September Calendar
Aug
30
to Sep 30

September Calendar

Sunday September 3: Regular Worship & Faith Development

Monday, September 4 Labor Day  Church Office is closed.
Youth Trip to Carowinds!

ONGOING MEETINGS:

Saturdays & Wednesdays:
9:30-11:30 a.m. Home Grown Garden, Blk. Mtn. Home for Children

Wednesdays:
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursdays:
10:15 a.m. Time Out, M.
Morgan Room

Sundays:
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir
5:15 p.m. Youth Group

Tuesday, September 5
5:30 p.m. Session Meeting, Chancel & 213

Wednesday, September 6
5:00 p.m. Mission Committee, Room 112

Thursday, September 7
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conf. Room

Friday, September 8
6:00 p.m. Session Retreat, Georgia Lodge

Saturday, September 9
8:00 a.m. Session Retreat, Georgia Lodge

Sunday, September 10
9:45 a.m. North Parish Deacon Meet & Greet, Fellowship Hall

Monday, September 11
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fell. Hall

Tuesday, September 12
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast, Fellowship Hall
6:45 a.m. Children’s Ministry Task Force, R. 202

Thursday, September 14
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S

Sunday, September 17
12:30 p.m. Creation Care Team, Conference Room
1:00 p.m. Open Streets Asheville

Monday, September 18
11:00 a.m. PW Bible Study, Esmerelda Inn
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, September 19
5:00 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Sunday, September 24
12:30 p.m. Memory Loss Support, Room 112
2:15 p.m. Youth  to Presbytery Rally

Monday, September 25
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, M. Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. RITI Steering Committee, Conference Room
4:00 p.m. Worship committee, Library
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, September 28
12:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

Saturday, September 30
10:00 a.m. Sat. Sanctuary Volunteer Training, F. Hall

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September Adult Faith Development
Sep
3
to Oct 29

September Adult Faith Development

Adult Faith Development (9:45 a.m.)
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time
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Questions contact: Nancy McNeill Director of Faith Development

Beginning September 3
Text Talk   (Room 203)  This class will meet weekly to explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Come join the conversation!  Teachers:  Jane Vann, Rev. Thom Nelson

September 10
A Gallery Talk (1st Floor Gallery)
Mary Callaway Logan artist and retired United Methodist pastoral counselor uses “found objects” and centering prayer with lectio divina, a contemplative practice,  to express the grace and grit of the Sacred. She uses cultural materials to be re-membered and re-formed into a new wholeness. Join Mary in the gallery as she explains her work.

Beginning September 10

“A New Place to Be: Spiritual Birth & Renewal”  (Room 213) 
This 8 week video series invites you into a better, newer place where change is happening and comes through an engagement with the Liberator of the world.  Theologians, authors and storytellers, such as Richard Rohr, Sarah Bessey, Glennon Doyle Melton and Jean Vanier will stir our imagination so we might capture a glimpse of a dream that is yet to come and at the same time being fulfilled before our very eyes. They will share what has happened in their own lives and how we might join with them in this journey.  Facilitator: Frances Baldwin

September 17   Why the Reformation Matters  (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
 What is the history and significance of the Reformation? What is its importance to present-day Christians?  Come explore these questions and more as we join in celebration of this 500th year of the Reformation.  Teacher: Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson                                                                                                                                        
September 3 – December 17
Coffee Talk 3.0 (Widman Room 107)
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Please join us for fellowship and study.  Nursery is available and little ones are also always welcome to join us when we meet. If you are a visitor, we would love for you to join us as our church continues to grow!  Contact:  Scott & Cat Kessler 

First Bible Class (Room 112)
This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly and occasionally help out with an unfunded ministry or an unfunded need. September Theme- “Signs of God’s Covenant”.   Teacher: Hugh Howell

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Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House
Sep
14
to Oct 26

Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House

THE 26TH HABITAT PRESBYTERIAN-METHODIST HOUSE
SPECIAL OFFERING AUGUST 27
BUILD BEGINS in SEPTEMBER 

First Presbyterian is joining other Presbyterian & Methodist churches in Buncombe County to build the 2017 Presbyterian-Methodist House.  This will be the 26th house jointly built by local Presbyterians and Methodists and will be built in Arden. The home owners will be Nikita Norris and Regina Hunter. Nikita is an Asheville native and is a Head Start teacher while Regina works at Olive Garden  They are delighted about the prospect of moving from a substandard rental unit to a safe, permanent and affordable home of their own to raise their toddler and a newborn due when the house is completed.. The churches are working to raise a significant portion of the $55,000 cost of construction. You can make checks payable to FPC earmarked for Habitat Offering.

A paper sign up sheet is available in the Wallace Foyer.  Our build dates are: Tues. Sept. 5, Thurs. Sept. 14 & 21; Thurs. Oct. 26, Thurs. Nov. 2.

Please contact Bill Winkler  (winklerwm@gmail.com, 828-231-9180) if you have any questions, or visit www.ashevillehabitat.org

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Nursery Volunteers are Needed!
Sep
21
to Oct 1

Nursery Volunteers are Needed!

We need nursery volunteers, both youth and adults for 8:45 & 11:00 worship & 9:45 Faith
Development, to help care for our littlest church members. Please see the signup sheet in the nursery hallway or use the form below to sign up. Thank you from our little ones!!

