WEEKLY EVENTS
Oct
1
May 28

WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday Evenings:

Wednesday Evenings:

Thursday Mornings:

Coming Up in March:
Mar
2
Mar 29

Coming Up in March:

Wednesday, March 1: 
5:30 p.m.  Wednesday Night Supper
6:30 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Thursday, March. 2: 
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room

Sunday, March 5:
12:15 p.m. Table Sunday Pancake Brunch! 

Mon, March 6: 
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
4: 00 p.m.  Worship Committee, Library

Tuesday, March 7: 
4:30 p.m. Committee Chairs Meeting, Room 213
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Thursday, March 9: 
10:00 a.m.  Presbytery CE Meeting, Conference Room
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone, Widman Room
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out 

Wednesday, Mar. 8-April 5: 
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper
6:15 p.m. Lenten Study
7:15p.m. Chancel Choir

Tuesday, March 14
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast
5:30 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Steering Committee

Wednesday, March 15: 
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinator Meeting, Room 112
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room

Thursday, March 16:
1:30 p.m. Asheville Poverty Initiative student group, Room 213 & Kitchen
5:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room
5:30 p.m. Communications Committee, Room 112

Tuesday, Mar. 21: 
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Thursday, March 23:
4:30 p.m. Retreat Team Meeting, Conference Room

Sunday, March 26:
12:30 p.m. Creation Care meeting, Conference Room

Monday, March 27: 
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You. Marguerite Morgan Room
5:00 p.m. Just Economics Voices Workshop, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, March 28: 
5:00 p.m. Property Committee, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Margaret Whitt’s home— Program: The Grass Harp

Thursday, March 29:
6:00 p.m. PW Circle 1, Library

Flower & Easter Lily Orders
Mar
5
Apr 7

Flower & Easter Lily Orders

This Easter the Sanctuary will be decorated with flowers.  If you would like to take part by honoring or remembering a loved one or friend with flowers, please contribute $9.00 for each flower you would like to purchase.  Names of those being  honored will be published in the Easter bulletin (April 16).  Please fill out this form and make your check payable to First Presbyterian Church (with “Flower Guild” in the memo line).  Mail or drop off this form and payment at the church office (40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801).

Orders must be received by Friday, April 7 to have information printed in the Easter bulletin.
 

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Please indicate "in memory of ---name---" and/or "in honor of ---name---"
I would like my donation to be: *
Lily Pickup *
Adult Faith Development during Lent
Mar
5
Apr 9

Adult Faith Development during Lent

Participate in a small group class as an opportunity to study scripture, engage in theological reflection, deepen your faith and build relationships in a caring community.  

Choose One of the following Six Week Studies using the FORM BELOW
Please complete 1 sign up per person

“Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?”   (Room 205) Teacher: Jane Vann 
Bible Study of the preaching texts for the day. 
This class will follow the theme announced by Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson for the Lenten sermon series, “Redemption: What Difference Does Jesus Make?” We 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 encounter with Jesus and discuss insights and questions that emerge. Come join the conversation!  
Lent Series Sermon Texts: Matthew 4:1-11; John 3:1-17; John 4:5-42;  John 11:1-45; Matthew 21:1-11, 27:11-54

“The Danger of a Single Story”  (Room 201)  Teacher:  Beverly Williamson
How might God be calling us to a deeper understanding, tolerance and love of one another’s differences?  This class begins with a TedTalk by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who asks us to consider "The Danger of a Single Story."  In subsequent classes we will consider how assumptions about the other can be dangerous or may be enlightening.  A collection of texts by Adichie, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West, and Elie Wiesel will be the ground work for discussion. Literary works will be available for optional reading prior to each class.     

