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).

 

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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!

New Exhibit in the Gallery
Jun
30
Aug 6

New Exhibit in the Gallery

The Visible and The Invisible:  Asheville artist Grace Carol Bomer
Her "concern is the human condition surprised by the grace of God. Her love of the physicality of oil paint and wax and her spontaneous process creates abstract paintings rich with themes of pilgrimage, love, and sacrifice." 

She has exhibited widely and her work is held in many private and corporate collections. Grace is an active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. We're honored to exhibit her work and we hope you'll take time to appreciate her art and the poetry that often inspires her work. The exhibit will continue through July and August.

https://youtu.be/lNP5qFW6NHM

July Calendar
Jul
1
Jul 31

July Calendar

Tuesday, July 4  Independence Day: Church Office Closed

Thursday, July 6
Middle School Youth go to Massanetta Middle School Youth Conference through July 9
10:00 a.m. Prayer and Support Group, Conference Room

Sunday, July 9
2:00 p.m. "Blowin' in the Winds" Trio for flute, oboe, and piano, Sanctuary

Thursday, July 13
6:30 p.m. Women's Dinner Out at Tupelo Honey South

Friday, July 14
7:05 p.m. FPCA at Tourist Baseball Game!

Wednesday, July 19-26  Guatemala Mission Trip

Wednesday, July 19
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee Meeting, Marguerite Morgan Room

Monday, July 24
4:00 p.m. Room In the Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Thursday, July 27
1:00 p.m. Women's Studies Planning meeting, Fellowship Hall

Saturday, July 29
Presbytery meeting at  FPC Marion NC

Sunday, July 30
8:30 a.m. Pritchard Park Breakfast

Summer Discount for Floral Dedications!
Jul
1
Jul 31

Summer Discount for Floral Dedications!

Because of the flourishing of local gardens, the flower guild can offer a discount for summer dedication of flowers for our services. For $50.00 members can honor or remember loved ones on the following dates:  July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 20. 

Please use the form to contact Babbie Shelton.

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please include your dedication (ex: and in memory of..., and in honor of...). If you are unsure of wording, let us know below.
Serving Breakfast at Pritchard Park
Jul
18
Jul 30

Serving Breakfast at Pritchard Park

Service Opportunity: Breakfast at Pritchard Park!  
Sunday, July 30 

Anyone who would like to help serve our downtown neighbors is invited to meet in the FPCA kitchen at 8:15 AM. We need folks to bring soft fruit, orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. We will walk over to the park around 8:45 AM, returning by 9:45 in time for Faith Development.

If you would like to help bake at 7:30 AM, let Penny (pgibbs@fpcasheville.org) know

Social Justice Opportunities at FPCA
Jul
25
Aug 4

Social Justice Opportunities at FPCA

Lunch & Learn: African-American History Series
July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stephen’s Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.

This free monthly lecture series on  African-American History in Buncombe County features a local expert on a specific topic on the last Tuesday during July, August and September. Presentations include:

  • July 25: Dr. Darin Waters on the history of African American education in Asheville & WNC
  • August 23: County Commissioner Al Whitesides on the wage gap and historical wealth disparities in the African American Community.
  • September 27: Dr. Sharon West on access and availability of health care for African Americans in Buncombe County.

The series is hosted by the Buncombe County Community Engagement Team.
 

Service Opportunity: Breakfast at Pritchard Park!  Sunday, July 30
Anyone who would like to help serve our downtown neighbors is invited to meet in the FPCA kitchen at 8:15 AM. We need folks to bring soft fruit, orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. We will walk over to the park around 8:45 AM, returning by 9:45 in time for Faith Development. If you would like to help bake at 7:30 AM, let Penny (pgibbs@fpcasheville.org) know! 
 

Your Help is Needed!
Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

Your Help is Needed!

Friday July 28 10am-4pm (Room 202)
The Liturgical Arts Committee is hosting a workday, your assistance is needed to help assemble sanctuary banners to display during Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar, which is now until  Advent begins. 

NO ART SKILLS REQUIRED!  

Come any time between 10am - 4pm and help the Arts committee with simple cutting and ironing.  If you come around the lunch hour, bring a sack lunch or grab a bite downtown.  Need information? Contact Jane Vann  using the form below.

