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  • Governance Board Open Forum

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    Published: Oct. 1, 2021

    Sunday, October 24, 12 pm, Sanctuary and Live Stream

    In order to answer questions and hear from the congregation on open questions moving forward, the Governing Board will be hosting an Open Forum following the service on Sunday, October 24 in the sanctuary (and on the live stream). We have also put up a list of answers to FAQs on our website. If you have questions that you want us to be prepared to answer or would like us to put up on the website, please email governance@asburyfirst.org. For more information, visit www.asburyfirst.org/governance.

  • Women On Wednesday (WOW)

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    Published: Oct. 1, 2021

    Wednesdays, 12 pm, Gathering Center

    The Holy Longing — The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser is WOW’s first reading journey through October 13. WOW selects books by voting on group suggestions. The next book, beginning on October 20, is The Next Right Thing — A Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily Freeman.

    Women on Wednesday (WOW) is an ever-changing group of readers that 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 questions or more information contact Mary Lynn Vickers at mvicker1@rochester.rr.com.

  • Looking for Girl Scout Leaders

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    Published: Sept. 30, 2021

    If you happen to know of anyone who would be interested in leading a Girl Scout Troop, there are opportunities available. Training & assistance is available, and volunteers do not have to have children. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Laura Halewski at lhalewski@gmail.com

  • School 17 & 45 THANK YOU!

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    Published: Sept. 30, 2021

    Thanks so much to Asbury First for your generous support in this year's school supply drive. Thank you to all who answered the call to give. Your caring support will make a difference in these school communities. There is still an opportunity for you to join the Help Me Read Volunteers. For more information, please contact John Smalt 585-924-8624 or at jhsmalt@gmail.com.

  • You're Invited to Learn More or Join The Discipleship Project

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    Published: Sept. 24, 2021

    The vision of The Discipleship Project at Asbury First is to: 

    • Reclaim the method of connection and discipleship through small groups aimed at transforming the way we think and live as Christians. 
    • Renew the mission to alleviate and end poverty through solidarity-based ministries of compassion and justice. 
    • Reignite the movement of the Spirit-led church through faith sharing and invitation to new Christians. 

    This fall, we’ve already started four small groups (styled “Classes” after the original Methodist small group) to focus on living out our faith in our everyday lives, while building deeper connections with others who seek the same. These groups meet weekly for one hour, and are shepherded by the Rev. Rachel Ann Dupont, Minister for Christian Formation and Director of The Discipleship Project. If you are interested in learning more, please visit asburyfirst.org/the-discipleship-project. If you’re ready to sign up for a small group, or would like to schedule a meeting with Rachel, please click here to fill out a form.

  • Remember Your Tips from Joe!

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    Published: Sept. 24, 2021

    We are still adjusting to being back together after so long, so here are a few reminders from Joe Congregant to make sure we are all SAFE AND COMFORTABLE

    • If you really want to give someone a hug, try one of the special signs available at the front entrance.
    • For everyone's safety, please wear a mask. We have extras available if you forget to bring one. Remember, Over the nose is where it goes.
    • Try to follow the Pew Signs and sit to maintain social distancing. Remember to stay six feet apart. 

    To watch, or re-watch, the “Welcome Back” video starring Joe Congregant, click here. The seating arrangements have changed, but the rest of the tips are still applicable. Thank you all for your continued effort in keeping everyone safe!

  • COVID and Worship Updates

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    Published: Sept. 22, 2021

    What a gift it has been to worship together again! While we are grateful for the technology that has connected us during the pandemic and recognize the many who continue to utilize that medium for worship, it has been a true blessing to be able to see people back in the pews. As we anticipated, we have learned some things over our first couple of weeks back that, in the interest of everyone’s safety, we believe warrant some new policies and reminders:

    1. CHANCEL VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: While all are welcome in our worship services, we are implementing a policy that anyone participating in the leadership of our service (pastors, choir, acolytes, readers, etc.) will need to be fully vaccinated. Full social distancing is not always possible in the chancel and we believe that this, alongside mask-wearing, will help mitigate risk.
    2. SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PEWS: We have attempted to label the pews with signs to suggest where people could sit to maintain social distancing, but we ask that everyone remains diligent about trying to maintain six feet between family/pod/household groupings.
    3. TENT: One of the things that we miss most is being able to connect with one another following the service. To that end, we have erected a tent for the next month (or so) outside the Gathering Center to provide a location for those who would be more comfortable connecting outside following the service.
    4. HUGGING/HANDSHAKING: While so many of us love a good hug or handshake, we also recognize that during the pandemic this is complicated. Your staff is committed to finding other means of expressing our affection and we’d encourage you to do the same. Consider picking up a sign in the Welcome Hall that will let you share the love!

    Thanks so much for all of the hard work that you have been doing to bring us back together safely. While it has been an adjustment, we firmly believe that the benefits of being together are worth the sacrifices we make to keep each other safe! For answers to frequently asked questions about our COVID policy, please click here. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

    Grace and Peace,
    Stephen
     

  • Chancel Chats — Episode 4

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    Published: Sept. 20, 2021

    Did you miss the new Chancel Chat?

    Click here to watch the video

    This week we focus on the past and creation “From the Dust.” To go with that theme, there will be a new Chancel Chat following the postlude with a blast from the past. Colleen Robinson discovered some old 8 mm film of a 1959 snowstorm in Rochester that features a snow-covered Asbury First. She was kind enough to share the footage with us. Stay tuned after the 11 am service to learn more about it!

    To see the other episodes of Chancel Chats, click here.

     

  • Social Distancing and Pew Seating

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    Published: Sept. 19, 2021

    To help keep us socially distant during worship, please take a look at the signs on the pews when you find a seat. To keep our “All Are Welcome” promise, the signs are positive and instruct you on where TO SIT, instead of where NOT TO SIT. The hearts on the sign indicate where is best to be on that particular pew. We appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe!

  • #asburyfirstisback

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    Published: Sept. 16, 2021

    We don’t know about you, but being together during our Together In Ministry service last Sunday filled our souls! We are overjoyed to be able to worship in person again. For those of you unable to physically join us, we will still be together in spirit and are grateful for the ability to connect from a distance. During the service, we had a special litany about “What has God done in your life?”. Please take a chance to watch or re-watch the video by clicking here.