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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  

  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
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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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Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.

  • Montreat Conference Center, Anderson Auditorium (map)
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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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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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Invitation to Advocacy
Aug
3
to Aug 11

Invitation to Advocacy

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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.
 

Resources for education & advocacy are available from the Office of Public Witness as well as from Bread for the World.

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ALLY TRAINING
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

ALLY TRAINING

  • NEW MOUNT OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH (map)
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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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Adult Faith Development Classes in July
Jul
1
to Jul 29

Adult Faith Development Classes in July

These Classes Meet Weekly June & July unless indicated:

Text Talk Bible Study; No class  July 1,8, 29 (Room 213)  
This class explores in-depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Come join the conversation, no prior preparation necessary! Teachers:  Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson, Jane Vann

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107/1st floor) 
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us this month to begin an exploration of spiritual practices with leading theological voices speaking on prayer, food, worship, money, service, community. In addition, Jane Vann will be leading a bible study once a month. Nursery is available and little ones are always welcome. Coordinators:  Cat & Scott Kessler

First Bible Class  (Room 112)                                                                                                              This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly.  June – August Theme- “Justice in the New Testament”. Teacher: Hugh Howell

Classes meeting in July

July 1 – What’s happening in our Denomination? (Room 213) 
"Renewing the Vision: Kingdom Building for the 21st Century" is this year’s theme for the 223rd meeting of the General Assembly of the PCUSA in St. Louis, MO. June 16-23.  How might God be calling us as kingdom builders? Join us for a first hand report from FPCA member Anna Huntley who attended GA as a committee assistant and for discussion with Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison Presbytery WNC Stated Clerk of the important issues considered. 

July 8 – Mentoring Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives (Room 213) 
Dean Thompson and Cam Murchison will discuss the new book they have co-edited, Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives. The book aims to provide a variety of angles of vision on mentoring relationships and features contributions by 21 widely respected theologians and church leaders. It explores mentoring in biblical and theological perspective, within the context of diverse national and international communities, and across generations.  Copies of the book are available ($20)  Teachers:  Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison, Rev. Dr. Dean Thompson

July 15- Getting to Know My Church: Tour the Church Building (Wallace Foyer/ Ground Floor)  Are you like so many of us, who get lost in this large building, wonder what is behind closed doors, or up multiple stairways?  Meet in the Wallace Foyer and be guided to find your way around!                          

July 22 - Getting to Know My Church: A Closer Look at the Sanctuary Organ
Meet in the Sanctuary to take a fascinating “behind the scenes tour”of our Holtkamp organ. Jeremy will provide information about the history and operation of this amazing instrument
Teacher: Jeremy Roberts, FPCA Director of Music

July 29 –The Blues as Public Lament over Racial & Economic Disparity (Room 213) 
Join Rev. Bill Buchanan, as he leads a discussion about The Blues as a form of public lament. Through his work developing Memphis Youth Mission, Bill has studied The Blues, its role in the history of the Mississippi Delta region, and its importance in understanding the past and present social justice issues of America.  The class will listen to Blues music of the 1890s through 1950s and connect it to both the Scriptures and American history. Teacher: Rev. Bill Buchanan, Executive Director of Asheville Youth Mission, Raleigh Youth Mission, and Memphis Youth Mission (Youth Mission Co.)

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PCUSA General Assembly June 16-23
Jul
1
8:30 AM08:30

PCUSA General Assembly June 16-23

We encourage you to keep in your prayers the 223rd meeting of the General Assembly of the PCUSA  June 16-23 in St. Louis.  

July 1, plan to attend the faith development class offering a first hand report from FPCA member Anna Huntley who will be attending GA as a committee assistant and for a discussion with Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison Presbytery WNC Stated Clerk of the important issues considered. 
 

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Bible Journeys Celebration!
Jun
24
12:30 PM12:30

Bible Journeys Celebration!

Join us June 24th for a celebration in Gardner Fellowship Hall following the 11am worship service. The Christian Education Committee is recognizing 20 years of faith development ministry using the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday morning classes with our
elementary age children. 

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20 ago major renovations to our children's hallway and classrooms were made possible by a very generous gift from the family of Perry Bartsch Sr.  This gift and several others made it possible to sustain four Bible Journeys workshop rooms for creative learning through
computer, art, drama and puppets. Led by many dedicated volunteers over the years, the children in our congregation have taken important steps on their faith journey as they gained a deeper understanding of the bible stories and have grown spiritually. 

We hope to recognize all who have participated as teachers, shepherds, coordinators and children. Come join us in honoring all those who have been on the journey!
 

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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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GODLY PLAY
May
21
to May 28

GODLY PLAY

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Thank you for the generous congregational support of our new Godly Play curriculum for pre-school through elementary age children.  We have almost completed the sponsorship of all three rooms of story sets.  

