WEEKLY EVENTS
Oct
1
May 28

WEEKLY EVENTS

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April Calendar
Apr
9
Apr 30

April Calendar

Sunday, April 9-16 HOLY WEEK & Room In the Inn
Monday, April 17 Church Office Closed

Tuesday, April 18
6:00 p.m. Deacons meet, Room 213

Wednesday, April 19
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinator Meeting, Room 112
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, M. Morgan Room
7:00 p.m.  Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 20
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room
5:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

Sunday, April 23
12:30 p.m. Families with Memory Loss Support, Room 112
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir
5:00 p.m. Coffee Talk Class Night on the Town!
5:15 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, April 24
10:00 a.m. The Write in You, M. Morgan Room
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, April 25  Presbytery meeting at Montreat
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Reba Totten’s: Legacy letters

Wednesday, April 16
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
7:00 p.m.  Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 27
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112

Friday, April 28
11:00 a.m. Pisgah Legal Volunteer Recognition Lunch, Fellowship Hall

Saturday, April 29
Youth Adventure Day at Camp Grier

Vacation Bible School! Marketplace 29 A.D. JUNE 26-29
Apr
10
May 21

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 CHILD REGISTRATION

Click here for the PDF version of the CHILD REGISTRATION

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Christian Discipleship Center NEW CLASS!
Apr
14
May 1

Christian Discipleship Center NEW CLASS!

  • St. Mark's Lutheran

One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ
6 Weeks - May 4 - June 8, 2017

What Do You Get When You Put Catholics and Lutherans Together?
Hope!

This course is designed to help Catholic and Protestant communities mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by remembering the wounds we have inflicted and working together to mend our brokenness. By gathering together to reflect and discuss our common understandings and practices, we will foster the church's unity on a grassroots level and grow in our awareness of the ways that unity already exists. Together we can strengthen our common witness to the mercy of God in proclamation of the good news and in service to the world.  
Instructors: Father Pat Cahill, St. Eugene’s Catholic Church; Pastor Chris Webb, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,  
When: 10:30 AM—Noon Thursdays, May 4 through June 8, 2017
Course Materials: One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ (We will have a limited number of textbooks available for $5.00 each. If you choose to purchase on your own, please let us know when registering.)
Cost: No registration fee

To Register
Send email to ChristianDiscipleshipCenter@gmail.com with your name, phone number and church affiliation or call (828) 230-8818 with the same information.
 

Earth Care Events to Support
Apr
21
Apr 29

Earth Care Events to Support

Free Showing of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood"
Follow Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the globe to witness first hand the effects of climate change and interviews global leaders about what they think can be done. “Before the Flood” will be shown on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Contact Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-277-7342 for more information. Donations requested.
 
Truth-Telling on Racial Conflicts & Doctrine of Discovery
Experience Navajo educator and dynamic visionary speaker, Mark Charles, in a presentation on a domination framework giving moral and legal rights to invade, seize and enslave people who were not Christian that dates back to the 15th century. The event is Friday, April 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and includes Q & A and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Donations welcome. For more information, contact Paul at phultberg@charter.net or (828) 505-1026.
 
Science March on April 22
The march starts in Aston Park at 336 Hilliard Avenue in downtown Asheville at 10 AM and ends at Pack Square downtown, where there will be speakers on the importance of investment in science as nonpartisan and fact-based.

People’s Climate Rally and March is April 29
Come out on April 29 to rally in support of climate action at all levels of government. The event will kick off with a rally in Pack Square at 10 AM followed by the March until 1 PM. Host Contact Info: Asheville Indivisible Climate Sub Group and 350.org.

April Adult Faith Development
Apr
23
Apr 30

April Adult Faith Development

April 23:  Generation to Generation
Come talk about First Presbyterian Church Asheville and it’s future.   The last capital campaign is 2 years behind us.   Worship in the beautiful renovated sanctuary enriches us each Sunday.  Renovation has finished to allow for growth in the Child Care Center.  New members join us monthly.  Generous gifts are being made to endowment funds to be held in perpetuity.   

In the midst of this growth, we humbly recognize that our current congregation has received great blessings from previous generations. We drink from wells we did not dig and sit under the shade of the trees we did not plant.   Join Julie Lehman and Sarah Thornburg to talk about what we have received from previous generations, and how we might invest our resources in future generations, so that their wells will be deeper and the shade of their trees will be broader.  

