Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Eve 5pm service

5 pm will be the starting time for the 2012 Community Christmas Eve music service at Marshall Presbyterian Church.  

The music will be led by Kenny Cheek, MPC choir director and graduate of Mars Hill College.  An offering will be given to the Neighbors in Need Food Pantry and Crisis Fund.

Begin your Christmas Eve with this beautiful service!

Christmas at Marshall Presbyterian Church

On Thursday, December 20, Marshall Presbyterian Church was filled with everything from a medieval lute to the sound of a pipe organ playing jazz during the Annual Christmas Concert Benefit for Neighbors in Need on Thursday.  Jazz pianist Steve Davidowski organized the concert to raise funds for the Neighbors in Need food pantry and crisis fund. This is the 6th concert Steve has organized for the charity.

Steve Davidowski's trio, with bassist James Simmons and drummer Jeffry Rudolph, thrilled the audience with jazz renditions of favorite carols. Sam Parker, Mary Eagle, Steve Garrison, Kevin Jetter and and 11 other local other local talented musicians presented a diverse genre of Christmas music. Even the Snow Queen, Emily Craig, who recently appeared with the Asheville Ballet, brought the magic of the Nutcracker to Marshall.

The joy of Christmas was enhanced by the beautiful tree and decorations in the sanctuary at Marshall Presbyterian Church. Kenny Cheek, Mars Hill College graduate and choir director at the church thanked the musicians and invited everyone to the 5 pm Christmas Eve music service where the offering will also be given to Neighbors in Need.

Neighbors in Need serves Madison County by providing gives food and financial assistance in crisis situations to residents. Neighbors in Need is a 501(c)(3) charity supported by local churches and volunteer workers and can be contacted at 828-649-3622.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

General Assembly "in brief"

Assembly in Brief: 220th General Assembly (2012)

On July 9th, the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) adjourned after a week of worship and work as the highest council of the denomination. Just under 900 elected commissioners and advisory delegates from every presbytery came from north, south, east, and west to discern together the mind of Christ for the PC(USA).

You can veiw a summary of the Assembly "in Brief."  This 12-page booklet contains stories and photographs from the 220th General Assembly (2012).

Assembly in Brief" is specifically designed for people in the pew who want a quick, readable summary of the General Assembly,” says Presbyterian News Service Coordinator Jerry Van Marter, the publication’s writer/editor. “We publish it in bulletin-insert size so congregations can use it in their Sunday worship bulletin or church newsletter, whether it’s print or electronic.”
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Thursday, June 7, 2012


Find Marshall Presbyterians serving refreshments during the French Broad Friday Mermaid parade. Be sure to notice the wooden cross placed in front of the church before Easter . . . new life is growing from it! Marshall Presbyterian Church has recently celebrated new members and graduates. Sunday's worship begins at 11. Sunday school classes for children and adults begin at 10 am. All are welcome.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Holy Week at Marshall Presbyterian Church

All are welcome to join with us during any time this Holy Week!

Our Seder meal is Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm at which time we remember the Passover celebration and the last Supper.

At noon on Good Friday, April 6, join Reverend Upchurch in the sanctuary for a reading of the Gospel accounts of the final hours of Jesus' life. 

Easter Sunday begins with a Sunrise Service with the 1st Baptist Church on the island.  The service is at 8 am followed by breakfast at the 1st Baptist Church.

Sunday School is studying "Walking the Way of the Cross with Paul" at 10 am on Sunday mornings, including Easter.

And, Easter Sunday worship will be at 11am.  Come celebrate the promise of resurrection with us!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lent and Easter

Marshall Presbyterian Church will begin the Lent season with Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7pm on February 22.  

A SERVICE OF WHOLENESS AND HEALING will be held on February 28. Healing and wholeness is at the very heart of God's intention for all humanity (Isaiah 40:29-31; Ephesians 2:10). Over 1/3 of the gospel stories are devoted to Jesus' healing ministry. In the Bible, the root Hebrew and Greek words for “salvation” (shalom and sozo, respectively) both mean "wholeness/completeness.”  Feb. 28's service will be a quiet time of meditation, prayer, wholeness, and healing.

Palm Sunday and Easter will be celebrated during regular worship, 11 am on Sunday mornings.  On Easter, April 8, we will join with the 1st Baptist Church for a sunrise service on the island, 7:30 am followed by rolls and coffee at the 1st Baptist Church.  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ash Wednesday and Service of Healing and Wholeness

Ash Wednesday Service
Join your community for an Ash Wednesday service at 12:15 on Feb. 22.  Sandwiches will be served afterwards.  Those  who work elsewhere or go to school, please speak with Rev. Upchurch if you would like to have another service at 7 pm.

Service of Healing and Wholeness
Healing and wholeness are at the very heart of God's intention for all humanity (Isaiah 40:29-31; Ephesians 2:10). Over 1/3 of the gospel stories are devoted to Jesus' healing ministry. In the Bible, the root Hebrew and Greek words for “salvation” (shalom and sozo, respectively) both mean "wholeness/completeness.”  Feb. 28's service will be a quiet time of meditation, prayer, wholeness, and healing.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Presbyterians renewing

Reverend Upchurch is leading us through a series of messages on Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds based on the Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 6:20 which tells us to “glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20).  

February 19th's 5 Cents a Meal offering is sent to the Western North Carolina Presbytery. Twice a year the Presbytery Hunger Committee reviews grant requests from regional ministries working with those who are poor. These agencies must have programs that meet the guidelines adopted by Presbytery, be endorsed by local Presbyterian churches, and representatives must meet with the Hunger Committee. International programs/agencies receiving funds must have been approved by the PCUSA, or else receive approval for Presbytery’s Coordinating Council. The funds are allocated as follows: International projects: 55%; Regional projects: 40%; Education and Administrative costs: up to 5% (with the unused portion allocated to international projects).  Madison County's Neighbors in Need program has received grants from the Presbytery Hunger Committee in past years.