The Circuit Writer             

      A monthly  newsletter

             of Tryon United  

           Methodist Church


                Phone: 828-859-9218



November 2021

A year ago in November, our family said good-bye to our beloved Mikah. Our sweet dog Mikah had been part of our family for 14 years, since Elizabeth was 6 and James was 4. There were a lot of tears on the day we had to decide to say that final good-bye. Some days when I think of her there are still tears. I expect that will always be so.
We found Mikah at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter in December, 2006. We had gone there in search of another dog. But, that one had already found a home. However, we found Mikah and she needed a home. We had one. And she came to live with us and be part of our family.
Her nickname was “Moo Moo” because she would make noises sometimes that sounded like a cow. We would laugh every time she made her cow noises. I miss the cow sounds. We miss Mikah. There will never be another like her.
It was also a year ago this month that a new beloved pup came to live with us. Jenna, who was not quite a year old, came home with me one sunny afternoon in late November after Elizabeth found a picture of her on the Brother Wolf shelter website and said I should go see her. I went the next day and asked to visit with Jenna. When Jenna came out to meet me, her whole body wiggled with excitement. It took all of about a minute to determine that she would be going home with me that day. How can you not love a critter who expresses such joy with her whole body! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could have that kind of joy in us?
There have been a lot of moments since we began living life in a world dealing with a pandemic that have not been happy or joyful or pleasant or good. Some have been down-right hard and awful. Losing Mikah was one of those really hard times.
Finding Jenna has been one of the joyful moments. I give thanks for her and am thankful that we get to be her people and she gets to be part of our family.
The holiday of Thanksgiving can mean a lot of things to folks. And sometimes holidays are hard to navigate because sometimes even when we know these are moments and events we are supposed to celebrate, the losses we might be dealing with make that difficult.
The older I get the more aware I am of how holidays are a mixed bag of feelings, emotions, and thoughts—some happy and joyful; others bring tears that remind me of what once was but is no longer. And, I’ve had to learn how to lean into and allow space for each feeling, emotion, and thought as they come. My faith has taught me how to live in the tension and the peace of each. And my faith reminds me that no matter what is happening in our lives, God is with us. God knows all that we feel and think and experience, smiling when we smile, crying when we cry. God knows the joys and the pain, the highs and the lows. In all things, in all circumstances, God is with us.
I pray that as we prepare to walk into and through the coming holidays, we can all carry that knowledge with us. Remember how loved you are and call on the love and strength and peace you need from God. Let God hold you in those moments for as long as you need.
May God bless you and keep you. I wish you peace.

Pastor Lynnette





                                               News and Notes                        





  Thank You!

“Always remember you are braver than you think, stronger than you seem, and loved more than you know,” said Christopher Robin to his dear friend Winnie the Pooh.

And so says the plaque that now sits on my desk, a gift to me this year for Pastor Appreciation Month. What a lovely gift! And, how kind and generous you all have been to my family and me this year! With gifts and cards and good words, hugs and affirmations and tons of love, you have, indeed, made me feel appreciated.

With deep affection and love, I give thanks for you all. And I thank God each day that we are walking a journey of faith together. You allow me to be braver than I ever thought I could be, stronger than I might seem, and to feel loved in genuine and heart-felt ways. I thank you for all the ways you have given and shown my children and me love.

May God bless and keep you.


Pastor Lynnette



Thanks again to Sean and Jolie McKinney, who have

added the finishing touches to the Memorial Garden 

they’ve worked so hard to restore. Recent photos are

scattered throughout this November newsletter 

All Saints Sunday

Sunday,  November  7,  is  All  Saints  Day.   and  the
Tryon  United  Methodist  Church  congregation  will
come together in the morning worship  service to
remember departed members and the loved ones our
current church members have lost during the past
year.  These are the names that have been shared
with us.




  Becky Magee
Jean Stratford
Colleen Hibbard

James Cowan
    Eleanor Klerk
    Muriel Hicks
    Eve Beaumont
Richard Carpenter

Jim Cole

Jinny Brooks - Alice Payne

Salinda James Bulls - Pastor Lynnette Sills
    Kristin Sue Conrad - Jane Armstrong

Christy Fine - Alice and Bob Palmer

James P. Gurganious - Mark & Dona Jean Dacey
           Barbara Sealey Hamblin - Judy Banks

Daniel R. Montgomery -Bob & Lynn Montgomery’s son
                  Denise Rimel - Pastor Lynnette Sills

John Howell - Pam and Frank Monterisi



A Request from Thermal Belt Outreach


Tryon Running Club is sponsoring the 2021

Half Marathon to benefit Outreach on Saturday, November 13.


In appreciation, Outreach will be serving brunch to the runners 

and  their  family  members  who  come  from  all areas of our country,

and they are asking for some help from the community.


