MESSAGE UPDATED July 3, 2020
asbury worship in July: Returning to Our Normal Worship Schedule
Sanctuary Worship at Asbury will return to its normal times beginning Sunday, July 5! Our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 services will still be a bit shorter in duration, but we are now able to resume our regular time schedule. In order to care for one another, seating will be marked to help us maintain safe distances, volunteers will clean the Sanctuary between each service, and we will still observe the use of face coverings. The overwhelming consensus from experts is that these proven safety measures offer added protection to our congregation and will help our community address the current rise in infection rate. We trust each person to make a safe and informed decision about being present in person and encourage you to be aware of the most current CDC recommendations concerning who is at higher risk of complications. Of course, any person experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any person possibly exposed to someone with the virus needs to remain at home.
Asbury Youth Ministry Presents: Socially Distanced Summer Game Night Wednesday, July 8 5:45-8:00
The Asbury Youth are gathering for some fellowship and fun on Wednesday , July 8 in the Spiritwind Worship Center. The games played will require each youther to bring either a phone, tablet, or laptop computer to participate. If for some reason you, or a youther you know of, doesn't have access to one of these devices, we will have a few on hand to loan out ( after being sanitized.).
We will be seated at least 6 feet apart, following the same guidelines used in our weekly prayer services. Everyone who participates will be required to wear a mask throughout the event. The event is free but registration is required.
Donations of Personal Hygiene Items
From June 28-July 12, Asbury will be a drop-off location for personal hygiene items benefiting people through the 15th Judicial District Specialty Courts Division. This project is being led by Charlie Whittenberg as part of his Eagle Scout rank advancement. The items are for people who are struggling with poverty and substance abuse issues. You may drop off any of the following items on Sunday mornings at worship and on weekdays between 8:30am and 11:00am: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, wash clothes, and hair brushes. Products may not contain alcohol.
This week, Rev. Susan Ferguson continued her Summertime Prayer series. The second installment, which you can access here, is all about Celtic prayer: what it is, where it originated, and how you might incorporate this kind of prayer into our own life. The video also includes a Trinity prayer for you to practice with. We invite you to check our website each Wednesday for another installment of "Summertime Prayer Time."
School Uniform collection for Hearts and Hangers
Every summer, Asbury collects gently used school uniforms for Hearts & Hangers, our ministry that provides uniforms to children throughout the parish. Parents, check your closets and drawers for gently used uniforms that your kids have outgrown. Everyone, check with family members or neighbors. The need is great, and Asbury always steps up to help. Volunteers will be at the Outreach building ( behind the church on Montrose Drive) on July 20, 21, and 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. so that you can drive up and drop off your donations. You can also bring clothing to the church office on weekday mornings or place them in the drop-off bin outside the Outreach building. If you would like to donate funds to this ministry, select "Hearts and Hangers" on the online giving portal.
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.
Rev. Leah Gaughan's New Ministry at Asbury
As part of an overall rethinking of Asbury's ministries, Rev. Leah Gaughan is shifting her responsibilities to a new part-time pastoral position that will address some vital needs as the church grows into the future. She will be coordinating overall ministry plans across the whole church, deepening our opportunities to grow in discipleship, keeping track of visitors and members, and managing our new and growing digital ministries. With her experience in pastoral ministry and strategic planning, she will be helping us enrich our congregational life and reach out to new people. As an ordained deacon, Rev. Leah is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through word, service, compassion, justice. We are excited about this new ministry and looking forward to how it will further our purpose of growing, living, and sharing with all the love of Christ!
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 .