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Amici Music Concert
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Amici Music Concert

AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 for another great chamber music concert entitled "REED 'EM & WEEP" featuring some wonderful trios for oboe, bassoon, and piano.

This is a very special combination of instruments that blend beautifully. Oboist Margaret Herlehy and bassoonist Janet Polk will visit from New Hampshire to join Artistic Director/pianist Daniel Weiser in this lyrical program of music by Poulenc, Bizet, Lalliet, and a neglected female composer, Marie de Grandval.

Tickets available at the door-Church members are only $15 and general admission is $20. Children 18 and under are always free. Or you can buy discounted advance seats online at https://amicimusic.org/concert/reed-em-weep/

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Breakfast in Pritchard Park: Food donations
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast in Pritchard Park: Food donations

Three times a year the adults of the church serve breakfast to over 120 homeless and impoverished neighbors at Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville. The adults of First Presbyterian Church will serve breakfast at Pritchard Park on Sunday June 9.

We are in need of food donations at this time.

  • Hard boiled eggs: in their shells – and delivered to the church in their carton.

  • Soft fruit: bananas, grapes

  • Baked goods

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Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing
Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing

Join the community in celebrating 20 years of chaplaincy at Swannanoa (formerly Black Mountain) Correctional Center for Women. Enjoy refreshments while learning how this necessary non-profit began and the varied ways in which it has grown.

Hear stories from some of the women who have been residents behind the gates of the prison and how your support has made a difference to them. Learn how much safe space, inspiring programs, intentional presence matters!

First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall

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An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour

An invitation from former PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and the Pilgrims of Ibillin

MILESTONES AND LIVING STONES

You are invited to attend a gathering at Montreat (Upper Anderson) on May 29 at 7 pm to hear Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Chacour was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee, and, along with his whole village, experienced the tragedy of eviction by Israeli authorities in 1948.

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Click here to learn more!

He was ordained and appointed as priest of St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Ibillin, and fulfilled his vision of bringing children, youth and adults of different faith traditions to live and work together in peace. The cluster of schools now serves 2750 students from preschool through high school, and consistently ranks as some of the top academic schools in Israel. The Archbishop has received numerous international and national awards, including the Council for America’s First Freedom Award for International Service, the World Methodist Peace Prize and the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize by a Buddhist group in Japan.

Archbishop Chacour is the author of the books Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land, both making the bestseller lists around the world.

Questions or to register, contact Lynn Jostes at 202.445.9975.
The event is free and open to the public, so please invite a friend!

In order to be assured of seating,
you are asked to make a reservation.
You may sign up online by following the prompts
at this link.

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Annual Church Picnic in Montreat
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Church Picnic in Montreat

Lower Level Moore Building & Moore field and the Back Patio on Flat Creek (Just Below Lake Susan)

All ages encouraged to come out for the FUN!!!

Experience the beauty of Flat Creek; sit & enjoy the company of friends, old and new; play corn hole, Frisbee, bring your favorite yard game to play on Moore Field!

Main Dish Provided plus baked beans and slaw
Bring a Generous Portion of a Potluck Side

  • If your last name begins A-P, bring a side dish

  • If your last name begins Q-Z, bring a dessert

    You are invited to dress casually for worship

GREENING TIPS:  Disposable plates and utensils will be available for anyone who needs them, but if you are able to bring the dishes/utensils that your household needs to use, it will cut down on the waste that we produce. You are encouraged to use local ingredients when possible.

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Men’s Organization Work Day
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Men’s Organization Work Day

This event would be a clean-up of the Lodge before the first groups booked to use the lodge arrive. Your participation would be a major service to the congregation. The lodge is used by church families and we also earn income from vacation rentals to groups. This is our chance to become familiar with the property, meet other men in the congregation, and gift your time and talent to our church! We see this as a chance for us to gather in fellowship and service.

