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  • Honoring Roger Wilhelm

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    Published: May 2, 2022

    Saturday, May 14, 11 am, In-Person and Livestream

    The life of Asbury First's former Director of Music Roger Wilhelm, who passed away in 2021, will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday, May 14 at 11 am. The service will include a massed choir of current and former singers from Asbury First, the Rochester Oratorio Society, and Madrigalia. The service will be live streamed and a reception in the Gathering Center will follow.

  • Virtual Tour of Asbury First

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    Published: April 27, 2022

    Asbury First presents this incredible 360-degree virtual tour of our sanctuary, thanks to an amazing local photographer, Brandon Sartin. Whether you are local or far away, we hope you enjoy exploring this holy space in marvelous detail.

    Brandon Sartin is currently working on documenting Rochester-area churches using 360 degree virtual tours. His mission is to make people more aware of the Rochester-area churches, to help draw in more visitors, and to preserve the history of each church. To learn more about Brandon, click here.

    Click here to explore

  • KOP "All In for Our Allies" Virtual Run

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    Published: April 27, 2022

    Virtual Race, June 20–30, Register online here

    Keeping Our Promise (KOP) invites you to participate in All In For Afghan Allies — a Virtual Race to support our wartime allies resettlement program. The race period will be June 20–30, 2022 to coincide with World Refugee Month.

    Unlike a traditional race, this virtual race takes place wherever you are and at whatever time you want to get started. Each person that registers will receive an event t-shirt. The registration cost is $35 per participant. Once you register for the event, you will be eligible for an event t-shirt. 

    The t-shirt guarantee registration deadline is May 20, 2022, but registration will remain open until June 30, 2022. 

  • Women on Wednesday (WOW) Begins New Book May 11

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Wednesdays, 12:15 pm, Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468)

    The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams is WOW’s next reading journey. Published in October 2021, it is timely and reassuring. In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to Hope? Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope” including the Resilience of Nature and the Power of Young People.

    Women on Wednesday (WOW) meets weekly from September to June to explore books of current and thoughtful interest. All women readers are welcome. There are no Asbury or any other membership requirements. Participants move in and out of the group as schedules and busy lives allow—just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas. For more information please contact Mary Lynn Vickers at mvicker1@rochester.rr.com.

  • Used Book Drive for School 17

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Drop off books at the Welcome Hall, Sundays from May 8–29

    Join us in our Used Book Donation Drive. Asbury First will collect gently used books for students in grades K-8 at School 17 during May. We'd appreciate picture books, chapter books, or young teen novels. They will be given out to students in June for their summer reading fun! You can drop off books on Sunday mornings at the table in the Welcome Hall from May 8–29. You can make a difference with your donation. Thanks for your support! For more information, contact John Smalt at jhsmalt@gmail.com.

  • Governance Board April Executive Summary

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Check out the new executive summary of the content, discussion, and meaningful actions of the April board meeting. While there are some aspects that will need to be kept confidential (particularly as it relates to certain personnel and legal matters), we believe this will go a long way toward improving the transparency of our actions and conversations. You can also read the updated Board Policy Book by clicking the button below.

    Read the Latest Summary Read the Updated Board Policy Book

  • Sing with Us!

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    Published: April 22, 2022

    Asbury First's Choir season will end in late May, but we are always happy to welcome new singers. If you've been thinking about choir membership, please contact Carl Johengen, our Director of Music Ministry, at cjohengen@asburyfirst.org. Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in Wesley Hall (lower level of the education wing). Our final rehearsal for the season will be May 18th. In addition, watch for announcements about Summer Choir, coming soon.

  • Save the Date for VBS!

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    Published: April 22, 2022

    August 8–11, 9 am–12 pm, Register online at asburyfirst.org/vbs-2022

    All children age 4 through 5th grade are invited this Summer to our Vacation Bible School themed "Under Construction" where we will highlight the work being done on 1010 to better serve our community in need and talk about how we as individuals are always "under construction", striving to be the "hands and feet" of Jesus Christ in this world. We will have a week full of music, crafts, games and science. Registration coming soon. We hope to see you there!

