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  • Governance Board Executive Summary

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    Published: Feb. 24, 2022

    Check out the new executive summary of the content, discussion, and meaningful actions of each of the February board meeting. While there are some aspects of our work 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. 

    Read the latest summary


     

  • The Making of Biblical Womanhood

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    Published: Feb. 11, 2022

    Wednesdays beginning March 9, 10-11:30, In-Person and on Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

    Many people think about giving something up for Lent. Last fall, Asbury First’s Wednesday morning study group joked about giving up the patriarchy when it chose to read Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth during Lent. This book study will begin on March 9, and is a hybrid gathering. Some people gather in-person at Asbury First, and some join us online via Zoom. All are welcome as we embark on this new text to learn more about our faith, and to challenge some of the presuppositions of complementarianism. Contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org with questions or for more information.

  • Women on Wednesday (WOW) begins Bicycling with Butterflies

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    Published: Feb. 11, 2022

    Beginning Wednesday, February 9, 12:15 pm, Click here for the Zoom Link

    Outdoor educator and field researcher Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration – a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. If you are concerned about saving the threatened monarch migration and learning more about these beautiful creatures, please read Bicycling with Butterflies with WOW beginning February 9. WOW is not a traditional book group: we read in small sections and discuss in depth to really gather the essence of the author’s message. By the way, did you know Asbury First has an official Seneca Park Butterfly Beltway Garden in the corner of the Day Care play ground?

    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.

  • Atonement: What Does the Cross Mean for Christianity?

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    Published: Feb. 11, 2022

    Sundays, March 6–April 10, 9:45 am EST, Zoom, zoom.us/j/8347173468

    Atonement is a theological term that considers the death and resurrection of Jesus. When we consider how and why Jesus died for our sins, we are thinking about atonement. And while we may think that the church is very clear on what it believes concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus, it turns out that there are many different theories of atonement. Was Jesus’ death necessary? Was it a punishment? Was Jesus merely setting a moral example? As it turns out, no mainline denomination confesses any one theory of atonement as gospel truth—though they often imply there is only one correct answer. All are invited to join us in the Lenten wilderness as we embark on this six-week journey to the cross and Easter. During this time, we will consider the various theories of atonement and the implications they each have for our faith today. Please contact Mike Mullin at mmullin@asburyfirst.org with questions or for more information. 

  • Finding Light In The Darkness

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    Published: Feb. 11, 2022

    Mondays, March 7 – April 11, 12–1 pm, Zoom, Click here to join Zoom

    It can be hard to figure out how to navigate life in the best of circumstances. The pandemic and all of the restrictions on our lives have left each and all of us wondering whether we will ever know our best circumstances again. The stress of adjusting and readjusting to a virtual life is real.

    If life has felt more challenging lately, if you are looking for a place to talk about the effects of COVID in your life, if you are frustrated with the pandemic-related changes in your world, or if you would like to learn some ways to find Light in the midst of darkness, then please join us.

    We will be talking about ways to lessen stress, and find the Light amidst those parts of life over which we have no control. We will be meeting every Monday for six weeks, via Zoom, from 12–1 pm starting on March 7 and going through April 11. If you have questions please be in touch with Rev. Kathy Thiel by calling (585) 271-1050 x106 or send an email to Kathy at kthiel@asburyfirst.org.

  • Asbury First Community Garden 2022 Planning Underway

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    Published: Feb. 11, 2022

    Asbury’s Community Garden Committee has just started to plan the 2022 garden, and we’d like to invite you to join the fun! Helping to tend our raised-bed garden can be a delightful and COVID-safe chore as it’s all outside! Many hands make the work light, whether you’d like to help out during occasional group work days, or join a team that will do more intensive tending on a rotating basis during the growing and harvesting season. Prior experience in vegetable gardening is a help, but not necessary. Jobs include planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, pruning and delivering what we grow to various partner organizations. 

