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Land of the Sky United Church of Christ is
an emerging, progressive community
seeking to serve the still-speaking God by
living justly, loving abundantly,
and walking humbly in the ways of Jesus.

Worship With Us

Sunday mornings.
Gathering music at 9:15 a.m.
Worship begins at 9:25 a.m.
Fellowship and Education for all ages following worship.

Questions? Email us at office@landoftheskychurch.org God Still Speaking StickerSnail mail? P.O. Box 8842, Asheville, NC 28814

We LOVE kids...

…and kids love Land of the Sky UCC! We can’t wait to invite your children into the ministries at Land of the Sky, teach them the stories of the bible, proclaim God’s love for them and support you as a parent or guardian.  It takes a village.  And this village is noisy and chaotic sometimes.  We provide programming and/or childcare at most of our events.  We plan with an eye toward inter-generational involvement and experiences.

Social Justice

That’s right.  We’re one of those churches that take Jesus seriously about feeding the poor, visiting those in prison, and working to change the systems that perpetuate injustice, whether it be in the church, our homes, our communities or our government.  We commit to living justly as individuals and as a community with the hope that God’s realm may be experienced at the most unexpected times and places.

Open and Affirming

As a community living into the unity for which Jesus prayed, we welcome the beautiful spectrum of God’s people–of every race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, and ability–into the full life of the church. We desire to love abundantly by covenanting to live lives that are reconciled to God, self, and neighbor.

Co-Pastors

The Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss and the Rev. Sara Wilcox serve as co-pastors and the founding pastors of this community.  Land of the Sky UCC emphasizes shared leadership by all engaged in the ministries of Land of the Sky UCC. Click here to learn more about our Pastoral Leaders and other Ministry Leaders.

Baptism and Communion

We celebrate the sacraments of Communion and Baptism as the outward and visible sign of God’s invisible grace.  In this community that hopes to embody God’s extravagant love, ALL are invited to the Communion Table.  Infants, children, youth, and adults celebrate God’s “YES!” in the sacrament of Baptism.

Threshold Partnership

Threshold, n. (thrshld, -hld)
Want to live justly, love abundantly, and walk humbly in the ways of Jesus with a group of fellow sojourners? Consider crossing the threshold into partnership. Partners commit to support the life and ministries at Land of the Sky.  

Location

We meet at 123 Kenilworth Road at the Kenilworth Church. We are grateful for their hospitality as we continue to dream of a future space that will hold the ministries of our community.  Click here for directions.

 

Give

The gifts of time, talent and treasure of our partners and friends make this community possible.  Consider a gift today to support the ministries at Land of the Sky UCC.

Weddings

Marriage is a sacred covenant where two people join their lives together.  We hope that God will be the foundation for your union and that the church will be a part of the planning of your blessed day.  All couples celebrated.

Happenings

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  • Anti-Racism Training
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: September 3, 2015 - 8:00 PM
    Location: 123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, USA
    Description: Racism has created a crisis in this country. We will gather in the sanctuary for anti-racism training, facilitated by Christians for a United Community. Child care will be provided. This workshop will help us discern how to dismantle racism in the context of our faith and community, and it's open to all!
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  • Sabbath time for Co-Pastors
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: September 5, 2015 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Co-Pastors Amanda and Sara observe a 24 hour Sabbath from 4:00PM on Fridays - 4:00PM on Saturdays so they can rest, spend quality time with their families, and feed their spirits. One of them will be on call in case of emergencies; available by cell phone.
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  • Sabbath time for Co-Pastors
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: September 12, 2015 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Co-Pastors Amanda and Sara observe a 24 hour Sabbath from 4:00PM on Fridays - 4:00PM on Saturdays so they can rest, spend quality time with their families, and feed their spirits. One of them will be on call in case of emergencies; available by cell phone.
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  • Godly Play Starts Today
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Location: Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
    Description: Godly Play is a Montessori- based approach to Christian education that values process, openness, and discovery. Through Godly Play, the innate spirituality of children is nurtured as they encounter the mystery of God. Godly Play classes will begin at 11:00 am (the kids will go directly from child care to Music Time upstairs to Godly Play) and dismiss into the playground with supervision by noon, when adult Sunday school is over.

    For kids aged 3T through 4th grade.
  • Potluck Brunch
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Location: Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
    Description: Following a shortened Sunday School hour on September 13 (10:45-11:15), we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for a church-wide potluck brunch. Please bring a dish to share as we kick-off a new education year!
  • Echo the Story Starts Today
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Description: Echo the Story is an imaginative way to engage in the Bible using storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Each youth participant will receive a sketch journal to document their journey through the stories, and each lesson begins with a short video.

    This class is open to youth in 5th-8th grade and is taught by Robin Mehler & Chase Bissell. It will be held in the upstairs office (sanctuary building, above the choir room).
  • Mountain Music Mixer
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Ends: September 13, 2015 - 8:30 PM
    Location: 71 Morton Cir, Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA
    Description: Join Minister of Music Jenna Lindbo at this month's Mountain Mixer--a blend of fellowship, music-making, and fun! This event will take place in the home of Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve. Please bring lawn chairs, your voices, instruments if you play them, and an open heart. All are welcome.
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  • Leadership Circle
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Ends: September 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM
    Location: Kenilworth Presbyterian Church Parlor
    Description: Meeting of the Leadership Circle
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  • Sabbath time for Co-Pastors
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: September 19, 2015 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Co-Pastors Amanda and Sara observe a 24 hour Sabbath from 4:00PM on Fridays - 4:00PM on Saturdays so they can rest, spend quality time with their families, and feed their spirits. One of them will be on call in case of emergencies; available by cell phone.
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  • Echo the Story Starts Today
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Description: Echo the Story is an imaginative way to engage in the Bible using storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Each youth participant will receive a sketch journal to document their journey through the stories, and each lesson begins with a short video.

