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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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Adult Faith Development Class: Christmas Carols
Dec
23
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development Class: Christmas Carols

Christmas carols are some of the most beloved songs in our hymnal, and we only have a few weeks to sing them! In addition, many of them come along with wonderful stories and rich theology. Join Rev. Patrick Johnson and Music Director Jeremy Roberts to sing and explore your favorite Christmas carols on the Sunday before Christmas in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. 

 

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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 or so 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 214)

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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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12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch!
Dec
31
9:45 AM09:45

12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch!

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Bring a brunch dish to share and join us for good food and fellowship, beverages will be provided.  If you have out of town guests or family in for the holidays bring them along too and join us!  There will be Epiphany craft activities in the fellowship hall for children; nursery will also be available.  (Fellowship Hall)
 
 

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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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Christmas Nativity Sets from Around the World
Dec
14
to Dec 17

Christmas Nativity Sets from Around the World

Come see a selection of Christmas Nativity sets from around the world on December 14 - 17 at the First Baptist Church of Asheville. The public is welcome to this free event.

Special guest lectures by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers on “Creche: The Nativity Scene as  Art” and "The Nativity Scene in Worship and Devotion" Friday and Saturday. 

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The exhibit will run Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm (open interfaith reception), Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm, Saturday the 16th from 3 - 8:30 pm, and Sunday the 17th from 12 noon to 6 PM.

A crèche, often called a Nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. While focusing on the central figures of the mother Mary and Christ Child, crèche artists often telescope time and place to bring together a host of earthly and heavenly participants—shepherds, animals, wise men, angels, and commoners. For centuries, the crèche as an art form has spanned the globe, flourishing in homes and churches worldwide. Whether the crèche contains 19th century Italian villagers dressed in silks and jewels or contemporary African animal herders made of clay, each representation reflects the unique time and culture of the artist. This exhibit is an ecumenical effort to highlight the cultural diversity of each crèche on display, while honoring and celebrating the common theme that runs throughout—the birth of Jesus

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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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Men's Breakfast Meeting
Dec
12
8:00 AM08:00

Men's Breakfast Meeting

Any man who attends our church or his friends are invited to join us for a delicious breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to continue one’s faith journey.  We will have an update on the signage projects (Waid Shelton) and the funding of those projects (Len Porter). There will also be discussion led by Nathan Gruver and Richard Sens regarding plans for the Presbyterian Men’s Organization in 2018.
Our program will be presented by Patrick Johnson and Jeremy Roberts. Patrick will share a Christmas Story and Jeremy will lead the men in a sing-a-long of Christmas songs.

Use the form below or call the church office to sign up for the event.
 

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December Calendar & Opportunities this Advent Season
Dec
1
to Dec 31

December Calendar & Opportunities this Advent Season

Advent donations, caroling, worship, and more are explained in detail on our Advent & Christmas Page

Sunday, December 3 Second Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. Loaves & Fishes Market, Trinity Episcopal

Monday, December 4
10:30 a.m. PW Bible Study, Room 112
Presbyterian Women Circles meet

Tuesday, December 5
5:30 p.m. Session, Room 213

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Thursday, December 7
10:00 a.m. Prayer & Support Group, Conference Room
7:30 p.m. Messiah Sing-Along, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 10 Third Sunday of Advent, Room in the Inn begins
12:30 p.m. Families with Memory Loss, Room 112
No Youth Choir, 5:15 p.m.  Youth Group

Tuesday, December 12
8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Meeting, Fellowship Hall
5:00 p.m. Sat. Sanctuary Ministry Team, Conference Room
6:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting, Room 213

Wednesday, December 13
5:30 p.m. Wed. PM Supper, Fellowship Hall
6:30 p.m. Moravian Love Feast, Sanctuary

Thursday, December 14
Nativity Around the World Exhibit opens

Friday, December 15
7:30 p.m. Asheville Symphony Chorus Holiday Concert, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 17 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Special Joy Gift Offering at both worship services
12:15 p.m. Chorister Choir sings on the Foyer stairs
4:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling, Groups meet at various locations
5:30 p.m. Youth Group Christmas Party

Monday, December 18
DEADLINE for Loaves & Fishes Orders

Tuesday, December 19
6:30 p.m. Longest Night Worship Service (read more here)

Wednesday, December 20
5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee, Marguerite Morgan Room

