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Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art Exhibit to benefit Homeward Bound

Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space

May 10 - July 8, 2019

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League in Black Mountain in partnership with Homeward Bound is sponsoring an exhibit entitled, “Passages: A Journey Through Place and Space.” Twenty percent of sales at the two-month show will go to help end chronic homelessness through Homeward Bound.

Opening Reception Friday, May 10 | 5-7 pm

Refreshments will be provided and the public is welcome to join.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Mother's Day Offering for the Child Care Center
May
13
8:45 AM08:45

Mother's Day Offering for the Child Care Center

Since 1967, the mission of the Child Care Center has been to provide children with the highest quality of early childhood education and guidance in a loving, nurturing environment with committed, competent and caring staff. 

This year the offering will be used to support the completion of a new, natural play space on the Church Street side of our building in memory of Rebecca Reinhardt. The playspace design, which is by the Natural Learning Initiative of NC State, is also available to see in the Wallace Foyer and will be in the bulletin on Mother's Day. Through our generous contributions we can complete this playspace, which will be used by both church and Child Care Center children.

https://cccfpcasheville.com/

https://cccfpcasheville.com/

If you are not able to make an offering on Mother’s Day, checks payable to FPCA (earmarked for the Child Care Center) can be mailed to the office or you can make a gift online anytime. 

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

Children's Ministry: Godly Play

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

Read our Detailed Brochure

How can you help? 

  • Purchase a story set in honor or memory of a loved one. See the display in the Powell Atrium on the 1st floor for specific information.
  • Make a general donation to support the on-going costs of the program.
  • Volunteer to help organize and set up the rooms.
  • Participate in Godly Play training and join a ministry team of storytellers or room hosts. 
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Check all that apply. You can go to our Ways to Give page and make a general donation online today!
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From the Stewardship Committee...
Feb
23
to Feb 27

From the Stewardship Committee...

Dear FPCA Family,
The 2018 stewardship campaign has closed successfully, and we are grateful for the fearless generosity exhibited by so many. As we reflect on the ministries of First Presbyterian Church, remember that your monetary gifts will help spread the love of Christ in the Asheville area, as well as in remote corners of the world. Pledges for 2018 are $920,000 (this is .1% increase over last year).  Below is a trend of dollars pledged and percent change from year to year.
Over the coming year, the Stewardship Committee will share examples of the differences FPC makes resulting from your gifts in both big and small ways, all made possible by your generosity.   The second graph below shows how the pledge money is divided up in FPC’s different ministries. 

If the work of the Stewardship Committee is of interest to you, please join us at our monthly meetings as we explore what it means to be good stewards of Gods' resources. We are working towards year-round communication of FPC’s ministry to the church and how it matters.

In Christ,
Your 2018 Stewardship Committee (stewardship@fpcasheville.org)     

 

 

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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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Hands & Feet of Asheville
Dec
11
5:15 PM17:15

Hands & Feet of Asheville

Hands and Feet of Asheville

Winter Social & Fundraiser
Monday, December 11 (5:15-7:30 PM)  


Come relax with us after work for an evening of music, food, drinks and friends at Habitat Tavern & Commons! This event is FREE and as always, donations are welcome and tax
deductible :) Kids are welcome and we will have a simple craft table to keep them busy. Hands and Feet of Asheville is the local Young Adult Volunteer site of the Presbyterian Church and is a year long, progressive, Ecumenical Christian service program for young adults to pursue their passions, serve others, build community, and explore faith.  
 

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Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Market

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This year the Loaves & Fishes Alternative Gifts Fair benefiting non-profit agencies doing God’s work in the world will be hosted in the Tuton Fellowship Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church! 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! ~Learn more and order online HERE~

Participating agencies:

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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 Canned Food Drive
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November Canned Food Drive

FPCA is  sponsoring a canned food drive at church through the month of November. Everyone is asked to bring canned goods to church throughout the month in an effort to support MANNA FoodBank. Boxes and bins will be placed around the church building for collection. 

All non-perishables will be accepted, but the items most desired are:

•   Canned meats (beef, chicken, tuna)
•   Peanut butter (plastic jars only, please)
•   Dried/Canned Beans (pork & beans, pinto, kidney, black)
•   Hearty Soup (pop-top cans preferred)
•   Meals in a Box or Can (beef stew, chili, mac & cheese, hash)
•   Canned Fruits (fruit cocktail, raisins, apple sauce)
•   Canned Vegetables (green beans, carrots, corn)
•   Cereals and Grains (rice, pasta, cereal in a box or bag)
•   Fruit and Vegetable Juice (100% juice preferred)
•   Dry Milk (instant non-fat)

Out of our abundance let us share!
 

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Donations for LOVE ASHEVILLE Mission Sunday!
Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Donations for LOVE ASHEVILLE Mission Sunday!

CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

For Mission Fair activity 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

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!!!

Support the CROP Walk:  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.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO!!

