WEEKLY EVENTS
Oct
1
May 28

WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday Evenings:

Wednesday Evenings:

Thursday Mornings:

Experience Saturday Sanctuary
Jan
7
Mar 25

Experience Saturday Sanctuary

  • First Presbyterian Church

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

On Saturday afternoons beginning in October and continuing through March, First Presbyterian of Asheville opens its Fellowship Hall during the hours of 12:30-3:30PM. Through this ministry of hospitality we offer a hot & nutritious meal as well as access to restrooms, movies & popcorn, books & games, prayer & conversation. Saturday Sanctuary is a neighborhood gathering where people can simply hang out, use the internet, charge a cell phone, listen to music, receive emergency clothing for cold weather, even food for your dog! For more information, contact Terry Beamer via our webpage who serves as the Saturday Sanctuary steering committee chair.  

Outreach & Mission Page HERE.

 

Coming Up.... next weeks at a glance
Feb
12
Mar 5

Coming Up.... next weeks at a glance

Sunday, February 12:
FPCA Night on the Town at Barley’s! (5:00 p.m.). Childcare at FPCA

Monday, Feb. 13:
1:00 p.m. Marketplace Planning meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
5:30 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Steering

Wednesday, Feb. 15:
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, Feb. 16:
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone
6:00 p.m. PW Circle 1

Tuesday, Feb. 20:
6:00 p.m. Deacon meeting

Sunday, February 26:
5:00 p.m. Out of Order Documentary & Panel Discussion

 Monday, February 27:
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You meets in Marguerite Morgan Room

Tuesday, February 28:
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Barbra Love’s home   Program: Rafael Guastavino

Wednesday, Mar 1:
5:30 p.m.  Supper in Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Thursday, Mar. 2:
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone

Sunday, Mar. 5:
12:30 p.m. Table Sunday Pancake Brunch!

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

NEW ART EXHIBIT FOR FPC ART GALLERY
Feb
26
Apr 16

NEW ART EXHIBIT FOR FPC ART GALLERY

Beginning Sunday, February 26, 2017 FPC will host 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 where you can meet the artist and hear her ideas about her creations.

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.

Practicing Lenten Discipline
Mar
1
Apr 5

Practicing Lenten Discipline

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.
 

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.

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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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!

 

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 International Missions. 

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. 


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

 

Night on the Town at Barley's Taproom!
Feb
12
5:00 pm17:00

Night on the Town at Barley's Taproom!

  • Barley's Taproom

Sunday, February 12, 5:00 – 7:15 p.m.

For ALL adults
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS with our church family at Barley’s Taproom!

   RSVP is Very helpful… Need # Adults & Kids  Scholarships always available!  Use the form below.

Where:  The Upper Room at Barley’s on Biltmore Avenue

What:

  • Snacks & pizza @ $12/person, $20 couple payable on 2/12
  • Cash bar available for all beverages!
  • Connect with others from FPCA!  Shoot some pool!  Throw some darts!
  • Child care for infants – 5th graders provided at church.  Drop-off starts at 4:45. includes dinner & childcare
  • Pizza supper will be served to kids.
  • Games & movie for the older ones and play for the littlest.    
  • Regular Youth Group for Middle & High Schoolers!

~ Sponsored by FPCA Children’s Ministry - All welcome! ~

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Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Feb
12
Feb 26

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering

  • FPC Newton

Who?  All Presbyterian Women in Presbytery of WNC—and beyond!
What?  Gathering for Bible Study, Supporting Mission, and Working for Justice and Peace
Where?  First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658
When?  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Why?  To Build an Inclusive, Caring Community of Women Witnessing to the Promise of God’s Kingdom
How?  Mail Registration Form with Check to Michele Simmons.  Forms are available with your Circle and also at FPCA in the Foyer.

Melissa Bane Sevier Presenting 2017-18 Horizons Bible Study: Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews
Registration:  $10 (Includes Lunch)

Black Mountain Home: Tour of the Campus
Feb
8
10:00 am10:00

Black Mountain Home: Tour of the Campus

You're Invited!