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Sign up for "Dine With Nine” TODAY!
Aug
6
Aug 30

Sign up for "Dine With Nine” TODAY!

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

Typically, hosts welcome the group to their home or make restaurant arrangements, prepare a main dish, and others bring side dishes or a dessert. Hosting duties rotate each month, but you do not need to serve as host in order to participate.

Additional Sign-up Options Include:

  • A group that meets on Sundays right after worship and selects eating at a restaurant in the downtown area. 
  • Families interested in a group that includes children and youth and/or a group with FPC childcare provided at church. 

 Please let us know by August 30 if you'd like to take part.  You may sign up by filling out a card on the reception desk or using the form below.

 

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August Adult Faith Development & Ongoing Sunday Classes
Aug
6
Aug 27

August Adult Faith Development & Ongoing Sunday Classes

Classes are open at all times for anyone to attend
Facebook: FPCA Adult Education
Contact: Nancy McNeill Director of Faith Development 
*Childcare provided for all adult classes & studies

August 6  Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) Ministry (Room 213)
Learn more about Asheville Youth Mission (AYM) and how this ministry that we house in our building is making a huge positive impact!  AYM brings youth and college groups into the Asheville area to do outreach work. The summer college aged staff of Asheville Youth Mission will give a presentation about their life-changing summer experiences. This summer’s theme Creating Spaces engages hundreds of teenagers from across the country in ministry with our Asheville neighbors.  Using creativity through the arts, AYM offers each group meaningful biblical study, worship experiences and opportunity to consider how God is calling them to create space in their own churches & communities.

.August 13  A Gallery Talk (1st Floor Gallery)
Grace Carol Bomer, Asheville artist whose art is currently on exhibit in the gallery, will talk about her art.  Her vision of art is that of service to God.  Soli Deo Gloria (Only to God is the Glory) is the name of her studio in the River Arts District.  Her art is more than surface design and abstraction; her concern is the human condition surprised by the grace of God. Her pairing of text and image references her belief that all things hold together in Christ. Guest Teacher:  Grace Carol Bomer        

August 20  The Ministry of Accompaniment (Room 213)                                        
Through the ministry of accompaniment Asheville Poverty Initiative (API) will, in partnership with those on the margins, develop opportunities for education and advocacy. These opportunities will foster mutual relationships across socioeconomic boundaries deconstructing the divisive and misleading categories of the "haves" and "have nots." Learn more about API, 12 Baskets Café, and a potential new initiative. Teacher:  Rev. Shannon Spencer; API Director, FPC Adjunct Pastor

August 27  FPCA Youth Living their Faith!   (Fellowship Hall)                                
Come hear from our youth about their Summer Youth Events: Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference, Montreat Youth Conference, and the High School Mission trip to Guatemala. These experiences are transformative ones for the youth and adults who participated. For many of our middle and high school youth these events are a highlight for their summer and would not be possible without congregational support!

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. We love for visitors to join us as our church continues to grow! Contact:  Marilyn Cortes


First Bible Class  (Room 112) using The Present Word quarterly curriculum            
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.

Looking Ahead to the Fall………………Weekday Studies

Monthly Bible Study  (Room 112)
Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier                                                                                                                           
Study once a month on Monday mornings 10:30-11:45am for 9 sessions September - May   
The author, Melissa Bane Sevier invites us 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. Join the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful Christians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.

Anyone interested is invited to join this exciting opportunity for study and reflection. Presbyterian Women Circles will study this in 2017-2018; books available beginning August 20.  Additional Study books are available for $10.00.  If you are not in a PW Circle Contact the Church Office to sign-up and order a study book. 
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson


Let's get on the Bus!
Jul
13
10:00 am10:00

Let's get on the Bus!

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. We have had success
already advocating for increased funding through the budget approved by the city last month.

FPCA members are invited to meet in the Wallace Foyer at 10 AM on 7/13, and we will walk to the downtown bus terminal for a field trip to experience first hand the transit system. Many of us with cars have the privilege of not needing to depend on transit for groceries or laundry or work. You are invited to come and get on the bus together, followed by a time of sharing.
 

A Message from Be Loved House
Jul
10
Jul 19

A Message from Be Loved House

We are working on building community gardens in our front yard, a larger garden for elders at the Senior Opportunity Center, and in partnership with Elder and Sage Gardeners a garden adjacent to Battery Park and Vanderbilt Apartments where over 300 senior residents of our city live.

