Caring for Creation Meeting
Jun
23
12:30 AM00:30

Caring for Creation Meeting

Warmer weather gives us more opportunities to get outside and appreciate the wonders of the natural world God has made for us. Learn how to care for and keep God’s awesome creation – as a church and a family - at this month’s Creation Care Team meeting.

We will hear reports on the solar energy project, evaluate the April 28 Creation Care Fair, and schedule a reunion of the first Low Carbon Diet small group. Grab a cup of coffee and a cookie and meet in the downstairs conference room after the second service on June 23. Contact Jane at by EMAIL

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Welcome Fest: Haywood Street
Jun
19
10:30 AM10:30

Welcome Fest: Haywood Street

$20 ticket feeds you & a friend in need! ~ CLICK THE PICTURE for tickets ~

$20 ticket feeds you & a friend in need! ~ CLICK THE PICTURE for tickets ~

we’ll enjoy our Welcome Table meal “festival-style.” Seven local food trucks will be on-site serving lunch from 10:30 – 1:30, with live music on stage in our parking lot, a fashion show highlighting our clothing ministry, cooking demos and tastings in the garden.

Lunch tickets will operate on a buy one, give one philosophy, with each $20 ticket feeding a member of our community in need, as well as the purchaser.

Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, the Downtown Welcome Table is a homemade meal served on abundant plates by an attentive wait staff. Every Wednesday and Sunday during the lunch hour, houseless friends dine with students, retirees, the working poor and privileged professionals. Unlikely friendships are formed over a shared meal, and all are nourished.

Participating food trucks: Appalachian Chic ~ Bun Intended ~ Cecelia's Kitchen ~ Gypsy Queen ~ Mtn View BBQ ~ Out of the Blue ~ and Root Down.

Also...

  • Music on the U-Leaf stage by Alex Krug, Ben Phan, Jane Kramer and Headlining act, Josh Blake Organ Trio.

  • Fresco in progress: Watch the artists at work in the Haywood Street sanctuary

  • Fashion show with apparel from the Haywood Street clothing closet, at 11:45.

  • Party in the garden with cooking demonstrations from Bounty & Soul, craft projects and more!

Parking: Available at Isaac Dickson Elementary School, 125 Hill St. (take the footbridge over the highway to get to Haywood St.)

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Amici Music Concert
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Amici Music Concert

AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 for another great chamber music concert entitled "REED 'EM & WEEP" featuring some wonderful trios for oboe, bassoon, and piano.

This is a very special combination of instruments that blend beautifully. Oboist Margaret Herlehy and bassoonist Janet Polk will visit from New Hampshire to join Artistic Director/pianist Daniel Weiser in this lyrical program of music by Poulenc, Bizet, Lalliet, and a neglected female composer, Marie de Grandval.

Tickets available at the door-Church members are only $15 and general admission is $20. Children 18 and under are always free. Or you can buy discounted advance seats online at https://amicimusic.org/concert/reed-em-weep/

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Breakfast in Pritchard Park: Food donations
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast in Pritchard Park: Food donations

Three times a year the adults of the church serve breakfast to over 120 homeless and impoverished neighbors at Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville. The adults of First Presbyterian Church will serve breakfast at Pritchard Park on Sunday June 9.

We are in need of food donations at this time.

  • Hard boiled eggs: in their shells – and delivered to the church in their carton.

  • Soft fruit: bananas, grapes

  • Baked goods

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Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing
Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing

Join the community in celebrating 20 years of chaplaincy at Swannanoa (formerly Black Mountain) Correctional Center for Women. Enjoy refreshments while learning how this necessary non-profit began and the varied ways in which it has grown.

Hear stories from some of the women who have been residents behind the gates of the prison and how your support has made a difference to them. Learn how much safe space, inspiring programs, intentional presence matters!

First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall

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An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour

An invitation from former PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and the Pilgrims of Ibillin

MILESTONES AND LIVING STONES

You are invited to attend a gathering at Montreat (Upper Anderson) on May 29 at 7 pm to hear Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Chacour was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee, and, along with his whole village, experienced the tragedy of eviction by Israeli authorities in 1948.

Click here to learn more!

Click here to learn more!

He was ordained and appointed as priest of St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Ibillin, and fulfilled his vision of bringing children, youth and adults of different faith traditions to live and work together in peace. The cluster of schools now serves 2750 students from preschool through high school, and consistently ranks as some of the top academic schools in Israel. The Archbishop has received numerous international and national awards, including the Council for America’s First Freedom Award for International Service, the World Methodist Peace Prize and the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize by a Buddhist group in Japan.

