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Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Through this major offering: the refugee and the stranger have found food and safe shelter; those stunned by the aftermath of disasters have found relief and help rebuilding; and communities seeking to take control of their future have found partners in development.

Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.

Children’s One Great Hour of Sharing— bring your FISH COIN BANKS to church!

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Take a Fish Bank home to collect money in during Lent. Bring filled bank with coins on Easter morning as we join millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Consider putting in a few coins daily 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.

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Youth Sunday Worship Service
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Sunday Worship Service

One Worship Service only—11:00 a.m.

Come enjoy a service led by our youth on Sunday March, 10th in the Sanctuary. This service will take a close look at Jesus’ journey into the wilderness and his temptation by the devil. The youth will lead us in a dramatic interpretation of this story. This is the first week of lent and also Daylight Savings Time.

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Ash Wednesday Midday Service & Evening Dinner and Worship
Mar
6
12:15 PM12:15

Ash Wednesday Midday Service & Evening Dinner and Worship

Ash Wednesday Midday Service

Imposition of Ashes: Come from 12:15-12:45 and find stillness in the midst of a busy day through a simple service of prayer, scripture, music, and the imposition of ashes.

Ash Wednesday Dinner & Worship Service

Come to the Fellowship Hall for a simple meal at 5:30 p.m. and stay for the worship service following dinner.

Ash Wednesday is the threshold that marks the beginning of our journey into Lent.  In this contemplative service we hear scripture, offer prayers of personal and corporate repentance, and receive ashes as a mark of our mortality and repentance.  This year, we will be joined by the choir of Furman University who will offer a brief concert at 6:15 before participating in worship at 6:40 p.m.

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Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet
Feb
17
9:45 AM09:45

Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet

Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, will lead us in worship, conversation and prayer regarding our role as Christians in God’s creation on Sunday, February 17. 

He will be preaching at both services and leading a class, “Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet,” at 9:45 AM in Room 112. Scott is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and will share how he learned to listen to people and nature in a new way while living in Montevede, Costa Rica.

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Epiphany of the Lord Dinner & Worship
Jan
6
5:30 PM17:30

Epiphany of the Lord Dinner & Worship

Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. followed by Worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

The Christmas season concludes on Sunday, January 6, Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany worship celebrates the manifestation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, expressed in the symbol of the star and the journey of the Magi.  Our Epiphany service will include our annual ritual of selecting a “star word” for the coming year.

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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 to share 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.

* indicates childcare is provided

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Annual Christmas Joy Gift Offering
Dec
23
12:30 PM12:30

Annual Christmas Joy Gift Offering

Offering on Sunday, December 23 & Monday, December 24

Details on the website: PCUSA Special Offerings

Details on the website: PCUSA Special Offerings

We will receive the traditional Christmas Joy Offering supporting 1) retired and active ministers and their families in times of need and 2) the mission of Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges. This denomination-wide offering dates back to the 1930s when the former Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) began an offering to supplement inadequate retirement income and provide supplemental medical insurance for former ministers, missionaries, church workers, and their families.

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Longest Night Worship Service
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

Longest Night Worship Service

On the longest night of the year, we are particularly mindful of those who are grieving or in pain this Christmas, and so we come together before God to honor and recognize our sadness. All are welcome to gather for prayerful worship of Jesus, the source of our hope and the light of the world who is with us even in darkness.

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Sunday Worship Service of Advent Music
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Worship Service of Advent Music

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord! 

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Join us on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. for a special service of Advent Music. The Choirs of First Presbyterian Church, Chamber Orchestra, and Organist & Director of Music, Jeremy Roberts, will all join forces to lead a festival worship service with music and readings based around the Magnificat.

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Moravian Love Feast Dinner & Worship
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Moravian Love Feast Dinner & Worship

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Dinner is served in Gardner Fellowship Hall at 5:30 and followed by a youth-led interactive worship service in the Sanctuary at 6:30. This Moravian tradition is a meaningful experience for adults and children alike. This is a unique worship experience of song & prayer, candles & coffee, and of course sweet Moravian cookies! Worship begins with a prelude by our youth band, and is led by our youth with assistance from both of our Children’s Choirs.

