Do you or your committee have an event/announcement?
Apr
1
Dec 1

Do you or your committee have an event/announcement?

We are always trying to share the events, meetings, and stories from our FPCA committees and church members!  Do you have something to share?  Let us know using the form below. If it relates to our programming and FPCA mission we will publish on our website, in the First Look at First Church, the Sunday bulletin, and/or on social media (like our Facebook page).

 

Name *
Name
Date of event
Date of event
Time
Time
Please include any sign up/RSVP contact information if applicable.
May
1
May 31

May Calendar

Bring Donations for Marketplace: --CLEAR 16-20 oz. Soda/water bottles—WITH cap --Cloth ribbon of all widths --Small oatmeal canisters --1# coffee cans WITH lids --colorful magazines --Mineral Oil --multi-colors of tissue paper --Black & white acrylic yarn

Bring Donations for Marketplace:
--CLEAR 16-20 oz. Soda/water bottles—WITH cap
--Cloth ribbon of all widths
--Small oatmeal canisters
--1# coffee cans WITH lids
--colorful magazines
--Mineral Oil
--multi-colors of tissue paper
--Black & white acrylic yarn

Monday, May 1 Presbyterian Women Circles meet
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
4:00 p.m. Worship Committee, Library
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Voices Workshop, Fellowship Hall
 
Tuesday May 2
12:15 p.m. Staff Appreciation Lunch with Personnel Committee
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213
 
Wednesday, May 3  FPCA Staff Retreat
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 4
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Marguerite Morgan Room
11:00 a.m. Macedonian Ministry Group, Room 210

Friday May 5
FPCA Youth Fun Night

Saturday May 6
9:00 a.m.  CPR/First Aid Training, Fellowship Hall

Sunday, May 7
9:45 a.m. South Parish Meet & Greet
12:30 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal

Monday, May 8
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Voices Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, May 9
5:30 p.m. AYM Meet & Greet, High Wire Brewing

Wednesday, May 10
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner
6:15 p.m. Chorister Program
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 11
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Marguerite Morgan Room
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South

Sunday, May 14  Mother’s Day Offering for CCC
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir
5:15 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, May 15
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Voices Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, May 16
3;00 p.m. Kitchen Summit, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Deacons meet, Room 213
6:30 p.m. Called Session/Confirmation Dinner

Wednesday, May 17
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 18
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112

Sunday, May 21  Confirmation Sunday
10:45 a.m. Church Officer Elections
12:30 p.m. Annual Church Picnic, Montreat

Tuesday, May 23
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies, Jo Nan Hester's home

Wednesday, May 24
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinator Meeting, Room 112
2:00 p.m. Property Committee, Conference Room
5:00 p.m. Retreat Committee, Conference Room
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Sunday, May 28
8:00 a.m. Prep for Breakfast at Pritchard Park, Kitchen

Monday, May 29
Church Office Closed

Wednesday, May 31
Marketplace Prep Day

Become a Partner in Ministry
May
7
Jun 11

Become a Partner in Ministry

Invest in our Guatemala Mission Trip
and support our Youth!

Beginning Sunday, May 7 and continuing through June 11, donation envelopes are on display on a board in the Powell Atrium. You are invited to take an envelope of any amount ($1-$150), enclose a donation and return it in the offering plate or to the slot located by the front desk of the Wallace Foyer.

As an official partner in this ministry you will receive updates from mission participants before, during and after their trip. For more information, contact Rev. Michael Poulos.

 

Strengthening the CORE: Radical Hospitality in a Fractured World
May
12
Aug 23

Strengthening the CORE: Radical Hospitality in a Fractured World

Don't miss the Annual Church Retreat at Montreat! October 6-8

What is our response to God’s call for sharing Radical Hospitality?  

Click here to go to the web page and register!

Click here to go to the web page and register!

In our polarized culture, extending God’s welcome requires intentional thought and practice. Through Bible Study and conversation, the Rev. Dr. Kenyatta R. Gilbert will help us examine the fragments in our society today. Together we’ll explore how we might go about breaking barriers that divide us and mending them with Radical Hospitality. Can we demonstrate Christ’s love everywhere and thus  reflect FPCA’s CORE values in our practice of everyday life in the world?