Join us at 10 a.m. on February 8 for a two-hour introduction to our ministry and campus. We begin with refreshments and a ministry overview then head out on foot and by bus to see the full campus. Meet staff members, see our facilities, and learn about our programs ending by noon. On this tour you will see how your involvement as a liaison, volunteer, donor and prayer partner to the children is changing lives for the better. There are dates each month through December– check their website or call the office (828-686-3451)

 

Social Witness Opportunities
Feb
7
Feb 11

Social Witness Opportunities

Peace Vigil to support Asheville Muslim friends & community
Tuesday, February 7 (7:00 PM) Pack Square  

This event is open to everyone and will have speakers of many faiths. The goal is to express to our Muslim friends and community that they are welcome here. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Claiming the Beloved Community: A Conversation with CUC  
Tuesday, February 7 (6:30-8:00 PM) WNC Baptist Fellowship Church

Please join with the Christians For A United Community (CUC) Family for an evening of deep and intentional listening-to each other, and to the Spirit of God. Please bring a dessert to share-dinner will not be served. Christians For A United Community (CUC) is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches whose mission is to help our churches and community unite to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity.

Moral March on Raleigh  Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKONJ) People’s Assembly
Saturday, February 11 (8:30 AM - noon)  Shaw University, Raleigh

The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement began by the NC NAACP civil rights leader Rev. William Barber. On February 11 thousands will gather to rally and march to the doorstep of the State Capitol.

For more information about attending as a group, contact Julie Lehman using the form below.

 

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Souper Bowl of Caring
Feb
5
12:15 pm12:15

Souper Bowl of Caring

You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 5
(following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)

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

On Sunday, February 5, 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!

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 2016, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 6,846 participating groups to collect over $10.4 million in cash and food items which impacted over 5,000 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!

We Compost!
Feb
3
Feb 15

We Compost!

We Compost!  

Starting this weekend, the Creation Care Team is encouraging everyone who eats a meal at FPCA to compost the food scraps from their plates. Diners are asked to scrape their plates into a bucket designated for compost next to the dirty dishes window.

The Child Care Center and Saturday Sanctuary cooks have been collecting their food preparation scraps for many months. Now we will be adding prepared food scraps to that mix. Thanks to the Child Care Center’s initiative, Danny’s Dumpsters provides two large outside compost bins near the regular dumpsters for storing food scraps until they are picked up.

Whether you volunteer at Saturday Sanctuary this Saturday or eat at the Souper Bowl lunch on Sunday, you will have a chance to scrape your plate into the new compost bucket and take an action for creation care in the first 100 days of the new administration.

 

Become an Ally: People’s Voice on Transportation Equality
Feb
1
Feb 6

Become an Ally: People’s Voice on Transportation Equality

The People’s Voice on Transportation Equality is  a group of leaders that emerged from a Just Economics’ Voices  Leadership Training Program that met at FPCA several years ago. A campaign originated by and led by people who ride the bus out of necessity, this group has grown and includes riders and allies. On January 29  People's Transit Week will begin in Asheville. On that Sunday there will be an information table in the Wallace Foyer for those who want to learn more about this campaign. For more information about Just Economics, contact Marge Marsh (margemarsh@gmail.com) or Michael Poulos.

 

 

Click on the bus to read the Schedule for the week

Click on the bus to read the Schedule for the week

Creation Care Team Meets Jan 29
Jan
29
12:30 pm12:30

Creation Care Team Meets Jan 29

Join the Creation Care Team as we continue our planning and doing for 2017. We will discuss progress on plans for a solar electric vehicle charging station, Earth Day 2017, and a move toward composting food scraps, among other items. The meeting is after the 11:00 AM service in the downstairs conference room.

Fellowship Hour Every Sunday!
Jan
29
Feb 5

Fellowship Hour Every Sunday!

Following our 11:00 am service, we enjoy refreshments and fellowship with members, staff and visitors in the Wallace Foyer, ground floor. Volunteers are needed to bring cookies and to host this time. This is an especially good way for new members to get to know the church family!

