Past Events in the Life of the Church

Advent Lessons and Carols

This Advent service is based on a composition by E. W. Benson, Anglican Bishop of Truro, England in 1880, for a Christmas Eve service at that time. In 1918 it was adapted for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by its Dean, Eric Milner-White, who also wrote The Bidding Prayer. The current service at First Presbyterian incorporates out Chancel Choir, a guest harpist, flutist and oboist, and congregational members who read scripture verses foretelling the coming of the Lord. It is a beautiful, heart-felt service of scripture, prayer, the lighting of candles, and music.

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Co-Paster Emily Wilmarth

Gary Kaplan and Celia McCullough read scripture and light the secondt Advent candle during “Lessons and Carols”

Rev. Dr. Curtis Fussell, Co-Pastor, and Katherine
Sherrie Cathcart reads scripture as part of “Lessons and Carols”
Wayne Coleman reads scripture as part of “Lessons and Carols”
Chad Lucas reads scripture as part of “Lessons and Carols”
Delaine Nelson reads scripture as part of “Lessons and Carols”
Gerri Tulley reads scripture as part of “Lessons and Carols”
Worship and Music Director Dr. Michael Lancaster and Chancel Choir
Erin Hansen on harp, Carleton Alexander on oboe, Linda Lancaster on flute
The Chancel Choir with guest musicians and Angie Jenkins on pipe organ

Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet Concert

Always popular and loads of fun, especially at Christmas time, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet was once again a crowd-pleaser at First Presbyterian on December 7th.

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Zsolt Szabo on trombone, David Ginn on trumpet
Michael Schallock on tuba
Travis Bennett on French horn, Brad Ulrich on trumpet

Empty Bowls Luncheon

The ninth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Food Pantry

“Empty Bowls” is an annual fundraiser for the Highlands Food Pantry, co-sponsored by the Bascom. Area potters and wood turners contributed handmade bowls for purchase, which entitled participants to enjoy a luncheon of hot soups prepared by local chefs. The bowls are a reminder of the many in our world who go without food on a regular basis.

Harpist — Kela Walton

November 2 — Kela Walton, harpist, accompanied the Chancel Choir and played the Prelude and Offertory for the worship service on November 2nd. Kela is based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and performs with many regional symphonies as well as giving private harp lessons and writing for harp journals.

Bluegrass — Charles Wood and Friends

October 20 — Charles Wood and Friends, a much-loved regional bluegrass band, had the congregation tapping its toes and singing along during the Sunday morning worship service.


Amernet String Quartet

Saturday, October 12 — As part of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Amernet String Quartet from Miami, Florida, offered a spectacular Saturday afternoon concert in the sanctuary.

The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Singers

September 29 — Our sanctuary was filled to overflowing with the glorious music of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s Gap Singers, directed by Allegra Boggess.

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