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Newsletter FOR December 2, 2023


Condolences -  Charlene Anderson passed away at Elizabeth House on Monday, November 27, at the age of 95. She was married to Gordon Anderson. They lived together at Fletcher Park Inn all their married life of 20 years. We thank God for giving Charlene a long life of service as a dedicated follower of Jesus. We pray for God to comfort Gordon and Charlene’s surviving sister and her children. We eagerly await the day of Christ’s return, when He will raise believers in Him to life eternal.

Christmas Singles Event - held in the Fellowship Hall on December 2 from 3:30-7:00pm. Please come and bring a single friend. Program order:
3:30 bring food for light meal & drop off in the kitchen.
Menu: Soup, salad, sandwiches, Christmas cookies (cake provided). We will celebrate December birthdays.
4:00 pm - Attend Kelly Mowrer’s Christmas concert upstairs in our sanctuary.
5:00 - Fellowship hall for light meal.

Sundown Devotional to follow.
Christmas party playing the white elephant game. Bring gift of value $10-15. If finances are an issue let Kathy know. For more information call or text Kathy Lynch at 828-693-9936, or email
singles@fletchersda.org .

Christmas Sing-along - You are invited to a special sing-along Christmas music service with concert pianist, Kelly Mowrer. Come enjoy beloved Christmas carols interwoven with Scripture and fascinating stories. We will be inspired and encouraged as we celebrate the birth of Jesus together and worship Him through music. December 2, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone welcome! Bring a friend.

Captain Gilmer Christian School  invites you - to attend their annual holiday program, entitled “Gods Gift at Christmas time. Joy, Love, Peace and Hope”. It will be held at the Lelia Patterson Center, on December 8, at 7:00pm. You may also watch it by broadcast at fletcheracademy.org  (Campus Life/Livestream). 

December 16 Potluck Lunch - we are inviting the Fletcher Academy dorm students to join us for a top-a-potato lunch. Potatoes will be provided. Please bring your favorite toppings, salads, or desserts.

Women’s Ministry Christmas Tea Party - Sunday, December 10, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Ladies your presence is requested and desired for fellowship, food, and fun. Enjoy tea, hot chocolate, and refreshments. Feel free to bring your favorite cookies or dessert to share if that is something you would like to do. We will be playing the white elephant game (gift exchange) so bring a gift of $10-$15. Contact Stacy Bell for more information @ womensministries@fletchersda.org.

Christmas Eve Celebration - 6:30pm Sunday, December 24, in the church sanctuary. Plan now to attend with your family and friends. The program will be filled with music and scripture about the birth of Jesus.

2024 Reformation Tour -  Journey with Pastor Ryan and Laura Ashlock in the footsteps of the Waldenses, John Huss, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other Protestant Reformers September 24-October 8, 2024. Cost is $3,500 plus airfare. For more information contact Laura Ashlock laura.ashlock@gmail.com 704-534-6999.

We are looking -  for a new Fletcher church secretary. The position involves about 20 hours of work each week. For more information contact Pastor Ryan at pastorryan@fletchersda.org, or 704-534-6480.

Next Gospel Sing-a-long - January 20. Starting at 1:30pm in the Youth room. Bring your instruments, and/or your voice as we praise the Lord together!

ReCharge - A Public Evangelism and Church Growth Retreat hosted by It Is Written January 7-10, 2024 in Fort Worth, TX. Come aside to a quiet place and gain practical tools and biblical soul-winning methods from experienced pastors and evangelists. God will equip you to tackle the Great Commission in the territory He has called you to win for Him. $119. Register by December 18, 2023. This event is for church members, leaders, pastors, and administrators. https://iiw.us/recharge/ 

God gave all so we can give freely - Annually our church has funded mission projects as one way to respond to God’s abundant generosity toward us. This year we have chosen a goal of $25,000 to support three mission projects: 1. 2024 Kenya Mission Trip - water purification systems and medical outreach (52%); 2. The Wyler Family - missionaries with Adventist Frontier Missions (28%); 3. Interfaith Assistance Ministry - serving our local community in Hendersonville and a wonderful partner with our Thrift Store Ministry (20%). Please mark your donation, “Fletcher Mission Fund.”