Archbishop Chacour is the author of the books Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land, both making the bestseller lists around the world.

Questions or to register, contact Lynn Jostes at 202.445.9975.
The event is free and open to the public, so please invite a friend!

In order to be assured of seating,
you are asked to make a reservation.
You may sign up online by following the prompts
at this link.

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Men's Beer & Theology
May
22
5:30 PM17:30

Men's Beer & Theology

The Presbyterian Men’s Organization would like to invite all men of the church to an evening at Barley’s Tap Room for a time of fellowship and a look at a faith focused topic.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and childcare will be available at the church. RSVP: Nathan Gruver in the church office. This meeting: Integrity; The Seven Lessons of Job

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Women's Studies
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Studies

Hosted at Givens

Program: “Educated”

Educated is an unforgettable memoir of a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist Mormon family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.  It is the account of the struggle for self-invention, of fierce family loyalty and the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to improve one's circumstances.

RSVP: call the church office or email womensstudies@fpcasheville.org

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Annual Church Picnic in Montreat
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Church Picnic in Montreat

Lower Level Moore Building & Moore field and the Back Patio on Flat Creek (Just Below Lake Susan)

All ages encouraged to come out for the FUN!!!

Experience the beauty of Flat Creek; sit & enjoy the company of friends, old and new; play corn hole, Frisbee, bring your favorite yard game to play on Moore Field!

Main Dish Provided plus baked beans and slaw
Bring a Generous Portion of a Potluck Side

  • If your last name begins A-P, bring a side dish

  • If your last name begins Q-Z, bring a dessert

    You are invited to dress casually for worship

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

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Men’s Organization Work Day
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Men’s Organization Work Day

This event would be a clean-up of the Lodge before the first groups booked to use the lodge arrive. Your participation would be a major service to the congregation. The lodge is used by church families and we also earn income from vacation rentals to groups. This is our chance to become familiar with the property, meet other men in the congregation, and gift your time and talent to our church! We see this as a chance for us to gather in fellowship and service.

Several key items to do would be:

  • brush and limb trimming

  • leaf and debris cleanup

  • restructuring the fire pit in the back

  • trash haul

  • and some small maintenance items like screen repair, lightbulb change, and other various tasks.

We will provide lunch making materials for our lunch and meet in Black Mountain at 5 pm for an informal group meal to celebrate. If you have any questions or if you are available to join us, please let me know by email or phone.

Thank you and Blessings to you and your family, Alan

RSVP: Alan Young

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Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change

A 4-Part series to examine climate change: We will consider its effects on our world, and explore the role of our Christian faith in response.

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at First Baptist Church

April 24 – “Living in this time of Climate Change”
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information, NOAA
From his experience as climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deke will speak to us about the recent report from the National Climate Assessment, helping us understand major points of interest. Additionally, he will speak to conditions we might expect in the Southeastern US with regard to climate change. We are fortunate to have Deke share his scientific expertise with us.

May 1 – “Practicing Shalom in Climate Change”
Rev. Nancy Sehested, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation
Nancy will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between our faith and climate change. What can we glean from our Scriptures that speak to this issue? How are we then called to respond?

May 8 – “Asheville Responds”
A Panel of Local Leaders: Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project, Coordinator; Dawn Chavez, Asheville Greenworks, Director; Scott Hardin-Nieri, Mountain True, Director of Creation Care Alliance
From these community leaders, we will learn of their efforts in Asheville and Buncombe County to mitigate climate change. Additionally, they will help us know ways we can participate with them or on an individual basis to make a positive difference in combating climate change.

May 15 – “First Baptist Responds”
Dr. Mack Dennis, Pastor
Mack will give an overview of ways our church has already taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and live more sustainably. Where do we go from here? Mack will share ideas that are being explored and visions for our future of ways we can help as we live in this time of climate change.

Sponsored by the FBCA Creation Care Team and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

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Trios Three Ways Concert
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Trios Three Ways Concert

Three High School Prodiges in Concerts of “TRIOS THREE WAYS”

The chamber music organization Clarinet & Friends is proud to present “TRIOS THREE WAYS.” The program will feature works from three different musical periods. Beethoven’s exciting Clarinet Trio represents the classical era, Fauré’s elegant Piano Trio reflects the romantic era, and Muczynski’s heroic Fantasy Trio illustrates the neoclassical era.

