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  • June Blood Drive

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    Published: April 26, 2023

    Saturday, June 3, 8:30 am - 1 pm, 1040 Gathering Center

    Maximize your blood donation. Help more patients. If you are eligible type O, B - or A - donor, consider making a Power Red donation. Red blood cells are the most commonly transfused blood component. 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.

    Please call Ed Ristau at 223-4356 or call 1-800-RED CROSS or www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment.

    Please bring ID!!

  • MINO — Churches For Change

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    Published: April 26, 2023

    Mothers In Need of Others (MINO) is starting a new campaign called "Churches for Change". They are asking all area churches to partner with them in hosting two donation drives for us within a one year period for just one item from our supply list each drive. This will help them to greatly reduce their costs for supplies and drastically increase the number of families they can provide for through the programs they serve! If your group, class, or ministry would like to sign up for a drive to support MINO, please click the link below. The only way we are going to reduce the number of families in poverty here in Rochester, is by working TOGETHER!

    Click here to sign up.

  • In this Moment — Revolution Reckoning Reparation

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    Published: April 25, 2023

    Wednesday, May 10 and 17, 6 -7 pm, at Asbury First

    "In This Moment" is a project that brings together teams of black leaders, writers, and photographers as they put together a chapbook—a short book that showcases the talents of each of the three individuals on the team. Each week will offer a panel presentation and conversation about the work of each individual, as well as some reflections on what it was like to come together as a team for this project.

    You can learn more about the teams by clicking here.

  • Watch for us May 7—The Library Bibliocart!

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    Published: April 19, 2023

    Sunday, May 7, after the 11 am service, 1040 Gathering Center

    The first Sunday of each month after the 11:00 a.m. service the church library bibliocart will meet you in
    the church Gathering Space with a full selection of new library purchases and the theme of the month.

    This month (May 7) the focus is on Memorial Day and Mother’s Day with numerous books on these
    topics. This month is also Mental Health Awareness month and Be Kind to Animals month so we will
    have books on these topics as well. You can check out the books—for free—right there at the
    bibliocart—just in front of the piano. Stop by and check us out on this first Sunday in May—May 7.

  • NEW Needed Items for the Storehouse

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    Published: April 19, 2023

    The Storehouse has been fully operational for a few weeks now and we are happily settling into our new location. We are thrilled to offer a fully-accessible shopping experience for our clients and a more streamlined sorting area for our volunteers. This is all possible from the generosity of our members and the community. 

    Now that we are back in business, we have a new need for the following:

    • Gently used children’s shoes/sneakers size 13 and under
    • New school supplies (ie pencils, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners etc.)
    • Lightweight wind/rain jackets for men, women and children - all sizes
    • King size blankets
       

    To drop off donations, you can deposit them in the small brick building in front of the main entrance. Thank you for your continued support!

  • Volunteers Needed for The Sound of Music!

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    Published: April 19, 2023

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

    If you or anyone you know is interested in helping to volunteer with the front of house (ticketing, ushering, selling concessions, etc.) for our production of The Sound of Music, please click here to sign-up for a slot. If you cannot volunteer your time, but are able to purchase snack options for our concessions booth (such as bottles of water, snack-size bags of chips, candy, etc.), please contact Amy Allen at ajppa@yahoo.com.

    Please help us spread the word!

     

  • Geranium Sale to Benefit the Asbury Storehouse

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    Published: April 14, 2023

    Orders will be accepted until Monday, May 1
    Pickup: Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am - 12 pm

    As the weather is beginning to get warmer, it's time for the annual geranium sale!  Again this year, we'll have 4 1/2" pots of red, white, purple sizzle, strawberry sizzle, and salmon geraniums, along with hanging baskets with mixed colors of geraniums. Pick up your flowers on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 - 12 pm behind the Community Outreach Center.

    Click here to order yours online or by contacting Deb Bullock-Smith at 585-271-1050 x117. 

  • Pittsford CommUNITY Drag Story Hour

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    Published: April 13, 2023

    Saturday, April 15, 2-3 pm, Book Culture (28 S Main St, Pittsford)

    This weekend, Pittsford CommUNITY is hosting a Drag Story Hour at Book Culture in Pittsford. Unfortunately, it seems this event has gained publicity for all the wrong reasons. To help rectify this, Asbury First is partering with local ministries and agencies to help create a welcoming place for all who wish to attend this event. 

