April Monthly Calendar
Apr
1
to Apr 30

April Monthly Calendar

Officer Nominations for Elders Class of 2021 are being accepted now- use this link to share your suggestions

Sunday, April 1  Resurrection of the Lord/ Easter
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Easter Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, April 2 Church Office Closed

Wednesday, April 4
5:30 p.m. Women’s Grief Group, Widman Room
No Chorister or Chancel Choir

Thursday, April 5
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

Saturday, April 7
11:00 a.m. Saturday Sanctuary Celebration, Fellowship Hall

Monday, April 9
Mother & Child Retreat at Assembly Inn
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study

Tuesday, April 10
Mother & Child Retreat at Assembly Inn
5:30 p.m. Session meeting

Wednesday, April 11
5:30 p.m. Women’s Grief Group, Widman Room

Thursday, April 12
5:30 p.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal
6:30 p.m. Women's Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South

Monday April 16
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators meeting, Room 112

Tuesday, April 17
4:30 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room
5:45 p.m. Deacon meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, April 18
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
5:30 p.m. Women's Grief Group, Widman Room

Thursday, April 19
5:30 p.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, April 21
7:30 p.m. Jim Lestock Trio, Sanctuary

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 p.m. Women's Studies: Dr. Shannon Dowler, home of Reba Totten

Wednesday, April 25
5:30 p.m. Women's Grief Group, Widman Room

Thursday, April 26
3:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, April 28  Youth Adventure Day, Presbytery

Sunday, April 29  Creation Care Fair
9:45 a.m. Creation Care activities for all ages
12:30 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group, Room 112
12:30 p.m. Creation Care light lunch & activities

Monday, April 30
9:00 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room

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April Adult Faith Development Classes
Apr
8
to Apr 29

April Adult Faith Development Classes

Sunday Classes Meeting this Month

(Sundays 9:45-10:45am) 
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time

April 8   Gallery Talk  (1st Floor Gallery)
The current exhibit in the gallery features the work of Martha Jane Petersen, a fabric artist who lives in Black Mountain.  Her art quilts (wall hangings) are “improvisational” quilts. Petersen says she “works intuitively” with ideas springing from her imagination, inspired by poetry, nature, and Scripture. Petersen is an ordained Presbyterian minister who views her art as part of her ministry.  Join us as Martha shares more about her inspiration and the display. The exhibit continues till the end of April.    

April 15  Take Me to the Water;  Race, Culture, & Christianity  (Room 213) 
About a year ago, I was asked to write an article on racism and the problem of whiteness. Racism is part of our national DNA, and each time we think this cancer is in recession it rears its head with a renewed and ugly force. This was an opportunity for me to explore my story, to understand better what it means to live in the world as a white person, and to think through how we can heal the disease of racism from a theological perspective. If interested, the article is available HERE or copies are at church. Teacher:  Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson    
                                                                                       
April 22  It Isn’t Easy Singing Green (Campbell Chapel)
The church sings joyously of the beauty of the earth.  But what about earth's pain? We will look together at the challenges of hymn-writing and hymn-singing in our current context of environmental threats and opportunities.  Teacher:  Dr. Mel Bringle; Professor and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College; hymn writer and editor of the
newest PC(USA) hymnal “Glory to God.”

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April 29  “The Fire This Time”  (Room 213)
Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison will revisit the theme from a sermon he preached at FPCA on April 22, 2012 with the title “The Fire This Time”.  He will explore that theme, expanding and developing issues of climate disruption and biblical and theological grounding for our response. 

Sunday Classes Meeting 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 this month to learn about our FPCA Mission Partners. 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.  Spring Theme- “Acknowledging God.”   Teacher: Hugh Howell

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Ministry at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Ministry at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women

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 training will be held at 55 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. For more information, contact Susan Martin (susanm1702@gmail.com; 828-230-6805) or Shannon Spencer (sspencer@fpcasheville.org)

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Creation Care Fair: Schedule Update
Apr
29
9:45 AM09:45

Creation Care Fair: Schedule Update

This fair is a multigenerational event designed to educate and entertain people of all ages about reducing waste and moving toward zero waste.

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.

