November Calendar
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November Calendar

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Thursday, November 2
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. The Stand performance, Sanctuary

Sunday, November 5
12:30 p.m. Creation Care meeting, Conference Room

Monday, November 6
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study

Tuesday, November 7
3:00 p.m. Kitchen Summit, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Wednesday, November 8
5:00 p.m. Faith Development Committee, Room 112
5:00 Sanctuary Renovation Team, Conference Room

Thursday, November 9
6:30 p.m.  Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South
7:00 p.m. Beneath the Veneer Doc & Discussion, Sanctuary

Friday, November 10
Middle School Presbytery Youth Conference

Sunday, November 12
12:30 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group, Room 112

Tuesday, November 14
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, November 15
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room
5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Supper
6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Worship Service, Sanctuary

Thursday, November 16
10:30 a.m. Women's Studies: Rafael Guastavino
4:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

Sunday, November 19
3:00 p.m. Reuter Singers, Sanctuary
4:30 p.m. Reception, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, November 23, Friday, November 24: Church Office Closed

Sunday, November 26 First Sunday of Advent
4:30 p.m. Moravian Band Practice, No Youth Group

Monday, November 27
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room
4:00 p.m. Worship Committee, Library

Wednesday, November 29
5:30 p.m. Advent Celebration Supper & Crafts!

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Saturday Sanctuary
Nov
1
to Dec 20

Saturday Sanctuary

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

As a downtown church we have the mandate (Matthew 25:34-40) and privilege to share the boundary breaking love of Christ with everyone in our neighborhood!

Through March, we open our Fellowship Hall on Saturdays (9-4pm) and offer a warm facility, serve a healthy lunch, enjoy movies & popcorn, provide board games & prayer cards- all aimed at creating a safe place to be in community with our downtown neighbors. 

Sign up to volunteer here.
A Volunteer Manual is online here.
Questions? Email to: satsanctuary@gmail.com

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November Canned Food Drive
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November Canned Food Drive

FPCA is  sponsoring a canned food drive at church through the month of November. Everyone is asked to bring canned goods to church throughout the month in an effort to support MANNA FoodBank. Boxes and bins will be placed around the church building for collection. 

All non-perishables will be accepted, but the items most desired are:

•   Canned meats (beef, chicken, tuna)
•   Peanut butter (plastic jars only, please)
•   Dried/Canned Beans (pork & beans, pinto, kidney, black)
•   Hearty Soup (pop-top cans preferred)
•   Meals in a Box or Can (beef stew, chili, mac & cheese, hash)
•   Canned Fruits (fruit cocktail, raisins, apple sauce)
•   Canned Vegetables (green beans, carrots, corn)
•   Cereals and Grains (rice, pasta, cereal in a box or bag)
•   Fruit and Vegetable Juice (100% juice preferred)
•   Dry Milk (instant non-fat)

Out of our abundance let us share!
 

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Adult Faith Development November
Nov
5
to Nov 26

Adult Faith Development November

Sundays 9:45-10:45am
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time
Questions contact: Nancy McNeill Director of Faith Development

First Bible Class – Meets Weekly (Room 112)
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. November Theme- “Everlasting Covenant”.   Teacher: Hugh Howell

Text Talk – Meets Weekly (Room 203)
This class will explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Come join the conversation!  Teachers: Jane Vann, Rev. Dr. Thom Nelson

Coffee Talk 3.0 – Meets Weekly  (Widman Room 107)
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us this month for fellowship, Bible Study and conversation with Patrick Johnson and Nathan Gruver. Nursery is available and little ones are also always welcome to join us when we meet. If you are a visitor, we would love for you to join us as our church continues to grow! Coordinators: Scott & Cat Kessler 

November 5, 12, & 19

“A New Place To Be; Spiritual Birth & Renewal” (Room 213)
3 weeks remain of this video series and discussion, join us at any time. Richard Rohr, Brennan Manning and Jean Vanier will stir our imagination sharing what has happened in their own lives and how we might join with them in this journey of spiritual re-birth. Facilitator: Frances Baldwin

November 19

"Take Me To the Water: A Conversation about Racism, Imagination, and Faith"  (Room 214)  About a year ago, I was asked to write an article for the Insights journal of Austin Theological Seminary on racism and the problem of whiteness. Racism is part of our national DNA, and each time we think this cancer is in recession it rears its head with a renewed and ugly force. Writing this article was an opportunity for me to explore my story, to understand better what it means to live in the world as a white person, and to think through how we can heal the disease of racism from a theological perspective. I invite you to join me for a conversation about these things and, if you would like, to read the article available as a pdf link or pick up a copy at the reception desk.   
Teacher: Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson

November 26 – December 17

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography (Room 213) 
Using excerpts—from Augustine (Confessions), CS Lewis (Surprised by Joy), Anne Lamott (Traveling Mercies), Sara Miles (Take This Bread), this class offers an invitation to write bits of your own spiritual autobiography.  Emphasis on themes of “conversion,” “confession,” and “community”  Teacher: Jeremy Jones, Associate Professor English, WCU

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November Wednesday Night Supper & Connections!
Nov
15
to Nov 29

November Wednesday Night Supper & Connections!

