Come hear artist Ellen Phillips talk about her wide variety of art media and subject matter. As Ellen says in her artist's statement, "If I accomplished anything with my art, I would hope to inspire those who view to leave this place, to look around and to notice more and wonder." She has also created numerous cut paper banners for many churches and events. Ellen is a good friend of Joan Murchison and splits her residence between Atlanta and Black Mountain. This will be the last Sunday for this exhibit at FPCA as we get ready for the next gallery showing.
The St. James Choir will sing Choral Evensong for Epiphany on Sunday Feb. 24th at 5:00 p.m. Music for the service will include canticles by T. Tertius Noble in A Minor, Anglican chant by Thomas Norris, and the anthem Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies by Harold Darke. The organist for the service will be Howard Bakken.
The service will be followed by an organ recital by Jeremy Roberts. Mr. Roberts will be playing works by Moritz Brosig, Bach, Buxtehude, George Thalben-Ball, and John Rutter on the church’s Harrison & Harrison organ. The congregation may greet Mr. Roberts in the church following the recital.
No tickets are required; an offering will be received. For further information, please contact Director of Music Brad Gee at 828-694-6925 or by email.
One Worship Service only—11:00 a.m.
Come enjoy a service led by our youth on Sunday March, 10th in the Sanctuary. This service will take a close look at Jesus’ journey into the wilderness and his temptation by the devil. The youth will lead us in a dramatic interpretation of this story. This is the first week of lent and also Daylight Savings Time.
Youth and families serve at Pritchard Park
8:15 – 9:45 AM
Meet in the kitchen at 8:15 AM to prepare – bring soft fruit, orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. Let Nathan know if you can help. And if you would like to help bake at 7:30 AM, let Nathan know, too!
Warren Wilson College announces the third lecture
in our 125th Anniversary Lecture Series: Celebrating the Power of Place.
Jay Erskine Leutze, author of “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” will lead this discussion. Go to their website to register- the series is free.
The lecture takes place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre, Warren Wilson College.
Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, will lead us in worship, conversation and prayer regarding our role as Christians in God’s creation on Sunday, February 17.
He will be preaching at both services and leading a class, “Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet,” at 9:45 AM in Room 112. Scott is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and will share how he learned to listen to people and nature in a new way while living in Montevede, Costa Rica.
This Valentine’s Day 12—1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church
Join Homeward Bound for a short film, from an award winning director, depicting one woman’s journey from homelessness to housing followed by a panel discussion on Women and Homelessness. Lunch provided. RSVP ONLINE or contact Eleanor Ashton (email@example.com) at 828-793-0072
Share a delicious breakfast, fellowship, an opportunity to continue one’s faith journey, and a very informative program in the Fellowship Hall. Any man who attends our church or his friends are welcome to come to the breakfast and meeting. Call or email the church to sign up for the event.
DINE WITH NINE Spring Dinner Groups
* Sign Ups are open through Sunday, Feb. 10 *
These small fellowship groups meet monthly to share a meal in each others' homes or in another setting of the group's choice. We'll assign you to a group of approximately nine adults who will meet in March, April & May on dates that are convenient to the group members. Hosting duties rotate each month, but you do not need to serve as host in order to participate.
Questions? Contact Jansen McCreary 230-3045
AmiciMusic presents "GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN" on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30pm. This program of powerful Spirituals and exciting Ragtime celebrates the African-American musical experience and features soprano Simone Vigilante and pianist Daniel Weiser. $15 for Church members---children are free. Tickets available at the door or buy discounted seats in advance at www.amicimusic.org (click on the Asheville concerts link at top of page).
You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 3
(following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)
Donations accepted to support our Saturday Sanctuary Ministry
Sponsored by FPCA Youth & Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team
On Sunday, February 3, we have the opportunity to participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Come enjoy some hearty soup prepared by our Saturday Sanctuary chefs with bread and cookies baked by our youth! All donations will benefit our Saturday Sanctuary Ministry which provides a safe space for our downtown neighbors on Saturdays October-March (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
A project began by a youth group from Columbia, SC in 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to inspire congregations to collect dollars to benefit local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring! In 2018, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 2,296 participating groups to collect over $1.4 million in cash and food items which impacted over 2,385 charities all across the United States.
