Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady was recently featured on the WXXI News program Connections with Evan Dawson. Dr. Cady and Asbury First member Cory Tylenda discussed the decision of the Special Session of the General Conference and its possible impacts. If you missed it, listen online at www.wxxinews.org/programs/connections.
This was a disheartening week for The United Methodist Church and for our siblings in the LGBTQIA+ community. But even amidst this darkness, we are committed to focusing on the light of hope. Because Asbury First is a place committed to loving and affirming all people, we are honored to be able to display numerous stoles from the Shower of Stoles Project (www.welcomingresources.org/
Each stole contains a story of an LGBTQIA+ individual who is a ministerial leader in their faith tradition. This display exemplifies the beautiful truth that we are all children of God, and we are all called into ministry regardless of our various identities. We hope this exhibit will be a reminder to us of our task to make love louder.
If you are unable to view the exhibit on Sunday, you may also peruse the stoles and stories online, here: exhibits.lgbtran.org/
Also, join us for #rainbowsunday — In an attempt to show solidarity and support for our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, we encourage persons to wear rainbow attire this Sunday (bow-tie, scarf, pin, lanyard, headband, etc.). This idea came out of the town hall meeting on Wednesday night, in response to the Special Session of the General Conference.
We are excited to host the internationally acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club on Tuesday, March 12, in the Sanctuary at 7 pm. The MCGC is the premier singing organization of Morehouse College, traveling all over the country and the world, demonstrating excellence not only in choral performance but also in discipline, dedication, and brotherhood.
Founded in 1867, Morehouse is a private, all-male, liberal arts, historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of only three remaining traditional men's liberal arts colleges in the United States. Morehouse is also one of only two historically black colleges in the country to produce Rhodes Scholars, and it is the alma mater of many African-American communities and civic leaders, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Also, take time to listen to this video of lay delegate to the Special Session of General Conference (and long-time member of Asbury First and former ministry intern), Ian Urriola's vlog, where he shares his prayer asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Sundays 12-1 pm, February 17, 24, and March 3 in the Fellowship Hall.
*If you missed our town hall meeting yesterday, February 17, about the upcoming Special Session of General Conference of The United Methodist Church, see these documents which outline the main proposals.
On Monday, January 21, Rev. Dr. Cady was honored to be the keynote speaker at MLK Day 2019, hosted by the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater. Calling on Dr. King's legacy, Rev. Dr. Cady spoke of the need to "Walk in the Light," and that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” You can listen to the full sermon here or on our Worship Archive. For more coverage of the event, see the links below:
Due to the snow on January 20, we have postponed our Annual Church Conference.
Join us on Sunday, February 3 after the 11 am service. We will discuss the budget, the nominations report, the progress of the Better Together campaign, and much more. 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 note, as per the vote taken at last year's Church Conference, we will only have limited physical copies of these reports available.
Please find the appropriate information below:
Advent season begins December 2 and an Advent devotional is available for you as you prepare for Jesus' Coming. Each day of Advent, you will find a personal devotion written by members of our community.
For a family event to start the holiday season, come to Asbury First for Chris Wilson: An Advent Concert, at 7 pm on Saturday, November 24. The vocalist and acoustic guitar player will present a heartwarming and inspirational program of spiritual and Christmas music in the sanctuary.
The concert will raise money for the Dining and Caring Center, which provides more than 35,000 meals a year.
Tickets are $20 each and are available at the door, in the church office, or in the Welcome Hall. Your attendance will help Asbury First continue to feed those in need!
The annual Storehouse Christmas Treasures Sale (formerly the Christmas Craft Sale) will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2. Visit the many fine craftspeople and artisans for a wonderful variety of one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures! Items include fine art, jewelry, photographic cards and prints, pottery, Christmas ornaments, and much more!
Saturday, December 1
10 am–4 pm
Sunday, December 2
9 am–2 pm.
Get some Christmas shopping done while benefiting the important work of the Storehouse!