“The Ridiculous Journey; Following a Nobody from Nowhere” (Room 213)
Jesus’ invitation to “come follow me,” invites us to become a part of his story.  Why is it that his story speaks to the depths of our soul and beckons us to go on a particular journey?  If his story requires so much sacrifice on our part, is it really worth it?  Why should we “follow a nobody from nowhere?”   Each week the class will explore these questions with discussion and a different video interview featuring:  Father Greg Boyle, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Dr. Brene Brown, Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Richard Rohr, Racheld Held Evans and several poets. Teacher:  Frances Baldwin

"Race and Reconciliation; The Confessions of 1967 and Belhar" (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
A variety of creeds and confessions are part of the Reformed and Presbyterian heritage. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Book of Confessions includes documents from different eras in the church’s life when the church has needed to confess its faith. The Confession of 1967 was adopted as a call for racial justice. The Confession of Belhar was written in the context of apartheid in South Africa.  Both these confessions share the sentiment expressed in the Belhar Confession that “God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation. The Belhar Confession was adopted last summer at the PC(USA)General Assembly Meeting.  This study and discussion will help us understand these two confessions and to claim the ministry of reconciliation in a world and church deeply divided by race, nation, gender, economic status, and religion.  Participants may purchase a study workbook ($8 from FPCA) and view the film Invictus available on loan from the church library.  Teachers:  Rev. Susan Denne, Sarah Thornburg

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Reader's Guide to Lenten Study
Mar
6
Apr 6

Reader's Guide to Lenten Study

Dear FPCA, 

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

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

Blessings,
Patrick

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 1

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version CHAPTER 2

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Click Here for a PDF version of CHAPTER 3

Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent
Mar
8
Apr 5

Wednesday Night Suppers & Special Study during Lent

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

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

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

What difference can Jesus make here? 

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

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

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

  • FPCA

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

Youth help making brownies for the women!

Youth help making brownies for the women!

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

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

 

Women's Studies
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Women's Studies

  • Givens Estates (Asbury Commons, 2nd floor Living Room)

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

March Program:  Book…”The Grass Harp”, by Truman Capote & this short story to download: A TREE short story  At the center of Capote's compelling short work are three misfits; this is a book about love, about how you have to start small, and "learn a little what it is to love."  In McCullers' short story, written ten years before Capote's book, McCullers gives us a traveling man, who finds he must teach the lesson he has learned to whoever crosses his path: "Son, do you know how love should be begun?" 
Margaret Whitt will lead our discussion about what Capote and McCullers have to teach us about the vast subject of love. One clearly borrows a key idea from the other--whose version works best for you?
 RSVP/ get directions by calling the church office or EMAIL JO NAN

 

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

Mother & Child Retreat for Swannanoa Correctional Center

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

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

Artist, Veronica Eckstein

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

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

 

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

HOLY WEEK (April 9-April 16)

* indicates childcare is available

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

Thursday, APRIL 13  Maundy Thursday* 
Maundy Thursday  Worship Service  7:00pm   Sanctuary
Join us in the sanctuary for a service that commemorates the final hours of Jesus' life, according to Matthew’s account: Jesus’ last supper with the disciples, arrest, trial, and
crucifixion. This solemn service includes communion and concludes with the office of Tenebrae, in which we progressively extinguish candles while contemplating the death of the Christ.


Friday, April 14 Good Friday

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

11:00am: Worship, Sanctuary
 

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

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

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

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

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

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

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center
Apr
17
Apr 21

Experience the Bible at Montreat Conference Center

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

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

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


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

Support City Bus Riders

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


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

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

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

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

Mozart's Requiem "Sing Along"

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

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

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

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

Men's Breakfast Meeting

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


 

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

Pancake Brunch Youth Mission Fundraiser!

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

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

 

Child Care Center & Construction
Mar
2
Mar 13

Child Care Center & Construction

The Child Care Center of FPCA is happy to announce that phase two of renovation has started!  CCC of FPCA is working to open a Transitional Kindergarten room (TK room). This program will help more children in our community receive high-quality child care and will be specific to children who just miss the kindergarten cutoff date, and remain in preschool longer. This program will allow these older children a curriculum which meets their needs developmentally as well as helps them with a comfortable transition to “big kids school”. 

Construction is required to license the space, which is upstairs in the Bible Journey Hall.  Construction begins this week and will last for about three weeks. We will keep you updated on any modifications of construction areas as they may impact travel routes in the hallway next week. 

