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An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour

An invitation from former PCUSA Moderator Heath Rada and the Pilgrims of Ibillin

MILESTONES AND LIVING STONES

You are invited to attend a gathering at Montreat (Upper Anderson) on May 29 at 7 pm to hear Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Chacour was born to a Palestinian Christian family in the village of Biram in Upper Galilee, and, along with his whole village, experienced the tragedy of eviction by Israeli authorities in 1948.

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He was ordained and appointed as priest of St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Ibillin, and fulfilled his vision of bringing children, youth and adults of different faith traditions to live and work together in peace. The cluster of schools now serves 2750 students from preschool through high school, and consistently ranks as some of the top academic schools in Israel. The Archbishop has received numerous international and national awards, including the Council for America’s First Freedom Award for International Service, the World Methodist Peace Prize and the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize by a Buddhist group in Japan.

Archbishop Chacour is the author of the books Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land, both making the bestseller lists around the world.

Questions or to register, contact Lynn Jostes at 202.445.9975.
The event is free and open to the public, so please invite a friend!

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Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing
Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

Celebrating Hope: 20 Years and Growing

Join the community in celebrating 20 years of chaplaincy at Swannanoa (formerly Black Mountain) Correctional Center for Women. Enjoy refreshments while learning how this necessary non-profit began and the varied ways in which it has grown.

Hear stories from some of the women who have been residents behind the gates of the prison and how your support has made a difference to them. Learn how much safe space, inspiring programs, intentional presence matters!

First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall

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Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Practicing Shalom in Our Time of Climate Change

A 4-Part series to examine climate change: We will consider its effects on our world, and explore the role of our Christian faith in response.

Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at First Baptist Church

April 24 – “Living in this time of Climate Change”
Deke Arndt, Chief, Monitoring Branch, National Center for Environmental Information, NOAA
From his experience as climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Deke will speak to us about the recent report from the National Climate Assessment, helping us understand major points of interest. Additionally, he will speak to conditions we might expect in the Southeastern US with regard to climate change. We are fortunate to have Deke share his scientific expertise with us.

May 1 – “Practicing Shalom in Climate Change”
Rev. Nancy Sehested, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation
Nancy will lead us in an exploration of the relationship between our faith and climate change. What can we glean from our Scriptures that speak to this issue? How are we then called to respond?

May 8 – “Asheville Responds”
A Panel of Local Leaders: Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizons Project, Coordinator; Dawn Chavez, Asheville Greenworks, Director; Scott Hardin-Nieri, Mountain True, Director of Creation Care Alliance
From these community leaders, we will learn of their efforts in Asheville and Buncombe County to mitigate climate change. Additionally, they will help us know ways we can participate with them or on an individual basis to make a positive difference in combating climate change.

May 15 – “First Baptist Responds”
Dr. Mack Dennis, Pastor
Mack will give an overview of ways our church has already taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and live more sustainably. Where do we go from here? Mack will share ideas that are being explored and visions for our future of ways we can help as we live in this time of climate change.

Sponsored by the FBCA Creation Care Team and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

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Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Learn more about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Did you know that you could fill the US Cellular center three times with adults in Buncombe County who cannot read at a basic skills level? Additionally, 8% of our community does not speak English at home and 33-40% of 3rd-8th grade students in our community test below on-grade-level proficiency standards in reading.

These enormous deficits impact adults' abilities to find and retain living wage employment, children's likelihood of graduating from high school, and our entire community's health and economy.

Join congregants from your neighborhood churches at Trinity Episcopal Church for lunch to learn how the Literacy Council of Buncombe County is addressing these issues -- providing our neighbors with the literacy and English language skills they need to live productive, self-sufficient, and fulfilling lives. You will learn about an often-hidden struggle and ways that you can be part of the solution.

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At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)
May
2
10:30 AM10:30

At The River: Oral History Project (Documentary screening)

Struggle and Grace in the White South

A feature length documentary currently in post-production about white Southern Presbyterians during the Civil Rights era.