This year will look a little different due to COVID-19. The brunch

will  consist  of  individually  wrapped “on  the  go” breakfast items

to minimize interpersonal contact.   Here are some items we can provide:


• individually wrapped breakfast burritos and biscuits --
meat and no-meat

• granola bars and individual trail mix packs

• yogurts

• bananas

• individual bagged apple slices

• individual peanut butter packs

• muffins & pastries (individually wrapped)

• orange juice (individual containers or big containers)



Please bring the donated items to the screened pavilion by the • muffins & pastries (individually wrapped)

• orange juice (individual containers or big containers)

Please bring cabin at Harmon Field, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 13th.  If you are donating items that are NOT HOT, you can bring them to Outreach any time before 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 12th.

Finally, Barbara Powell, Outreach Volunteer Manager, asks
everyone who is able to donate time or food items to contact
her  at  Outreach,  so  she  can  keep  track  of  counts and

Contact information:

P.O. Box 834,134 White Drive Columbus NC 28722

828-894-2988, ext 124
828-894-0130, fax


Daylight Savings Time ends this coming Sunday,
  November 7.

Remember to turn your clocks BACK  Saturday night and wake to earlier daylight on Sunday morning.  If you forget to do it, we’ll be leaving church as you enter.


Recorded service: If you are not able to join us for worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, please remember that recordings of our services are posted to our website and our Facebook page no later than 6:00 p.m. the following day. On our church website ( use the dropdown menu and select “Worship Video”. On our church’s Facebook page ( click on the menu item “Video”.

Offerings: We continue to encourage you to make your offerings to the church so that we can continue to operate and take care of the essential day-to-day things to keep us functioning as a church. In addition to the Sunday morning offering, you can mail in your offering or come by and drop it in our locked mailbox. You can also give on-line with your credit card. Click on the link on our website under Giving.


Comfort Shawl is meeting in person every second and fourth  Tuesday  at  10:00  am.    (See  the  calendar  on page 2.)  If you don’t know how to knit or loom, we will show  you.    Contact  Jane  Armstrong  if  you  have questions.


Sisters in Service is a group of Tryon UMC women who support ministries which benefit women and children in our church, community and around the world. They meet in the church library at 1:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.




COVID-19 Precautions: As things continue to change due to COVID-19, please continue to do all you need to do to stay healthy and be safe in these uncertain days. While we are not mandating the wearing of masks at Tryon UMC, we do ask that you wear them if you have not yet received the vaccine. Please give consideration to wearing them while in the building for any reason, including in worship. And we do ask that you wear them in the office.

Christmas Angel Gifts

It is time once again to bring Christmas joy to children and seniors of Polk County. Thermal Belt Outreach has begun their annual Christmas gift program. Due to the constraints caused by the pandemic, gift cards will be the primary way to participate. Tryon UMC has been given 20 "angel cards" with the name, age, gender and gift card choice noted. These will be available for you to select on the table in the Gathering Place beginning Sunday, November 7th. Please buy gift cards with a value of $25. All gift cards should be returned with the "angel card" to Outreach by November 22nd. When dropping off gift cards, please be sure to include your name, contact information and organization (Tryon UMC.) Thank you for helping with the Christmas program.



Hunger Pot Funds Buy Thanksgiving Meals

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry is providing Thanksgiving meals for their clients, and Tryon United Methodist has donated $100 towards the purchase of turkeys and hams in support of the outreach effort. The contribution came from the Thermal Belt Outreach designated account, which is funded with your gifts to the Hunger Pot. Thank you for your generous help!




                                                Page Turners

The  Page  Turners  discussion  group will  meet  Wednesday,  November 17th to discuss the book Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.   Social
scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, has   sparked   a   global   conver-



sation about  the experiences that bring meaning to our lives -- ex- periences  of  courage,  vulnerability,  love,  belonging, shame and empathy. This is a timely and important book that  challenges  everything  we  think  we  know  about cultivating   true   belonging   in   our   communities, organizations, and culture.


                                                          --Lynn Montgomery





Christmas Blankets, 2020      and         2021


Alice Palmer’s long-term participation in our
Prayer Shawl ministry hasn’t gone unnoticed

within her family. Last year, her grandson
Ruairidh Coull examined the latest prayer

shawl  and  said, “Grandmother,  I  wish  you

would knit me a whole blanket just like this!”

True to her nature, Alice went to work, and

last Christmas she presented Ruairidh with a

beautiful, 248-hour gift of love. Not surprisingly,

younger sister Eilidh also wanted one. She and

her mother Amy went shopping for yarns and

other supplies, just in time for Alice to receive

them for Christmas the same year.


Grandmother Alice went straight to work in
the New Year, and is pictured above with
the blanket Eilidh will receive at Christmas.
Eilidh knows it’s coming, says Alice, “unless
she’s forgotten -- but I don’t think she has.”


