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  • 01/25/23 Weather Cancellation

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    Published: Jan. 25, 2023

    Due to poor weather conditions, the Wednesday evening events are cancelled. Stay home, stay safe, and we'll see you on Sunday for worship and our Annual Church Conference. 

    Grace and peace,

    — Asbury First Staff

  • Choral Scholar Kayla Sconiers Receives a Major Scholarship Award

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    Published: Jan. 19, 2023

    Congratulations to our own Kayla Sconiers, who was awarded the prestigious William Warfield Scholarship from the Eastman School of Music! Kayla is in her junior year at Eastman, and will receive the award at a benefit concert on Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00pm in Kilbourn Hall. 

    “Being the recipient of the William Warfield Scholarship is an immense privilege and self-confidence boost for me as an African American performer in the arts,” says Kayla. “This network of trailblazers inspires me to achieve my goals and aspirations. As I grow and gain new knowledge from the program, I will carry the experience with me – forever – by encouraging others along the way.”

    Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and can be purchased at EastmanTheatre.org. You can support the WWSF by donating here: williamwarfield.org/contribute.

  • Interested in Making Music at Asbury First?

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    Published: Jan. 19, 2023

    January is the perfect time to consider adding something new to your routine, so if you've ever thought about investigating one of Asbury First's musical ensembles, we hope you'll get in touch!

    Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 pm in Wesley Hall and sings regularly at the 11 am service through late May. Our membership includes singers with a wide range of experience and training - all that's required is the time commitment and a desire to learn! Contact Dr. Carl Johengen at cjohengen@asburyfirst.org for more information.

  • New Family Class

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    Published: Jan. 19, 2023

    Starting Sunday, January 29, 9:45 am, 1040 Room 201

    Starting Sunday, January 29, we have a new class for families! We will watch an episode of "Bluey" together and then parents will break for a discussion on parenting based on the episode, while the kids will learn and play lessons that tie our faith with the values that are taught to us by Bluey. Come join us at 9:45 am in room 201.   

    Questions? Email Paula Dugan at pdugan@asburyfirst.org or call 585-271-1050 x111

  • Children's Musical

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    Published: Jan. 19, 2023

    Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, 1040 Room 201

    Wesley Singers is beginning to rehearse for their Spring Musical, Table for Five Thousand by Tom S. Long and Allen Poe and it’s not too late to join us. All children 2nd through 5th grade may participate. We rehearse in Room 201 from 6 - 7 pm on Wednesdays. We will present this show during the 11 am service on Sunday, April 30.

    For more information contact Holly Temming at htemming@asburyfirst.org.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive at Asbury First

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    Published: Jan. 12, 2023

    Saturday, February 18, 8:30 am -1 pm, 1040 Gathering Center

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

    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.

  • Older Adult Visitation Re-Ignites

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    Published: Jan. 12, 2023

    As we continue to reengage post-lockdown and COVID concerns of the past three years, Asbury is looking to reach out with visitation of our older adults and those unable to come to church. In conjunction with our Older Adult Council, we will be identifying persons who may want a visit, and are asking for persons willing to make some visits. For those wishing to help with visits, we will be having an initial meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 in the church library. Rev. Kathy Thiel will lead us in discussing how we envision re-igniting this important ministry. There will also be time for questions and clarifications.

    Please contact either Judy Messenger or Elizabeth Church, Co-Coordinators, with your interest and intention to attend the meeting. We look forward to connecting with our members and bringing a piece of Asbury Fellowship to their homes!

    Elizabeth Church                          Judy Messenger

    emchurch418@gmail.com           messenger5@aol.com

     

  • Hybrid Adult Sunday School

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    Published: Jan. 6, 2023

    Sundays, 9:45 am, 1040 Butlers Pantry and Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468)

    Join us in the Butler’s Pantry in-person or on Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45. We will have faithful discussions covering myriad topics, and would love to have your voice be a part of our community! This Sunday, we will be watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor and considering some of the connections with our Community Outreach Center. 

     

  • SAVE THE DATE! Valentine's Dinner Dance

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    Published: Jan. 6, 2023

    Friday, February 10, 6 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall

    Come and dine and dance for a cause. In the spirit of Love for those we know and those we can help—let's eat, dance and be merry! We will have a good will offering and the proceeds will go to our new Community Outreach Center. Live music will be provided by the 10 piece band called Different Every Time. The bass player for this band is a member of Asbury First, John Messenger. For those with little ones we will have a party for your children upstairs that will include dinner and fun.

    Contact Paula Dugan for more information at pdugan@asburyfirst.org or (585) 271-1050 x111 

  • 2022 Graduates

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    Published: Jan. 6, 2023

    We are so proud of our 2022 high school and college graduates! Click here to read about their accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our graduates! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • The Sound of Music Auditions

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    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Auditions: Sunday, January 15, 12:30-5 pm, 1040 Wesley Hall

    Shows: 

    • Friday, May 5, 7 pm, 
    • Saturday, May 6, 7 pm, 
    • Sunday, May 7, 2 pm 

    The Sound of Music is open to all ages. Children under 12 must be supervised to be in the show. Child care will be provided for auditions and rehearsals upon request. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Not all cast members will be required to be at all rehearsals. Schedule pending review of conflict sheets. Plenty of opportunities for non-performing participants.

    For more information, or to express interest please contact our Director of Theater Larry Dugan at ldugan@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050.

  • Ringers Needed!!

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    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    The Asbury Ringers have a few openings for ringers, starting this winter. We are looking for enthusiastic musicians who can read music, are open to learning bell techniques (or know bell technique from previous experiences) and can commit to our rehearsal and playing schedule. Our rehearsals are Wednesday evenings, 7–8:30, and we play (this winter/spring) in February, Easter Sunday, April 9, and in May. If you are interested and can make this commitment, please contact me and we'll have you come visit to see if the choir is a fit for you! Hope to hear from you!

    Elizabeth Church

    Director, Asbury Ringers

    (585) 978-0007 (Text or call)

  • Board Saturday Night

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    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Saturday, January 28, 5 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall

    Have a favorite game that you want to share with your Asbury friends? You are invited to our family game night Saturday, January 28 at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall. We will have a pizza dinner and have tons of fun playing our favorite games. Contact Paula Dugan for more information at pdugan@asburyfirst.org or (585) 271-1050 x111.

     

  • Annual Church Conference

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    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    This year, the Asbury First Annual Church Conference will be held on Sunday, January 29 following the 11 am service. Click here to get up-to-date with the Governance structure and committees in action or read the latest executive summary. For the agenda, annual report, and other conference materials, visit asburyfirst.org/church-conference.

  • Methodism 101

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    Published: Jan. 3, 2023

    Wednesdays in January, 6-7 pm, 1040 Wesley Hall

    What’s up with the name “Methodist?” Why do our ministers move around so much? Why do we use grape juice during communion? Whether you’ve been a United Methodist all of your life, or have just heard of us, this class is for you! The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady will lead this four-week discussion about the history, structure, beliefs, and challenges of The United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org or (585) 271-1050 x105.