• You Are Invited to the 2022 Gateways Music Festival


    Published: April 1, 2022

    April 18–20, visit for full schedule

    The Gateways Music Festival returns to Rochester April 18-20, bringing 120 Black professional classical musicians for two performances, a film screening, the Paul J. Burgett Lecture and two Young Musicians Institute programs. Renowned Hollywood conductor Anthony Parnther makes his Gateways and Rochester conducting debut and then takes the Gateways Orchestra on its first tour of New York City, including the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut. For more information and tickets, visit

    • Gateways Pianists — Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music — Monday, April 18, 7:30 pm
    • Young Musicians Institute: Parent Chat — David F. Gantt R-Center — Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 pm
    • Film Screening (The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price) and Paul J. Burgett Lecture (Black Idioms in the Music of Florence B. Price, Cory Hunter, PhD) — Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music — Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 & 7:30 pm
    • Young Musicians Institute: Masterclass with Students from Eastman’s Black Student Union — Eastman School of Music East Wing (EEW) 415 — Wednesday, April 20, 2 pm
    • Gateways Orchestra Concert — Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre — Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 pm
  • Social Distance Update


    Published: March 24, 2022

    Next time you enter the Sanctuary, you will notice that some of the ropes blocking the pews have been removed. In order to accommodate additional seating as attendance increases, ropes on the Lectern side of the nave have been removed, allowing for seating in every row. Ropes will remain on the Pulpit side, preserving space for those wishing to maintain social distancing while seated during the service. Our masking policy continues to be “masks recommended” for the time being. For more information on our current COVID safety measures, please visit

  • Madrigalia Presents "Trains, Planes, and Submarines"


    Published: March 24, 2022

    Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm, Livestream and In-Person, $20 GA

    Join the choir for a fun romp through songs celebrating the contraptions that get us from here to there—and back again! Explore the deep human desire to travel for the sake of exploration, enrichment, curiosity, for seeing what’s out there—for just moving. Now in their 46th concert season, Madrigalia delights audiences with the beauty of sound and artistic excellence. Under the direction of Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff, the ensemble of highly skilled vocalists presents unique and challenging programs of choral music built around intriguing themes To learn more about Madrigalia and to purchase tickets, visit

  • New Members Class Returns!


    Published: March 18, 2022

    Two Options:
    In-Person: Sunday, April 3, 12:30–2 pm at 1050 East Avenue
    Virtual: Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, 5–6 pm, Zoom, Click here to join Zoom

    Are you interested in joining Asbury First? After more than a year hiatus, we are pleased to be offering two New Members Classes for any and all interested in joining Asbury First. For those who are comfortable being together in person, we will hold a class in person on Sunday, April 3 following the service from 12:30–2 pm. For those near and far interested in meeting (and potentially joining) virtually, we will hold two zoom classes on Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5 from 5–6 pm. Our hope is to have everyone join on Palm Sunday, April 10. You need not register to attend, but if you know that you will be there, we’d love to know! Simply email Deb Bullock-Smith at

  • Spring Campus Cleanup


    Published: March 18, 2022

    Saturday, April 2, 9 am

    We're seeking volunteers to help pick up twigs and rake leaves. If you have a favorite rake, please bring it! Each year we assemble to clean up all the debris of winter and bring our campus back to its usual beauty. All are welcome—you don't need to have a green thumb to help out. Questions? Contact David Strong at

  • 400 Souls Discussion


    Published: March 18, 2022

    Wednesday, March 30, 5–6 pm, Zoom (

    Join us for an opening discussion of this year’s church-wide read, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 on Wednesday, March 30 from 5–6 pm. We will be meeting over zoom to make sure as many people as would like have access to the conversation. You don’t have to have read the entire book to come. Our plan is to begin a discussion about the Introduction and Part One. All are welcome!

  • Lenten Devotionals


    Published: March 16, 2022

    This Lent we are focusing on "Seeds in the Wilderness" and what it means to be fruitful while lost in difficult times. Working with The Upper Room, a part of the Discipleship Ministry of the United Methodist Church, we have a curated selection of devotionals that support the themes of planting, growth, and wilderness. You can sign up for a free login to The Upper Room by clicking here and read wonderful devotions, find guided prayers, and much more.

    Devotional Title Scripture Prayer Focus
    Now and Always Matthew 4:1-11 Someone who cannot work due to injury
    The True Source of Comfort Job 1:18-22 Parents who survive their children
    Keep Sowing Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Writers and editors
    Watered by the Word Psalm 1:1-6 Those experiencing the effects of climate change
    Endurance Exodus 13:3-5 Those who feel forgotten by God
    Crying Out to the Lord 1 Samuel 26:1-12 Those with leukemia
    Wilderness Experience Matthew 4:1-11 Recent college graduates
    Love Grows Leviticus 19:9-18 Those who feed the hungry in my community
    Seeds of Compassion Colossians 3:1-12 Those waiting in an emergency room
    Behind the Scenes John 6:5-13 Those who feel unappreciated
    Planting Seeds 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 The people who grow my food
    "I Got You" Isaiah 41:1-10 Wilderness guides
    Keep Sowing Seeds 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 School teachers
    Trust in the Lord Deuteronomy 31:1-8 Someone learning to trust God


  • Hunting for a book to participate in the new classes being offered at Asbury First?


    Published: March 11, 2022

    Look no further.

    The church library, off the gathering space, has copies of the books being read at the church classes and they are free for your use.

    Books currently being studied by our church groups can be found in the church library (The Making of Biblical Womanhood for Mike’s Wednesday class, Bicycling with Butterflies for Women on Wednesday group, and the church-wide read book 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019).

    And, if you are looking for books on atonement for use in the new Sunday School class, take a look at the wide variety of Bibles in the church library. While you are there, you could also find the book by Maggie Smith—Keep Moving—the subject of a Sunday School class being taught by Emily Cady.

    The church library is open when the church is open. Checking out a book is easy; you simply sign the library card in the front of the book and deposit the card in the box on the library desk. The book is yours for the reading. Come check us out!

  • Disciple II Opportunity


    Published: March 11, 2022

    Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30, beginning March 22, Zoom, Click here to join Zoom

    A new Disciple II group will be starting on March 22. If you have previously participated in Disciple I, you know the rigor and reward of committing to study the Bible over the course of a year. Disciple II continues this study, but with significantly shorter reading assignments. This allows participants the time to digest and delve into each week's text. This class will spend the spring focusing on Genesis and Exodus, take a summer recess, and then return in the fall with a focus on Luke and Acts. If you would like more information—or if you are ready to sign-up—please contact Mike Mullin,

  • South East Area Coalition — Tool Shed Drive


    Published: March 11, 2022

    Weekdays, 10 am–4 pm, Drop off donations at SEAC's Tool Shed, 1255 University Ave. C010 (Lower Level)

    In partnership with the South East Area Coalition (SEAC), we are asking for support for the Tool Shed. SEAC's Tool Shed relies on donations to provide local communities with the tools they need to create the change they want to make. The Tool Shed accepts all tools that are in good working order and are safe to use. Please note that they do not accept building or construction materials or any tool that is rusted, broken, or deemed unsafe. For more information, visit