We are wrapping up this initial effort; if you selected a story sheet from the atrium that you would still like to purchase, we would appreciate your contribution by June 4 (contribute online here).  

We hope you will consider joining a ministry team of storytellers and room hosts, Godly Play training will take place this summer.  Email Nancy or call the church office to let us know if you are interested.
 

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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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Ministry at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Ministry at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women

Meet at church 5:45 p.m. April 24 to go to the training

 

Our church is building a team of volunteers who visit women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center. This is an important ministry with opportunities for both men and women to serve.

Every third Sunday, we send a group from FPCA to lead and worship with the women. Because of security protocol, all volunteers must receive special training. This training for those who wish to volunteer onsite as well as take the ladies offsite to church, shop, eat, etc.

The training will be held at 55 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. For more information, contact Susan Martin (susanm1702@gmail.com; 828-230-6805) or Shannon Spencer (sspencer@fpcasheville.org)

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Library Notes
Apr
2
to Apr 6

Library Notes

For those who would like to follow up our Lenten Study with the rest of the story of
Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, the library has a copy of Home which is the story of Ames’ friend Broughton’s family, Jack and Glory.  We also acquired Lila the story of Ames’ young wife. All of those books have won literary prizes.  What Are We Doing Here? (814.54) is Robinson’s latest book of essays and is highly recommended.  You will find these on the carousel in the library.

~ Bonnie Welden, Librarian
 

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Women's Studies
Mar
22
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies

March 22    Facilitator Mary Raine Moore    
Program Chapel of the Prodigal Fresco

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All women- members and visitors- are invited to join us in the lower lot of the church, @ 10:00 a.m., to take a field trip to Montreat.  We will visit the Chapel of the Prodigal, to see the beautiful fresco of the prodigal son that Ben Long made for the chapel.  Our guide will be Bob Riddle, a chapel docent and a member of FPCA.  We will have lunch in the Black Mountain area before returning to the church.
 

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Adult Faith Development in March
Mar
18
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development in March

(Sundays 9:45-10:45am)
All classes are open to visitors & guests at any time
 

Through MARCH 18
"Nurturing Personal Resilience for Growth and Transformation"
Shocks come in every person's life. Sometimes they appear without warning, such as a car accident, a rapid onset illness, death or injury of a family member or close friend, or sudden financial or business setbacks. Sometimes shocks occur as a slow onset, fully anticipated and yet still leaving one with a stunning sense of loss. Examples are gradually declining health, aging, job insecurity, spiritual dryness, or the cumulative effects of living in a frantic rat race of family, school, work and church demands. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back after experiencing significant shocks, maintaining character, integrity and mission.
This class will teach a framework for nurturing personal resilience.  This class is a streamlined version of a graduate course, but focused exclusively on personal resilience, biblical-theological concepts will be integrated throughout.  Additional reading and materials will be suggested for those who want to pursue further study.  Alice & Bill will also share extensively from their own lives, their shocks, major crises, and how this framework can help anyone nurture their own ability to bounce back. Facilitators: Alice Petersen and Bill Lowrey

Sunday Morning Classes that Meet Weekly
 

Parables from the Backside; Bible Stories with a Twist   (Room 203)
This study offers new insight and understanding of Jesus' parables. Each lesson begins with a unique starting point, entering from the “backside” and viewing the parable with a new lens through the eyes of a minor character. Copies of the study book, $5.00 are available, contact Nancy McNeill to order. Facilitator:  Wayne Drummond

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107)
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us for the film series, A Calling to the Beloved, as we explore the question what is God calling us to be? Nursery is available and little ones are always welcome. Coordinators:  Cat & Scott Kessler 

First Bible Class  (Room 112)
This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly.  Winter Theme- “Faith in Action.”   Teacher: Hugh Howell

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Children's Ministry: Godly Play
Mar
18
to Apr 8

Children's Ministry: Godly Play

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Godly Play is a Montessori-based Christian method that uniquely honors each child’s spiritual journey, based on the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God.  The Godly Play method offers room for silence and contemplation while a simple Bible story is told. It includes a series of open-ended wondering questions to invite children into experiencing the story and creative opportunities for multi-sensory activities.  

Read our Detailed Brochure

How can you help? 

  • Purchase a story set in honor or memory of a loved one. See the display in the Powell Atrium on the 1st floor for specific information.
  • Make a general donation to support the on-going costs of the program.
  • Volunteer to help organize and set up the rooms.
  • Participate in Godly Play training and join a ministry team of storytellers or room hosts. 
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Check all that apply. You can go to our Ways to Give page and make a general donation online today!
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Family Activities During Lent & Easter
Mar
4
to Apr 1

Family Activities During Lent & Easter

Invitation to Godly Play

Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum that shares the stories of our faith in a way that recognizes the unique sense of the presence of God that each of us already have -- whether 3 or 93.  There is room for silence and contemplation while the simple story is told and includes a series of open-ended questions intended to enhance creative interaction with the story and opportunity for experiential response.                                   