  • Geranium Sale to Benefit the Asbury Storehouse!

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    Published: April 16, 2022

    Click here to order online 

    Place your orders by Wednesday, May 4
    Pick up on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 am–12 pm at Asbury First

    It’s time to make your gardens beautiful this year while supporting the Asbury Storehouse! Fill out the form online and enter the number of 4 1/2" pots or 11" hanging baskets you'd like (you can select your hanging basket(s) when you pick them up). The flowers come from Chase’s Greenhouse in Rush, NY, and color options include red, white, purple sizzle, strawberry sizzle, and salmon. Thank you all for your orders and support for the Storehouse. For more information, email giving@asburyfirst.org or or call Deb Bullock-Smith at 585-271-1050 x117.

  • Rev. Susan Shafer, Senior Minister Emerita, returns to the Pulpit!

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    Published: April 16, 2022

    Sunday, April 24, 11 am In-Person and Livestream

    The Rev. Susan Shafer, our Senior Minister Emerita, will be preaching on Sunday, April 24. Some may remember that the Rev. Susan Shafer was installed as our Senior Minister Emerita on March 8, 2020—the week before the pandemic hit. After a long couple of years, we are thrilled to have her join us again for a message of hope and life.

  • Envisioning the Passion 2022 — "A Closer Look"

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    Published: April 13, 2022

    This year's "Envisioning the Passion" service focuses on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross. Each section is a meditation on the words spoken by Christ, incorporating other Bible stories to enhance the theme.
    Art Director Lucy Winters Durkin gives a "behind the scenes" look at some of the images she chose for this year's service. Please tune in to our live stream on Friday, April 15 at noon for "Envisioning the Passion", or visit asburyfirst.org/easter for more information.

    Click here to watch the video

  • Legacy Giving Information Session

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    Published: April 8, 2022

    Wednesday, May 4, 5–6 pm, Gathering Center

    Have you ever considered how you might support the mission and ministry of Asbury First even after you are gone? Do you have questions about estate planning? The Giving Team invites you to join us for a special information session on Legacy Giving on Wednesday, May 4 at 5 pm in the Gathering Center regarding estates, wills, and legacy giving. This program is intended for all ages, so whether you have never thought about a will or have your estate already planned, this session will have meaningful information for you. Questions? Call the church office or email giving@asburyfirst.org.

  • Lent and Easter Books Available in the Church Library

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    Published: April 8, 2022

    Want a book about Easter? There are many for all ages in the church library.
    The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith is a beautifully illustrated book for children that tells the story of Easter. Learn more about the incredible titles at asburyfirst.org/library, then come check out the Lenten and Easter displays in the church library. The church library is just off the Gathering space at the entrance to the Education Wing. It is free and open for your use when the church is open. Help yourself to materials of your choice by simply signing your name. 

  • Save the Date — Blood Drive in June!

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    Published: April 8, 2022

    Saturday, June 4, 8:30 am–1 pm, Gathering Center

    Asbury First’s next blood drive will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 am to 1 pm. If you can help with a life-saving donation, please call 1-800-733-2767, or go to www.RedCrossBlood.org for an appointment. There continues to be a high demand for blood, with a dangerously low supply. Your donation could really make a difference!

  • Calling All Asbury First Enthusiasts!

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    Published: April 1, 2022

    Holy Week and Easter weekend are quickly approaching and we are preparing to welcome returning members and first time visitors to our wonderful community. 

    We are looking for Greeters and Asbury Ambassadors to help provide warm hospitality to all who arrive on our campus from Maundy Thursday through Easter morning! Can you help? Might you be willing to offer a smile, provide some direction, and extend a warm welcome to all Asbury visitors during Holy Week? This is a very easy way to extend Christ's love in this moment when we all need it the most!

    Emily Cady and Johanna Mahan are looking for YOUR help! We love our church and we want everyone who arrives on campus during Holy Week to feel welcome! We need YOUR help to do that!

    Click here to sign up to volunteer and let your Easter spirit SHINE!