February Calendar
Feb
1
to Feb 28

February Calendar

Thursday, February 1
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

Sunday, February 4
12:15 p.m. Instrumentalists rehearsal, Sanctuary
12:15 p.m. Souper Bowl of Caring, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room (ASK EVE)

Monday, February 5
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

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

Thursday, February 8
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

Saturday, February 10
9:00 p.m. Midnight MANNA

Sunday, February 11
12:15 p.m. Social Justice meeting, Room 112 (ASK BETH)
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

Monday, February 12
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112

Tuesday, February 13
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast meeting, Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, February 14  ASH WEDNESDAY
12:15 p.m. Service of Ashes and Communion, Chapel
6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship, Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 20
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night

Wednesday, February 21
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel
Lenten Small Groups meet

Thursday, February 22
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: AIDS, home of Barbra Love

Sunday, February 25
12:15 p.m. Response to Gun Violence Discussion, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m.  Memory Loss Support Group, Room 112

Monday, February 26
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room (ASK CAROL)
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Wednesday, February 28
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Sanctuary
 

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Adult Faith Development in February
Feb
4
to Mar 18

Adult Faith Development in February

Classes this February
(Sundays 9:45-10:45am)
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time
 

FEBRUARY 4
"Take Me To the Water: A Conversation about Racism, Imagination, and Faith" 
  
(Room 213)  )  “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."  - Patrick  If you would like to read the article it’s available online here as a pdf link or pick up a copy at church.  

FEBRUARY 11-MARCH 18
"Nurturing Personal Resilience for Growth and Transformation"
Shocks come in every person's life. Sometimes they appear without warning, such as a car accident, a rapid onset illness, death or injury of a family member or close friend, or sudden financial or business setbacks. Sometimes shocks occur as a slow onset, fully anticipated and yet still leaving one with a stunning sense of loss. Examples are gradually declining health, aging, job insecurity, spiritual dryness, or the cumulative effects of living in a frantic rat race of family, school, work and church demands. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back after experiencing significant shocks, maintaining character, integrity and mission.
This six week class will teach a framework for nurturing personal resilience.  This class is a streamlined version of a graduate course, but focused exclusively on personal resilience, biblical-theological concepts will be integrated throughout.  Additional reading and materials will be suggested for those who want to pursue further study.  Alice & Bill will also share extensively from their own lives, their shocks, major crises, and how this framework can help anyone nurture their own ability to bounce back. Facilitators: Alice Petersen and Bill Lowrey

Sunday Morning Classes that Meet Weekly
 

Parables from the Backside; Bible Stories with a Twist   (Room 203)
This study offers new insight and understanding of Jesus' parables. Each lesson begins with a unique starting point, entering from the “backside” and viewing the parable with a new lens through the eyes of a minor character. Copies of the study book, $5.00 are available, contact Nancy McNeill to order. Facilitator:  Wayne Drummond

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107)
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us for the film series, A Calling to the Beloved, as we explore the question what is God calling us to be? Nursery is available and little ones are always welcome. Coordinators:  Cat & Scott Kessler 

First Bible Class  (Room 112)
This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly.  Winter Theme- “Faith in Action.”   Teacher: Hugh Howell

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From the Stewardship Committee...
Feb
23
to Feb 27

From the Stewardship Committee...

Dear FPCA Family,
The 2018 stewardship campaign has closed successfully, and we are grateful for the fearless generosity exhibited by so many. As we reflect on the ministries of First Presbyterian Church, remember that your monetary gifts will help spread the love of Christ in the Asheville area, as well as in remote corners of the world. Pledges for 2018 are $920,000 (this is .1% increase over last year).  Below is a trend of dollars pledged and percent change from year to year.
Over the coming year, the Stewardship Committee will share examples of the differences FPC makes resulting from your gifts in both big and small ways, all made possible by your generosity.   The second graph below shows how the pledge money is divided up in FPC’s different ministries. 

If the work of the Stewardship Committee is of interest to you, please join us at our monthly meetings as we explore what it means to be good stewards of Gods' resources. We are working towards year-round communication of FPC’s ministry to the church and how it matters.