The concert will show the evolution of the piano-cello-clarinet trio in the styles and textures implemented from 1797 to 1969. Featured in the concert will be 16 year-old cellist Aaron Chen, 18 year-old pianist Christopher Tavernier and 15 year-old clarinetist Aaron Lipsky.

LINK for TICKETS ($15 Church member, $18 in advance, $20 at the door)

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Mother’s Day Offering to benefit the Child Care Center
May
12
8:45 AM08:45

Mother’s Day Offering to benefit the Child Care Center

Special Offering at both 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. worship

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As has been our tradition at First Presbyterian, we dedicate the offering on Mother’s Day to the Child Care Center in honor and memory of our mothers. Last year the offering was specifically designated to the development and construction of the new play space on Church Street. Over the last twelve months a task force made up of representatives from the Property Committee, Christian Education Committee and the Child Care Center has been working on the design and details of the new play space. The overall concept for this play space is to keep the area as natural as possible while also providing appropriate outdoor play activities for children. The task force has been advised by the Natural Learning Initiative of NC State.

The playground is estimated to cost approximately $20,000 of which about $10,000 has been donated by members of the church and the Reinhardt family in memory of Rebecca Reinhardt whose two children attended the Child Care Center and who served on the board of the center for five years.

The plans for the new playground have been drawn, and the next step is to secure city permits in order to begin implementation of the design. As soon as the permits have been secured and contractors identified, work will begin on the playground. With donations from the Mother’s Day offering and other gifts, we look forward to seeing children enjoying this special space later this year.

Thank you for your support of this vital ministry which serves children and young families in our community.

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Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound

Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space

May 10 - July 8, 2019

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League in Black Mountain in partnership with Homeward Bound is sponsoring an exhibit entitled, “Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space.” Twenty percent of sales at the two-month show will go to help end chronic homelessness through Homeward Bound.

Opening Reception Friday, May 10 | 5-7 pm

Refreshments will be provided and the public is welcome to join.

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Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Did you know that you could fill the US Cellular center three times with adults in Buncombe County who cannot read at a basic skills level? Additionally, 8% of our community does not speak English at home and 33-40% of 3rd-8th grade students in our community test below on-grade-level proficiency standards in reading.

These enormous deficits impact adults' abilities to find and retain living wage employment, children's likelihood of graduating from high school, and our entire community's health and economy.

Join congregants from your neighborhood churches at Trinity Episcopal Church for lunch to learn how the Literacy Council of Buncombe County is addressing these issues -- providing our neighbors with the literacy and English language skills they need to live productive, self-sufficient, and fulfilling lives. You will learn about an often-hidden struggle and ways that you can be part of the solution.

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At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)
May
2
10:30 AM10:30

At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)

Struggle and Grace in the White South

A feature length documentary currently in post-production about white Southern Presbyterians during the Civil Rights era.

What did white Southern Presbyterian ministers do during the Civil Rights Era? Often isolated in small towns in the Deep South, some chose to be brave in spite of dangerous circumstances.

There are a lot of people who think ministers did nothing - or worse. Carolyn Crowder, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, during those hard times knows differently. She set out to uncover this generally unknown history through interviews with ministers who are now in their elder years. The result is the oral history project AT THE RIVER.

~ Click here for more information ~

~ Click here for more information ~

Focusing on Southern Presbyterian ministers who as very young men stood up to the culture, their churches and, sometimes their own families, AT THE RIVER provides witness to their brave actions and their clarity of thought and conviction. They were fired, defrocked, brought up on heresy charges, and threatened by the KKK and the White Citizens’ Councils. A simple sermon that mentioned in any way the unrest going on around them could get a man run out of town. They went on with the rest of their careers and never spoke much about what had happened to them during that era. One reason that this history is not commonly known is that they are humble and believed that whatever actions they took, small or large, were nothing compared to the suffering of black people around them who were facing sure violence or death.

Info/tickets for our May 2nd Screening at the Fine Arts Theater

 

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Walking the Path
Apr
28
4:15 PM16:15

Walking the Path

The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions.

People of all faiths are welcome. Sunday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville.

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The Creation Care Fair: Activities & Classes
Apr
28
9:45 AM09:45

The Creation Care Fair: Activities & Classes

9:45 a.m.  Adult Class Solar Power: A Faithful Response for Church and Home (Room 112)
Bill Maloney from St. Eugene’s Catholic Church will talk about solar power for your home and our church. Before Bill launched a campaign to put 100 solar panels on St. Eugene’s roof, he put solar on his own roof so he would know that it worked! Learn what is involved, how it works, and questions to ask about it for your home and our church.

