What are We Waiting For?
Dec
16
9:45 AM09:45

What are We Waiting For?

Adult Faith Development Sunday December 16 (Fellowship Hall)

We take time in Advent to think about what it means to wait for the days when—as we are promised in Revelation—“there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying or pain.” Join Rev. Patrick Johnson and a few other voices for a discussion that centers on hope in the midst of suffering. The congregation is invited to submit questions to Rebecca Gurney to help shape and direct our conversation

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Sunday Worship Service of Advent Music
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship Service of Advent Music

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord! 

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Join us on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. for a special service of Advent Music. The Choirs of First Presbyterian Church, Chamber Orchestra, and Organist & Director of Music, Jeremy Roberts, will all join forces to lead a festival worship service with music and readings based around the Magnificat.

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Christmas Caroling & Pizza Party
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Caroling & Pizza Party

Singing Christmas carols is a wonderful way to share the love of Christ and joy of the Christmas season with members of FPCA who are homebound, or who live in assisted living and skilled care facilities.

All ages are invited to sing carols; all invited to join in a party after caroling!
RSVP to participate– we’ll let you know where to meet your group.

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Longest Night Worship Service
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

Longest Night Worship Service

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.

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Annual Christmas Joy Gift Offering
Dec
23
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Christmas Joy Gift Offering

Offering on Sunday, December 23 & Monday, December 24

 Details on the website: PCUSA Special Offerings

Details on the website: PCUSA Special Offerings

We will receive the traditional Christmas Joy Offering supporting 1) retired and active ministers and their families in times of need and 2) the mission of Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges. This denomination-wide offering dates back to the 1930s when the former Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) began an offering to supplement inadequate retirement income and provide supplemental medical insurance for former ministers, missionaries, church workers, and their families.

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Christmas Eve Worship Services
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Worship Services

* 5:00 p.m.  Family Worship with Candlelight

All are invited for this intergenerational worship.  All children who attend are invited to participate in part of the service.  The Passing of the Christmas light at the conclusion of the service reminds us of Christ, the light of the world.

Homeless Ministries Offering  (at 5:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.)

The congregation is invited to bring an offering of  money to support our outreach ministries serving those experiencing homelessness: Saturday Sanctuary, Room in the Inn, and Pritchard Park Breakfasts. We will also receive hats, gloves, socks and sleeping bags to give to those in most need.   

9:00 p.m. Special Prelude Music

Special music provided by the Adult Chancel Choir and a variety of music offerings

9:30 p.m. Worship Service with Communion

The Christmas story, from prophecy to nativity, is shared in scripture and song, followed by Communion.  Candle light is passed to remind us to share Christ, the light of the world.

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January Series: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series (Jan. 3-23)
Jan
3
12:30 PM12:30

January Series: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series (Jan. 3-23)

One of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, fifteen lectures shown through live feed from Calvin College with topics ranging from millennials and faith, restorative justice, confident pluralism, radical generosity, and so much more by top experts in their fields.  Bring a sack lunch, we’ll supply beverages, attend one or all. 

Each weekday 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 112

SPEAKERS for 2019

The 2019 January Series features an impressive lineup of experts, including a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, and a multiple Oscar and Emmy-nominated costume designer, to name a few.

The 15 speakers will offer informed perspectives on a wide range of today’s most relevant topics, including polarization in politics, immigration, sexual abuse, climate justice, and race and America, among many others.

“What I love about our audience each year is they come wanting to learn, wanting to be better global citizens. And they are willing to listen to some new ideas and consider them, and then find ways to act on what they’ve heard,” said Kristi Potter, director of the January Series. “And what they can trust the series to deliver is speakers who have really thought through their material and are trying to make the world a better place by what they are studying, what they are doing, what they are researching and talking about.”

Some of the notable presenters who will take the stage in 2019 include:

Rachael Denhollander, an advocate and educator who became known internationally in 2018 as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar. This year, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in his 30 years of covering the world.

