News

  • Join the Vistation Team!

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    Published: June 14, 2024

    If you are interested in visiting people in our congregation on a regular basis, please plan to attend a meeting on Monday, June 17 at 4 pm in the Red Room. For more information, please contact Rev. Kathy Thiel at (585) 271-1050 x106 or email her at kthiel@asburyfirst.org

  • Time to Train! Get yourself ready for the East Ave Grocery Run

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    Published: June 14, 2024

    Each year, we participate in the East Ave Grocery Run as a fundraiser for the Community Outreach Center's food programs. If you think you might want to walk or run the race, the time to start training is right around the corner!

    This year the race is on November 2, but the registration is open for people to sign up to join our team, or to donate right now: SIGN UP NOW

    If you register to join the Asbury First team, your registration fee goes directly to the Community Outreach Center!

  • Save the Date: Matsiko World Orphan Choir returns to Asbury First

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    Published: June 7, 2024

    The Matsiko World Orphan Choir makes a return appearance at Asbury First, presenting a concert on Thursday, June 27 at 7 pm. Since 2008, the Matsiko World Orphan Choir has used the unifying power of music to uplift every child, bring joy to all who listen, and to inspire generosity that provides a complete education for vulnerable children. Brought together from Matsiko's in-country learning centers in Nepal, Peru, Liberia, and India, the Choir has performed at the White House, Disneyland, Disney World, the Rose Bowl, and many other sports stadiums around the country. Their high-energy performances bring much-needed attention to the plight of vulnerable children around the world. For more information, visit matsiko.org/world-orphan-choir or contact Carl Johengen at cjohengen@asburyfirst.org

    HOST FAMILIES NEEDED: We will be housing the choir and chaperones overnight after the performance, so we are seeking host families who can provide sleeping arrangements for one adult and up to three children. Children can share a double bed or larger, and any guest can sleep on an air mattress, sofa or sleeping bag. If you are able to help or have questions, please contact Judy Messenger at jumesseng@gmail.com or call (585) 473-1048

  • Appetizer Group Reminder

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    Published: June 7, 2024

    We are meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 6 pm in the Gathering Space at church. We will have great conversation, appetizers, and some table games. Come even if you are not a game player. (It’s optional)

    Please bring an appetizer to share.

    Call or text Barb Castle for more information at (585) 698-8233

  • Mission Trip Prayer Partners

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    Published: May 31, 2024

    This July, our Senior High Youth Group will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois as we strive to learn, serve, and do more good in an urban environment. While we are away, we are looking for members of our community to partner with our mission team in prayer. As a prayer partner, you will be assigned one missioner to pray for while we are away. In addition, we will ask you to write this missioner a note of encouragement before the trip. You may sign up to be a prayer partner via the QR code or contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org

  • COC Orientation

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    Published: May 31, 2024

    June 22, 9:30 am
COC, Lower Level 

    Participation in an orientation session is required for all serving with our COC ministries. If you are exploring serving for the first time, or have been serving already but have never attended a session, please join us! We will cover important information about our outreach mission and philosophy as well as practical information about best practices and safety. Click HERE to sign up.

    Grocery Bag packing @ 8 - 9 am
    Orientation @ 9:30 - 10:30 am

  • Rev. Rachel Dupont's Sendoff

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    Published: May 31, 2024

    Sunday, June 23, the Rev. Rachel Dupont, our Minister for Christian Formation and Director of the Discipleship Project, will end her time at Asbury with a farewell sermon. As you know, the decision to reduce the size of our pastoral staff was heartbreaking. Rachel has been an essential leader, both in discerning and living out God’s unique call for Asbury First, and as a delegate to General Conference this past Spring. She has helped to shape the future of both Asbury First and the United Methodist Church. We are forever grateful. 

    On June 23, we hope you will stay after the service to celebrate her time here with coffee and gluten-free baked goods in the Gathering Center. 

  • M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

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    Published: May 31, 2024

    As summer approaches, and our days grow longer, it is a good time to brush up on our ability to offer thoughtful welcome, hospitality, compassion and care to our neighbors – those we encounter both on our campus and elsewhere. As Christian disciples we are called to specifically care for people who are hurting, and to grow in our ability to minister to those in the throes of difficult situations.


    To that end, we are planning to offer another session of de-escalation training led by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. We hosted a session in October that was very well-received by those in attendance. Representatives of the Institute will share with us best practices and skills when working with people experiencing trauma and/or crisis.

    If you would like to attend please sign up by emailing Patrick Dupont at pdupont@asburyfirst.org so that we can gauge interest and keep you informed when the event is scheduled.

  • East Ave Community Market Days

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    Published: May 23, 2024

    Starting in June, the East Ave Community Market returns to Asbury's Granger lawn! Wednesdays, 4 to 7 pm starting June 12 and running through the end of August, we'll be hosting this celebration of small local makers and growers for the whole neighborhood.  