In Christ,
Your 2018 Stewardship Committee (stewardship@fpcasheville.org)     

 

 

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Response to Gun Violence Discussion
Feb
25
12:15 PM12:15

Response to Gun Violence Discussion

RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE: WHAT CAN WE DO? 

(Fellowship Hall, 12:15 PM)

The recent mass shooting in Florida, resulting in the death of 17 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has raised many important questions. “What can be done to prevent this from happening again? What can we do to make sure our children, our schools, our communities are safe? How can we respond as citizens and Christians to gun control issues? Following the 11 AM worship service today you are invited to come to the Fellowship Hall for a beginning discussion of how we at First Presbyterian can work towards God’s justice, healing, and peace on the issue of gun violence.
 

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March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)
Mar
1
to Mar 31

March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)

Thursday, March 1
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

Friday, March 2
11:00 a.m. Pisgah Legal Luncheon, Fellowship Hall

Monday, March 5

10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

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

Wednesday, March 7
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 8
12:30 p.m. Church Communicators Group, Room 112
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

Sunday, March 11
12:15 p.m. Pancake Breakfast Youth Ministry Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

Monday, March 12
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112

Tuesday, March 13
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 14  
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 15
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112 (ASK PAT HARR)

Sunday, March 18  Room In the Inn begins (SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, March 20  Room In the Inn
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, March 21  Room In the Inn
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel

Thursday, February 22  Room In the Inn
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Sunday, March 25  HOLY WEEK  Palm/Passion Sunday
10:00 a.m. Join families on Children's Hall for the Donkey Walk, process with palms into the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Monday, March 26  HOLY WEEK
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room (ASK CAROL)
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 28  HOLY WEEK
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel

Thursday, March 29  HOLY WEEK  Maundy Thursday
5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Feast, Fellowship Hall

Friday, March 30  HOLY WEEK  Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship Service

Saturday, March 31  HOLY WEEK
10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt-- Families meet on Children's Hall

Sunday, April 1  Resurrection of the Lord/ Easter
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Easter Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, April 2
Church Office Closed

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Pancake Lunch Youth Ministry Fundraiser!  
Mar
11
12:15 PM12:15

Pancake Lunch Youth Ministry Fundraiser!  

Sunday March 11  (12:15 PM following the late service) Gardner Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to the annual Pancake Brunch to support our Summer Youth Events: Montreat & Massanetta youth conferences, mission trip to Washington, DC.  Our youth will be cooking in the morning and look forward to serving you.  There is no set fee per person; all donations (cash or checks payable to FPCA, earmarked for Youth Ministry) will be gladly accepted!
 

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Holy Week & Easter Sunday
Mar
25
to Apr 1

Holy Week & Easter Sunday

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March 25 Palm Sunday 
Donkey Walk:  10 a.m. on Church St.  (Families gather at 9:45am Children’s Hall)
Join us with our Church Street neighbors, Central United Methodist and Trinity Episcopal as we wave palms & shout our Hosannas!  Follow the donkey for a walk to Pritchard Park & back to re-enact Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.  Palm procession into 11am worship following donkey walk, everyone invited to process! March 29 Maundy Thursday
On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathered with his friends at table to share a meal that became communion. At that table, they learned to love one another as Jesus loved them. Come and share a Holy Feast at 5:30 p.m. this Maundy Thursday in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, with great food, laughter, conversation, scripture, and Holy Communion around tables.   

March 30 Good Friday
Join us for a moving service of reflection around the cross which will include a dramatic reading of the passion story from the Gospel of John as well as portions of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. John Passion" sung by chamber choir and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm.

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March 31 Easter Egg Hunt
(Meet on 1st Floor Children’s Hall)  Families are invited to celebrate Easter with an egg hunt on the church grounds at 10:30 a.m.! Light refreshments and Easter activities as we gather and fellowship. 
                                                                                                                        
April 1  Easter Sunday
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall:  All are invited to bring a potluck dish to share. Beverages will be provided.  Easter Craft activities for children, childcare available also.
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
 

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One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
Apr
1
8:30 AM08:30

One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering

Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. Worship

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. 