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and widely regarded as a groundbreaking and transformational leader who elevated the public role of the Irish presidency, helping to shape modern Ireland in a period of rapid and unprecedented economic growth. Following her tenure as president, Robinson went on to serve as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Jenna Bush Hager, a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

About the January Series

Started in 1987, the January Series is an annual, award-winning, 15-day lecture series that exists to cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and better equip global citizens in God’s world. The series is free and open to the public. Join this year’s conversations and revisit previous talks at www.calvin.edu/january.

About Calvin College

Founded in 1876, Calvin College is a top-ranked, liberal arts college that equips its more than 3,700 students from 45 U.S. states, 65 countries, and five Canadian provinces to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Calvin is proud to offer 100+ majors and programs, including graduate-level offerings in accounting, education, and speech pathology and audiology. Calvin students engage in intensive internships, community-based service learning, and significant research that results in publishing and presenting alongside world-class faculty.

And the college’s 400-acre campus, located in the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves as a launching pad for students who, in any given year, participate in 40 faculty-led off-campus programs on six different continents.

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Epiphany of the Lord Dinner & Worship
Jan
6
5:30 PM17:30

Epiphany of the Lord Dinner & Worship

Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. followed by Worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Christmas season concludes on Sunday, January 6, Epiphany of the Lord. 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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Amici Music Concert "Opus One"
Jan
13
1:30 PM13:30

Amici Music Concert "Opus One"

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AmiciMusic returns for another intimate chamber music concert that breaks down the barriers between performers and audience. "OPUS ONE" features piano quartets that were the first published works by Felix Mendelssohn (age 14) and Josef Suk (age 17) as well as a movement by Suk's mentor and future father-in-law, Antonin Dvorak.

The performers are Emmanuel Borowsky, violin; Anna Pelczer, viola; Frances Borowsky, cello; and Daniel Weiser, piano.

Admission at the door is only $15 for Church members and $20 for general admission. Children 18 and under are free. Buy discounted seats in advance here.

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Moravian Love Feast Dinner & Worship
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Moravian Love Feast Dinner & Worship

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Dinner is served in Gardner Fellowship Hall at 5:30 and followed by a youth-led interactive worship service in the Sanctuary at 6:30. This Moravian tradition is a meaningful experience for adults and children alike. This is 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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Adult Faith Development Class Dec. 9
Dec
9
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development Class Dec. 9

Simplifying the Holidays

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Do your holidays feel rushed, crowded with things to do and too many items to cross off your list? Take an hour or so to identify which traditions are important to you and learn how to make them the focus of celebrating Christ’s birth. Esther Pardue will lead a discussion about Christmas celebrations that honor you and your family’s wishes, and not leave you exhausted. Sponsored by the Creation Care Team. (Room 214)

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4th Annual Messiah Sing Along
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

4th Annual Messiah Sing Along

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Join the Asheville Symphony Chorus for our 4th Annual Handel's Messiah Community Sing Along.

Accompany our members in song or sit back and enjoy over 200 voices uniting in the strains of this magnificent work!

Singers are encouraged to arrive 45-60 minutes early to rehearse. Feel free to bring your own music score or you may borrow one of ours.

Each year, this event is proving to be more fun and even more magical for singers and audience members alike. Please come early to ensure you get a seat!

$20 ticket at the door or click the picture.

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Advent Celebration and Loaves & Fishes
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Advent Celebration and Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair (9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)

Advent Celebration (9:45-10:45 a.m.) 

Come enjoy brunch refreshments as we begin to observe the Advent Season.

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  • Shop the Loaves & Fishes alternative gift tables

  • Make & Sign Christmas Cards to send FPCA homebound members  

  • Receive a Godly Play at Home Advent Story Set to enter into the wonder and mystery of experiencing the season. 

  • Advent Wreath base & candles for purchase, supply your own greens at home

  • Make Christmas ornaments

  • Help Decorate the Saturday Sanctuary Tree & Giving Tree

  • Create an advent chain

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Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair

Alternative Gifts Fair Benefiting non-profit agencies
doing God’s work in the world
100% of funds donated will support the agencies

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Not only does Loaves & Fishes provide agencies with much needed resources, but it is a great way to reach out to the larger church community, spreading the good news that even in the midst of our consumption-driven society, we can honor each other by giving gifts that matter!

