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ThanksgivingInGathering 2020 eblast header Untitled PageSaturday, November 21, 9 am - 3 pm, Sanctuary

The Thanksgiving season has historically been a time for members and friends of Asbury First to donate to some of our on-campus outreach ministries. Our annual Thanksgiving In-Gathering is an exciting time for us to bring our gifts to the altar, bless them, and offer them to our guests and friends in need. This year, we are hoping to still do the same, while honoring the need to socially distance and remain safe. As such, we invite you to bring any of the requested items to Asbury First UMC on Saturday, November 21 anytime between 9 am-3 pm, where you will have the opportunity to participate in a silent pilgrimage into the sanctuary, place your gift at the altar, offer a prayer over the use of these gifts, and return to your vehicles. Masks are required. We will have signs and volunteers present to help direct people/flow, and we will also have individuals on hand to offer a touch-less drop off for anyone interested in staying in their cars. As we do each year, you are also welcome to provide a monetary donation. Whatever you decide, we look forward to receiving your gift and keeping the tradition of our Thanksgiving In-Gathering alive. We will then collectively view and bless these gifts on Sunday, November 22 during worship via the live stream. For more information, please contact Rev. Jackie Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Dining and Caring Center
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • 10-ounce to-go cups 
  • Men’s winter gloves
  • Razors
  • Hand or body lotion
  • Sleeping bags
  • Backpacks
  • Granola bars
  • Toilet paper
  • Cans of fruit
  • Raisins
  • Monetary donations
Grocery Bag Ministry
  • Canned tuna 
  • Peanut butter (creamy) 
  • Jelly (strawberry, grape)
  • Soups (tomato, chicken noodle, typically Campbells or store brand)
  • Canned vegetables 
(corn, green beans, mixed)
  • Canned fruit (peaches, mixed), smaller (<16 oz) cans ideally
  • Boxes of mac-and-cheese
  • Socks for babies and young children (up to size 5) 
  • New men’s underwear
  • Clean, gently used winter jackets 
(men, women, and children)
  • Clean, gently used blankets
  • Gift cards to Walmart or Target 
in any amount