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

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ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN  Take a Fish Bank home to collect money in during Lent.  Bring filled bank on Easter morning as we join millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering to share God’s love with people experiencing need.  
 

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Women's Studies
Feb
22
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.

Women’s Studies: "Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story

At one time, a diagnosis of AIDS meant death within the year. Living in Boston and newly ordained, Marge Marsh signed up to be a buddy to a man with AIDS, thinking the experience would expand her own understanding of the human experience. 
Marge was on the cusp of change and her AIDS buddy lived for six years. She kept detailed notes and has turned that time into a book of the journey, Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story (1990-1996). Come participate in a question-answer session as Marge explores for us and with us this singular experience.
 

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Small Groups during Lent
Feb
16
to Feb 19

Small Groups during Lent

Lenten Study Small Groups begin this week: 

  • If you did sign up but haven't gotten your group assignment, call or email Nancy McNeill
  • If you haven't signed up, we may still have spaces open in some of the groups. Contact Nancy McNeill to inquire.

 

Come! Deepen your faith and friendships this Lent!

This year, our Lenten study will be drawn from the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and will take place in small groups each week. Excerpts will be read from the book at each group discussion, so reading the book is not a requirement for participation. 

Some of the discussion topics are: What is a good life, and what is a good death? What gives your work meaning? How do you sort through broken or troubled relationships? What does it mean to belong to a community and to a place?

A small group is a perfect opportunity to build better friendships and deeper faith through conversation, prayer, and study. We hope you’ll join in!

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Presbyterian Men's Breakfast (New Date- Feb. 13)
Feb
13
8:00 AM08:00

Presbyterian Men's Breakfast (New Date- Feb. 13)

A Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast and meeting will be held on Tuesday February 13, 2018, (previously scheduled on the 20th) 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.  During our business meeting, we will have an update on the signage projects (Waid Shelton). There will also be a discussion led by Richard Sens regarding plans for two retreats for men in 2018.  Our program will be presented by Nathan Gruver, who will share “Hobbies for Men, Several Ideas for Your Free Time.”

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

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Inclement Weather Information
Feb
6
to Feb 22

Inclement Weather Information

Our policy concerning inclement weather
closings and delays

Announcements will be posted to the following media:

Sunday morning Worship & Faith Development
A decision about closing will be made no later than 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  If the early service is cancelled, Faith Development is also cancelled and we will not drive the FPCA bus.  We will try to have 11:00 a.m. worship.

Church office and other activities:
Check with the leader of your group or committee BEFORE coming to church.  You may call the church office (option 6) to see if the building is closed.

Office volunteers:
Call the office BEFORE you drive to church to see if we are here and the office is open. If you are not able to talk to Penny or Jo Nan, don't come in to the office.

We trust your judgement about being on the road in terribly cold and/or bad weather and hope you will stay cozy when possible! 
As a reminder, our parking lots are often covered in patchy ice- please use caution.

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    Souper Bowl of Caring
    Feb
    4
    12:15 PM12:15

    Souper Bowl of Caring

    Souper Bowl of Caring

    You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 4  
    (following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)

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

    On Sunday, February 4, we have the opportunity to participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Come enjoy some hearty soup prepared by our Saturday Sanctuary chefs. Share bread and cookies baked by our youth!  All donations will benefit our Saturday Sanctuary ministry which provides a safe space for our downtown neighbors on Saturdays October-March (9:00AM to 3:30PM)

    A project began by a youth group from Columbia, SC in 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to inspire congregations to collect dollars to benefit local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring!  In 2017, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 6,534 participating groups to collect over $10.1 million in cash and food items which impacted over 4,827 charities all across the United States.

    On this day, as millions of people focus on the NFL championship game, we have a chance to make a difference for our downtown neighbors!
     

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    RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!
    Feb
    1
    to Feb 19

    RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!

    Retreat Photos Requested!  

    The Retreat Committee would love to have your best photos from the October 2017 Church-wide Retreat at Montreat.  Photos of people, places, and things are all welcome!

    Please email them in JPEG format to barbraslove@gmail.com 
     

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    Dine with Nine
    Feb
    1
    to Feb 18

    Dine with Nine

    Sign up for Springtime "Dine With Nine!”  

