On Sunday, June 10 the session has approved a special offering to benefit the ministry of mission co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar. A child of this church, Dan and his wife Elizabeth have been doing important health & development work in Madagascar with the FJKM (the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, PCUSA’s partner denomination) since 1997. Following Christ’s example of feeding the hungry and healing the sick, the FJKM believes that the church’s involvement in fighting poverty is a tangible way of showing people that God loves them and has not abandoned them. This is especially important in a country where over 90% of the people live in poverty, on less than $2 a day.
The offering will support Dan’s works with the FJKM’s Fruits, Vegetables, and Environmental Education (FVEE) project. With per capita income less than $250 per year, many Malagasy people have difficulty feeding their families. Due to ongoing deforestation, many of Madagascar’s endemic plants and animals are threatened with extinction. FJKM is responding to these needs by helping people grow fruits and vegetables to improve their nutrition and get out of poverty. The FVEE has established a fruit center to help promote fruit growing, especially many of the world’s best varieties of grafted mangos, on a national scale.
Our special offering will go towards meeting these needs:
- Completing the water system for the FJKM Mahatsinjo Fruit Tree Center. While the gravity-fed system was successfully completed this February, we still need to cement in the 2 open water reservoirs that are located on the property. These reservoirs will serve as backup sources of water when the dry season is at its peak. The estimated cost is $5000 which includes materials, labor and supervision.
- Planting 50-tree tangerine orchard. This will serve as an example of how local people can increase their income from growing tangerines. Cost: $1 500.
The Mission Committee has pledged $2,500 from our Mission Endowment to help these efforts, and invites the congregation to consider support financially and through prayers.
The Turks will be here in worship on Sunday, June 10, and will be available to discuss their work throughout the morning at a display table in the Wallace Foyer. If you are unable to give on June 10, you can make a gift online anytime.
For more information, contact Mission Committee chairperson Beth Cummings.
Join us June 24th for a celebration in Gardner Fellowship Hall following the 11am worship service. The Christian Education Committee is recognizing 20 years of faith development ministry using the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday morning classes with our
elementary age children.
20 ago major renovations to our children's hallway and classrooms were made possible by a very generous gift from the family of Perry Bartsch Sr. This gift and several others made it possible to sustain four Bible Journeys workshop rooms for creative learning through
computer, art, drama and puppets. Led by many dedicated volunteers over the years, the children in our congregation have taken important steps on their faith journey as they gained a deeper understanding of the bible stories and have grown spiritually.
We hope to recognize all who have participated as teachers, shepherds, coordinators and children. Come join us in honoring all those who have been on the journey!
We encourage you to keep in your prayers the 223rd meeting of the General Assembly of the PCUSA June 16-23 in St. Louis.
July 1, plan to attend the faith development class offering a first hand report from FPCA member Anna Huntley who will be attending GA as a committee assistant and for a discussion with Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison Presbytery WNC Stated Clerk of the important issues considered.
Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Golf for Awareness! This FUNdraiser supports the Downtown Welcome Table, feeding 700+ weekly, and Haywood Street Respite, a safe place where individuals experiencing homelessness can stay on a short-term basis following a hospital stay.
With Captain’s Choice rules and a 5-club format, this tournament is accessible to serious and novice golfers alike. Saturday, Sept 22. Lunch & registration at 12:30; shotgun start at 1:30.
Register here or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!
Please note our new Sunday schedule: Downtown Welcome Table @ 1:15 • Worship @ 3:15
(First floor, Room 112)
Joanne Lazar and Amy Moore, representatives from the local Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense, will lead an informational program of how we can get involved in the movement to end gun violence. We welcome members of FPCA and other congregations to this important opportunity. For more information, contact Debbie Duncan or Michael Poulos.
Please join us Saturday, June 16th on the NC Arboretum trail (roughly 3.5 miles, rated "easy / moderate").
The Arboretum does not require an entrance fee, but they do charge for parking. If you do not have a parking pass, please let me know and we will arrange carpooling.
Let's meet at 8AM at the lower parking lot just beyond the Arboretum gate house to the left. Any questions please contact Matt Huff at 720 480 8051.
Creation Care Team meeting on June 3
If you participated in the Creation Care Fair on April 29 or just want to know more about what the Creation Care Team does at our church, please come to the Conference Room after the late service (12:30pm). We will evaluate the Creation Care Fair, plan follow-up activities, and think about Faith Development classes. Contact Jane Laping with questions.
The local chapters of Moms Demand Action (MDA) and Students Demand Action (SDA) for Gun Sense in America are hosting two upcoming events.