Dinner served 5:30-6:15pm Gardner Fellowship Hall
No Reservations needed, we hope you’ll join us!

Child care available Room 102 & 103 beginning at 5:00pm
Chorister Choir Rehearsal 5-6pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal 7pm    
 

November 15 Thanksgiving Dinner & Worship Service in Sanctuary
Following our delicious Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, we will gather at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary for a special evening service of Thanksgiving worship.  We will have the opportunity to sing Thanksgiving hymns as we reflect with grateful hearts on God’s bounty and blessings and offer our thanks to God.
Meal Cost: Adults $10; youth and children no charge
        
November 29  Dinner & Advent Celebration!   
Choose your own Advent Activities; as we prepare, wait, & hope for Christ’s coming!

  • Make an Advent wreath with fresh greenery; wreath base & candles for purchase ; bring fresh greens if you have them
  • Sign Christmas Cards to send FPCA homebound folks
  • Make Christmas ornaments 
  • Decorate the Saturday Sanctuary & Giving Tree
  • Create an advent chain to count down the days till Christmas
  • Advent resources for mediation and reflection 
  • Enjoy the fellowship of church friends!

Meal Cost: Adults $8; youth and children no charge 

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Advent Banners 2017
Nov
22
to Dec 5

Advent Banners 2017

The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  There will be a new one displayed each of the 4 weeks of this Season.  The Liturgical Arts Committee hopes you will find something to reflect upon as you are in this sacred space during this wondrous time of the year.  

The process of painting on silk is multi faceted.  I use French liquid dyes on white Habitoi silk yardage.  Paint sits on top of a surface, but dyes penetrate the fibers.  Thus, the image can be seen from both sides.  (You’re welcome, choir!)  The silk is hand hemmed, then stretched on a frame.  In this case the banners and frame are 4’ x 10’.  I freehand draw on the silk, approximating my 2” x 4” sketch, using a water based clear resist.  The resist creates white lines.  The dyes are painted in between the lines.  I am very grateful for the help of Joan Murchison and Cindy Nelson who helped with the painting.  In theory, the dyes should stay in the cells created by the resist, but in reality the color frequently “jumps” over the line, resulting in beautiful blendings and mixtures.  I love that!  Silk by nature is strong, but gentle and free flowing, and when the art is that way too, it is cohesive.  When the silk is removed from the frame, it is sandwiched between clear newsprint and rolled into a tight ball, then steamed on top of the stove for about an hour and 15 minutes to set the dyes.  Next it is unwrapped and held under cool running water to remove the resist and any excess dye.  I let it “rest” overnight, then it is ready to be ironed and hung.

The first banner represents the wounded, scattered flock and the tender, loving shepherd.  It reminds us that the shepherds and other “ordinary” people were among the first to know of the coming of Jesus.  We are His people and the sheep of his flock.  We anticipate the goodness of coming home to be with Him.  The sky could be sunrise or sunset.  Sunrise could be interpreted as the dawn of new things to come, sunset as anticipation of that Holy Christmas Eve.  

Stay tuned for an interpretation of each of the next 3 banners in the succeeding weeks.

~ Mary Ellen Porter
 

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Room in the Inn (Dec. 10-17)
Nov
29
to Dec 17

Room in the Inn (Dec. 10-17)

A program of Homeward Bound supported by local faith communities, Room in the Inn
provides an overnight stay of hospitality for women who otherwise would be homeless.

On Wednesday, November 29 at 4:30 PM (before our Wednesday night supper and Advent Celebration) we are inviting those who want to learn more about RITI to come to for a Q & A. If you are veteran volunteer, I'd love to have you come and talk with others who may be new. If you are a new potential volunteer, we would love to orient you to the program.  

Hosting Room in the Inn, December 10-17:  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. Sign-up today at the receptionist desk of the Wallace Foyer lobby or RIGHT HERE.  

For more information about this ministry, contact Rev. Michael Poulos.

A recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times shares stories from some of the women in Room in the Inn.  Read about it here.