We look forward to sharing more about the program as we continue on the expansion. 

--Donna Toole, Executive Director CCC of FPCA
 

Library Notes
Mar
2
Mar 14

Library Notes

~Library Notes~

· Marge Marsh has donated to the library her recently published book Being There: My Aids Buddy Story (1990-1996)   (261.832)   Read about this experience and get to know Marge better.

· Other new books are: When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough; Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church by Lillian Daniel (248.4), Christ Actually; Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age by James Carroll (232), and Glennon Doyle Melton’s Carry On Warrior: the Power of Embracing Your Messy Beautiful Life (616.8619).

· For Children or young at heart adults who want to learn Spanish, Alice Boggs Lentz has given us two copies of her I Teach You-You Teach Me; Beginning Reader.

· A donated DVD, The Ministry of Animals shows the many ways that animals (especially dogs) can and do minister to us and have throughout history (DVD/CBS).  SPIKE APPROVED!

· The subject of Congo refugees lives in Kenya, City of Saints and Thieves (F/And) is a fictional story of one such refugee family.  Author Natalie C. Anderson is a cousin of a church member who has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the U.N. on refugee relief and development in Africa.

 

Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Mar
1
5:30 pm17:30

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Wednesday Night Supper & Worship
Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Worship begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lent is meant to be a spiritual reality-check, a time to attend to the depth of life and to nurture your relationship with God. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and reminds us of our mortality -- perhaps the greatest reality-check of all.

You are invited to this special contemplative evening service of scripture and song on Ash Wednesday, March 1.  For all who wish, we will receive the imposition of ashes as a mark of our mortality; but we receive them in the sign of the cross, as a mark that in life and in death we belong to our faithful savior, Jesus Christ.  Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary to begin this journey together. Childcare will be available.

Practicing Lenten Discipline
Mar
1
Mar 9

Practicing Lenten Discipline

~Thank you Esther, Ann, Cindy, Len & Dick for dishwashing on Ash Wednesday~

~Thank you Esther, Ann, Cindy, Len & Dick for dishwashing on Ash Wednesday~

In an effort to have less of an impact on God’s creation, the Congregational Life Committee and the Creation Care Team are instituting a few changes in the kitchen. Our kitchen is well-stocked with stoneware cups, plates and bowls and metal flatware that can be re-used and not disposed of in the landfill. The difference is that the dishware and flatware needs to be washed and put away and this is where the opportunity lies. 

If you are thinking of a Lenten discipline to adopt, volunteering to serve dinner and wash dishes after Wednesday night dinners is a practical option. No experience is needed (we will train you) and it is a unique setting to “deepen relationships.” You may volunteer for one, two or all Wednesdays. Contact Margaret Black with your selection: madgeblack@bellsouth.net or 828-230-6383. Please consider practicing this creation care action during Lent.
 

Out of Order: film screening & panel discussion
Feb
26
5:00 pm17:00

Out of Order: film screening & panel discussion

Sunday, February 26 (5:00-7:00 PM)
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville

Come see Out of Order
A film screening & panel discussion

Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they seek to fulfill their calling to be ordained ministers within the Presbyterian Church (USA). The film seeks to answer the question, “Why seek to lead a church that is slow to welcome you?” Film Director Amanda Bluglass reveals her discovery:

Each of the people featured in the film had a very different journey, but they shared one important thing. For each of them church is “home” and each wanted the wider church to be as welcoming to others as it had been for them. Also, I saw that gender identity and sexuality is as much a “call” as the “call” to be a pastor. It’s not about choice; it is a lived truth.

While some denominations have opened doors to make ordination possible, many barriers and prejudices around LGBTQ folks still remain in the church and in our culture. Out of Order shares important stories of hope and courage, stories that witness to the boundary breaking love of God and open the door to deeper conversation about the meaning of welcome and inclusion.