- Wear Orange Scavenger Hunt (Friday June 1st, 5:30-7:30 PM * The Block, 39 S Market St, is the starting place; hunt happens around Downtown.)
- National "Wear Orange Day" (Saturday, June 2 - Noon to 4:30 PM at Highland Brewery) Family fun day with Human Foosball Tournament, benefiting Students Demand Action Avl and local victims of gun violence.
The Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Asheville will kick off Wear Orange weekend which happens annually in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2nd. Asheville chapters of MDA & SDA are bringing awareness to this important cause with civic activities and family friendly events to honor victims, educate, lead the call for action; we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence.
For more information, contact Debbie Duncan or Michael Poulos
Wednesday, May 30th at 7:30 pm
Anderson Auditorium - Montreat Conference Center
Music of Bach, Rutter, Billy Strayhorn, John Cook, Bartok, Dubois, Arthur Sullivan, and more!
Eric Wall - Austin Presbyterian Seminary & Montreat Conference Center|
Jeff Jones - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville
Jeremy Roberts - First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
Calling all hikers! If you are interested in a low key, easy hike we would like you to join us on Saturday, May 26th at 8AM at DuPont State Park for the Waterfall Tour Hike (roughly 3 miles, rated easy / moderate)
Please meet us at the DuPont State Recreational Forest Visitors Center 89 Buck Forest Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718. No need to register - just show up Saturday, May 26th at 8AM.
Any questions please contact Matt Huff at 720-480-8051. Based on response, we will plan to have more hikes in the future.
In an effort to “Help ministers and congregations work together for financial sustainability, education and resources,” the PC (USA) Board of Pensions has launched a pilot program of awareness and education in North Carolina presbyteries. The FPCA Session and our two installed pastors have committed to active participation. All interested members are invited, and encouraged, to register now to attend the two educational seminars to be conducted on consecutive Thursday evenings, May 17 and 24.
Starting each evening promptly at 6 PM the training will be held in Room 213 at the church with light refreshments available before and during the seminars. Topics to be addressed by the Board of Pensions guest speakers will include:
- A Theology of Benefits
- Financial Realities of Pastors
- Church Budgeting and A Culture of Generosity.
Please register to attend using the form below (or call the church office) and plan to be an active participant at these important awareness and educational discussions.
Thank you for the generous congregational support of our new Godly Play curriculum for pre-school through elementary age children. We have almost completed the sponsorship of all three rooms of story sets.
We are wrapping up this initial effort; if you selected a story sheet from the atrium that you would still like to purchase, we would appreciate your contribution by June 4 (contribute online here).
We hope you will consider joining a ministry team of storytellers and room hosts, Godly Play training will take place this summer. Email Nancy or call the church office to let us know if you are interested.
FPCA will host in our Sanctuary, Free to the public- donations for Homeward Bound welcome
Everyone is invited to come together after worship and share a picnic lunch with games and activities for all ages!
(Look for signs on Hendersonville Rd. Lunch served under Shelter #6)
Please come share a picnic together on Sunday, May 20 following the 11a.m. worship service! Enjoy the beauty of outdoors; sit at picnic tables & enjoy the company of friends, old and new; bring your favorite yard games, throw the Frisbee and much more! Handicapped access at the shelter and restrooms.
Potluck Side if you can bring something to share: If your last name begins A-P please bring a side dish. If your last name begins Q-Z, please bring a dessert.
In case of rain, we will picnic in the Fellowship Hall.
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 cuts down the waste we produce.
Join us for an evening reading, reflection and book-signing with longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee John Dear. John will be sharing his new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth,” a landmark work which connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation; shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change; and why we need to help build up the global grassroots movement of nonviolence if we are to protect creation.
John’s book is available at church in the Wallace Foyer for $20. Cash or check (made out to First Presbyterian Church, memo line John Dear) payments can be dropped into the Church office mail slot (beside the Reception Desk). This event is co-sponsored by the Creation Care Alliance of WNC.
Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and the author of 35 books including, Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus Come Forth!; Living Peace; The Nonviolent Life; and The Beatitudes of Peace. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives in New Mexico.
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.
This year the offering will be used to support the completion of a new, natural play space on the Church Street side of our building in memory of Rebecca Reinhardt. The playspace design, which is by the Natural Learning Initiative of NC State, is also available to see in the Wallace Foyer and will be in the bulletin on Mother's Day. Through our generous contributions we can complete this playspace, which will be used by both church and Child Care Center children.
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 or you can make a gift online anytime.
The entire FPCA family is invited to an end of the year celebration for our choirs on Wednesday, May 9th. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for dinner at 5:30. Then at 6:30 we’ll move to the sanctuary, where both choirs will perform a program highlighting the music they have learned this year. And who knows, you may be invited to join in the music making too!