There are two ways to participate in this life giving event:

  1. Attend the gift market on Sunday December 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Visit with our participating agencies and learn how they work hard to make a difference in our community. Fill out your form with the agencies you would like to support and hand them in to one of our volunteers at the check out table. You will receive a card and envelope to honor someone with a gift that matters. (COMPLETE YOUR ORDER ONLINE)

  2. Place your order by mail, fax, scan/email, or bring to the church office of First Presbyterian Church (40 Church St. – entrance on Aston St.) We will contact you when your gift cards/envelopes are ready to be picked up at FPCA – or we will mail to you if you prefer.

Our last day to receive orders is Tuesday 12/18/2018

If you would like to volunteer with this program, please email mission@fpcasheville.org

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SPECIAL OFFERING: Thanksgiving Offering
Nov
18
8:45 AM08:45

SPECIAL OFFERING: Thanksgiving Offering

Sunday, November 18 (8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services)

On November 18 we will receive our annual special offering to benefit the ministry of the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. The Thanksgiving Offering helps meet the $1 million annual Every Day Fund goal that supplies the daily needs of the youth ranging from socks and shampoo to gasoline and electricity.

For more information about this important ministry, contact executive director Tom Campbell (828.686.3451) for a visit.

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Organ Concert at FPCA
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Organ Concert at FPCA

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Organist, Richard Konzen, performs a program entitled “Pairings” on our stunning 2014 Holtkamp Organ. The program will include works by Buxtehude, Bach, Howells, Harwood, Vierne, and Franck, grouped together in pairs the way one might pair beer or wine with food. 

Konzen is Organist-Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as retired Professor of Music and College Organist at Grove City College. St. Johns, in Youngstown, Ohio, is well known in the region for their annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Dr. Konzen was also FPCA Music Director, Jeremy Roberts', organ teacher in college!

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Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner

Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner

 Southside Kitchen is a social enterprise of Green Opportunities that generates revenue to support our   GO Kitchen Ready   culinary job training program and creates employment opportunities for training program graduates.

Southside Kitchen is a social enterprise of Green Opportunities that generates revenue to support our GO Kitchen Ready culinary job training program and creates employment opportunities for training program graduates.

Gather in Gardner Fellowship Hall for a Thanksgiving feast at 5:30 p.m. and Worship at 6:30 p.m. This special evening is a time to give thanks for many blessings and the way God is moving in our lives.

Catered by Southside Kitchen a culinary social enterprise of Green Opportunities, who's mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways.   

No RSVP is necessary— $10 adults; $5 college & youth, kids under 12 free

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STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  

  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
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Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church  

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This short award-winning documentary charts the history of straws and reveals our culture’s current obsession with single-use conveniences.  A discussion will follow. The event is free, but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

Sponsored by:
Creation Care Alliance of WNC
Earth Team of Grace Covenant Presbyterian
Toward Zero Waste

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A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families

Moving Beyond the December Dilemma:
A Gathering of Multi-faith Families

Avenue M (private room) ~ 791 Merrimon Avenue

If you are part of multi-faith family (in whatever way you interpret this), join Rev. Samantha Gonzalez-Block, Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Rabbi Justin Goldstein for an evening of building community, asking questions, and sharing experiences as we prepare for the holiday season. All are welcome!

To RSVP or request childcare, email Samantha by November 7th.

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AmiciMusic celebrates Veteran's Day
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

AmiciMusic celebrates Veteran's Day

AmiciMusic celebrates Veterans Day with "OVER THERE," a musical tribute to the songs of the World War I era in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

The performance takes place on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. Tickets at the door are $20 for general admission, $15 for Church members, and $10 for all Veterans. Children 18 and under are free.

