• New Asbury First Art Class — Polymer Clay Creations


    Published: Aug. 19, 2022

    Tuesdays, Beginning September 13, 12-3 pm, Room 205 (Bell Room), $20 per person

    The Asbury Art Class will begin working on projects with polymer clay! (Think Sculpey — although there are other brands). We will explore the properties of polymer clay to develop milleflora techniques as well as for practical uses for in-the-home items. Class will begin on Tuesday, September 13 at noon. Bring a lunch. At 12:30 pm each class I will present a PowerPoint program on the "Elements and Principles" of art. At 1 pm we will begin working with the polymer clay. Class runs from noon until 3 pm every Tuesday. There will be general materials supplied as part of the $20 per-person cost for the class. Please call or email Linda Clemow to register at or 607-434-0500.

  • Super Special Book Sale at the NOTA Farmers Market


    Published: Aug. 19, 2022

    Monday, August 22, 4-7 pm, Granger Lawn

    BOGO—Buy one get one free sale is featured at the Asbury First book booth at the NOTA Farm Market Monday. A wide book selection of books for every interest and level are on sale—buy one get one free. Fiction, nonfiction, adult and children’s books are on display and sale. Visit the Asbury First book tables at the sale next to the church on Granger Lawn from 4-7 pm on Monday. Proceeds from the sale go to the support of the Asbury First Church Library.

  • Bishop Mark J. Webb Retiring


    Published: Aug. 17, 2022

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Retirement Announcement

    Dear Friends,
    Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
    After a season of prayer and discernment, I have made the decision to retire from the active episcopacy on Dec. 31, 2022. Yesterday, I submitted my request for retirement to the Northeastern Jurisdiction and the Council of Bishops.
    I have not made this decision lightly and it is the right one for personal and spiritual reasons. The divide within the United Methodist Church has lessened my joy for this role and changed my sense of whether my gifts, convictions, and leadership as a residential Bishop are best for the United Methodist Church in the future. The writer of Ecclesiastes says: “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” 
    Jodi and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve with and among the people of Upper New York over these last 10 years. We look forward to returning to Pennsylvania to be closer to our children and other family.
    Over the next few months, I will continue to offer all I can to assist leaders and congregations of Upper New York in preparing for days of ministry ahead that will honor God, boldly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and increase God’s kingdom. The mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” continues.
    Thank you for praying for us and be assured of our ongoing prayers for each of you.
    With gratitude and love,

    Mark J. Webb

  • Together in Ministry Sunday, September 11


    Published: Aug. 12, 2022

    Help kick off the Fall season by joining us for Together in Ministry service at 11 am on Sunday, September 11.

    You'll have a chance to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities as Asbury First, and get more information on the build up to opening our new Outreach Center. We are thrilled to be so close to completing this project and now look toward the many ways we can help our community. We hope to see you there!

    For more information, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at or at 585-271-1050 x117.

  • Women of the Well Presents: "Blessed are the Givers of Life"


    Published: Aug. 12, 2022

    Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am–3 pm. Advance registration required for lunch— $10 per person, register online and learn more at

    On September 17, everyone is invited to a daylong sharing of story telling and discussions about women from ancient to the present time who embody "Givers of Life" by their faith. The interdenominational program will begin at 9:30 am in the Gathering Center and will end mid-afternoon. Seating is limited to 100 participants, so make your plans early. Lunch will be provided at the cost of $10 per person, and there will also be a free-will offering to support the Women of the Well. We look forward to a day of sharing and communing.

    If you have any questions, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at or at 585-271-1050 x117.

  • Start Shopping Now for our School Supply Drive!


    Published: Aug. 12, 2022

    We will be collecting school supplies again this year for Schools 17 and 45. We will collect the supplies in September, but here is a list of needed items to pick up while supplies are easily available in stores.

    Items needed include: backpacks, 24-count pencils, colored pencils, erasers and eraser tops, ink pens (blue, black, and red), crayons, color-safe markers, highlighters, child-safe scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes or pouches, index cards, sticky notes, solid-color folders with pockets, three-ring binders, composition books, graph paper, hand sanitizer, and tissues.

    Many thanks to YOU for your support! For more information, please contact John Smalt at (585) 924-8624, or at

  • Thanks from Mothers in Need of Others!