This fair is a multigenerational event designed to educate and entertain people of all ages
about reducing waste and moving toward zero waste.
9:45 a.m. Sunday School classes for pre-K through fifth grade will not meet as usual.
Instead children and their parent(s)/grandparent(s) are invited to the Fellowship Hall where children will make and add creatures to a mural of God’s creation, participate in a recycling relay, make new candles from old, mix-up a non-toxic cleaner, create a poster of recyclable and compostable items, tie-dye coffee filters and visit the Recycling Education Vehicle outside.
Adults and parents who aren’t having fun with children are invited to Cam Murchison’s presentation, “The Fire This Time: Biblical and Theological Grounding for Responding to Climate Disruption,” in Room 213.
Exhibits for additional information will be set up in the Wallace Foyer. Sundance Solar will have staff ready to talk about solar installations and rebates for the church and residences. Asheville Greenworks will provide information on recycling and composting, and the Creation Care Team will offer ways to get involved.
After a light lunch, two workshops will discuss practical ways to moving toward zero waste. Dargan Gilmore from Raleigh will speak about how families can reduce waste at home and have fun doing it. Beatrice Nathan from Cool Communities will expand that discussion to include reducing energy and water use, driving and food consumption from a workbook titled, “Low Carbon Diet.” Another option is Asheville GreenWorks’ Christine Brown’s workshop that will cover reducing waste by home recycling and home composting.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to take care of the earth that God has entrusted to us. Join the Creation Care Team on April 29 to learn and practice basic ways of being good stewards. Contact Jane Laping 828-277-7342 for more information. To share your interest with Creation Care, complete this quick survey.
Meet at church 5:45 p.m. April 24 to go to the training
Our church is building a team of volunteers who visit women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center. This is an important ministry with opportunities for both men and women to serve.
Every third Sunday, we send a group from FPCA to lead and worship with the women. Because of security protocol, all volunteers must receive special training. This training for those who wish to volunteer onsite as well as take the ladies offsite to church, shop, eat, etc.
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina invites you to an outdoor vigil celebrating God's creation and calling on people of faith to care for it. Meet at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. in Asheville, to sing, reflect and hear messages of inspiration and action from local faith and community leaders. www.creationcarealliance.org
First Presbyterian Church Asheville is partnering again this Spring with Ministry of Hope the Chaplain’s Program at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to Host a Mother-Child Retreat Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10.
Swannanoa is a minimum security state operated facility. A small group of about 10 incarcerated women will be invited to spend two days and one night with their children ages 2- 11 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. FPCA will provide host site volunteers for those 2 days including providing 4 meals and snacks. The children will meet their mother’s on Monday morning April 9 spend the night, and return to their caregivers home on Tuesday afternoon April 10.
It has been recognized that children need quality, supervised time with their mother, especially while she is incarcerated and cannot see them regularly. Children face tremendous loss and sadness over their separation, and young children often have a lot of fear about what is happening to their mother. Mother’s also benefit and gain skills in interaction with their children before time for their release. FPCA has taken on this important ministry, with a long tradition of area churches hosting the retreat.
Offsite Volunteers: Donations of snack food or monetary gifts for children’s goodbye bags
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Sunday, April 8 (3:00-4:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Marion)
Come and gather together at our annual meeting as we share ideas and information about the Presbytery of Western North Carolina's partnership with sister churches in Guatemala! Those who have traveled to our sister church Ebenezer are welcome to attend, as well as those who want to learn more about this ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Barbra Love or Michael Poulos.
The new exhibit in the gallery during March and April will feature “art quilts” (wall hangings) created by Black Mountain fabric artist Martha Jane Petersen. Her quilts are generally improvisational, springing from her imagination which is inspired by poetry, nature, and Scripture. Petersen is an ordained Presbyterian Minister of the Word who views her art as part of her ministry. Her work intends to convey a spiritual meaning, desiring to feed hungry spirits through her art. She is the author of Imaging My Inner Fire: Finding My Path Through Creating Art. The artist will be giving a gallery talk during Faith Development hour on April 8.
LET'S COME TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE GOD'S LOVE SHARED THIS SEASON!
Break bread with your fellow volunteers!
Share your stories and experiences!
Voice your thanks for one another!
Thank God for abundant provision!
All those who have participated in this ministry are invited to this lunch gathering! As we break bread together, we will share our stories and experiences, voice our thanks for one another, and thank God for abundant provision! RSVP to (firstname.lastname@example.org) Questions? Contact Michael Poulos.
SEE YOU THERE!