Dr. Gilbert, an Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Howard University School of Divinity, holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained Baptist minister.  Kenyatta has most recently authored the book  A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights.  His research chronicles how after the Great Migration some black preachers addressed the issues their white social-gospel counterparts avoided. He also founded The Preaching Project a website ministry promoting the nurture of the preaching life of ministers serving African American churches and communities.  Dr. Gilbert and his wife Allison have three daughters: Olivia Copeland, Ella Jane, and Ava Sage and live in Rockville, Maryland.

Listen to Kenyatta speak about “Equipping the Saints: Promising Practices in Black Congregational Life” 

We also have a Facebook Group for those attending-- Register now to join us online!

NEW THIS YEAR! Online registration through Google Forms.  Give it a try- and we hope you like it!

Vacation Bible School! Marketplace 29 A.D. JUNE 26-29
May
22
Jun 11

Vacation Bible School! Marketplace 29 A.D. JUNE 26-29

Market Place VBS is a joyful experience that invites us to journey as tribes of Israel through the lively setting of a Judean town set in the time of Jesus’ ministry.  Our 2017 theme is “God's Promises”  Children will hear Bible stories from our storytellers, see Bible dramas come alive, study with the Rabbi, visit the shops & make crafts, play games, dance, make music and serve others!

Monday June 26—Thursday June 29… we need over 100 volunteers each day to care for our 175 children who join us from 6 local area churches!  Please contact Nancy McNeill or Penny Gibbs in the church office to participate.

Go to our blog to see pictures of past years and to print the Registrations!

 

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 BROCHURE! All the information you need to learn about VBS and sign up!

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 BROCHURE! All the information you need to learn about VBS and sign up!

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

Click here for the PDF version of the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

June Calendar
Jun
1
Jun 30

June Calendar

Thursday, June 1
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out, Marguerite Morgan Room
11:00 a.m. Macedonian Ministry meeting, Widman Room

Friday, June 2
7:30 a.m.  Community Resiliency Training, Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Tremendous Trios: Chamber Music Concert, Sanctuary

Saturday, June 3
7:30 a.m.  Community Resiliency Training, Fellowship Hall
4:00 p.m. Memorial Gathering for Sandee Hagen, Sanctuary

Sunday, June 4 Day of Pentecost
12:15 p.m. Mission Committee, Room 112
5:30 p.m. Youth Group Cook Out

Monday, June 5
10:00 a.m. The Writer In You, Marguerite Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. Worship Committee, Library

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

Wednesday, June 7
5:00 p.m. Faith Development Committee, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Communications Committee, Room 112
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, June 8
10:15 a.m. Time Out, Marguerite Morgan Room
5:00 p.m. CCC Garden Party
6:30 p.m. Women's Dinner Out

Saturday, June 10
9:00 a.m. New Officer Training

Sunday, June 11
9:45 a.m. West Parish Deacon Team Meet & Greet, Fellowship Hall
9:45 a.m. Incoming Elders meeting with Session

Tuesday, June 13
8:00 a.m. Men's Quarterly Breakfast Meeting, Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, June 14
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Prep Day
5:30 p.m. Marketplace Volunteer Training

Monday, June 18
5:00 p.m. Montreat Organ Recital, Sanctuary

Tuesday, June 20
10:00 a.m. Marketplace Volunteer Training
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, June 21
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Rom

Thursday, June 22
12:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

Friday, June 23
9:00 a.m. Marketplace Set Up

Sunday, June 25
3:00 p.m. Marketplace Set Up

Monday, June 26: MARKETPLACE 29 A.D. Vacation Bible School
5:00 p.m. Montreat Organ Recital, Sanctuary

Thursday, June 29
1:30 p.m. Asheville Poverty Initiative (API) Board Meeting, Room 112

Friday, June 30
10:00 a.m. Marketplace Clean Up

Chamber Music Concert: "DANDY D'INDY"
Jun
2
7:30 pm19:30

Chamber Music Concert: "DANDY D'INDY"

AmiciMusic, Asheville's award-winning chamber music organization dedicated to performing great music in intimate venues, will perform its first concert at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 2 at 7:30PM.  The program is called "DANDY D'INDY" and features some great trios for clarinet, cello, and piano including a neglected masterwork by French composer Vincent D'Indy, an early Beethoven trio, and two shorter lyrical works by Emil Hartmann and Friedrich Voight.   Admission is only $15 for First Presbyterian members, $20 for general admission, and free for children 18 and under.  Tickets will be available at the door or buy in advance online for a discount.  Visit http://amicimusic.org/upcoming_show.aspx to buy seats and get more information.

