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Christmas Eve Worship Services
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Worship Services

* 5:00 p.m.  Family Worship with Candlelight

All are invited for this intergenerational worship.  All children who attend are invited to participate in part of the service.  The Passing of the Christmas light at the conclusion of the service reminds us of Christ, the light of the world.

Homeless Ministries Offering  (at 5:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.)

The congregation is invited to bring an offering of  money to support our outreach ministries serving those experiencing homelessness: Saturday Sanctuary, Room in the Inn, and Pritchard Park Breakfasts. We will also receive hats, gloves, socks and sleeping bags to give to those in most need.   

* 9:00 p.m. Special Prelude Music

Special music provided by the Adult Chancel Choir and a variety of music offerings

* 9:30 p.m. Worship Service with Communion

The Christmas story, from prophecy to nativity, is shared in scripture and song, followed by Communion.  Candle light is passed to remind us to share Christ, the light of the world.

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Advent Celebration and Loaves & Fishes
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Advent Celebration and Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair (9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)

Advent Celebration (9:45-10:45 a.m.) 

Come enjoy brunch refreshments as we begin to observe the Advent Season.

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  • Shop the Loaves & Fishes alternative gift tables

  • Make & Sign Christmas Cards to send FPCA homebound members  

  • Receive a Godly Play at Home Advent Story Set to enter into the wonder and mystery of experiencing the season. 

  • Advent Wreath base & candles for purchase, supply your own greens at home

  • Make Christmas ornaments

  • Help Decorate the Saturday Sanctuary Tree & Giving Tree

  • Create an advent chain

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

STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  

  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday!
Oct
21
12:30 PM12:30

Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday!

“Kaleidoscope of Care” is the theme for our 2018-2019 Stewardship Year. 

The kaleidoscope shows many shapes and colors representing all of God’s people; every movement of a kaleidoscope changes the pattern, but it is still closely knit together and beautiful!  Each day presents opportunities to move and change in harmony as God’s people.

A steward is a person to whom something is entrusted, and we have been entrusted to use our faithfulness, actions and monies to make a difference with the opportunities of each day.  Stewardship is our outward and visible response to God’s year-round grace to us. We represent Christ with our voices, hands and feet throughout our ministries in the congregation, community and world-at-large.  Christian stewardship teaches that all we have and all that we are is a gift from God, and we are the stewards – not only of our financial resources, but also of this created earth, our time, our talents, our families, our relationships, life itself, but most importantly of God’s word.  Wise stewardship is using these gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do.

In October FPCA will hold our annual pledge campaign, which ensures fiscal accountability and supports our annual budget.  You are invited on October 21st for “Ice Cream Sundaes on Sunday” after the 11 a.m. service to celebrate stewardship!  As we scoop ice cream and top it off with your favorite toppings we will celebrate our past year and look forward to the future. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to First Presbyterian for 2019 to fund our mission and ministries so they will continue to thrive and grow.

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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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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Update: Special offering for Madagascar Mission
Jul
16
to Jul 23

Update: Special offering for Madagascar Mission

On Sunday, June 10 FPCA Mission Committee Chairperson Beth Cummings invited the congregation to contribute to  a special offering benefitting the ministry of mission co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar. A child of this church, Dan and his wife Elizabeth have been doing important health & development work in Madagascar for over 20 years. As of this week, we have received over $8,300 to support the Turks! 

This funding will complete the water system for the Mahatsinjo Fruit Tree Center, as well as help plant a 50-tree tangerine orchard. The Mission Committee has also pledged $2,500 from our Mission Endowment to help these efforts.  Thanks to all who are supporting financially as well as through your prayers.
 

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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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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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Special Offering: to benefit Mission Co-Workers in Madagascar
Jun
24
8:45 AM08:45

Special Offering: to benefit Mission Co-Workers in Madagascar

 Dan & Elizabeth with son, Robert and daughter, Frances Turk

Dan & Elizabeth with son, Robert and daughter, Frances Turk

On Sunday, June 10 the session has approved a special offering to benefit the ministry of mission co-workers Dan and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar. A child of this church, Dan and his wife Elizabeth have been doing important health & development work in Madagascar with the FJKM (the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar, PCUSA’s partner denomination) since 1997. Following Christ’s example of feeding the hungry and healing the sick, the FJKM believes that the church’s involvement in fighting poverty is a tangible way of showing people that God loves them and has not abandoned them. This is especially important in a country where over 90% of the people live in poverty, on less than $2 a day.

The offering will support Dan’s works with the FJKM’s Fruits, Vegetables, and Environmental Education (FVEE) project. With per capita income less than $250 per year, many Malagasy people have difficulty feeding their families. Due to ongoing deforestation, many of Madagascar’s endemic plants and animals are threatened with extinction. FJKM is responding to these needs by helping people grow fruits and vegetables to improve their nutrition and get out of poverty. The FVEE has established a fruit center to help promote fruit growing, especially many of the world’s best varieties of grafted mangos, on a national scale.

