News

  • Youth Annie Production Postponed Due to COVID

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    Published: Nov. 12, 2021

    We regret to inform you that this weekend’s youth production of Annie is postponed. Late yesterday afternoon we learned that a member of the Annie cast/crew tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with public health officials to ensure the ongoing health and safety of all involved. Thank you for your patience and your prayers as we do our best to support our youth. 

    While we are able to contact those who purchased tickets online to let them know of this change, we do not know all who planned to buy tickets at the door. We ask your help in sharing this information with anyone whom you know planned to attend one of the performances this weekend.

    Our hope is to reschedule the production as soon as possible. However, we recognize that given the holiday schedule it may not be possible until early in the new year. Please stay tuned.

    As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. In the meantime, please pray for the continued health of our entire community.

    Grace and Peace,
    Stephen

  • Annual ROC the Day

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    Published: Nov. 12, 2021

    Tuesday, November 30

    On Tuesday, November 30, our community will come together to ROC the Day, and the Asbury First Storehouse, Dining and Caring Center, and Asbury Day Care Center are participating again. ROC the Day is a 24-hour giving opportunity to support all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county greater Rochester area. Community members are encouraged to visit www.roctheday.org, a secure online giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organization. All money given during ROC the Day stays local. Donors have the ability to make an impact by giving to one or multiple organizations to support their personal philanthropic passions. Donors and not-for-profits can share their investment with friends, family, coworkers, and social networks to increase awareness for this community-wide effort.

  • Asbury Storehouse Christmas Treasure Sale

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    Published: Nov. 8, 2021

    Saturday, December 4, 9 am–4 pm; Sunday, December 5, 9 am–2 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall

    The Asbury First Christmas Treasures Sale is back in the Fellowship Hall! Get in some Christmas shopping while supporting the ministry of Asbury First Storehouse at the same time. You can find home decorating items, jewelry, unique gifts, and more. All proceeds benefit the Asbury First Storehouse, which has been clothing Rochester families free of charge for over 50 years and has been busier than ever during the pandemic. 

  • Recruitment Message — Ministries of Hospitality

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    Now that we are a couple months into our return to in-person worship, it has become clear that we are in need of additional volunteers in the Ministries of Hospitality — Ushers, Greeters, and Welcome Desk volunteers. These vital ministries help us put our best faces forward when members and newcomers alike enter our spaces on Sunday mornings. In addition, they make important contributions to the overall safety and comfort of those who use our spaces, meeting people where they are at and responding to immediate needs. If you feel called to one of these ministries, we hope that you will get in touch with us. Modest training will be required, but the rewards are many.

    Call or send an email to: 
    Brian White (Head Usher), bboru7@gmail.com, (585) 737-2827
    Kathy Farrar (Greeters Coordinator), kathyfarrar@gmail.com, (585) 271-6528
    Johanna Mahan (Welcome Desk), jsmahan@rochester.rr.com, (585) 746-2676

  • Looking for a Connection?

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    Are you interested in taking the next step in your faith journey, getting more involved in the life of Asbury First, or just in need of a deeper connection? We want to hear from you! After a year and a half of distance, we’d love to know who is out there poised for the next great adventure in the new creation that is Asbury First. Click here to fill out a form and share with us your interests.

  • Join the Racial Justice Advocacy Group

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    Learn more Sunday, November 14, Gathering Center
    
    The Racial Justice Advocacy Group (RJAG) is collecting ourselves to move forward. We did a lot of good work last program year so now we need to sustain the momentum. We are trying to re-raise awareness of our efforts and also to recruit some new members. To those ends, we will have a table in the Gathering Center on Sunday, November 14, to answer questions and sign up new talent. 

    The RJAG provides great opportunities for new volunteers. Opportunities range from attending a town board meeting to curating a web page. There are tasks that involve meeting new people and jobs that involve sitting at a screen. There is no minimum commitment. Our effectiveness depends on a sustained effort; sustainable effort requires new people bringing their energy and ideas.

  • Blood Drive at Asbury First

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    Tuesday, December 7, 12–5 pm, Gathering Center

    There is an urgent need for blood donations at the moment. If you have not donated blood within 56 days of our drive on Tuesday, December 7, you are eligible to donate in the Gathering Center from 12–5 pm. We hope that you will be available to help support people in need of life-saving blood. To sign up, visit www.redcrossblood.org/give, input our 14607 zip code, and the date, then choose a time to donate at Asbury First. For more information, contact Ed Ristau at epr60@twc.com.