FPC Asheville is hosting this event in our sanctuary free of charge. An offering will be collected for those who want to support the release of this new film.  One of our members and candidate for ministry, Alex McNeill, is featured in the film. Alex currently serves as the executive director of the More Light Presbyterians, a group that works for the full participation of LGBTQ people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Please consider attending this important and transformative event!
For more information, go to their website or contact Rev. Michael Poulos (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org, 828-253-1431 x 125) at FPC-Asheville.

Artist Reception Meet-and-Greet March 19
Feb
26
Mar 19

Artist Reception Meet-and-Greet March 19

FPCA is hosting an exhibit by S. Beth Taylor, a fabric artist from Chapel Hill, NC.  Her quilt art incorporates many types of fabric and design, plus words of Taize prayers, biblical reflections and poetry. 

In her own words, “Offering endless creative opportunity, free-form quilting gave me a place to combine color, pattern, and texture as I create fiber art, wall hangings and greeting cards with new and recycled materials.”

Her show will be hanging until the week after Easter Sunday, April 16th.  There will be an artist reception after church on March 19th (12:30-2:30 p.m.) where you can meet the artist and hear her ideas about her creations.

Volunteers Needed In West Virginia
Feb
24
Mar 3

Volunteers Needed In West Virginia

The Presbytery of Western North Carolina Mission Committee is offering a mission trip to West Virginia to help with flood recovery. The number of natural disasters seems to be overwhelming in the recent past. South Carolina, Louisiana, Eastern North Carolina, East Tennessee, and West Virginia have all experienced disasters that will take years to recover from. We have been to South Carolina twice and will be planning other trips.  This spring's trip is to an area that was devastated by floods; an area that already experiences high levels of poverty. We will be working with the help of West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps, Inc., Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Ronceverte Presbyterian Church in Greenbrier County.
 
OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP FROM WVMAW:      
WVMAW is a long term recovery agency that is an arm of the WV Presbytery disaster response. We book week long groups for long term recovery projects, and have project managers who lead and teach and keep materials on site. Generally we book Saturday to Saturday, but most groups arrive on Sunday. We are flexible in that many cannot stay the full week so you can choose how many days would work for your team. The cost is $250 per person for the week, and we can break it down to daily working day rate. The only cost you will need to figure is transportation and food.
 
Dates:  Sunday, April 30 - Saturday, May 6, 2017
Cost:  $250 per person for the whole week (food will be included); cost will be prorated for those staying less than the full week.
Registration forms are available on the Presbytery Website: www.prebyterywnc.org
 
Registration forms and $50 registration fees should be sent to the Presbytery Office no later than April 1, 2017.
Age limit: 18+ (or 16+ with parents)
Questions? contact: Ed Forsyth at forsythnhpc@aol.com
Presbytery of WNC Attn: Lisa Pressley
114 Silver Creek Road
Morganton, NC 28655

Children First/Communities in Schools
Feb
24
9:15 am09:15

Children First/Communities in Schools

Friday, February 24 (9:15-10:30 am)
Faith community meeting with State Representative Brian Turner and Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

On Friday, February 24th from 9:15 am to 10:30 am (Fellowship Hall) we will host an opportunity for members of the Asheville faith community to meet with two local elected leaders and discuss issues important to the Success Equation for children and families - housing affordability, investments in early childhood, public transportation, health care, and juvenile justice. You will hear what is coming up in the state session and in the county, learn how to best communicate with your elected officials, and network with other clergy and lay leaders interested in public policy advocacy.

Please RSVP to Tamar at tamarar@childrenfirstbc.org. For more information about the Success Equation, contact FPCA member Gene Kiel (raekeil@skyrunner.net)

 

FPCA Orchestra!
Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

FPCA Orchestra!

It is time to make a joyful noise! We are starting a new musical group: The FPCA Orchestra. The group is open to any adults and middle school or high school youth who play an instrument. 

A little rusty? No worries!  This group will be working on some very accessible hymn accompaniments to help lead ourcongregational singing. We will play along with the hymns for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 26th at the 11:00 service. 