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AmiciMusic presents FLUTE FANDANGO at First Presbyterian
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

AmiciMusic presents FLUTE FANDANGO at First Presbyterian

AmiciMusic, Western North Carolina's award-winning chamber music organization, returns to First Presbyterian on Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm with a fun and energetic program of flute and piano music entitled "FLUTE FANDANGO."

The concert will include works by Astor Piazzolla, George Gershwin, Claude Bolling, Paul Schoenfield, and some ragtime as well.   Acclaimed flutist Lea Kibler and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will highlight the jazzier side of the classical literature as well as the influence of different folk idioms. 

Tickets will be available at the door.  Church members are only $15 and general admission is $20.  Children 18 and under are always free.  Buy your seats in advance for further discount at:  https://amicimusic.org/concert/flute-fandango/.  Or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856 to purchase seats over the phone.

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Flutist Lea Kibler has been hailed by critics as “bewitching and unforgettable” and a “top drawer flutist”.  She was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera orchestra and has toured as Principal Flutist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Lea is a graduate of the Yale School of Music who now makes her home in Asheville and serves on the faculty of Clemson University.  She released her CD, The Back of Beyond…Music inspired by the Appalachian Mountains, at the end of 2008. 

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Pianist Daniel Weiser has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in D.C.  He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia.  He earned his Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory and has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, UNCA, and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.  He is the founder and Artistic Director of both AmiciMusic and Classicopia, a similar chamber music organization based in New Hampshire.   A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School at the same time as President Obama.  Dr. Weiser now lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Kisha Weiser, and their twelve-year old twin daughters, Emma and Sophie 

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Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market

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This year the Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair benefiting non-profit agencies doing God’s work in the world will be hosted in the Tuton Fellowship Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church! Not only does Loaves & Fishes provide agencies with much needed resources, but it is a great way to reach out to the larger church community, spreading the good news that even in the midst of our consumption-driven society, we can honor each other by giving gifts that matter! ~Learn more and order online HERE~

Participating agencies:

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Love One Another - Serve One Another
Nov
22
10:30 AM10:30

Love One Another - Serve One Another

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The Congregational Life Committee needs Kitchen Volunteers to help with upcoming meal events. This is a fun way to serve and connect with other members of your church family. If you have an hour to share and can serve dinner from 5:00-6:00 PM OR wash dishes from 6:15-7:15, please let Margaret Black know using the form below.

If you’ve never volunteered before, we’ll train you fast!  Volunteers are needed on the following Wednesday nights:

  • Wed. Nov 29 (Dinner & Advent Celebration)
  • Wed Dec 13 (Dinner & Moravian Love Feast).
  • Wed Jan 10 (Dinner & Epiphany Service) 

 

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While I Still Have Breath: Free Concert
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

While I Still Have Breath: Free Concert

WHILE I STILL HAVE BREATH! 
The Reuter Center Singers In Concert

(the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's community chorus)
Sunday - Nov 19 @ 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church - Asheville


While I Still Have Breath celebrates the embrace of aging with our heads held high, our eyes wide open, and eager to see what new opportunities are just around the next corner. Whether singing with full fanfares in Fanfare for a Festival, quiet petitions in Borning Cry, or bold statements of action in We Shall Overcome, we sing as if our life depends upon it - because it does.  Listener and performer alike will journey together with both ancient and contemporary texts, musically pointing towards a time when, as the final song of the program proclaims: All Shall Be Amen and Alleluia! 

The Reuter Center Singers join with the Givens Estates Vesper Choir and the Biltmore United Methodist Church Choir to sing songs spanning four centuries.  Under the direction of Chuck Taft, the combined effort of over 120 singers will be accompanied by brass, cello, flute, percussion, piano and pipe organ.  Chuck Taft is celebrating his 20th year as Director of the Reuter Center Singers.

Open to the Public    Free Admission     Donations Welcome    
Reception following performance

 For more information call 828.484.8327, Bob Dutnell - RCS President


FPCA church members who play an important part in the Reuter Center Singers are:  Ruth and Luther Barnhardt, Lisette DeGroot, Gloria Dupree, Bob Dutnell, Marian Fincher, and Bill and Jennifer Kantonen.  Also, Jeremy will be playing the organ for the concert!

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Black Mountain Home for Children Thanksgiving Offering
Nov
19
8:45 AM08:45

Black Mountain Home for Children Thanksgiving Offering

Sunday, November 19 (8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services)
On November 19 we will receive our annual special offering to benefit the ministry of the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families.