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Delegation Trip to Guatemala
May
1
to May 15

Delegation Trip to Guatemala

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The presbytery is receiving applications for a delegation trip to Guatemala November 8-15. This is an opportunity to join others from our presbytery to learn more about the partnership and to visit our sister church Ebenezer. The application is posted HERE, hard copies are also at the front desk of the Wallace Foyer.  

The application deadline is May 15. Contact Michael Poulos or Barbra Love if you have any questions.
 

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An Evening with Rev. John Dear: activist, priest, author
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Rev. John Dear: activist, priest, author

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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.

 

BIOGRAPHY:
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. 

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The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations Initiative
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations Initiative

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 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. 

 

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Annual Church Picnic!
May
20
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Church Picnic!

Everyone is invited to come together after worship and share a picnic lunch with games and activities for all ages!
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.  

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.
 

 

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Mother- Child Retreat Volunteer Opportunities
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Mother- Child Retreat Volunteer Opportunities

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

1) Click to see our SignUp on SignUp.com
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Questions?  Contact Nancy McNeill 828-253-1431 ext. 126; nmcneill@fpcasheville.org  
 

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Presbytery of WNC Guatemala Partnership Meeting
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Presbytery of WNC Guatemala Partnership Meeting

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. 
 

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New Exhibit in the Gallery
Apr
8
9:45 AM09:45

New Exhibit in the Gallery

Improvisational Quilts

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.
 

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SATURDAY SANCTUARY VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION!
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

SATURDAY SANCTUARY VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION!

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 (sanctuarysaturday@gmail.com) Questions? Contact Michael Poulos.

                                                           SEE YOU THERE!
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Library Notes
Apr
2
to Apr 6

Library Notes

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
 

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One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
Apr
1
8:30 AM08:30

One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering

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.

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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.  
 

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Grief Support Group for Women
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Grief Support Group for Women

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.
 

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Holy Week & Easter Sunday
Mar
25
to Apr 1

Holy Week & Easter Sunday

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.

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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
 

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Women's Studies
Mar
22
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies

March 22    Facilitator Mary Raine Moore    
Program Chapel of the Prodigal Fresco

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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.
 

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Adult Faith Development in March
Mar
18
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development in March

(Sundays 9:45-10:45am)
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

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Children's Ministry: Godly Play
Mar
18
to Apr 8

Children's Ministry: Godly Play

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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.  

Read our Detailed Brochure

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. 
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Pancake Lunch Youth Ministry Fundraiser!  
Mar
11
12:15 PM12:15

Pancake Lunch Youth Ministry Fundraiser!  

Sunday March 11  (12:15 PM following the late service) Gardner Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to the annual Pancake Lunch to support our Summer Youth Events: Montreat & Massanetta youth conferences, mission trip to Washington, DC.  Our youth will be cooking in the morning and look forward to serving you.  There is no set fee per person; all donations (cash or checks payable to FPCA, earmarked for Youth Ministry) will be gladly accepted! You can also make a donation online Right Here (Select Youth Ministry, add Pancake Breakfast to memo area)

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Family Activities During Lent & Easter
Mar
4
to Apr 1

Family Activities During Lent & Easter

Invitation to Godly Play

Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum that shares the stories of our faith in a way that recognizes the unique sense of the presence of God that each of us already have -- whether 3 or 93.  There is room for silence and contemplation while the simple story is told and includes a series of open-ended questions intended to enhance creative interaction with the story and opportunity for experiential response.                                   

  • March 4  - Parents are invited to experience Godly Play during Faith Development.
  • March 11 – Congregation wide initiative- “Sponsor a Story” - help offset the start-up cost of new curriculum. 

Following Jesus Through Holy Week & Easter!   

During the month of March Bible Journeys K-5th grade will learn about events in Jesus life during Holy Week and take home activities for families to observe during Holy Week and Easter. 

Take a Fish Bank for One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
Fill Bank with coins! Put in a few coins daily in your fish bank each time you brush your teeth, or eat a snack.  Your gifts may help a community buy fish nets, farming tools, supply a village with clean water or help in other ways to provide assistance during times of disaster, helping refugees or with resettlement or community development.  
Bring filled fish bank with coins on Easter morning as we share God’s love with people experiencing need.