Created by acclaimed director Francis Cullinan, this nostalgic show features singers Jacqueline Culpepper and Dan Boye, along with pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser with Cullinan himself narrating. They will perform fun hits from the era including "Alexander's Ragtime Band and Give My Regards to Broadway," patriotic songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "God Bless America" and some more tragic songs about the horrors of war including "I Didn't Raise my Boy to be a Soldier" and "Danny Boy." Go to the website for more information about "OVER THERE" and to buy discount seats in advance.

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FALL FESTIVAL at FPCA!
Oct
28
4:30 PM16:30

FALL FESTIVAL at FPCA!

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Sunday, October 28
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Party & Games 4:30 – 5:45

Dinner & Costume Pageant 5:45 – 6:30

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Wear a Costume!

Ground Floor Wallace Foyer, Gardner Fellowship Hall & Community Room

Volunteers Needed to Join the FUN!

  • Donate Candy, Run a Game, Give out Prizes

  • Help Serve Dinner

  • Be an Admiring Audience for the Costume Pageant

Dinner catered by Luella’s Barbeque $5 per adult

RSVP helpful – but come either way!

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Concert at FPCA with Jeremy Roberts: Cinis Canticum
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Concert at FPCA with Jeremy Roberts: Cinis Canticum

Be whisked back to Tudor England as Cinis Canticum, Asheville's newest choral ensemble, presents a concert of choral works from the English Renaissance. Led by artistic director, Jeremy Roberts, the ensemble will sing a cappella works by Tallis, Byrd, Morley, Redford, and Dunstable. Mr. Roberts will also present a number of organ works by the same composers. The concert is open to the public. A free will donation to support the concert series at First Presbyterian Church will be taken.

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Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday!
Oct
21
12:30 PM12:30

Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday!

“Kaleidoscope of Care” is the theme for our 2018-2019 Stewardship Year. 

The kaleidoscope shows many shapes and colors representing all of God’s people; every movement of a kaleidoscope changes the pattern, but it is still closely knit together and beautiful!  Each day presents opportunities to move and change in harmony as God’s people.

A steward is a person to whom something is entrusted, and we have been entrusted to use our faithfulness, actions and monies to make a difference with the opportunities of each day.  Stewardship is our outward and visible response to God’s year-round grace to us. We represent Christ with our voices, hands and feet throughout our ministries in the congregation, community and world-at-large.  Christian stewardship teaches that all we have and all that we are is a gift from God, and we are the stewards – not only of our financial resources, but also of this created earth, our time, our talents, our families, our relationships, life itself, but most importantly of God’s word.  Wise stewardship is using these gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do.

In October FPCA will hold our annual pledge campaign, which ensures fiscal accountability and supports our annual budget.  You are invited on October 21st for “Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday” after the 11 a.m. service to celebrate stewardship!  As we scoop ice cream and top it off with your favorite toppings we will celebrate our past year and look forward to the future. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to First Presbyterian for 2019 to fund our mission and ministries so they will continue to thrive and grow.

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Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.

  • Montreat Conference Center, Anderson Auditorium (map)
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Join Montreat Conference Center for a free screening of I Am MLK Jr. Brought to you by Network Entertainment and Director/Writer/Supervising Producer, John Barbison, I Am MLK Jr. is a documentary that celebrates the life and explores the character of American icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the trailer here.

Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, first hand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation, his legacy and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.

This is a free event, open to the public.
We ask you reserve your ticket in advance for setup purposes.

Click here for details and to reserve your seat.

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Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet
Sep
30
9:45 AM09:45

Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet

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Scott Hardin-Nieri will lead us in conversation and prayer regarding our role as Christians in God’s creation. Scott is the Director of the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina, a regional network of people of faith and congregations who unite around the spiritual and moral call to preserve God’s creation. He is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and learned to listen to people and nature in a new way while living in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

 

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Serve Breakfast in Pritchard Park
Sep
23
8:15 AM08:15

Serve Breakfast in Pritchard Park

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Anyone who would like to help serve our downtown neighbors is invited to meet in the FPCA kitchen at 8:15 a.m. We need you to bring soft fruit, (grapes, bananas), orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. We will walk over to the park around 8:45 a.m., returning by 9:45 in time for the Congregation-wide Forum faith development class.


