD DRIVE

Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Auxiliary is hosting the next blood on Saturday, August 27th at the fire station from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Red Cross now. Make your appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time.


FAITH MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes folks of all denominations to our services, held on Sundays at 11:00 AM. We meet only in the summer and have no membership roll, so you won’t feel like a guest. Each Sunday, we have clergy from different churches that visit us to lead the service and we are blessed to also have great music to accompany the great message!


This Sunday, Faith Memorial Chapel welcomes The Reverend Brian Gilmer. Brian is serving his second year as Senior Pastor at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Vance Jenkins will provide wonderful selections of music.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST

On Saturday, Sept 3rd the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Auxiliary will be serving a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the fire station from 8 am to 11 am. We will have pancakes including blueberry and maple syrups, fruit salad and sausage for your dining pleasure. Donations will be gladly accepted and will benefit the fire department.


HOMECOMING AT ROCKY HILL CHURCH

"Homecoming" commences at Rocky Hill Baptist Church Sunday August 28th at 10:30am. The homecoming will be followed with a covered-dish lunch, and everyone is invited to drop their food off at the Family Life Center building next to the church prior to services. Rocky Hill has been in existence almost 150 year's, and our annual Homecoming brings old and new families together for remembrance and fellowship.


Music will be by the Rocky Hill choir and their leader Lenoir Bishop, plus any others that wish to perform (please call the church at 828/862-5611 to be put on the list).


The visiting pastor for this year's Homecoming is Dr. Oliver (Butch) Skerrett, who is filling in for Rev. Dr. Leland Holland. Pastor Holland is recovering from open heart surgery.


Homecoming at Rocky Hill Baptist Church is always the 4th Sunday in August, so please mark your calendar for next year! The address of the church is 10811 Greenville Hwy. (Hwy. 276) Cedar Mountain NC 28718


BOOK DONATIONS/SALE

The Transylvania County Library located at 212 S. Gaston Street (left, off Main Street) in Brevard is still collecting books for their annual BOOK SALE that will be held in the large Rogow Room at the Library the week of October 7 - 14th. You're invited to drop off your unwanted books every Monday from 10am-noon, and also this (one) Saturday, September 20th, the Friends of the Library will be collecting book donations inside the Rogow Room from 10 am-noon. The last day to drop off your books is September 19th, a Monday. You may call the Library for further information at (828)884-3151


CHRISTINE'S CORNER by Christine Pace

CAROLYN MCCOY EUBANKS

It was a sad surprise to hear that my friend Carolyn Eubanks passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 10th, following a brief stay at Mission Hospital in Asheville. She had had a heart blockage repaired and we all thought she was on the mend, but the Lord called her home her first night back in her house. I got the message late Thursday after returning home from the first day of the Mountain Gourd Gathering. I couldn't go to sleep, and talked about this remarkable, giving lady for the next hour to one of the gourd artists who was staying in my guest room.


Carolyn would have celebrated her and her husband Bob's 57th wedding anniversary on Monday, August 15th, and instead, her church, Carr's Hill Baptist, held a funeral for her. Husband Bob stood and told of what they would have done to celebrate if she were still here. Carolyn was born on February 20, 1944, to Joe & Elsie McCoy. Besides her husband Bobby, she is survived by her two sons Jeff (Kim) and Kelley, one grandson Jordan, and many nieces & nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed.


I attended Carolyn's funeral and heard the voice of Pastor Bill Voorhees before I saw him. He stood to tell how she became the secretary for the Transylvania Baptist Association while he was director. For 25 years!



MOUNTAIN GOURD GATHERING

Last week was the 10th annual Mountain Gourd Gathering, which I host, at the Family Life Center here in Cedar Mountain; the first following a 2-year hiatus because of Covid. It was great seeing so many friends and talented gourd artists, and some new to the craft! On the 2nd day of our 3-day event Pastor, Bill Voorhees brought a group up from his church in Mauldin, SC, and stopped to see the gourd art. They were impressed! Before the group left they asked to see the inside of Rocky Hill Baptist Church, next door, where Pastor Bill had preached several times when she was the Transylvania Baptist Association director. His group was anxious to see the "pews that were made all from one poplar tree", and the thin strips of wood flooring put down by hand many year's ago. I obliged, even showing them a photograph of the church when it was first built in the 1800's. They continued into Brevard and visited Mud Dabber's pottery shop, Looking Glass waterfall, and ate hot dogs at Rocky's Soda Shop. They have invited me to their church, the First Baptist Church of Mauldin, to teach a gourd ornament class sometime this fall.

There were a dozen different classes taught at this year's Mountain Gourd Gathering over the 3 days, one of them being a unique, long-legged Pink Flamingo birdhouse. Taught by Judi Flaming of upper North Carolina, the photo here shows 3 students and their finished bird houses. I taught one class myself, sculpting a Santa ornament using the 2-part epoxy "Quikwood". None of my friends took my class though because it was "too early", ahem. Still, I had almost a full class. Attendance was lower this year, naturally. Sign up early next year though! You can see more info on the web site here: http://mountaingourdgathering.weebly.com or email me at chris_p_artist@yahoo.com


VOLUNTEERS FROM SAFE

Did you know that I volunteer at Safe's Attic in Brevard? I think I may have mentioned this before. In the weeks leading up to the Mountain Gourd Gathering I talked about the event to a few other volunteers, and was excited to see five volunteers from Safe at the gourd gathering! Meg and Charlotte each took two classes, while Martha shopped for finished gourd art on display. I hope to gather these friends together one day when the 'Attic doesn't need us, and teach them how to make gourd ornaments. I met a couple new Transylvania county residents too, who say they want to be included in this future get-together. I'm hoping to interest them in giving a few hours of their free time to Safe's Attic or another worthy organization. Just a few hours makes a world of difference!


SHERWOOD FOREST LADIES GOLF LEAGUE

League results for Aug. 15: On a beautiful morning, 17 women played the back nine in a game of closest to the hole on number 13. Winner: Peggy Baldwin. Low net: Sue Wojcik. Low gross: Georgia Osterc.


AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

Our pre anniversary gift to ourselves is a new front door. Not very romantic but it is such a relief to have a door replaced that was a formidable adversary when trying to get into the house. Opens and closes like a dream now.


We took our motor home (the Infirmary) to get some better shocks put on. The bumpy roads rattle your teeth and encourage cuss words. Ha. We'd like to have our next trip a bit more pleasant.


We had to leave the Infirmary there and our trip back home (in our Jeep) from the garage (60 miles away), was interesting. On a whim, we decided to go where the GPS told us no matter how ridiculous the instructions were. We don’t recommend that. The adventure was sort of fun though and took us on gravel and one-lane roads part of the way. It was intriguing not knowing what was around the next bend. I believe this shortcut was at least 15 miles farther than taking the roads we knew. It also took a lot longer.


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