  • March 4  - Parents are invited to experience Godly Play during Faith Development.
  • March 11 – Congregation wide initiative- “Sponsor a Story” - help offset the start-up cost of new curriculum. 

Following Jesus Through Holy Week & Easter!   

During the month of March Bible Journeys K-5th grade will learn about events in Jesus life during Holy Week and take home activities for families to observe during Holy Week and Easter. 

Take a Fish Bank for One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
Fill Bank with coins! Put in a few coins daily in your fish bank each time you brush your teeth, or eat a snack.  Your gifts may help a community buy fish nets, farming tools, supply a village with clean water or help in other ways to provide assistance during times of disaster, helping refugees or with resettlement or community development.  
Bring filled fish bank with coins on Easter morning as we share God’s love with people experiencing need.

PALM SUNDAY March 25 - Donkey Walk & Palm Procession 9:45am                                

  • Nursery & Pre-school age & Parents Meet on 1st Floor Children’s Hall
  • K-1st Meet in Choir Room;
  • 2nd-5th Graders Room 104

Join us along with Central United Methodist and Trinity Episcopal as we follow the donkey for a walk to Pritchard Park & back to re-enact Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem as we wave palms & shout our Hosannas!   K-5th Grade Chorister Choir sings at the Donkey Walk & in Worship.  Palm procession into 11am worship service following donkey walk, all ages! Line up on Children’s Hall  

EASTER EGG HUNT  Saturday  March 31 10:00am  
Egg Hunt and FUN for children birth -5th grade!  Meet on the Children’s Hall at 10am for refreshments & crafts.  Separate hunt for younger and older children. Egg hunt will be outside weather permitting!


Easter Brunch  Sunday April 1   Fellowship Hall  9:45am
Bring your family and friends and a Potluck dish to share.  Easter crafts for kids
 

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March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)
Mar
1
to Mar 31

March Calendar (Holy Week March 25-April 1)

Thursday, March 1
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room

Friday, March 2
11:00 a.m. Pisgah Legal Luncheon, Fellowship Hall

Monday, March 5
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

Tuesday, March 6
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Wednesday, March 7
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 8
12:30 p.m. Church Communicators Group, Room 112
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

Sunday, March 11
12:15 p.m. Pancake Breakfast Youth Ministry Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

Monday, March 12
9:30 a.m. Marketplace Coordinators, Room 112

Tuesday, March 13
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 14  
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation for Lent, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 15
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112 (ASK PAT HARR)

Sunday, March 18  Room In the Inn begins (SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER)

Tuesday, March 20  Room In the Inn
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
6:00 p.m. Deacon Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, March 21  Room In the Inn
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel

Thursday, March 22  Room In the Inn
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: Chapel of the Prodigal, Montreat

Sunday, March 25  HOLY WEEK  Palm/Passion Sunday
10:00 a.m. Join families on Children's Hall for the Donkey Walk, process with palms into the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Monday, March 26  HOLY WEEK
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room (ASK CAROL)
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Wednesday, March 28  HOLY WEEK
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 29  HOLY WEEK  Maundy Thursday
5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Feast, Fellowship Hall

Friday, March 30  HOLY WEEK  Good Friday
7:00 p.m. Good Friday Worship Service

Saturday, March 31  HOLY WEEK
10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt-- Families meet on Children's Hall

Sunday, April 1  Resurrection of the Lord/ Easter
8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Easter Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, April 2
Church Office Closed

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Women's Studies
Feb
22
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies

Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings!  Please RSVP, call the church office.

Women’s Studies: "Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story

At one time, a diagnosis of AIDS meant death within the year. Living in Boston and newly ordained, Marge Marsh signed up to be a buddy to a man with AIDS, thinking the experience would expand her own understanding of the human experience. 
Marge was on the cusp of change and her AIDS buddy lived for six years. She kept detailed notes and has turned that time into a book of the journey, Being There: My AIDS Buddy Story (1990-1996). Come participate in a question-answer session as Marge explores for us and with us this singular experience.
 

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Small Groups during Lent
Feb
16
to Feb 19

Small Groups during Lent

Lenten Study Small Groups begin this week: 

  • If you did sign up but haven't gotten your group assignment, call or email Nancy McNeill
  • If you haven't signed up, we may still have spaces open in some of the groups. Contact Nancy McNeill to inquire.