Socks & Shoes: 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.

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Celebration Sunday!
Oct
22
12:15 PM12:15

Celebration Sunday!

October 22nd Stewardship Celebration Luncheon

Join us for a celebration luncheon after the 11 a.m. worship service to kick off our 2017 Stewardship Season! We'll celebrate the past year of our ministry and mission, and look ahead with anticipation to the coming year. The stewardship theme for 2017 is Fearless Generosity. Our joyful feast on the 22nd will begin a three-week season during which we are asking each of you to prayerfully, fearlessly, and joyfully consider your financial generosity to FPCA for 2018.  

The Stewardship Committee is hosting this lunch, the table will be set, and your place is reserved! No RSVP's are necessary. 

With joy, 
The Stewardship Committee   (Eva Greene and Sue Sparboe-Derry, Elders & Co-Chairs)
Questions? Email stewardship@fpcasheville.org

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Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert

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Please join Jennifer Bryant Pedersen, soprano and Cathy Adkins, piano on October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary!

This free program features the beautiful melodies of Schubert, Debussy, Mozart, Verdi and Barber and centers around the ever-changing expressions of the heart and mind. 

A free will offering will be taken with all funds going to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's hurricane relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Sep
21
to Sep 30

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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You shall be . . . the restorer of streets to live in. 
—Isaiah 58:12

Help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope & healing to families impacted by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.
 

Dear Friends of FPC-Asheville,

As rescue crews continue to dig for survivors in the latest earthquake in Mexico, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is connecting with its ecumenical partners to support recovery efforts and develop long-term response plans. The quake on September 19th, which registered 7.1 on the Richter Scale, was the second to strike the region in less than two weeks, causing buildings and houses to collapse, killing or trapping hundreds. PDA is partnering with the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches for emergency response and capacity building. 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in touch with presbyteries in affected areas of Texas and Florida, and standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so. PDA has been in touch with the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest) to offer assistance there as well.

You can provide much-needed financial support through PDA, whose work is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) we receive each Easter.
 

How can you help?

1) Send a check to the church office or put in the offering plate on any Sunday, made out to FPC-Asheville, with the word “Presbyterian Disaster Assistance” in the memo.
 
2) You can also give directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance with a credit card by visiting http://pda.pcusa.org/page/give/ or by phone at 800-872-3283. 

3) Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.

PRAY: 

God of help and hope, in the challenging days, months and years to come, work through us to bring relief and respite from urgent need,comfort and the hope of peace for those who grieve the loss of family, home and safety, and faith to walk on through weary days of rebuilding. May we be steadfast in love, stronger than death,and thus, with those whose lives we seek to sustain, together bear witness to your redeeming love.
Amen.

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Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House
Sep
14
to Sep 29

Habitat for Humanity: 26th Presbyterian-Methodist House

THE 26TH HABITAT PRESBYTERIAN-METHODIST HOUSE
SPECIAL OFFERING AUGUST 27
BUILD BEGINS in SEPTEMBER 

First Presbyterian is joining other Presbyterian & Methodist churches in Buncombe County to build the 2017 Presbyterian-Methodist House.  This will be the 26th house jointly built by local Presbyterians and Methodists and will be built in Arden. The home owners will be Nikita Norris and Regina Hunter. Nikita is an Asheville native and is a Head Start teacher while Regina works at Olive Garden  They are delighted about the prospect of moving from a substandard rental unit to a safe, permanent and affordable home of their own to raise their toddler and a newborn due when the house is completed.. The churches are working to raise a significant portion of the $55,000 cost of construction. You can make checks payable to FPC earmarked for Habitat Offering.

A paper sign up sheet is available in the Wallace Foyer.  Our build dates are: Tues. Sept. 5, Thurs. Sept. 14 & 21; Thurs. Oct. 26, Thurs. Nov. 2.

Please contact Bill Winkler  (winklerwm@gmail.com, 828-231-9180) if you have any questions, or visit www.ashevillehabitat.org

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Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May
14
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering

Annual Child Care Center Mother’s Day Offering
May 14 (8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services)

Since 1967, the mission of the Child Care Center has been to provide children with the highest quality of early childhood education and guidance in a loving, nurturing environment with committed, competent and caring staff. We serve a diverse community of families including many who are not able to pay full tuition. In addition to the state subsidies, our mission dollars are needed to help provide low-income working families quality child care, thus enabling parents to work.  If you are not able to make an offering on Mother’s Day, checks payable to FPCA (earmarked for the Child Care Center) can be mailed to the office anytime.  
 

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Become a Partner in Ministry
May
7
to Jun 11

Become a Partner in Ministry

Invest in our Guatemala Mission Trip
and support our Youth!

Beginning Sunday, May 7 and continuing through June 11, donation envelopes are on display on a board in the Powell Atrium. You are invited to take an envelope of any amount ($1-$150), enclose a donation and return it in the offering plate or to the slot located by the front desk of the Wallace Foyer.