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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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Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner

Thanksgiving Worship & Dinner

Southside Kitchen is a social enterprise of Green Opportunities that generates revenue to support our   GO Kitchen Ready   culinary job training program and creates employment opportunities for training program graduates.

Southside Kitchen is a social enterprise of Green Opportunities that generates revenue to support our GO Kitchen Ready culinary job training program and creates employment opportunities for training program graduates.

Gather in Gardner Fellowship Hall for a Thanksgiving feast at 5:30 p.m. and Worship at 6:30 p.m. This special evening is a time to give thanks for many blessings and the way God is moving in our lives.

Catered by Southside Kitchen a culinary social enterprise of Green Opportunities, who's mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways.   

No RSVP is necessary— $10 adults; $5 college & youth, kids under 12 free

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One worship service at 10:00 a.m. & Reception
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

One worship service at 10:00 a.m. & Reception

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Sunday, August 26 we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. and a reception following worship to say farewell to Rev. Michael Poulos and his family.  Aside from the worship service and the many special moments planned, we will have a family-style light lunch served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. The lunch will already be on the tables, so all you need do is find a seat! Helpers will be stationed to help you as the room fills. 
Feel free to contact Cindy (774-7745) orJoanne Bartsch (277-6834) if you have any questions.

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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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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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One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering
Apr
1
8:30 AM08:30

One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering

Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. Worship

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. 

Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have  enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.

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ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN  Take a Fish Bank home to collect money in during Lent.  Bring filled bank on Easter morning as we join millions of other Christians through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering to share God’s love with people experiencing need.  
 

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Holy Week & Easter Sunday
Mar
25
to Apr 1

Holy Week & Easter Sunday

March 29 Maundy Thursday
On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathered with his friends at table to share a meal that became communion. At that table, they learned to love one another as Jesus loved them. Come and share a Holy Feast at 5:30 p.m. this Maundy Thursday in the Gardner Fellowship Hall, with great food, laughter, conversation, scripture, and Holy Communion around tables.   

March 30 Good Friday
Join us for a moving service of reflection around the cross which will include a dramatic reading of the passion story from the Gospel of John as well as portions of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. John Passion" sung by chamber choir and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm.

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March 31 Easter Egg Hunt
(Meet on 1st Floor Children’s Hall)  Families are invited to celebrate Easter with an egg hunt on the church grounds at 10:30 a.m.! Light refreshments and Easter activities as we gather and fellowship. 
                                                                                                                        
April 1  Easter Sunday
Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing at both worship services
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have  enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly. 

8:45 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall:  All are invited to bring a potluck dish to share. Beverages will be provided.  Easter Craft activities for children, childcare available also.
11:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
 

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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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 Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

 Epiphany of the Lord Worship Service

Dinner served 5:30-6:15pm Gardner Fellowship Hall
No Reservations needed, we hope you’ll join us!

Child care available Room 102 & 103 beginning at 5:00pm
Chorister Choir Rehearsal 5-6pm

The Christmas season concludes on January 6, Epiphany of the Lord, which falls on a Saturday in 2018. Following dinner and fellowship together at tables we will gather in the sanctuary for worship.  Epiphany worship celebrates the manifestation of God in the birth of Jesus Christ, expressed in the symbol of the star and the journey of the Magi.  Our Epiphany service is a Communion service, and it also will include our annual ritual of selecting a “star word” for the coming year. 

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Longest Night Worship Service
Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

Longest Night Worship Service

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On the longest night of the year, we are particularly mindful of those who are grieving or in pain this Christmas, and so we come together before God to honor and recognize our sadness. All are welcome to gather for prayerful worship of Jesus, the source of our hope and the light of the world who is with us even in darkness.

 

6:30 p.m. in Campbell Chapel

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The Stories of our Advent Banners
Dec
14
to Dec 31

The Stories of our Advent Banners

The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  The Liturgical Arts Committee hopes you will find something to reflect upon as you are in this sacred space during this wondrous time of the year.  