The Thanksgiving Offering helps meet the $1 million annual Every Day Fund goal that supplies the daily needs of the youth ranging from socks and shampoo to gasoline and electricity.

For more information about this important ministry, contact executive director Tom Campbell (828.686.3451) for a visit. For more information about our Home Grown Garden project, contact Ann Kieffer (258-6042) or Jane Laping (277-7342).

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Women's Studies
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies

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

November 16th 10:30 a.m.  Program: Revisiting Rafael Guastavino  

Meet at FPCA to carpool -10:00 a.m.     
All women of FPCA, members, visitors and friends are invited to visit the exhibit in Black Mountain “Palaces for the People,  Guastivno and America’s Great Public Spaces, lunch as a group and tour of Christmount, Guastavino’s home. 

Women's Studies Brochure
 

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Groups for Families Experiencing Memory Loss
Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

Groups for Families Experiencing Memory Loss

Sunday, November 12, a group offering support for families who have loved ones with memory loss will meet in Room 112 (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)  Those attending are invited to bring a lunch or snack, or pick up coffee after church and come to the meeting.  People wanting to participate along with their loved ones with memory loss should contact Marge and Earl at 285-2326 to let them know of their intention, so companions for those with memory loss can be arranged.

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Love Asheville: Faith Development Class
Nov
12
9:45 AM09:45

Love Asheville: Faith Development Class

On October 29 we came together for our first ever congregation-wide day of mission!

Approximately 160 of us engaged in activities at a dozen mission sites, sharing and receiving love in many ways! This morning we will have an opportunity for those who participated to share some of their insights and experiences.  Those who were not able to participate are welcome to come on Sunday November 12 and learn about the mission agencies and how we can continue our engagement in the months ahead.

Pictures of the day will be part of the testimony! 
(Room 214, class facilitator Rev. Michael Poulos)
 

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Beneath the Veneer: Growing Up Black in Asheville
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Beneath the Veneer: Growing Up Black in Asheville

Documentary Trailer Viewing & Panel Discussion
Thurs., Nov 9th (7-9pm) at FPC-Asheville

Systemic inequity plays a major role in limiting opportunities for success and well-being in communities of color, both locally and nationally.  Beneath The Veneer  is a documentary film (in production) about a community in the process of healing from the physical, mental and emotional impact of multi-generational systemic inequity, as seen through the eyes and experiences of 6 young black men in Asheville.  

Please join Director Diane Tower-Jones, Producer Sekou Coleman and Community Leader Keynon Lake  for a short introductory film and panel discussion.
 

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Benefit for Room in the Inn
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Benefit for Room in the Inn

Taking a STAND: Drama performance benefiting Room in the Inn
Thursday, November 2 (7:30-9 PM)
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, sanctuary

Nashville playwright and homeless advocate Jim Reyland brings his play, STAND, to Asheville as a benefit for Room in the Inn, a program of Homeward Bound of WNC. Reyland says that STAND serves as a punch to the heart, a call to action, and the beginning of a difficult conversation about the realities of addiction and life on the streets. For more than 25 years, Jim Reyland, creator of the play, has worked as a volunteer for Nashville’s Room in the Inn.

Proceeds from the Nov. 2 performance will benefit Homeward Bound’s Room in the Inn Program and will be held in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church Asheville. Room in the Inn partners with local faith communities to provide shelter for up to twelve women each night of the week as they wait for permanent housing.

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Adult Faith Development Weekday & Monthly Study
Nov
2
to Nov 9

Adult Faith Development Weekday & Monthly Study

Time Out for Everyone – Meets  weekly on Thursday Mornings  10:15am – 12:15 (Marguerite Morgan  Room  2nd Floor) November Meeting Dates: 2, 9, 16, & 30                                         This group is intentional about deepening relationships, being supportive of one another in all of life’s circumstances, study, and sharing prayer requests.   All Folks of various ages and stages of life are invited to informally gather each Thursday morning.  No advanced preparation expected.  Childcare is available if needed; RSVP/ Contact Nancy McNeill  

Monthly Bible Study

“Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews”                                                Study author:  Melissa Bane Sevier    Meets: 11/6, 12/4     10:30-11:45am  (Room 112)
Author Melissa Sevier invites the participants to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition and  tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Anyone interested is invited to join this exciting opportunity for study and reflection.  The Presbyterian Women Circles study this in 2017 -18. Study Books are available to purchase $10.  Contact Nancy McNeill in the church office. Teacher: Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson             

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Donations for LOVE ASHEVILLE Mission Sunday!
Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Donations for LOVE ASHEVILLE Mission Sunday!

CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

For Mission Fair activity Care Kit items to share with neighbors who may experience homelessness:
toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, lip balm/chapstick, deodorant, combs, wash cloths, socks (adult & children), hot hands/hot feet, soft granola bars, peanut butter

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

Support the CROP Walk:  We are receiving checks payable to FPC-A / earmarked for CROP. Cash donations will be received at the Love Asheville table in the Wallace Foyer. In addition to local funding for MANNA Food Bank, Loving Food Resources & ABCCM, CROP Hunger Walks help with international relief efforts providing food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!

Socks & Shoes: gently used men’s and women’s athletic shoes and boots, and new tube socks for the shoe pantry at the Church of the Advocate.

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Presbytery meeting Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Oct
24
8:30 AM08:30

Presbytery meeting Worship at 9:30 a.m.

PRESBYTERY MEETING AT FPCA

FPCA is hosting a stated meeting of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina on Tuesday,  October 24.  We expect to have over 150 friends and guests gathered here for the day!  

Worship at 9:30 a.m. will include the Celebration of the Lord's Supper and all are welcome.

 

NOTE: Parking will be limited, so check for space in the Biltmore Ave. Parking garage beneath the A Loft Hotel.

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DONATIONS for Love Asheville 2017!
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

DONATIONS for Love Asheville 2017!

FPCA CONGREGATION-WIDE DAY OF MISSION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

Thanks to all who have signed up to participate in Love Asheville on October 29! We have over 100 participants in the morning and 70 in the afternoon, spread out over a variety of mission opportunities. Many of our groups are at capacity which is awesome! If you have not signed up but want to participate, contact us about available spots.

Registered participants should receive an email with important details about your mission group, along with contact info for your team leader. Team leaders will contact you if further information is needed.

Beginning this Sunday 10/22, we are inviting the entire congregation to consider these additional ways to participate. Donations of goods can be brought to the Wallace Foyer - simply label what your donations are!
 

  • Make a donation to support our CROP Walk team. We are receiving checks payable to FPC-A / earmarked for CROP. Cash donations will be received at the Love Asheville table in the Wallace Foyer.  In addition to local funding for MANNA Food Bank, Loving Food Resources & ABCCM, CROP Hunger Walks help with international relief efforts providing food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. 
     
  • We are collecting new and gently used men’s and women’s athletic shoes and boots, and new tube socks for the shoe pantry at the Church of the Advocate.
     
  • We are collecting paper towels, toilet paper, all purpose cleaner, dish washing soap, clothes detergent, garbage bags, and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap) for Homeward Bound’s Welcome Home Donation Center.
     
  • For our Mission Fair we are collecting these Care Kit items to share with neighbors who may experience homelessness: toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, lip balm/chapstick, deodorant, combs, wash cloths, socks (adult & children), hot hands/hot feet, soft granola bars, peanut butter crackers.

Thank you for your willingness to share yourself in ministry on October 29! Remember, we will gather for worship in the sanctuary at 4:30 PM to celebrate the love we have shared throughout the day. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Beth Cummings, Mission Committee Chair (828-777-3243), Associate Pastor Michael Poulos (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org).

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Celebration Sunday!
Oct
22
12:15 PM12:15

Celebration Sunday!

October 22nd Stewardship Celebration Luncheon

Join us for a celebration luncheon after the 11 a.m. worship service to kick off our 2017 Stewardship Season! We'll celebrate the past year of our ministry and mission, and look ahead with anticipation to the coming year. The stewardship theme for 2017 is Fearless Generosity. Our joyful feast on the 22nd will begin a three-week season during which we are asking each of you to prayerfully, fearlessly, and joyfully consider your financial generosity to FPCA for 2018.  

The Stewardship Committee is hosting this lunch, the table will be set, and your place is reserved! No RSVP's are necessary. 

With joy, 
The Stewardship Committee   (Eva Greene and Sue Sparboe-Derry, Elders & Co-Chairs)
Questions? Email stewardship@fpcasheville.org

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Organ Recital: "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude"
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Organ Recital: "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude"

Join us at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville as organist and director of music, Jeremy Roberts presents "In Thanks for Mentors: The Organ Music of Bach and Buxtehude."

In October of of 1705 the young Johann Sebastian Bach was given a four week leave of absence from his job as organist at the Neue Kirche in Arnstadt in order to visit and learn from the great Dietrich Buxtehude. Buxtehude was renowned as a master organist and was famous for the Abendmusiken concerts he organized at the Marienkirche where he worked in Lubeck. The young Bach walked the entire 200 mile treck to Lubeck. The time spent learning from Buxtehude was apparently so fruitful that Bach overstayed his allowed four weeks and instead didn't return home for another four months! (His employers were not amused!) Buxtehude's influence can be seen in many of Bach's compositions. And so it is with any of us who have had superb teachers and mentors. Their imprint is forever left on our lives.