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One worship service at 10:00 a.m. & Reception
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

One worship service at 10:00 a.m. & Reception

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Sunday, August 26 we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. and a reception following worship to say farewell to Rev. Michael Poulos and his family.  Aside from the worship service and the many special moments planned, we will have a family-style light lunch served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. The lunch will already be on the tables, so all you need do is find a seat! Helpers will be stationed to help you as the room fills. 
Feel free to contact Cindy (774-7745) orJoanne Bartsch (277-6834) if you have any questions.

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Welcome Fest 2018 at Haywood Street Congregation
Aug
22
10:30 AM10:30

Welcome Fest 2018 at Haywood Street Congregation

On Wednesday, August 22nd we'll enjoy a "festival-style" meal with music and seven local food trucks offering a variety of delicious fare onsite in our parking lot from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. Music on the U-Leaf stage by Ashley Heath and Her Heathens; Alex Krug; Bill Berg.

Free transportation to/from the venue provided by the Wicked Weed Trolley beginning at 10 am. Pickup points include: French Broad Cholocate Lounge; Aloft Hotel; Coxe Ave. across the street slightly N. from US Post Office; and Haywood St. across from Woolworth Walk.  

Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, the Downtown Welcome Table is a homemade meal served on abundant plates by an attentive wait staff. Every Wednesday and Sunday during the lunch hour, houseless friends dine with students, retirees, the working poor and privileged professionals. Unlikely friendships are formed over a shared meal, and all are nourished.

Participating food trucks: Appalachian Chic ~ Bun Intended ~ Cecelia's Kitchen ~ Gypsy Queen ~ Mtn View BBQ ~ Out of the Blue ~ Root Down.

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Crossroads Antiracism Training  August 17 - 19 (Montreat Conference Center)
Aug
17
to Aug 19

Crossroads Antiracism Training  August 17 - 19 (Montreat Conference Center)

This introductory training by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training Event will
provide participants with a shared analysis of systemic racism in the United States. Using an action-reflection model, the training will seek to answer three questions: What is the current reality of racism in the US? Why is this still our current reality? How can we intervene
strategically to disrupt and dismantle racism? (Details)

The training will include definitions of key concepts such as racism, prejudice, power, and dominant culture. Participants will receive capacity-building tools and resources to work for antiracist transformation in their churches and institutions. To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference go online or contact the registrar: SusanA@montreat.org 828.419.9829. 

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 Family Hike: Lake Powhatan at Bent Creek Experimental Forest
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Family Hike: Lake Powhatan at Bent Creek Experimental Forest

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Meet in Lake Powhatan parking lot near beach and picnic area. Day use fee $2 per person. Bring water bottle, picnic food and swim gear if you desire for playing in the water. Sunscreen and bug spray may be helpful too.

The trail is an easy hike. Mostly gravel but some areas are single footpath dirt. There is a lot to see, a dam, a fishing pier, a lake and bent creek. The trail is a 1 mile loop. There are restrooms in three places along the trail, pit toilets at the hard times trail head, portalets at the fishing pier and flush toilets at the picnic area. Nathan Gruver will lead the hike, contact 336-683-7868

Hang out after the hike! Bring a picnic lunch & play in the creek.   

Link to the website and copy of the trail map:
https://www.pisgahhospitalitypartners.com/lake-powhatan/

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Nominations open for Associate Pastor Nominating Committee
Aug
7
to Aug 12

Nominations open for Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Dear Friends,
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC).

The duties of the APNC will be to meet regularly starting in September until the completion of the task, usually a 6 to 8 month commitment.  As the APNC seeks to discern God’s will for this position they will solicit applicants, review resumes, conduct interviews, and present the Associate Pastor candidate to the congregation for approval.  This work will be meaningful and fulfilling.
 
Please prayerfully consider who among our diverse congregation may be willing and able to serve on this important committee.  To nominate an individual or self-nominate, fill out the paper form in the pew racks or use THIS LINK.  We ask that in addition to submitting a name, you also provide insight into the gifts and talents the individual would offer to the APNC.  Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, August 12.
 

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