    This class is open to youth in 5th-8th grade and is taught by Robin Mehler & Chase Bissell. It will be held in the upstairs office (sanctuary building, above the choir room).
  • Godly Play: Ages 3T through 4th Grade
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Location: Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
    Description: Godly Play is a Montessori- based approach to Christian education that values process, openness, and discovery. Through Godly Play, the innate spirituality of children is nurtured as they encounter the mystery of God. Godly Play classes will begin at 11:00 am (the kids will go directly from child care to Music Time upstairs to Godly Play) and dismiss into the playground with supervision by noon, when adult Sunday school is over.
  • International Days of Peace Event
    Starts: 1:00 PM
    Ends: September 20, 2015 - 5:00 PM
    Location: 76 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
    Description: Our own Gerry Werhan, member of Veterans for Peace, is helping organize events for International Days of Peace events in Asheville. On Sunday from 1:00-5:00 pm, there will be a Peace Day celebration at 76 Biltmore Ave (next to the French Broad Food Coop) including music, food, and art. It's free! Then on Monday, September 21, we will gather at 11:30 am at city/county plaza's peace pole for a reading of the peace proclamation, followed by silence, prayer and meditation. At 12:15, we will hear reflections from peace leaders (including Pastor Amanda!), music (David Lamotte!), watch dances of universal peace, and close with a dove release. Come and join in the events as you are able!
  • Prison Worship
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: September 20, 2015 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Land of the Sky UCC will lead worship in the chapel of the women's prison. All who have been oriented and have blue cards are welcome to join us as we worship with those in prison, experiencing their gifts of song and dance, and sharing our gift of extravagant hospitality. Contact Amanda for details. Please pray for our prison ministry team as we prepare for worship!
  • Middle School Youth Group Gathering
    Starts: 6:30 PM
    Ends: September 20, 2015 - 8:30 PM
    Location: 109 E Charleston, Swannanoa, NC 28778, USA
    Description: Middle School Youth Group Gathering:
    September 20

    This year, we are excited to announce that our 5th-8th Grade Youth Group will welcome youth from our sister church, Circle of Mercy, as they welcome our high-school youth into theirs! Our youth leaders this year will be Lisa Niemas-Holmes and Jeremiah Satterfield. This first-time gathering will be a grill-out and campfire, with songs led by Jeremiah on guitar. It will be a warm way to kick-off a year of monthly youth gatherings! Contact Lisa for details (may be found by signing in to http://www.instantchurchdirectory.com).
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  • International Days of Peace Event
    Starts: 11:30 AM
    Ends: September 21, 2015 - 1:30 PM
    Location: City/County Plaza, Asheville NC
    Description: Our own Gerry Werhan, member of Veterans for Peace, is helping organize events for International Days of Peace events in Asheville. On Sunday from 1:00-5:00 pm, there will be a Peace Day celebration at 76 Biltmore Ave (next to the French Broad Food Coop) including music, food, and art. It's free! Then on Monday, September 21, we will gather at 11:30 am at city/county plaza's peace pole for a reading of the peace proclamation, followed by silence, prayer and meditation. At 12:15, we will hear reflections from peace leaders (including Pastor Amanda!), music (David Lamotte!), watch dances of universal peace, and close with a dove release. Come and join in the events as you are able!
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  • CUC monthly mtg
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: September 24, 2015 - 8:00 PM
    Location: UNCA on 10/24, but varies monthly tba
    Description: Christians for a United Community
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  • Sabbath time for Co-Pastors
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Ends: September 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM
    Description: Co-Pastors Amanda and Sara observe a 24 hour Sabbath from 4:00PM on Fridays - 4:00PM on Saturdays so they can rest, spend quality time with their families, and feed their spirits. One of them will be on call in case of emergencies; available by cell phone.
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  • Listening for Grace
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: September 26, 2015 - 8:00 PM
    Location: Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
    Description: This new play by Ted Swartz is a funny, powerful, poignant performance which gives voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around same sex relationships. A father’s journey, a church’s struggle, a search for commonality.

    Learn more at http://www.listeningforgrace.com/
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  • Godly Play: Ages 3T through 4th Grade
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 27, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Location: Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 123 Kenilworth Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
    Description: Godly Play is a Montessori- based approach to Christian education that values process, openness, and discovery. Through Godly Play, the innate spirituality of children is nurtured as they encounter the mystery of God. Godly Play classes will begin at 11:00 am (the kids will go directly from child care to Music Time upstairs to Godly Play) and dismiss into the playground with supervision by noon, when adult Sunday school is over.
  • Echo the Story Starts Today
    Starts: 11:00 AM
    Ends: September 27, 2015 - 12:00 PM
    Description: Echo the Story is an imaginative way to engage in the Bible using storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Each youth participant will receive a sketch journal to document their journey through the stories, and each lesson begins with a short video.

    This class is open to youth in 5th-8th grade and is taught by Robin Mehler & Chase Bissell. It will be held in the upstairs office (sanctuary building, above the choir room).
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