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  • RJA Election Update — Get Out and Vote!

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    Published: June 11, 2021

    Primary elections are on Tuesday, June 22. Early voting starts Monday, June 14. We urge you to consider voting in the primaries!

    You can check your voter status and see your ballot by clicking here. Click on "Check my Voter Information" to find your polling place and see your ballot. Then you can research whom you want to represent you. The Democratic primary is county-wide, while the Republican primary is limited to Rush and Hamlin.

    In a primary, the party selects its candidates for the General Election in November. It is how parties choose their message bearers and their message. Ordinary voters often overlook the primary, but it is important to get the votes of people who are looking for moderation in politics. It takes very few votes to sway the direction of a party and people with strong agendas can turn voters to move the party further to the left or right. 

    Click here to view some posted debates between the candidates for Rochester City Council and School Board from the League of Women Voters.

  • Welcome Rev. Rachel Dupont

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    Published: June 10, 2021

    Sunday, July 4, 10 am, Front Lawn

    We are so excited for Rev. Rachel Dupont, the new Minister for Christian Formation and Director of the Discipleship Project, to join our pastoral staff! Help us in welcoming her to Asbury First at an outdoor reception after the 9 am service on July 4.

    In addition to regular pastoral duties, Rev. Dupont will be working on a special initiative called The Discipleship Project, which she envisions as a network of “class” and “band” meetings (the original Methodist small groups) that covenant together to be accountable to a Methodist way of life. These small groups will begin within the Asbury First community to train leaders that will help start similar groups around Rochester, inviting new people into Christian discipleship. Not only does this align perfectly with our Dreamscape goals, but it also provides a new means of meaningful connection for a community coming out of a year of isolation.

    The generosity of the Petherbridge family gives us the opportunity to try this initiative for a year. Our hope is that it will be so fruitful that we will be able to identify funding to support Rev. Dupont’s appointment in the years ahead.

  • Join the Poor People's Campaign on June 7

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    Published: June 4, 2021

    Monday, June 7, 12 pm, Federal Building, 100 State Street

    On Monday, June 7 at noon in Rochester at the Federal Building at 100 State Street, join The Poor People's Campaign to make our voices heard and urge our members of Congress to take action and sign onto a newly-released national resolution. They will be gathering just to the right (south) of the Federal Building between it and the Holiday Inn.

    Over the last three years, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has been clear in its commitment to shifting the moral narrative in this country by building lasting power for poor and impacted people. That is why on Monday, June 7 at noon, the Poor People's Campaign is organizing news conferences around the country to demand that our U.S. House of Representatives sign the national resolution titled, “Third Reconstruction: Fully Addressing Poverty and Low-Wages in America by Building from the Bottom Up.”

    [Note that because of construction on the Riverwalk, the Genesee Crossroads Garage is closed. Use the Sister Cities Garage with entrance on Fitzhugh St. Exit onto Church St. and turn right.]

    As always, the Poor People’s Campaign is political, but non-partisan; this is not about left or right, Democrat or Republican, but about right or wrong. If you have any questions or would like to become more involved with this action, please call or text John McNeill at 585-329-6193.

    To learn more about the Poor People's Campaign, visit https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/.

  • Do You Have a Green Thumb? Volunteers Needed!

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    Published: June 4, 2021

    The Asbury First campus gardening group can use some more volunteers! mVolunteers are assigned a garden area to keep weeded and trimmed. They can attend to it any time convenient for them. Twice a year, on a Saturday, we have a campus clean-up (a couple of hours of spring or fall sprucing up). Anyone interested can contact Bonnie Gregory at bonniegregory126@gmail.com.

  • Parliament of the World’s Religions

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    Published: May 28, 2021

    October 17–18, Virtual

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    The first Parliament of the World’s Religions gathered in Chicago in September of 1893. This was the first world-wide organized interfaith gathering. Faith leaders and members travelled for months for the opportunity to gather and celebrate diverse faiths and traditions together. This October, the 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions will gather virtually on October 17 and 18. We are looking forward to having a cohort of individuals attend from Asbury First UMC. The cost is $10 for students, and it starts at $70 for everyone else. You can sign up directly on the website linked above. 

    The AFUMC cohort will meet at least once prior to the event, once during or immediately after the event, and once shortly after the event. Our hope is that through our participation we might help spread the good news and good work of this gathering to our local church and community. We often hear that we are better together, and this event is an opportunity to experience and practice what this means on a global and faith-filled scale. Please contact Mike Mullin (mmullin@asburyfirst.org) with any questions and to let us know when you sign up!

  • Mask Policy Update

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    Published: May 21, 2021

    As we draw near to Pentecost (the birthday of the church), it seems fitting that we look with hope toward those signs of rebirth around us. Given that NY State has now adopted the new CDC guidelines, we are pleased to make some adjustments to our worship and on-campus gathering guidelines.