    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're interested, we'll assign you to a group of approximately nine adults who will meet in March, April, and May on dates that are convenient to the group members.
     
    Typically, hosts welcome the group to their home or make restaurant arrangements, prepare a main dish, and others bring side dishes or a dessert. Hosting duties rotate each month, but you do not need to serve as host in order to participate. 

    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. 

    Groups will be formed based on enough interest expressed. Please let us know by February 18 if you'd like to take part.  You may sign up BELOW or by filing out a card on the reception desk.  Questions? Contact Margaret Black 684-4529. 
     

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    Support for Families with Memory Loss
    Jan
    28
    12:30 PM12:30

    Support for Families with Memory Loss

    A group offering support for those who have loved ones with memory loss 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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    Women’s Studies: The Power of Forgiveness
    Jan
    25
    10:30 AM10:30

    Women’s Studies: The Power of Forgiveness

    Four remarkable people testify to the healing power of the simplest, most difficult task some human beings may ever face.  Researchers say forgiveness-for petty insult, random violence, or genocide, can change one's life forever.  Among others, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and authors Marianne Williamson and Thomas Moore speak in this film by Martin Doblmeier, director of the film Bonhoeffer.  

    Come and share potluck lunch while we watch the movie and join our discussion, led by Earl Thompson, who taught seminary courses about forgiveness for a number of years.  He suggests that reading Amish Grace, How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald B. 
    Kraybill, would add in our understanding of learning to forgive.
     

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    Special Concert: Miami University Men's Glee Club
    Jan
    19
    7:30 PM19:30

    Special Concert: Miami University Men's Glee Club

    Join the Miami University Men's Glee Club at First Presbyterian Church-Asheville on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM to share in their Brotherhood of Song.

    The Miami University Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1907, has maintained a tradition of musical excellence, brotherhood, and camaraderie throughout its storied history. With a membership of approximately 100 students representing academic disciplines across the university, it is among the oldest and largest collegiate male glee clubs in the nation.

    Click here to go to the website and listen to a few of their performances.

    Click here to go to the website and listen to a few of their performances.

    The Glee Club is among Miami’s oldest student organizations and is its oldest music ensemble. Regularly touring, the Glee Club has presented concerts in 19 states and 10 countries in the past seven years. As advocates for the creation and performance of new repertoire, the Glee Club established an annual commission series, and its first commercial recording (Veiled Light) was released in 2016 with Albany Records. For more than a century, these Brothers in Song have shared their song with audiences around the world, presenting music of the highest caliber while serving Miami with distinction and with Love and Honor.

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    Our first Shared Ministry Night
    Jan
    17
    5:15 PM17:15

    Our first Shared Ministry Night

    One of the core values at FPCA is shared ministry – this congregation serves together! To foster shared ministry and wider participation, the committees of session are moving their meetings to a common night each month – a shared ministry night. Please come and add your voice, perspective, and talents to the ministry teams of the session – Worship, Christian Education, Engagement, Mission, Congregational Life, Stewardship, Finance, and Property.

    Let’s share the work of ministry together!

    Childcare is available. If you would like to “eat while you meet,” a simple to-go style meal will be available for pickup in the Fellowship Hall starting at 5:15pm.
     

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    Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis
    Jan
    16
    6:30 PM18:30

    Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis

    (6:30 PM)  Grail Moviehouse
    You are invited to be part of an FPC-A group, meeting at the Grail Moviehouse on Tuesday for this important film. Learn more about the over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.
     Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. For more information, contact Michael Poulos 
     

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    Local MLK, Jr. Events
    Jan
    15
    to Jan 19

    Local MLK, Jr. Events

    Monday, January 15

    HERE at FPCA  Lunch & Learn 12:30 p.m. “Why are all the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race” 
    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of race, focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Tatum served from 2002 to 2015 as the ninth president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in the United States.  

    Peace March & Rally 12:00 p.m. St James AME Church to City-County Plaza
    Join up with members of our community to march and celebrate together! There is a brief program at the church at 11:30 and March begins at noon to City-County Plaza for a rally program of music and presenters.