Thursday, December 21
4:00 p.m. Finance Committee, Conference Room

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Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve
11:00 a.m. Lessons & Carols Worship, Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Family Worship Service, Sanctuary
9:00 p.m. Prelude music offered, Sanctuary
9:30 p.m. Worship with Communion, Sanctuary

Monday, December 25 Nativity of Jesus Christ/ Christmas Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 26
Church Office Closed

Sunday, December 31
8:45 a.m. Worship, Chapel
9:45 a.m. Potluck Brunch, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship, Sanctuary

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Love One Another - Serve One Another
Nov
22
10:30 AM10:30

Love One Another - Serve One Another

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The Congregational Life Committee needs Kitchen Volunteers to help with upcoming meal events. This is a fun way to serve and connect with other members of your church family. If you have an hour to share and can serve dinner from 5:00-6:00 PM OR wash dishes from 6:15-7:15, please let Margaret Black know using the form below.

If you’ve never volunteered before, we’ll train you fast!  Volunteers are needed on the following Wednesday nights:

  • Wed. Nov 29 (Dinner & Advent Celebration)
  • Wed Dec 13 (Dinner & Moravian Love Feast).
  • Wed Jan 10 (Dinner & Epiphany Service) 

 

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12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch
Jan
1
9:45 AM09:45

12 Days of Christmas Potluck Brunch

Bring a brunch dish to share and join us for good food and fellowship, beverages will be provided.   We will gather during in the Fellowship Hall.  If you have out of town guests or family in for the holidays bring them along too and join us!  There will be Epiphany craft activities in the fellowship hall for children; nursery will also be available.

Worship Service that morning at 11am only.

 

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Worship for Christmas Eve
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Worship for Christmas Eve

December 24 Christmas Eve Worship Services

5:00pm:  Las Posadas Family Worship with Communion & Special Offering
All are invited for this intergenerational worship and to re-live the nativity story through the drama of Las Posadas in the Hispanic tradition of Latin American  countries.  Las Posadas helps us remember the Christ child who came himself as an outcast and taught us how to welcome others.  All children who attend are invited to participate in the re-enactment of the nativity at a certain point in the service.  The Passing of the Christmas light at the conclusion of the service reminds us of Christ, the light of the world. The youth assist with this worship service.  Special music is provided by both children’s choirs, kindergarten – 5th grade. 

Special Outreach Ministries offering:  This benefits our Outreach Ministries with our downtown neighbors, many of whom experience homelessness: Room in the Inn, Pritchard Park, Saturday Sanctuary.
Financial gifts help to provide food and supplies for these vital ministries. Offerings of blankets, hats, gloves and socks are also appreciated!

(9:00 p.m. Special Prelude Music) 
9:30 pm: 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.  Special music provided by the Adult Chancel Choir and a variety of music offerings will begin at 9p.m. 

Special Christmas Joy Gift offering: We will receive the traditional Christmas Joy Offering (more info HERE)

December 25 Christmas Day Worship   11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

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Special Offering: Joy Gift Offering
Dec
18
8:45 AM08:45

Special Offering: Joy Gift Offering

During this season when we remember the story of Mary and Joseph who could not find room in the inn that first Christmas night, we can honor the Christ child who came to bring the good news of God’s love to all.

Christmas Joy Gift Offering  
December 18 (8:45am & 11 am services) and also December 24 (9:30pm service)

INFORMATION FROM PCUSA

INFORMATION FROM PCUSA


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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Waiting in Color: An Intentional Advent Practice
Nov
27
to Dec 23

Waiting in Color: An Intentional Advent Practice

Connect as a community in a new way this Advent.  Together we will create a progressive piece of art that proclaims the Christmas message. Each of the five posters features a different set of characters from the birth narrative and four names for the Messiah corresponding with the text from Isaiah 9:6. Each week you'll find a new, completed part of the project hanging in the Gallery until Christmas. 

We hope you'll pick up some colored pencils, let go of any ideas of whether or not you are an "artist," and embrace this creative project in mindful waiting. You may find a poster to be colored in your Faith Development class one week, at a church dinner, at a gathering at Givens, or in the Powell Atrium on Sunday morning.  

If you'd like to take up this Advent Practice as part of your personal devotional life this season, you'll find smaller coloring sheets and "doodling starter art" on a table in the Gallery ready to go home with you.  Please bring them back and display them in the Gallery once completed!

Together, we can intentionally celebrate Advent, training our hearts and our hands to wait in color, and in community.  

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