None of us should face the trials and tribulations of life alone and no matter our age, we should never stop learning. Fortunately, we have many opportunities for fellowship and growth at Asbury First.
While worship is the centerpiece of our life together, we experience community in many other ways as well. Click the links below for different opportunities to join us on this journey. We hope that you find a place to connect at Asbury First!
Our Sunday School classes will return in Septmeber.
Sundays returning in September, 9:45 am, 1010 Back Yard
As we return to school and our lives get hectic again we invite you to take a break and join with other parents for our Parables of Parenting Sunday School Class at 9:45 am Sunday mornings. All are welcome. For more information please contact Seth Stinehour at email@example.com.
Sundays starting in September, 9:45 am, 1050 Teak Room
In the past we have studied various books of the Bible. When we last met, we were in the midst of a ‘through the Bible walk’. The group will decide whether to resume that or to begin in another direction. In addition to Bible study, the practice of sharing joys and concerns and then spending time in intercessory prayers is a valued part of our morning session. We welcome you to join us. For more information, please contact Rev. David Lubba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had over 200 participants join us in our 2020 Bicentennial Bible Challenge where we challenged individuals to read through the whole Bible. Many are now asking, what's next?
Well, it's one thing to read the Bible as a literary exercise, but it takes on new meaning when reading it dynamically as a disciple. In 2021, we are inviting everyone to join us in signing up for a Disciple class so that we can delve deeper into our faith and strive to become dynamic disciples. The Disciple Bible Study is a 34-week study with 17 weeks focused on the Old Testament and 17 weeks focused on the New Testament. There are Bible readings assigned each week, but they are much less intense than the reading schedule of the Bicentennial Bible Challenge—and you can take the summer off.
Whether you have read the Bible or not, this is a great way to engage our scriptures in a community seeking to deepen their discipleship.
Tuesdays, 8:30 am, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468
Lectio Divina is a contemplative practice on reading scripture. A passage of scripture is read, then there is silent meditation, then the passage is read again, then more silence, and then discussion. The silence is an opportunity to reflect upon what you experienced in the scripture. This half hour opens and closes with prayer. All are welcome. We will not meet August 3, 10, and 31. We will meet on August 17 and 24. For more information please contact Rev. Kathy Thiel at email@example.com.
Tuesdays starting September 28, 7 pm, Zoom zoom.us/j/87195784797
Was Jesus's most important disciple a woman? What was the character of the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus? Did Mary Magdalene, among all of Jesus's students and followers, actually "get" what Jesus was teaching more than anyone else? Can a committed, loving relationship be a transformative, spiritual path? And what does the Gospel of Mary Magdalene—manuscript fragments from the 2nd century which first came to light in 1896—reveal about how she understood the teachings of Jesus?
In the spirit of being open to spiritual transformation you are invited to participate in what will be an energetic, challenging, and provocative exploration of the book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault.
The group will be facilitated by Rev. Kathy Thiel and Claude Adair and will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm on Zoom starting September 28. Our intention is to provide an opportunity to share, discuss, learn, grow, and transform. Our time together with this book will be much more than a typical book study.
Wednesdays, beginning September 15, 10-11:30 am
Beginning on Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468
This fall, our Wednesday morning study group will begin a new book, Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage by Steven Charleston. This group is open to all. Some members have been together for many years, others joined during COVID, and still others come and go as interests and schedules permit. This fall, we are excited to be delving into Ladder to the Light as we continue to search for our own light amidst a continued pandemic. Steven Charleston is a Choctaw elder and an Episcopal priest, and his work promises to both comfort and challenge its readers. Books may be purchased online, or by contacting Mike Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, Starting September 15, 12:30 pm, Gathering Center
The WOW reading and discussion season begins Wednesday, September 15 at 12:30 pm in the Gathering Center. We will be catching up on summer adventures and looking at book suggestions for the 2021–22 reading year. Our first book of the year is a re-start of The Holy Longing — the Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser. We had barely begun reading it in March 2020 when the pandemic struck. Our discussion leader is able to re-join us for three sessions to cover the book from the beginning. WOW selects books by voting, so subsequent reads are everyone’s choices.
Women on Wednesday (WOW) is an ever-changing group of readers that meets weekly from September to June to explore books of current and thoughtful interest. All women readers are welcome. There are no Asbury First or any other membership requirements — just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas.
For questions or more information contact Mary Lynn Vickers at email@example.com.
Wednesday Evenings, September 15, 22, 29, 6-7 pm
Room 203, Second Floor, Education Wing
While we are not yet ready to return to community meals on Wednesday nights, we are still looking forward to various opportunities to gather as a community. With our Fall theme of “New Creation,” we wanted to kick off our Wednesday evenings in September based on the theme of creation. The first week, we will focus on our biblical creation accounts, and how they might speak to us in this season. In the second week, we will focus on The United Methodist Church and John Wesley’s vision for a New Creation. Finally, in the third week, we will consider various creation stories from around the globe, and invite participants to consider what types of new creation might be on the horizon in our own lives. For more information, contact Mike Mullin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468
Looking for a way to stay connected to your Asbury First friends during the week? Want to meet new Asbury First friends? All women, all ages, are welcome to join the Tuesday Morning Women's Fellowship via Zoom, 9:30–10:30 am each week. Bring your coffee or tea, and perhaps a treat, Zoom in and enjoy an hour of devotion, sharing, and connection. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Church, Coordinator, at email@example.com. Hope to see you soon!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a long established group at Asbury First. Many shawls have been created and distributed over the years to comfort, encourage, and uplift others. One can be a beginner or an accomplished knitter. All are welcome to come together once a month from 4–5:30 pm to work on our shawls.
Fortunately even during a pandemic, faithful members have continued to make these beautiful symbols of God's love and distribute them to congregants and friends. More information will be coming soon as to our location and startup time this September. We look forward to gathering in person. For more information, contact Meredith Pixley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-328-8954.