Worship Services Cancelled 3/15 and 3/22

Dear congregations,
In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we are following Bishop Leeland’s recommendation and canceling worship services for the next two Sundays, March 15 and March 22.
At Brooks-Howell Home we have also canceled our chapel services, so we recorded the message to share with everyone.  I am sharing the link for you so we can still worship!  I hope the message will give all of us hope and strength as we do our best to stay safe from the COVID19 virus.
Feel free to share this link, or forward this email if you see that I have missed someone!
As always, I am only a phone call, text or email away!
Alycia Johnson
Pastor, Barnardsville Charge
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A Message From the Bishop

March 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

As we continue to receive communications and information regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are aware of the significant challenges arising on a daily basis. The virus is spreading rapidly, and there are an increasing number of cases reported throughout the state. We know the virus is highly contagious and that mitigation is possible with cautious measures.

It is extremely important that we slow the rate of infection in order to allow our health care services to respond appropriately. If the infection rate increases too quickly, we may not have the health care support required for everyone needing treatment.

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Conference and I agree that it is important to suspend public worship for the next two weeks, beginning today. Please use your discretion regarding smaller gatherings like small groups, Bible studies, etc. These precautions are not only important for your own safety but for the health and welfare of the entire community. While we are in unfamiliar territory, health care professionals advise that this is necessary for slowing the rate of infection.

With the awareness of so many who depend on our church ministries, we hope you will be mindful of the need to continue to support these ministries and those of your local church. Your prayers, presence (in spirit), gifts (including financial support), service, and witness are still important and needed to sustain and strengthen our ongoing mission.

Please take precautions to keep yourself, loved ones, congregations, and communities safe.

With gratitude for you and your leadership,

Bishop Paul L. Leeland
Western North Carolina Conference
United Methodist Church

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Upcoming Events for the Spring and Summer of 2019

  • May 3, 2019. 7:00pm. Singing on the Grounds. Come enjoy local gospel music at the Big Ivy Community Center.
  • May 11, 2019, 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Barbecue!! Barnardsville Men are sponsoring a BBQ to raise money for a new roof for a community church. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship at the Barnardsville Fire Department on Dillingham Rd.
  • May 26, 2019, 11:00 am. Special Gospel Concert by “A Greater Yes,” formerly the Fox Family Quartet.   Please join us for a special service of powerful and uplifting music!  11:00 AM Service at the Barnardsville  United Methodist Church. Invite your families and all of our former members
  • August 25, 2019. Barnardsville UMC Homecoming!! Our church is 167 years old this year. Our 11 AM service will including a special homecoming sermon by the Reverend Karen Doucette, special music and hymn singing, and special recognition of our historic past. The theme this year is “His Faithfulness Continues to All Generations.” After the service, we will have a homecoming meal together and at 2 PM The David Crowder Family will deliver a concert to celebrate His faithfulness! Plan now to join us on August 25!
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Weekly Update for the Week of October 10th, 2018

We had a wonderful World Communion celebration last Sunday.  Thanks to Wayne and Sarah for creating the most amazing altar display.

The colors on the altar in honor of World Communion Sunday each represent different aspects of our faith. Beginning on the left and working to the right, the light blue signifies the blue skies and represents hope or good health. The black represents the void out of which God created the heavens and the earth. Black means the absolute, constancy and eternity.

The green represents breaking the shackles, freed from from bondage, and the victory of life over death. Gold means illumination, love, compassion and wisdom. The purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience and trust. The red signifies action, fire, clarity and spiritual awakening.And the dark blue signifies life-giving air. Together these seven colors are present on 95% of the flags in the world.

The wooden bowl from which the bread is served today is made from an olive tree from
Jordan. The bowl was purchased in 2009 at Qasr el Yahud on the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The tree from which the bowl was carved was 2000 to 2500 years old. It makes it possible that Jesus actually saw or walked past this tree when he was with John the Baptist.

Wayne reports that Maisie is home and improving.  If you are so inclined you may give a donation here.  The hospital bills are high.

