Join Asbury First During Holy Week!
Childcare is available at all services marked with an asterisk*
HOLY THURSDAY | April 13
Sanctuary open for silent meditation
Living tableaus of scenes from the life of Christ
Worship, Holy Communion, and a reenactment of the passion of Christ
GOOD FRIDAY | APRIL 14
Informal service of Holy Communion
Worship and reflection on art and music (music provided by Voices Chamber Choir)
Family Prayer Night: An open house with activities that draw us closer to God and our faith, such as Holy Communion and walking the labyrinth (All are welcome)
EASTER SUNDAY | April 16
Brief service of Holy Communion (no sermon)
Sundays, March 5-April 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Gathering Center
This is a yoga class for people of all experience levels and abilities. Classes will be taught by Lynn Boucher, Nazareth College’s “yoga chaplain,” and will integrate spiritual themes, meditation, and self-reflection. Asbury First’s theme for Lent is the search for common ground, and yoga invites us to reflect on the literal ground that supports us as we practice together. Bring your own mat or use one of ours. Pay what you can; suggested donation is $5 per class. We hope to see you there!
Many of you heard Rev. Stephen Cady speak about the refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and he expressed a concern that churches have been absent in the response. Stephen has been speaking with a missionary couple (see some of their story in the video below) and hosted a meeting to discuss how Asbury First might respond.
On Sunday, February 19, more than 50 individuals convened in Fellowship Hall to brainstorm and explore ways the Asbury First community can make a meaningful, positive, and lasting difference for those impacted by the global refugee crisis. As a church community, Asbury First takes seriously its responsibility to better love and support those in our global family—including the refugee and the orphan—which was seen clearly on that Sunday afternoon.
During the meeting, attendees with a passion for getting invovled in this effort came up with a number of ways we could make a difference. These ideas were recorded and the list will act as a jumping-off point for conversations that the Asbury First community will have in the days and months to come. A few of the proposed ideas included:
- Create a database of refugee needs and local companies with a surplus, which may be matched up
- Solidify our position on this issue with Scripture and reach out to other churches with which we can collaborate
- Develop connections with churches in Europe and at the heart of this crisis
- Invite local refugees to speak and share their testimonies in the hopes of spreading knowledge and understanding
- Funnel support to Canada to strengthen their work in welcoming refugees
- Develop ways to empower refugees to help themselves
While we had been very excited about a new possible use for 1010 East Ave and have been working behind the scenes for the last few months to try and make it a reality, we learned today that it is no longer a possibility.
We apologize for any confusion that this might have caused as we scheduled and rescheduled this upcoming meeting. Rest assured that the trustees and the rest of church leadership will continue to explore the best use for 1010 East Ave. and will update you as soon as we have a new recommendation.
Since many already had the meeting on their calendars, we would like to suggest that we meet to discuss another pressing topic for our congregation-the global refugee crisis.
Many of you heard Stephen speak last Sunday about the refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and he expressed a concern that churches have been absent in the response. Stephen has been speaking with a missionary couple and would like to have a brainstorming session following the service on Sunday, February 19, to discuss how Asbury First might respond. This meeting will be the beginning of a much broader conversation. All are welcome.
This Lenten devotional offers a series of brief daily Scripture readings and reflections that we hope will enrich your personal faith life during this holy season. The readings for each day are selected from those assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary, and are accompanied by a quote or reflection from a wide array of our forefathers and foremothers in the faith. On Sundays, the reading will be accompanied by a morning and an evening prayer, which you might use each day throughout the week. We invite you to consider the common ground we share, not only with one another at Asbury First, but with Gods people throughout time and space.
The potential partner with whom we are in discussions about the use of Building 1010 needs more time to consider the exciting opportunity in front of them. We anticipate they will have a better sense of their intentions by the end of next week. In light of this development, we are rescheduling our meeting to Sunday, February 19 in Fellowship Hall following the 11 am service. We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing further details on the 19th. The presentation will be broadcast and archived through the livestream on asburyfirst.org.
The Church Resource Library came into being in 1977 through the efforts of a church-appointed task force and evolved from a single bookcase in one small room to today’s two adjoining spacious rooms located off the Gathering Space. The library is now filled with thousands of books, videos, and DVDs.
In 1987, a second library was formed from a private donation. This Spiritual Life Library is located in building 1010 in the Meditation Room for the purpose of exploring spirituality of various faiths.
The library books for all ages are used for Sunday school classes, adult education, church members and groups, and all who enjoy reading. The book collection of fiction and non-fiction, in 37-plus categories, ranges from general reference, life stages, religion and science, Bible, theology, and spirituality to fiction, church history, and Christian education.
"Financial Peace University is not just a course on financial management, it is a life-changing course on how to control your money, instead of money controlling you; all while serving God. I have taken the course twice and learned something new every time. I strongly recommend this class for all church members."
-Cory Tylenda, AFUMC Stewardship Committee Chair
Financial Peace University will help MAKE IT HAPPEN! Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) and learned God’s ways of handling money. They’ve worked a plan, rewritten their stories, and changed their future! On average, FPU graduates pay off $5,300 in debt and save $2,700 in only the first 90 days!
FPU consists of a nine-week video curriculum starting March 8 (from 6-7:30 pm in Building 1040, Room 200) taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey, and it incorporates small group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes, and the course is just as fun as it is practical! Interested in finding out more or are you ready to register? Click here!
We are pleased to announce David Strong has taken on an expanded role at Asbury First as our new Church Administrator. In addition to his administrative responsibilities within music, David will now be charged with ensuring the strategic administrative and financial objectives of the church are attained through oversight over all non-pastoral or programmatic staff and volunteers. David is now the direct report for human resources, budgeting and finance, facilities, communications, information technology, and operations. This addition in staffing was made possible for 2017 by a few very recent gifts from members of ourcongregation, who saw the need of this position and chose unprompted to give to make it possible. To those individuals, we want to share a heartfelt thank you for you generosity!