Name *
Name
Preferred Time *
Sunday morning Nursery is available 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (after 11am worship)
If you know your availability or have some dates in mind, share it with us here. Let us know if you do not have any preference.
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Sep
21
to Sep 30

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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You shall be . . . the restorer of streets to live in. 
—Isaiah 58:12

Help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope & healing to families impacted by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
 

Dear Friends of FPC-Asheville,

As rescue crews continue to dig for survivors in the latest earthquake in Mexico, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is connecting with its ecumenical partners to support recovery efforts and develop long-term response plans. The quake on September 19th, which registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, was the second to strike the region in less than two weeks, causing buildings and houses to collapse, killing or trapping hundreds. PDA is partnering with the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches for emergency response and capacity building. 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in touch with presbyteries in affected areas of Texas and Florida, and standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. PDA has been in touch with the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest) to offer assistance there as well.

You can provide much-needed financial support through PDA, whose work is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) we receive each Easter.
 

How can you help?

1) Send a check to the church office or put in the offering plate on any Sunday, made out to FPC-Asheville, with the word “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance” in the memo.
 
2) You can also give directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance with a credit card by visiting http://pda.pcusa.org/page/give/ or by phone at 800-872-3283. 

3) Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.

PRAY: 

God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love.
Amen.

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Groups for Families with Memory Loss
Sep
24
12:30pm12:30pm

Groups for Families with Memory Loss

A group offering support for those who have loved ones with memory loss will meet after 11 worship Sunday, September 24.  The support group will meet in Room 112 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Those attending are invited to bring a lunch or snack, or pick up coffee after church and come to the meeting.  

Earl Thompson and Marge Marsh will convene the gathering.  People wanting to participate along with their loved ones with memory loss should contact Marge and Earl to let them know of their intention, so companions for those with memory loss can be arranged. 
 

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Women's Studies: September monthly meeting
Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Women's Studies: September monthly meeting

  • Givens Estates: Asbury Commons, Living Room (map)
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WOMEN'S STUDIES meets at Givens Estates this month.  

We meet to learn, to share a potluck meal and to enjoy the company of other women in our church. Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings. Women who wish to attend are strongly encouraged to call the church office and sign up to come.  (Click for Brochure)

Program:  Susan Ramos of our congregation has practiced immigration law in New Mexico, Texas, and in Asheville.  She will tell us about her job—what’s tough, what’s elating.
 

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Advent Carol Service: led by Choirs of FPCA!!!
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Advent Carol Service: led by Choirs of FPCA!!!

  • 401 Assembly Drive Black Mountain, NC, 28711 United States (map)
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Worship & the Arts Conference

Worship & the Arts Conference

Join us at Montreat Conference Center for Advent in September!
 
As a feature of the Montreat Worship & the Arts Conference, the Choirs of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville will lead an Advent Carol Service in Anderson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27th.
 


The service aims to capture something of the Advent longing and hope characteristic of the season.  It features anthems and hymns by composers both ancient and modern.  The service is structured around the great Advent Antiphons, known as the Great “Os”.  These were sung originally as responses to the Magnificat at the Evening Office of Vespers from the 17th to the 23rd of December.  Readings from scripture, anthems, and congregational hymns reflect on the theme of Christ who comes to judge and save his people.
 
The public is cordially invited to take part in this unique and beautiful service.

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Saturday Sanctuary (training on Sept. 30)
Sep
30
to Oct 28

Saturday Sanctuary (training on Sept. 30)

Saturday Sanctuary: 
A welcoming all-inclusive community of neighbors
A neighborhood witnessing to God's reign,
 equally sharing and receiving the boundary breaking love of Christ in the heart of Asheville.

 

Training for all volunteers, Sept. 30 (11 am-12:30 pm)  
First Saturday of service, October 7 

As a downtown church we have the mandate (Matthew 25:34-40) and privilege to share the boundary breaking love of Christ with everyone in our neighborhood!

From October through March, we open our Fellowship Hall on Saturday afternoons (12:30-3:30) and offer a warm facility, serve a healthy lunch, enjoy movies & popcorn, provide board games & prayer cards- all aimed at creating a safe place to be in community with our downtown neighbors. Every week, approximately 30+ volunteers are needed to help
prepare our meals, set-up, serve, clean-up and most importantly be present with our
neighbors. This is a multi-church effort, with volunteers coming from St. Mary’s Episcopal, St. Eugene’s Catholic as well as the greater Asheville community. 
 
Please prayerfully consider sharing and receiving the love and joy of Christ in the Sanctuary this season.  Your prayers, your presence and your gifts are always welcome and needed.  (Sign Up Here)
 
Yours in Christ,  Terry Beamer & Michael Poulos on behalf of the Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team 

A Volunteer Manual is online here.
Questions? Email to: satsanctuary@gmail.com
 

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What is the LOVE ASHEVILLE day of mission?
Oct
1
9:45am 9:45am

What is the LOVE ASHEVILLE day of mission?

October 1: Adult Faith Development

On 10/1 members of the Mission Committee will introduce a new mission initiative called Love Asheville, a congregation-wide day of mission! During this class, our Mission Committee will explain the process and talk about the service we can offer outside in the community and through mission projects at FPCA on Sunday, Oct. 29.  

There will be a worship service following our day out in the community to and share our learnings, celebrating together how we experienced God throughout the day. Come to the class to learn how you can share God’s love here in the heart of Asheville!
 