April 30:  Annual Congregational Meeting (Sanctuary) 
The agenda for the meeting includes:
*  Ministry and Mission Overview - Patrick Johnson
*  Annual Report from the Clerk of Session - Esther Pardue
*  Treasurer’s Report - Keith Love
*  Endowment Report - John Webb
The committee chairs will also be available for a time of question and answer.  We hope you will join us for this important update on First Presbyterian Asheville.
 

 

Adult Faith Development in May
Apr
23
May 28

Adult Faith Development in May

All classes are open to anyone, join us for the whole series or one or two classes.  9:45 a.m. Sunday Mornings

April 23, May 7-28: Text Talk  (Room 203)
This class will explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Week-by-week we will investigate the background, setting, and dynamics of each passage and discuss insights and questions that emerge. Come join the conversation!
Teachers:  Jane Vann, Rev. Thom Nelson

May 7-28  Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship  (Room 213)
Join us in May for this introductory class to learn more about  what it means to be a Presbyterian and the ministry and mission of FPCA. Ideal for folks visiting FPCA, new members, and anyone desiring to know more about FPCA. The class is also a valuable refresher for long-time members.  Teacher:  Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson
 

Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship
May
7
May 28

Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship

May 7-28  in Room 213
Join us in May for this introductory class to learn more about  what it means to be a Presbyterian and the ministry and mission of FPCA. Ideal for folks visiting FPCA, new members, and anyone desiring to know more about FPCA. The class is also a valuable refresher for long-time members.   Teacher:  Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson


Apr
23
5:00 pm17:00

Earth Day Vigil at Pritchard Park

All are welcome to gather at Pritchard Park on Sunday, April 23 for an afternoon of song, reflection, and messages of inspiration and action from local faith and community leaders.  A reception with food and drink will follow at Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St. In case of rain, we will meet at Jubilee! 
Sponsored by the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. www.creationcarealliance.org

North Carolina Historical Society Spring Tour
Apr
21
Apr 22

North Carolina Historical Society Spring Tour

The North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society will hold its Annual Spring Tour on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, in Moore and Richmond counties. We will meet at noon Friday at the Jackson Springs Presbyterian Church, celebrating its bicentennial; visit historic Mt. Carmel Church and the restored Bostick Schoolhouse, spend the night in Pinehurst, learn the history of First Church in Hamlet and enjoy the National Railroad Museum there, and end up with lunch at Mark’s Creek Church. We hope you can join us for a very interesting tour. Registration is $20. For more details about the tour, and also the registration form, go to our website at www.ncphsociety.org, or contact Program Chair Steve McRae at (336) 693-1929.

Building Bridges Panel Discussion on Racism
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Building Bridges Panel Discussion on Racism

  • Omega Middle School

Panel Discussion on Racism  Thursday, April 20 (6:00PM)
Omega Middle School

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Building Bridges of Asheville is hosting a panel discussion on how the paradigm of racism has changed over the last 25 years. Since 1993, Building Bridge of Asheville has worked to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding, and encourage action.

The panel discussion will include members of Building Bridges past & present: Danae Aicher, Susan Bean, Tyrone Greenlee, Lewis Isaac, Kathryn Liss, and Sue Walton. This event is in partnership with the YWCA's Stand Against Racism, an annual campaign that brings awareness around the negative impacts of institutional and structural racism.

Adult Faith Development Sunday April 23 at 9:45 a.m.
Apr
18
Apr 23

Adult Faith Development Sunday April 23 at 9:45 a.m.

Maturing Buildings Need Maturing Faith

“A maturing faith involves awareness of the impact of others on us, but also awareness of the impact that we have on others.” 

“Knowing your own story and your congregation’s are central to responsible and faithful leadership whatever position you occupy in God’s realm.”

Both of these thoughts come from an article in The Lutheran magazine by Dr. Emlyn Ott, the Dean of Leadership Formation at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and former Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. Both statements illustrate how Hubert and Joan Williams’ story and our congregation’s authentic life together are a match made in heaven!

When they decided to make FPCA their faith home seven years ago after moving here from Albany, GA, Hubert and Joan Williams quickly found their place in God’s realm here at 40 Church Street. They made friends, attended activities and volunteered for leadership where needed and where their gifts were best offered. Joan found joy participating in Women’s Studies and Women’s Dinner Out. Hubert put his talents and professional expertise to use on the property committee. Of their time in the FPCA community, they say, “We especially like how close members are with each other and how very much a part of the church we feel.” They also enjoy the great music program and the ministry of Saturday Sanctuary.

