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Adult Faith Development Class Dec. 9
Dec
9
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development Class Dec. 9

Simplifying the Holidays

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Do your holidays feel rushed, crowded with things to do and too many items to cross off your list? Take an hour on 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 203)

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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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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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We are planning another hike!
Jun
16
8:00 AM08:00

We are planning another hike!

Please join us Saturday, June 16th on the NC Arboretum trail (roughly 3.5 miles, rated "easy / moderate").

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The Arboretum does not require an entrance fee, but they do charge for parking.  If you do not have a parking pass, please let me know and we will arrange carpooling.

Let's meet at 8AM at the lower parking lot just beyond the Arboretum gate house to the left. Any questions please contact Matt Huff at 720 480 8051.

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Creation Care Meeting
Jun
3
12:30 PM12:30

Creation Care Meeting

Creation Care Team meeting on June 3  

If you participated in the Creation Care Fair on April 29 or just want to know more about what the Creation Care Team does at our church, please come to the Conference Room after the late service (12:30pm). We will evaluate the Creation Care Fair, plan follow-up activities, and think about Faith Development classes.  Contact Jane Laping with questions.
 

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Annual Church Picnic: NEW LOCATION at Lake Julian off Hendersonville Rd.
May
20
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Church Picnic: NEW LOCATION at Lake Julian off Hendersonville Rd.

Everyone is invited to come together after worship and share a picnic lunch with games and activities for all ages!

(Look for signs on Hendersonville Rd. Lunch served under Shelter #6)

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Please come share a picnic together on Sunday, May 20 following the 11a.m. worship service! Enjoy the beauty of outdoors; sit at picnic tables & enjoy the company of friends, old and new; bring your favorite yard games, throw the Frisbee and much more! Handicapped access at the shelter and restrooms.


Potluck Side if you can bring something to share: If your last name begins A-P please bring a side dish. If your last name begins Q-Z, please bring a dessert.
 

In case of rain, we will picnic in the Fellowship Hall.

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 cuts down the waste we produce.
 

 

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An Evening with Rev. John Dear: activist, priest, author
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Rev. John Dear: activist, priest, author

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Join us for an evening reading, reflection and book-signing with longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee John Dear. John will be sharing his new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth,” a landmark work which connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation; shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change; and why we need to help build up the global grassroots movement of nonviolence if we are to protect creation.

John’s book is available at church in the Wallace Foyer for $20.  Cash or check (made out to First Presbyterian Church, memo line John Dear) payments can be dropped into the Church office mail slot (beside the Reception Desk). This event is co-sponsored by the Creation Care Alliance of WNC.

 

BIOGRAPHY:
Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and the author of 35 books including, Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus Come Forth!; Living Peace; The Nonviolent Life; and The Beatitudes of Peace. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives in New Mexico. 

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Copy of Creation Care Fair: Schedule Update
Apr
29
9:45 AM09:45

Copy of Creation Care Fair: Schedule Update

This fair is a multigenerational event designed to educate and entertain people of all ages
about reducing waste and moving toward zero waste.

9:45 a.m. Sunday School classes for pre-K through fifth grade will not meet as usual.

Instead children and their parent(s)/grandparent(s) are invited to the Fellowship Hall where children will make and add creatures to a mural of God’s creation, participate in a recycling relay, make new candles from old, mix-up a non-toxic cleaner, create a poster of recyclable and compostable items, tie-dye coffee filters and visit the Recycling Education Vehicle outside.

Adults and parents who aren’t having fun with children are invited to Cam Murchison’s presentation, “The Fire This Time: Biblical and Theological Grounding for Responding to Climate Disruption,” in Room 213.
Exhibits for additional information will be set up in the Wallace Foyer. Sundance Solar will have staff ready to talk about solar installations and rebates for the church and residences. Asheville Greenworks will provide information on recycling and composting, and the Creation Care Team will offer ways to get involved.

After a light lunch, two workshops will discuss practical ways to moving toward zero waste. Dargan Gilmore from Raleigh will speak about how families can reduce waste at home and have fun doing it. Beatrice Nathan from Cool Communities will expand that discussion to include reducing energy and water use, driving and food consumption from a workbook titled, “Low Carbon Diet.” Another option is Asheville GreenWorks’ Christine Brown’s workshop that will cover reducing waste by home recycling and home composting.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to take care of the earth that God has entrusted to us. Join the Creation Care Team on April 29 to learn and practice basic ways of being good stewards. Contact Jane Laping 828-277-7342 for more information. To share your interest with Creation Care, complete this quick survey.

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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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World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Sep
1
to Sep 2

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 1 is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 

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Pope Francis recently proclaimed September 1st as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” joining Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople, who earlier extended an invitation for Christians to offer together ”every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.”
 


All-powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, Help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen. 

Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”): On Care for Our Common Home,” 2015 Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis.

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Home Grown Garden Opportunity!
Jun
27
to Jun 28

Home Grown Garden Opportunity!

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Home Grown Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children is now in its seventh year thanks to members of First Pres and Christ Community Church in Montreat. This year we've been offered the opportunity to work alongside men from Good Works, parishioners from our neighbor Trinity Episcopal's Church of the Advocate. Come join us this Wednesday, June 28 from 6 - 8pm when Good Works will be working at the garden. Evenings at Home Grown are especially beautiful!

This past Wednesday Home Grown Garden donated 19 pounds of head lettuce, two varieties of kale, kohlrabi, and wild purslane to Bounty and Soul for distribution to our neighbors in the Swannanoa valley.

A shaded picnic table and cold water (in case you forget your water bottle) are next to the garden. Come see what’s up and growing and the farm animals in the adjacent fields. No experience is needed; I'll show you what needs to be done and/or listen to and your gardening experiences. Call or email Ann Kieffer for more information: annfkieffer@bellsouth.net or (828)458-2004.

Directions to Home Grown Garden: From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Hwy. 70. At the next traffic light turn left, go over the little Swannanoa River bridge, and take a right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

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Earth Care Events to Support
Apr
21
to Apr 29

Earth Care Events to Support

Free Showing of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood"
Follow Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the globe to witness first hand the effects of climate change and interviews global leaders about what they think can be done. “Before the Flood” will be shown on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Contact Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-277-7342 for more information. Donations requested.
 
Truth-Telling on Racial Conflicts & Doctrine of Discovery
Experience Navajo educator and dynamic visionary speaker, Mark Charles, in a presentation on a domination framework giving moral and legal rights to invade, seize and enslave people who were not Christian that dates back to the 15th century. The event is Friday, April 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and includes Q & A and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Donations welcome. For more information, contact Paul at phultberg@charter.net or (828) 505-1026.
 
Science March on April 22
The march starts in Aston Park at 336 Hilliard Avenue in downtown Asheville at 10 AM and ends at Pack Square downtown, where there will be speakers on the importance of investment in science as nonpartisan and fact-based.

People’s Climate Rally and March is April 29
Come out on April 29 to rally in support of climate action at all levels of government. The event will kick off with a rally in Pack Square at 10 AM followed by the March until 1 PM. Host Contact Info: Asheville Indivisible Climate Sub Group and 350.org.

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