On Wednesday, June 19, 6PM the youth choir from First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA will give a summer concert. Under the direction of Ruth Szucs, the group is participating in a mission immersion week with Asheville Youth Mission. All are welcome to attend this free event!
Three times a year the adults of the church serve breakfast to over 120 homeless and impoverished neighbors at Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville. The adults of First Presbyterian Church will serve breakfast at Pritchard Park on Sunday June 9.
We are in need of food donations at this time.
Hard boiled eggs: in their shells – and delivered to the church in their carton.
Soft fruit: bananas, grapes
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
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.
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!
In order to be assured of seating,
you are asked to make a reservation.
You may sign up online by following the prompts at this link.
This event would be a clean-up of the Lodge before the first groups booked to use the lodge arrive. Your participation would be a major service to the congregation. The lodge is used by church families and we also earn income from vacation rentals to groups. This is our chance to become familiar with the property, meet other men in the congregation, and gift your time and talent to our church! We see this as a chance for us to gather in fellowship and service.
Several key items to do would be:
brush and limb trimming
leaf and debris cleanup
restructuring the fire pit in the back
and some small maintenance items like screen repair, lightbulb change, and other various tasks.
We will provide lunch making materials for our lunch and meet in Black Mountain at 5 pm for an informal group meal to celebrate. If you have any questions or if you are available to join us, please let me know by email or phone.
Thank you and Blessings to you and your family, Alan
RSVP: Alan Young
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Join us for an evening of personal story telling from two women living at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women along with the Ministry of Hope chaplains Carol Dalton and Shannon Spencer. This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from incarcerated women about their experiences in our criminal justice system along with the development of their faith journeys while in prison.
Enjoy the SCCW Voices of Hope choir and witness firsthand the prison ministry in which we are involved. And, come learn how you can make a difference in the lives of these women who live right down the road from our church. There will be time following the presentation for informal conversation over coffee and dessert in the fellowship hall.
Youth and families serve at Pritchard Park
8:15 – 9:45 AM
Meet in the kitchen at 8:15 AM to prepare – bring soft fruit, orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. Let Nathan know if you can help. And if you would like to help bake at 7:30 AM, let Nathan know, too!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 828-793-0072
You are invited to a special lunch Sunday, February 3
(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 3, we have the opportunity to participate again in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Come enjoy some hearty soup prepared by our Saturday Sanctuary chefs with 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 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
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 2018, Souper Bowl of Caring empowered 2,296 participating groups to collect over $1.4 million in cash and food items which impacted over 2,385 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!
Come join a group of adults as we serve breakfast to the homeless in Pritchard Park – Downtown Asheville.
On Sunday, January 27 we will meet at FPC-Asheville at 8:45 am and walk over to Pritchard Park to deliver food and serve breakfast – 8 servers needed!
There are other ways to support this ministry – we will need 11 dozen hard boiled eggs (in the shell), soft fruit – bananas, grapes and baked goods donated.
Please contact Jamie Brady to serve or donate food items.
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.
* 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
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.
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
Alternative Gifts Fair Benefiting non-profit agencies
doing God’s work in the world
100% of funds donated will support the agencies
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:
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)
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 email@example.com
One Sunday morning each quarter, we ‘provide breakfast for our downtown ‘neighbors in Pritchard Park. We gather to prepare the meal (biscuits, fruit and juice) and then deliver it to the park to share.
We have a full group- thanks FPCA!
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
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.
“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.
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.
Anyone who would like to help serve our downtown neighbors is invited to meet in the FPCA kitchen at 8:15 a.m. We need you to bring soft fruit, (grapes, bananas), orange juice, and/or hard boiled eggs to share. We will walk over to the park around 8:45 a.m., returning by 9:45 in time for the Congregation-wide Forum faith development class.
On Wednesday, August 22nd we'll enjoy a "festival-style" meal with music and seven local food trucks offering a variety of delicious fare onsite in our parking lot from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. Music on the U-Leaf stage by Ashley Heath and Her Heathens; Alex Krug; Bill Berg.
Free transportation to/from the venue provided by the Wicked Weed Trolley beginning at 10 am. Pickup points include: French Broad Cholocate Lounge; Aloft Hotel; Coxe Ave. across the street slightly N. from US Post Office; and Haywood St. across from Woolworth Walk.
Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, the Downtown Welcome Table is a homemade meal served on abundant plates by an attentive wait staff. Every Wednesday and Sunday during the lunch hour, houseless friends dine with students, retirees, the working poor and privileged professionals. Unlikely friendships are formed over a shared meal, and all are nourished.
Participating food trucks: Appalachian Chic ~ Bun Intended ~ Cecelia's Kitchen ~ Gypsy Queen ~ Mtn View BBQ ~ Out of the Blue ~ Root Down.
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.