This Week in the Swannanoa Valley


Help sew quilts and pillows for kids with the Linus Project

Lots going on in the Swannanoa Valley this week. Here's some of it.

The Linus Project is a group of sewers and nonsewers who enjoy making quilts and other items for children and adults at Mission Hospital and in the community. It focuses on children’s quilts given out by the regional Linus Project group to children in crisis in the local area.

While focusing on quilting, volunteers also pin quilts, sometimes sort donated fabric, stuff pillows and more. It meets next Friday, Aug. 26 from 1-3 p.m. on the lower level of the Lakeview Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. No experience is necessary. Fabric has been donated, and experienced quilters are available to teach. There is no charge. Call Sara Hill at 664-0974 for more.

Tabernacle UM Church

has a homecoming

A homecoming celebration will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The worship service will be followed by the traditional lunch under the old oak trees. Drinks, paper products and cutlery will be provided by the church. The homecoming message will be delivered by the Rev. H.D. Houck, visitation pastor of Tabernacle and Swannanoa United Methodist Churches.

Tabernacle Meeting House was the first church and school in the Black Mountain community. It is celebrating its 179th year.

Mill Chapel church has homecoming services

Pastor Bobby Hill and the Mills Chapel Baptist Church family invite the community to its homecoming services Sunday, Aug. 28. The speaker for the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. service will be Bishop Donald Smith of Greater Mount Calvary Church in Manassas, Virginia.

Ministry’s pantry is getting bare

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry is in need of the following to help it help the less fortunate: canned tuna, coffee, cooking oil (small), laundry detergent and personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, etc.) Monetary donations designated to food are welcome (send to P.O. Box 235). Fresh produce from your garden is also accepted. Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain.

And coming up ...

Unitarian Universalist church yard sale lets it live its creed

The Women’s Group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley is holding a yard sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in the church parking lot at 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. All proceeds will go into the church’s new roof fund.

Bargain hunters will find lots of affordably priced, good-quality, gently used items including household goods (linens, kitchenware, etc.), toys, antiques, clothing, shoes, boots, jewelry, books, and tools of all types. Plants and flower pots will also be available.

In addition to offering shoppers bargains, the event will enable church members to recycle usable items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Recycling is only one of the eco-friendly practices the church follows in order to maintain its status as a Green Sanctuary.

For more, contact the church at 669-8050.