We encourage everyone to sign up regularly— that way, you only volunteer a few times each year.  To sign up, use the button below, or call the church office.

 

 

Adult Faith Development Jan 29-Feb. 12
Jan
29
Feb 12

Adult Faith Development Jan 29-Feb. 12

January 29, February 5,12  “CORE 3”   (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
The congregation is encouraged to join us for this three week interactive study of the radical hospitality, deep relationships, and shared ministry.  We will study Biblical texts the deepen our understanding of each focus area, exploring what it means and how we can practice it in our personal lives, our community, and our ministry together as a congregation. Teachers: Rev’s Patrick Johnson, Michael Poulos, Session Members

  • January 29: Radical Hospitality   
  • February 5: Deep Relationships  
  • February 12:  Shared Ministry
New Art Exhibit!
Jan
29
8:30 am08:30

New Art Exhibit!

Features the work of 2 local organizations:  Rise Up! Studio and Open Hearts Art Center

Rise Up! Studio, a project of the BeLoved Community, is made up of artists struggling against social problems including homelessness, poverty, isolation, and discrimination. The collective gives people who are homeless or have low incomes the space and supplies to create and sell art. Open Hearts Art Center is a nationally accredited, community based arts program, providing unique opportunities for differently abled adults to express themselves.

Programs are offered to individuals classified with a disability and receive Medicaid services. All art work on display can be purchased with proceeds going to the artist and the organization.

 

Coming up in February...
Jan
27
11:00 am11:00

Coming up in February...

Wednesday,  Feb. 1: 
    5:30 p.m. Communications Committee (Conference Room)
Thursday, Feb. 2: 
    10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group (Conference Room)
Monday, Feb. 6: 
    4:00 p.m. Worship Committee (Library)
Tuesday, Feb. 7: 
    5:30 p.m. Session meeting (Room 213)
Thursday, February 9: 
    6:15 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out at Cooper River Grill
Sunday, February 12: 
    5:00 p.m. FPCA Night on the Town at Barley’s!. *Childcare at FPCA
Monday, Feb. 13: 
    1:00 p.m. Marketplace Planning meeting (Room 112)
Tuesday, Feb. 14: 
    5:30 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Steering Committee (Conference Room)
Wednesday,  Feb. 15: 
    5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee (Marguerite Morgan Room)
Thursday, Feb. 16: 
    5:00 p.m. Finance Committee (Conference Room)
 Monday, February 27: 
   10:00 a.m. The Writer in You (Marguerite Morgan Room)
Tuesday, February 28: 
    6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Barbra Love’s home  Program: Rafael Guastavino

Jan
26
Feb 2

Reception Desk Volunteers!

We Need YOU!

Come help the FPCA staff by serving as a reception desk volunteer.  Our volunteers are the backbone of the office– we rely on you to answer phone calls, work on projects, prepare materials for worship & faith development, and especially to greet visitors and members and provide hospitality.
  

If you can offer your time on a weekday (9a-1p or 1p-4p), call (or email)the office.
 

Peggy Roberts and Spike share a conversation at the reception desk.

Peggy Roberts and Spike share a conversation at the reception desk.

There are many perks to this work– not just the satisfaction of knowing you are a major reason FPCA can function, but also playtime with Spike, treats from the kitchen, all the inside info you can handle about the staff, sign up first for activities and the opportunity to read the bulletin before Sunday.

This is a great way to get to know FPCA, so if you are new to us, consider this as a way to get acquainted!

Women's Studies
Jan
24
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

January Program:  Human Trafficking (Hosted at Givens Estates)
Lisa Bradford, from On Eagles Wings Ministries in Gastonia, will speak on their efforts to prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking, the offer of assistance to those still trapped, and restoration for those who have survived.  The ministry runs Hope House, the only residential care program in North Carolina for minor victims of sex trafficking. Charlotte, being on I-85, is a major locale for this problem. 

