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.
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 Ljv@frontier.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.fingerlakesopera.org.
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.
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.
Published: July 6, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 6 pm Refreshments, 7 pm celebration, Front Lawn Tent
The Discipleship Project invites you to join us for a special musical and worship celebration on Wednesday, August 10 under the tent in the front lawn. There will be light refreshments served at 6 pm, with the main worship celebration beginning at 7 pm. We are blessed to be joined by musician Nairobi Smith, who is a United Methodist Worship Leader. The celebration is open to all, and we hope you can join us! For more information, contact Rev. Rachel Dupont at email@example.com or at 585-271-150 x113.
Published: July 6, 2022
Tent Sunday at Asbury First aims to give people a great experience of the church, as well as welcome those living nearby who may be curious about our community. We'd love to see you at 11 am, August 7, outside under the tent for:
Published: June 30, 2022
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary (Free-will offering)
The Barnstormers Men’s Chorus will visit Asbury First, presenting a concert on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm, and serving as our guest choir for the 11 am service on Sunday, July 10. Founded in 1946, the Barnstormers presents concerts three times a year in various locations throughout the northeast, gathering men for a long weekend of rehearsing and performing. This is their first visit to the Rochester area, and we hope to provide them a warm welcome. Friday evening’s concert is free of charge (a free-will offering will benefit the ensemble.)
Published: June 30, 2022
Saturday, July 16, 1 pm, Park Avenue (Meet up at Asbury First at 11:30 am to march)
We invite LGBTQ+ persons and allies alike to join Asbury First, Fairport, UMC, Macedon Center UMC, and Covenant UMC in marching with us in the Pride Parade or cheering from anywhere on the parade route! The Pride Parade is on Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm and goes down Park Avenue from Alexander Street to Culver Road. If you'd like to march with us, please meet at Asbury at 11:30 am (we can walk or carpool to the line-up area on Alexander together), or find the Reconciling UMCs along Alexander. We're also participating in the Pride Picnic on July 10 at Genesee Valley Park. If you'd like to help staff our table, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about ROC Pride Fest at www.rocpridefest.com.
Published: June 28, 2022
Check out the new executive summary of the content, discussion, and meaningful actions of the June 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.
Published: June 23, 2022
July 3–9, Kentucky
After a two-year hiatus, our high schoolers will once again be immersing themselves in a new environment as they travel to Kentucky to work with Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP is an organization that seeks to achieve systemic change for those experiencing extreme poverty in the Appalachia region. Because systemic change is a long and arduous process, ASP also partners with groups throughout the year to help provide hands-on help in local communities where alternative aid was dried up and/or is unavailable. ASP recognizes that this is not a permanent solution, and also uses this opportunity to educate their volunteers about how they can become more involved to help promote and enact positive systemic change. We are excited to have 18 youth and 8 adults engaging in this life-changing ministry the week of July 3-9. For more information, contact Mike Mullin at email@example.com or 585-271-1050 x105.
Published: June 22, 2022
Did you miss the information sessions about the Columbarium? Not to fret. Learn how Asbury First can be your final resting place, by reading our new Columbarium brochure — available in printed format around campus or online by clicking the link below.
Asbury First is a place of worship, community and celebration of life from baptism to confirmation, marriage and memorial services. Members of the congregation have expressed an interest in having a columbarium at Asbury First for many years. For more information, please call 585-271-1050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: June 21, 2022
We are encouraged that the COVID-19 situation in our community is such that we are ready, once again, to adjust our masking policy from “masks recommended": to “masking by choice.” Everyone on our campus may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect themselves and those around them. We will respect everyone’s choice in this matter. This policy is reflective of the updated CDC guidance and in line with what is happening in other public venues in our area.
We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated (and boosted when eligible). We are particularly mindful of protecting those who are not yet vaccinated—especially babies and very young children for whom the FDA has only recently approved vaccination. We continue to encourage everyone to practice good hand hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the campus. Additionally, we ask everyone to be respectful of individual preferences regarding social distancing and physical contact such as handshakes or hugging. When in doubt, ask first.
As we learned during these past two years of the pandemic, flexibility is essential. As the situation changes, we will continue to make decisions with the health and safety of the community in mind.
Thank you for your patience and your grace as we continue to find our way through these challenging times.
Peace and Blessings,
The COVID-19 Task Force
Published: June 17, 2022
Dick Moncrief, our Financial Administrator for the past 16 years, has announced his intention to retire from that position on September 1.
Thankfully, he has no intention of leaving us. He will assume a volunteer role in the Outreach Center, assisting with foundation, corporate, and individual fundraising activities.
We will celebrate Dick’s contributions and celebrate his “retirement” as we all re-gather in the Fall.