• News 10 Interview


    Published: May 23, 2022

    Check out our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, in an interview with WHEC TV about the recent shooting in Buffalo. Learn about what we can do to process this tragedy in the segment: "Rochester in Focus: Understanding domestic terrorism."

  • Prom Gowns Over the Top!


    Published: May 20, 2022

    Thank you to the members of Asbury First, to Robyn Gage’s homeowner association, and to the Storehouse for the prom gown donations. Thank you all so very much for your thoughtful, generous, and caring support in the donation of over 100 prom gowns — there were even new ones — supporting Enrico Fermi School 17. The dresses will be graciously worn at the formal gala on Saturday, May 28 at the Charles Settlement House. It will be a great blessing for all of the students!

  • Help Plant in the Asbury Community Garden!


    Published: May 20, 2022

    It’s planting season! The Asbury Community Garden is taking shape for 2022, with seeds starting to germinate (lettuce, radishes, collard greens, carrots and Swiss chard) and seedlings (broccoli and tomatoes) taking up their new residences.

    Lots is happening and lots more needs to happen. Several groups have already lent a hand. The Youth Ministry topped off our raised beds with soil and mulched the paths around the beds. The Children’s ministry has started flowers and basil plants. And the Asbury Day Care Center is going to paint some large planters to hold our nasturtium flowers that will help attract pollinators.

    Could you join us? Our biggest need is for people to join the rotating teams of gardeners watering and, eventually, harvesting the vegetables. Watering is particularly crucial as seeds and seedlings are planted, but continues through the growing season until October. Team work is shared among many people. You might need to water and pick vegetables one or two times over a week in coordination with your team, and then return a few weeks later to do the same. If you want to do more, we have more jobs to share. Experience is not necessary. 

    To join the community garden team, call Diana at (585) 732-7224 or send an email to

  • NOTA Farmers Market — Opening Night!


    Published: May 20, 2022

    Monday, June 13, 4-7 pm, Granger Lawn

    The warmer weather is getting us excited for the new NOTA Farmers Market season! We can't wait for Opening Night. Stop by Granger Lawn on Monday, June 13 for our 2nd season! We have even more vendors this year and can't wait for everyone to see all the amazing things they have ready for this year.

  • Joint Service of Lament


    Published: May 18, 2022

    Sunday, May 22, 3 pm, Baber AME Church (550 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607)
    Join in on the livestream

    “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
    How long will you hide your face from me? 

    How long must I bear pain in my soul,

    and have sorrow in my heart all day long?

    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”
    — Psalm 13:1-2

    The shooting deaths over the weekend of ten Black people in Buffalo by a young white supremacist should shock us. We should be shocked that it happened at all, that it happened so close to home, that it was so easy to carry out.

    It should shock us, but it doesn’t. 

    We have grown so accustomed to the news of mass shootings that all we need is the location, the body count, and the targeted group and we can fill in the rest—ready to begin again that inevitable cycle of outrage and apathy. After four hundred years of rape, torture, and oppression of Black people by white people, we are not even surprised that it was motivated by sinful and erroneous notions of Black inferiority and white “replacement”—a theory espoused and dignified by online trolls and depraved media personalities. 

    We mourn the loss of life, the scourge of white supremacy, and the feeling of apathy and helplessness that too quickly sets in following these atrocities. While it might be tempting jump to conversations about healing, to do so risks ignoring the very real pain and anger that is still growing in so many, particularly in our siblings of color.

    Fortunately, within our faith tradition we have a shield against apathy—an act of grief and anger that is designed to help us feel the moment faithfully. We call it lament. 

    Make no mistake, this is a moment for lament.

    To that end, we are joining with our Pan-Methodist siblings for a special Joint Service of Lament on Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm to be hosted by Baber AME. We invite you to join us. 

    If you can’t be there, we ask that you pray for peace, for justifiable outrage, and for earnest and honest lament in the wake of undeniable evil. May it someday be unimaginable. May we, by God’s grace, find our way to a world in which this kind of act would be shocking again.

    In Christ,

  • Roger Wilhelm Memorial Service Archive Video


    Published: May 16, 2022

    The life of Asbury First's former Director of Music Roger Wilhelm, who passed away in 2021, was celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday, May 14. The service included a massed choir of current and former singers from Asbury First, the Rochester Oratorio Society, and Madrigalia. To view the full service, please click the link below.

    Roger Wilhelm Memorial Service

  • Welcome Paula Dugan to Hospitality at Asbury First!


    Published: May 13, 2022

    In addition to her role as the Director of Children’s Ministries, we are pleased to announce that Paula Dugan will now oversee hospitality ministries at Asbury First. Paula’s gifts and graces naturally lend themselves to this new aspect of her ministry among us. For more than a year, of her own volition, Paula has been coming to nearly every memorial service and special event to make sure that people feel welcome at Asbury First. As the Director of Children’s Ministry and Hospitality, Paula will not only continue to work with our children, but will work with our greeters, ushers, and other areas of hospitality to make sure that everyone feels welcome at Asbury First. Join us in celebrating this new aspect of her ministry.

  • Rev. Dr. Andy Stoker to be our Guest Preacher on Confirmation Sunday


    Published: May 13, 2022

    Sunday, May 22

    We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Andy Stoker as our guest preacher for Confirmation Sunday on May 22. Dr. Stoker is currently the Senior Minister of the First United Methodist Church of Dallas and soon-to-be Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer for the Thanks-Giving Foundation ( His formidable leadership skills and passion for equality combined with his research in practical theology and systems theory give Dr. Stoker a unique and clarion voice in the areas of social justice, advocacy, community outreach, and racial reconciliation. In addition to preaching on Sunday, he will be leading a family systems workshop for our staff on Monday, May 23.

  • Church-wide Carnival and Talent Show


    Published: May 13, 2022

    Sunday, June 12

    Join us for our churchwide carnival and talent show immediately following the 11 am service on Youth Sunday, June 12! It's the perfect way to start the Summer with hot dogs, inflatable bounce house, talent show and more. The carnival is free to all. Contact Paula Dugan at to participate in the talent show. 

  • Columbarium Information Session


    Published: May 13, 2022

    Wednesday, June 8, 5-6 pm, Gathering Center
    Sunday, June 12, 12:15 pm, Fellowship Hall

    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. If you are interested in knowing more about how Asbury First can be your final resting place, please join us for one (or both) of the information sessions listed above.

    If you have questions or would like more information, please call the Church Office at 585-271-1050 or email