As Hubert served on the property committee, he realized that for a church as active as ours in ministry to Asheville, we needed a more functional means of group transportation. Having come from a church with a large bus, they knew that that our van was aging and not adequate for the needs our ministry presented. In their maturing faith, Hubert and Joan recognized both the impact that our church was having on them and the impact that they could have on our church and its ministry. 

Together, Hubert and Joan set their hearts and souls to discerning a gift that would take our church to the next level of ministry in downtown Asheville. They decided to give the congregation a 15-passenger bus with room for luggage and accessible to people with walkers. Over twenty members were trained as drivers by Don Totten, and we are able to transport members and guests from neighboring retirement communities as well as take trips together wherever God calls us to go.

Joan and Hubert have been abundantly blessed with wealth beyond their expectations. They are grateful to God and believe strongly that such blessings should be dedicated to God’s work in the world around them. As Hubert spent time working through the issues with which the property committee was wrestling, God began to speak to him and Joan about the long term health of our church’s ministry and how it was unfortunately linked to the expense of maintaining an aging infrastructure. They talked and prayed about a way they might be able to help to separate those two expenses with a fund to help cover deferred maintenance costs and free up our annual budget to focus more on the ministry and less on facilities.

In 2016, they decided to dedicate $1 million of their estate to FPCA and our church’s building maintenance fund was established. In order to provide some funding now, they gave $100,000 to start the fund. It is their hope that many members will understand how important our role is in maintaining our beautiful buildings and help grow the fund with their own current and planned gifts. In order to facilitate this, our church now has a planned giving program. You can pick up information at the reception desk in the Wallace Foyer or find it online using the link below.

On April 23, the planned giving team will be hosting a class on this topic during faith development. Anyone wishing to learn about estate planning (you’re never too young for this!) is welcome to come and hear from a professional about how to start the process or how to add FPCA to your plan if you have already made your plans prior. Also, feel free to talk about this opportunity with Sarah Thornburg or Patrick Johnson.

We are so grateful for the wisdom and generosity that Hubert and Joan Williams have graciously offered our church family, and the way this gift has expanded our mission and impacted our ministry in and to Asheville.

Julie Lehman

Planned giving team members: John Webb, Julie Lehman, Sarah Thornburg, Patrick Johnson

Generation to Generation Brochure

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center
Apr
17
Apr 21

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center

Montreat Conference Center is hosting the heritage edition of the Gospel/Acts volume of The St. John’s Bible and guests will have the opportunity to see, touch, and engage with the Bible. Spend time with Tim Ternes, director of The St. John’s Bible Project, as he shares some of what makes this particular Bible so beautiful. Evening lectures will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a limited enrollment interactive workshop on Wednesday afternoon.

Come by yourself, with your family, or as a group of friends to enjoy a springtime sabbath in Montreat. Stay the whole week or just a night or two.

For information, rates, and to register, CLICK HERE to go to Montreat's website.

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing
Apr
16
8:45 am08:45

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

Special Offering  One Great Hour of Sharing  Easter Sunday, April 16 (8:45 & 11:00am)

Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Through this major offering:  the refugee and the stranger have found food and safe shelter; those stunned by the aftermath of disasters have found relief and help rebuilding; and communities seeking to take control of their future have found partners in development.

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.

Children’s One Great Hour of Sharing— bring your FISH COIN BANKS to church!   
 

HOLY WEEK (April 9-April 16)
Apr
9
Apr 16

HOLY WEEK (April 9-April 16)

* indicates childcare is available

Sunday, APRIL 9  Passion/Palm Sunday*
8:45 am:   Worship, Chapel
9:45 am:   Donkey Procession:  Join us as we follow the donkey for a walk to Pritchard Park & back to re-enact Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem as we wave palms & shout our Hosannas!  Palm procession into 11am worship service following donkey walk, everyone invited to process! 11:00 am: Worship, Sanctuary

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Thursday, APRIL 13  Maundy Thursday* 
Maundy Thursday  Worship Service  7:00pm   Sanctuary
This year, the service will begin with a brief meditation and communion, and then we will listen to the story of Jesus' journey to the cross. Interspersed in the story will be meditative songs and music by the Chancel Choir, soloist, and organ.
The road to Easter faith goes by the cross, and I invite you to make time to worship with your church family this Thursday. For those with children, childcare is provided.

