What: Trinity United Methodist Church Open House
When: Sunday, October 4 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Where: 587 Haywood Road, West Asheville. NC
It’s been a fixture in West Asheville since 1927, but now Trinity United Methodist Church is inviting the community to come see what’s new at an open house on Sunday, October 4 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Over the past two years, the church, located at 587 Haywood Road has been making big renovations, including a new roof, a renovated Fellowship Hall, new restrooms, a new elevator, updated classrooms and a new nursery.
“We would love everyone to come out and see our beautiful historic building and the work we have done,” says Pastor Rodney Hagans Jr. “And if they like, come worship with us as well.”
Actually, Trinity’s history goes back even further than the 1920’s. The congregation began meeting on the site in 1859 in a small, wooden meeting house. A brick structure was built in 1909 (the original cornerstone is still on display on the church grounds) but it outgrew the building so quickly that a new one was begun in 1926. After the stock market crash in 1929, the congregation raised funds to pay the mortgage by baking and selling chicken pies in Asheville’s downtown, eventually paying off the loan in the 1940’s. Generations of history are still reflected in the building, as seen on windows that bear plaques honoring those who served in World War II. “This place represents multiple generations of West Asheville,” says Cathi Durham, who serves with the church’s Development Committee. “And all that history is right here.”
One room that is not being renovated is the sanctuary. The vaulted wood ceiling, stained glass windows and period lighting are too much a part of the church’s heritage and its current tradition to change. Alongside regular services, the sanctuary is the venue for community musical events like the annual Stan Kenton Christmas concert and the upcoming All Hollows Eve organ concert featuring spooky songs performed by 15-year-old virtuoso Nolan Anthony.
Trinity United Methodist Church is also host to a variety of family, youth and children’s programs, of which there has been more and more demand for in recent years.
“We’ve always been a neighborhood church,” Hagans says. “The older generations here love seeing the younger people coming in and breathing new life into the neighborhood.”
Saturday’s open house includes tours, a free hot dog lunch, and a movie and popcorn for the kids in the Fellowship Hall. A ribbon cutting for the new elevator will take place at 10:30 a.m. followed by a regular service at 10:45.
All are invited to come out and help celebrate this historic West Asheville neighbor and its new renovations as it looks to the future.
Trinity United Methodist also has the following upcoming events:
- October 18: Fall Festival in the back field
- October 30: Free All Hallows Eve Organ Concert
- December 18: Stan Kenton big band Christmas Concert
- December 24: Christmas Eve Service
For more information visit trinitymethodistasheville.com.
Photo by Brian Postelle.
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