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

4th Annual Messiah Sing Along

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

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

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

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

$20 ticket at the door or click the picture.

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

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL OFFERING: Thanksgiving Offering

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

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

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

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

Organ Concert at FPCA

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

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

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

STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church  

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

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

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

A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families

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

Avenue M (private room) ~ 791 Merrimon Avenue

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

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

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

AmiciMusic celebrates Veteran's Day

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

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

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

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

Concert at FPCA with Jeremy Roberts: Cinis Canticum

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

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

Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.

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

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

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

Click here for details and to reserve your seat.

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

Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet

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

 

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

Serve Breakfast in Pritchard Park

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


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

Welcome Fest 2018 at Haywood Street Congregation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations open for Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

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

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

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“JAZZICAL 4” Crossover music from the Jazz and Classical worlds
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

“JAZZICAL 4” Crossover music from the Jazz and Classical worlds

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.

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ALLY TRAINING
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

ALLY TRAINING

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TUESDAY JULY 24TH, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
NEW MOUNT OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

•    What does it mean to be an ally to a cause, group, or organization?

•    How do we center the voices of people most affected by an issue?

•    How do we learn to work in community for the cause of justice?

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Clarissa Harris, director of the Warren Wilson Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Office, will lead a conversation focusing on methods of supporting, encouraging, and building relationship as we work for justice.

Please bring a light refreshment to share.  Sponsored by Christians For A United Community Advocacy Team

For more information contact us at 828-254-48884 or visit our Facebook page

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End of Year Storytelling Event
Jul
23
5:30 PM17:30

End of Year Storytelling Event

Hands and Feet of Asheville

Help us say goodbye to our 2017-2018 Hands and Feet of Asheville volunteers by listening to their stories and to the music of Primitive Studio!  Join us at Habitat Tavern & Commons on Broadway from 5:30-7:30.

While this event is FREE, we ask that you bring at least 1 friend who might be interested in learning more about who we are!  Snacks will be provided.  

Please contact Selena Hilemon with questions (828-773-8880). You can sign up online also.
 

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27th Presbyterian-Methodist Habitat House 
Jul
15
to Aug 2

27th Presbyterian-Methodist Habitat House 

Special offering begins July 15 (Give Now)
FPC-A volunteers begin July 26

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First Presbyterian is joining other Presbyterian & Methodist churches in Buncombe County to build the 2018 Presbyterian-Methodist House! The house will be built at at 34 Beale Road in Arden, and the homeowner will be Shaketia Simpson. A mother of two children, Shaketia said this on her Habitat application: “I want to show my children that if they work hard and prepare financially, it is possible to make the dream of owning a home come true.” See the Habitat website for more details about the Simpson family and the Presbyterian-Methodist house.

On Sunday, July 15 we will have a Moment for Mission inviting the congregation to contribute towards the cost of the 2018 Presbyterian-Methodist House. Donations can be made with cash or check (payable to FPC-A), or through our website. We will receive donations beginning July 15 and extending through August.

A sign-up sheet for volunteer opportunities (along with release forms) is in the Wallace Foyer. A typical workday is 8:15 am - 3:30 pm. Youth ages 16-17 can volunteer as well. Possible dates to volunteer include: 

  • Thursday, July 26
  • Saturday August 4
  • Thursday, August 9
  • Thursday, August 23
  • Thursdays September 6, 13, 20

Special thanks to Bill Winkler for organizing our team of volunteers. Please contact Bill if you have any questions (828-231-9180)
 

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FREE MEDIA WORKSHOPS!
Jun
23
to Jun 24

FREE MEDIA WORKSHOPS!

Let’s use our smartphones or digital cameras to record video action!

Led by a professional photography team, the goal is to get an FPCA Media Team trained this summer. The team will help enhance our church’s communication of its mission through our webpage, social media and other avenues.

  • June 23: FREE WORKSHOP (1-3 PM on Saturday)
  • June 24: FREE WORKSHOP (12:30-2:00 PM on Sunday)
  • June 25-28: FILMING OPPORTUNITIES and 1-1 TUTORING. This is VBS/ Market Place Week so we can catch some of the action in that program. After Market Place we will go out to lunch downtown and have a time to discuss/practice, too. Approximately 12:30-2:30 PM. Youth who do not volunteer with Market Place are also invited to participate in the media team.
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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America

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(First floor, Room 112)
Joanne Lazar and Amy Moore, representatives from the local Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense, will lead an informational program of how we can get involved in the movement to end gun violence. We welcome members of FPCA and other congregations to this important opportunity. For more information, contact Debbie Duncan or Michael Poulos.
 

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