Friday, April 14 Good Friday
3:00 pm The Story of Good Friday Shared with Friends

Especially for Families-- Build intergenerational friendships with your church family on Good Friday!  Gather at Givens with their residents and hear the story of Good Friday through Godly Play storytelling Meet at Givens Estates Retirement Community, Oxford Commons Entrance.  

Saturday, April 15
10:30 am Easter Egg Hunt Egg Hunt (for children birth -5th grade!)  Meet in the Fellowship Hall, separate hunt for younger and older children.  Egg hunt will be outside weather permitting, refreshments following!

Sunday, APRIL 16  Resurrection of the Lord/Easter* 
Special Easter Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing  (8:45 & 11:00 a.m. worship services) 8:45 am:  Worship, Sanctuary
9:45 am:  Potluck Brunch: During Faith Development; no classes that day
All are invited to bring a Potluck Dish to Share; enjoy conversation & fellowship. Beverage provided.  Easter Craft activities for children.

11:00am: Worship, Sanctuary
 

Mother & Child Retreat for Swannanoa Correctional Center
Apr
1
Apr 4

Mother & Child Retreat for Swannanoa Correctional Center

FPCA will be hosting the annual Mother & Child Retreat for a small group of approximately 10 women from the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women and their children. This is a wonderful opportunity for these families to connect and spend quality time together.  

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

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.  Mothers also benefit and gain skills in interaction with their children before time for their release.  

You can help by providing snacks, books, or time. Please sign up for one or more of the many volunteer opportunities. CLICK HERE.

 

Women's Studies
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Women's Studies

  • Givens Estates (Asbury Commons, 2nd floor Living Room)

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

March Program:  Book…”The Grass Harp”, by Truman Capote & this short story to download: A TREE short story  At the center of Capote's compelling short work are three misfits; this is a book about love, about how you have to start small, and "learn a little what it is to love."  In McCullers' short story, written ten years before Capote's book, McCullers gives us a traveling man, who finds he must teach the lesson he has learned to whoever crosses his path: "Son, do you know how love should be begun?" 
Margaret Whitt will lead our discussion about what Capote and McCullers have to teach us about the vast subject of love. One clearly borrows a key idea from the other--whose version works best for you?
 RSVP/ get directions by calling the church office or EMAIL JO NAN

 

Room In the Inn: April 9-16, Holy Week
Mar
20
Apr 16

Room In the Inn: April 9-16, Holy Week

  • FPCA

A program of Homeward Bound supported by over 45 local faith communities, Room in the Inn provides an overnight stay of hospitality for women who otherwise would be homeless. 
After staying with us for a week, the women (and mattresses!) travel to another faith community.

Youth help making brownies for the women!

Youth help making brownies for the women!

Volunteers are needed to load/unload mattresses, wash blankets, prepare dinners, serve as dinner hosts, transport women back and forth to the AHOPE Day Center, and spend the night as chaperones. It takes a village to support this ministry of hospitality! We usually need over 45 volunteers each week to support this quarterly ministry.

Volunteer job descriptions and sign-up sheets will be available RIGHT HERE as well as at the receptionist desk of the Wallace Foyer lobby. For more information about how you might help, contact Jean Corliss or Michael Poulos.

 

Support City Bus Riders
Mar
19
12:15 pm12:15

Support City Bus Riders

The Social Justice Team invites you to LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT CITY BUS RIDERS
after 11:00 a.m. Worship in the Fellowship Hall next Sunday, March 19
(Light lunch, 12:15p.m., Meeting 12:30 p.m.).


Come and learn how First Presbyterians can lend our voices to those of city bus riders in their efforts to improve the local transit system.

Rev. Amy Cantrell of Just Economics and a member of the Just Economics Transit Campaign will meet with interested people in the Fellowship Hall.  They will teach how to support the agenda developed by bus "riders of necessity" aimed at making the local bus system more effective for low-wage workers.  The Transit Campaign's priority goals include offering bus service later at night and providing safer bus stops nearer public housing and housing for seniors.  

The Asheville city budget process, which determines funding for the transit system, already has begun.  Next Sunday participants will learn how to influence the budgeting process to support a more effective transit system, particularly for people who ride buses out of necessity. A light lunch will be served at 12:15, with donations requested to cover lunch costs.  FPCA’s Social Justice Team is sponsoring this event, and hope all interested members and visitors will attend.
 