RSVP/ get directions by calling the church office or EMAIL JO NAN

 

Christians for a United Community Book Club
Jan
22
Jan 29

Christians for a United Community Book Club

  • St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Christians For A United Community (CUC) is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches, laypeople and clergy who share a common commitment to Jesus and His vision of justice, peace, reconciliation and nonviolent social change.  CUC’s mission statement is to “Help our churches and community unite to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity.” First Presbyterian has been an active member of CUC since its beginning over ten years ago.

Beginning January 22 and continuing through June, CUC is sponsoring a monthly Book Club and discussion series.  The book used will be The Third Reconstruction by Dr. William Barber. This book focuses on the justice movement in our current times. The Book Club will meet once per month on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:30 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Participants are asked to supply their own copy of the book and register by simply emailing Tyrone Greenlee (cucasheville@bellsouth.net) or by calling 828-254-4884. A sample copy of the book is available at a table of the Wallace Foyer. For more information about CUC, talk with Ann Kieffer (annfkieffer@bellsouth.net) or Michael Poulos.

 

Commit to a Creation Care Action During the First 100 Days
Jan
20
5:00 pm17:00

Commit to a Creation Care Action During the First 100 Days

  • Lenoir-Rhyne University

Join the Creation Care Alliance as we mark the beginning of the first 100 days of the new administration with a gathering time of music, ritual, commitments, and refreshments while the sun is setting. "Creation Care Action: Initiating the First 100 days" will be held on Friday, January 20, 5-7pm at Lenior-Rhyne University in Asheville.  Bring someone from your faith community and commit to one or more creation care actions in the first 100 days from January 20 to April 29th. 


More info: scott@creationcarealliance.org

 

Nursery
Jan
19
Feb 12

Nursery

Think of all of the star words that can be lived out by volunteering in our nursery! Cheer, joy, patience, energy, discipleship, love, hospitality, and so many others! Our littlest church members in the nursery need volunteers to rock them, play toys, and read stories. We have a sign up sheet in the hallway outside of the nursery or you can use the form below to sign up. We need volunteers for services and faith development!

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Sunday morning Nursery is available 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (after 11am worship)
If you know your availability or have some dates in mind, share it with us here. Let us know if you do not have any preference.
Local MLK,Jr. Services of Celebration & Remembrance
Jan
15
Jan 19

Local MLK,Jr. Services of Celebration & Remembrance

Sunday, Jan. 15
The Celebration Singers, a youth chorus, will present a concert in honor of King. First Congregational Church at 20 Oak St., 4 p.m. Free, donations accepted at the door.

Monday, Jan. 16
Asheville’s peace march and rally will get underway at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church at 44 Hildebrand St. At noon, participants will march to City-County Plaza. FPC-A members who would like to participate together are invited to gather on the upper deck, ready to leave at 11:15 a.m.

A candlelight service will honor the contributions of area individuals and organizations to the cause of social justice. Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St., 6 p.m. Free.

The Kenilworth community will host its seventh annual celebration of King and his work. Potluck dinner in Kenilworth Center at 4 Chiles Ave., 5:30 p.m. Program featuring activist and Winston-Salem Black Panther party co-founder Hazel Mack at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church at 123 Kenilworth Road (adjacent to Kenilworth Center), 6:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday, Jan. 17
The 2010 documentary film Freedom Riders will be screened and discussed. The film examines the role played by more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives challenging Jim Crow laws in the South in 1961. UNC Asheville Highsmith Union, the Grotto. 6 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Jan. 19
The keynote lecture for UNC Asheville’s week of celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. will be given by Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on African-Americans and higher education. UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free.

Sign up for Springtime "Dine With Nine” TODAY!
Jan
13
Feb 5

Sign up for Springtime "Dine With Nine” TODAY!

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

Please let us know by February 5 if you'd like to take part.  You may sign up by filing out a card on the reception desk or using the form HERE.  

Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service
Jan
11
5:30 pm17:30

Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service

The Christmas season concludes on January 6, Epiphany of the Lord, which falls on a Friday in 2017.  That following Wednesday, we will share dinner and fellowship together at tables then gather in the sanctuary for worship.  Epiphany means “manifestation,” and Epiphany worship celebrates the manifestation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, expressed in the symbol of the star and the journey of the Magi.  Our Epiphany service is a Communion service, and it also will include our annual ritual of selecting a “star word” for the coming year. 