PALM SUNDAY March 25 - Donkey Walk & Palm Procession 9:45am                                

  • Nursery & Pre-school age & Parents Meet on 1st Floor Children’s Hall
  • K-1st Meet in Choir Room;
  • 2nd-5th Graders Room 104

Join us along with Central United Methodist and Trinity Episcopal 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!   K-5th Grade Chorister Choir sings at the Donkey Walk & in Worship.  Palm procession into 11am worship service following donkey walk, all ages! Line up on Children’s Hall  

EASTER EGG HUNT  Saturday  March 31 10:00am  
Egg Hunt and FUN for children birth -5th grade!  Meet on the Children’s Hall at 10am for refreshments & crafts.  Separate hunt for younger and older children. Egg hunt will be outside weather permitting!


Easter Brunch  Sunday April 1   Fellowship Hall  9:45am
Bring your family and friends and a Potluck dish to share.  Easter crafts for kids
 

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March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)
Mar
1
to Mar 31

March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)

Thursday, March 1
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

Friday, March 2
11:00 a.m. Pisgah Legal Luncheon, Fellowship Hall

Monday, March 5
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

Tuesday, March 6
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Wednesday, March 7
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 8
12:30 p.m. Church Communicators Group, Room 112
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

Sunday, March 11
12:15 p.m. Pancake Breakfast Youth Ministry Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

Monday, March 12
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112

Tuesday, March 13
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 14  
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 15
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112 (ASK PAT HARR)

Sunday, March 18  Room In the Inn begins (SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, March 20  Room In the Inn
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, March 21  Room In the Inn
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel

Thursday, March 22  Room In the Inn
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Sunday, March 25  HOLY WEEK  Palm/Passion Sunday
10:00 a.m. Join families on Children's Hall for the Donkey Walk, process with palms into the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Monday, March 26  HOLY WEEK
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room (ASK CAROL)
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 28  HOLY WEEK
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 29  HOLY WEEK  Maundy Thursday
5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Feast, Fellowship Hall

Friday, March 30  HOLY WEEK  Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship Service

Saturday, March 31  HOLY WEEK
10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt-- Families meet on Children's Hall

Sunday, April 1  Resurrection of the Lord/ Easter
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Easter Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, April 2
Church Office Closed

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Response to Gun Violence Discussion
Feb
25
12:15 PM12:15

Response to Gun Violence Discussion

RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE: WHAT CAN WE DO? 

(Fellowship Hall, 12:15 PM)

The recent mass shooting in Florida, resulting in the death of 17 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has raised many important questions. “What can be done to prevent this from happening again? What can we do to make sure our children, our schools, our communities are safe? How can we respond as citizens and Christians to gun control issues? Following the 11 AM worship service today you are invited to come to the Fellowship Hall for a beginning discussion of how we at First Presbyterian can work towards God’s justice, healing, and peace on the issue of gun violence.
 

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From the Stewardship Committee...
Feb
23
to Feb 27

From the Stewardship Committee...

Dear FPCA Family,
The 2018 stewardship campaign has closed successfully, and we are grateful for the fearless generosity exhibited by so many. As we reflect on the ministries of First Presbyterian Church, remember that your monetary gifts will help spread the love of Christ in the Asheville area, as well as in remote corners of the world. Pledges for 2018 are $920,000 (this is .1% increase over last year).  Below is a trend of dollars pledged and percent change from year to year.
Over the coming year, the Stewardship Committee will share examples of the differences FPC makes resulting from your gifts in both big and small ways, all made possible by your generosity.   The second graph below shows how the pledge money is divided up in FPC’s different ministries. 

If the work of the Stewardship Committee is of interest to you, please join us at our monthly meetings as we explore what it means to be good stewards of Gods' resources. We are working towards year-round communication of FPC’s ministry to the church and how it matters.

In Christ,
Your 2018 Stewardship Committee (stewardship@fpcasheville.org)     

 

 

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Women's Studies
Feb
22
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies

Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings!  Please RSVP, call the church office.

Women’s Studies: "Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story

At one time, a diagnosis of AIDS meant death within the year. Living in Boston and newly ordained, Marge Marsh signed up to be a buddy to a man with AIDS, thinking the experience would expand her own understanding of the human experience. 
Marge was on the cusp of change and her AIDS buddy lived for six years. She kept detailed notes and has turned that time into a book of the journey, Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story (1990-1996). Come participate in a question-answer session as Marge explores for us and with us this singular experience.
 