This program is dedicated to Jeremy's undergraduate organ professor, Dr. Richard Konzen, in honor of his retirement this past spring. Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful organ music played on the stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ, Asheville's largest pipe organ!

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Join A Little Asheville Adventure!    
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Join A Little Asheville Adventure!    

Ride the Bus for Social Justice!  

Thursday, October 19 is a chance to experience what many people in our community live with every day: riding the bus and accepting food handouts. A group from FPC will walk two blocks from the church to the city's central bus station and ride the city bus to 12 Baskets "free food" restaurant  for lunch with neighbors.  We'll return downtown by bus too. Twelve Baskets was started by our Adjunct Pastor for Mission Engagement, Shannon Spencer, and serves good restaurant food that would normally be thrown away. There is no charge for customers. Donations are welcome. 
 
Meet at the church at 11:00 AM next Thursday, October 19 for an excursion that may change your way of thinking. We will be back at the church by 2:00 PM.  Bus fares are one dollar per ride for adults or 50 cents per ride for adults over 65.   Bring exact change.
 
Please let us know if you are coming. Contact Marge Marsh margemarsh@gmail.com or Jane Laping 828-277-7342. 

Please let Marge Marsh or Jane Laping (828 277-7342) know if you'd like to join us.

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Opportunity to engage in ministry
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Opportunity to engage in ministry

  • 55 Lake Eden Road Black Mountain, NC, 28711 United States (map)
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The Swannanoa Women's Correctional Center is a minimum security correctional facility and the only women’s unit in Western North Carolina. Through the Ministry of Hope, two chaplains serve the women there. One of the chaplains is Rev. Shannon Spencer, our adjunct pastor for mission engagement. FPCA has long ties to this ministry, as we host a mother-child retreat for the women each year. There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers to connect with and support the women. 

A training will be held for new volunteers on Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 PM at the center. You are invited to come that night with a photo ID. The training should last about 2 hours, and it will enable you to participate in our Love Asheville Day of Mission on 10/29 or other times.  If you have any questions, contact Michael Poulos or Shannon Spencer.
 

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Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT OCT. 6, 7, 8

PIECES OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE; FITTING IT ALL TOGETHER!

We will spend some time at the retreat getting to know ourselves and each other better, getting in touch with who we are as the people of God in this place and time. What’s our story? Where has God been at work in the past through this church, and where is God working now? What gifts has God given us that we can use to serve one another and our community? 

For the Schedule, Check In information & What to bring- CLICK HERE!

 contact Nancy McNeill with questions. 

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Achol Majok Kur Kier: International Peacemaker from South Sudan
Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Achol Majok Kur Kier: International Peacemaker from South Sudan

On Wednesday morning, October 4, FPC-Asheville has the privilege of hosting Achol Majok Kur Kier, an important peacemaker from South Sudan visiting our presbytery from October 2-8th.  (Fellowship Hall)

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Achol Majok Kur Kier chairs the Women’s Desk and is a deacon in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC).  The work of the SSPEC Women’s Desk has included trauma healing, working with internal refugees in United Nations protection camps, and organizing women to take part in the national dialogue called for by the President of the Republic of South Sudan.  

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

Madam Achol has also served as a member of the executive committee of the South Sudan Council of Churches, actively participating in all the peace initiatives of South Sudan since December 2013.   Her areas of expertise are peace & reconciliation, stability, education particularly for girls, and poverty alleviation.  Madam Achol states that she is “strongly convinced that education was one of the key contributing factors to the devastatingly long war in the Sudan…. In the absence of peace there will be no education, no health services, no food, no development”  Madam Achol holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Juba.  She is the mother of two and speaks English and Arabic.

Contact FPC-A member Sandra Strickland for other opportunities to connect with Madam Achol during her visit to our area.