Dinner served 5:30 pm -6:10pm (Fellowship Hall)
No reservations necessary, bit it is helpful to know if you are coming
Adults $8, children and youth no charge    

Worship in the Sanctuary, 6:30pm

CAN YOU HELP US?  Dinner Servers Needed!
Congregational Life needs Food Servers to help serve dinner.
If you have an hour to share between 5:00-6:00 PM, 
please let Margaret Black know.

Group for Families with Loved Ones Experiencing Memory Loss
Jan
8
12:30 pm12:30

Group for Families with Loved Ones Experiencing Memory Loss

Families with members experiencing memory loss will meet for support and discussion after 11am worship on Sunday January 7th. The meeting be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 112. Those attending are invited to bring a snack or lunch or pick up some coffee at church and join the group. Anyone with questions about the group may call Earl Thompson and Marge Marsh, who convene the groups, at 285-2326.

 

January Ongoing Sunday Classes
Jan
8
Jan 29

January Ongoing Sunday Classes

Coffee Talk 3.0     Class will join CORE 3 class on Jan. 29 & 31
(Widman Room/1st floor)
Coffee Talk is open to all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Discussion topic; Searching for Sunday, author Rachel Held Evans, no prior preparation required. We love for visitors to join us as our church continues to grow!   Contact:  Marilyn Cortes 

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

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

January Adult Faith Development
Jan
8
Jan 22

January Adult Faith Development

January 8 – Mission Ministry in China(Gardner Fellowship Hall)
Come learn about Leslie Doyle’s mission experiences volunteering with a Chinese Orphanage Christian Ministry. Her daughter Shelby is also spending two years in china teaching English while engaged in mission ministry. Teacher:  Leslie Doyle

January 15- BeLoved House & Open Hearts Art Center (Room 213)
Our new Liturgical Arts display in the 1st floor gallery will feature work from Rise Up Studio of BeLoved House & Open Hearts Art Center.  BeLoved assists those in need with transitional housing, nutritious food access, community support, children’s enrichment, and the arts. Rise Up Studio is an artists collective where artists who are living in poverty or homeless can create art, heal through art therapy and sell their art to support themselves and their families in acquiring basic needs. Open Hearts Art Center is dedicated to serving adults with a variety of challenges including developmental, mental, physical and emotional disabilities.  Join us to learn more about our partnership with these important ministries. Teacher: Rev. Amy Cantrell

January 22- Confronting Domestic Violence  (Room 213)
Helpmate of Asheville works with our community to eliminate abuse and fear by providing safety, shelter, and support for people who have been victimized by domestic violence. Helpmate provides individual and group counseling; help in building a safe, stable future; court advocacy; training of professionals and community leaders; preventative education for at-risk groups.  Teacher: Guests from Helpmate  

Room In the Inn
Jan
8
Jan 15

Room In the Inn

  • 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.

 

Inclement Weather Plans
Jan
1
Jan 19

Inclement Weather Plans

It’s that time of year to remind you of our inclement weather plans at FPCA.  
Check our Facebook page and the main page of the website for delays or closing information.  If you are unable to access those, you can call the church office phone.

Our parking lot will usually have large icy patches and sometimes the sidewalks have icy patches also— please be sure to consider this before you come to church. 

  • Sunday morning worship and Faith Development—An announcement will be posted on the church website and on the phone answering machine (option 6) no later than 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.  11:00 worship will be held if  possible.  If the early service is cancelled, Faith Development will also be cancelled.
  • Church office and other activities -- Please check with the leader of your group or meeting before coming to church. Some meetings are not on the church calendar, so do not rely on the office for meeting cancellations.  You may call the church office and use option 6 for office delays and closings.  
  • Office volunteers should call the church office before you drive to the church to make sure someone is in.  If no one answers, then we are not in– do not drive to church.  :)