Prayer Power

If you would like to be added to our prayer list please speak with one of the pastors or contact the church office during office hours. You are welcome to join us in praying for the following people:

Individuals with private needs. Also: Opie Winston; Annette Heller, friend of Greg & Connie Peters, cancer diagnosis; Dolly Sills, pancreatic cancer, (sister of Don Wetmore); Abby, 8yr old with breathing issues, (niece of Bill & Teresa Bass); Rodney Johnson, (brother of Sarah Huston); Darlene Nash; Tim Browning; Janis Moore’s cousin Debi, brain tumor; Mike Summey; Julie C. with kidney failure, and her family, for strength & comfort; Hayden Brown; Jim Archer; Nancy Merz; Rolene Hanson; Noreen Harrison (in hospice care) and her children, Lori & Michael; Cheri Matthews recovery from surgery, her step-father (cancer) & mother; Elizabeth Culver; Elaine Myers; Brittany (Weis) Kinney; Ellen Herman, Maria Nudd’s mother; Gene and Anne Krishingner; Paula Saunders; Shari & Kyrie Ruiz; Susan Chun’s niece, Janice Chun, leukemia; Debbie Shaw’s friend; Tara Rains; Steven Jones, military service; Sharon Brinson; Gerald Moretz; Brad Hansen; Bob & Joyce Osborne; Jack LaPrade; John Campbell; Brexton Fleming, developmental challenges; Shirley Polivka’s friends Christine & Jade Davis; Kathy Sterner’s sister-in-law, heart; Dave Pendleton’s friends; Our home-bound members;  Fletcher Academy Ministries Inc.; Captain Gilmer Christian School; Fletcher Park Inn; Radio Station WFHC; AdventHealth.


Other News Around Our Community


A celebration of the life - of Karen Syfert (mother of Erin Teague) will be held at the Upward SDA Church, 961 Upward Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731, on Saturday, December 9, at 2:30 pm. Join us as we honor Karen and her impact on her family, church and community.
A Thanksgiving-themed fellowship meal from 12:30-2pm will precede the service, and refreshments will follow.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to support the 'Apples for the Teacher: A Fund for Educational Innovation' at the Upward Adventist School, where Karen volunteered, serving as a teacher's aide, treasurer and school board member. Donations can be made via GoFundMe or checks may be mailed to Upward Adventist School, 957 Upward Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731. The service will be streamed on the church's Facebook page: Upward Seventh-day Adventist Church.

“Growing Together” - This event is designed for all church leaders, regardless of their department, and young adults as well. If you have a passion for learning how to foster unity within our church and effectively engage our young people, this event is tailor-made for you. Held at the beautiful Nosoca Pines Ranch from January 26th to 28th. To register go to  www.carolinasda.org.

Evangelism Impact “Alive and Revitalized” - February 1-4, 2024 at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Presentations will be in both English and Spanish. Speakers include Debleaire Snell, Richie Halversen, José Cortes, Jr., José Chazarreta, Roger Hernandez, and David Kleindinst. For more information and to register visit https://d.io/evangelismimpact2024/c20548.


Interfaith Assistance Ministries  Please leave items for Interfaith in the box in the coat closet near the narthex.


November 2023  Interfaith Assistance Ministry needs

(Please leave items for Interfaith in the box in the coat closet near the narthex.)

Personal Care Items - Diapers size 4,5,6 (no pull-ups), Stick Deodorant, Shampoo, Bar soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Disposable Razors, Baby Wipes

Food Items - Canned items (fruit, tuna, chicken, corn, mixed vegetables, diced tomatoes, beans, soup,) Cereal, Dry Pasta

Clothing/Linens - King & Queen Blankets & Sheets, Pillows, Towels, Men’s Jeans sizes 28-34, Children’s Sneakers - all sizes, Children’s Clothing, NEW Men’s Underwear sizes small - 2XL, NEW Women’s Underwear sizes 5-9, Men’s and Women’s NEW socks, Winter hats, Scarves & Gloves

Homeless Equipment - Emergency Blankets, Tents/Tarps, Adult Sleeping Bags, Adult Backpacks

Fletcher Academy, Inc. Ministries is a place to “Serve with Purpose!” They’re seeking to build their team with the following roles (all positions at Fletcher Academy, Inc. include a generous benefits package):

Full Time:


Community Housekeeping Team Lead – Fletcher Park Inn – HOURLY WITH FULL BENEFITS PACKAGE!

General Maintenance Technician (Full-Time) – Plant Services – Fletcher Academy, Inc. Ministries – HOURLY WITH FULL BENEFITS PACKAGE!

e-mail people@fletcheracademy.org for details.


Part Time:

Courtesy Shuttle Driver – Fletcher Park Inn – (Monday – Friday; 4-5 hrs. per day)

Certified Lifeguard – Lelia Patterson Fitness & Aquatics Center – Experienced / certified preferred with path to certified lifeguard trainer available!

e-mail people@fletcheracademy.org for details.