    The market will feature free activities for kids, organic produce, craft baked goods, sourdough bread, pantry staples, and more.

  • Youth Ministry
Opportunities
for Adults!

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    Published: May 17, 2024

    The Youth Ministries of Asbury First have always been a highlight of our congregation, and  we are thankful for all of the encouragement and support we receive! Each year, we seek to expand our team of adult volunteers that act as mentors and facilitators with our youth. If this is a ministry that you have ever wondered about joining, Mike Mullin would love to connect with you.

    In addition, as we work out our summer schedule, if you have any familiarity with disc golf or rock climbing, we would love to be in touch about how you might share your passions with our youth for a couple of events this summer.

    For more information, please contact Mike Mullin, mmullin@asburyfirst.org
     

  • Summer Choir

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    Published: May 17, 2024

    June 2 – August 4

    This morning's 11 am service features this season's final appearance of the Sanctuary Choir. We offer our sincere thanks for their expressive enhancements to our worship, Sunday after Sunday! Sanctuary Choir will resume in early September.

    This summer, you're invited to take part in Summer Choir. No need to be a member of Sanctuary Choir- all you need is basic singing skill and a desire to learn! Come as you're able. Summer Choir gathers at 10 am in Wesley Hall and prepares accessible music for that morning's 11 am service. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Music Ministry Carl Johengen at cjohengen@asburyfirst.org.

  • Seeking Stewards

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    Published: May 17, 2024

    GREETER COORDINATOR
    Evarts UR Well Clinic is in need of a Greeter Coordinator to assist with scheduling and supporting greeters at our Outreach Center. Contact Mary Scahill at (585) 705-6112 or mscahill404@gmail.com 

    GARDENER
    The Gardening team is looking for help with weeding and light trimming every week or two. Contact Bonnie Gregory at bonniegregory126@gmail.com for more information.

    COOKIE BAKERS
    Help keep our Sunday cookie spread yummy! Folks interested in assisting with the baking of some cookies for Sunday, please contact Paula Dugan at pdugan@asburyfirst.org for more information. 

    SUMMER GUITARIST
    If you play the guitar and/or enjoy leading singing, please contact Carl Johengen at cjohengen@asburyfirst.org about lending a hand with the Summer Outdoor 9 am Service.

    LANDSCAPER
    Please consider joining the Community Outreach Center Landscaping Team - flexible hours and seasonal! If interested in learning more, please contact Bob Schuman at robert@schumanonline.net.

    DATA ENTRY
    We are looking for someone willing to do some computer work in the office on Mondays for about 4 hours (flexible time). Contact Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org.  

  • Miracle Garden Electronic Recycling 2024

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    Published: May 15, 2024

    We are once again accepting electronic recycling items for Miracle Garden! 

    Following the 2004 Tsunami in southeast India, Miracle Garden was established to provide a home and education for the orphans from that event.

    In conjunction with Imagine It Recycling, we're collecting your old electronic devices, cell phones, toner cartridges and more for recycling. The money raised will go to help the Miracle Garden continue its good work! Look for the donation box near the Main entrance of the Welcoming Hall.

    Electronics
    Including all cords, batteries, cases, headphones, charging ports, and anything else that goes with your device.

    • Cameras & Camcorders
    • iPads & Tablets
    • Satellite Radios
    • E-Books
    • GPS Devices
    • USB Devices
    • MP3 Players
    • Gaming Devices
    • 3D Glasses

     

    Cell Phone & PDAs
    Including all cords, batteries, accessories, and anything else that goes with your device.

    • Cell phones
    • Smartphones
    • PDA's
    • Charging ports
    • Batteries
    • Cords

     

    Printer Cartridges
    Everything that goes into or is taken out of the printer, copier, or fax machine.

    • Ink cartridges
    • Toner laser cartridges
    • Drums and imaging units
    • Fuser and maintenance kits
    • Transfer units and transfer belts

    Questions, please contact Elizabeth Church at 585-978-0007

  • EVARTS UR WELL CLINIC

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    Published: May 3, 2024

    We have an immediate opening for Volunteer Greeter Coordinator at the UR WELL Clinic in the Community Outreach Center. The person in this role is responsible for scheduling and supporting greeters who have volunteered for the UR WELL clinic, and is an important piece of the Outreach puzzle at Asbury First!


    For more information, contact Mary Scahill at (585) 705-6112 or mscahill404@gmail.com or Lin Vanderstyne at  (585) 747-4218 or linvanderstyne@gmail.com  

  • Red Cross Blood Drive at Asbury First!

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    Published: May 3, 2024

    Do More Good! Give Blood! 


    Sign up or just Show up to give blood Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Asbury First's Gathering Center. Please call Ed Ristau at (585) 223-4356 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment. And please remember to bring ID.


    Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.