Mozart's Requiem "Sing Along"
Mar
14
7:30 pm19:30

Mozart's Requiem "Sing Along"

Join the 130-voice Asheville Symphony Chorus, hundreds of enthusiastic audience members and four professional soloists, led by music director Michael Lancaster, in a glorious “sing-along” of the dramatic Requiem Mass by Mozart.

Whether you want to join others in singing this classic music or you prefer to listen to the soaring sound of more than 300 voices, you’re in for a treat. The concert is on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. The singers' call time is 6:30 pm. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Singers should bring their own score if possible; a limited number of scores will be available for singers who need them.  

Tickets are $15 at www.AshevilleSymphonyChorus.com and at the door. But don't wait! Buy your ticket now to ensure a great seat.

Men's Breakfast Meeting
Mar
14
8:00 am08:00

Men's Breakfast Meeting

A Presbyterian Men’s breakfast and meeting is Tuesday March 14, at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an  opportunity to continue one’s personal faith journey.  Mr. Hubert Williams, Elder and Chair of Property Committee, will share about  “The STATE of the Buildings at FPCA”.  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 use the form below:


 

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Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent
Mar
8
Apr 5

Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent

5 Wednesday Nights March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5

Lent has traditionally been a time of fasting and spiritual preparation, just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness. The practice of self-denial becomes an opportunity to attend to our relationship with God; hunger pains are a reminder to pray or meditate or study, and a reminder that this is special time. 
For these soup suppers, they're an opportunity for us as a congregation to embrace -- if not fasting -- simplicity. Making is more simple is a reminder to us that Lent is a season of fasting and turning our attention to God. It's also an opportunity to be in solidarity with so much of the world that lives on so little. A bowl of soup for us is a simple meal; many in the world, it's the best meal of the day. 

Dinner is served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Donations from the dinner will benefit mission work in the South Sudan, Madagascar and Guatemala. 
READ ABOUT MADAGASCAR HERE

What difference can Jesus make here? 

The question is profound, and the answer leads us to consider what Christian
theology calls redemption, a subject that is at the heart of Lent. Especially when we or one we know undergoes a tragic event, or when we face a situation that offers no happy ending, the question rumbles in our souls.... Where is redemption? What difference can Jesus make here?
 
Join us on Wednesdays evenings of Lent  for worship and study from 6:15 to 7:15 in the Fellowship Hall as we explore this profound question. The study will be taught by Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson, and based on the short book Imagining Redemption by David Kelsey.  Kelsey, recently retired from Yale Divinity School, is one of the greatest theologians of his generation and his book is both insightful and accessible. It is not necessary to read the book to participate in the study, but for those who would like to do so it is available online or through the church office. 

Reader's Guide to Lenten Study
Mar
6
Apr 6

Reader's Guide to Lenten Study

Dear FPCA, 

On Wednesday evenings this Lent I am leading a study of David Kelsey's book, Imagining Redemption. Kelsey is a leading contemporary theologian and brilliant thinker, and I'm excited for us to encounter his work. More importantly, his exploration is eye-opening and helps us to see how God is at work in our midst here and now. You don't have to have read the book to attend the study, but some of you are planning to read along. Both for those who are reading and those who are not, I thought it might be helpful to have a "reader's guide." There is a link below where you will find a summary guide through each chapter.

Dinner on Wednesday is at 5:30, and the study begins at 6:15 in the fellowship hall. Remember dinner is a simple soup with no reservations required, and donations will go toward international mission. I hope to see you there,

Blessings,
Patrick

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Click here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 4

Click here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 4

Pancake Brunch Youth Mission Fundraiser!
Mar
5
12:30 pm12:30

Pancake Brunch Youth Mission Fundraiser!

March 5  (12:15 PM following the late service) Gardner Fellowship Hall

The entire congregation is invited to the annual Pancake Brunch to support this summer’s mission immersion trip to Guatemala! Our senior highs who will be traveling to Guatemala this July will be cooking in the morning and look forward to serving you. There is no set fee per person; donations will be gladly accepted!

 

Adult Faith Development during Lent
Mar
5
Apr 9

Adult Faith Development during Lent

Participate in a small group class as an opportunity to study scripture, engage in theological reflection, deepen your faith and build relationships in a caring community.  