    Standing Up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution (8th Annual)
    Community potluck from 5:30-6:30pm in Kenilworth Center (directly behind church) followed by the program which will begin at 6:30pm in the Church Sanctuary.  We are honored to host lifetime civil rights activist Lewis Brandon as our keynote speaker.  Contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747 with questions.

    Beloved Community, Justice & Action Revolution 9am-9pm, Black Star Line Brewing
    A day-full of events, service, education, and conversations about the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including films, music, poetry, service opportunities and a vegan potluck. Join #teamblackstarline as we pause to remember, ground, and serve. (Article in Mountain Xpress)

    Candlelight Service 6:00pm  Central United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall)
    The service honors area citizens and organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of social justice.

    Tuesday, January 16

    Poor People’s Campaign Town Hall  7-9 pm. Hill St. Baptist Church
    An evening of song and testimony by people who are affected by poverty in this nation of plenty. Learn about the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and how you can participate

    Wednesday, January 17th

    “On The Row” Dramatic Reading  7-9pm Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center
    Features the writing of death row inmates in Arkansas. Presented by Asheville-area actors and co-produced by UNCA faculty members, who will be facilitating an audience Q&A after the reading.

    Thursday, January 18th

    Michelle Alexander  7 p.m. (doors open at 6pm) – Sherrill Center Kimmel Arena  Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. (More information)

    Friday, Jan. 19th

    When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors w/Dr Rima Vesely-Flad 7pm (doors open at 6pm) – Rainbow Community School
    Patrisse will be in conversation with Warren Wilson Professor Rima Vesely-Flad, chair of religious studies/director of peace and justice studies at Warren Wilson College, and author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice.
    Ticketed event! $10/ea. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3156489#comments The $10 ticket acts as a coupon toward the purchase of either author's book. If you’d like to buy the book and the ticket at the same time, contact Malaprops: (800) 441-9829
    Saturday, Jan. 20th

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    7th Annual Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert
    Jan
    14
    6:30 PM18:30

    7th Annual Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert

    • 690 Haywood Road Asheville, NC, 28806 United States (map)
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    Click here to check out the flier!

    Click here to check out the flier!

    Join local musicians, artists and community in the sanctuary of West Asheville Presbyterian Church for the annual Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert.  Sample the local music scene, score great artist merchandise, and support Habitat’s mission in bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

    Performers include Asheville MusicWorks children’s ensemble, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Eleanor Underhill, Laura Blackley, Aaron Price, Kat Williams, Richard Shulman, Donna Marie Todd & Andy Gwynn, Kevin Smith, and Shalene Hill.

    This is a free event.  Donations to Habitat are suggested and all proceeds benefit your Asheville community.

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     Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service
    Jan
    10
    6:30 PM18:30

     Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service

    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

    The Christmas season concludes on January 6, Epiphany of the Lord, which falls on a Saturday in 2018. Following dinner and fellowship together at tables we will gather in the sanctuary for worship.  Epiphany worship celebrates the manifestation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, expressed in the symbol of the star and the journey of the Magi.  Our Epiphany service is a Communion service, and it also will include our annual ritual of selecting a “star word” for the coming year. 

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    LOCAL MLK, JR. SERVICES OF CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANCE
    Jan
    10
    12:30 PM12:30

    LOCAL MLK, JR. SERVICES OF CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANCE

    HERE at FPCA  Lunch & Learn Monday, Jan. 15 “Why are all the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race” 

    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of race, focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Tatum served from 2002 to 2015 as the ninth president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in the United States.  


    Standing Up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution
    Join us for the 8th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taking place Monday, January 15th at Kenilworth Presbyterian.

    Community potluck from 5:30-6:30pm in Kenilworth Center, 4 Chiles Ave. (directly behind church) followed by the program which will begin at 6:30pm in the Church Sanctuary.  This year, the evening’s topic is: “Standing up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution.” We are honored to host lifetime civil rights activist Lewis Brandon as our keynote speaker. 

