News

  • 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.

  • New Members Class

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    Published: Oct. 6, 2023

    In-Person: Sunday, November 5, 12:30-1:30 pm, 1050 Stephen's Office, Lunch served.
    Hybrid: Wednesday, November 8, 7 pm, 1050 Stephen's Office and Zoom (zoom.us/j/82498934913)

    We are pleased to be offering these classes for any and all interested in joining Asbury First. We will hold classes in person Sunday, November 5 following the service at 12:30 pm. For those near and far interested in meeting (and potentially joining) either virtually or in-person, we will hold a hybrid class on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 pm. Our hope is to have everyone join on Sunday, November 12. You need not register to attend, but if you know that you will be there, we’d love to know! Questions? Contact Deb Bullock-Smith at 585-271-1050 x117 or dbullocksmith@asburyfirst.org

  • Older Adult Luncheon

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    Published: Oct. 4, 2023

    Monday, October 16, 11 am Worship in the Sanctuary
12 pm Lunch and Fellowship in the Gathering Center

    The Older Adult Council is holding a Fall Harvest Gathering. We will begin with worship in the Sanctuary at 11 am, followed by lunch and lots of fellowship in the Gathering Space at about 11:45 am.
    Please come and join your friends in fellowship! We would like to know if you will or will not be attending and if you need transportation.

  • Stephen and Emily Cady to Walk the Runway for Center for Youth’s Fashion Week 2023

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    Published: Oct. 4, 2023

    Saturday, October 14, 8 pm, Dome Arena

    On Saturday, October 14, our very own Stephen and Emily Cady will be walking the runway as one of the Rochester couples featured in this year’s Fashion Week in support of the Center for Youth. In it’s thirteenth year, this event brings awareness and financial support to The Center for Youth’s homeless programs, so no child or youth in our community is faced with an uncertain, unstable or unsafe place to live. Doors open at 6:30 and the event begins at 8 pm at the Dome Arena (2695 E Henrietta Rd Henrietta, NY 14467). Tickets are available through the Center for Youth website (centerforyouth.net). 

  • Join the Livestream Team!

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    Published: Oct. 4, 2023

    Are you interested in joining Asbury First's live streaming team? You will learn how to use our professional broadcast equipment and video production techniques. More importantly, you will support the digital ministry that helps us Do More Good in Rochester and around the world. Youth and adults are welcome. There will be training opportunities soon. Please contact David Berg at bergdm@gmail.com to learn more.