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.
Adult Faith Development Sunday December 16 (Room 214)
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
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord!
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.
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.
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.
Offering on Sunday, December 23 & Monday, December 24
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.
* 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.
Bring a brunch dish to share, 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 for children; nursery available. (In the Fellowship Hall)
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
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.
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.
Simplifying the Holidays
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)
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.
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.
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
Alternative Gifts Fair Benefiting non-profit agencies
doing God’s work in the world
100% of funds donated will support the agencies
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:
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)
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 email@example.com
One Sunday morning each quarter, we ‘provide breakfast for our downtown ‘neighbors in Pritchard Park. We gather to prepare the meal (biscuits, fruit and juice) and then deliver it to the park to share.
We have a full group- thanks FPCA!
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.
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!
Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner
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
Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, October 28
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Party & Games 4:30 – 5:45
Dinner & Costume Pageant 5:45 – 6:30
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Youth ages 6th grade-12th grade & families bring potluck to share - child care available for younger siblings. We will play games together, receive full fall schedule as well as learn about ways parents can support our youth ministry. Contact Nathan Gruver with questions. (in Fellowship Hall)
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.
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.
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.
FPCA reserves a section of seats for the Tourist baseball game—
fireworks following the game! RSVP Cost: Adults $7, Seniors & children $5*
You can call the church office to reserve a ticket and we will all sit together.
* children under 5 who do not require a seat (are held) are free.
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.
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:
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.
GREAT DUETS FOR VIBRAPHONE AND PIANO PLUS SELECTIONS FROM CLAUDE BOLLING'S SECOND SUITE FOR FLUTE, JAZZ PIANO, DRUMS, AND BASS
Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2:00PM
First Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary
$20 at the door/$15 for Church members/Children Free
For info and to purchase advance discounted seats online, visit: https://amicimusic.org/concert/jazzical-4/
Or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856 to purchase by phone
This will be a very unique program of fantastic crossover music uniting the worlds of Classical and Jazz. Special guest Jason DeCristofaro will do double duty on vibraphone and percussion. On the first half, we will perform some rarely heard duos for vibraphone and piano including an original composition by DeCristofaro himself. For the second half, flutist Lea Kibler and bassist Craig Sandberg will join to perform several movements from the phenomenal Second Suite for Flute, Jazz Piano, Drums, and Bass by the wonderful French jazz pianist and composer, Claude Bolling. Bolling was one of the first to experiment in the fusion of these two musical idioms and produced a string of great crossover albums with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zuckerman, and more in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His music is still fresh and innovative today—true chamber music, but with a jazz flair! You won’t want to miss this show.
The DC mission team visited the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness and participated in an excellent advocacy training workshop. Focusing on the Farm Bill, the group visited Sen. Tillis’ and Sen. Burrs’ staff to advocate for the bipartisan approach of the Senate version. If you would like to learn more about the Farm Bill and its impact on low income families, stop by the front desk of the Wallace Foyer for more information.