On this day, as millions of people focus on the NFL championship game, we have a chance to make a difference for our downtown neighbors!
Come join a group of adults as we serve breakfast to the homeless in Pritchard Park – Downtown Asheville.
On Sunday, January 27 we will meet at FPC-Asheville at 8:45 am and walk over to Pritchard Park to deliver food and serve breakfast – 8 servers needed!
There are other ways to support this ministry – we will need 11 dozen hard boiled eggs (in the shell), soft fruit – bananas, grapes and baked goods donated.
Please contact Jamie Brady to serve or donate food items.
We meet to learn, to share a meal and to enjoy the company of other women in our church. Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings. Women who wish to attend are strongly encouraged to call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up to come.
January Meeting: Potluck Brunch Items
Program: Pisgah Legal Services (at the home of Barbra Love)
Pisgah Legal Services Attorney Julia Horrocks and a colleague will share some immigrant clients' stories. They will describe how PLS assists families to solve some of their many daunting problems. The attorneys invite our questions both before and during this meeting.
The Presbyterian Men’s Organization would like to invite all men of the church to an evening at Barley’s Tap Room for a time of fellowship and a look at a faith focused topic.
This month: The Vanishing Neighbor: How our faith allows us to be better neighbors
Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and childcare will be available at the church. We will be meeting on the upper level and begin discussion around 6 p.m.
MLK Jr. Day of Service Clean Up (10:00 a.m.)
Join in a roadside cleanup in preparation for the MLK Jr March from St. James AME Church to Downtown. We will be finished with the cleanup in time if volunteers would like to walk in the MLK Jr March. GreenWorks will be supplying gabbers, gloves, vests and bags. Last year we had a HUGE turnout. We cleaned up from Downtown all the way through Historic East End / Valley Street neighborhood. Thanks to the City of Asheville Sanitation Dept for providing their dumpster for this project. Please sign up to let us know that you’re coming out.
Peace March & Rally (11:30 a.m.) Free and open to the public.
Please join us at St. James AME Church at 11:30am for the kick off ceremony of our Peace March & Rally. At 12:15pm we will march down College Street to City-County Plaza where the rally will be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to Manna Foodbank.
Candlelight Service 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
We hope you will join us for the annual Candlelight Service at Central United Methodist Church as we celebrate community members whose service to the community is reflective of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. There is a reception afterwards in the fellowship hall.
Citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community’s 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive in West Asheville. Thank you for the support you and others in our community have given the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association in past years. We cordially invite you to join us once again as we celebrate our nation’s progress and forcefully face the obstacles to Dr. King’s dream that still confront us. This year our keynote speaker will be civil rights pioneer Ernest G. Green, one of the world-renowned Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957.
Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased for $25 each. Patron tickets are available for $35, with patron names included in the program journal. Tickets may be purchased at www.mlkasheville.org or call (828) 281-1624.
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.
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 will include our annual ritual of selecting a “star word” for the coming year.
January 6, 13, 20, 27 (9:45 – 10:45 a.m.)
Thinking about a new year’s resolution? Why not go on a diet to lose 5000 pounds in 30 days! Sound impossible? Not when you join a small group and follow the Low Carbon Diet workbook.
Recent global and national reports indicate that changes to our climate are happening faster than previously predicted and that we have only 10 – 12 years to make changes to prevent a crisis. Individual actions count, and they are so much easier to make when others are doing it with you.
Contact Jane to order a workbook. Sponsored by the Creation Care Team.
Church Entrance: Use double doors to foyer off of Aston Street, or through the Memorial Garden on Church St.
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)
* 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 to share 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.
* indicates childcare is provided
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.
Christmas carols are some of the most beloved songs in our hymnal, and we only have a few weeks to sing them! In addition, many of them come along with wonderful stories and rich theology. Join Rev. Patrick Johnson and Music Director Jeremy Roberts to sing and explore your favorite Christmas carols on the Sunday before Christmas in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.