special announcement for Asbury Day School Families
We are looking forward to a return "better than ever" to our ADS classrooms for the 2020/2021 school year, and we are planning to resume our normal schedule, with classes beginning on Tuesday, September 8th. We still have a few slots remaining in our Day School and Babies programs, so contact us at your earliest convenience if you have not already registered. You can email or call our office at 337--984-4863, and we will be happy to schedule a tour and answer any questions. Families who have registered will receive a letter with class/orientation information during the beginning of August.
Phase I of Returning to In-person Ministries
Caring for the health and safety of our congregation and community is essential to our mission as disciples of Christ. As we enter Phase 1 of the COVID-19 recovery process, we are moving carefully toward in-person ministries by following the guidance of our state and local health officials and the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. This guidance allows for a limited reopening of our facilities with special attention to protecting the health of people especially vulnerable to the virus. We are excited to return to face-to-face gatherings but are remaining vigilant about ongoing concerns. This is our current plan for Phase I:
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Sunday, May 24 is the seventh Sunday of the Easter Season, our continuing celebration of the joy of the Resurrection and new life in Christ. We have posted brief videos on our website and on Facebook so we can worship from our own homes. These videos will be continually available so that you can return to them again and again throughout the week. We also have a unique "face-to-face" worship opportunity this Sunday with our Hymns & Prayers. See below for more details.
May God be with us as we worship.
Sunday, May 24 Worship Online
Sunday, May 24 is the seventh Sunday of the Easter Season, our continuing celebration of the joy of Resurrection and new life in Christ. We have posted brief videos so we can worship from our own homes. You are able to watch them at any time on our Worship Online page.
- Rev. John Cannon and Rev. Leah Gaughan offer the second of two pastoral messages on grief. Reflecting on the story of the death of Lazarus in John 11, they welcome special guest Rev. Shelly Daigle to offer her insights as a counselor. The focus of this message is how we might connect with others and help one another in circumstances of loss.
- Rev. Susan Ferguson guides us in a prayer about moving through our grief.
- Rev. Leah Gaughan shares the story of Lazarus' death through art, reminding us that Jesus shared his grief with his friends.
- The Spiritwind Worship Team lead us in the song, "You Say," by Lafayette's own Lauren Daigle. This song reminds us of a God we serve who believes in us, even when we lose faith in ourselves. They also lead us in the song, "Your Love is Strong" by Switchfoot frontman John Foreman, which is based off of the Lord's prayer and speaks to the enduring love God has for us.
Sunday Hymns & Prayers on Zoom at 11:00 a.m.
This morning, all are invited to "gather" online for a live Hymns & Prayers at 11:00am on Sunday, May 24. Join us as we sign hymns selected by the Challengers' Sunday School Class: "Standing on the Promises," "Blessed Assurance," and "It is Well With My Soul." We'll stream it live from the Asbury Sanctuary on Zoom.
If you signed up last week, you do not need to register again. If you didn't register last week, the link to do so is below. We will email you the link to join us before we get started to all those who have registered.
Additional Information about Zoom
We are limited to 300 participants in our Hymns & Prayers Zoom worship; therefore, we ask that each household connect to the meeting through only one electronic device so that more people can participate. Gather around the screen and sing together!
Make sure you register using the link below.
You may register through Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. If you need assistance with Zoom, we have a handy printable tutorial here. After registering, expect an invitation email with the link for Zoom before we begin. Check your Junk or Spam boxes if you don't receive it.
Asbury VBS June 15-19 Online
This year's Vacation Bible School will be offered online, June 15-19. Join us as we explore the armor of God and how to be strong in the Lord.
Each day of VBS week, you will receive an email with video links to the Bible Adventure video, Bible trivia, Music videos, Science experiments, our daily Armor Up sayings, and our Bible Theme Verse. In addition to these online videos, a Grab -and-Go Bag of activities and crafts will be available for pick up on the Asbury campus.
When Will We Be Able to Return? An Update from the Pastor
Sunday worship and office hours will continue to be on hold through May, but we are finally moving toward more in-person ministry following CDC guidelines. On June 7, we will offer brief in-person "Services of Morning Prayer" led by our Spiritwind and Sanctuary worship teams. We'll provide detailed information about these services in the coming week and will be taking all recommended health precautions, such as 25% seating capacity, detailed cleaning procedures, safe distances between individuals/households, entrance and exit considerations, continued cautions for at-risk individuals, required use of face masks, and several other details. We will also offer these prayer services online for those who either cannot return safely or who don't yet feel comfortable in groups. As we prepare to move toward these services, please keep your Asbury staff and our wonderful volunteers in your prayers. They are working incredibly hard to create a safe and worshipful environment for those who are able to attend at this time!
Grace and peace,
Did you know? We now have a place on our website where you can submit your prayer requests to us. Your joys and concerns will be received only by the pastoral and prayer team and will remain confidential.
Your Generosity is Vital: How to Give Your Offering
The church's ministries continue despite the current need to limit in-person gatherings! We are adapting to our temporary circumstances, and we are depending on our generosity now more than ever. While many people give weekly through electronic options, most of our members give on Sunday mornings. Since we are unable to give in person at this time, please visit our Give page to see all of our electronic giving options. Electronic giving is secure and easy. Use the button below to open the online giving portal. And if you need help please email .