 

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October Adult Faith Development
Oct
2
to Oct 22

October Adult Faith Development

Text Talk (Room 203)  This class meets weekly to explore in depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Come join the conversation!  Teachers: Jane Vann, Rev. Thom Nelson  

Through Nov. 12:  A New Place to Be: Spiritual Birth & Renewal  (Room 213)  Theologians, authors and storytellers, such as Richard Rohr, Sarah Bessey, Glennon Doyle Melton and Jean Vanier will stir our imagination so we might capture a glimpse of a dream that is yet to come and at the same time being fulfilled before our very eyes.  Facilitator: Frances Baldwin

Sunday, October 22
Planting Hope In Madagascar (Room 214)
Dan Turk, PC(USA) Missionary to Madagascar will be with us to share about recent updates to their vital ministries. Current projects include providing access to safe drinking water and health education to stop the cycle of disease; Fruits, Vegetables, and Environmental Education to assist students in planting native and fruit trees on school grounds and provide education on care for the trees.
Dan & wife Elizabeth are Mission Co-workers in Madagascar, they receive support through our congregation and many other churches.  Dan grew up in this congregation and his mother Naomi Turk remains an active part of our congregation.         

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Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert

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Please join Jennifer Bryant Pedersen, soprano and Cathy Adkins, piano on October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary!

This free program features the beautiful melodies of Schubert, Debussy, Mozart, Verdi and Barber and centers around the ever-changing expressions of the heart and mind. 

A free will offering will be taken with all funds going to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's hurricane relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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What is the LOVE ASHEVILLE day of mission?
Oct
1
9:45 AM09:45

What is the LOVE ASHEVILLE day of mission?

October 1: Adult Faith Development

On 10/1 members of the Mission Committee will introduce a new mission initiative called Love Asheville, a congregation-wide day of mission! During this class, our Mission Committee will explain the process and talk about the service we can offer outside in the community and through mission projects at FPCA on Sunday, Oct. 29.  

There will be a worship service following our day out in the community to and share our learnings, celebrating together how we experienced God throughout the day. Come to the class to learn how you can share God’s love here in the heart of Asheville!

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Serve the Presbytery!
Sep
29
to Oct 7

Serve the Presbytery!

Interested in getting to know better the workings of our Presbyterian Church, USA, and the many delightful people in our own Presbytery of Western North Carolina???

What better way to learn than to get involved by serving on one of our own WNC Presbytery committees! Our Presbytery’s Nominating/Representation Committee is currently seeking people to serve on various committees to fill vacancies and for the Class of 2020. Committees range from committees on Ministry, Preparation, Examination, to those on Christian Education, Peace and Justice, Hunger, Missions, Smaller Membership Churches, Evangelism, Youth Ministries, Campus Mission, Finance, Personnel, and Permanent Judicial.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Mary Raine Moore, WNC Presbytery Nominating / Representation Committee, maryraine45@yahoo.com, call or text 828-778-1661, or see her in person at our own FPCA.
 

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October Calendar
Sep
29
to Oct 31

October Calendar

Sunday, October 1
2:00 p.m. Benefit Concert for PDA, Sanctuary
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir
5:15 p.m. Youth Group

Monday, October 2
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

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Wednesday, October 4
10:00 a.m. Presbytery Missionary Speaker, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, October 5
10:00 a.m. Prayer and Support Group, Conference Room

Friday, October 6-Sunday October 8  
Annual Retreat at Montreat
8:45 a.m. Worship in Chapel at FPCA
11:00 a.m. Worship at Montreat

Monday, October 9
2:00 p.m. Property Committee, Conference Room
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, October 10
5:30 p.m. Session meeting, Room 213

Thursday, October 12
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South

Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m. NC Presbyterian Historical Society meeting, Concord, NC

Tuesday, October  17
2:00 p.m. API Meeting, Room 213
2:00 p.m. Property Committee, Conference Room
5:00 p.m. Mission Committee, Room 112
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, October 18
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room

Thursday, October 19
11:30 a.m. Ride the bus to 12 Baskets Café
4:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

Friday, October 20
11:30 a.m. API Meeting, Room 213
7:30 p.m. “In Thanks for Mentors” Organ Recital, Sanctuary

Sunday, October 22  
Stewardship Celebration Sunday
12:15 p.m. Luncheon for all in the Fellowship Hall

Monday, October 23
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. RITI Steering Committee, Conference Room
4:00 p.m. Worship committee, Library
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, October 24  Presbytery Meeting at FPCA
9:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Thursday, October 26
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies, home of Lucy Keil

Sunday, October 29 LOVE ASHEVILLE MISSION SUNDAY
4:30 p.m. Mission Day Worship Service, Sanctuary
 

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Advent Carol Service: led by Choirs of FPCA!!!
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Carol Service: led by Choirs of FPCA!!!

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Worship & the Arts Conference

Worship & the Arts Conference

Join us at Montreat Conference Center for Advent in September!
 
As a feature of the Montreat Worship & the Arts Conference, the Choirs of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville will lead an Advent Carol Service in Anderson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27th.
 