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Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Oct
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert

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Please join Jennifer Bryant Pedersen, soprano and Cathy Adkins, piano on October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary!

This free program features the beautiful melodies of Schubert, Debussy, Mozart, Verdi and Barber and centers around the ever-changing expressions of the heart and mind. 

A free will offering will be taken with all funds going to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's hurricane relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Achol Majok Kur Kier: International Peacemaker from South Sudan
Oct
4
10:00am10:00am

Achol Majok Kur Kier: International Peacemaker from South Sudan

On Wednesday morning, October 4, FPC-Asheville has the privilege of hosting Achol Majok Kur Kier, an important peacemaker from South Sudan visiting our presbytery from October 2-8th.  (Fellowship Hall)

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Achol Majok Kur Kier chairs the Women’s Desk and is a deacon in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC).  The work of the SSPEC Women’s Desk has included trauma healing, working with internal refugees in United Nations protection camps, and organizing women to take part in the national dialogue called for by the President of the Republic of South Sudan.  

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

Madam Achol has also served as a member of the executive committee of the South Sudan Council of Churches, actively participating in all the peace initiatives of South Sudan since December 2013.   Her areas of expertise are peace & reconciliation, stability, education particularly for girls, and poverty alleviation.  Madam Achol states that she is “strongly convinced that education was one of the key contributing factors to the devastatingly long war in the Sudan…. In the absence of peace there will be no education, no health services, no food, no development”  Madam Achol holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Juba.  She is the mother of two and speaks English and Arabic.

Contact FPC-A member Sandra Strickland for other opportunities to connect with Madam Achol during her visit to our area.


 

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Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT OCT. 6, 7, 8

PIECES OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE; FITTING IT ALL TOGETHER!

We will spend some time at the retreat getting to know ourselves and each other better, getting in touch with who we are as the people of God in this place and time. What’s our story? Where has God been at work in the past through this church, and where is God working now? What gifts has God given us that we can use to serve one another and our community? 

Answering questions like these lays the groundwork for a vibrant new chapter in ministry and mission. It connects us more deeply to one another, to the historic congregation of which we are a part, and to the present movement of the Spirit. 

If you are interested in overnight rooms at Assembly Inn contact Nancy McNeill for availability. Your participation is most important to us; assistance with scholarships is always available. Register online or complete the orange registration card, extra copies are in the foyer by the reception desk and return to the church office. 

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Organ Recital: "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude"
Oct
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Organ Recital: "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude"

Join us at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville as organist and director of music, Jeremy Roberts presents "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude."

In October of of 1705 the young Johann Sebastian Bach was given a four week leave of absence from his job as organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt in order to visit and learn from the great Dietrich Buxtehude. Buxtehude was renowned as a master organist and was famous for the Abendmusiken concerts he organized at the Marienkirche where he worked in Lubeck. The young Bach walked the entire 200 mile treck to Lubeck. The time spent learning from Buxtehude was apparently so fruitful that Bach overstayed his allowed four weeks and instead didn't return home for another four months! (His employers were not amused!) Buxtehude's influence can be seen in many of Bach's compositions. And so it is with any of us who have had superb teachers and mentors. Their imprint is forever left on our lives.

This program is dedicated to Jeremy's undergraduate organ professor, Dr. Richard Konzen, in honor of his retirement this past spring. Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful organ music played on the stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ, Asheville's largest pipe organ!

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Love Asheville 2017
Oct
29
8:00am 8:00am

Love Asheville 2017

Save the date: 10.29.17
A congregation-wide day of mission!

On Sunday, October 29 we will engage in a congregation-wide day of mission! While many of us individually work on different forms of outreach, on October 29  we will share TOGETHER God’s love here in the heart of Asheville. Instead of our “normal” Sunday worship schedule, we will go out in teams and serve breakfast to our neighbors in Pritchard Park, visit those who may be lonely at home or in prison at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women, walk in solidarity for justice through the CROP Walk, worship & host a meal at the Church of the Advocate, and much, much more!

For those who are not able to go out, we'll have projects at the church and at some of our retirement centers. In the late afternoon, we will gather in the sanctuary to worship and share our learnings, celebrating together how we experienced God throughout the day.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, for we are able to do much more TOGETHER than we can on our own!

Stay tuned for more details from the Mission Committee about this opportunity.
For more information, contact Associate Pastor Michael Poulos (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org).

 

 

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Men's Breakfast & Meeting
Sep
12
8:00am 8:00am

Men's Breakfast & Meeting

The Presbyterian Men’s Quarterly Breakfast and meeting is Tuesday September 12, at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at FPCA.  Join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to continue one’s faith journey.  After a short business meeting, Waid Shelton, a member of the Presbyterian Men’s Organization, will lead a discussion regarding “additional signage information”.  He will be assisted in the presentation by partners in the company SignServ, Robert Simmons and Kevin Fetrow.

As background information, the Presbyterian Men’s Organization feels that the current signage, both internal and external, needs to be modified in order to help visitors find their way into and around the church in an easier fashion. Any recommendations stemming from these discussions will be forwarded to the appropriate committee of the church for consideration.

Let us know you can join us!