Several key items to do would be:

  • brush and limb trimming

  • leaf and debris cleanup

  • restructuring the fire pit in the back

  • trash haul

  • and some small maintenance items like screen repair, lightbulb change, and other various tasks.

We will provide lunch making materials for our lunch and meet in Black Mountain at 5 pm for an informal group meal to celebrate. If you have any questions or if you are available to join us, please let me know by email or phone.

Thank you and Blessings to you and your family, Alan

RSVP: Alan Young

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Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change

A 4-Part series to examine climate change: We will consider its effects on our world, and explore the role of our Christian faith in response.

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at First Baptist Church

April 24 – “Living in this time of Climate Change”
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information, NOAA
From his experience as climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deke will speak to us about the recent report from the National Climate Assessment, helping us understand major points of interest. Additionally, he will speak to conditions we might expect in the Southeastern US with regard to climate change. We are fortunate to have Deke share his scientific expertise with us.

May 1 – “Practicing Shalom in Climate Change”
Rev. Nancy Sehested, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation
Nancy will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between our faith and climate change. What can we glean from our Scriptures that speak to this issue? How are we then called to respond?

May 8 – “Asheville Responds”
A Panel of Local Leaders: Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project, Coordinator; Dawn Chavez, Asheville Greenworks, Director; Scott Hardin-Nieri, Mountain True, Director of Creation Care Alliance
From these community leaders, we will learn of their efforts in Asheville and Buncombe County to mitigate climate change. Additionally, they will help us know ways we can participate with them or on an individual basis to make a positive difference in combating climate change.

May 15 – “First Baptist Responds”
Dr. Mack Dennis, Pastor
Mack will give an overview of ways our church has already taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and live more sustainably. Where do we go from here? Mack will share ideas that are being explored and visions for our future of ways we can help as we live in this time of climate change.

Sponsored by the FBCA Creation Care Team and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

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Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound

Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space

May 10 - July 8, 2019

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League in Black Mountain in partnership with Homeward Bound is sponsoring an exhibit entitled, “Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space.” Twenty percent of sales at the two-month show will go to help end chronic homelessness through Homeward Bound.

Opening Reception Friday, May 10 | 5-7 pm

Refreshments will be provided and the public is welcome to join.

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Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Did you know that you could fill the US Cellular center three times with adults in Buncombe County who cannot read at a basic skills level? Additionally, 8% of our community does not speak English at home and 33-40% of 3rd-8th grade students in our community test below on-grade-level proficiency standards in reading.

These enormous deficits impact adults' abilities to find and retain living wage employment, children's likelihood of graduating from high school, and our entire community's health and economy.

Join congregants from your neighborhood churches at Trinity Episcopal Church for lunch to learn how the Literacy Council of Buncombe County is addressing these issues -- providing our neighbors with the literacy and English language skills they need to live productive, self-sufficient, and fulfilling lives. You will learn about an often-hidden struggle and ways that you can be part of the solution.

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At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)
May
2
10:30 AM10:30

At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)

Struggle and Grace in the White South

A feature length documentary currently in post-production about white Southern Presbyterians during the Civil Rights era.

What did white Southern Presbyterian ministers do during the Civil Rights Era? Often isolated in small towns in the Deep South, some chose to be brave in spite of dangerous circumstances.

There are a lot of people who think ministers did nothing - or worse. Carolyn Crowder, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, during those hard times knows differently. She set out to uncover this generally unknown history through interviews with ministers who are now in their elder years. The result is the oral history project AT THE RIVER.

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~ Click here for more information ~

Focusing on Southern Presbyterian ministers who as very young men stood up to the culture, their churches and, sometimes their own families, AT THE RIVER provides witness to their brave actions and their clarity of thought and conviction. They were fired, defrocked, brought up on heresy charges, and threatened by the KKK and the White Citizens’ Councils. A simple sermon that mentioned in any way the unrest going on around them could get a man run out of town. They went on with the rest of their careers and never spoke much about what had happened to them during that era. One reason that this history is not commonly known is that they are humble and believed that whatever actions they took, small or large, were nothing compared to the suffering of black people around them who were facing sure violence or death.