What did white Southern Presbyterian ministers do during the Civil Rights Era? Often isolated in small towns in the Deep South, some chose to be brave in spite of dangerous circumstances.

There are a lot of people who think ministers did nothing - or worse. Carolyn Crowder, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, during those hard times knows differently. She set out to uncover this generally unknown history through interviews with ministers who are now in their elder years. The result is the oral history project AT THE RIVER.

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Focusing on Southern Presbyterian ministers who as very young men stood up to the culture, their churches and, sometimes their own families, AT THE RIVER provides witness to their brave actions and their clarity of thought and conviction. They were fired, defrocked, brought up on heresy charges, and threatened by the KKK and the White Citizens’ Councils. A simple sermon that mentioned in any way the unrest going on around them could get a man run out of town. They went on with the rest of their careers and never spoke much about what had happened to them during that era. One reason that this history is not commonly known is that they are humble and believed that whatever actions they took, small or large, were nothing compared to the suffering of black people around them who were facing sure violence or death.

Info/tickets for our May 2nd Screening at the Fine Arts Theater

 

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Walking the Path
Apr
28
4:15 PM16:15

Walking the Path

The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions.

People of all faiths are welcome. Sunday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville.

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The Creation Care Fair: Activities & Classes
Apr
28
9:45 AM09:45

The Creation Care Fair: Activities & Classes

9:45 a.m.  Adult Class Solar Power: A Faithful Response for Church and Home (Room 112)
Bill Maloney from St. Eugene’s Catholic Church will talk about solar power for your home and our church. Before Bill launched a campaign to put 100 solar panels on St. Eugene’s roof, he put solar on his own roof so he would know that it worked! Learn what is involved, how it works, and questions to ask about it for your home and our church.

9:45 a.m.  All are welcome– especially K-5th and their families!  (Fellowship Hall)
We will be making God’s creatures to hang on a mountain landscape mural, learning about the power of the sun and the wind through various activities, and measuring the amount of energy required to light different bulbs.  Exhibits will be set up in and outside the Wallace Foyer about composting, recycling, energy efficiency & solar energy.  We will also have a model ‘Tiny House’ with the Beloved Community Tiny House Village.  And…an electric car will be in the circular driveway for you to experience!

Walking the Path: 5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Labyrinth walk at 4:15, at the Sacred Garden/Labyrinth of First Baptist Church
The Creation Care Alliance Earth Day Vigil is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril. The theme is “Walking the Path” and will include interactive and contemplative practices, music, poetry and stories from a variety of faith traditions. People of all faiths are welcome.

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Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk
Mar
31
9:45 AM09:45

Fiber Artists' Gallery Talk

Fiber Artisits’ Gallery Talk
Sunday, March 31 at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Gallery

In recognition of 2019’s “100 years of Bauhaus” celebrations, Women’s History Month and the role of key women in shaping our region’s fiber art and craft heritage, Local Cloth presents an exhibit of work by modern women of the Southern Appalachian region who continue to push the boundaries of fiber art materials and techniques.

These women also represent several area fiber artists who will be teaching a variety of workshops and classes at the Local Cloth studio on Asheville’s South Slope in 2019. This commitment to education helps ensure continuation of the rich textile traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Women in Fiber Art—1919-2019, curated by Local Cloth Resident Artists Joan Berner and Karen Donde, invites you to experience the legacy of our women fiber art pioneers by enjoying the work of the featured artists and participating in the classes they will be teaching this year.

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Adult Faith Development- Artist Gallery Talk
Feb
24
9:45 AM09:45

Adult Faith Development- Artist Gallery Talk

Come hear artist Ellen Phillips talk about her wide variety of art media and subject matter. As Ellen says in her artist's statement, "If I accomplished anything with my art, I would hope to inspire those who view to leave this place, to look around and to notice more and wonder." She has also created numerous cut paper banners for many churches and events. Ellen is a good friend of Joan Murchison and splits her residence between Atlanta and Black Mountain. This will be the last Sunday for this exhibit at FPCA as we get ready for the next gallery showing.