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Small Groups during Lent
Feb
16
to Feb 19

Small Groups during Lent

Lenten Study Small Groups begin this week: 

  • If you did sign up but haven't gotten your group assignment, call or email Nancy McNeill
  • If you haven't signed up, we may still have spaces open in some of the groups. Contact Nancy McNeill to inquire.

 

Come! Deepen your faith and friendships this Lent!

This year, our Lenten study will be drawn from the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and will take place in small groups each week. Excerpts will be read from the book at each group discussion, so reading the book is not a requirement for participation. 

Some of the discussion topics are: What is a good life, and what is a good death? What gives your work meaning? How do you sort through broken or troubled relationships? What does it mean to belong to a community and to a place?

A small group is a perfect opportunity to build better friendships and deeper faith through conversation, prayer, and study. We hope you’ll join in!

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Presbyterian Men's Breakfast (New Date- Feb. 13)
Feb
13
8:00 AM08:00

Presbyterian Men's Breakfast (New Date- Feb. 13)

A Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast and meeting will be held on Tuesday February 13, 2018, (previously scheduled on the 20th) 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.  During our business meeting, we will have an update on the signage projects (Waid Shelton). There will also be a discussion led by Richard Sens regarding plans for two retreats for men in 2018.  Our program will be presented by Nathan Gruver, who will share “Hobbies for Men, Several Ideas for Your Free Time.”

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

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Inclement Weather Information
Feb
6
to Feb 22

Inclement Weather Information

Our policy concerning inclement weather
closings and delays

Announcements will be posted to the following media:

Sunday morning Worship & Faith Development
A decision about closing will be made no later than 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  If the early service is cancelled, Faith Development is also cancelled and we will not drive the FPCA bus.  We will try to have 11:00 a.m. worship.

Church office and other activities:
Check with the leader of your group or committee BEFORE coming to church.  You may call the church office (option 6) to see if the building is closed.

Office volunteers:
Call the office BEFORE you drive to church to see if we are here and the office is open. If you are not able to talk to Penny or Jo Nan, don't come in to the office.

We trust your judgement about being on the road in terribly cold and/or bad weather and hope you will stay cozy when possible! 
As a reminder, our parking lots are often covered in patchy ice- please use caution.

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    Souper Bowl of Caring
    Feb
    4
    12:15 PM12:15

    Souper Bowl of Caring

    Souper Bowl of Caring

    You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 4  
    (following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)

    Donations accepted to support our Saturday Sanctuary Ministry
    Sponsored by FPCA Youth & Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team

    On Sunday, February 4, we have the opportunity to participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Come enjoy some hearty soup prepared by our Saturday Sanctuary chefs. Share bread and cookies baked by our youth!  All donations will benefit our Saturday Sanctuary ministry which provides a safe space for our downtown neighbors on Saturdays October-March (9:00AM to 3:30PM)

    A project began by a youth group from Columbia, SC in 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to inspire congregations to collect dollars to benefit local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring!  In 2017, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 6,534 participating groups to collect over $10.1 million in cash and food items which impacted over 4,827 charities all across the United States.

    On this day, as millions of people focus on the NFL championship game, we have a chance to make a difference for our downtown neighbors!
     

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    RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!
    Feb
    1
    to Feb 19

    RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!

    Retreat Photos Requested!  

    The Retreat Committee would love to have your best photos from the October 2017 Church-wide Retreat at Montreat.  Photos of people, places, and things are all welcome!