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Let us know your preferred email & phone for future communications.
Breakfast September 12 *
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Faces of Poverty
Sep
1
to Sep 6

Faces of Poverty

Faces of Poverty-Film Screening and Interfaith Workshop
Wed., September 6 (7-9 PM)  Beth Ha-Tephila Congregation

Join Carolina Jews for Justice and Just Economics for a film screening of a grassroots documentary about living on a low income in Buncombe County, workshop activity, and a panel discussion--addressing poverty through an interfaith lens. The event will also have information about the campaign to raise wages in North Carolina. For more on that, you can go to www.raisingwagesnc.org This event is free and open to anyone.

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World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Sep
1
to Sep 2

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 1 is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 

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Pope Francis recently proclaimed September 1st as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” joining Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople, who earlier extended an invitation for Christians to offer together ”every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.”
 


All-powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, Help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen. 

Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”): On Care for Our Common Home,” 2015 Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis.

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2-5th Grade CHORISTER CHOIR KICK-OFF!
Aug
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

2-5th Grade CHORISTER CHOIR KICK-OFF!

All 2nd- 5th graders are invited!  Meet with Jeremy Roberts, Choir Director! 

Welcome, Registration,  Rehearsal & Parent Meeting;  Pizza Supper provided & childcare for non-choir children.


 

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Parent/ Guardian Name
Can you join us on the 30th? *
We can add your info/email to our list for future participation.
Please include child/children's name and age
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Sunday Ausust 27: Special Offering, Light Brunch & Class
Aug
27
9:30am 9:30am

Sunday Ausust 27: Special Offering, Light Brunch & Class

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SPECIAL OFFERING 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICES
This will be the 26th house jointly built by local Presbyterians and Methodists and will be built in Arden. The home owners are delighted about the prospect of moving from a substandard rental unit to a safe, permanent and affordable home of their own to raise their toddler and a new born due when the house is completed.  Our annual Habitat Offering to contribute to the cost of the 2016 Presbyterian-Methodist House. The churches are working to raise a significant portion of the $55,000 cost of construction. 

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FAITH DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATION & LIGHT BRUNCH 9:30 a.m
Light Brunch will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Grab some refreshments and enjoy the program (9:45 a.m.): FPCA Youth Living their Faith!   Our youth share about their Summer Youth Events. These experiences are transformative ones for the youth and adults who participated. For many of our middle and high school youth these events are a highlight for their summer and would not be possible without congregational support!

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ORIENTATION ON THE CHILDREN’S HALL 9:45 a.m. 
New Kindergarteners—5th graders and their parents are invited to an orientation to learn about the FPCA Bible Journeys Program and meet some of our Nursery & Children’s Ministry Team.


YOUTH CHOIR KICK-OFF 4:30 p.m. 
All 6-12th graders are invited to join the Youth Choir– meet at FPCA in the music room. Contact Jeremy Roberts with questions.
 

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Lunch & Learn: African-American History Series
Aug
23
12:00pm12:00pm

Lunch & Learn: African-American History Series

Lunch & Learn: African-American History Series  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stephen’s Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

This free monthly lecture series on  African-American History in Buncombe County features a local expert on a specific topic on the last Tuesday during August and September. Presentations include:

  • August 23: County Commissioner Al Whitesides on the wage gap and historical wealth disparities in the African American Community.
  • September 27: Dr. Sharon West on access and availability of health care for African Americans in Buncombe County.

The series is hosted by the Buncombe County Community Engagement Team.
 

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Special Presentation by Asheville Youth Mission
Aug
6
9:45am 9:45am

Special Presentation by Asheville Youth Mission

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 at 9:45 a.m.
Classes are open at all times for anyone to attend
*Childcare provided during all adult classes & studies

Making lunch at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters 2017

Making lunch at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters 2017

August 6  Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) Ministry (Room 213)
Learn more about Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) and how this ministry that we house in our building is making a huge positive impact!  AYM brings youth and college groups into the Asheville area to do outreach work. The summer college aged staff of Asheville Youth Mission will give a presentation about their life-changing summer experiences.

"This time (at AYM) together is always good and challenging for the group as a whole- to live, work & play together!" -Beth Thaxton, Adult, FPC Raleigh

I learned that you should always smile at someone new everyday. AYM taught me to love”- Will, 10th grade, Chapel of the Cross Episcopal, Chapel Hill, NC

I think God is telling me to create more time in my life to dedicate to making other lives better or more enjoyable”-Kyndra, 12th Grade, Church of Reconciliation

This summer’s theme Creating Spaces engages hundreds of teenagers from across the country in ministry with our Asheville neighbors.  Using creativity through the arts, AYM offers each group meaningful biblical study, worship experiences and opportunity to consider how God is calling them to create space in their own churches & communities.

 

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August Adult Faith Development & Ongoing Sunday Classes
Aug
6
to Aug 27

August Adult Faith Development & Ongoing Sunday Classes

Classes are open at all times for anyone to attend
Facebook: FPCA Adult Education
Contact: Nancy McNeill Director of Faith Development 
*Childcare provided for all adult classes & studies

August 6  Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) Ministry (Room 213)
Learn more about Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) and how this ministry that we house in our building is making a huge positive impact!  AYM brings youth and college groups into the Asheville area to do outreach work. The summer college aged staff of Asheville Youth Mission will give a presentation about their life-changing summer experiences. This summer’s theme Creating Spaces engages hundreds of teenagers from across the country in ministry with our Asheville neighbors.  Using creativity through the arts, AYM offers each group meaningful biblical study, worship experiences and opportunity to consider how God is calling them to create space in their own churches & communities.

