News

  • Asbury First Christmas Pageant

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    Published: Nov. 2, 2023

    Register by Sunday, November 26

    Calling all Shepherds and Angels! We would love to have your child be part of Asbury First's Christmas pageant this year on December 24, at 4 pm. Children 4 years old through 5th grade are invited to participate. Rehearsals occur Sundays in December during Children’s Sunday School immediately following the Children's Time in the 11 o'clock service. Our first rehearsal is Sunday, December 3.

    Registration Forms can be found in the Welcome Hall and the 2nd floor of the education wing or visit asburyfirst.org/pageant/ to sign up. For questions or more information, contact Paula Dugan at pdugan@asburyfirst.org.

  • Advent Communion

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    Published: Nov. 2, 2023

    Older Adults are invited to join us for a time of favorite hymns and Advent communion, as well as an opportunity to talk with Kathy and Stephen, over punch and cookies. Feel free to attend 1, 2 or all 3 services, to connect with long-time friends and begin the Advent season. All are welcome!

    • Monday, November 27, 2 pm, Linden Knolls, 81 Linden Avenue, lower dining room
    • Tuesday, November 28, 2 pm, The Highlands at Pittsford, 100 Hahnemann Trail. Music Room. Hearing loop available.
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2 pm, St John’s Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Drive West (off of Elmwood), Multi-function Room


    Any questions? Please call Barbara Eltinge, 737-8875.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Older Adults Luncheon

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    Published: Nov. 2, 2023

    Saturday, December 2, Fellowship Hall

    Our Older Adults are invited to the Christmas Luncheon which will take place on Saturday, December 2nd in Fellowship Hall. There will be a Christmas themed program at 11:30 am, so plan to arrive by 11:15 am. Lunch will be served after the program, about 12 pm. All Older Adults are invited to attend. If you have questions, or if you plan to attend, please contact Barbara Eltinge at beltinge@icloud.com or (585) 737-8775. The snow date is Saturday, December 16th and we hope that by scheduling a snow date the weather on December 2nd will be sunny and mild.

  • Advent Winter Wonder Night

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    Published: Nov. 2, 2023

    Sunday, December 3, 5 pm, Gathering Center

    Asbury First's Children's Ministry invites you to bring your kids and come enjoy breakfast for dinner, Christmas music, and a special Christmas story at 5 pm on Sunday, December 3. Please don your pajamas as we share the magic of the season with you and your family. Please RSVP to Paula Dugan by November 29 at pdugan@asburyfirst.org or (585) 271-1050 x 111. 

  • Women of the Well

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    Published: Nov. 2, 2023

    Tuesday, December 5, 7 pm – 8 pm

    On December 5th, all are invited to an evening of story telling about women of faith, including Mary and Elizabeth.  

    Save the date of March 19th when the Women of the Well will present a Lenten themed program titled "Certain Women." 

    If you have any questions, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org or at 585-271-1050 x117. 

  • Dining in for Outreach

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    Published: Oct. 27, 2023

    Saturday, November 4, 5 pm Appetizers in the Gathering Center, 6 pm Host Dinners

    This November sees the return of the tradition 
of Dining In For Outreach, which is the biggest annual 
fundraiser that supports all of our outreach ministry 
work. Members of our congregation and community 
gather together for appetizers before attending smaller 
dinner parties hosted in private homes. A dinner party 
is also held in the COC itself that is open  to anyone who 
wishes to attend without expectation of a contribution.
    For further information or to volunteer, please contact Erica Coburn or Tim Mahan at outreach@asburyfirst.org, or sign up in person on Sunday mornings. Be sure to save the date — Saturday, November 4! All are welcome at the table!

  • Halloween Candy Donations

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    Published: Oct. 27, 2023

    Sunday, November 5, Welcome Desk

    Need to get your unwanted Halloween candy out of your home? Children’s Ministry is collecting unwanted Halloween candy next Sunday, November 5th, so that we can package it up for the grocery bag ministry and our guests at the Dining and Caring Center. Please leave your donations at the Welcome Desk.

