News

  • Asbury First Talent Show

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    Published: July 14, 2021

    Sunday, August 1, 12 pm, Front Lawn Tent

    Show us your talent! Can you juggle, dance, play an instrument, sing and hula hoop at the same time? If yes, join our Asbury First Talent Show on the first Sunday of August. All ages and all levels of talent are welcome to participate.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org.

  • Outreach Center and Staffing News

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    Published: July 8, 2021

    This is an exciting time within the life of the congregation, and while the COVID-19 pandemic required us to adjust in significant ways, we are grateful that our outreach ministries continue to do more good in this community and beyond. As we prepare to break ground on our new Outreach Center this Fall (keep September 19 tentatively on your calendars), there are a few outreach related updates we want to share with you.

    Dining and Caring Center Temporarily Moving

    The new Outreach Center will include a fully renovated and expanded Dining and Caring Center. While this will necessitate our vacating the current premises during construction, we are pleased to share that this vital ministry will continue in a temporary new location! Beginning after Labor Day, the Dining and Caring Center will operate out of Covenant United Methodist just down the street on Culver Road. We are deeply grateful to the Rev. Dr. Ann Kemper and that congregation for their hospitality. To facilitate this move, the Dining and Caring Center will be closed for the month of August. Please watch for ways that you can help us keep this vital ministry thriving during this anticipated year of construction!

    Staffing Changes

    It is with mixed emotions that we report that Michele Cooley, our current Director of the Dining and Caring Center, has accepted a new position with another local agency. We are so grateful for the work that she has done with us over the last twelve years and invite you to join us for a reception in her honor following the 9am service on Sunday, July 18. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.

    As the new Outreach Center will bring together several of our vital outreach ministries under one roof, the Outreach Center Committee has spent the last couple of months creating a new Director of the Outreach Center position. Originally articulated by the 2016 Outreach Task Force and voted upon by the congregation as a part of the 2017 Dreamscape (our strategic plan), this full-time position will replace and incorporate aspects of the Director of Dining and Caring Center position while providing the primary, hands-on supervision and management of on-campus poverty-relief efforts, which include the Dining and Caring Center, Grocery Bag Ministry, Storehouse, UR Well Clinic, and Community Garden. 

    We are pleased to announce that beginning July 19, the Rev. Patrick Dupont, a provisional deacon in the United Methodist Church, will be joining the Asbury First staff as our new Director of the Outreach Center. Pat is excited to be joining the community at such an important moment in the life of the Outreach Center and looks forward to helping the Center and congregation reach their fullest potential in service to Christ and the broader community. Prior to coming to Asbury First, Pat served several United Methodist congregations and spent three years living and working at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a Catholic Worker community that operates a soup kitchen, clothing closet, and emergency shelter, and engages in activism and advocacy alongside Rochester’s poor and homeless. As someone particularly called to lead the church in ministries of compassion and justice with those who find themselves on the margins of society, Pat believes it is through authentic relationships with our neighbors that we move from being Jesus worshippers to Jesus followers. 

    We look forward to this upcoming season of transition, and remain excited about the continued opportunity to live out our mission, and Do More Good.

    With love,
    The Rev. Jacqueline Nelson

  • Pride Picnic

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    Published: July 7, 2021

    Sunday, July 11, 11 am-7 pm, Genesee Valley Park

    Asbury First is among the sponsors of the Pride Picnic for mature adults on Sunday, July 11 from 11 am-7 pm at the Roundhouse Shelter area in Genesee Valley Park. There's a minimum suggested donation of $5, and you can reserve your ticket here, or visit their Facebook Page here for more information.

  • New Location for GBM Donation Bin

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    Published: July 1, 2021

    Want to help out the Grocery Bag Ministry? Drop off donations at the Gathering Center! Due to the outside services, we've relocated the GBM donation bin to make drop offs easy after or before the early service. We are grateful for your continued support to help feed families in need in the Rochester area. List of needs:

    • Paper grocery bags (for use in delivering the food)
    • Jams
    • Peanut butter
    • Macaroni ’n’ cheese
    • Pasta sauce
    • Pasta
    • Canned fruits and vegetables
    • Soups
    • Tuna fish
    • Any donations
  • Happy Independence Day!

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    Published: June 30, 2021

    The Staff at Asbury First wishes you all a happy and safe holiday weekend. Happy 4th of July!

  • Garden Talk — Raised Bed Gardening

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    Published: June 24, 2021

    Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm, Asbury Community Garden

    On Tuesday, June 29 at 7 pm at the Asbury Community Garden, Marci Muller, Cornell Cooperative Extension—Horticultural/Master Gardener, will offer a presentation on Raised Bed Gardening. The talk will cover various management and maintenance topics for established raised garden beds focusing on strategies through the summer to the end of the season. Both experienced and new gardeners will find this valuable and informative presentation.

  • The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor

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    Published: June 24, 2021

    Monday, August 9, 7-8:30 pm, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

    After our Bicentennial Bible Challenge and our Dynamic Disciple Challenge, we have heard more and more questions about how our Bible came to be. Why are these books included? Were there other books? Is it true that Catholic Bibles have more books? What is the Gospel of Thomas? If you have asked any of these questions—and/or these questions have piqued your curiosity—then you are encouraged to join us on Monday, August 9, for a Zoom presentation and conversation. Participants are encouraged to read The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor by Joel Hoffman prior to our meeting, but all are always welcome. Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org with questions. 

  • New Website Launch

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    Published: June 18, 2021

    Welcome to the newly-designed Asbury First website!

    You're invited to: Unite in Faith, Do More Good, Join a Community, Make a Change, Celebrate Diversity, and Worship with Us! We hope you discover new and exciting things about Asbury First as you dive deep into our new look. 

    Please understand that this is a work in progress, and new features will be added in the days and weeks to come. If you find a link that doesn't work, please contact Sarah Brubaker at communication@asburyfirst.org.

    Where do I find that?

    To help you find all of your favorite links and information, please take a look at the quick guide to the new website by clicking the button below.

    Download the New Website Guide

  • NEW! NOTA Farmers Market

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    Published: June 18, 2021

    Mondays, 4–7 pm, Granger Lawn

    NOTA (Neighborhood of the Arts) is sponsoring a Farmers Market each Monday evening from 4–7 pm at Asbury First on Granger Lawn (beside 1050). The market begins with a "soft" open on Monday, June 21, and a "grand" opening on Monday, June 28.

    Please share the page, spread the word, and we will (hopefully) see you at the NOTA Farmers Market this summer on Mondays from 4 to 7pm!

    For more information, click here for the NOTA Farmers Market Facebook page, or visit www.notafarmmarket.com.

  • Yoga Returns to Asbury First

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    Published: June 18, 2021

    Tuesdays starting June 29, 3 pm, Gathering Center, $10 pay at the door

    Gentle Yoga is happily returning to Asbury First this summer beginning on Tuesday, June 29 at 3 pm. Each session will be gentle in nature, beginner friendly, and inclusive to those in need of different supports. Join us for an hour of breathing, movement, and awareness, with meditation. Please wear loose-fitting clothing that is comfortable for a wide range of movement. A limited number of yoga mats and props (blocks, straps, etc.) will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

    The sessions will be run by Kelly Noyes, who is certified from the Kripalu School of Yoga and Health and is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). For more information, please contact Kelly at knoyes710@aol.com.