.August 13  A Gallery Talk (1st Floor Gallery)
Grace Carol Bomer, Asheville artist whose art is currently on exhibit in the gallery, will talk about her art.  Her vision of art is that of service to God.  Soli Deo Gloria (Only to God is the Glory) is the name of her studio in the River Arts District.  Her art is more than surface design and abstraction; her concern is the human condition surprised by the grace of God. Her pairing of text and image references her belief that all things hold together in Christ. Guest Teacher:  Grace Carol Bomer        

August 20  The Ministry of Accompaniment (Room 213)                                        
Through the ministry of accompaniment Asheville Poverty Initiative (API) will, in partnership with those on the margins, develop opportunities for education and advocacy. These opportunities will foster mutual relationships across socioeconomic boundaries deconstructing the divisive and misleading categories of the "haves" and "have nots." Learn more about API, 12 Baskets Café, and a potential new initiative. Teacher:  Rev. Shannon Spencer; API Director, FPC Adjunct Pastor

August 27  FPCA Youth Living their Faith!   (Fellowship Hall)                                
Come hear from our youth about their Summer Youth Events: Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference, Montreat Youth Conference, and the High School Mission trip to Guatemala. These experiences are transformative ones for the youth and adults who participated. For many of our middle and high school youth these events are a highlight for their summer and would not be possible without congregational support!

Ongoing Classes:

Coffee Talk 3.0 (Widman Room 107/1st floor)
Young adults age 22-early 40’s are invited to this exciting opportunity for growing spiritually and to build community. We love for visitors to join us as our church continues to grow! Contact:  Marilyn Cortes


First Bible Class  (Room 112) using The Present Word quarterly curriculum            
This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly and occasionally help out with an unfunded ministry or an unfunded need.

Looking Ahead to the Fall………………Weekday Studies

Monthly Bible Study  (Room 112)
Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier                                                                                                                           
Study once a month on Monday mornings 10:30-11:45am for 9 sessions September - May   
The author, Melissa Bane Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Join the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful Christians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.

Anyone interested is invited to join this exciting opportunity for study and reflection. Presbyterian Women Circles will study this in 2017-2018; books available beginning August 20.  Additional Study books are available for $10.00.  If you are not in a PW Circle Contact the Church Office to sign-up and order a study book. 
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson

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Sign up for "Dine With Nine” TODAY!
Aug
6
to Aug 30

Sign up for "Dine With Nine” TODAY!

These small fellowship groups meet monthly to share a meal in each others' homes or in another setting of the group's choice. If you'll let us know that you're interested, we'll assign you to a group of approximately nine adults who will meet in September, October and November on dates that are convenient to the group members.

Typically, hosts welcome the group to their home or make restaurant arrangements, prepare a main dish, and others bring side dishes or a dessert. Hosting duties rotate each month, but you do not need to serve as host in order to participate.

Additional Sign-up Options Include:

  • A group that meets on Sundays right after worship and selects eating at a restaurant in the downtown area. 
  • Families interested in a group that includes children and youth and/or a group with FPC childcare provided at church. 

 Please let us know by August 30 if you'd like to take part.  You may sign up by filling out a card on the reception desk or using the form below.

 

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August Calendar
Aug
3
to Aug 31

August Calendar

Tuesday, August 8
5:30 p.m. Session meeting, Room 213, Chancel
6:30 p.m. CDC Class: Art & Faith, Room 112 

Sunday, August 13
12:30 p.m. Families with Memory Loss Support , Room 112

Tuesday, August 15
3:00 p.m. Kitchen Summit, Conference Room

6:00 p.m. Deacon meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, August 16
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, M. Morgan Room

Thursday, August 17
1:30 p.m. API Board meeting

Sunday, August 20
Youth & families rafting trip

Wednesday, August 23
5:30 p.m. Retreat Committee, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Communications Committee, Room 112

Saturday, August 26
Chancel Choir Retreat

Sunday, August 27 Faith Development Celebration!
9:45 a.m. Light Brunch, Youth share Summer activities, Open House on the Children’s Hall
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir Kick-off (anyone in grades 6-12 invited!)

Monday, August 28
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. Room in the Inn Steering Committee, Conf. Room
4:00 p.m. Worship Committee, Library

Wednesday, August 30
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir Kick-Off & Pizza Party, F. Hall
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

 

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Your Help is Needed!
Jul
28
10:00am10:00am

Your Help is Needed!

Friday July 28 10am-4pm (Room 202)
The Liturgical Arts Committee is hosting a workday, your assistance is needed to help assemble sanctuary banners to display during Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar, which is now until  Advent begins. 

NO ART SKILLS REQUIRED!  

Come any time between 10am - 4pm and help the Arts committee with simple cutting and ironing.  If you come around the lunch hour, bring a sack lunch or grab a bite downtown.  Need information? Contact Jane Vann  using the form below.

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Serving Breakfast at Pritchard Park
Jul
18
to Jul 30

Serving Breakfast at Pritchard Park

Service Opportunity: Breakfast at Pritchard Park!  
Sunday, July 30 

Anyone who would like to help serve our downtown neighbors is invited to meet in the FPCA kitchen at 8:15 AM. We need folks to bring soft fruit, orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. We will walk over to the park around 8:45 AM, returning by 9:45 in time for Faith Development.