    Published: Aug. 12, 2022

    We are so grateful to the amazing response and support. We collected 20 cleaning bags and 30 hygiene bags with a total of around 350 items! Mothers In Need of Others (MINO) provides emergency items for single mothers and families in crisis. This will make such a difference for families in need! To learn more about MINO, visit

  • Dining & Caring Center Returns August 24


    Published: Aug. 12, 2022

    NEW EDIT as of August 19, 2022

    The Dining and Caring Center will be closed Friday, August 12; Sundays, August 14 and 21; and Wednesday–Friday August 17–19. We will return on Wednesday, August 24. Thank you for your patience.

  • Summer Choir Resumes on Sunday, July 31


    Published: July 28, 2022

    After a four-week hiatus, Summer Choir will resume Sunday, July 31 and continue through the first Sunday in September. All interested singers are warmly welcome to take part on any or all Sundays—simply show up ready to sing at 10 am in Wesley Hall. Come lend your voice to our worship, and enjoy some special fellowship with some of Asbury Firsts's music lovers. Questions? Contact our Director of Music Ministry Carl Johengen at or at 585-271-1050 x134.

  • Tent Sunday Collection for Mothers In Need of Others


    Published: July 21, 2022

    Bring Donations on Sunday, August 7

    Mothers In Need of Others (MINO) needs your help! MINO provides emergency items for single mothers and families in crisis. They currently have great need for cleaning and hygiene supply bags that they regularly distribute. Bring donations from the list below to our Tent Sunday worship service on August 7th. Our VBS kids will add to the donations, and our middle school youth will assemble the bags. We can’t wait to see the difference we will make for families in need!

    Needed Items: All-purpose cleaner, bleach, cleaning sponges, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, rolls of paper towels, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.

    For more information visit or contact Pat Dupont at Learn more about MINO and their ministry here:

  • PPD Readers Needed!


    Published: July 20, 2022

    The Asbury First UR Well Clinic is in need of PPD readers. Every Sunday morning, we read results of PPD tests for the clinic patients and are currently understaffed for volunteers. If you are a qualified medical professional and can volunteer time to assist with these readings, please contact Lin Vanderstyne, an Asbury First member and coordinator for the UR Well PPD readings at 585-383-1043 or by email at

  • Youth Mission Trip — Middle School


    Published: July 18, 2022

    August 8–13, Rochester Area

    August 8-13, our middle school youth will once again be helping out as counselors for Vacation Bible School in the morning, and volunteering with different local agencies in the afternoon. Some of our connections may include Food Link, The Gandhi Institute, and the Iroquois White Corn Project. Then, on Friday and Saturday, our youth will have the opportunity to enjoy an overnight in the Adirondacks where they will get to experience the beauty and grandeur of nature through activities such as climbing and caving.

  • Special Offer for Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) Summer Season


    Published: July 15, 2022

    Finger Lakes Opera's (FLO) summer season is fast approaching with performances on July 17, 24, 26, and 30 (both in Canandaigua), as well as August 5 and 7. If you've never attended a FLO program, you are in luck! An Asbury First member has kindly offered to treat you to a performance this summer. 

    To take advantage of this generous offer, please note that complimentary tickets are limited to two per person and reservations must be made three business days prior to the event. Simply send an email to Gwen Paker at with the subject line "Asbury First Tickets" and a member of the FLO staff will reach out to you. 

    For the season performance line up and to purchase tickets, please visit

  • Construction Progress — New Entrance and Dining & Caring Center


    Published: July 14, 2022

    The construction on the new Outreach Center is well under way at 1010 East Avenue! It is really exciting to see the incredible changes, and the progress toward making holistic outreach at Asbury First a reality.

    The third video in this series looks at the new entrance to the Outreach Center, along with construction updates for the Dining & Caring Center extension and main dining area. This was filmed at the end of May, so a lot of progress has been made since. Keep an eye out for the next video.

    Click here to watch the video

  • Denomination Update — "Ask the UMC"


    Published: July 7, 2022

    In light of the reality that the United Methodist Church has not formally split, but a new traditionalist Methodist denomination has been launched, "Ask the UMC" is authoring a series of articles that aim to answer frequently asked questions and correct misperceptions and misinformation about the future of the United Methodist Church.
    Click here to read the first of these articles.