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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

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

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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.

WhitePrivilegeSympsosiumROC2019 2This Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, make sure to check out the White Privilege Symposium at East High School (1801 E. Main St, Rochester, NY). There will be three amazing key speakers: Jacqueline Battalora, Bettina Love, and Yusef Salaam. This is an important topic in these divided times. Register here to learn tools for creating a just future for all.

Please note: This event was at one point scheduled to be on the Asbury First campus, but is now located at East High School at 1801 E. Main St, Rochester, NY. For more information, click here.

Hunchback2019Friday, November 8 at 7 pm, Saturday, November 9 at 7 pm, and Sunday, November 10 at 2 pm.
Join us this year as our 6th–12th-grade youth are excited to be performing the Disney musical, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Many youth have been working tirelessly for the past month and a half to memorize lines, learn choreography, and get into their characters. Even more youth helped with stage construction, sound, tech, and also in the pit. In addition, countless parents and adult volunteers have come together to help truly make this show a success. Because of the construction occurring in Fellowship Hall, the musical this year will take place in our sanctuary. This is especially fitting, given that the center-point of this show is the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the ability to rely on the safety offered by a sanctuary. Tickets are on sale for $10 at the door.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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Urgent Action! Join the 4,200 Co-Signers!

November 3-6, 2019 is the last meeting of the United Methodist Council of Bishops before the Traditional Plan takes effect on January 1, 2020. Mainstream UMC is asking for your help to ask the Bishops to call for a church-wide moratorium on harmful complaints, charges, and trials. In just two days, more than 4,200 people have already signed on! We need to speak with one voice if we are to stop the harm.

Here are a few things you can to do help:

  • Please click here to sign the letter to the bishops:
  • Please call or email your bishop today at your annual conference office asking him or her to please support this moratorium. If you are not sure how to contact your bishop, click here This will link you to your annual conference website where you can find your bishop’s phone number and email.
  • Please pray for a moratorium during worship on Sunday, November 3.

Together we can stop the harm the judicial process inflicts on our LGBTQ clergy and allies and find an amicable path forward for the church. For more information on Mainstream UMC, please visit

Saturday, November 9, 10 am–9 pm, Barnes & Noble Pittsford, Bookfair ID #12555363

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All-day Saturday, November 9 is our Asbury First book sale at the Barnes & Noble book fair at the Pittsford store (3349 Monroe Ave. Rochester, NY). Come join the shopping fun (just in time for Christmas shopping) and enjoy performances by the Asbury Ringers, Women of Note, and other musical groups. The proceeds of the sales go to the church library at Asbury First and are used to add to the library’s book collection. It’s a win-win for you and the church library. Make sure to use our Bookfair ID #12555363 when you check out. You can also shop online at to support us from November 9–13 by entering Bookfair ID #12555363 at checkout.