December Calendar & Opportunities this Advent Season
Dec
1
to Dec 31

December Calendar & Opportunities this Advent Season

Advent donations, caroling, worship, and more are explained in detail on our Advent & Christmas Page

Sunday, December 3 Second Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. Loaves & Fishes Market, Trinity Episcopal

Monday, December 4
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
Presbyterian Women Circles meet

Tuesday, December 5
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

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Thursday, December 7
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
7:30 p.m. Messiah Sing-Along, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 10 Third Sunday of Advent, Room in the Inn begins
12:30 p.m. Families with Memory Loss, Room 112
No Youth Choir, 5:15 p.m.  Youth Group

Tuesday, December 12
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Meeting, Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, December 13
5:30 p.m. Wed. PM Supper, Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m. Moravian Love Feast, Sanctuary

Thursday, December 14
Nativity Around the World Exhibit opens

Friday, December 15
7:30 p.m. Asheville Symphony Chorus Holiday Concert, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 17 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Special Joy Gift Offering at both worship services
12:15 p.m. Chorister Choir sings on the Foyer stairs
4:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling, Groups meet at various locations
5:30 p.m. Youth Group Christmas Party

Monday, December 18
DEADLINE for Loaves & Fishes Orders

Tuesday, December 19
6:30 p.m. Longest Night Worship Service (read more here)

Wednesday, December 20
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room

Thursday, December 21
4:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

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Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve
11:00 a.m. Lessons & Carols Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Family Worship Service, Sanctuary
9:00 p.m. Prelude music offered, Sanctuary
9:30 p.m. Worship with Communion, Sanctuary

Monday, December 25 Nativity of Jesus Christ/ Christmas Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 26
Church Office Closed

Sunday, December 31
8:45 a.m. Worship, Chapel
9:45 a.m. Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship, Sanctuary

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Saturday Sanctuary
Dec
13
to Jan 6

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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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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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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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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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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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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Lunch & Learn: January Series
Jan
1
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch & Learn: January Series

Click Here for the Brochure!

Click Here for the Brochure!

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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Adult Faith Development Special Class
Jan
7
to Jan 28

Adult Faith Development Special Class

BONHOEFFER: Brave Disciple of Christ (Room 214)
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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 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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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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Hands & Feet of Asheville
Dec
11
5:15 PM17:15

Hands & Feet of Asheville

Hands and Feet of Asheville

Winter Social & Fundraiser
Monday, December 11 (5:15-7:30 PM)  


Come relax with us after work for an evening of music, food, drinks and friends at Habitat Tavern & Commons! This event is FREE and as always, donations are welcome and tax
deductible :) Kids are welcome and we will have a simple craft table to keep them busy. Hands and Feet of Asheville is the local Young Adult Volunteer site of the Presbyterian Church and is a year long, progressive, Ecumenical Christian service program for young adults to pursue their passions, serve others, build community, and explore faith.  
 

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Groups for Families with Memory Loss
Dec
10
12:30 PM12:30

Groups for Families with Memory Loss

A group offering support for those who have loved ones with memory loss will meet after 11 worship Sunday, December 10.  The support group will meet in Room 112 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Those attending are invited to bring a lunch or snack, or pick up coffee after church and come to the meeting.  

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

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

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market

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

Participating agencies:

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

AmiciMusic presents FLUTE FANDANGO at First Presbyterian

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

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

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

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

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

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

Room in the Inn (Dec. 10-17)

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

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

Hosting Room in the Inn, December 10-17:  Volunteers are needed to load/unload mattresses, wash blankets, prepare dinners, serve as dinner hosts, transport women back and forth to the AHOPE Day Center, and spend the night as chaperones. Sign-up today at the receptionist desk of the Wallace Foyer lobby or RIGHT HERE.  

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

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

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

Love One Another - Serve One Another

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

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

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

 

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Advent Banners 2017
Nov
22
to Dec 5

Advent Banners 2017

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

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

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

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

~ Mary Ellen Porter
 

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

While I Still Have Breath: Free Concert

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

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


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

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

Open to the Public    Free Admission     Donations Welcome    
Reception following performance

 For more information call 828.484.8327, Bob Dutnell - RCS President


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

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

Black Mountain Home for Children Thanksgiving Offering

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

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

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

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

Women's Studies

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

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

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

Women's Studies Brochure
 

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

November Wednesday Night Supper & Connections!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groups for Families Experiencing Memory Loss

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

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

Love Asheville: Faith Development Class

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

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

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

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

Beneath the Veneer: Growing Up Black in Asheville

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

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

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

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Adult Faith Development November
Nov
5
to Nov 26

Adult Faith Development November

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

First Bible Class – Meets Weekly (Room 112)
This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly and occasionally help out with an unfunded ministry or an unfunded need. November Theme- “Everlasting Covenant”.   Teacher: Hugh Howell

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

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

November 5, 12, & 19

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

November 19

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

November 26 – December 17

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

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

Benefit for Room in the Inn

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

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

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

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

Adult Faith Development Weekday & Monthly Study

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

Monthly Bible Study

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

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November Canned Food Drive
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November Canned Food Drive

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

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

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

Out of our abundance let us share!
 

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November Calendar
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 10
Middle School Presbytery Youth Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations for LOVE ASHEVILLE Mission Sunday!

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

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

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

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

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

Presbytery meeting Worship at 9:30 a.m.

PRESBYTERY MEETING AT FPCA

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

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

 

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

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

DONATIONS for Love Asheville 2017!

FPCA CONGREGATION-WIDE DAY OF MISSION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebration Sunday!
Oct
22
12:15 PM12:15

Celebration Sunday!

October 22nd Stewardship Celebration Luncheon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join A Little Asheville Adventure!    

Ride the Bus for Social Justice!  

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

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

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

Opportunity to engage in ministry

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

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

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

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

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT OCT. 6, 7, 8

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

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

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

 contact Nancy McNeill with questions. 

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

Achol Majok Kur Kier: International Peacemaker from South Sudan

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

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

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

Click here for information about the PCUSA Peace Makeing Program

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

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


 

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