  • Need a Good Book?

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    We’ve got just the place for you: The Asbury First Library
    
    If you need a book for a devotion for your group, a Bible story, entertainment for children, a Sunday School class lesson or a look at a variety of different Bibles, the church library can provide all of these and more. Our library collection of 4,000 plus books, DVDs, and videos are available and may be checked out free of charge on an easy, self-serve honor system. To learn more about the incredible offerings of the Asbury First Library, click here.

  • Where did the Asbury Community Garden go?

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    Published: Nov. 5, 2021

    With production winding down and a killing frost around the corner, the garden team recently put the garden to bed for the winter. All that’s remaining to do is add a nice, thick blanket of chopped up leaves to protect the soil over the winter. The little bit of green still growing is the carrots we’re leaving a bit longer. 

    If you missed out on all the fun this year, consider joining us in 2022 as we plan and execute another garden season. We’ll probably start planning — choosing what to grow and ordering seeds — right after the holidays. If you’re game to help just once, or nearly every week, let us know. There’s plenty of gardening to go around. 

    In the meantime, we want to say “Thank you!" to the many, many people who helped out this year, from children at the day care and in our children’s ministry and youth ministry, to various garden team members and volunteers, to guests and staff at the dining center, to Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Service, and to the Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension. The food we raised was shared with the dining center and its guests, with recent refugees from Afghanistan, with two feeding programs in the city, and with VBS families. We had an amazing year and hope to do it all over again next year.

  • Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday!

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    Published: Nov. 4, 2021

    Just a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am this Sunday, so please remember to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night and plan accordingly if you are worshipping with us in-person or online Sunday morning.

    We look forward to worshipping with you!

  • "Give for the New Creation" Pledge Drive Video

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    Published: Nov. 1, 2021

    November marks the beginning of the season for gratitude and giving. Watch our "Giving for the New Creation" video by clicking here to see why we need your help to reconnect, foster new relationships, and support the vital ministries of Asbury First. Make your pledge to the 2022 Annual Budget today. To make your pledge, visit asburyfirst.org/pledge-online, or call the church office at 585-271-1050.

  • Outreach Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

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    Published: Oct. 29, 2021

    Sunday, November 21, 12 pm, 1010 Building

    We are beyond excited to invite you to the Outreach Center Groundbreaking Ceremony! After many years of the Better Together campaign, we are on the precipice of achieving our dream of a new holistic Outreach Center. Please join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, November 21 after the 11 am service. We are looking forward to sharing this joyous milestone with you. For more information about the Outreach Center and the Better Together campaign, visit asburyfirst.org/bettertogether.

  • Give for the New Creation — 2022 Annual Pledge Drive

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    Published: Oct. 29, 2021

    Make your pledge to the 2022 Annual Budget today. With your help, we can Do More Good each and every day. Make sure to tune in to this week's Sunday worship for a special video about our need to reconnect, foster new relationships, and support the vital ministries of Asbury First. To make your pledge, visit asburyfirst.org/pledge-online, or call the church office at 585-271-1050.

  • Asbury First Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

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    Published: Oct. 29, 2021

    Saturday, November 20, 10 am–8 pm, Barnes & Noble Pittsford Plaza 
    Book Fair ID #12616231

    Shopping for some intriguing literature or some fun fiction or a gift for a special person? You can buy books AND support the Asbury First Library at the same time during the Barnes & Noble Book Fair. A percentage of the sales goes to the Asbury First Library and is used to add to the library's book collection. Can’t make it to Pittsford? No problem. Books may be purchased online from November 20–24 at BN.com/bookfairs. Make sure to use the Book Fair ID #12616231. Thanks for your support of our incredible library!

  • Asbury Youth performs Annie!

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    Published: Oct. 29, 2021

    Friday, November 12, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
    Saturday, November 13, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
    Sunday, November 14, 1 pm, Fellowship Hall 

    Asbury Youth are so excited to share their version of Annie, The Musical on Saturday and Sunday, November 12–14. Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a little orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The story is a classic theme of how good wins out over evil and the honest innocence of a child. Tickets are $10. Our youth would love your support!