    DJ Profe$$ah G. will be spinning great tunes and onsite childcare will be provided. Come out for food, fellowship and insight into a fascinating chapter in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina! “Given this country’s current racial climate, Mr. Brandon’s experiences are more relevant than ever before.” –Marvin Chambers.  For more information contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747/ kenilworthpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com 


    UNC-A MLK Week Keynote - Michelle Alexander: The talk is free and open to everyone, with no tickets required, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center. 

    Michelle Alexander, author of the best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will deliver the keynote address for the UNC Asheville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week.  Alexander’s The doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of United Methodist Church.

    The New Jim Crow “is simply unparalleled in its clear and penetrating treatment of the intersection of race and American politics and law,” says Patrick Bahls, professor of mathematics who directs UNC Asheville’s Honors Program and will moderate the audience Q&A at Alexander’s talk. “For the past four years, I've taught from this book in my senior seminar class, Cultivating Global Citizenship, and it never fails to leave a lasting mark,” says Bahls, who also is co-producing an off-campus dramatic reading of prison writings as part of the lead-up to Alexander’s talk.

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    Grief Support Group
    Jan
    10
    to Feb 8

    Grief Support Group

    Are you, or is someone you know, interested in participating in a grief group co-hosted by First Presbyterian and a hospice grief counselor? This group is not intended to be group therapy or a time centered on personal sharing, but rather an opportunity for using writing, art, and music, as well as prayer and scripture, to support the grieving process.

    We are planning to meet for six weeks this spring. Please contact Rebecca Gurney if you are interested or if you know someone who might be. 

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    Christian Discipleship Center Course
    Jan
    9
    to Jan 31

    Christian Discipleship Center Course

    Registration Deadline was January 5, 2018

     

    Synoptics: Comparing the Gospels 

    2-3:30 p.m at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC

    The three “synoptic” gospels tell the story of the life and work of Jesus from three different perspectives.  They do not all contain the same stories and sometimes the details of the stories are different.  Why are they different?  How did they come to be? Taught by the Rev. Dr. Brent Norris, Pastor, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, this course will examine the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  We will look at their particular themes and note what they have in common and where they diverge.  

    No registration fee, to register:  email to ChristianDiscipleshipCenter@gmail.com with your name, phone number and church affiliation or call (828) 230-8818 with the same information.

     


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

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    Adult Faith Development Special Class
    Jan
    7
    to Jan 28

    Adult Faith Development Special Class

    BONHOEFFER: Brave Disciple of Christ (Room 213)
    Before WWII, many thought Germany to be the most Christian country in the world.  Yet it spawned the evil of Nazism.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer courageously led the resistance to Hitler, for which he was imprisoned, and later hanged just before the end of the war.  On the four Sundays of January or any one of them - come and learn more through DVDs and discussion about this heroic Pastor, Scholar, Author, Spy, and Martyr, who still challenges us today.
    Teacher:  Rev. Dr. James Aydelotte, retired Pastor PC(USA), Former Stated Clerk Presbytery WNC

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    AmiciMusic Chamber Music Concerts
    Jan
    5
    to Jan 12

    AmiciMusic Chamber Music Concerts

    AmiciMusic rings in the New Year with the "Celebrate 2018" Music Festival with performances at First Presbyterian on the first two Fridays of January with concerts featuring a program of music by African-American composers with violinist Tim Schwarz as well as the debut of the newly formed Brevard Woodwind Quintet.

    First up on Friday, January 5 at 7:30pm is a concert entitled "Music from the Underground," which will feature some wonderful, but neglected works for violin and piano by minority composers, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, George Morrison, William Grant Still, and W.C. Handy.   Violinist Tim Schwarz is the featured performer along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser.   Schwarz and Weiser met at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and won the 1996 US Artistic Ambassador Program competition, which resulted in a two-month, eleven country tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  They were described as "brilliant cultural ambassadors" and their programs were praised as "a melodic revelation" and "an irresistible introduction to...American music."   

