love asheville

FPCA congregation-wide day of mission Sunday, October 29
“We love because God first loved us.” 1 John 4.19


Late registration: please contact Michael Poulos if you are interested in participating. Some mission opportunities are closed because of space limitations.


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On 10/29 we will NOT follow our regular worship and faith development schedule.
Instead, we hope you will participate in a morning or afternoon mission opportunity, and that everyone will come together
for worship in the sanctuary at 4:30 PM. (Of course, you can choose to serve all day, but that is not expected for everyone.)

Participate by bringing donations!  Click here to learn about the items needed.

Morning Mission Opportunities

(childcare provided at FPCA 8:30-12:30 pm)

Sharing Breakfast at Pritchard Park
Conversation with Asheville Poverty Initiative scholars
7:45-11:00 AM   FULL
We will prepare and serve breakfast to our neighbors who gather in Pritchard Park each Sunday morning. Participants will assemble 150 sausage biscuits  in the FPCA kitchen and will bring juice, hard boiled eggs, bananas / grapes (soft fruit) to share in the heart of downtown. After breakfast we will have an opportunity to talk with Asheville Poverty Initiative scholars who will share first hand their experience of homelessness in Asheville

FPCA Team leaders: Tony & Katy Farlow
Group: 15 max - children, youth and adults

Ministry of Food: Loaves & Fishes!
9:45 AM - noon   FULL
This morning we will work in the FPCA kitchen together to prepare food for various ministries: soup to be served for lunch at the Church of the Advocate, cookies and casseroles to be served at Saturday Sanctuary, as well as meals to be shared with our homebound members. Preparing and sharing food are ways to express God’s abundance, and working together is always fun!

FPCA team leader: Mary Corley
Group: 20 max - elementary age children, youth, adults

AHOPE Day Center
9:30AM -noon  FULL
This morning a team will visit Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Day Center, learning about its mission as well as doing deep cleaning and painting. The front door for people experiencing homelessness, AHOPE (19 Ann Street) offers basic services like showers, storage, mail, access to phones, and coffee. AHOPE is where the process to start moving toward permanent housing begins.

FPCA team leaders: John & Jil Meadows
Group: 15 max - youth and adults

BeLoved House
9:30 AM-12:30 PM   FULL
This morning we will visit and worship with the community at BeLoved Asheville. An intentional community practicing mutuality, love, and justice in the way of Jesus, BeLoved seeks to put love into action daily by providing home and resources for those on the streets, creating innovative projects to solve tough problems (like the Homeless Voice Advocacy group and the homeless Street Medic team), providing fresh food and support services for families with children and elders living in poverty, and creating opportunities for creativity and social entrepreneurship through projects like our Rise Up Art Collective for "starving artists."  After worship, we will share in lunch with the community that gathers each week at 39 Grove Street. BeLoved is a validated ministry of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina and is 100 percent volunteer led. 

FPCA team leader:  Michael Poulos
Group: 15 max - children, youth and adults

Visiting our homebound members
10:00 AM - noon  FULL
This morning we will visit some of our members who have difficulty getting out and about. After a time of preparation at church, we will break into teams and set out to visit some wonderful members at their homes. 

FPCA team leader: Barbra Love
Small groups of children, youth and adults

Kairos West Free Food Market & deep cleaning
10:00 AM - noon  FULL
We will visit the Kairos West Community Center (610 Haywood Street) to distribute food as well as do some deep cleaning inside.  An outreach mission of the Episcopal diocese, Kairos West’s mission is to be “a sacred space in a secular world, accessible to all and set apart for community building and for the empowerment of emerging leadership through art, liturgy, and social service.” Kairos West is open daily from 9 am – 4pm and hosts the 12 Baskets Cafe. 

FPCA team leader: Bill Lowery
Group: 15 max - youth and adults

Mission Fair @ FPC-A Fellowship Hall
During the morning there will be stations set up in the Fellowship Hall for a variety of mission engagements. Write notes of appreciation to Child Care Center teachers, decorate welcome placemats for Room in the Inn and Saturday Sanctuary guests, prepare flowers to be shared with downtown workers, fill welcome bags and more! 