The performers will be Steve Loew, clarinet; Lawrence Stomberg, cello; and Daniel Weiser, pianist/Artistic Director.  All three have performed in countries around the world including England, Egypt, Japan, Australia, Brazil and many more.  Dr. Weiser began AmiciMusic in Asheville in 2011 and has performed monthly programs in the region ever since with a wide range of instrumentalists and singers.

Adult Faith Development June 2017
Jun
4
Jun 25

Adult Faith Development June 2017

All classes are open at all times for anyone to attend
Sunday Morning Classes   9:45-10:45am
 

Special Faith Development Classes:

June 4    “The Mystery of the Divine Through Art”:  A Gallery Talk by Sylvia Johnson Everett whose art is currently on exhibit in our gallery.  Using a variety of media and techniques, she creates alternative and contemporary religious imagery appropriate to the present time.  She will talk about her art displayed in the gallery and will also talk about the transparent Pentecost banners hanging in the sanctuary beginning on June 4.  She is an accomplished artist whose work is held in many collections and who has exhibited widely, both in the US and in Germany and South Africa.                                                                                                                                   
Class Series: Nurturing Reconciliation and Peace

June 11 Confronting the Threat of Genocide in South Sudan
The current crisis in South Sudan has created the worst refugee crisis in Africa right now. Nearly 2 million people have fled the country and another 2 million are internally displaced. The economy has collapsed and the death toll is beyond anyone's ability to calculate. This class will provide an update on the situation and look at the 10 stages of genocide. It will offer ways to counter the stages of genocide and show relevance for our own families, communities, and country when we find ourselves divided and struggling to build bridges across our differences.

June 18:  Tribal Wisdom for Peace and Reconciliation
There is a dramatic contrast between tribal or indigenous methods of conflict resolution and western methods. Bill Lowrey used tribal methods, when western methods had failed, to facilitate the end of a major tribal war in southern Sudan in 1999. He will draw lessons from such traditional methods and the wisdom of oral cultures that are relevant to our modern culture and need to be considered again in South Sudan if a genuine peace is to be restored. This is a case study of how the Christian church was able to work with African traditional religion and its leaders to find common ground for peace and reconciliation.

June 25:  Nurturing Resilience to Face Life's Toughest Challenges
This class has application for those living through traumatized societies, as in South Sudan, and also for all of us as we face our own shocks and challenges in life. Bill and Alice have taught a course in Nurturing Resilience at the Master's level at Eastern Mennonite University in VA, in workshops in East Africa and Central Asia, and in adult education seminars in their previous church in Virginia. This class will provide a framework for personal resilience. Bill and Alice have particularly applied this to situations of high stress such as caregiving for Alzheimer's, family crises, either slow-onset or rapid onset trauma, and the normal losses that occur in all life journeys.

Class leaders:  Bill Lowrey and Alice Petersen are both retired PCUSA clergy who have recently made Asheville and FPC-A their retirement community. Bill is a former Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker for Sudan who has been engaged in peacemaking work there for the past 26 years. He also served as Director of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation for World Vision International for ten years. Alice has made five trips to South Sudan, teaching trauma recovery and supporting peace efforts. In January 2017 they facilitated a retreat for 34 South Sudanese in northern Uganda to support peace efforts and nurture resilience for key leaders in the face of the current civil war and threatened genocide. Bill is a specialist in indigenous methods of conflict resolution and facilitated a peace conference in 1999 that ended an 8 year war at that time between the Dinka and Nuer tribes. That peace held for 15 years until the current civil war broke out in December 2013.


Ongoing Classes

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107/1st floor)
Young adults age 22-early 40’s are invited to this exciting opportunity for growing spiritually and to build community. 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.  include: current issues, biblical studies, and theological concerns. Facilitator: Wayne Drummond

First Bible Class  (Room 112)
Participants study the Bible using the “Present Word” quarterly and occasionally help with an unfunded need. Bible Study June Theme: Called to be Strong, selections from the book of Judges. Teacher:  Hugh Howell

Men's Quarterly Breakfast & Meeting
Jun
13
8:00 am08:00

Men's Quarterly Breakfast & Meeting

A Presbyterian Men's breakfast and meeting will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017, 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. After a short business meeting, Waid Shelton, member of the Presbyterian Men's Organization, will lead a discussion regarding "outside signage possibilities". He will be assisted in the presentation by partners in the company SignServ, Robert Simmons and Kevin Fetrow.

