The campaign projects are well under way in our sanctuary building (1040). It is really exciting to see, and since you can't go see it just yet, we figured we'd start bringing it to you! Here is the first update from our new series, where you will see first hand the construction, the progress, and hear the stories about what's happening below the sanctuary. This is all happening because of your giving. Thank you!
Check out our first video! Today, our tour guide is Chuck Hanrahan, Chair of the Building Committee. Enjoy footage of the boiler room and the former bell room in the lower level of 1040.
On Sunday, September 22, we will be hosting an Art Silent Auction (see a few examples above) to benefit the Dining and Caring Center's budget. The art was donated by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and we are grateful to be able to fundraise in this way for the D&CC. The art will be displayed throughout the Welcome Hall and Gathering Center, and anonymous bidding will take place in the Welcome Hall. 100% of every dollar raised will go to the D&CC's budget.
Thank you to the Outreach Committee for bringing leadership to our new Outreach Sunday series. Thank you to the Dining and Caring Center for sharing their stories. And thank you to all of Asbury First—we are truly better together.
Add sparkle, warmth, and coziness to your life with the “Time for Lovin’” concert by the Melody Masters Big Band on September 26 at 7 pm, in the Sanctuary. Classic selections that reflect themes of love, travel, and nature including the night, moonlight, and stars will be performed. Music director Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes will illustrate how musicians naturally foster strong relationships as they listen and respond to each other. A suggested $10 free-will offering will support Asbury First outreach ministries. A reception will follow the two-set concert.
The Melody Masters Big Band brings it on home with heart through fresh arrangements of classic big band standards. This 17-piece band honors the legends of Basie, Dorsey, Ellington, Miller, Sinatra, and many others with performances for schools, music festivals, community events, benefits, and business and social occasions throughout the greater Rochester, NY region. Key concerts in the 2019 season included the Jazz90.1 on-air radio broadcast, the Honor Flight Welcome Home for area veterans at the Rochester Airport, and “Lovin’ Education”, the band’s benefit concert. Concert proceeds were used to support music instruction for needy Rochester City School children.
Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes creates a bond with audiences through inspiring repertoire and meaningful commentary. While leading the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Music Department she directed the University Jazz Ensemble, and while chair of the Eastman School of Music New Horizons Program she directed the New Horizons Big Band in the Rochester International Jazz Festival with performances in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Through Insightful Music Leadership, Parkes supports the professional music community through guest conducting, consulting, and in-service workshops. She gives presentations on leadership, engagement, musicianship, and performance anxiety for national, state, and regional professional music associations and for small to medium-size businesses.
Just as the Christian faith is about bringing life to the world, Asbury First is about bringing life to this community. We believe the way to the fullness of life promised by Jesus Christ is through love. Through love we find life. In a love-filled life, we are led to serve others. Through service to others, we find love fully expressed. This cycle is the heart of discipleship and as such, we believe it is the key to living into God’s dream for this community. Our mission at Asbury First is to love God and neighbor, to live fully, to serve all, and then to do it all again. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). Asbury First is a warm, open faith community of 2,300 people in the city of Rochester, NY that extends hospitality and encourages full participation for all, regardless of age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status or family structure, education or economic background and physical or mental ability. We do not seek to erase our differences, but to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.
For more information, please contact the church office at (585) 272-1050.
UPDATE: Emmanuel College Chapel Choir concert moved to Third Presbyterian Church
Here is a friendly reminder to take a break from whatever is stressing you out this week. Read through this wonderful devotional that is in our new issue of the Visitor by our Minister for Congregational Care, the Rev. Kathy Thiel. Learn from Jesus’ example on how to deal with the world when overwhelmed. You can download a printable version here.
Also, check out the rest of the Visitor online here: www.asburyfirst.org/about/news-letter.
Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
We are proud to host the Emmanuel College Chapel Choir from Cambridge University. The Choir is comprised of about eighteen singers, and has a large repertoire of sacred and secular music: their principal function is to sing one Communion service and one service of Evensong each week—though they also entertain at dinners and undertake various external engagements. Besides these regular commitments in the College, the Choir has a very active profile, both across England and abroad. Over the past year, residencies have included Southwark Cathedral (in London) and St. George’s Chapel (Windsor Castle). The Choir toured in Barcelona in the summer of 2018, and in Poland in 2017; and the Choir will tour in the United States in 2019. Concert engagements in Michaelmas 2018 include Verdi Requiem (with another choir) at the Hampstead Arts Festival (outside of London), and future plans include the first British performance of Stölzel’s Passion.
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 am–3 pm, 1 Favor Street, Rochester, NY 14608
We made the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church Weekly Digest with coverage of our Hug Relay!!
Read all about it here: http://www.unyumc.org/news/article/asbury-first-umc-bridging-the-divide-one-hug-at-a-time
Thank you, Shannon, for coming out to cover our event!
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We are getting excited about the Hug Relay! We have so many wonderful groups from around the community joining in to spread the love One Hug at a Time. Check out all our sponsors here.
But, we need your help to spread the word! Please download this flyer to let others know about this incredible event.
Also, if you have a social media account, please share this image and the following quick blurb:
Join us and our partners at Asbury First UMC to break the world record for longest Hug Relay on August 8th! Everyone is invited and welcome—we're looking for 1300 people in order to break the world record! Come, stand in line, get a hug and give a hug, and enjoy music, food, and fun along the way. Please register online at http://bit.ly/hugrelay_register. #rocthehug
Don't forget the hashtags! #rocthehug #asburyfirstumc
Thank you to all who have pledged to participate in this fun-filled event!