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Our Shared Table

It is our hope that all feel welcome to the Table on Communion Sundays. We serve the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month in the sanctuary.

Kathy Maps has provided gluten-free bread as we heard of a family that has  members who are gluten intolerant. Even if no one takes the bread, we do hope the platter is a further sign of how the Table is meant for all to feel welcome. We share the Table, not from any sense of personal worthiness, but from the invitation of Christ. We are very thankful to Anne Tauber in her flexibility to share different styles of music on the first Sunday, and to Jerry Blaydes for switching out our sound equipment for this service.

Tartan Hall Piano

The Tartan Hall piano will be removed to allow for more space in the Hall. The strings of the piano have become rusted and the cost of replacing the strings is not feasible. It has served a great purpose in Tartan Hall for a variety of gatherings. We still have the electric piano that can be used in that space. The old pump organ, housed in Tartan Hall, still functions as well.

Worship and The Arts

The Chapel will reflect the season with colors provided by our Liturgical Arts participants. The colors of red and gold will predominate during the season of Pentecost, reflecting the tongues of fire that filled the early church with understanding and passion.

In May we will be working on a silk screen tree and invite those who would like to join us in painting the silk to let Anne Tauber or Kathy Maps know and we will include you in this time of art. Some have already said they are interested and the Worship and Music Team will let everyone know when the silk has been prepared.

Memorial Week-end Pulpit Swap

On May 27th, there will be a “Pulpit Swap” between Sylva, Bryson City and FPC. Tempe’, Kathy, and Liza will be going to Bryson City. Anyone wishing to join them for worshipping in that town, please let Tempe’ know. Blake Daniels from Sylva PCUSA will be preaching at our church, and may be bringing a few members with him as well. Terry Hanna, pastor at Bryson City, will be preaching at Sylva PCUSA on that Sunday.