As background information, the Presbyterian Men's Organization feels that the current signage, both internal and external, needs to be modified in order to help visitors find their way into and around the church in an easier fashion. Any recommendations stemming from these discussions will be forwarded to the appropriate committee of the church for consideration.

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


Women's Studies
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Women's Studies

  • United States

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

May Program: “The Body Keeps it’s Score”, by Bessel A. van der Kolk- at Jo Nan Hester's home
This book transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  It shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neuro-feedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga and other therapies.  It offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
RSVP/ get directions by calling the church office or EMAIL JO NAN

 

Annual Church Picnic!! Sunday, May 21
May
21
12:30 pm12:30

Annual Church Picnic!! Sunday, May 21

Annual Church Picnic!
It’s time to picnic by the stream!  

We will have our annual church picnic at Robert Lake Park in Montreat on Sunday, May 21st
following the 11 a.m. worship service.

This is a wonderful event: a chance to sit at picnic tables and enjoy the beauty of our mountains and the company of friends, old and new.      

Barbeque ($5 each) or Hotdogs ($1 each) and Drinks furnished
Bring your payment to the park on the 21st. Or drop a check by the church. 

Potluck Side/ Bring a Generous Portion: If your last name begins Q-Z please bring a side dish to share. If your last name begins A-P, please bring a dessert.    

Back by popular demand—A Pickup Softball Game!  Bring your gloves and bats or just yourself and join us for a fun & lively game on the field in the park.  All ages welcome!!!  Have fun wading in the stream, wear water shoes, bring a towels.  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. 

Everyone is welcome!!!
 

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May
14
8:00 am08:00

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May 14 (8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services)

Since 1967, the mission of the Child Care Center has been to provide children with the highest quality of early childhood education and guidance in a loving, nurturing environment with committed, competent and caring staff. We serve a diverse community of families including many who are not able to pay full tuition. In addition to the state subsidies, our mission dollars are needed to help provide low-income working families quality child care, thus enabling parents to work.  If you are not able to make an offering on Mother’s Day, checks payable to FPCA (earmarked for the Child Care Center) can be mailed to the office anytime.  
 

Social Justice Opportunities
May
12
12:00 pm12:00

Social Justice Opportunities

Support of city bus riders in their efforts to improve the local transit system
Sunday, May 7 (Fellowship Hall/Wallace Foyer)

FPC-A’s Social Justice team is focusing this year on how we can lend our voices to those of city bus riders in their efforts to improve the local transit system. You are invited to take action steps to support Just Economics’ Transit Campaign by 1) coming to the Fellowship Hall following the late service to join members of the Social Justice Team in taking next steps of advocacy, or 2) stopping by the table in the Wallace Foyer to pick up an action sheet anytime Sunday morning. For more information, contact Marge Marsh (285-2326).

Faith community meeting with State Representative Susan Fisher
Friday, May 12 (9:15-10:30 AM) @ Congregation Beth HaTephila

Children First/Communities in Schools is sponsoring a faith forum with Rep. Susan Fisher. This is a chance to meet with a local elected leader and discuss issues such as housing affordability, investments in early childhood, public transportation, health care, and juvenile justice. We will hear what is coming up in the state session, learn how to best communicate with your elected officials, and network with other clergy and lay leaders interested in public policy advocacy.   Congregation Beth HaTephila is located at 43 N. Liberty Street in Asheville, and there is a parking lot adjacent to the building.  RSVP to tamarar@childrenfirstbc.org

 

Cherub & Chorister Choir Celebration!
May
10
5:30 pm17:30

Cherub & Chorister Choir Celebration!

YOU ARE INVITED!!  
End of the Year Cherub & Chorister Choir Supper & Celebration!

The entire FPCA family is invited to an end of the year celebration for our Chorister Choir and Cherub Choir on Wednesday, May 10th.  We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for dinner at 5:30. Then at 6:30 we’ll move to the sanctuary, where both choirs will perform a program highlighting the music they have learned this year. And who knows, you may be invited to join in the music making too!
 