Choose One of the following Six Week Studies using the FORM BELOW
Please complete 1 sign up per person

“Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?”   (Room 205) Teacher: Jane Vann 
Bible Study of the preaching texts for the day. 
This class will follow the theme announced by Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson for the Lenten sermon series, “Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?” We will explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Week-by-week we will investigate the background, setting, and dynamics of each encounter with Jesus and discuss insights and questions that emerge. Come join the conversation!  
Lent Series Sermon Texts: Matthew 4:1-11; John 3:1-17; John 4:5-42;  John 11:1-45; Matthew 21:1-11, 27:11-54

“The Danger of a Single Story”  (Room 201)  Teacher:  Beverly Williamson
How might God be calling us to a deeper understanding, tolerance and love of one another’s differences?  This class begins with a TedTalk by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who asks us to consider "The Danger of a Single Story."  In subsequent classes we will consider how assumptions about the other can be dangerous or may be enlightening.  A collection of texts by Adichie, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West, and Elie Wiesel will be the ground work for discussion. Literary works will be available for optional reading prior to each class.     

“The Ridiculous Journey; Following a Nobody from Nowhere” (Room 213)
Jesus’ invitation to “come follow me,” invites us to become a part of his story.  Why is it that his story speaks to the depths of our soul and beckons us to go on a particular journey?  If his story requires so much sacrifice on our part, is it really worth it?  Why should we “follow a nobody from nowhere?”   Each week the class will explore these questions with discussion and a different video interview featuring:  Father Greg Boyle, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Dr. Brene Brown, Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Richard Rohr, Racheld Held Evans and several poets. Teacher:  Frances Baldwin

"Race and Reconciliation; The Confessions of 1967 and Belhar" (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
A variety of creeds and confessions are part of the Reformed and Presbyterian heritage. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Confessions includes documents from different eras in the church’s life when the church has needed to confess its faith. The Confession of 1967 was adopted as a call for racial justice. The Confession of Belhar was written in the context of apartheid in South Africa.  Both these confessions share the sentiment expressed in the Belhar Confession that “God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation. The Belhar Confession was adopted last summer at the PC(USA)General Assembly Meeting.  This study and discussion will help us understand these two confessions and to claim the ministry of reconciliation in a world and church deeply divided by race, nation, gender, economic status, and religion.  Participants may purchase a study workbook ($8 from FPCA) and view the film Invictus available on loan from the church library.  Teachers:  Rev. Susan Denne, Sarah Thornburg

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Flower & Easter Lily Orders
Mar
5
Apr 7

Flower & Easter Lily Orders

This Easter the Sanctuary will be decorated with flowers.  If you would like to take part by honoring or remembering a loved one or friend with flowers, please contribute $9.00 for each flower you would like to purchase.  Names of those being  honored will be published in the Easter bulletin (April 16).  Please fill out this form and make your check payable to First Presbyterian Church (with “Flower Guild” in the memo line).  Mail or drop off this form and payment at the church office (40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801).

Orders must be received by Friday, April 7 to have information printed in the Easter bulletin.
 

Donor Name *
Donor Name
Please indicate "in memory of ---name---" and/or "in honor of ---name---"
I would like my donation to be: *
Lily Pickup *
Child Care Center & Construction
Mar
2
Mar 13

Child Care Center & Construction

The Child Care Center of FPCA is happy to announce that phase two of renovation has started!  CCC of FPCA is working to open a Transitional Kindergarten room (TK room). This program will help more children in our community receive high-quality child care and will be specific to children who just miss the kindergarten cutoff date, and remain in preschool longer. This program will allow these older children a curriculum which meets their needs developmentally as well as helps them with a comfortable transition to “big kids school”. 

Construction is required to license the space, which is upstairs in the Bible Journey Hall.  Construction begins this week and will last for about three weeks. We will keep you updated on any modifications of construction areas as they may impact travel routes in the hallway next week. 

We look forward to sharing more about the program as we continue on the expansion. 

--Donna Toole, Executive Director CCC of FPCA
 

Coming Up in March:
Mar
2
Mar 29

Coming Up in March:

Wednesday, March 1: 
5:30 p.m.  Wednesday Night Supper
6:30 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Thursday, March. 2: 
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room

Sunday, March 5:
12:15 p.m. Table Sunday Pancake Brunch! 