Info/tickets for our May 2nd Screening at the Fine Arts Theater

 

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Walking the Path
Apr
28
4:15 PM16:15

Walking the Path

The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions.

People of all faiths are welcome. Sunday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville.

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Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk
Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk

Fiber Artisits’ Gallery Talk
Sunday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Gallery

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Hope: Prison Ministry in Our Own Backyard

Join us for an evening of personal story telling from two women living at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women along with the Ministry of Hope chaplains Carol Dalton and Shannon Spencer. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from incarcerated women about their experiences in our criminal justice system along with the development of their faith journeys while in prison.

Enjoy the SCCW Voices of Hope choir and witness firsthand the prison ministry in which we are involved. And, come learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these women who live right down the road from our church. There will be time following the presentation for informal conversation over coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall.

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Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Concert: Jennifer Pedersen & Simone Vigilante: Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Join us on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm for beautiful music for the Lenten season.

Soprano, Jennifer Pedersen, and Mezzo Soprano, Simone Vigilante, accompanied by chamber orchestra, sing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s stunning Stabat Mater. The piece, which will be conducted by Jeremy Roberts, tells of Mary the Mother of Jesus' experience while keeping watch at the cross and invites each of us to join her there, meditating on Christ's passion.

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Amici Music "A Night in Vienna"
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Amici Music "A Night in Vienna"

AmiciMusic returns to First Presbyterian on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 with a program called "A NIGHT IN VIENNA" that is part of their Mozart in the Mountains Weekend Festival.

Soprano Amanda Horton, baritone Jonathan Ross, and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will perform scenes from several Mozart operas as well as scenes and arias from Viennese operettas by Lehar and Strauss. Take a musical trip to the Austrian capital and listen to the celebrated music that made it famous.

General admission at the door is $25 and Church members are only $20. Children 18 and under are free. Further discounts available if you purchase seats in advance online at www.amicimusic.org or call Daniel Weiser at 802-369-0856.

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Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019
Mar
13
to Mar 14

Local Cloth: Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019

Presented by Local Cloth Inc.

Anni Albers wanted to study painting when she applied to the renowned Bauhaus art school in Germany, but was forced to choose between bookbinding and weaving, which the founder deemed more appropriate for women.

She chose weaving, even though she considered it “rather sissy” at the time. At the Bauhaus, and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in Western NC, Anni would become a leader in the modern hand-weaving revival, pushing the limits with her focus on innovative materials and the architecture of woven fabric. Her work helped define what would become known after WWII as “fiber art.”

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women, including Albers, in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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Choral Evensong: St. James Episcopal Choir & Recital by Jeremy Roberts
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

Choral Evensong: St. James Episcopal Choir & Recital by Jeremy Roberts

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.

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Power of Place Lecture Series
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Power of Place Lecture Series

Warren Wilson College announces the third lecture
in our 125th Anniversary Lecture Series: Celebrating the Power of Place.

For 125 years, we’ve educated generations to lead lives of utility, meaning, service, and beauty – lives that matter. The Power of Place is a series of events celebrating Warren Wilson College’s history with a focus on what it means to be located physically, ecologically, and culturally within the overlapping communities and territories that make up this special place.
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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.

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Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn

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 (eleanor@homewardboundwnc.org) at 828-793-0072

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Amici Music Concert: "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
Feb
3
1:30 PM13:30

Amici Music Concert: "Go Tell It On the Mountain"

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).


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Adult Local Mission Project:  Pritchard Park Breakfast
Jan
27
8:45 AM08:45

Adult Local Mission Project: Pritchard Park Breakfast

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.

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Local Events on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Local Events on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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.

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The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast
Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

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.

 

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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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