There will be one rehearsal on Sunday, Feb. 19th from 12:15-1:00 pm.  Please contact Jeremy Roberts to get music if you are interested in playing. jroberts@fpcasheville.org

 

Night on the Town at Barley's Taproom!
Feb
12
5:00 pm17:00

Night on the Town at Barley's Taproom!

  • Barley's Taproom

Sunday, February 12, 5:00 – 7:15 p.m.

For ALL adults
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS with our church family at Barley’s Taproom!

   RSVP is Very helpful… Need # Adults & Kids  Scholarships always available!  Use the form below.

Where:  The Upper Room at Barley’s on Biltmore Avenue

What:

  • Snacks & pizza @ $12/person, $20 couple payable on 2/12
  • Cash bar available for all beverages!
  • Connect with others from FPCA!  Shoot some pool!  Throw some darts!
  • Child care for infants – 5th graders provided at church.  Drop-off starts at 4:45. includes dinner & childcare
  • Pizza supper will be served to kids.
  • Games & movie for the older ones and play for the littlest.    
  • Regular Youth Group for Middle & High Schoolers!

~ Sponsored by FPCA Children’s Ministry - All welcome! ~

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Coming Up.... next weeks at a glance
Feb
12
Mar 1

Coming Up.... next weeks at a glance

Sunday, February 12:
FPCA Night on the Town at Barley’s! (5:00 p.m.). Childcare at FPCA

Monday, Feb. 13:
1:00 p.m. Marketplace Planning meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
5:30 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Steering

Wednesday, Feb. 15:
5:00 p.m. Chorister Choir
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir

Thursday, Feb. 16:
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone
6:00 p.m. PW Circle 1

Tuesday, Feb. 20:
6:00 p.m. Deacon meeting

Sunday, February 26:
5:00 p.m. Out of Order Documentary & Panel Discussion

 Monday, February 27:
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You meets in Marguerite Morgan Room

Tuesday, February 28:
6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Barbra Love’s home   Program: Rafael Guastavino

Wednesday, Mar 1:
5:30 p.m.  Supper in Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Thursday, Mar. 2:
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group
10:15 a.m. Time Out for Everyone

Sunday, Mar. 5:
12:30 p.m. Table Sunday Pancake Brunch!

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering
Feb
12
Feb 26

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering

  • FPC Newton

Who?  All Presbyterian Women in Presbytery of WNC—and beyond!
What?  Gathering for Bible Study, Supporting Mission, and Working for Justice and Peace
Where?  First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC 28658
When?  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Why?  To Build an Inclusive, Caring Community of Women Witnessing to the Promise of God’s Kingdom
How?  Mail Registration Form with Check to Michele Simmons.  Forms are available with your Circle and also at FPCA in the Foyer.

Melissa Bane Sevier Presenting 2017-18 Horizons Bible Study: Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews
Registration:  $10 (Includes Lunch)

Black Mountain Home: Tour of the Campus
Feb
8
10:00 am10:00

Black Mountain Home: Tour of the Campus

You're Invited!

Join us at 10 a.m. on February 8 for a two-hour introduction to our ministry and campus. We begin with refreshments and a ministry overview then head out on foot and by bus to see the full campus. Meet staff members, see our facilities, and learn about our programs ending by noon. On this tour you will see how your involvement as a liaison, volunteer, donor and prayer partner to the children is changing lives for the better. There are dates each month through December– check their website or call the office (828-686-3451)

 

Social Witness Opportunities
Feb
7
Feb 11

Social Witness Opportunities

Peace Vigil to support Asheville Muslim friends & community
Tuesday, February 7 (7:00 PM) Pack Square  

This event is open to everyone and will have speakers of many faiths. The goal is to express to our Muslim friends and community that they are welcome here. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Claiming the Beloved Community: A Conversation with CUC  
Tuesday, February 7 (6:30-8:00 PM) WNC Baptist Fellowship Church

Please join with the Christians For A United Community (CUC) Family for an evening of deep and intentional listening-to each other, and to the Spirit of God. Please bring a dessert to share-dinner will not be served. Christians For A United Community (CUC) is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches whose mission is to help our churches and community unite to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity.