Mon, March 6: 
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
4: 00 p.m.  Worship Committee, Library

Tuesday, March 7: 
4:30 p.m. Committee Chairs Meeting, Room 213
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Thursday, March 9: 
10:00 a.m.  Presbytery CE Meeting, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out 

Wednesday, Mar. 8-April 5: 
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper
6:15 p.m. Lenten Study
7:15p.m. Chancel Choir

Tuesday, March 14
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast
5:30 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Steering Committee

Wednesday, March 15: 
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinator Meeting, Room 112
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room

Thursday, March 16:
1:30 p.m. Asheville Poverty Initiative student group, Room 213 & Kitchen
5:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Communications Committee, Room 112

Tuesday, Mar. 21: 
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Thursday, March 23:
4:30 p.m. Retreat Team Meeting, Conference Room

Sunday, March 26:
12:30 p.m. Creation Care meeting, Conference Room

Monday, March 27: 
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You. Marguerite Morgan Room
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Voices Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, March 28: 
5:00 p.m. Property Committee, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Margaret Whitt’s home— Program: The Grass Harp

Thursday, March 29:
6:00 p.m. PW Circle 1, Library

Library Notes
Mar
2
Mar 14

Library Notes

~Library Notes~

· Marge Marsh has donated to the library her recently published book Being There: My Aids Buddy Story (1990-1996)   (261.832)   Read about this experience and get to know Marge better.

· Other new books are: When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough; Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church by Lillian Daniel (248.4), Christ Actually; Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age by James Carroll (232), and Glennon Doyle Melton’s Carry On Warrior: the Power of Embracing Your Messy Beautiful Life (616.8619).

· For Children or young at heart adults who want to learn Spanish, Alice Boggs Lentz has given us two copies of her I Teach You-You Teach Me; Beginning Reader.

· A donated DVD, The Ministry of Animals shows the many ways that animals (especially dogs) can and do minister to us and have throughout history (DVD/CBS).  SPIKE APPROVED!

· The subject of Congo refugees lives in Kenya, City of Saints and Thieves (F/And) is a fictional story of one such refugee family.  Author Natalie C. Anderson is a cousin of a church member who has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the U.N. on refugee relief and development in Africa.

 

Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Mar
1
5:30 pm17:30

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Wednesday Night Supper & Worship
Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Worship begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lent is meant to be a spiritual reality-check, a time to attend to the depth of life and to nurture your relationship with God. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and reminds us of our mortality -- perhaps the greatest reality-check of all.

You are invited to this special contemplative evening service of scripture and song on Ash Wednesday, March 1.  For all who wish, we will receive the imposition of ashes as a mark of our mortality; but we receive them in the sign of the cross, as a mark that in life and in death we belong to our faithful savior, Jesus Christ.  Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary to begin this journey together. Childcare will be available.

Practicing Lenten Discipline
Mar
1
Mar 9

Practicing Lenten Discipline

~Thank you Esther, Ann, Cindy, Len & Dick for dishwashing on Ash Wednesday~

~Thank you Esther, Ann, Cindy, Len & Dick for dishwashing on Ash Wednesday~

In an effort to have less of an impact on God’s creation, the Congregational Life Committee and the Creation Care Team are instituting a few changes in the kitchen. Our kitchen is well-stocked with stoneware cups, plates and bowls and metal flatware that can be re-used and not disposed of in the landfill. The difference is that the dishware and flatware needs to be washed and put away and this is where the opportunity lies. 

If you are thinking of a Lenten discipline to adopt, volunteering to serve dinner and wash dishes after Wednesday night dinners is a practical option. No experience is needed (we will train you) and it is a unique setting to “deepen relationships.” You may volunteer for one, two or all Wednesdays. Contact Margaret Black with your selection: madgeblack@bellsouth.net or 828-230-6383. Please consider practicing this creation care action during Lent.
 

Out of Order: film screening & panel discussion
Feb
26
5:00 pm17:00

Out of Order: film screening & panel discussion

Sunday, February 26 (5:00-7:00 PM)
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville

Come see Out of Order
A film screening & panel discussion

Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they seek to fulfill their calling to be ordained ministers within the Presbyterian Church (USA). The film seeks to answer the question, “Why seek to lead a church that is slow to welcome you?” Film Director Amanda Bluglass reveals her discovery:

Each of the people featured in the film had a very different journey, but they shared one important thing. For each of them church is “home” and each wanted the wider church to be as welcoming to others as it had been for them. Also, I saw that gender identity and sexuality is as much a “call” as the “call” to be a pastor. It’s not about choice; it is a lived truth.