9:45 a.m.  All are welcome– especially K-5th and their families!  (Fellowship Hall)
We will be making God’s creatures to hang on a mountain landscape mural, learning about the power of the sun and the wind through various activities, and measuring the amount of energy required to light different bulbs.  Exhibits will be set up in and outside the Wallace Foyer about composting, recycling, energy efficiency & solar energy.  We will also have a model ‘Tiny House’ with the Beloved Community Tiny House Village.  And…an electric car will be in the circular driveway for you to experience!

Walking the Path: 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church
The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions. People of all faiths are welcome.

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Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

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!

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Take a Fish Bank home to collect money in during Lent. Bring filled bank with coins 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. Consider putting in a few coins daily 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.

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Donkey Walk on Palm Sunday
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Donkey Walk on Palm Sunday

Dear Families,
Come join us for our Palm Sunday Walk with friends from Central United Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

We will gather in Room 106 in the children's hall at 9:45 to get our Palms. Then we will walk across the street to follow the donkey to Prichard Park. We will have a brief service in the park before walking back to church. We return to room 106 to receive instructions about the palm procession into worship during the 11: a.m. service.

If you aren't able to come to the Donkey Walk, come to Room 106 at 10:45 to receive palms and instructions for the palm procession into worship during the 11 a.m. service.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday,
Kathryn

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Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk
Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk

Fiber Artisits’ Gallery Talk
Sunday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Gallery

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard

Join us for an evening of personal story telling from two women living at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women along with the Ministry of Hope chaplains Carol Dalton and Shannon Spencer. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from incarcerated women about their experiences in our criminal justice system along with the development of their faith journeys while in prison.

Enjoy the SCCW Voices of Hope choir and witness firsthand the prison ministry in which we are involved. And, come learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these women who live right down the road from our church. There will be time following the presentation for informal conversation over coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall.

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Creation Care Team Meeting
Mar
24
12:30 PM12:30

Creation Care Team Meeting

The Creation Care Fair is coming again to FPCA at the end of April. We need help with creating children’s activities, setting them up, and assisting the children. There will also be activities for adults and we value your input. The Creation Care Team will be planning the Fair at the meeting on March 24 in the Conference Room after the second service. Please attend and add your creative ideas to our discussion. For more information email Jane

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Ecological Way of the Cross in Asheville: An Ecumenical Prayer Service
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Ecological Way of the Cross in Asheville: An Ecumenical Prayer Service

  • St. Eugene’s Catholic Church (map)
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Members of various faith communities will gather to pray by raising the Cross of Christ to remind us that the Earth belongs to God and we are designated as stewards of creation. Meet at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. (just North of the North Asheville Library on Merrimon Ave). There is limited parking, please carpool. After, St. Eugene’s Catholic Church is providing a soup and sandwich luncheon.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15 Send email to ChristianDiscipleshipCenter@gmail.com with your name, phone number and church affiliation or call (828) 350-8220 with the same information.

This prayer service is jointly sponsored by the Christian Discipleship Center
and the Creation Care Alliance.

The Christian Discipleship Center is an ecumenical organization of seven Asheville churches, including Central United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian, St. Eugene Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Join us on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm for beautiful music for the Lenten season.

Soprano, Jennifer Pedersen, and Mezzo Soprano, Simone Vigilante, accompanied by chamber orchestra, sing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s stunning Stabat Mater. The piece, which will be conducted by Jeremy Roberts, tells of Mary the Mother of Jesus' experience while keeping watch at the cross and invites each of us to join her there, meditating on Christ's passion.

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Deadline for Church Officer Nominations: Submissions accepted 2/22-3/17
Mar
17
7:30 AM07:30

Deadline for Church Officer Nominations: Submissions accepted 2/22-3/17

The Nominating Committee is preparing to nominate officers for the class of 2022, ruling elders to serve on session and deacons to serve with congregational care teams.  The nominating committee is seeking candidates that possess leadership skills, gifts of spiritual discernment, engagement and commitment to the church and the time and willingness to serve. Printed descriptions about these roles are located beside the nomination cards and posted below.  Please prayerfully consider and suggest to the committee members of the congregation whom you feel would provide spiritual leadership and nurture to the church.  The committee needs your suggestions by MARCH 17.  Your thoughtful recommendations are a very important part of the process!

Nomination forms are available in the pews, the Narthex & Wallace Foyer, or Follow THIS LINK>>

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