• Community Outreach Center Virtual Vigil


    Published: Oct. 26, 2022

    Can we find 1,010 people to pray for 1010 East Avenue?

    For two weeks leading up to the Advent season and surrounding the dedication of our new Outreach Center, you are invited to join our Outreach Center Virtual Vigil. You can participate by simply taking time from November 12-27 to pray for our neighbors, volunteers, community and ministries. Click here for a prayer booklet and to sign up so that we know how many people are participating! Hard copy booklets are also available on campus.

  • 2023 Budget Pledge Drive


    Published: Oct. 25, 2022

    Make your pledge to the 2023 Annual Budget today. With your help, we can Do More Good each and every day. We encourage you to find your place at Asbury First by giving of your time, talent, and treasure. To make your pledge, fill out the form online at or call the church office at 585-271-1050.

  • Guest Speaker: Justin Murphy on School Segregation in Rochester


    Published: Oct. 25, 2022

    Wednesday, November 9, 6 pm, Sanctuary

    Democrat and Chronicle education reporter Justin Murphy will discuss the findings in his new book, Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York. Drawing on never-before-seen archival documents as well as scores of new interviews, Murphy shows how discriminatory public policy and personal prejudice combined to create the racially segregated education system that exists in the Rochester area today. 

    Justin Murphy is a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle, covering education in the Rochester area with an emphasis on the Rochester City School District. He has worked at the Democrat and Chronicle since 2012 and before that was a reporter for The Citizen in Auburn, New York. He grew up in Penfield and attended the University of Chicago and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He lives with his wife and children in the Cobbs Hill neighborhood.

  • Building Update — Interior Construction Progress


    Published: Oct. 24, 2022

    The construction on the new Outreach Center is well under way at 1010 East Avenue! It is really exciting to see the incredible changes, and the progress toward making holistic outreach at Asbury First a reality.

    The fifth video in this series looks at the interior construction progress filmed at the end of September. You'll see the before and after as an example of how much work has been completed.

    Click here to watch the video

  • Thanksgiving In-Gathering


    Published: Oct. 19, 2022

    Donation Drop-off and Tours of the Community Outreach Center
    Saturday, November 19, Between 10 am and 1 pm
    Sunday, November 20, 11 am Service

    Stop in on Saturday, November 19 between 10 am and 1 pm to drop-off donations and to tour the newly renovated space. Click Here for a list of needed items. Note that this is a change from previous years: donations will be collected at the Community Outreach Center (1010 East Avenue). Volunteers will be stationed at the new main entrance off the back of the building to help unload donations as well as to guide visitors through the space. Coffee and cider will be available inside!

  • Habitat Pies—Yummmmm!


    Published: Oct. 19, 2022

    Sundays, October 23, October 30, and November 6, Welcome Hall

    It’s time to dream of Thanksgiving dinner and the taste of Apple Crumb, Pecan, Strawberry Rhubarb, Pumpkin, or Rumbleberry Pie from Special Touch Bakery. The price of each pie is $18 ($20 for Pecan). The Pies are baked by Special Touch Bakery (School of the Holy Childhood). This is an annual fund-raising event for the Flower City Habitat for Humanity and $6 of the cost goes directly into the Harvest Home Coalition fund to support the house we are building for Jennifer and her family at 396 Garson Ave. Order and pay for your pies in the Welcoming Hall on Sundays—October 23, October 30 and November 6. The pies can be picked up on Tuesday, November 22 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. So, if you want some delicious holiday pies and want to support Asbury First’s participation in the building of another home for our community. Come and see us in the Welcoming Hall.