While some denominations have opened doors to make ordination possible, many barriers and prejudices around LGBTQ folks still remain in the church and in our culture. Out of Order shares important stories of hope and courage, stories that witness to the boundary breaking love of God and open the door to deeper conversation about the meaning of welcome and inclusion.

FPC Asheville is hosting this event in our sanctuary free of charge. An offering will be collected for those who want to support the release of this new film.  One of our members and candidate for ministry, Alex McNeill, is featured in the film. Alex currently serves as the executive director of the More Light Presbyterians, a group that works for the full participation of LGBTQ people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Please consider attending this important and transformative event!
For more information, go to their website or contact Rev. Michael Poulos (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org, 828-253-1431 x 125) at FPC-Asheville.

Artist Reception Meet-and-Greet March 19
Feb
26
Mar 19

Artist Reception Meet-and-Greet March 19

FPCA is hosting an exhibit by S. Beth Taylor, a fabric artist from Chapel Hill, NC.  Her quilt art incorporates many types of fabric and design, plus words of Taize prayers, biblical reflections and poetry. 

In her own words, “Offering endless creative opportunity, free-form quilting gave me a place to combine color, pattern, and texture as I create fiber art, wall hangings and greeting cards with new and recycled materials.”

Her show will be hanging until the week after Easter Sunday, April 16th.  There will be an artist reception after church on March 19th (12:30-2:30 p.m.) where you can meet the artist and hear her ideas about her creations.

Volunteers Needed In West Virginia
Feb
24
Mar 3

Volunteers Needed In West Virginia

The Presbytery of Western North Carolina Mission Committee is offering a mission trip to West Virginia to help with flood recovery. The number of natural disasters seems to be overwhelming in the recent past. South Carolina, Louisiana, Eastern North Carolina, East Tennessee, and West Virginia have all experienced disasters that will take years to recover from. We have been to South Carolina twice and will be planning other trips.  This spring's trip is to an area that was devastated by floods; an area that already experiences high levels of poverty. We will be working with the help of West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps, Inc., Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Ronceverte Presbyterian Church in Greenbrier County.
 
OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP FROM WVMAW:      
WVMAW is a long term recovery agency that is an arm of the WV Presbytery disaster response. We book week long groups for long term recovery projects, and have project managers who lead and teach and keep materials on site. Generally we book Saturday to Saturday, but most groups arrive on Sunday. We are flexible in that many cannot stay the full week so you can choose how many days would work for your team. The cost is $250 per person for the week, and we can break it down to daily working day rate. The only cost you will need to figure is transportation and food.
 
Dates:  Sunday, April 30 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
Cost:  $250 per person for the whole week (food will be included); cost will be prorated for those staying less than the full week.
Registration forms are available on the Presbytery Website: www.prebyterywnc.org
 
Registration forms and $50 registration fees should be sent to the Presbytery Office no later than April 1, 2017.
Age limit: 18+ (or 16+ with parents)
Questions? contact: Ed Forsyth at forsythnhpc@aol.com
Presbytery of WNC Attn: Lisa Pressley
114 Silver Creek Road
Morganton, NC 28655

Children First/Communities in Schools
Feb
24
9:15 am09:15

Children First/Communities in Schools

Friday, February 24 (9:15-10:30 am)
Faith community meeting with State Representative Brian Turner and Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

On Friday, February 24th from 9:15 am to 10:30 am (Fellowship Hall) we will host an opportunity for members of the Asheville faith community to meet with two local elected leaders and discuss issues important to the Success Equation for children and families - housing affordability, investments in early childhood, public transportation, health care, and juvenile justice. You will hear what is coming up in the state session and in the county, learn how to best communicate with your elected officials, and network with other clergy and lay leaders interested in public policy advocacy.

Please RSVP to Tamar at tamarar@childrenfirstbc.org. For more information about the Success Equation, contact FPCA member Gene Kiel (raekeil@skyrunner.net)

 

FPCA Orchestra!
Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

FPCA Orchestra!

It is time to make a joyful noise! We are starting a new musical group: The FPCA Orchestra. The group is open to any adults and middle school or high school youth who play an instrument. 

A little rusty? No worries!  This group will be working on some very accessible hymn accompaniments to help lead ourcongregational singing. We will play along with the hymns for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 26th at the 11:00 service. 

There will be one rehearsal on Sunday, Feb. 19th from 12:15-1:00 pm.  Please contact Jeremy Roberts to get music if you are interested in playing. jroberts@fpcasheville.org