As an official partner in this ministry you will receive updates from mission participants before, during and after their trip. For more information, contact Rev. Michael Poulos.

 

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April Adult Faith Development
Apr
23
to Apr 30

April Adult Faith Development

April 23:  Generation to Generation
Come talk about First Presbyterian Church Asheville and it’s future.   The last capital campaign is 2 years behind us.   Worship in the beautiful renovated sanctuary enriches us each Sunday.  Renovation has finished to allow for growth in the Child Care Center.  New members join us monthly.  Generous gifts are being made to endowment funds to be held in perpetuity.   

In the midst of this growth, we humbly recognize that our current congregation has received great blessings from previous generations. We drink from wells we did not dig and sit under the shade of the trees we did not plant.   Join Julie Lehman and Sarah Thornburg to talk about what we have received from previous generations, and how we might invest our resources in future generations, so that their wells will be deeper and the shade of their trees will be broader.  

April 30:  Annual Congregational Meeting (Sanctuary) 
The agenda for the meeting includes:
*  Ministry and Mission Overview - Patrick Johnson
*  Annual Report from the Clerk of Session - Esther Pardue
*  Treasurer’s Report - Keith Love
*  Endowment Report - John Webb
The committee chairs will also be available for a time of question and answer.  We hope you will join us for this important update on First Presbyterian Asheville.
 

 

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Adult Faith Development Sunday April 23 at 9:45 a.m.
Apr
18
to Apr 23

Adult Faith Development Sunday April 23 at 9:45 a.m.

Maturing Buildings Need Maturing Faith

“A maturing faith involves awareness of the impact of others on us, but also awareness of the impact that we have on others.” 

“Knowing your own story and your congregation’s are central to responsible and faithful leadership whatever position you occupy in God’s realm.”

Both of these thoughts come from an article in The Lutheran magazine by Dr. Emlyn Ott, the Dean of Leadership Formation at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and former Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. Both statements illustrate how Hubert and Joan Williams’ story and our congregation’s authentic life together are a match made in heaven!

When they decided to make FPCA their faith home seven years ago after moving here from Albany, GA, Hubert and Joan Williams quickly found their place in God’s realm here at 40 Church Street. They made friends, attended activities and volunteered for leadership where needed and where their gifts were best offered. Joan found joy participating in Women’s Studies and Women’s Dinner Out. Hubert put his talents and professional expertise to use on the property committee. Of their time in the FPCA community, they say, “We especially like how close members are with each other and how very much a part of the church we feel.” They also enjoy the great music program and the ministry of Saturday Sanctuary.

As Hubert served on the property committee, he realized that for a church as active as ours in ministry to Asheville, we needed a more functional means of group transportation. Having come from a church with a large bus, they knew that that our van was aging and not adequate for the needs our ministry presented. In their maturing faith, Hubert and Joan recognized both the impact that our church was having on them and the impact that they could have on our church and its ministry. 

Together, Hubert and Joan set their hearts and souls to discerning a gift that would take our church to the next level of ministry in downtown Asheville. They decided to give the congregation a 15-passenger bus with room for luggage and accessible to people with walkers. Over twenty members were trained as drivers by Don Totten, and we are able to transport members and guests from neighboring retirement communities as well as take trips together wherever God calls us to go.

Joan and Hubert have been abundantly blessed with wealth beyond their expectations. They are grateful to God and believe strongly that such blessings should be dedicated to God’s work in the world around them. As Hubert spent time working through the issues with which the property committee was wrestling, God began to speak to him and Joan about the long term health of our church’s ministry and how it was unfortunately linked to the expense of maintaining an aging infrastructure. They talked and prayed about a way they might be able to help to separate those two expenses with a fund to help cover deferred maintenance costs and free up our annual budget to focus more on the ministry and less on facilities.

In 2016, they decided to dedicate $1 million of their estate to FPCA and our church’s building maintenance fund was established. In order to provide some funding now, they gave $100,000 to start the fund. It is their hope that many members will understand how important our role is in maintaining our beautiful buildings and help grow the fund with their own current and planned gifts. In order to facilitate this, our church now has a planned giving program. You can pick up information at the reception desk in the Wallace Foyer or find it online using the link below.

On April 23, the planned giving team will be hosting a class on this topic during faith development. Anyone wishing to learn about estate planning (you’re never too young for this!) is welcome to come and hear from a professional about how to start the process or how to add FPCA to your plan if you have already made your plans prior. Also, feel free to talk about this opportunity with Sarah Thornburg or Patrick Johnson.

We are so grateful for the wisdom and generosity that Hubert and Joan Williams have graciously offered our church family, and the way this gift has expanded our mission and impacted our ministry in and to Asheville.

Julie Lehman

Planned giving team members: John Webb, Julie Lehman, Sarah Thornburg, Patrick Johnson

Generation to Generation Brochure

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