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    Then, on Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm, AmiciMusic is pleased to present "Winds of Winter," featuring the debut of the Brevard Woodwind Quintet, a new group composed of some of the finest woodwind players living in the region who all met recently while playing with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra.   The group is comprised of Leonard Lopatin, flute; Andrew Parker, oboe; Steve Loew, clarinet; Will Peebles, bassoon; and Hobart Whitman, french horn.  They will perform fun music by Danzi, Ibert, and Arnold, and then pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will join them for the powerful Sextet for Piano and Winds by Ludwig Thuille.

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    At both concerts, Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will talk about the pieces before they are played and help break down the barriers between performers and audience by establishing a very informal and relaxed concert atmosphere.  

    Tickets for Church members are only $15 at the door ($20 for general admission).  For information about the concerts and to purchase discounted tickets in advance, please visit www.amicimusic.org and click on the Asheville Concerts link. 

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    Lunch & Learn: January Series
    Jan
    3
    to Jan 23

    Lunch & Learn: January Series

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    Lunch and Learn with the January Series, one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.
    The award-winning January Series is coming to Asheville, January 3-23rd
    at First Presbyterian.  

    Hosted by Calvin College, the January Series features expert speakers on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including race in America, technology & national security, bio-waste, millennials & faith, dementia, radical generosity and global poverty, among others.

    The January Series lectures will be video streamed live in the Fellowship Hall.  The lectures are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Drinks and light snacks will be available at no charge.

    Church Entrance: Use double doors to foyer off of Aston Street, or through the Memorial Garden on Church St.
     

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    January Calendar
    Jan
    1
    to Jan 31

    January Calendar

    Tuesday, January 2
    5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

    Wednesday, January 3
    12:30 p.m. JANUARY SERIES begins (through 1/23)

    Thursday, January 4
    10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conf. Room

    Friday, January 5
    7:30 p.m. AmiciMusic Concert, Sanctuary

    Sunday, January 7
    10:40 a.m. Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary

    Monday, January 8
    10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

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    Tuesday, January 9
    5:00 Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conf. Room

    Wednesday, January 10
    5:30 p.m. Wed. PM Dinner, Fellowship Hall
    6:30 p.m. Epiphany Worship, Sanctuary

    Thursday, January 11
    6:30 p.m.  Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South

    Friday, January 12
    7:30 p.m. AmiciMusic Concert, Sanctuary

    Tuesday, January 23: RESCHEDULED
    6:00 p.m. Deacons, Room 213

    Wednesday, January 24: RESCHEDULED
    5:15 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
    All committees will be scheduled rooms– check in the Foyer for your location.

    Thursday, January 25: RESCHEDULED
    6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112

    Monday, January 22
    10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room
    4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

    Thursday, January 25
    9:00 a.m. Buncombe Co. Partnership for Children meeting, Fellowship Hall
    10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: Power of Forgiveness, Widman Room
    4:00 p.m. Buncombe Co. Partnership for Children meeting, Fellowship Hall
    5:00 p.m. Retreat Committee, Conference Room

    Sunday, January 28
    12:15 p.m. Instrumentalists Rehearsal, Sanctuary
    12:15 p.m. Creation Care Team, Conference Room
    12:30 p.m. Memory Loss Support, Room 112

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    12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch!
    Dec
    31
    9:45 AM09:45

    12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch!

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    Bring a brunch dish to share and join us for good food and fellowship, beverages will be provided.  If you have out of town guests or family in for the holidays bring them along too and join us!  There will be Epiphany craft activities in the fellowship hall for children; nursery will also be available.  (Fellowship Hall)
     
     

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    Longest Night Worship Service
    Dec
    19
    6:30 PM18:30

    Longest Night Worship Service

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    On the longest night of the year, we are particularly mindful of those who are grieving or in pain this Christmas, and so we come together before God to honor and recognize our sadness. All are welcome to gather for prayerful worship of Jesus, the source of our hope and the light of the world who is with us even in darkness.

     

    6:30 p.m. in Campbell Chapel

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    Christmas Caroling for all ages!
    Dec
    17
    4:00 PM16:00

    Christmas Caroling for all ages!

    All ages are invited to sing carols and join in a party after caroling!  If you are unable to come caroling, then meet us at Habitat Brewing for a party.  RSVP to the church office to participate– we will let you know where to meet with your group.  Scroll down to see pictures of caroling past!!