If you would like to help, let Michael (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org) know.

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Let's get on the Bus!
Jul
13
10:00am10:00am

Let's get on the Bus!

FPC-A’s Social Justice team is focusing this year on how we can lend our voices to those of city bus riders in their efforts to improve the local transit system. We have had success
already advocating for increased funding through the budget approved by the city last month.

FPCA members are invited to meet in the Wallace Foyer at 10 AM on 7/13, and we will walk to the downtown bus terminal for a field trip to experience first hand the transit system. Many of us with cars have the privilege of not needing to depend on transit for groceries or laundry or work. You are invited to come and get on the bus together, followed by a time of sharing.
 

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A Message from Be Loved House
Jul
10
to Jul 19

A Message from Be Loved House

We are working on building community gardens in our front yard, a larger garden for elders at the Senior Opportunity Center, and in partnership with Elder and Sage Gardeners a garden adjacent to Battery Park and Vanderbilt Apartments where over 300 senior residents of our city live.

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We are giving literally TONS of produce every week through free Fresh Farmers markets at the Senior Opportunity Center for elders and at the YWCA for children and their families as well as deliveries to the Griffin Apartments, Grove Court Apartments, Bartlett Arms Apartments, Battery Park Apartments and to other friends in West Asheville many of whom we met when they lived on the streets.

 

Through Homeless Voice, people on the streets are regularly advocating for solutions to homelessness and other struggles. Currently, they are adding their voices to the City of Asheville Comprehensive Plan that governs planning in our city of the next twenty years.  And our homeless Street Medic Team is training weekly and will soon be starting "rounds" to folks on the street through street and camp outreach.  This program recently made national news as a way to make healthcare more accessible while also giving leadership opportunities to people living on the streets!

Senior Opportunity Center

Senior Opportunity Center

Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved!  Contact Rev. Amy Cantrell at: belovedasheville@gmail.com

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“BLOWIN’ in the WINDS” A CONCERT OF BEAUTIFUL TRIOS
Jul
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

“BLOWIN’ in the WINDS” A CONCERT OF BEAUTIFUL TRIOS

AmiciMusic presents a concert of trios for the wonderful combination of flute, oboe, and piano featuring music by J.S. Bach, Rossini, Ibert, Madeline Dring, and African-American composer William Grant Still.  

Alicia Chapman will do double duty on both oboe and English Horn to add an extra layer of beauty to the texture.  Ms. Chapman and Ms. Kibler have performed all around the world with such ensembles as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.   You won’t want to miss this intriguing blend of instruments in intimate settings.

Tickets for church members are $13.50 in advance through their website, they will also be available at the door for $20/15 that day.

Questions? Contact AmiciMusic 

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Summer Discount for Floral Dedications!
Jul
1
to Jul 31

Summer Discount for Floral Dedications!

Because of the flourishing of local gardens, the flower guild can offer a discount for summer dedication of flowers for our services. For $50.00 members can honor or remember loved ones on the following dates:  July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 20. 

Please use the form to contact Babbie Shelton.

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please include your dedication (ex: and in memory of..., and in honor of...). If you are unsure of wording, let us know below.
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July Calendar
Jul
1
to Jul 31

July Calendar

Tuesday, July 4  Independence Day: Church Office Closed

Thursday, July 6
Middle School Youth go to Massanetta Middle School Youth Conference through July 9
10:00 a.m. Prayer and Support Group, Conference Room

Sunday, July 9
2:00 p.m. "Blowin' in the Winds" Trio for flute, oboe, and piano, Sanctuary

Thursday, July 13
6:30 p.m. Women's Dinner Out at Tupelo Honey South

Friday, July 14
7:05 p.m. FPCA at Tourist Baseball Game!

Wednesday, July 19-26  Guatemala Mission Trip

Wednesday, July 19
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee Meeting, Marguerite Morgan Room

Monday, July 24
4:00 p.m. Room In the Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Thursday, July 27
1:00 p.m. Women's Studies Planning meeting, Fellowship Hall

Saturday, July 29
Presbytery meeting at  FPC Marion NC

Sunday, July 30
8:30 a.m. Pritchard Park Breakfast

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New Exhibit in the Gallery
Jun
30
to Aug 6

New Exhibit in the Gallery

The Visible and The Invisible:  Asheville artist Grace Carol Bomer
Her "concern is the human condition surprised by the grace of God. Her love of the physicality of oil paint and wax and her spontaneous process creates abstract paintings rich with themes of pilgrimage, love, and sacrifice." 

She has exhibited widely and her work is held in many private and corporate collections. Grace is an active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. We're honored to exhibit her work and we hope you'll take time to appreciate her art and the poetry that often inspires her work. The exhibit will continue through July and August.

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Home Grown Garden Opportunity!
Jun
27
to Jun 28

Home Grown Garden Opportunity!

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Home Grown Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children is now in its seventh year thanks to members of First Pres and Christ Community Church in Montreat. This year we've been offered the opportunity to work alongside men from Good Works, parishioners from our neighbor Trinity Episcopal's Church of the Advocate. Come join us this Wednesday, June 28 from 6 - 8pm when Good Works will be working at the garden. Evenings at Home Grown are especially beautiful!

This past Wednesday Home Grown Garden donated 19 pounds of head lettuce, two varieties of kale, kohlrabi, and wild purslane to Bounty and Soul for distribution to our neighbors in the Swannanoa valley.