For more information about Saturday Sanctuary, go to our sign up page.
For those who would like to follow up our Lenten Study with the rest of the story of
Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, the library has a copy of Home which is the story of Ames’ friend Broughton’s family, Jack and Glory. We also acquired Lila the story of Ames’ young wife. All of those books have won literary prizes. What Are We Doing Here? (814.54) is Robinson’s latest book of essays and is highly recommended. You will find these on the carousel in the library.
~ Bonnie Welden, Librarian
Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. Worship
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.
ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN Take a Fish Bank home to collect money in during Lent. Bring filled bank on Easter morning as we join millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering to share God’s love with people experiencing need.
Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 | March 28th- May 9th
For seven weeks this spring, we will be hosting a women’s grief group facilitated by a Four Seasons hospice counselor. This group is open to anyone who is grieving a death; it doesn’t matter if your loss was last week or twenty years ago.
Our time together will not be group therapy or centered on personal sharing, but rather an opportunity for using writing, art, and music, as well as prayer and scripture, to support the grieving process. Please contact Rebecca Gurney if you are interested.
March 29 Maundy Thursday
On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathered with his friends at table to share a meal that became communion. At that table, they learned to love one another as Jesus loved them. Come and share a Holy Feast at 5:30 p.m. this Maundy Thursday in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, with great food, laughter, conversation, scripture, and Holy Communion around tables.
March 30 Good Friday
Join us for a moving service of reflection around the cross which will include a dramatic reading of the passion story from the Gospel of John as well as portions of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. John Passion" sung by chamber choir and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm.
March 31 Easter Egg Hunt
(Meet on 1st Floor Children’s Hall) Families are invited to celebrate Easter with an egg hunt on the church grounds at 10:30 a.m.! Light refreshments and Easter activities as we gather and fellowship.
April 1 Easter Sunday
Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing at both worship services
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall: All are invited to bring a potluck dish to share. Beverages will be provided. Easter Craft activities for children, childcare available also.
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
March 22 Facilitator Mary Raine Moore
Program Chapel of the Prodigal Fresco
All women- members and visitors- are invited to join us in the lower lot of the church, @ 10:00 a.m., to take a field trip to Montreat. We will visit the Chapel of the Prodigal, to see the beautiful fresco of the prodigal son that Ben Long made for the chapel. Our guide will be Bob Riddle, a chapel docent and a member of FPCA. We will have lunch in the Black Mountain area before returning to the church.
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time
Through MARCH 18
"Nurturing Personal Resilience for Growth and Transformation"
Shocks come in every person's life. Sometimes they appear without warning, such as a car accident, a rapid onset illness, death or injury of a family member or close friend, or sudden financial or business setbacks. Sometimes shocks occur as a slow onset, fully anticipated and yet still leaving one with a stunning sense of loss. Examples are gradually declining health, aging, job insecurity, spiritual dryness, or the cumulative effects of living in a frantic rat race of family, school, work and church demands. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back after experiencing significant shocks, maintaining character, integrity and mission.
This class will teach a framework for nurturing personal resilience. This class is a streamlined version of a graduate course, but focused exclusively on personal resilience, biblical-theological concepts will be integrated throughout. Additional reading and materials will be suggested for those who want to pursue further study. Alice & Bill will also share extensively from their own lives, their shocks, major crises, and how this framework can help anyone nurture their own ability to bounce back. Facilitators: Alice Petersen and Bill Lowrey
Sunday Morning Classes that Meet Weekly
Parables from the Backside; Bible Stories with a Twist (Room 203)
This study offers new insight and understanding of Jesus' parables. Each lesson begins with a unique starting point, entering from the “backside” and viewing the parable with a new lens through the eyes of a minor character. Copies of the study book, $5.00 are available, contact Nancy McNeill to order. Facilitator: Wayne Drummond
Coffee Talk 3.0 (Widman Room 107)
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us for the film series, A Calling to the Beloved, as we explore the question what is God calling us to be? Nursery is available and little ones are always welcome. Coordinators: Cat & Scott 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. Winter Theme- “Faith in Action.” Teacher: Hugh Howell
Godly Play is a Montessori-based Christian method that uniquely honors each child’s spiritual journey, based on the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play method offers room for silence and contemplation while a simple Bible story is told. It includes a series of open-ended wondering questions to invite children into experiencing the story and creative opportunities for multi-sensory activities.
How can you help?
- Purchase a story set in honor or memory of a loved one. See the display in the Powell Atrium on the 1st floor for specific information.
- Make a general donation to support the on-going costs of the program.
- Volunteer to help organize and set up the rooms.
- Participate in Godly Play training and join a ministry team of storytellers or room hosts.