Moral March on Raleigh  Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKONJ) People’s Assembly
Saturday, February 11 (8:30 AM - noon)  Shaw University, Raleigh

The Moral March on Raleigh is part of a love and justice movement began by the NC NAACP civil rights leader Rev. William Barber. On February 11 thousands will gather to rally and march to the doorstep of the State Capitol.

For more information about attending as a group, contact Julie Lehman using the form below.

 

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Souper Bowl of Caring
Feb
5
12:15 pm12:15

Souper Bowl of Caring

You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 5
(following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)

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

On Sunday, February 5, 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!

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 2016, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 6,846 participating groups to collect over $10.4 million in cash and food items which impacted over 5,000 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!

We Compost!
Feb
3
Feb 15

We Compost!

We Compost!  

Starting this weekend, the Creation Care Team is encouraging everyone who eats a meal at FPCA to compost the food scraps from their plates. Diners are asked to scrape their plates into a bucket designated for compost next to the dirty dishes window.

The Child Care Center and Saturday Sanctuary cooks have been collecting their food preparation scraps for many months. Now we will be adding prepared food scraps to that mix. Thanks to the Child Care Center’s initiative, Danny’s Dumpsters provides two large outside compost bins near the regular dumpsters for storing food scraps until they are picked up.

Whether you volunteer at Saturday Sanctuary this Saturday or eat at the Souper Bowl lunch on Sunday, you will have a chance to scrape your plate into the new compost bucket and take an action for creation care in the first 100 days of the new administration.

 

Become an Ally: People’s Voice on Transportation Equality
Feb
1
Feb 6

Become an Ally: People’s Voice on Transportation Equality

The People’s Voice on Transportation Equality is  a group of leaders that emerged from a Just Economics’ Voices  Leadership Training Program that met at FPCA several years ago. A campaign originated by and led by people who ride the bus out of necessity, this group has grown and includes riders and allies. On January 29  People's Transit Week will begin in Asheville. On that Sunday there will be an information table in the Wallace Foyer for those who want to learn more about this campaign. For more information about Just Economics, contact Marge Marsh (margemarsh@gmail.com) or Michael Poulos.

 

 

Click on the bus to read the Schedule for the week

Click on the bus to read the Schedule for the week

Creation Care Team Meets Jan 29
Jan
29
12:30 pm12:30

Creation Care Team Meets Jan 29

Join the Creation Care Team as we continue our planning and doing for 2017. We will discuss progress on plans for a solar electric vehicle charging station, Earth Day 2017, and a move toward composting food scraps, among other items. The meeting is after the 11:00 AM service in the downstairs conference room.

Fellowship Hour Every Sunday!
Jan
29
Feb 5

Fellowship Hour Every Sunday!

Following our 11:00 am service, we enjoy refreshments and fellowship with members, staff and visitors in the Wallace Foyer, ground floor. Volunteers are needed to bring cookies and to host this time. This is an especially good way for new members to get to know the church family!

We encourage everyone to sign up regularly— that way, you only volunteer a few times each year.  To sign up, use the button below, or call the church office.

 

 

Adult Faith Development Jan 29-Feb. 12
Jan
29
Feb 12

Adult Faith Development Jan 29-Feb. 12

January 29, February 5,12  “CORE 3”   (Gardner Fellowship Hall)
The congregation is encouraged to join us for this three week interactive study of the radical hospitality, deep relationships, and shared ministry.  We will study Biblical texts the deepen our understanding of each focus area, exploring what it means and how we can practice it in our personal lives, our community, and our ministry together as a congregation. Teachers: Rev’s Patrick Johnson, Michael Poulos, Session Members

  • January 29: Radical Hospitality   
  • February 5: Deep Relationships  
  • February 12:  Shared Ministry
New Art Exhibit!
Jan
29
8:30 am08:30

New Art Exhibit!

Features the work of 2 local organizations:  Rise Up! Studio and Open Hearts Art Center

Rise Up! Studio, a project of the BeLoved Community, is made up of artists struggling against social problems including homelessness, poverty, isolation, and discrimination. The collective gives people who are homeless or have low incomes the space and supplies to create and sell art. Open Hearts Art Center is a nationally accredited, community based arts program, providing unique opportunities for differently abled adults to express themselves.