 

Come! Deepen your faith and friendships this Lent!

This year, our Lenten study will be drawn from the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and will take place in small groups each week. Excerpts will be read from the book at each group discussion, so reading the book is not a requirement for participation. 

Some of the discussion topics are: What is a good life, and what is a good death? What gives your work meaning? How do you sort through broken or troubled relationships? What does it mean to belong to a community and to a place?

A small group is a perfect opportunity to build better friendships and deeper faith through conversation, prayer, and study. We hope you’ll join in!

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Women’s Studies: The Power of Forgiveness
Jan
25
10:30 AM10:30

Women’s Studies: The Power of Forgiveness

Four remarkable people testify to the healing power of the simplest, most difficult task some human beings may ever face.  Researchers say forgiveness-for petty insult, random violence, or genocide, can change one's life forever.  Among others, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and authors Marianne Williamson and Thomas Moore speak in this film by Martin Doblmeier, director of the film Bonhoeffer.  

Come and share potluck lunch while we watch the movie and join our discussion, led by Earl Thompson, who taught seminary courses about forgiveness for a number of years.  He suggests that reading Amish Grace, How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald B. 
Kraybill, would add in our understanding of learning to forgive.
 

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LOCAL MLK, JR. SERVICES OF CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANCE
Jan
10
12:30 PM12:30

LOCAL MLK, JR. SERVICES OF CELEBRATION AND REMEMBRANCE

HERE at FPCA  Lunch & Learn Monday, Jan. 15 “Why are all the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race” 

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of race, focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Tatum served from 2002 to 2015 as the ninth president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in the United States.  


Standing Up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution
Join us for the 8th Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taking place Monday, January 15th at Kenilworth Presbyterian.

Community potluck from 5:30-6:30pm in Kenilworth Center, 4 Chiles Ave. (directly behind church) followed by the program which will begin at 6:30pm in the Church Sanctuary.  This year, the evening’s topic is: “Standing up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution.” We are honored to host lifetime civil rights activist Lewis Brandon as our keynote speaker. 

DJ Profe$$ah G. will be spinning great tunes and onsite childcare will be provided. Come out for food, fellowship and insight into a fascinating chapter in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina! “Given this country’s current racial climate, Mr. Brandon’s experiences are more relevant than ever before.” –Marvin Chambers.  For more information contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747/ kenilworthpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com 


UNC-A MLK Week Keynote - Michelle Alexander: The talk is free and open to everyone, with no tickets required, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center. 

Michelle Alexander, author of the best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will deliver the keynote address for the UNC Asheville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week.  Alexander’s The doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. This event is presented by UNC Asheville with support from the Blue Ridge District of United Methodist Church.

The New Jim Crow “is simply unparalleled in its clear and penetrating treatment of the intersection of race and American politics and law,” says Patrick Bahls, professor of mathematics who directs UNC Asheville’s Honors Program and will moderate the audience Q&A at Alexander’s talk. “For the past four years, I've taught from this book in my senior seminar class, Cultivating Global Citizenship, and it never fails to leave a lasting mark,” says Bahls, who also is co-producing an off-campus dramatic reading of prison writings as part of the lead-up to Alexander’s talk.

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Christian Discipleship Center Course
Jan
9
to Jan 31

Christian Discipleship Center Course

Registration Deadline was January 5, 2018

 

Synoptics: Comparing the Gospels 

2-3:30 p.m at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC

The three “synoptic” gospels tell the story of the life and work of Jesus from three different perspectives.  They do not all contain the same stories and sometimes the details of the stories are different.  Why are they different?  How did they come to be? Taught by the Rev. Dr. Brent Norris, Pastor, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, this course will examine the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  We will look at their particular themes and note what they have in common and where they diverge.  

No registration fee, to register:  email to ChristianDiscipleshipCenter@gmail.com with your name, phone number and church affiliation or call (828) 230-8818 with the same information.

 


The Christian Discipleship Center is an ecumenical organization of six Asheville churches, including First Presbyterian Church,  St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Methodist Church,
and Trinity Episcopal Church.
 

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Adult Faith Development Special Class
Jan
7
to Jan 28

Adult Faith Development Special Class

BONHOEFFER: Brave Disciple of Christ (Room 213)
Before WWII, many thought Germany to be the most Christian country in the world.  Yet it spawned the evil of Nazism.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer courageously led the resistance to Hitler, for which he was imprisoned, and later hanged just before the end of the war.  On the four Sundays of January or any one of them - come and learn more through DVDs and discussion about this heroic Pastor, Scholar, Author, Spy, and Martyr, who still challenges us today.
Teacher:  Rev. Dr. James Aydelotte, retired Pastor PC(USA), Former Stated Clerk Presbytery WNC

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