That’s a very safe bet.




Looking toward December

Christmas Tea Time for the
        Ladies of TUMC



A Southern Cup Fine Teas

1529 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC

12:00 noon,

December 15, 2021

Find a lovely hat and join us for
          a Proper English Tea


Cost: $20 + Tip per person

A Southern Cup Fine Teas is a lovely space but has limited seating. We can reserve sea

Please make your reservation before December 8 th . Unfortunately, cancellations after December 8 th will still require payment.

A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the church office.

If you would like to attend but have food allergies, please let us know

For more information,
contact Lynn Montgomery




Midweek Advent Meditations

Noon on Wednesdays in the Sanctuary

December 1, 9, 15 and 22


Light lunch in the Fellowship Hall
following our time of meditation.

Plan to join us each Wednesday in December for a time
  to spend some quiet and reflective moments with God
and each other in the season of Advent.  Each week we

will spend time in prayer and conversation with the
words of focus for each of Advent—Hope, Peace, Joy,

and Love.

A light lunch will be offered following each gathering.
Please join us and invite a friend to come and enjoy and be

part of these quiet moments in the midst of busy days.

 Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 10, 2021 We will offer a blessing of our animal friends

and of all God’s creatures during worship on October 10th . Here’s how you can participate.

. Please bring pictures (framed is fine) of the animals you love.

. Place your picture on the table that will be in the sanctuary that day.

. Tent cards will be available for you to write your animal’s name on and to place near the picture.

. If you don’t have a picture, you can still write the name of your animal on one of the cards and place it on the table.

.If you have lost a beloved pet that you want to remember use one of the cards to print their name and place it next to one of the candles on the altar rails. You can also bring a picture if you wish. We will light the candles before worship begins.

.Please remember to take your pictures home after worship. Please bring pet supplies (food, treats, cat litter, etc.) to contribute to the Open Door Ministry in Haywood County. Many of the victims of flooding have pets that could use some help, too.


A member of our church family recently received the message below from the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, NC. Although it is not one of our formal mission selections for 2021, the message is compelling and may strike a chord with others who are seeking ways to answer God’s call.




Our Mission: Childhood Security

There was nothing secure about Alana’s childhood. She was 5 when she was removed from home because of her mother’s mental illness. She lived different places over the years with people who failed to protect her – even from the worst kinds of abuse. She delivered a baby

when she was 13 years old.


Alana is safe now; she came to us after placing her baby for adoption. And while we can’t restore her childhood or erase her memories of abuse and loss, we can love her and move her forward in life.


This is where you can help.

On Tuesday, October 19, pay forward the blessings in your

life with a gift of security for children like Alana


When you give at  , your gift is:


. matched, dollar for dollar

. designated to the program of your choice
. an inspiration to your friends – tell them all about it!

Questions? call 919.322.4555.


For more information from the Methodist Home for Children about its mission and Pay it Forward, go to

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TUMC Stewardship Campaign

September 20-October 10, 2021

The information you provide in your pledge cards is an immense help in the preparation of our

final budget for 2022--please turn them in by October 10. We will submit our final budget


at our annual Charge Conference on October 24, 2021.

Serving God, Serving Neighbors, Being Light in the World




Serving God

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always                                                                

abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord

your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Any offering we make must find its origins in love, with our love

for God being at the center. As we build on the foundation of

God’s love for us, our love for God and God’s kingdom will lead

us to places and inspire us in ways that would never happen

without it.

Prayerfully consider how your gifts can be used to glorify God

and serve God’s kingdom in the year ahead.












Serving Neighbors
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of  
God, serve one another with whatever gift

ach of you has received. 1 Peter 4:10
As we reflect on how we are to be the body of

Christ to each other, to our community, and

in our world, prayerfully consider how your

gifts can be used to serve our neighbors near

and far.











Being Light in the World

‘You are the light of the world…. Let your

light shine before others, so that they may

see your good works and give glory to your

Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16


Prayerfully consider your plans to give to

our 2022 Operating Budget in order to

continue the ministries of our church that

show others the light of Christ.



We Pray

In addition to the individuals on our prayer list each week, we pray for:

·         All who are currently sick with and fighting COVID-19.

·         All who have lost loved ones.

·         Those who have experienced loss of jobs/financial stress due to current COVID-19 restrictions

·         All of our federal, state and local leaders who have the responsibility to make decisions and coordinate

          responses to dealing with COVID-19.

·         All the doctors, nurses, emergency services professionals and medical staff.

·         Truck drivers, grocery store, pharmacy and food service workers.

·         Researchers and experts working to produce tests and formulate vaccines.

·         Congregations all over the world as we come to terms with doing church and being church in different ways.

·         Teachers, students, parents who are going back to school.

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