  • Community Outreach Center Dedication & Celebration


    Published: Oct. 19, 2022

    Sunday, November 20, Following 11 am Worship Service

    Join us for 11 am worship on Sunday, November 20. The service will conclude with a processional to the Community Outreach Center to dedicate our newly renovated and expanded building. We will celebrate all the work that has been done to bring us to this point, pray for the future ministry of our congregation, and recommit ourselves to partnering with God in building the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth! Following worship, all are welcome to refreshments in the Gathering Center. The Community Outreach Center will also be open following worship for those who may not have had a chance to tour the facility on Saturday. Donations can also be dropped off at the front of the sanctuary before worship.

  • Town Hall Meeting Following 10/23 Worship Service


    Published: Oct. 18, 2022

    Sunday, October 23, Following 11 am Worship Service

    The Governing Board and our Senior Minister will host a special town hall meeting following the 11 am service on Sunday October 23, 2022. This meeting will be in person and live-streamed and has no formal agenda except to answer your questions! We look forward to seeing you there!

    To submit a question prior to the meeting:
    Email OR call the church office at 585-271-1050

    To submit a question during the meeting: 

  • Communication Staff News


    Published: Oct. 18, 2022

    Communications Coordinator Sarah Brubaker will be on maternity leave starting Monday, October 24 and will return in January 2023. She is excited to welcome her baby girl, but will miss Asbury First. Be sure to wish her luck on this new life development! During her leave, Aleeya Bourcy, our Graphic Designer and Digital Media Specialist will take over all communications duties.  

    Please contact Aleeya Bourcy at or at 585-271-1050 x116 for any communications needs.

  • Join the Livestream Team!


    Published: Oct. 11, 2022

    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. Please contact David Berg at to learn more.

  • Shop the Asbury First Book Fair at Barnes & Noble


    Published: Oct. 11, 2022

    Saturday, November 12, 10 am–8 pm, Barnes & Noble Pittsford Plaza

    Book Fair ID #12633541

    Shopping for some intriguing literature, some fun fiction, or a gift for a special person? You can buy books AND support the Asbury First Library at the same time during the Barnes & Noble Book Fair! A percentage of the sales goes to the Asbury First Library and is used to add to the library's book collection. Can’t make it to Pittsford? No problem. Books may be purchased online from November 12–15 at Make sure to use the Book Fair ID #12633541. Thanks for your support of our incredible library!

  • Fall Campus Clean Up


    Published: Oct. 5, 2022

    Come join us on Saturday, November 5 for our Annual Grounds Clean Up. We will begin at 9 am. If you have rakes, leaf blowers, and tarps, please bring them! Please contact David Strong at or 585-271-1050 ext. 110 if you have any questions!

  • Welcome New Members!


    Published: Oct. 5, 2022

    We are thrilled to welcome some new members to our congregation. They will be joining our church this Sunday. Make sure to extend a warm welcome to all of our new members: Kellie Barbato, Shalece Gibson, Joanne Keys, Noel Nichols, JoBeth Nichols, and Judy Rose.

  • Thank You Asbury First!


    Published: Oct. 5, 2022

    THANKS ASBURY FIRST for your generous support in this year's school supply drive. Once again you really stepped up to the plate!! Thank you to all who answered the call to give! Your caring support will make a difference in Asbury First's partner schools — School 17 and School 45. There is still opportunity for you to join the Help Me Read Volunteers. For more information, please contact John Smalt at 585-924-8624 or at

  • Financial Overview through August 2022


    Published: Oct. 4, 2022

    Through the first eight months of the year, we have had the highest level of AOP giving ever. Thank you! In order to reach our goals, however, we will need to have the highest level of giving through the last four months as well. Thank you in advance! Donations and grants dedicated to our Outreach operations are lagging, but we pray that the opening of our new Community Outreach Center will provide new opportunities for increased support.

    Fortunately, our managed expenses are coming in under budget this year, though we have begun to feel some of the challenges of inflation and are working on how to address that together in 2023.

    Click the link below to see Asbury First's Financial Report for the year to date. We thank you for your generous giving, and it is only through your support that Asbury First can "Do More Good" in this world.

    Read the Financial Report Here