• Dynamic Disciple Challenge Returns


    Published: Sept. 3, 2021

    Beginning the week of September 12 as scheduled below

    This Spring, many of us began a journey through the Old Testament with the Disciple Bible study series. This fall, we will be continuing our journey with the New Testament and we would like to extend an invitation to anyone who might like to join us. No previous Bible experience is necessary. We use a Study Manual to help guide us through our weekly readings. These may be purchased online, or by contacting Mike Mullin at At present, all of our meetings will occur via Zoom beginning the week of September 12:

    • Tuesdays 3-4 pm, led by The Rev. Ruthellen Hoyle
    • Thursdays 7-8 pm, led by The Rev. Linda Clemow
    • Fridays 9:30-10:30 am, led by Mike Mullin
  • Staffing News


    Published: Sept. 2, 2021

    It is with heavy hearts, we inform you that Melody Guadagnino, our Office Manager, has resigned effective September 1. We are so grateful for her years of service to this congregation and ask that you join us in praying for her in all her future endeavors.

  • Together In Ministry Sunday


    Published: Aug. 26, 2021

    Sunday, September 12, 11 am, Sanctuary

    Join us as we return to in-person worship at 11 am on Sunday, September 12 and help us find "A New Creation" from the recent chaos!

    After the last 18 months, we are thrilled to return to our regular schedule...even if it is slightly different from past years. There will be a chance to add your "piece" to Asbury First and greet friends again. We hope to see you then! 

    For more information, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at

  • School Supply Drive


    Published: Aug. 26, 2021

    Sundays in September, starting September 12

    We will be collecting school supplies again this year for Schools 17 and 45. The following is a list of needed items which can be brought to the Welcome Hall starting September 12 and continuing every Sunday in September.

    Items needed include: backpacks, 24-count pencils, colored pencils, erasers and eraser tops, ink pens (blue, black, and red), crayons, color-safe markers, highlighters, child-safe scissors, glue sticks, pencil boxes or pouches, index cards, sticky notes, solid-color folders with pockets, three-ring binders, composition books, graph paper, hand sanitizer, and tissues.

    Many thanks to YOU for your support! For more information, please contact John Smalt at (585) 924-8624, or at

  • WOW Kicks off September 15


    Published: Aug. 26, 2021

    Wednesday, September 15, 12:30 pm, Gathering Center

    Women on Wednesday (WOW) is an always-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 First or any other membership requirements—just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas. 

    The WOW reading and discussion season begins on Wednesday, September 15 at 12:30 pm in the Gathering Center. We will be catching up on summer adventures and looking at a book suggestion list for the 2021–22 reading year. Please bring your own lunch and check out the WOW experience. New readers are always welcome. Hope to see you on September 15!

    For questions or more information contact Mary Lynn Vickers at

  • Call for Videos for Together In Ministry Sunday


    Published: Aug. 26, 2021

    Submit your video by Tuesday, September 7

    We want to hear from you! What new thing has God done in your life since March of 2020?

    This invitation is to participate in a video litany for our Together in Ministry service. To participate, please send a one sentence response to the question, “What new things has God done in your life since March of 2020?” to Rev. Rachel Ann Dupont at

    Once your sentence is ready to go, please record and submit a video by Tuesday, September 7 by clicking here. If you are unable to record yourself, we will work with you to record your sentence to include in our worship service on September 12.

    If you have questions about the requirements above or are unsure how to record yourself please email As long as you have a smartphone or laptop with a camera we should be able to help!

  • Golf Tournament for Cameron Community Minstries Teen Center


    Published: Aug. 26, 2021

    As perhaps you’ve seen in the Asbury First Annual Report, the Outreach Committee has provided funding support to the Cameron Community Ministries Teen Center, through a specific allocation of undesignated outreach funds. Our church’s connection/involvement is especially strengthened by Carolyn Hamil’s participation on the Teen Center Programming Committee.

    The recently-built Teen Center is a part of our After School Youth Programming—providing educational/academic support and life skills enrichment for the children of the neighborhood. Cameron is located in the impoverished Lyell-Otis neighborhood and also provides a Hot Lunch, Food Pantry a Clothing House, social work assistance, etc.

    An important fundraising endeavor to maintain/enhance all that Cameron does for the children is to hold a Golf Tournament. This year’s will take place Monday, September 20, at the Penfield Country Club. The cut off for registration is September 6.

    We would like to encourage Asbury members to consider playing in this fun event, by putting together a foursome, or being a sponsor. In so doing you will really help Cameron make a big difference in the lives in the children we serve. For more information about Cameron Community Ministries and details about the event download the flier here, please email Bob Peterson at

  • Dining In for Outreach Returns


    Published: Aug. 20, 2021

    After careful consideration and consultation with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady and the Leadership Team at Asbury First, “Dining In For Outreach” is being planned for Saturday, October 16. All funds raised from this traditionally successful event support the many Outreach ministries of Asbury First. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with friends old and new, share important information and updates about our Outreach programs and progress, and raise money to assist those in need locally and globally.

    Because of the pandemic, Dining In for Outreach will be modified:

    • There will not be a gathering at church before or after the individual dinners.
    • We are not soliciting business sponsors.
    • Our target date is Saturday, October 16, but there is certainly flexibility for the host to schedule their event before or after that date if needed.
    • To make sure we conduct a safe event, we ask hosts and guests to follow the same masking and social distancing guidelines that are in place at Asbury First.

    If you are interested in hosting, please contact Tim Mahan at by Friday, August 27.

  • Annie — Youth Musical Auditions


    Published: Aug. 19, 2021

    Sunday, September 12, 3–6 pm, Fellowship Hall

    Auditions for the musical, Annie will be held from 3–6 pm in Fellowship Hall. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to attend!