    If you’re interested in doing a little gardening or a little more, contact Diana Louise Carter at DianaLouiseCarter@Gmail.com

  • URMC 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

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    Published: Feb. 4, 2022

    February 4–25

    Beginning February 4, URMC is offering a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. Similar to the United Way’s challenge, this challenge is intended as a self-guided learning tool for those who are at all stages and levels of familiarity with DEI initiatives and offers an open and safe environment for discussion and reflection. The daily challenges consists of either reading, listening and watching followed by learning, reflection and action. The site offers progress trackers and reflection tools. 

    If you’re interested, you can get more information and sign up here at URMC Racial Equity Challenge.

  • Welcome Finger Lakes Opera!

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    Published: Feb. 4, 2022

    Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) administrative staff have moved into has moved into Education Wing 2nd floor office suite (Room 200), previously occupied by the UMC Genesee Valley District Superintendent and District Assistant. We are beyond excited to have them on our campus!

    Finger Lakes Opera produces full staged operas of the highest caliber, engaging with a varied roster of professional artists, directors, and designers. Through the Tomita Young Artist Program, FLO offers training and performance opportunities to emerging artists from all over the world and across a variety of backgrounds. FLO seeks to cultivate and develop an understanding and appreciation of opera, bringing the art for to new and diverse audiences within the community and through the region. Learn more about FLO at www.fingerlakesopera.org.

  • Flower City Habitat for Humanity — Housing Dedication

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    Published: Feb. 3, 2022

    This Friday, February 4 at 1 pm, Flower City Habitat will dedicate a new house at 757 Jay street. The home was sponsored by Asbury First, partner Harvest Home Coalition churches and Thrivent Financial. Learn more about the event here.

    The dedication will be streamed on FB Live: www.facebook.com/RocHabitat/Live.

    About our homeowner: Natasha G.

    Natasha applied for the home at 757 Jay Street as soon as applications opened, and not only was she extremely organized, but she was also very friendly and open with the staff about her desire to be a homeowner. When asked about her comfort level in adding sweat equity hours to her already busy schedule, “confident” was the word she chose, and it showed in her preparation and follow through. By the first meeting (before she had even been accepted into the program), she had already read the entire handbook and came prepared with questions and a plan for savings.

    Natasha works at L3Harris, where her work schedule is four 10-hour shifts, resulting in more days that she was able to volunteer on the construction site, learn about homebuilding and get her hands dirty!

    Though she has no major complaints about the quality of her current rental, her cost burden is almost 52% of her total household income, far above the 30% which is considered affordable. Natasha weighed the pros and cons of homeownership for awhile, and came to the firm conclusion that this is the best path for her and her children.

    She is a working, single mom of two kids (a 10 year old daughter and 5 year old son) and her children have been sharing a bedroom since her son was born. She is very excited to have an affordable home where they can each have their own room, and plans to wait to tell them until the home is complete. Natasha foresees the unveiling of the new home to be a complete surprise to her children, with their rooms all furnished, decorated, and ready for them to enjoy! What a day to look forward to!

  • Sign Up to Read 400 Souls!

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    Published: Feb. 3, 2022

    Updated February 23, 2021

    Change doesn’t come one month a year. Please join us as we continue the conversation of Black History Month by reading together the book, 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2020, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain over the next year. The book is broken into ten sections and we will create venues to discuss one section a month. Whether you join us for the discussion or just read it on your own, this book is a wonderful way to know the past and begin to shape the future. 

    We are happy to have received a donation of 400 Souls from a member that was purchased through Cerebral Kingdom Bookstore, a local Black-owned bookstore. If you would like one of these copies or want to purchase the book from the Cerebral Kingdom Bookstore book store, please contact the church office at 585-271-1050.

    "Sign Up" to read the book at asburyfirst.org/400souls, so we can easily find a way of contacting interested folks for the conversation about the book. You can also call the church office at 585-271-1050 or email info@asburyfirst.org to show your interest.