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November 2019:

We Give Thanks for So Much!

You know, there is a difference between being thankful and giving thanks. In the November issue of BRCN, Kurt Bowmar discusses the significant difference between these concepts as we pause to give thanks for all that God has given us this year. John Sorensn discusses how powerful a simple thank you can be and Chris Rathbone challenges us to step up and this Thanksgiving season and work to make sure that giving thanks doesn't become a thing of the past.

We also begin coverage of the holiday season with information on events taking place all over our service area. Remember to send in your event using our contact form and we will place it on the calendar and include it in the December edition of the newspaper.

As always, the paper (and our website) is loaded with lots of Good News that will uplift you and make your days brighter. Make sure you check out the paper every month and stop by our website daily for the latest.

Remember you can also pick up a printed copy for free in many locations. A list of where they are available is here.

We always welcome story ideas or events to list so please contact us.

As always, we thank you for reading the Blue Ridge Christian News and visiting us here online!

What’s Happening...

Here are upcoming events in our region. If you have something to add to our calendar, please fill out our Contact Us form and we’ll get it on the list.

Celebrate Recovery – Bear Creek Baptist Church @ Bear Creek Baptist Church
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Penland School of Crafts Scholarship Auction @ Penland School of Crafts
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Penland School of Crafts sessions end with an auction of work donated by students, instructors, and friends. These auctions are celebrations of the work done in the classes and an opportunity for neighbors, travelers, and craft lovers to enjoy the energy of a Penland session. The proceeds from these auctions support scholarship programs. No admission charged. Auctions take place at 8:00 PM in the Flex building at Penland.

Family Storytelling Workshop @ The Center for Pioneer Life
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Center for Pioneer Life is proud to host internationally acclaimed storyteller Donald David for a four-day residency.  On Tuesday, November 19th from 10am – 2pm attend our workshop to learn to collect your memories in a family storytelling format.  To purchase tickets and for information call 828-536-0337, email or visit

Donald Davis – Storyteller @ Burnsville Town Center
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Center for Pioneer Life is proud to host internationally acclaimed premier storyteller Donald Davis for a performance at the Burnsville Town Center on Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm.  Call 828-536-0337, email or visit for ticket information.

Celebrate Recovery – Bear Creek Baptist Church @ Bear Creek Baptist Church
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate Recovery – Bear Creek Baptist Church @ Bear Creek Baptist Church
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate Recovery – Bear Creek Baptist Church @ Bear Creek Baptist Church
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
TRAC Holiday Studio Tour @ Toe River Arts Center
Dec 6 – Dec 8 all-day

The Toe River Studio Tour is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country; you will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants. 

FREE, self-guided, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.

TRAC sponsors a Meet-The-Artist reception at their Spruce Pine Gallery on Friday evening after the tour closes for the day. A sampling of participants will be on display geographically so one can plan a route for the rest of their journey.

Start making your reservations for your cabin in the woods for the weekend now (visit for a listing of what’s available in the area.

Santa Claus Comes To Town @ Burnsville Town Center
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring the kids to meet Santa, have their picture taken, receive a gift bag, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and prepare their Christmas cards and art. A great time for the family.

Parkway Playhouse JR “Elf” @ Parkwaky Playhouse
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


Weather Forecast

Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 02/27 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Considerable cloudiness. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Thursday 02/28 90%
High 55° / Low 46°
Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High around 55F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
Chance of Rain
Friday 03/01 50%
High 50° / Low 41°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy in the morning, then off and on rain showers during the afternoon hours. High near 50F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.

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