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Power of Place Lecture Series
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Power of Place Lecture Series

Warren Wilson College announces the third lecture
in our 125th Anniversary Lecture Series: Celebrating the Power of Place.

For 125 years, we’ve educated generations to lead lives of utility, meaning, service, and beauty – lives that matter. The Power of Place is a series of events celebrating Warren Wilson College’s history with a focus on what it means to be located physically, ecologically, and culturally within the overlapping communities and territories that make up this special place.
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Jay Erskine Leutze, author of “Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” will lead this discussion. Go to their website to register- the series is free.

The lecture takes place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4 p.m. in Kittredge Theatre, Warren Wilson College.

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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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Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Open Your Hearts Lunch & Learn

This Valentine’s Day 12—1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church

Join Homeward Bound for a short film, from an award winning director, depicting one woman’s journey from homelessness to housing followed by a panel discussion on Women and Homelessness. Lunch provided. RSVP ONLINE or contact Eleanor Ashton (eleanor@homewardboundwnc.org) at 828-793-0072

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Women's Studies: Pisgah Legal Services
Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

Women's Studies: Pisgah Legal Services

We meet to learn, to share a meal and to enjoy the company of other women in our church. Any woman who attends our church and her friends are welcome to come to meetings. Women who wish to attend are strongly encouraged to call the church office or email womensstudies@fpcasheville.org and sign up to come.

January Meeting: Potluck Brunch Items
Program: Pisgah Legal Services (at the home of Barbra Love)

Pisgah Legal Services Attorney Julia Horrocks and a colleague will share some immigrant clients' stories.  They will describe how PLS assists families to solve some of their many daunting problems.  The attorneys invite our questions both before and during this meeting.

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Men's Group: Beer & Theology
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

Men's Group: Beer & Theology

The Presbyterian Men’s Organization would like to invite all men of the church to an evening at Barley’s Tap Room for a time of fellowship and a look at a faith focused topic.  

This month: The Vanishing Neighbor: How our faith allows us to be better neighbors

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and childcare will be available at the church. We will be meeting on the upper level and begin discussion around 6 p.m.

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The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast
Jan
19
8:00 AM08:00

The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Citizens of Asheville and Buncombe County will celebrate our community’s 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Resort Drive in West Asheville. Thank you for the  support you and others in our community have given the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association in past years. We cordially invite you to join us once again as we celebrate our nation’s progress and forcefully face the obstacles to Dr. King’s dream that still confront us. This year our keynote speaker will be civil rights pioneer Ernest G. Green, one of the world-renowned Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957.

Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased for $25 each. Patron tickets are available for $35, with patron names included in the program journal. Tickets may be purchased at www.mlkasheville.org or call (828) 281-1624.

 

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Low Carbon Diet Small Group
Jan
6
9:45 AM09:45

Low Carbon Diet Small Group

January 6, 13, 20, 27 (9:45 – 10:45 a.m.)

Thinking about a new year’s resolution? Why not go on a diet to lose 5000 pounds in 30 days! Sound impossible? Not when you join a small group and follow the Low Carbon Diet workbook.

Recent global and national reports indicate that changes to our climate are happening faster than previously predicted and that we have only 10 – 12 years to make changes to prevent a crisis. Individual actions count, and they are so much easier to make when others are doing it with you.

Contact Jane to order a workbook. Sponsored by the Creation Care Team.

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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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What are We Waiting For?
Dec
16
9:45 AM09:45

What are We Waiting For?