A shaded picnic table and cold water (in case you forget your water bottle) are next to the garden. Come see what’s up and growing and the farm animals in the adjacent fields. No experience is needed; I'll show you what needs to be done and/or listen to and your gardening experiences. Call or email Ann Kieffer for more information: annfkieffer@bellsouth.net or (828)458-2004.

Directions to Home Grown Garden: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Hwy. 70. At the next traffic light turn left, go over the little Swannanoa River bridge, and take a right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

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Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017
Jun
16
to Jun 28

Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017

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PWNC Missions Committee Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017
Hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Kinston

What will we do? Help folks rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
Where will we stay? First Presbyterian has facilities to house groups coming in to work.
What is the cost? $150 per person includes food/lodging.
How many can go?  We have space for 20 folks. 
How can I sign up? Registration forms at the PWNC website with a Kinston site manual.

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Come learn about the state of children in NC!
Jun
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Come learn about the state of children in NC!

Come learn about the state of children in NC!

Thursday, June 15, 12 PM to 1 PM
Reuter Mission Children's Hospital’s Conference Room
Federal budget and state budget proposals will have major consequences on our children's health, well-being, education, and housing.

Children First/CIS is offering a free lunch with Michelle Hughes, executive director of NC Child. Michelle will share about about the federal and state policy landscape and our collective advocacy work to make sure all children have the opportunity to thrive. 
 

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Men's Quarterly Breakfast & Meeting
Jun
13
8:00am 8:00am

Men's Quarterly Breakfast & Meeting

A Presbyterian Men's breakfast and meeting will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville.

Join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to continue one's faith journey. After a short business meeting, Waid Shelton, member of the Presbyterian Men's Organization, will lead a discussion regarding "outside signage possibilities". He will be assisted in the presentation by partners in the company SignServ, Robert Simmons and Kevin Fetrow.

As background information, the Presbyterian Men's Organization feels that the current signage, both internal and external, needs to be modified in order to help visitors find their way into and around the church in an easier fashion. Any recommendations stemming from these discussions will be forwarded to the appropriate committee of the church for consideration.

Any man who attends our church or his friends are welcome to come to the breakfast and meeting. Call or email the church office to sign up for the event or email the office

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Adult Faith Development June 2017
Jun
4
to Jun 25

Adult Faith Development June 2017

All classes are open at all times for anyone to attend
Sunday Morning Classes   9:45-10:45am
 

Special Faith Development Classes:

June 4    “The Mystery of the Divine Through Art”:  A Gallery Talk by Sylvia Johnson Everett whose art is currently on exhibit in our gallery.  Using a variety of media and techniques, she creates alternative and contemporary religious imagery appropriate to the present time.  She will talk about her art displayed in the gallery and will also talk about the transparent Pentecost banners hanging in the sanctuary beginning on June 4.  She is an accomplished artist whose work is held in many collections and who has exhibited widely, both in the US and in Germany and South Africa.                                                                                                                                   
Class Series: Nurturing Reconciliation and Peace

June 11 Confronting the Threat of Genocide in South Sudan
The current crisis in South Sudan has created the worst refugee crisis in Africa right now. Nearly 2 million people have fled the country and another 2 million are internally displaced. The economy has collapsed and the death toll is beyond anyone's ability to calculate. This class will provide an update on the situation and look at the 10 stages of genocide. It will offer ways to counter the stages of genocide and show relevance for our own families, communities, and country when we find ourselves divided and struggling to build bridges across our differences.

June 18:  Tribal Wisdom for Peace and Reconciliation
There is a dramatic contrast between tribal or indigenous methods of conflict resolution and western methods. Bill Lowrey used tribal methods, when western methods had failed, to facilitate the end of a major tribal war in southern Sudan in 1999. He will draw lessons from such traditional methods and the wisdom of oral cultures that are relevant to our modern culture and need to be considered again in South Sudan if a genuine peace is to be restored. This is a case study of how the Christian church was able to work with African traditional religion and its leaders to find common ground for peace and reconciliation.

June 25:  Nurturing Resilience to Face Life's Toughest Challenges
This class has application for those living through traumatized societies, as in South Sudan, and also for all of us as we face our own shocks and challenges in life. Bill and Alice have taught a course in Nurturing Resilience at the Master's level at Eastern Mennonite University in VA, in workshops in East Africa and Central Asia, and in adult education seminars in their previous church in Virginia. This class will provide a framework for personal resilience. Bill and Alice have particularly applied this to situations of high stress such as caregiving for Alzheimer's, family crises, either slow-onset or rapid onset trauma, and the normal losses that occur in all life journeys.

Class leaders:  Bill Lowrey and Alice Petersen are both retired PCUSA clergy who have recently made Asheville and FPC-A their retirement community. Bill is a former Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker for Sudan who has been engaged in peacemaking work there for the past 26 years. He also served as Director of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation for World Vision International for ten years. Alice has made five trips to South Sudan, teaching trauma recovery and supporting peace efforts. In January 2017 they facilitated a retreat for 34 South Sudanese in northern Uganda to support peace efforts and nurture resilience for key leaders in the face of the current civil war and threatened genocide. Bill is a specialist in indigenous methods of conflict resolution and facilitated a peace conference in 1999 that ended an 8 year war at that time between the Dinka and Nuer tribes. That peace held for 15 years until the current civil war broke out in December 2013.