The process of painting on silk is multi faceted.  I use French liquid dyes on white Habitoi silk yardage.  Paint sits on top of a surface, but dyes penetrate the fibers.  Thus, the image can be seen from both sides.  (You’re welcome, choir!)  The silk is hand hemmed, then stretched on a frame.  In this case the banners and frame are 4’ x 10’.  I freehand draw on the silk, approximating my 2” x 4” sketch, using a water based clear resist.  The resist creates white lines.  The dyes are painted in between the lines.  I am very grateful for the help of Joan Murchison and Cindy Nelson who helped with the painting.  In theory, the dyes should stay in the cells created by the resist, but in reality the color frequently “jumps” over the line, resulting in beautiful blendings and mixtures.  I love that!  Silk by nature is strong, but gentle and free flowing, and when the art is that way too, it is cohesive.  When the silk is removed from the frame, it is sandwiched between clear newsprint and rolled into a tight ball, then steamed on top of the stove for about an hour and 15 minutes to set the dyes.  Next it is unwrapped and held under cool running water to remove the resist and any excess dye.  I let it “rest” overnight, then it is ready to be ironed and hung.
— Mary Ellen Porter

The first banner represents the wounded, scattered flock and the tender, loving shepherd.  It reminds us that the shepherds and other “ordinary” people were among the first to know of the coming of Jesus.  We are His people and the sheep of his flock.  We anticipate the goodness of coming home to be with Him.  The sky could be sunrise or sunset.  Sunrise could be interpreted as the dawn of new things to come, sunset as anticipation of that Holy Christmas Eve.  

“Make Straight in the Desert a Highway”
Isaiah reminds us that life is not always easy; he knows we will encounter rough places. But with our loving God, there is always hope.  Hope that our rough places will be made plain, that the winding roads before us will become straight, and that we will be led out of the darkness and into the light.

This silk piece, seen from the vantage point of a crooked rocky road, looks toward a straighter path across the desert and into the light.  Jesus is our Light and our Salvation and we look forward to His promise of comfort.  

“O Little Town of Asheville”
God didn’t send His only son, our Lord Jesus to Bethlehem, to be Lord of only those people and only in that time.  He sent Him to be Lord of each of us for all times and in all places.  I believe Jesus wants to be in our little town of Asheville too.  In our church, in our homes, in our hearts, today and always.  This banner represents Asheville, and perhaps you will find a few landmarks that look familiar.  Look for our mountains, City Hall, First Presbyterian Church, the new apartments on the back side of the Aloft Hotel, and various other office and hotel buildings.  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

The Holy Family in the Stable
Come quietly now. Stand with me behind Mary and Joseph in this crude stable strewn with hay. Peeking over their shoulders we see the baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the same manger from which the cattle usually eat. He’s sleeping, warm, content and already full of love. The light from a magnificent star floods the space where he rests, and the night sky beyond the door holds other wonders unseen. Be near us Lord Jesus, we ask you to stay.

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 Moravian Love Feast
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Moravian Love Feast

December 13
Dinner served 5:30-6:15pm
Fellowship Hall (No RSVP needed)

Join us following dinner for a unique worship experience of song & prayer,  candles & coffee, and of course sweet Moravian cookies! Worship begins with a prelude by our youth band, and is led by our youth with assistance from both of our Children’s Choirs.
 

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Advent Banners 2017
Nov
22
to Dec 5

Advent Banners 2017

The Advent banners this year are painted on silk.  There will be a new one displayed each of the 4 weeks of this Season.  The Liturgical Arts Committee hopes you will find something to reflect upon as you are in this sacred space during this wondrous time of the year.  