Help Maisie Get Well!!

Next Sunday is Charge Conference!!  6:00 pm at Christ UMC

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2018 Fall and Winter Calendar for the Barnardsville Charge and other items of Interest

Hurricane Florence has hit the Carolinas and it has been a devastating storm.  Thanks be to God it hit as a Cat1 rather than a 4 or 5 but flooding is happening all around and things are much worse down east.  UMCOR has already begun responding to the needs of a wet and

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the area. (Travis Long /The News & Observer via AP)

weary coast.  If you are so inclined please give to the disaster relief effort.  Unlike so many groups including the Red Cross, ALL monies donated to UMCOR disaster relief go to disaster relief, not to pay someone in an office (your apportionments do that.)  They are an amazing group and an amazing outreach of the Methodist Church.




Barnardsville Charge Calendar 2018


  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:30pm – Hymn Practice at BUMC/Pizza Party

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:30pm – Hymn Practice at BUMC/Hot Dog Cookout

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018, 6:00am – Pritchard Park Breakfast / Sign-up sheet at BUMC

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:00am – Fifth Sunday Celebration at BUMC

    and Covered Dish Lunch


  • Sunday, October 7, 2018 11:00am – World Communion Sunday / Food pantry collection at BUMC

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:30am– Barnardsville Men’s Breakfast – Barnardsville Baptist Church

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 6:00am – Helping Hands Bake Sale at D&D. Contact Mary Johnson if you want to drop baked goods off early or bring them by in the morning.


  • Sunday, November 4, 2018 11:00am – Communion Sunday / Food pantry collection at BUMC

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 – Community Thanksgiving Service – time and place TBA

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Trim the tree / Cider and snacks


  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 11:00am – Communion Sunday / Food pantry collection at BUMC

  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 5:00pm – “Carols & Cookies” at Pleasant Gap UMC. Everyone from Barnardsville Charge and community invited. Sing Along Christmas songs followed by cookies and beverages.

  • Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 3:00pm – CHRISTMAS TEA – BUMC

  • Monday, December 24, 2018 – 5:00pm – Charge-wide Christmas Eve Service at Pleasant Gap

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 6:30pm – Hymn Practice at BUMC/Dinner

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018 6:30pm – Hymn Practice at BUMC/Dinner

  • Sunday, December 30, 2018 11:00am – Fifth Sunday Celebration at BUMC

    and Covered Dish Lunch


This is a wonderful telling of the Story of Jonah.  I had to share it!!  If you haven’t seen it , watch it.  Her storytelling will bless your day!


For those interested, here is the online UMC Lectionary Calendar.  I pull the hymns from here most of the time.  Please remember to sign up for Pritchard Park the last Sunday of this month, the Bake Sale in October and the Christmas Tea in December.  We need everyone!!


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Weekly Updates for the Week of 7/30/18

Alycia and her family are celebrating the life of her mother, Martha Strunk. Martha went home to be with her Lord on Friday, July 20, 2018. We continue to pray for solace for her family and wish them peace and love. Please visit the Morris Funeral Home site for the obituary.

The memorial service will be on Monday, August 6th at 3:30pm in the Chapel at Brooks-Howell Homes on Merrimon Ave.

The Food Bank here in Barnardsville is now back in the situation it was last year and they are running out of food. They are asking for staple uitems like spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese and canned goods, but will accept any and all donations. If anyone has any questions they are welcome to call the community center at 626-3438 for more information.

Walmart has some specials on Mac and cheese and peanut butter right now. You can even have them shop for you for free if your total bill is over 30.00. Please remember our collection day on the first Sunday of the month. As we have our communion Sunday, let us make sure others have food to eat.

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Easter Greetings!!

Easter Greetings!!

We have a great weekend ahead as we walk through the Holy Week with Jesus and welcome Him as our risen Lord on Sunday!!

Come for the Good Friday Service at Pleasant Gap! Special Music will be happening at the 11:00 service, anthems, new songs, and a flute solo! Remember to get your goodies at the Helping Hands Bake Sale on Saturday…(you can bring them on Sunday…hint, hint). Please bring some breakfast stuff for Sunrise Service so we can support this wonderful tradition!!

