» First United Methodist youth are sponsoring Homeless Awareness Night to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness in McDowell County. This is done in observance of Homeless Awareness Week Nov. 16-24. On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. youth will be serving a free meal to the public, music will be provided for entertainment, along with guest speakers bringing information about ways to reach out to the homeless in our community. At 8 p.m, youth and volunteers will walk to the courthouse lawn, where a candlelight vigil will be held to raise awareness to this event. Monetary donations can be made to the FUMC Emergency Fund in which funds are used to help those in need. Donations will also be taken at the door to support local homeless shelters. Youth are also collecting items that are greatly needed by shelters. These items include bleach, Lysol, powdered laundry detergent, dish liquid, Pine Sol, pillows, blankets and towels. If you would like to be a part of this event, or would like more information, please contact Jerri Young at FUMC 828-652-7010 ext. 1105. The church is located at 176 Robert St., Marion across from Marion Elementary School.
» Cross Mill Church of God will have a yard sale today and Saturday all day. Items will be clearance marked. The church is located on Old Highway 10 West in Marion.
» Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church youth are conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through Dec. 14 to raise funds for the church’s building fund. Anyone can help by donating gently-worn, used and new shoes. Shoe donations are accepted every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at 115 E. Wilhemenia St., Marion. Pickups can also be arranged by calling 559-0504. By donating gently-worn, used and new shoes to the AWANA youth, shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
» Nealsville Church of God will have a fall bazaar on Saturday starting at 6 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat country breakfast and a silent auction until noon. Breakfast prices are $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4-12, and 3 and under are free. There will be a yard sale from 7 a.m. until noon. Anyone interested in an outdoor rental spot for the yard sale, crafts or small vendor, call 828-460-0745 for more information. All proceeds go toward the church’s building and youth fund.
» Living Waters Tabernacle of Old Fort will have an all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday from 7-10 a.m. for a donation. Everyone is welcome.
» Cross Mill United Methodist Church will have an all-you-can-eat country breakfast for a $5 donation on Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The church is located at 85 W. Cross St., just past Blue Ridge Terrace Apartments in Marion.
The church will have an event on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where it will give away free coats and free soup. Folks are invited to come enjoy a free bowl of hot soup, a grilled cheese sandwich, drink and cookies. They will also hand out free coats while supplies last with limited sizes. Everyone welcome.
» Ebenezer United Methodist Church of Old Fort will have a fall festival on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. with inflatables, escape rooms, adult bingo and cakewalk. Pizza and cupcakes will be served. Everyone is welcome to join this free event.
» Victory Temple Full Gospel will have guest speaker Todd Bailey on Sunday at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. service. Everyone is welcome.
» Redeemed Free Will Baptist, of U.S. 221 South, will have a special singing on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. with the Phillips family. Everyone is welcome.
» Foothills Baptist Bible College will begin their winter quarter on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Courses will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:10 p.m. The courses are Homiletics, Hermeneutics (Bible interpretation), The Book of Nehemiah, and the Epistles of John. These classes are not just to train preachers and missionaries, but they are also for anyone who wants to learn more about the word of God. You can work toward your degrees for associate, bachelor’s, masters or a doctorate. For more information, visit the website at www.FoothillsBBC.org or call the school at 828-442-7015.
» North Cove Baptist Church will have a free Thanksgiving dinner open to the community on Sunday, Nov. 24 after church. Everyone is welcome.
» Calvary Temple Church in Nebo will have a revival on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Come expecting a miracle. Everyone welcome.
» North Cove Church of God will have a breakfast sale on every third Saturday of the month.
» Concord United Methodist Church has an all-you-can-eat country breakfast the second Saturday of every month from 7:30-10 a.m. for $7. Pancakes are included. Takeouts available. The church is located at U.S. 221 North across from the Linville Falls Golf Course in North Cove. The church is seeking a piano player for the Sunday services and choir practice. For more information, call 756-2241.
» Living Waters Tabernacle of Old Fort is offering a worship service twice a month for college-aged adults called Encounter. The service will be the first and third Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. At each meeting a new topic will be discussed with a guest speaker, live music will be played and refreshments will be served. For more information, check out Living Waters Tabernacle of Old Fort on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is located at 344 Moffitt Hill Church Road, Old Fort.
» Cross Mill United Methodist Church has a sharing food pantry for the community. The tiny food pantry is located outside the church fellowship building and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The nonperishable food items are available for anyone in need. If you would like to donate items to this ministry, you may drop them off at the pantry box or call 460-9257 or 442-8098.
The church has a baby equipment and resource closet (B.E.A.R.) for needed baby items, clothing and community resources to low-income families and parents struggling to care for their children. Their inventory includes, but not limited to, highchairs, new car seats, strollers, pack and plays, diaper and hygiene products and clothing from newborn up to 4 years old. The B.E.A.R. Closet is open the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 4-6:30 p.m. and the second and fourth Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. For more information, call 828-803-8790.
» Greenlee Baptist Church, 5967 U.S. 70 W., Old Fort is offering Kids on a Mission each Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Newborns to seniors in high school are invited to join. The church also has a deaf ministry available. Interpreters will be provided for the worship services every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. For information, call the church office at 668-6075 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
» Cross Ties Cowboy Church meets every first Thursday at 2365 Bethlehem Road, Old Fort at 7 p.m. in the barn. For more information, call 828-925-2095.
» Landmark Independent Baptist Church will host a meeting on alcohol and addiction awareness by Gene Sigmon the third Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 225 Huskins Branch Road, Marion. For more information, contact Gene at email@example.com.
» Apostolic Restoration Ministries is a new church to the area. If anyone is interested in attending, call Tim Eller at 828-443-2050.
» Pepper’s Creek Baptist Church will have a singing on the fourth Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. from January through October.
» Chapel Hill Baptist Church, off U.S. 221 S., Marion, offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast for donations the second Saturday of each month from 7-10:30 a.m. Takeouts are available.
» McDowell Children’s Ministry, a ministry for children of the community interested in participating in a life-changing program, meets twice monthly. For more information, call Daniel at 659-0095 during the day or at 738-0733 in the evenings.
» Clinchfield Baptist Church has a community meal the third Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m.
» Clinchfield United Methodist Church offers Meals that Heal lunches and food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
» Cross Mill Pentecostal Holiness Church has a soaking prayer and intercession meeting every Friday at 8 p.m. For information, call the Rev. Doug Beane-Hall at 442-6216.
» Vision Baptist Church, 1841 Fairview Road, Marion, is offering Extreme Teens (Club 411) on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Victorious Couples meet on Sundays at 10 a.m. Additional children’s and adult programs are also available.
» Expect A Miracle Full Gospel Church, 275 Old Catawba Road, Old Fort, now holds a Women of Destiny Bible study each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 828-785-3084.
» St. John’s Episcopal Church offers a food pantry in the basement of the parish house on South Main Street on Fridays from 4-6 p.m. Bring a photo ID.