Missions - Mercy & Justice

missions1The goal of First Baptist Church Missions Committee is to develop opportunities to for our members to grow in their faith by helping others. We become stronger by practicing mercy and justice. This work is at the heart of our church's mission statement, which sets our congregational goal to be an influence "at the intersection of the culture and the Kingdom of God."We seek to do this with a focus on urban outreach projects: providing meals for the hungry, job assistance to Slavic nationals, responding with aid to local and regional disasters, and by answering the needs of members in our church to ensure they do not alone or in silence.  For more information on mission-related activities or our Missions Committee, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Mission Committee Chair or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Minister of Missions Outreach and Pastoral Care.

Click here for Missions Funding Application.

 first hands

Churchwide Volunteer Day
Saturday, May 24
First Hands is a mission opportunity that allows you to get some first-hand experience in local
mission ministry. Each of these quarterly projects will have a unique focus. Some will involve
helping church members in need, others may connect us to local agencies like Asheville
Greenworks. Others may take us to homes in our community to paint, repair, insulate, etc.

Cleaning Inside and Outside the Church • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
15 volunteer inside/15 volunteers outside

Mountain Housing Opportunities • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
10 volunteers needed

Paint and do interior work in a home.

Habitat Restore (31 Meadow Road near Biltmore Village) • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
6 volunteers needed.

India Youth Mission Trip Yard Sale • 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
As part of our First Hands mission weekend, support our India missions team as you do a little
spring cleaning! For $20 we’ll reserve you 2 parking spaces in the parking lot. Another $10 will
rent you a table (first come, first served). You come set up your stuff, set your own prices,
and keep the proceeds. We’ll handle the advertising for you! Bring your payment to
Sarah Whitlock in the church office to reserve your spot. Set-up time is 7:00 a.m.

Meals on Wheels • 10:00 a.m. • Dining Room
17 volunteers needed to deliver to 4 different sites

In an effort to provide a weekend meal to those who depend on Meals on Wheels during the
week, we at First Baptist Church of Asheville will deliver 50-60 meals. Prepared meals will be
ready in the church dining room for delivery at 10:00 a.m. Please consider signing up in the
Atrium as an individual, a family, or as a Bible Study class. Contact Laura Grover at
828.667.4898 for more information.

Room at the Inn: May 25-May 31
Volunteers are needed to prepare and dismatle space where the 12 women who are
homeless will stay for the week. Also needed are folks to prepare meals, serve as hosts,
stay overnight, and transport the women.

Sign-up in the Atrium today and get involved in this Churchwide Volunteer Day.
Contact Eddie Morgan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Sarah Whitlock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
or 252.4781 for more information.

Community Billboard
Community Billboard will be a regular feature in Highlights to inform us of the specific, real, and desperate needs of our mission partners. While agencies such as ABCCM and MANNA encourage and welcome our participation quarterly in projects for 8-10 people, often the greater need is for one person to help with a specific task like filing, organizing, or setting up computers. Often these jobs can be done at the volunteer’s convenience. Take a look at the Community Billboard for MANNA Food Bank.

• Need consistent volunteers that come each week (Shifts are Monday through Friday from either 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.)
• Checking and sorting daily produce
• Processing and checking each and every egg that is received
• Data entry volunteer.

To get involved please contact MANNA at 828.299.3663 to attend a volunteer training and orientation.

Lunch at the Crossroads • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays
Would you like to join this team in 2014? We provide lunch to more than 180 people who are homeless. If you are willing to cook, serve, clean, wash dishes, or host, contact Everette Clark at 667.8078.

MANNA Food Bank • Thursday, April 10 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Be part of a team to assist those in our community who are hungry. Sign up in the Atrium or call Eddie Morgan or Sarah Whitlock at 252.4781. Eight volunteers needed.

Habitat for Humanity Construction  Saturday, April 12 • 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join a team to build safe and affordable housing in our community. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Contact George Bashor at 828.712.0014. Four volunteers needed.

Habitat for Humanity RESTORE • Saturday, May 17, • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
They are having a large sale and need extra hands. Please sign up in the Atrium or contact Sarah Whitlock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 252.4781 if you are interested in helping.

Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build • Saturday, April 26 • 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Ten women are needed to work at the Habitat site. Sign up in the Atrium. Contact Martha Worley at 828.296.1662 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Kairos Prison Cookie Bake • Saturday, May 10 • 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • Church Kitchen
Kairos Prison Ministries are a International organization that goes into prisons and delivers the Love of Jesus to inmates & Correctional Officers. First Baptist Church of Asheville is helping to provide cookies to a 4-day “INSIDE” retreat weekend at Marion Correctional Institution. Why cookies? First of all cookies are used as a love offering to help break down walls and to build bonds. We will prepare, bake, and package these cookies. Contact the Church Office at 252.4781 to volunteer.

Note: Those that would like to back 2” soft chocolate chip cookies ( no nuts, fruit, icings) at home should have your cooled cookies in the Atrium on Saturday, May 10 between 8:00 a.m. and noon and we will gladly package your cookies for you.