Ongoing Classes

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107/1st floor)
Young adults age 22-early 40’s are invited to this exciting opportunity for growing spiritually and to build community. Discussion topic, Searching for Sunday, author Rachel Held Evans, no prior preparation required. We love for visitors to join us as our church continues to grow!  Contact:  Marilyn Cortes

“The Thoughtful Christian”  (Room 202) 
Class study –Covenant Bible Study an in-depth study covering all books of the Bible, shows interconnectedness of scripture and reflects on how God’s covenant relationship is woven throughout.  include: current issues, biblical studies, and theological concerns. Facilitator: Wayne Drummond

First Bible Class  (Room 112)
Participants study the Bible using the “Present Word” quarterly and occasionally help with an unfunded need. Bible Study June Theme: Called to be Strong, selections from the book of Judges. Teacher:  Hugh Howell

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Chamber Music Concert: "DANDY D'INDY"
Jun
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chamber Music Concert: "DANDY D'INDY"

AmiciMusic, Asheville's award-winning chamber music organization dedicated to performing great music in intimate venues, will perform its first concert at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 2 at 7:30PM.  The program is called "DANDY D'INDY" and features some great trios for clarinet, cello, and piano including a neglected masterwork by French composer Vincent D'Indy, an early Beethoven trio, and two shorter lyrical works by Emil Hartmann and Friedrich Voight.   Admission is only $15 for First Presbyterian members, $20 for general admission, and free for children 18 and under.  Tickets will be available at the door or buy in advance online for a discount.  Visit http://amicimusic.org/upcoming_show.aspx to buy seats and get more information.

The performers will be Steve Loew, clarinet; Lawrence Stomberg, cello; and Daniel Weiser, pianist/Artistic Director.  All three have performed in countries around the world including England, Egypt, Japan, Australia, Brazil and many more.  Dr. Weiser began AmiciMusic in Asheville in 2011 and has performed monthly programs in the region ever since with a wide range of instrumentalists and singers.

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Women's Studies
May
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Women's Studies

We meet to learn, to share a meal and to enjoy the company of other women in our church.  Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings.  Women who wish to attend are strongly encouraged to call the church office and sign up to come. Signing up before noon on the day of a meeting is most helpful to hostesses and program planners.  
The diversity of our women and the topics we explore make our meetings together fun and educational.  Our group provides an excellent opportunity for fellowship and for strengthening the ties within our church family.   READ THE PDF BROCHURE

May Program: “The Body Keeps it’s Score”, by Bessel A. van der Kolk- at Jo Nan Hester's home
This book transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  It shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro-feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga and other therapies.  It offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
RSVP/ get directions by calling the church office or EMAIL JO NAN

 

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Vacation Bible School! Marketplace 29 A.D. JUNE 26-29
May
22
to Jun 11

Vacation Bible School! Marketplace 29 A.D. JUNE 26-29

Market Place VBS is a joyful experience that invites us to journey as tribes of Israel through the lively setting of a Judean town set in the time of Jesus’ ministry.  Our 2017 theme is “God's Promises”  Children will hear Bible stories from our storytellers, see Bible dramas come alive, study with the Rabbi, visit the shops & make crafts, play games, dance, make music and serve others!

Monday June 26—Thursday June 29… we need over 100 volunteers each day to care for our 175 children who join us from 6 local area churches!  Please contact Nancy McNeill or Penny Gibbs in the church office to participate.

Go to our blog to see pictures of past years and to print the Registrations!

 

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 BROCHURE! All the information you need to learn about VBS and sign up!

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 BROCHURE! All the information you need to learn about VBS and sign up!

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

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Annual Church Picnic!! Sunday, May 21
May
21
12:30pm12:30pm

Annual Church Picnic!! Sunday, May 21

Annual Church Picnic!
It’s time to picnic by the stream!  

We will have our annual church picnic at Robert Lake Park in Montreat on Sunday, May 21st
following the 11 a.m. worship service.

This is a wonderful event: a chance to sit at picnic tables and enjoy the beauty of our mountains and the company of friends, old and new.      

Barbeque ($5 each) or Hotdogs ($1 each) and Drinks furnished
Bring your payment to the park on the 21st. Or drop a check by the church. 

Potluck Side/ Bring a Generous Portion: If your last name begins Q-Z please bring a side dish to share. If your last name begins A-P, please bring a dessert.    

Back by popular demand—A Pickup Softball Game!  Bring your gloves and bats or just yourself and join us for a fun & lively game on the field in the park.  All ages welcome!!!  Have fun wading in the stream, wear water shoes, bring a towels.  You are invited to dress casually for worship.

GREENING TIPS:  Disposable plates and utensils will be available for anyone who needs them, but if you are able to bring the dishes/utensils that your household needs to use, it will cut down on the waste that we produce. 

Everyone is welcome!!!
 

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Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May
14
8:00am 8:00am

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May 14 (8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services)

Since 1967, the mission of the Child Care Center has been to provide children with the highest quality of early childhood education and guidance in a loving, nurturing environment with committed, competent and caring staff. We serve a diverse community of families including many who are not able to pay full tuition. In addition to the state subsidies, our mission dollars are needed to help provide low-income working families quality child care, thus enabling parents to work.  If you are not able to make an offering on Mother’s Day, checks payable to FPCA (earmarked for the Child Care Center) can be mailed to the office anytime.  
 

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