BeLoved.garden food.jpg

We are giving literally TONS of produce every week through free Fresh Farmers markets at the Senior Opportunity Center for elders and at the YWCA for children and their families as well as deliveries to the Griffin Apartments, Grove Court Apartments, Bartlett Arms Apartments, Battery Park Apartments and to other friends in West Asheville many of whom we met when they lived on the streets.

 

Through Homeless Voice, people on the streets are regularly advocating for solutions to homelessness and other struggles. Currently, they are adding their voices to the City of Asheville Comprehensive Plan that governs planning in our city of the next twenty years.  And our homeless Street Medic Team is training weekly and will soon be starting "rounds" to folks on the street through street and camp outreach.  This program recently made national news as a way to make healthcare more accessible while also giving leadership opportunities to people living on the streets!

Senior Opportunity Center

Senior Opportunity Center

Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved!  Contact Rev. Amy Cantrell at: belovedasheville@gmail.com

“BLOWIN’ in the WINDS” A CONCERT OF BEAUTIFUL TRIOS
Jul
9
2:00 pm14:00

“BLOWIN’ in the WINDS” A CONCERT OF BEAUTIFUL TRIOS

AmiciMusic presents a concert of trios for the wonderful combination of flute, oboe, and piano featuring music by J.S. Bach, Rossini, Ibert, Madeline Dring, and African-American composer William Grant Still.  

Alicia Chapman will do double duty on both oboe and English Horn to add an extra layer of beauty to the texture.  Ms. Chapman and Ms. Kibler have performed all around the world with such ensembles as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.   You won’t want to miss this intriguing blend of instruments in intimate settings.

Tickets for church members are $13.50 in advance through their website, they will also be available at the door for $20/15 that day.

Questions? Contact AmiciMusic 

Home Grown Garden Opportunity!
Jun
27
Jun 28

Home Grown Garden Opportunity!

  • Black Mountain Home for CHildren

Home Grown Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children is now in its seventh year thanks to members of First Pres and Christ Community Church in Montreat. This year we've been offered the opportunity to work alongside men from Good Works, parishioners from our neighbor Trinity Episcopal's Church of the Advocate. Come join us this Wednesday, June 28 from 6 - 8pm when Good Works will be working at the garden. Evenings at Home Grown are especially beautiful!

This past Wednesday Home Grown Garden donated 19 pounds of head lettuce, two varieties of kale, kohlrabi, and wild purslane to Bounty and Soul for distribution to our neighbors in the Swannanoa valley.

A shaded picnic table and cold water (in case you forget your water bottle) are next to the garden. Come see what’s up and growing and the farm animals in the adjacent fields. No experience is needed; I'll show you what needs to be done and/or listen to and your gardening experiences. Call or email Ann Kieffer for more information: annfkieffer@bellsouth.net or (828)458-2004.

Directions to Home Grown Garden: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Hwy. 70. At the next traffic light turn left, go over the little Swannanoa River bridge, and take a right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017
Jun
16
Jun 28

Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017

  • First Presbyterian Church

PWNC Missions Committee Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Mission Trip to Kinston, NC  October 8-13, 2017
Hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Kinston

What will we do? Help folks rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
Where will we stay? First Presbyterian has facilities to house groups coming in to work.
What is the cost? $150 per person includes food/lodging.
How many can go?  We have space for 20 folks. 
How can I sign up? Registration forms at the PWNC website with a Kinston site manual.

Come learn about the state of children in NC!
Jun
15
12:00 pm12:00

Come learn about the state of children in NC!

  • Mission Children's Hospital

Come learn about the state of children in NC!

Thursday, June 15, 12 PM to 1 PM
Reuter Mission Children's Hospital’s Conference Room
Federal budget and state budget proposals will have major consequences on our children's health, well-being, education, and housing.

Children First/CIS is offering a free lunch with Michelle Hughes, executive director of NC Child. Michelle will share about about the federal and state policy landscape and our collective advocacy work to make sure all children have the opportunity to thrive. 
 

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

Groups for Families with Memory Loss
Jun
11
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 next Sunday, June 11.  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. 
 

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

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.

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

 

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

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.
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.

 

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

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

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