This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Cheshire invites all to an advent yoga series

Join in on the Advent Yoga and Meditation Series at Cheshire Fitness Club from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mondays (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19). All are welcome as participants integrate their bodies and spirits in worship and center themselves on the themes of advent - hope, peace, love and joy. Yoga practices will be gentle, appropriate for all levels and will include movement, breathing, relaxation, reflection and prayer.

Free childcare is available. Bring $3, as well as coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to be donated to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry this winter season. For more, call 664-0400.

SVCM ministry needs Christmas sponsors

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry is in need of sponsors for The Johnny Raines Christmas Program. You can help make Christmas brighter for a child this year by sponsoring a family.

Again this year, SVCM will have a team of “elves” who will be taking applications to enroll families and matching sponsors with families in this program from Nov. 28 to Dec. 16.

Last year this program provided gifts for 226 children. If you would like to sponsor a family or hold a toy drive, call 669-9404.

Help ministry restock its shelves

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs to restock its shelves to that it can supply needy families with food. It needs canned red kidney beans, pinto beans, pork and beans, corn, green beans and mixed vegetables, as well as cereal, oatmeal; diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6); hygiene items (bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes). Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to P.O. Box 235). Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Ave., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

And coming up ...

Montreat College holds its annual Christmas concert

Montreat College will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Ridgecrest Conference Center's Spilman Auditorium. This year's theme is “A Christmas of Promise: A Musical Celebration with Montreat College.”

The concert will feature the Montreat College Choir and Montreat Chamber Orchestra. Musical highlights will include the “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Ralph Vaughn Williams, as well as Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht,” the popular classic “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and a Christmas carol sing-a-long.

Admission is $10 adults, $5 students and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at