Adult Faith Development Sunday December 16 (Fellowship Hall)

We take time in Advent to think about what it means to wait for the days when—as we are promised in Revelation—“there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying or pain.” Join Rev. Patrick Johnson and a few other voices for a discussion that centers on hope in the midst of suffering. The congregation is invited to submit questions to Rebecca Gurney to help shape and direct our conversation

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

STRAWS Documentary about single use plastics  

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Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church  

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This short award-winning documentary charts the history of straws and reveals our culture’s current obsession with single-use conveniences.  A discussion will follow. The event is free, but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

Sponsored by:
Creation Care Alliance of WNC
Earth Team of Grace Covenant Presbyterian
Toward Zero Waste

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A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

A Gathering of Multi-Faith Families

Moving Beyond the December Dilemma:
A Gathering of Multi-faith Families

Avenue M (private room) ~ 791 Merrimon Avenue

If you are part of multi-faith family (in whatever way you interpret this), join Rev. Samantha Gonzalez-Block, Rabbi Batsheva Meiri and Rabbi Justin Goldstein for an evening of building community, asking questions, and sharing experiences as we prepare for the holiday season. All are welcome!

To RSVP or request childcare, email Samantha by November 7th.

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Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Free movie screening: I Am MLK Jr.

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Join Montreat Conference Center for a free screening of I Am MLK Jr. Brought to you by Network Entertainment and Director/Writer/Supervising Producer, John Barbison, I Am MLK Jr. is a documentary that celebrates the life and explores the character of American icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the trailer here.

Following his journey across the mountaintops and valleys while capturing the Civil Rights Movement at large, the film provides intimate, first hand insights on Dr. King, exploring moments of personal challenge and elation, his legacy and an ongoing movement that is as important today as when Dr. King first shone a light on the plight of his fellow African Americans.

This is a free event, open to the public.
We ask you reserve your ticket in advance for setup purposes.

Click here for details and to reserve your seat.

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Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet
Sep
30
9:45 AM09:45

Faith in Action: Loving Neighbor and Planet

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Scott Hardin-Nieri will lead us in conversation and prayer regarding our role as Christians in God’s creation. Scott is the Director of the Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina, a regional network of people of faith and congregations who unite around the spiritual and moral call to preserve God’s creation. He is an ordained pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and learned to listen to people and nature in a new way while living in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

 

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Crossroads Antiracism Training  August 17 - 19 (Montreat Conference Center)
Aug
17
to Aug 19

Crossroads Antiracism Training  August 17 - 19 (Montreat Conference Center)

This introductory training by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training Event will
provide participants with a shared analysis of systemic racism in the United States. Using an action-reflection model, the training will seek to answer three questions: What is the current reality of racism in the US? Why is this still our current reality? How can we intervene
strategically to disrupt and dismantle racism? (Details)

The training will include definitions of key concepts such as racism, prejudice, power, and dominant culture. Participants will receive capacity-building tools and resources to work for antiracist transformation in their churches and institutions. To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference go online or contact the registrar: SusanA@montreat.org 828.419.9829. 

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Invitation to Advocacy
Aug
3
to Aug 11

Invitation to Advocacy

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The DC mission team visited the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness and participated in an excellent advocacy training workshop. Focusing on the Farm Bill, the group visited Sen. Tillis’ and Sen. Burrs’ staff  to advocate for the bipartisan approach of the Senate version. If you would like to learn more about the Farm Bill and its impact on low income families, stop by the front desk of the Wallace Foyer for more information.
 

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

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ALLY TRAINING
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

ALLY TRAINING

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TUESDAY JULY 24TH, 2018 at 6:00 P.M.
NEW MOUNT OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

•    What does it mean to be an ally to a cause, group, or organization?

•    How do we center the voices of people most affected by an issue?

•    How do we learn to work in community for the cause of justice?

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Clarissa Harris, director of the Warren Wilson Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Office, will lead a conversation focusing on methods of supporting, encouraging, and building relationship as we work for justice.

Please bring a light refreshment to share.  Sponsored by Christians For A United Community Advocacy Team

For more information contact us at 828-254-48884 or visit our Facebook page

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Adult Faith Development Classes in July
Jul
1
to Jul 29

Adult Faith Development Classes in July

These Classes Meet Weekly June & July unless indicated:

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

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

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

Classes meeting in July

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

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

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

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

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

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

PCUSA General Assembly June 16-23

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

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

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