News

  • Senior Minister to take Renewal Leave this Summer

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    Published: May 12, 2022

    On behalf of the Governance Board, we are pleased to share that the Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady has been afforded the opportunity to take a renewal leave from May 28th to September 6th, 2022. This leave can be understood as a brief sabbatical from ministry at Asbury First. Click here to see the full announcement that went out to the congregation on May 11. With a rested and renewed Senior Minister, we look forward to the Fall and believe the best is yet to come for Asbury First.

  • Did You Miss Children's Sunday?

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    Published: May 6, 2022

    Visit asburyfirst.org/archive or click here to watch the play. 

    Did you miss out on Children's Sunday? We are proud of the hard work the children put into the service with the presentation of a dramatic interpretation of Charlie Mackesy's book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Due to permissions from the author, you can only access Children's Sunday from our worship archive.

  • Summer Worship 2022

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    Published: May 6, 2022

    Warmer days are here again! Join us for worship this summer starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend! We will return to outdoor worship at 9 am (excluding Sunday, August 7), and will continue the 11 am service in-person and livestreamed.

    Summer Worship Services May 29–September 4:

    • 9 am — In-Person Outdoor
      • (excluding August 7)
    • 11 am — In-Person and Livestream
  • Youth Bowling at L&M Lanes

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    Published: May 3, 2022

    Saturday, May 7, 5–7 pm, L&M Lanes

    We have reserved all of the bowling lanes at L&M Lanes on Saturday, May 7 from 5-7 pm. The six lanes upstairs have been reserved for our youth, and the six lanes downstairs have been reserved for parents (and siblings). Our hope is to provide a time of fellowship for both our youth and parents. The pandemic has kept many of us apart for too long, and we hope this will be an opportunity to simply gather together to re-engage and have some fun—and maybe even set a new high score for our youth group "Golden Pin" award.
    The bowling is free for everyone, but you may want to bring money for snacks and drinks (my family loves their wings and mozzerella sticks!). 
    This event is open to all youth and families, so it is a great opportunity to introduce a friend or new family to our community.

  • Honoring Roger Wilhelm

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    Published: May 2, 2022

    Saturday, May 14, 11 am, In-Person and Livestream

    The life of Asbury First's former Director of Music Roger Wilhelm, who passed away in 2021, will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday, May 14 at 11 am. The service will include a massed choir of current and former singers from Asbury First, the Rochester Oratorio Society, and Madrigalia. The service will be live streamed and a reception in the Gathering Center will follow.

  • Virtual Tour of Asbury First

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    Published: April 27, 2022

    Asbury First presents this incredible 360-degree virtual tour of our sanctuary, thanks to an amazing local photographer, Brandon Sartin. Whether you are local or far away, we hope you enjoy exploring this holy space in marvelous detail.

    Brandon Sartin is currently working on documenting Rochester-area churches using 360 degree virtual tours. His mission is to make people more aware of the Rochester-area churches, to help draw in more visitors, and to preserve the history of each church. To learn more about Brandon, click here.

    Click here to explore

  • KOP "All In for Our Allies" Virtual Run

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    Published: April 27, 2022

    Virtual Race, June 20–30, Register online here

    Keeping Our Promise (KOP) invites you to participate in All In For Afghan Allies — a Virtual Race to support our wartime allies resettlement program. The race period will be June 20–30, 2022 to coincide with World Refugee Month.

    Unlike a traditional race, this virtual race takes place wherever you are and at whatever time you want to get started. Each person that registers will receive an event t-shirt. The registration cost is $35 per participant. Once you register for the event, you will be eligible for an event t-shirt. 

    The t-shirt guarantee registration deadline is May 20, 2022, but registration will remain open until June 30, 2022. 

  • Women on Wednesday (WOW) Begins New Book May 11

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Wednesdays, 12:15 pm, Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468)

    The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams is WOW’s next reading journey. Published in October 2021, it is timely and reassuring. In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to Hope? Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope” including the Resilience of Nature and the Power of Young People.

    Women on Wednesday (WOW) meets weekly from September to June to explore books of current and thoughtful interest. All women readers are welcome. There are no Asbury or any other membership requirements. Participants move in and out of the group as schedules and busy lives allow—just bring your curiosity and interest in the world of reading and sharing ideas. For more information please contact Mary Lynn Vickers at mvicker1@rochester.rr.com.

  • Used Book Drive for School 17

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Drop off books at the Welcome Hall, Sundays from May 8–29

    Join us in our Used Book Donation Drive. Asbury First will collect gently used books for students in grades K-8 at School 17 during May. We'd appreciate picture books, chapter books, or young teen novels. They will be given out to students in June for their summer reading fun! You can drop off books on Sunday mornings at the table in the Welcome Hall from May 8–29. You can make a difference with your donation. Thanks for your support! For more information, contact John Smalt at jhsmalt@gmail.com.

  • Governance Board April Executive Summary

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    Published: April 25, 2022

    Check out the new executive summary of the content, discussion, and meaningful actions of the April 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.

    Read the Latest Summary Read the Updated Board Policy Book