  • Sewers Needed

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    Published: Oct. 27, 2023

    Asbury First's Children's Ministry is in need of help to hem and/or repair a handful of choir robes and Christmas pageant costumes. If you are willing please contact Holly Temming, Children’s Ministry Assistant, at htemming@asburyfirst.org or (585) 271-1050 x114. 

  • Youth Musical: GodSpell

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    Published: Oct. 24, 2023

    Performances:

    Friday, November 10 at 7 pm

    Saturday, November 11 at 7 pm

    Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm

    The show will run Friday - Sunday, Nov. 10-12, 7pm on Friday & Saturday, 2pm on Sunday. After the incredible success of The Sound of Music, we cannot wait to put together another incredible musical experience. Tickets will be on sale NOW! For more information, please contact Larry Dugan at ldugan@asburyfirst.org or by calling the church office at 585-271-1050.

    All tickets are $12 and all proceeds support the Asbury first youth programming & missions. 

    To purchase tickets visit asburyfirst.org/godspell

  • God and Guns

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    Published: Oct. 17, 2023

    Wednesdays and Sundays in November, Fellowship Hall and Zoom (zoom.us/j/8347173468 PW 200)
    Wednesdays, November 1, 8, and 15, 6–7 pm
    Sundays, November 5, 12, and 19 from 9:45-10:45 am

    In 2014, the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church published the Bible study, “Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities: Reflections on gun violence from Micah 4:1-4.” In 2016, this document was revised and updated. As we know too well in 2023, the violent realities are often much more prevalent than our kingdom dreams. All are invited to join us in this three-week study on gun violence and Micah 4 as we interpret it once again based on our present context. This class will be offered in-person and online both on Wednesday evenings and on Sunday mornings. For more information, please contact Mike Mullin  at mmullin@asburyfirst.org. 

  • Town Hall

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    Sunday, October 22, 12 pm, Sanctuary and Live Stream

    The Governing Board will be hosting another open town hall to share updates on various aspects of our life together and to answer your questions. If you have specific questions, please call the church office at 585-271-1050 or email us at governance@asburyfirst.org. 
    For more information about the Governing Board or the recent committee activity, visit asburyfirst.org/governance.

  • The Sound of Music Drive-in

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    Saturday, October 14, 7 pm, Asbury First parking lot

    The “parking lot” is live with the sound of music. Come a see the Asbury Community Theater production of The Sound of Music. This event is free and will have fresh popcorn for all. If you got a chance to see if live last spring great! Come and watch it again. If you didn’t get to see in, here is your chance. Come and sing along to some of the most iconic tunes.

  • Fall Campus Clean Up

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    Saturday, November 11, 9 am–1 pm, Meet at 1040 Main Entrance

    Please join us for our annual Fall Campus Cleanup. We'll meet at the Main Entrance of the Church (parking lot entrance). Please bring rakes, tarps — and anything else you find makes this task interesting, enjoyable, and fulfilling. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Young, our Director of Property Care at lyoung@asburyfirst.org.

  • Women of the Well

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    Tuesday, December 5, 7–8 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall
    Tuesday, March 19, 7–8 pm, 1040 Fellowship Hall

    The Women of the Well are coming back to share a creative, prayerful offering with story, music and dance. The December session taps into women’s experience today, connecting it with the friendships of some of our earliest ancestors in faith. In March, they will present a program about the four nuns who were killed in El Salvador in the 1980s. You won't want to miss out on these moving and spiritual programs. For more information, please contact Deb Bullock-Smith at dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org or by calling 585-271-1050.

  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence Training

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    Tuesday, October 24, 6–8 p.m. 1040 Gathering Center

    Representatives of the Gandhi Institute will lead a training that is open to all around best practices and skills when working with people experiencing trauma and/or crisis. This is a great opportunity to grow in our ability to offer care to our neighbors whom we encounter in the Community Outreach Center and beyond. Please visit asburyfirst.org/news to register to attend. Contact Pat Dupont at pdupont@asburyfirst.org.