FPCA team leader: Nancy McNeill
All ages and abilities welcome!


Afternoon Mission opportunities

(We will gather for worship in FPCA sanctuary at 4:30 PM;  
childcare provided for worship)

Church of the Advocate
12:15-3:45 PM     
We will visit the Church of the Advocate (COA) for worship and to serve lunch.  Founded in 1997 as an outreach program of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the Church of the Advocate is dedicated to serving the homeless & the vulnerable people of Asheville. Known as the “Red Door” church located under Trinity Episcopal, COA is a worshipping community in partnership with Episcopal Diocese of WNC. Once a week, the COA offers on-site mental health counseling services to parishioners through All Souls Counseling. COA also hosts Sole Mate, the only “closet” dedicated exclusively to collecting gently used and new men’s and women’s footwear. We will collect and bring gently used and new men’s and women’s athletic shoes and boots, and new tube socks.  

FPCA team leader: Beth Cummings
Group: 15 max - older elementary, youth and adults

1:00-4:00 PM
We will participate in the local walk which begins and ends downtown at First Baptist Church. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service aimed to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.   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. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs. We will work on raising funds from our congregation and community to support the Crop Hunger Walk.

FPCA team leader: Jamie Brady
Group: children, youth and adults (and doggies, too!) There’s an option for the short (2.5 mile) or longer (5 mile) walk.

Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women
2:00 - 4:00 PM      FULL

*required volunteer orientation on October 10, 6 p.m. *

We will visit the center and have a chance to hear some of the women’s stories as well as learn more about their gifts.
The Swannanoa Women's Correctional Center is a minimum security correctional facility and the only women’s unit in Western North Carolina. FPCA has long ties to this ministry, as we host a mother-child retreat for the women each year. Rev. Shannon Spencer, our adjunct pastor for mission engagement, serves as one of the chaplains there. 

FPCA team leader: Terry Beamer
Group: adults who attend the required training

*A  required training will be held for new volunteers on Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 PM at the center (55 Lake Eden Road Black Mountain, NC 28711). You are invited to come that night with a photo ID. The training should last about 2 hours, and it will enable you to participate in our Love Asheville Day of Mission on 10/29 or other times.

Homeward Bound’s Welcome Home Donation Center
2:00 - 4:00 PM     FULL
We will visit the Welcome Home Donation Center, learn about its mission, and spend time organizing and sorting items collected there. Donations of plates, bowls cups and other clean/gently used household items go directly to newly housed women, men, and children. We will collect from the congregation and then deliver these most needed items to donate: paper towels, toilet paper, all purpose cleaner, dish washing soap, cloths detergent, garbage bags, and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap).

FPCA team leader: Dawn Carlton
Group: 8-10 max - older elementary, youth and adults

Working Wheels
2:00 - 4:00 PM       FULL
We will learn about Working Wheels and spend time cleaning some of their donated cars. Working Wheels is a local non-profit whose mission is to recycle and repair donated cars, transforming them into working wheels for working families in Western North Carolina. A car that starts opens the door to further education, better employment opportunities, and an improved quality of life. Working Wheels’ collaborative model bolsters the work of trusted partners by connecting the repaired vehicles with their clients – the ones they believe need them the most.

FPCA team leader: Neil Leach
Group: 10-12 max - older elementary, youth and adults

Mission Fair @ FPC-A Fellowship Hall
3:00-4:00 PM
Come to the stations set up in the Fellowship Hall for a variety of hands-on mission engagements. Write notes of appreciation to teachers, decorate welcome placemats for Room in the Inn and Saturday Sanctuary guests, use arts and crafts to express God’s Love in creative ways. At 3:30 we will take cards and flowers to our Child Care Center to share the love with the staff and families there.
All ages and abilities welcome!

FPCA Team leaders: Nancy McNeill & Keith Love