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Join us on Sunday, January 19 after the 11 am service. We will discuss the where we will discuss the campus projects, the nominations report, the 2020 budget, and much more. All are welcome to come participate! If you are not able to join us in person, please watch the live stream at www.asburyfirst.org/worship/live beginning shortly after 12 pm. 

Please find the appropriate information below:

Nominations Report 2020

Annual Report 2019


HessHolocaustSurvivor2020 300pxSunday, January 26, 3-5 pm, Gathering Center


Steven Hess was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1938. Hess’s family was eventually sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and in April 1945, they were liberated from a boxcar train by Russian troops. In 1947, his family immigrated to New York. Hess majored in American History at Columbia College and has given numerous lectures on the Holocaust and his own experiences. All are invited to join us as we listen to first-hand accounts on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. For more information, contact Rev. Mike Mullin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Voices, a professional chamber chorus founded by William Weinert, will present a concert on Sunday, January 19 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Entitled Psalms of David, the program will include Handel’s Dixit Dominus, a dramatic piece for choir, soloists, and small orchestra, plus Psalm settings by Mendelssohn, Sweelinck, Telemann, Pachelbel, and Byrd. The program will be conducted by Rayvon Moore, a doctoral student in conducting at the Eastman School and choral director at Colgate University. The program is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken at the door.


Check out the local coverage of the United Methodist Church proposed split:

WHEC: https://www.whec.com/news/local-united-methodist-leaders-support-proposal-to-split-church/5598751/?cat=565

WHAM: https://13wham.com/news/local/local-church-minister-speaks-out-on-united-methodists-decision-to-split

Spectrum News: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2020/01/05/united-methodist-church-to-consider-a-split-#

Make sure to tune in to the Connections with Evan Dawson show today (January 6) at 1 pm to hear a discussion on the proposed split of the United Methodist Church. Our senior minister, Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, along with member Cory Tylenda, and Rev. Rick LaDue, lead pastor of United Methodist Church of Webster, will speak on the denomination's debate and split over LGBTQ inclusivity.

https://www.wxxinews.org/programs/connections


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Are you interested in the Bicentennial Bible Challenge? We are calling 200 people to join us in reading the ENTIRE Bible in honor of our 200th anniversary next year. Here are links to the main reading lists: Weekly, Monthly. Check them out and see what this incredible challenge entails. This is the weekly reading schedule and a monthly breakdown, to help shepherd us through the year together. Keep an eye out for the study guide! These resources will be available for you to use on your own, as well as with small groups for weekly discussion and conversation. We are very excited to be embarking on this journey together and look forward to sharing more information with you in the weeks ahead. Make sure to sign up here!!


Once again we have an opportunity to donate blood at a time when patient needs and hospital supplies are often stressed. Our drive will be held on Tuesday, December 17, from 12–5 pm in the Gathering Center. Call Ed Ristau at (585) 223-4356 if you have questions or wish to reserve a time. For more information about making a donation or to discuss eligibility, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS. Stop at our table in the Welcome Hall on Sunday, December 15 if you have questions or would like to sign-up for a donation.


There’s a Christmas corner in the church library. Take a look in the reading room off the church library to find a bookcase devoted to Christmas holiday reading. All ages can find books on Christmas in this holiday bookcase. Stop by and check out a few to entertain yourself and family over the upcoming holiday time.


Saturday, January 18, 10 am–12 pm

UPDATE: In case you are interested but are unable to attend, we will be live streaming the event on our website. Please visit: https://www.asburyfirst.org/worship/live to stream the event. Thank you!

On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Asbury First will host the Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, the executive director of Mainstream UMC. Dr. Holland is coming to the Northeast to raise awareness and funds to advocate for an expression of Methodism that honors LGBTQ+ persons in marriage and ministry. Beginning at 10 am, Dr. Holland will speak on the current state of the UMC, the plans going before the 2020 General Conference in May, and the work of Mainstream UMC. Following his presentation, he will leave plenty of time for questions. Mainstream UMC was founded in 2018 to help pass the “One Church Plan” at the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Since that plan failed and the punitive Traditional Plan passed, Mainstream UMC has become a leading voice of protest and advocacy within the denomination. Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady joined the advisory board of Mainstream UMC last winter and is pleased to welcome Dr. Holland to Asbury First. All are welcome at this free and formative event. For more information about the Mainstream UMC, visit www.mainstreamumc.com.

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Please note that the UR Well Clinic is canceled for this Thursday, November 21. With campus construction projects, water in 1040 will be turned off starting at 6 pm, impacting our ability to run the clinic. The Clinic will resume Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 5. Thank you for your patience during this time.