News & Announcements

Sunday Services Being Streamed - Church Building Closed

Our 11am Church Service will ONLY be held via Video Stream on the Church website and on our Facebook page.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging times

Donating and Tithing

During this time of Social distancing, to make it easier for you to give, we have two ways to reach the church.
1) Secure Online donations HERE 
2) Through the US Mail.  Send to
Hendersonville Presbyterian Church
699 N. Grove St
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Twenty Days of Prayer

Praying Peace, Hope, and Healing During the Corona Virus Pandemic

Dear HPC Family and neighbors,

Growing up, like most people of my generation, I listened to the songs of Bob Dylan. Today as I sat down to write this letter, his words, “For the times they are a-changin” came to my mind. What an understatement. In a little over two weeks we have been plunged into an historic realignment of society, not just in America, but all over the world. Until two weeks ago, I had never heard of ‘social distancing’. But for now, it is how we are told to live our lives – putting distance between us and our neighbor, our loved ones, those we previously interacted with daily, like co-workers; even the stranger on the street or in the grocery store. As John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island”. He meant that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community to thrive.  We have the ability to connect virtually, thanks to technology. But virtual community is a poor substitute for the real thing.

Society today is almost completely shut down – restaurants, theaters, plane flights, sporting events, schools, universities; and, of course, worship services – all closed. In NC, gatherings of 100 or more are banned, and the President is even saying people should not gather in groups of 10 or more.

The result? The nation is gripped by anxiety, fear, panic, financial insecurity, hoarding, uncertainty, and blame. Each day the darkness seems to grow deeper.

But we are called to be the light in the darkness, releasing peace and hope into the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5: 14).
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14: 27).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6).

How do we release peace and combat fear? The same way Christians have been releasing light and peace into the world for thousands of years – through prayer. Your Session has approved 20 Days of Prayer beginning on March 24 and ending on Easter Sunday. Each day you will receive one prayer and a Scripture verse by email. Our hope is that you will set aside time to pray this prayer: praying for our church, city, state, nation, and the world – praying for peace, hope, and healing. As we all pray the same prayer each day, the Holy Spirit will draw our hearts together, even if we cannot enjoy real community on Sunday morning. Our prayers will release the Kingdom of God into the world, knowing that there is no corona virus in His Kingdom. Prayers proclaiming hope and peace will drown out the voices of fear and uncertainty we are hearing every day pouring into our lives through the media.

Peace is more than a state of mind. Peace is a person – Jesus. Let’s proclaim Jesus and advance His Kingdom over the entire world, one prayer at a time. The world desperately needs Him now. Let’s do what only the church can do!
May the Lord bless and protect you during this time,

John Van Wagoner

 
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Update From Pastor Search Committee   (3/18/20 update)

Our open Senior Pastor Position is now officially posted with the EPC for potential candidates to respond.  The Pastor Search Committee prepared four documents, the Senior Pastor Vacancy Notice, the Senior Pastor Job Description, the Church Information Form, and the Vision/Mission Statement which are now posted on the EPC website.  To view, simply click on the document name in the previous sentence, or if you want to see the listing on the EPC web site go to epc.org, then look under the "Resources" tab, then click on Ministry Staff Opportunities.   The Pastor Search Committee has also contacted various seminaries to post our Senior Pastor Opening for their alumni to view and further expand our search radius. 

Be sure to complete the short survey that the Pastor Search Committee is asking from the congregation to give us your very important input.  The survey was in the church bulletin from 3-8-2020 and was also sent as an email.  Be sure to participate so your ideas and priorities are included in our search process.  With the current COVID 19 situation the best way to submit your completed survey would be to email it to Larry Mobley (LMOBLEY09@gmail.com).  Also, contact Larry if you did not receive an email copy of the survey.

GOOD NEWS!!!  We have already begun to receive applications for our Senior Pastor Position, and the Pastor Search Committee is actively reviewing these applications and contacting the individuals for further evaluation.  We expect to continue to receive more applications in the days and weeks ahead.

Please continue to pray that God will prepare our future pastor to accomplish His work among us; and for the Pastor Search Committee to continue to seek the mind of Christ as we move forward.    The search committee can be contacted via email:  psc@hendersonvillepc.org.


Make a New Year's Resolution - Help With Children's Sunday School 

We are looking for some adults to pair with the children’s Sunday School class, ideally once a quarter.  Due to our Safe Ministry policy, we need a second adult in the classroom.  During this time, you may be asked to help children find a verse, share a faith experience, read words during skits and help with crafts. Being a Sunday School partner is a great way to help build the faith of the children and to show that you think their religious training is important. Please contact Lorna to indicate your availability.


Recently Moved?

Have a new telephone number or e-mail address? The church office staff is currently updating our church directory. Please email us with any changes at office@hendersonvillepc.org. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.