The process of painting on silk is multi faceted.  I use French liquid dyes on white Habitoi silk yardage.  Paint sits on top of a surface, but dyes penetrate the fibers.  Thus, the image can be seen from both sides.  (You’re welcome, choir!)  The silk is hand hemmed, then stretched on a frame.  In this case the banners and frame are 4’ x 10’.  I freehand draw on the silk, approximating my 2” x 4” sketch, using a water based clear resist.  The resist creates white lines.  The dyes are painted in between the lines.  I am very grateful for the help of Joan Murchison and Cindy Nelson who helped with the painting.  In theory, the dyes should stay in the cells created by the resist, but in reality the color frequently “jumps” over the line, resulting in beautiful blendings and mixtures.  I love that!  Silk by nature is strong, but gentle and free flowing, and when the art is that way too, it is cohesive.  When the silk is removed from the frame, it is sandwiched between clear newsprint and rolled into a tight ball, then steamed on top of the stove for about an hour and 15 minutes to set the dyes.  Next it is unwrapped and held under cool running water to remove the resist and any excess dye.  I let it “rest” overnight, then it is ready to be ironed and hung.

The first banner represents the wounded, scattered flock and the tender, loving shepherd.  It reminds us that the shepherds and other “ordinary” people were among the first to know of the coming of Jesus.  We are His people and the sheep of his flock.  We anticipate the goodness of coming home to be with Him.  The sky could be sunrise or sunset.  Sunrise could be interpreted as the dawn of new things to come, sunset as anticipation of that Holy Christmas Eve.  

Stay tuned for an interpretation of each of the next 3 banners in the succeeding weeks.

~ Mary Ellen Porter
 

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Black Mountain Home for Children Thanksgiving Offering
Nov
19
8:45 AM08:45

Black Mountain Home for Children Thanksgiving Offering

Sunday, November 19 (8:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services)
On November 19 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. For more information about our Home Grown Garden project, contact Ann Kieffer (258-6042) or Jane Laping (277-7342).

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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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DONATIONS for Love Asheville 2017!
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

DONATIONS for Love Asheville 2017!

FPCA CONGREGATION-WIDE DAY OF MISSION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

Thanks to all who have signed up to participate in Love Asheville on October 29! We have over 100 participants in the morning and 70 in the afternoon, spread out over a variety of mission opportunities. Many of our groups are at capacity which is awesome! If you have not signed up but want to participate, contact us about available spots.

Registered participants should receive an email with important details about your mission group, along with contact info for your team leader. Team leaders will contact you if further information is needed.

Beginning this Sunday 10/22, we are inviting the entire congregation to consider these additional ways to participate. Donations of goods can be brought to the Wallace Foyer - simply label what your donations are!
 

  • Make a donation to support our CROP Walk team. We are receiving checks payable to FPC-A / earmarked for CROP. Cash donations will be received at the Love Asheville table in the Wallace Foyer.  In addition to local funding for MANNA Food Bank, Loving Food Resources & ABCCM, CROP Hunger Walks help with international relief efforts providing food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. 
     
  • We are collecting new and gently used men’s and women’s athletic shoes and boots, and new tube socks for the shoe pantry at the Church of the Advocate.
     
  • We are collecting paper towels, toilet paper, all purpose cleaner, dish washing soap, clothes detergent, garbage bags, and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap) for Homeward Bound’s Welcome Home Donation Center.
     
  • For our Mission Fair we are collecting these Care Kit items to share with neighbors who may experience homelessness: toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, lip balm/chapstick, deodorant, combs, wash cloths, socks (adult & children), hot hands/hot feet, soft granola bars, peanut butter crackers.

Thank you for your willingness to share yourself in ministry on October 29! Remember, we will gather for worship in the sanctuary at 4:30 PM to celebrate the love we have shared throughout the day. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Beth Cummings, Mission Committee Chair (828-777-3243), Associate Pastor Michael Poulos (mpoulos@fpcasheville.org).

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Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Annual Retreat at Montreat: Fitting it all together.....

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT OCT. 6, 7, 8

PIECES OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE; FITTING IT ALL TOGETHER!

We will spend some time at the retreat getting to know ourselves and each other better, getting in touch with who we are as the people of God in this place and time. What’s our story? Where has God been at work in the past through this church, and where is God working now? What gifts has God given us that we can use to serve one another and our community? 

For the Schedule, Check In information & What to bring- CLICK HERE!

 contact Nancy McNeill with questions. 

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