The service aims to capture something of the Advent longing and hope characteristic of the season.  It features anthems and hymns by composers both ancient and modern.  The service is structured around the great Advent Antiphons, known as the Great “Os”.  These were sung originally as responses to the Magnificat at the Evening Office of Vespers from the 17th to the 23rd of December.  Readings from scripture, anthems, and congregational hymns reflect on the theme of Christ who comes to judge and save his people.
 
The public is cordially invited to take part in this unique and beautiful service.

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Women's Studies: September monthly meeting
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Studies: September monthly meeting

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WOMEN'S STUDIES meets at Givens Estates this month.  

We meet to learn, to share a potluck 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.  (Click for Brochure)

Program:  Susan Ramos of our congregation has practiced immigration law in New Mexico, Texas, and in Asheville.  She will tell us about her job—what’s tough, what’s elating.
 

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Groups for Families with Memory Loss
Sep
24
12:30 PM12:30

Groups for Families with Memory Loss

A group offering support for those who have loved ones with memory loss will meet after 11 worship Sunday, September 24.  The support group will meet in Room 112 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Those attending are invited to bring a lunch or snack, or pick up coffee after church and come to the meeting.  

Earl Thompson and Marge Marsh will convene the gathering.  People wanting to participate along with their loved ones with memory loss should contact Marge and Earl to let them know of their intention, so companions for those with memory loss can be arranged. 
 

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Sep
21
to Sep 30

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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You shall be . . . the restorer of streets to live in. 
—Isaiah 58:12

Help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope & healing to families impacted by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
 

Dear Friends of FPC-Asheville,

As rescue crews continue to dig for survivors in the latest earthquake in Mexico, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is connecting with its ecumenical partners to support recovery efforts and develop long-term response plans. The quake on September 19th, which registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, was the second to strike the region in less than two weeks, causing buildings and houses to collapse, killing or trapping hundreds. PDA is partnering with the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches for emergency response and capacity building. 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in touch with presbyteries in affected areas of Texas and Florida, and standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. PDA has been in touch with the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest) to offer assistance there as well.

You can provide much-needed financial support through PDA, whose work is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) we receive each Easter.
 

How can you help?

1) Send a check to the church office or put in the offering plate on any Sunday, made out to FPC-Asheville, with the word “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance” in the memo.
 
2) You can also give directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance with a credit card by visiting http://pda.pcusa.org/page/give/ or by phone at 800-872-3283. 

3) Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.

PRAY: 

God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love.
Amen.

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Nursery Volunteers are Needed!
Sep
21
to Oct 1

Nursery Volunteers are Needed!

We need nursery volunteers, both youth and adults for 8:45 & 11:00 worship & 9:45 Faith
Development, to help care for our littlest church members. Please see the signup sheet in the nursery hallway or use the form below to sign up. Thank you from our little ones!!

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.
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Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House
Sep
14
to Sep 29

Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House

THE 26TH HABITAT PRESBYTERIAN-METHODIST HOUSE
SPECIAL OFFERING AUGUST 27
BUILD BEGINS in SEPTEMBER 

First Presbyterian is joining other Presbyterian & Methodist churches in Buncombe County to build the 2017 Presbyterian-Methodist House.  This will be the 26th house jointly built by local Presbyterians and Methodists and will be built in Arden. The home owners will be Nikita Norris and Regina Hunter. Nikita is an Asheville native and is a Head Start teacher while Regina works at Olive Garden  They are delighted about the prospect of moving from a substandard rental unit to a safe, permanent and affordable home of their own to raise their toddler and a newborn due when the house is completed.. The churches are working to raise a significant portion of the $55,000 cost of construction. You can make checks payable to FPC earmarked for Habitat Offering.

A paper sign up sheet is available in the Wallace Foyer.  Our build dates are: Tues. Sept. 5, Thurs. Sept. 14 & 21; Thurs. Oct. 26, Thurs. Nov. 2.

Please contact Bill Winkler  (winklerwm@gmail.com, 828-231-9180) if you have any questions, or visit www.ashevillehabitat.org

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Men's Breakfast & Meeting
Sep
12
8:00 AM08:00

Men's Breakfast & Meeting

The Presbyterian Men’s Quarterly Breakfast and meeting is Tuesday September 12, at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at FPCA.  Join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to continue one’s faith journey.  After a short business meeting, Waid Shelton, a member of the Presbyterian Men’s Organization, will lead a discussion regarding “additional signage information”.  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.

Let us know you can join us!

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Name
Let us know your preferred email & phone for future communications.
Breakfast September 12 *
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