    MASKS:

    Beginning Monday, May 24 (after this Sunday), masks will be optional on our campus (indoor or outdoor) for those who have been fully vaccinated. Some may wish to continue wearing masks and some may not. Both are welcome. For those who have not been fully vaccinated, masks will continue to be required on our campus, both indoors and outside.

    WORSHIP SCHEDULE:

    We plan to continue our previously announced schedule of services through the summer with a 9 am outdoor service (weather-permitting-only) beginning on May 30 and the 11 am service remaining livestream-only until the fall. However, mark your calendars for August 1 as we plan to hold our annual Tent Service that day (one service at 11 am).

    INDOOR MEETINGS:

    As we adjust to this new reality, we ask that indoor meetings follow our masking guidance and also attempt to maintain 3–6 foot social distancing.

    We have put together a FAQ list to help answer further questions. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.

    Sincerely,

    The COVID-19 Task Force

    Click here to read the Return to Worship FAQs.

  • Keeping Our Promise "Run for Their Lives" — Virtual Race

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    Published: May 20, 2021

    Virtual Race, June 14–20

    Keeping Our Promise Inc. invites you to participate in Run for their Lives — a Virtual Run Walk Bike Wheel or Ride Race to support our local Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) resettlement program. The race period will begin June 14th and end on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 5 pm EDT to coincide with World Refugee Day. You can submit your race results anytime during this period. We want to honor the journey that our wartime allies endured in order to resettle in the Rochester area. For some of our SIV friends, this journey took years while their lives and those of their family members were in immediate danger as a direct result of having supported the wartime efforts of the United States.

    The registration cost is $35 per participant. The t-shirt guarantee registration deadline is May 24, 2021, but registration will remain open until June 20, 2021. For more information and to register, click here.

    We are also encouraging individual and team fundraising for the event. If any Asbury First members want to start a team and fundraise, you can sign up on the race website by clicking the "Become a Fundraiser" button.

  • Job Opening — Director of Outreach Center

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    Published: May 10, 2021

    Currently Seeking: Director of the Outreach Center
    Reports To: Minister for Outreach

    Asbury First United Methodist Church (www.asburyfirst.org), a large, vibrant, outreach-oriented, progressive, mainline church located in the heart of Rochester, NY, is seeking a full time Director of the Outreach Center.

    The Director of the Outreach Center will be responsible for providing hands-on supervision and management of on-campus poverty-relief efforts, which relate to serving and working with guests (of any faith or no faith) to provide meals, groceries, clothing and medical care. He/she will work closely with the Minister for Outreach as well as the Outreach Center Committee, to improve programs and explore new programming, recruit, coordinate and train volunteers; and manage budgets and grants activity.

    The new Outreach Center at Asbury First brings together all on-campus food, clothing, and health ministries into one fully-accessible and humanizing space. Construction of the Center will begin this fall. Prior to the pandemic, the Dining and Caring Center was serving approximately 35k meals a year, the Storehouse (clothing) was serving 6k families, and the UR Well Clinic was serving about 600 patients. The Director of the Outreach Center will work with each of these vital ministries to help prepare and transition them into a shared services approach in a new space.

    The successful candidate will have at least three to five years’ experience in management of an organization, especially not-for-profit human services or poverty-related programs. The candidate should also be able to manage the tension between social justice and immediate charity needs, and thrive in a hands-on, high-energy, fast-paced environment.

    Asbury First United Methodist Church is strongly committed to building a diverse staff and keeping racial equity as a priority in our hiring practices to include those with varying abilities, backgrounds and experiences.

    Interested candidates please send cover letters and resumes to: search@asburyfirst.org.

    Click here for the job description specifics.

  • Habitat for Humanity — Eat, Drink and Dough Rai$er

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    Published: May 6, 2021

    Sunday, May 16, Dine-in or Takeout, Uno Pizzeria, 931 Holt Road, Webster
     
    Please show your support for Flower City Habitat while enjoying a great meal! Come and support A Habitat for Humanity Eat, Drink and Dough Rai$er on May 16 at the Unos in Webster. You can take out or eat in. Uno will donate up to 20% of your check. Proceeds will go to the Asbury First and Harvest Home Coalition current house build on at 757 Jay St. To make sure your meal counts toward the Dough Rai$er, please print the flyer (download here) and present it to your server when you pay.

  • VBS 2021 — Be the Seed!

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    Published: April 29, 2021

    August 2–5, 2021, Outdoor

    We are pleased to announce that Asbury First UMC will have an in-person VBS this Summer! It will be August 2-5 and it will be outdoors. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all that participates. Ages 4 through 6th Grade are welcome. For more information and to fill out the registration form, please click here or email Paula Dugan at pdugan@asburyfirst.org