    Please email them in JPEG format to barbraslove@gmail.com 
     

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    February Calendar
    Feb
    1
    to Feb 28

    February Calendar

    Thursday, February 1
    10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

    Sunday, February 4
    12:15 p.m. Instrumentalists rehearsal, Sanctuary
    12:15 p.m. Souper Bowl of Caring, Fellowship Hall
    12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room (ASK EVE)

    Monday, February 5
    10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

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    Tuesday, February 6
    5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

    Thursday, February 8
    6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

    Saturday, February 10
    9:00 p.m. Midnight MANNA

    Sunday, February 11
    12:15 p.m. Social Justice meeting, Room 112 (ASK BETH)
    12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

    Monday, February 12
    9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112

    Tuesday, February 13
    8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast meeting, Fellowship Hall
    5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

    Wednesday, February 14  ASH WEDNESDAY
    12:15 p.m. Service of Ashes and Communion, Chapel
    6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship, Sanctuary

    Tuesday, February 20
    5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night

    Wednesday, February 21
    12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel
    Lenten Small Groups meet

    Thursday, February 22
    10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: AIDS, home of Barbra Love

    Sunday, February 25
    12:15 p.m. Response to Gun Violence Discussion, Fellowship Hall
    12:30 p.m.  Memory Loss Support Group, Room 112

    Monday, February 26
    10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room (ASK CAROL)
    4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

    Wednesday, February 28
    12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Sanctuary
     

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    Dine with Nine
    Feb
    1
    to Feb 18

    Dine with Nine

    Sign up for Springtime "Dine With Nine!”  

    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're interested, we'll assign you to a group of approximately nine adults who will meet in March, April, and May 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. 

    Groups will be formed based on enough interest expressed. Please let us know by February 18 if you'd like to take part.  You may sign up BELOW or by filing out a card on the reception desk.  Questions? Contact Margaret Black 684-4529. 
     

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    Support for Families with Memory Loss
    Jan
    28
    12:30 PM12:30

    Support for Families with Memory Loss

    A group offering support for those who have loved ones with memory loss 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: The Power of Forgiveness
    Jan
    25
    10:30 AM10:30

    Women’s Studies: The Power of Forgiveness

    Four remarkable people testify to the healing power of the simplest, most difficult task some human beings may ever face.  Researchers say forgiveness-for petty insult, random violence, or genocide, can change one's life forever.  Among others, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and authors Marianne Williamson and Thomas Moore speak in this film by Martin Doblmeier, director of the film Bonhoeffer.  

    Come and share potluck lunch while we watch the movie and join our discussion, led by Earl Thompson, who taught seminary courses about forgiveness for a number of years.  He suggests that reading Amish Grace, How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald B. 
    Kraybill, would add in our understanding of learning to forgive.
     

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    Special Concert: Miami University Men's Glee Club
    Jan
    19
    7:30 PM19:30

    Special Concert: Miami University Men's Glee Club

    Join the Miami University Men's Glee Club at First Presbyterian Church-Asheville on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM to share in their Brotherhood of Song.

    The Miami University Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1907, has maintained a tradition of musical excellence, brotherhood, and camaraderie throughout its storied history. With a membership of approximately 100 students representing academic disciplines across the university, it is among the oldest and largest collegiate male glee clubs in the nation.

     Click here to go to the website and listen to a few of their performances.

    Click here to go to the website and listen to a few of their performances.

    The Glee Club is among Miami’s oldest student organizations and is its oldest music ensemble. Regularly touring, the Glee Club has presented concerts in 19 states and 10 countries in the past seven years. As advocates for the creation and performance of new repertoire, the Glee Club established an annual commission series, and its first commercial recording (Veiled Light) was released in 2016 with Albany Records. For more than a century, these Brothers in Song have shared their song with audiences around the world, presenting music of the highest caliber while serving Miami with distinction and with Love and Honor.

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    Our first Shared Ministry Night
    Jan
    17
    5:15 PM17:15

    Our first Shared Ministry Night

    One of the core values at FPCA is shared ministry – this congregation serves together! To foster shared ministry and wider participation, the committees of session are moving their meetings to a common night each month – a shared ministry night. Please come and add your voice, perspective, and talents to the ministry teams of the session – Worship, Christian Education, Engagement, Mission, Congregational Life, Stewardship, Finance, and Property.

    Let’s share the work of ministry together!

    Childcare is available. If you would like to “eat while you meet,” a simple to-go style meal will be available for pickup in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:15pm.
     

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    Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis
    Jan
    16
    6:30 PM18:30

    Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis

    (6:30 PM)  Grail Moviehouse
    You are invited to be part of an FPC-A group, meeting at the Grail Moviehouse on Tuesday for this important film. Learn more about the over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.
     Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. For more information, contact Michael Poulos 
     

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