Asheville Youth Mission Meet & Greet
May
9
5:30 pm17:30

Asheville Youth Mission Meet & Greet

  • High Wire Big Top

Meet & Greet Asheville Youth Mission
WHERE MISSION, CREATIVITY AND TRANSFORMATION ARE HAPPENING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE


Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Short presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Mission and transformation are in our midst!
 

On Tuesday, May 9, come chat with us over a pint to learn more about Asheville Youth Mission and what young people are doing right here in our city through AYM programs.

MORE INFORMATION: DEBBIE@YOUTHMISSIONCO.ORG
 

Nursery Volunteers are Needed!
May
8
May 28

Nursery Volunteers are Needed!

We are in need of nursery volunteers for each Sunday in May and June to help care for our littlest FPCA members. Volunteers are needed during faith development and late service, and we are especially in need on the weekend of the church picnic. 

Name *
Name
Preferred Time *
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.
Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship
May
7
May 28

Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship

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

Light and Life: Special Concert
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

Light and Life: Special Concert

  • Arden PResbyterian Church

The Asheville Symphony Chorus and Asheville Choral Society join together to present Music of Light and Life.  This concert features major works of two contemporary American composers, favorites of choral singers the world around.

Requiem for the Living is a beautiful and soaring testament to the hope for comfort and the joy of life by Dan Forrest, a prodigious young composer from Greenville, SC, with a growing worldwide reputation. Lux Aeterna ("eternal light") by Morten Lauridsen paints the words of reassurance and comfort "…may eternal light shine upon them…" with a lush and moving texture of choral sound.  

Join us for this collaborative undertaking to bring epic, moving choral music to Western North Carolina.  The concert will be on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Arden Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, and are available at www.AshevilleSymphonyChorus.com, from a chorus member or at the door.  

Apr
23
5:00 pm17:00

Earth Day Vigil at Pritchard Park

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

Adult Faith Development in May
Apr
23
May 28

Adult Faith Development in May

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

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

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

April Adult Faith Development
Apr
23
Apr 30

April Adult Faith Development

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

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

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

 

Earth Care Events to Support
Apr
21
Apr 29

Earth Care Events to Support

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

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

North Carolina Historical Society Spring Tour
Apr
21
Apr 22

North Carolina Historical Society Spring Tour

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

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

Building Bridges Panel Discussion on Racism

  • Omega Middle School

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

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

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

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

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

Maturing Buildings Need Maturing Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julie Lehman

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

Generation to Generation Brochure

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center
Apr
17
Apr 21

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center

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

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

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

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

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

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

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

Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have  enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.

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

Christian Discipleship Center NEW CLASS!
Apr
14
May 1

Christian Discipleship Center NEW CLASS!

  • St. Mark's Lutheran

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

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

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

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

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

HOLY WEEK (April 9-April 16)

* indicates childcare is available

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am: Worship, Sanctuary
 

April Calendar
Apr
9
Apr 30

April Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 29
Youth Adventure Day at Camp Grier

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

Mother & Child Retreat for Swannanoa Correctional Center

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

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

It has been recognized that children need quality, supervised time with their mother, especially while she is incarcerated and cannot see them regularly.  Children face tremendous loss and sadness over their separation, and young children often have a lot of fear about what is happening to their mother.  Mothers also benefit and gain skills in interaction with their children before time for their release.  

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

 

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

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

  • FPCA

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

Youth help making brownies for the women!

Youth help making brownies for the women!

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

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

 

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

Support City Bus Riders

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


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

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

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

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

Mozart's Requiem "Sing Along"

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

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

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

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

Men's Breakfast Meeting

A Presbyterian Men’s breakfast and meeting is Tuesday March 14, at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an  opportunity to continue one’s personal faith journey.  Mr. Hubert Williams, Elder and Chair of Property Committee, will share about  “The STATE of the Buildings at FPCA”.  Any man who attends our church or his friends are welcome to come to the breakfast and  meeting. Call or email the church office to sign up for the event. Or use the form below:


 

Name *
Name
I'm joining the Men's Breakfast
Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent
Mar
8
Apr 5

Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent

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

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

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

What difference can Jesus make here? 

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

Reader's Guide to Lenten Study
Mar
6
Apr 6

Reader's Guide to Lenten Study

Dear FPCA, 

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

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

Blessings,
Patrick

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Click here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 4

Click here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 4

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

Pancake Brunch Youth Mission Fundraiser!

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

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