    Youth 6th -12th grade will have a separate Youth Christmas Party; transportation from caroling will be provided.  Parents pick up youth at 7:30pm at the church.  

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    Christmas Nativity Sets from Around the World
    Dec
    14
    to Dec 17

    Christmas Nativity Sets from Around the World

    Come see a selection of Christmas Nativity sets from around the world on December 14 - 17 at the First Baptist Church of Asheville. The public is welcome to this free event.

    Special guest lectures by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers on “Creche: The Nativity Scene as  Art” and "The Nativity Scene in Worship and Devotion" Friday and Saturday. 

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    The exhibit will run Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm (open interfaith reception), Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm, Saturday the 16th from 3 - 8:30 pm, and Sunday the 17th from 12 noon to 6 PM.

    A crèche, often called a Nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. While focusing on the central figures of the mother Mary and Christ Child, crèche artists often telescope time and place to bring together a host of earthly and heavenly participants—shepherds, animals, wise men, angels, and commoners. For centuries, the crèche as an art form has spanned the globe, flourishing in homes and churches worldwide. Whether the crèche contains 19th century Italian villagers dressed in silks and jewels or contemporary African animal herders made of clay, each representation reflects the unique time and culture of the artist. This exhibit is an ecumenical effort to highlight the cultural diversity of each crèche on display, while honoring and celebrating the common theme that runs throughout—the birth of Jesus

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    The Stories of our Advent Banners
    Dec
    14
    to Dec 31

    The Stories of our Advent Banners

    The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  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.
    — Mary Ellen Porter

    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.  

    “Make Straight in the Desert a Highway”
    Isaiah reminds us that life is not always easy; he knows we will encounter rough places. But with our loving God, there is always hope.  Hope that our rough places will be made plain, that the winding roads before us will become straight, and that we will be led out of the darkness and into the light.

    This silk piece, seen from the vantage point of a crooked rocky road, looks toward a straighter path across the desert and into the light.  Jesus is our Light and our Salvation and we look forward to His promise of comfort.  

    “O Little Town of Asheville”
    God didn’t send His only son, our Lord Jesus to Bethlehem, to be Lord of only those people and only in that time.  He sent Him to be Lord of each of us for all times and in all places.  I believe Jesus wants to be in our little town of Asheville too.  In our church, in our homes, in our hearts, today and always.  This banner represents Asheville, and perhaps you will find a few landmarks that look familiar.  Look for our mountains, City Hall, First Presbyterian Church, the new apartments on the back side of the Aloft Hotel, and various other office and hotel buildings.  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

    The Holy Family in the Stable
    Come quietly now. Stand with me behind Mary and Joseph in this crude stable strewn with hay. Peeking over their shoulders we see the baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the same manger from which the cattle usually eat. He’s sleeping, warm, content and already full of love. The light from a magnificent star floods the space where he rests, and the night sky beyond the door holds other wonders unseen. Be near us Lord Jesus, we ask you to stay.

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     Moravian Love Feast
    Dec
    13
    6:30 PM18:30

    Moravian Love Feast

    December 13
    Dinner served 5:30-6:15pm
    Fellowship Hall (No RSVP needed)

    Join us following dinner for a unique worship experience of song & prayer,  candles & coffee, and of course sweet Moravian cookies! Worship begins with a prelude by our youth band, and is led by our youth with assistance from both of our Children’s Choirs.
     

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    Saturday Sanctuary
    Dec
    13
    to Jan 27

    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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    Men's Breakfast Meeting
    Dec
    12
    8:00 AM08:00

    Men's Breakfast Meeting

    Any man who attends our church or his friends are invited to join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to continue one’s faith journey.  We will have an update on the signage projects (Waid Shelton) and the funding of those projects (Len Porter). There will also be discussion led by Nathan Gruver and Richard Sens regarding plans for the Presbyterian Men’s Organization in 2018.
    Our program will be presented by Patrick Johnson and Jeremy Roberts. Patrick will share a Christmas Story and Jeremy will lead the men in a sing-a-long of Christmas songs.

    Use the form below or call the church office to sign up for the event.
     

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