Opportunities to Serve
FBCA Disaster Relief & Construction Ministry
This ministry responds to help with both local and national disaster relief efforts. This team also helps our local community in ongoing projects like building a ramp for a neighbor in need. Contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781.
FBCA Men’s Day Ministry
This ministry develops and nurtures friendships with men in our community, who are striving to get their lives back on track after facing homelessness. This ministry meets Monday-Friday at FBCA from 9:00 a.m.-noon We also provide the men who live at the Veterans Restoration Quarters rides to church on Sunday morning and volunteer bus drivers are needed throughout the year. Contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781.
This ministry helps teachers at Claxton and Jones elementary to prepare learning materials by cutting out shapes, making flashcards and more. Help-a-Teacher shows that we care for our local schools and want to support them. To learn more contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781.
FBCA Lunch at the Crossroads Thursdays
Each Thursday (except fifth Thursdays), we welcome our community to a free lunch in the gym, followed by popcorn and a movie in the Sherman Center. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals, pray for needs, and build friendships with our guests. We also have a food pantry and clothes closet available most weeks. To learn more contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781.
FBCA Lunch Crossroads Literacy Tutor Thursdays
This ministry opportunity to give the gift of literacy. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with adults teaching them to read on Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 p.m. following the Lunch at the Crossroads meal ministry. Contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781.
FBCA Crossroads Afterschool Ministry Wednesdays
Our afterschool ministry provides a place for children in grades K-3, who are at risk of being homeless, to strengthen their educational skills and to provide a caring mentoring relationship with an adult. Volunteers come on Wednesday afternoons during the calendar school year. Our 2018-2019 year begins October 17. We need tutors, bus drivers, people to share the ride with our children as they come from school or head home. This is a great way to embody Jesus’ blessing of the children. Contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781. She can give you more details so you can serve in our afterschool ministry.
FBCA Ministry with Those in Prison
Jesus said, “I was in prison and you visited me.” There are three opportunities to serve alongside FBCA friends and others as we care for those who are in prison. Help lead a Bible study at Craggy Correctional Center on Monday evenings. Lead worship at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women every other month on a Sunday evening. Join a retreat team as members go INSIDE area correctional facilities to listen, listen and love, love through Kairos Prison Ministries. Kairos leads traditional 3-Day retreats to transform prisons from the inside with God’s love. Contact Sarah Whitlock at 828.252.4781. She can give you more details so you can serve and get you in touch with the leaders of these ministries.
Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Shoes are needed!! We have learned that many of our friends in the downtown community are needing walking shoes. As you may know, they spend much of their day walking from one place to another for meals and other services. Athletic type shoes, not dress shoes, are in high demand. This is true for men and women, and especially for men’s size 11-13. So, check those closets for shoes that have been hiding.
The ongoing pandemic has left pantries empty and friends still hungry. Across this past year, members and friends of FBCA have filled scores of food boxes for our neighbors in need. In January 2021, the church delivered 272 boxes to 74 families in our community....
Last January, members from our church visited with our friends in Las Tunas. We learned that they had formed a partnership with a nearby church and hoped to raise animals on their farm to provide food for their community.
Every Wednesday a group gathers to sort food donations from church members.
Every Thursday a small group of volunteers prepares 195 lunches in the dining room.