Our special offering will go towards meeting these needs:

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  1. Completing the water system for the FJKM Mahatsinjo Fruit Tree Center.  While the gravity-fed system was successfully completed this February, we still need to cement in the 2 open water reservoirs that are located on the property.  These reservoirs will serve as backup sources of water when the dry season is at its peak.  The estimated cost is $5000 which includes materials, labor and supervision.
  2. Planting 50-tree tangerine orchard.  This will serve as an example of how local people can increase their income from growing tangerines.  Cost: $1 500.

The Mission Committee has pledged $2,500 from our Mission Endowment to help these efforts, and invites the congregation to consider support financially and through prayers.

The Turks will be here in worship on Sunday, June 10, and will be available to discuss their work throughout the morning at a display table in the Wallace Foyer. If you are unable to give on June 10, you can make a gift online anytime. 

For more information, contact Mission Committee chairperson Beth Cummings.

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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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Wear Orange: National Gun Violence Awareness
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Wear Orange: National Gun Violence Awareness

 https://wearorange.org/

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The local chapters of Moms Demand Action (MDA) and Students Demand Action (SDA) for Gun Sense in America are hosting two upcoming events.

  • Wear Orange Scavenger Hunt  (Friday June 1st, 5:30-7:30 PM * The Block, 39 S Market St, is the starting place; hunt happens around Downtown.) 
  • National "Wear Orange Day"  (Saturday, June 2  - Noon to 4:30 PM at Highland Brewery) Family fun day with Human Foosball Tournament, benefiting Students Demand Action Avl and local victims of gun violence.

The Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Asheville will kick off Wear Orange weekend which happens annually in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2nd. Asheville chapters of MDA & SDA are bringing awareness to this important cause with civic activities and family friendly events to honor victims, educate, lead the call for action; we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence. 

For more information, contact Debbie Duncan or Michael Poulos

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The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations Initiative
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations Initiative

In an effort to “Help ministers and congregations work together for financial sustainability, education and resources,”  the PC (USA) Board of Pensions has launched a pilot program of awareness and education in North Carolina presbyteries.  The FPCA Session and our two installed pastors have committed to active participation.  All interested members are invited, and encouraged, to register now to attend the two educational seminars to be conducted on consecutive Thursday evenings, May 17 and 24. 
 
Starting each evening promptly at 6 PM the training will be held in Room 213 at the church with light refreshments available before and during the seminars.  Topics to be addressed by the Board of Pensions guest speakers will include:  

  • A Theology of Benefits
  • Financial Realities of Pastors
  • Church Budgeting and A Culture of Generosity.

Please register to attend using the form below (or call the church office) and plan to be an active participant at these important awareness and educational discussions. 

 

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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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Mother- Child Retreat Volunteer Opportunities
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Mother- Child Retreat Volunteer Opportunities

First Presbyterian Church Asheville is partnering again this Spring with Ministry of Hope the Chaplain’s Program at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to Host a Mother-Child Retreat Monday, April 9 & Tuesday, April 10.  

Swannanoa is a minimum security state operated facility.  A small group of about 10 incarcerated women will be invited to spend two days and one night with their children ages 2- 11 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain.  FPCA will provide host site volunteers for those 2 days including providing 4 meals and snacks. The children will meet their mother’s on Monday morning April 9 spend the night, and return to their caregivers home on Tuesday afternoon April 10.

It has been recognized that children need quality, supervised time with their mother, especially while she is incarcerated and cannot see them regularly.  Children face tremendous loss and sadness over their separation, and young children often have a lot of fear about what is happening to their mother.  Mother’s also benefit and gain skills in interaction with their children before time for their release.  FPCA has taken on this important ministry, with a long tradition of area churches hosting the retreat.

Offsite Volunteers: Donations of snack food or monetary gifts for children’s goodbye bags

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Questions?  Contact Nancy McNeill 828-253-1431 ext. 126; nmcneill@fpcasheville.org  
 

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Presbytery of WNC Guatemala Partnership Meeting
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Presbytery of WNC Guatemala Partnership Meeting

Sunday, April 8 (3:00-4:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Marion)
Come and gather together at our annual meeting as we share ideas and information about the Presbytery of Western North Carolina's partnership with sister churches in Guatemala! Those who have traveled to our sister church Ebenezer are welcome to attend, as well as those who want to learn more about this ministry. If you have any questions, please contact Barbra Love or Michael Poulos. 
 

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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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Response to Gun Violence Discussion
Feb
25
12:15 PM12:15

Response to Gun Violence Discussion

RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE: WHAT CAN WE DO? 

