Month: July 2019

July 23, 2019
Beginning in August, Loaves and Fishes will need two volunteers for the second Saturday distribution team and one more person on the third Saturday team. Saturday shifts are 9 a.m. – noon. All women and men are welcome on these shifts. Contact Diane Carey,, for information.
July 22, 2019

This year’s build marks our 21st year, and our 31st home. Join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, in Wood Fellowship Hall for the kickoff dinner. Building begins on Saturday, September 14. Register to help here,  and use Church Partners ID #1686.

Join the Reverend Pen Peery and other FPC men for the return of this opportunity for discussion and fellowship on Tuesday, August 13, at Resident Culture Brewing, 2101 Central Avenue, 8-9:30 p.m. We hope you’ve had a great summer.

July 11, 2019

The Session has voted to work with a real estate agent in Asheville to sell the Summey House, property owned by the church at 336 Texas Road in Montreat. The church recently received a below-market offer for the property, which was once considered as a spot for building a lodge the church could use for various activities and events. However, that plan was suspended when it was learned that it would violate zoning regulations related to parking. If a credible offer for the property is received, this would need to come to the congregation for approval.

July 2, 2019

All middle school youth are welcome to join us on August 12 for the final local service project of the summer. We will work with various partners in mission. The times depend on the day’s project. If you have questions, contact Bryce Lapping.

Join Bryce and Tristan for the second Middle School Recreation Day of the summer at an Escape Room on July 15! We will head to Exit Strategy for a quick hour of mystery and fun, and follow up with lunch afterwards. Registration cost will be $25 to cover the cost of a room and lunch. Registration closes July 8. Plan to meet at FPC at 10 a.m. Afternoon pickup and pickup between 4:30 – 5 p.m. Email either Bryce Lapping or Tristan Wall  with any questions

Middle School Youth will attend (for the first time) the yearly conference at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, Va., July 11-14 They will engage in various recreational opportunities, attend morning keynotes, and share their experience with other middle. This year’s theme is At the Door.

Elementary school children are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on August 25 to  be blessed for the upcoming school year. Also during worship, we will have a supply drive for the weekend food bags that we provide for children at Westerly Hills Academy. Our bags include Chef Boyardee cups, fruit snacks, chewy granola bars (nut free), goldfish packs, popcorn, pudding and cereal.

Elementary children and families are invited to be part of the Elementary FEAST (Families Eating and Sharing Together) Day on Sunday, July 28.

After the 11 a.m. service on that day, elementary children and families have lunch and popsicles.


First Church Leader Orientation

Join us on August 18 at 9 a.m. or on August 25 at noon for First Church Leader Orientation.


First Church and Elementary Teacher Orientation

Join us on  August 18 at noon or on August 25 at 9 a.m.