    No experience necessary! Bring a friend! Please wear dance shoes or sneakers to dance in!

  • Call for Videos for Together In Ministry Service


    Published: Aug. 13, 2021

    Submit your sentence by Sunday, August 22

    Over the last year and a half, our lives have looked different due to the pandemic. And yet, God has still been at work! 

    What new thing has God done in your life since March of 2020? 

    We want to hear from you! This invitation is to participate in a video litany for our Together in Ministry service. To participate, please send a one sentence response to the question, “What new things has God done in your life since March of 2020?” to Rev. Rachel Ann Dupont at by Sunday, August 22.

    We will work with you to record your sentence to include in our worship service on September 12. 

  • Dining & Caring Center Volunteers Needed


    Published: Aug. 13, 2021

    “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” — Luke 14:13

    The Dining & Caring Center will reopen in its new temporary locations on September 7th. We will be serving to-go breakfast Tuesday-Friday from 7–9 am out of Covenant UMC (1124 Culver Road) and to-go lunches on Sunday from 1–2 pm. out of Asbury First's main church building (1040 East Avenue). We are in need of weekly, biweekly, and monthly volunteers. Serving our neighbors is a powerful way to encounter Christ and embody our faith! Please contact Pat Dupont at to schedule a time to serve.

  • Covenant UMC New-to-You Sale


    Published: Aug. 13, 2021

    Friday, August 20, 9 am–6 pm, Covenant UMC, 1124 Culver Road

    Stop by Covenant United Methodist Church at 1124 Culver Road at Parsells for a New-to-You Sale! On Friday, August 20, there will be used household items, books, knick-knacks and collectables, and an assortment of interesting finds for sale. Then, on Saturday, August 21 from 9 am–12 pm, any items remaining from the New-to-You Sale will be free at give-away tables at their Good Neighbor Day.

  • Staffing News — Assistant Property Caretaker


    Published: Aug. 12, 2021

    We are pleased to welcome Jarrad Ackert to our team as Assistant Property Caretaker, effective August 17th.

    Jarrad, a graduate of Tompkins Community College, comes to us most recently from The Salvation Army. He has also held positions in hospitality, educational and arts settings. He will generally work weekday afternoons/evenings (Tuesday - Friday) and Saturday during the day. He will be responsible for responding to and completing interior, exterior, and grounds maintenance projects and tasks, completing event/meeting set-ups, and will serve as a primary liaison with Buckingham Commercial Cleaning, LLC supervisor and staff. Additionally, while on duty, he will serve as primary safety and security staff person, and primary liaison with our "tenants", and internal and external users of our space. He will work closely with James and will cover when James is on vacation.

  • Staffing Announcement


    Published: Aug. 11, 2021

    On behalf of the Governing Board and the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, I write with mixed emotions to inform you that the Rev. Jackie Nelson has accepted a new position as the Director of Student Support Services and Coordinator of Spiritual Care at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. We are so grateful for the four years that Jackie has served as our Minister for Outreach and wish her nothing but the best in her new role. We have no doubt that she will make as great an impact there as she has done here, and we are thrilled that she will help shape the ministries of church leaders for years to come.

    The good news is that Rev. Nelson is not leaving us fully! Jackie has graciously agreed to stay on in a very part time capacity (5-10 hours a month) in a new reimagined position** we have created called the Minister for Social Justice. While she will not have regular weekly pastoral responsibilities and we ask that people honor that shift, she will provide pastoral leadership to our justice ministries, including our Racial Justice Advocacy Team as well as our Q Advocacy Team. In addition, Jackie will participate in worship monthly and preach occasionally as well. While we will miss her daily presence on our campus, we are so grateful that we will remain in ministry together.

    We do intend to fill the soon-to-be-vacant Minister for Outreach position and are beginning the process of assessing our Outreach staffing needs. We will keep you informed as we have more information, but we anticipate a couple of months with that role vacant. Fortunately, we have the Rev. Patrick Dupont serving as our new Director of the Outreach Center, who can help ensure that the daily on campus outreach ministries continue uninterrupted.
    Rev. Nelson will transition into her new roles in early September. Please join us in celebrating Jackie’s extraordinary ministry among us and praying for her as she begins this new endeavor.

    Grace and Peace,

    ** The Governing Board believes the funding for this very part-time position for the next year will come from the savings we anticipate from not having a Minister for Outreach for a couple of months while we make preparations to fill that position. After that, we believe we will be able to include it in our Annual Operating Plan with minimal impact.

  • Worship and Mask Update


    Published: Aug. 5, 2021

    Though we had to brave the rain and wear masks once again, it was truly a blessing to be together for Tent Sunday last week. Given the last year and a half, I never want to take for granted the gift that it is to look one another in the eye. To that end, we have been working to carefully plan for our safe return to worship this fall.

    Worship this Fall

    For those who might have missed it, during the service on Sunday we announced our plan to begin the fall (starting on September 12) with just one service at 11 am. It will be both in-person and live-streamed. To be clear, we view this as a temporary step toward a return to multiple services. However, with the uncertainty regarding the new COVID variant 
as well as continued apprehension by many about returning to in-person worship, 
we felt this would be a prudent first step. Our hope would be to reassess after a couple 
of months and put forward a more permanent worship schedule at that time. 

    Through September 5, we will continue to enjoy our summer worship schedule with outdoor services at 9 am (weather permitting) and the live-stream-only service 
at 11 am. We will provide more information in the weeks to come regarding Sunday School, childcare, and updated worship protocols. Thank you for your patience.


    In response to the Delta variant, we are again asking all people to mask while on our campus, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

    We are grateful for your grace and patience as we attempt to navigate our safe return.