(Fellowship Hall, 12:15 PM)

The recent mass shooting in Florida, resulting in the death of 17 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has raised many important questions. “What can be done to prevent this from happening again? What can we do to make sure our children, our schools, our communities are safe? How can we respond as citizens and Christians to gun control issues? Following the 11 AM worship service today you are invited to come to the Fellowship Hall for a beginning discussion of how we at First Presbyterian can work towards God’s justice, healing, and peace on the issue of gun violence.
 

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Souper Bowl of Caring
Feb
4
12:15 PM12:15

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring

You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 4  
(following 11 AM worship, Fellowship Hall)

Donations accepted to support our Saturday Sanctuary Ministry
Sponsored by FPCA Youth & Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team

On Sunday, February 4, we have the opportunity to participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Come enjoy some hearty soup prepared by our Saturday Sanctuary chefs. Share bread and cookies baked by our youth!  All donations will benefit our Saturday Sanctuary ministry which provides a safe space for our downtown neighbors on Saturdays October-March (9:00AM to 3:30PM)

A project began by a youth group from Columbia, SC in 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to inspire congregations to collect dollars to benefit local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring!  In 2017, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 6,534 participating groups to collect over $10.1 million in cash and food items which impacted over 4,827 charities all across the United States.

On this day, as millions of people focus on the NFL championship game, we have a chance to make a difference for our downtown neighbors!
 

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RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!
Feb
1
to Feb 19

RETREAT PHOTOS REQUESTED!

Retreat Photos Requested!  

The Retreat Committee would love to have your best photos from the October 2017 Church-wide Retreat at Montreat.  Photos of people, places, and things are all welcome!

Please email them in JPEG format to barbraslove@gmail.com 
 

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February Calendar
Feb
1
to Feb 28

February Calendar

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

Sunday, February 4
12:15 p.m. Instrumentalists rehearsal, Sanctuary
12:15 p.m. Souper Bowl of Caring, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room (ASK EVE)

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

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

Thursday, February 8
6:30 p.m. Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey S (ASK NANCY)

Saturday, February 10
9:00 p.m. Midnight MANNA

Sunday, February 11
12:15 p.m. Social Justice meeting, Room 112 (ASK BETH)
12:30 p.m. Bus Drivers meeting, Conference Room

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

Tuesday, February 13
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast meeting, Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Saturday Sanctuary Team, Conference Room

Wednesday, February 14  ASH WEDNESDAY
12:15 p.m. Service of Ashes and Communion, Chapel
6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Worship, Sanctuary

Tuesday, February 20
5:30 p.m. Shared Ministry Night

Wednesday, February 21
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Chapel
Lenten Small Groups meet

Thursday, February 22
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: AIDS, home of Barbra Love

Sunday, February 25
12:15 p.m. Response to Gun Violence Discussion, Fellowship Hall
12:30 p.m.  Memory Loss Support Group, Room 112

Monday, February 26
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, February 28
12:15 p.m. "Be Still" Prayer & Meditation, Sanctuary
 

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Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis
Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

Human Flow: A Film about the Refugee Crisis

(6:30 PM)  Grail Moviehouse
You are invited to be part of an FPC-A group, meeting at the Grail Moviehouse on Tuesday for this important film. Learn more about the over 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.
 Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. For more information, contact Michael Poulos 
 

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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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January Calendar
Jan
1
to Jan 31

January Calendar

Tuesday, January 2
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

Wednesday, January 3
12:30 p.m. JANUARY SERIES begins (through 1/23)

Thursday, January 4
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conf. Room

Friday, January 5
7:30 p.m. AmiciMusic Concert, Sanctuary

Sunday, January 7
10:40 a.m. Congregational Meeting, Sanctuary

Monday, January 8
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112

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Tuesday, January 9
5:00 Saturday Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conf. Room

Wednesday, January 10
5:30 p.m. Wed. PM Dinner, Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m. Epiphany Worship, Sanctuary

Thursday, January 11
6:30 p.m.  Women’s Dinner Out, Tupelo Honey South

Friday, January 12
7:30 p.m. AmiciMusic Concert, Sanctuary

Tuesday, January 23: RESCHEDULED
6:00 p.m. Deacons, Room 213

Wednesday, January 24: RESCHEDULED
5:15 p.m. Shared Ministry Night
All committees will be scheduled rooms– check in the Foyer for your location.

Thursday, January 25: RESCHEDULED
6:00 p.m. New Member Dinner, Room 112

Monday, January 22
10:00 a.m. The Writer in You, Marguerite Morgan Room
4:00 p.m. Room In The Inn Steering Committee, Conference Room

Thursday, January 25
9:00 a.m. Buncombe Co. Partnership for Children meeting, Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m. Women’s Studies: Power of Forgiveness, Widman Room
4:00 p.m. Buncombe Co. Partnership for Children meeting, Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Retreat Committee, Conference Room

Sunday, January 28
12:15 p.m. Instrumentalists Rehearsal, Sanctuary
12:15 p.m. Creation Care Team, Conference Room
12:30 p.m. Memory Loss Support, Room 112

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