First Baptist Church of Asheville engages our community on a weekly basis through hands-on missions. We work with at-risk children in our Crossroads After-school Program (Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m.) Volunteers serve the homeless and hungry through Lunch at the Crossroads (1st – 4th Thursdays each month at 12:00 p.m.) Don’t miss these other opportunities as well.

Save the Dates!

FirstHands smOperation Inasmuch • April 24-30, 2017
Are you interested in making a difference right here in Asheville? Does your Bible study class or church group need a way to help? Make sure that you save the date for Operation Inasmuch 2017. On April 24-30, our church will partner with one another and others in our community to share God’s love through word and deed. Leave this week open for becoming the hands and feet of Jesus in a new way. Plans are underway now. If you have a special project that you would like for the church to consider, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 252.4781. David will share your idea with the Missions and Hands-on Ministry Council.

FirstShine Summer Camp • June 26-29, 2017Firstshine sm
Adults, college students, and youth please save the date for our FirstShine Summer Camp 2017! This overnight camp will be for children with special needs and held at Warren Wilson College. Click here to complete a Counselor application online.

Get Involved Now!

MANNA3 smMANNA FoodBank • Tuesday, February 14 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Help pack and sort food with fellow FBCA members to care for people in our community facing food shortages. Sign-up in the Atrium or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 252.4781 to volunteer.

MANNA FoodBank • 4th Thursday of the month • 1:00 p.m.
A wonderful group of senior adults meets every 4th Thursday of each month at J & S Cafeteria at Riveridge at 11:45 a.m. for lunch. The group then heads to MANNA FoodBank at 1:00 p.m. to sort and pack food for the hungry throughout our region. It is a monthly moment of fellowship and service. Like to join them? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 628.5858.

Room in the Inn • February 26-March 4, 2017 and September 17-23
We will be hosting and providing a safe haven for women to stay who are transitioning out of homelessness. Multiple volunteer opportunities are available including cooking a warm meal, transporting the women during the day, staying as an overnight host, bringing fresh flowers, making care packages and more. Click here to volunteer and nurture friendship and fellowship with these women and fellow FBCA members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 778.2010 for more information.

New Missions Opportunities for a Small Group or Class

Do you or your small group need a place to start in doing “hands-on missions?” It may be a group of friends or a Bible study class. You could be a part of a study group or on your own. But, making a difference in partnership with Jesus matters. Listed below are some great opportunities to get involved in a meaningful way that embodies God’s love in the world. Begin the new year with a new mission. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 252.4781 to volunteer.

Serving the Homeless through Homeward Bound

Sign up with a small group to fulfill one of the needs below. All are perfect for a group of four or five, or an entire Bible Study class. If you are on your own, sign up anyway. Homeward Bound can help get you started. Like more information? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Volunteer Programs Director at Homeward Bound.

The AHOPE Day Center, a program of Homeward Bound of WNC, is reaching out to First Baptist Asheville for assistance in caring for the most vulnerable in our community. In case you aren’t familiar with AHOPE, it is a “day center” that is open 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the weekends. AHOPE provides safe space for our neighbors experiencing homelessness to “be” and also to get hot coffee, hot showers, receive mail \ telephone messages and have limited storage for their belongings. We provide all of those things because they are necessary for everyone, people need to feel cared for every day, particularly if they are in crisis, and it allows our staff to establish relationships that allow us to formulate plans to move people from homelessness into housing. This is a pure form of outreach. It will allow you to learn and understand what it is like to live in extreme poverty and have no security net. It will also provide an opportunity for you to participate in work that is vitally important in our community.

The Move-In Experience is a great way for a small group to be involved in ending homelessness! Just another way to meet a community need in a meaningful and personal way. Most of us have extra “stuff” in our homes. Homeward Bound of WNC has clients moving into housing almost every day. When someone exits the homeless community and enters the housed community, they don’t have the basic things that most of us take for granted. A bed (with a frame) for instance, a table, a few dishes, dish soap or toilet paper! Homeward Bound staff will meet with your group to talk about the sorts of things that each client needs. Your group will then take some time to collect these items (generally a few weeks). Once you are ready, we will pair you with a Homeward Bound housing case manager to move someone from homelessness to housing! Can you think of a better way to spend a few hours

The Welcome Home Donation Center, a Homeward Bound service, needs volunteers to receive donations from our community. The Welcome Home Program provides basic furniture and household goods to people who are newly housed to make their new housing feel like home. Providing basic furniture and household goods to each person moving into housing is a key component to the best practice model Housing First that Homeward Bound implements. We are looking for highly reliable friendly volunteers that love to organize and interact with people! The Welcome Home volunteers will receive donations from the public, hand out donation receipts, organize the donations that were received, get together orders from our case managers, and pack move in boxes to be distributed to people who are moving into housing. We are looking for a volunteer team to facilitate donation drop off time which is on Wednesdays from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at our donation center located at 549 Elk Park Drive, Asheville, NC 28804 Suite 708.

Working with Low-Income Seniors

Our friends at Battery Park and Vanderbilt apartments include almost 200 low-income senior adults who welcome our support as they cope with aging and the needs that come with living on limited income. First Baptist Church of Asheville has ongoing ways that you or your group can help. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 628.5858 to volunteer.

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Join a team of senior adults who lead Bible study and fellowship at Vanderbilt Apartments every other Tuesday from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Share food and relationships. Be a part of the conversation. Get to know a new friend.

Adopt the Vanderbilt/Battery Park Food Pantry
Many of the residents at Vanderbilt and Battery Park live on less than $700 per month. Near the end of the month, some have to choose between food and medicine. We can help by stocking their emergency food pantry overseen by the Resident Services Coordinators of the two facilities. These trained social workers partner with residents to improve day-to-day living. Your small group or Bible study class may want to adopt a month or a full year, taking up mini collections of targeted items and delivering them to the pantry.