Programs are offered to individuals classified with a disability and receive Medicaid services. All art work on display can be purchased with proceeds going to the artist and the organization.

 

Coming up in February...
Jan
27
11:00 am11:00

Coming up in February...

Wednesday,  Feb. 1: 
    5:30 p.m. Communications Committee (Conference Room)
Thursday, Feb. 2: 
    10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group (Conference Room)
Monday, Feb. 6: 
    4:00 p.m. Worship Committee (Library)
Tuesday, Feb. 7: 
    5:30 p.m. Session meeting (Room 213)
Thursday, February 9: 
    6:15 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out at Cooper River Grill
Sunday, February 12: 
    5:00 p.m. FPCA Night on the Town at Barley’s!. *Childcare at FPCA
Monday, Feb. 13: 
    1:00 p.m. Marketplace Planning meeting (Room 112)
Tuesday, Feb. 14: 
    5:30 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Steering Committee (Conference Room)
Wednesday,  Feb. 15: 
    5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee (Marguerite Morgan Room)
Thursday, Feb. 16: 
    5:00 p.m. Finance Committee (Conference Room)
 Monday, February 27: 
   10:00 a.m. The Writer in You (Marguerite Morgan Room)
Tuesday, February 28: 
    6:00 p.m. Women’s Studies at Barbra Love’s home  Program: Rafael Guastavino

Jan
26
Feb 2

Reception Desk Volunteers!

We Need YOU!

Come help the FPCA staff by serving as a reception desk volunteer.  Our volunteers are the backbone of the office– we rely on you to answer phone calls, work on projects, prepare materials for worship & faith development, and especially to greet visitors and members and provide hospitality.
  

If you can offer your time on a weekday (9a-1p or 1p-4p), call (or email)the office.
 

Peggy Roberts and Spike share a conversation at the reception desk.

Peggy Roberts and Spike share a conversation at the reception desk.

There are many perks to this work– not just the satisfaction of knowing you are a major reason FPCA can function, but also playtime with Spike, treats from the kitchen, all the inside info you can handle about the staff, sign up first for activities and the opportunity to read the bulletin before Sunday.

This is a great way to get to know FPCA, so if you are new to us, consider this as a way to get acquainted!

Christians for a United Community Book Club
Jan
22
Jan 29

Christians for a United Community Book Club

  • St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Christians For A United Community (CUC) is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches, laypeople and clergy who share a common commitment to Jesus and His vision of justice, peace, reconciliation and nonviolent social change.  CUC’s mission statement is to “Help our churches and community unite to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity.” First Presbyterian has been an active member of CUC since its beginning over ten years ago.

Beginning January 22 and continuing through June, CUC is sponsoring a monthly Book Club and discussion series.  The book used will be The Third Reconstruction by Dr. William Barber. This book focuses on the justice movement in our current times. The Book Club will meet once per month on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2:00-3:30 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Participants are asked to supply their own copy of the book and register by simply emailing Tyrone Greenlee (cucasheville@bellsouth.net) or by calling 828-254-4884. A sample copy of the book is available at a table of the Wallace Foyer. For more information about CUC, talk with Ann Kieffer (annfkieffer@bellsouth.net) or Michael Poulos.

 

Commit to a Creation Care Action During the First 100 Days
Jan
20
5:00 pm17:00

Commit to a Creation Care Action During the First 100 Days

  • Lenoir-Rhyne University

Join the Creation Care Alliance as we mark the beginning of the first 100 days of the new administration with a gathering time of music, ritual, commitments, and refreshments while the sun is setting. "Creation Care Action: Initiating the First 100 days" will be held on Friday, January 20, 5-7pm at Lenior-Rhyne University in Asheville.  Bring someone from your faith community and commit to one or more creation care actions in the first 100 days from January 20 to April 29th. 


More info: scott@creationcarealliance.org