Easter Announcements:

Friday, March 30, 2018, 6:30pm
Good Friday Service
[music starts at 6:20]
Pleasant Gap UMC

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 6am-10am
Helping Hands Bake Sale

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 7:30am
Easter Sunrise Service
Mountain Valley UMC
(bring breakfast fixins’!)

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11:00am
Easter Service
Barnardsville UMC


More Announcements:

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 8:45am
Barnardsville Men Breakfast
Barnardsville UMC

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 PM
Fifth Sunday Hymn Practice

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM
Fifth Sunday Hymn Practice

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Weekly Updates for the week of November 26th, 2017


Saturday, December 2, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 3, 5 PM, “Carols & Cookies” at Pleasant Gap UMC. Everyone from Barnardsville Charge and community invited. Sing Along Christmas songs (carols, as well as favorites such as “Jingle Bells”) accompanied by Wayne Figart, and followed by cookies and beverages.

Saturday, December 9, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!! There’s still time to join in. Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!

Saturday, December 16, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Saturday, December 23, 3:30 pm Bible Study

Sunday, December 24, 5 PM, Charge-wide Christmas Eve Service at Pleasant Gap.

Bible Study begins Saturday, Dec. 2nd.

Book is “Faithful – Christmas Through the eyes of Joseph” by Adam Hamilton

Dec. 2, 3:30 – “A Carpenter Named Joseph” at Carolyn’s

Dec. 9, 3:30 – “Whose Child Is This?” at Graci’s

Dec. 16, 3:30 – “Raising a Child Not Your Own” at Judy’s

Dec. 23, 3:30 – “The Journey to Bethlehem” at Wayne’s

The email I sent out has links to maps.  Please correct if they are wrong.  If you want to add a worded description of how to get to your home, please email me and I will include it in the next installment.

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Weekly Update for the week of 11/10/2017

Worship Preview:

#662 “Stand Up and Bless the Lord”
#396 “O Jesus, I Have Promised ”

Message: “What if Jesus is with the foolish bridesmaids?”
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 (Common English Bible)

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil. 5 “When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps have gone out.’ 9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘No, because if we share with you, there won’t be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut.11 “Later the other bridesmaids came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour.

    Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm Charge Conference at Clark’s Chapel in Weaverville, NC.
  • Sunday, November 19, 6:00pm Community Thanksgiving Service at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church. Bring finger food to share and
    canned food for the food bank.
  • Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!! There’s still time to join in. Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!
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Updates for the Week of October 23rd, 2017

Well it’s really rainy today, but we need the rain.  I hope you are warm and dry this rainy day.  We have lots of things going on for the next few weeks.  Join in and experience community together! I haven’t even really gotten past the Tea.  December will be busy!!

Helping Hands reports that they made $658.00 at the bake sale last Saturday.  Only in Barnardsville can bake sales do this well!!



  • October 25th, 6:30pm-8:00pm Hymn Rehearsal for Fifth Sunday at BUMC.
  • Friday-Saturday, October 27-28 Barnardsville Community Club
    Haunted Trail (money collected will go to fireworks fund).
  • October 29th 11:00 am Fifth Sunday!! Bring a covered dish and be ready to sing!!
  • October 29th 12:00 pm BUMC Council Meeting
  • Sunday, November 5th Communion Sunday (bring canned goods for the food bank) Special Music!!
  • Saturday, November 11, 4:00-6:00pm Poor Mans Supper at the fire station. This is to benefit the Boone family that lost their home to a house fire in October. To go plates at 3:30pm.
  • Sunday, November 12, 8:45am Barnardsville Men meet at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church
  • Sunday, November 19, 6:00pm Community Thanksgiving Service at
    Barnardsville Baptist Church. Bring finger food to share and
    canned food for the food bank.
  • Sunday, December 10th at 3:00pm Christmas Tea at BUMC!!  There’s still time to join in.  Let us know what you can do for the Tea!!


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