    We believe that everyone is beautifully and wonderfully made—and so we are going to help create a Wall of Love at this event. You are invited to support this endeavor in myriad of ways:

    • Praying for a more inclusive and loving world
    • Joining the Gandhi Institute in a non-violent protest training
    • Joining fellow advocates in the Rochester community to form a Love Wall at Book Culture this Saturday
       

    In this Easter Season, may we be reminded of our ressurection call: Live. Serve. Repeat.

  • Summer VBS 2023—Save the Date!

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    Published: April 12, 2023

    August 7-10, 9 am-12 pm, at Asbury First 

    Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join us this summer for our Vacation Bible School themed Make A Joyful Noise, August 7-10, from 9 am - noon each day. We will learn how music is an essential part of life and draws us closer to God. We will explore music through song, dance, bells, games, art and stories. We will end the week with a family night of food, fun and music underneath the tent. Click below to register. For more information, contact Paula Dugan at pdugan@asburyfirst.org

    Click here to register.

  • Children's Sunday

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    Published: April 11, 2023

    Sunday, April 30, 11 am service

    Join us at 11 am on Children’s Sunday, April 30, as the children lead us in all aspects of worship from ushering, reading scripture, leading prayer, singing and ringing bells and presenting a “sermon”, a children’s musical, titled Table For Five Thousand — The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote. Come show your support for these young people so eager to participate in worship.

  • New Members Class

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    Published: April 7, 2023

    TWO OPTIONS:
    In-Person: Sunday, April 30 at 12:30 pm, 1050 Stephen’s Office, Lunch served.
    Hybrid: Wednesday, May 3 at 6 pm, 1050 Stephen’s Office, Zoom (zoom.us/j/82498934913)

    Are you interested in joining Asbury First? We are pleased to be offering the next round of New Members Classes for any and all interested in joining Asbury First. Our hope is to have everyone join on Sunday, May 7. 

    You need not register to attend, but if you know that you will be there, we’d love to know! Simply email Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org or call 585-271-1050.

  • Inclusive Weddings

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    Published: April 7, 2023

    Saturday, June 10, at Asbury First

    As a means of celebrating all of those who missed the opportunity to marry their beloved before God and neighbor in the church that they love, we are hoping to hold a special renewal of vows ceremony specifically for LGBTQ+ couples on Saturday, June 10. 

    If you'd like to participate in the ceremony, please email weddings@asburyfirst.org or call the church office at 585-271-1050.

  • SAVE THE DATE! New Class: BELIEVE—The Gospel According to Ted Lasso

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    Published: April 7, 2023

    Wednesdays, June 7, 14, & 21, 6 pm, location TBD

    Led by Emily and Stephen Cady

    Do you BELIEVE? Like an American Football coach who somehow finds himself managing a British football (soccer) team, sometimes the gospel shows up in the strangest places. Join us as we explore the rich gospel themes of the award-winning show Ted Lasso (available on Apple TV+) and have some fun doing it. The class will begin June 7 at 6 pm, location TBD and is open to all adults. If you are interested in joining us, please email Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org or call the church office. Go Richmond!

  • Asbury Art Class

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    Published: March 31, 2023

    Tuesdays, 12-3 pm, Room 205 (Bell Room), Contact Linda Clemow for cost

    The Asbury Art Class will begin working on a drawing class on Tuesday afternoons. It is based loosely on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. This course is offered in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. You need not have any prior experience in drawing, although we also welcome those who wish hone their drawing skills. All materials will be supplied! The cost will depend on the number of participants. Class starts on Tuesday, April 18, 12:30-3 pm. Please email Linda Clemow to register at soulsourcestudio1@gmail.com or call the church office.

  • AARP Free Document Shredding

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    Published: March 31, 2023

    Saturday, April 29, 1–4 pm, Asbury First Parking Lot

    AARP Fraud Watch Network™ can help you protect yourself against identity theft. Join us for a free document-shredding event in your community. Reserve your spot for AARP New York's shredding event. Your documents will be shredded on-site, free of charge. There is a three-bag limit per person. The event concludes when the truck is full. One on-site shredding truck will be available from 1–4 pm. The site may close early if the truck fills up. Register at events.aarp.org/ShredRoc2023.