Newsletter

A church is more than the building, and the members of Asbury First are proving this time and again. We aim to keep connected with an e-newsletter that will highlight the unique stories of our amazing community. In this way, we will share some of the incredible ways we are Better Together while being apart.

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The News Sheet

Want to know what is happening at Asbury First in the next month? Look no further than our new News Sheet! The monthly News Sheet will feature upcoming events; ongoing classes, groups, and events; and needed items, services, and fundraisers—all in one place. For up-to-date events, links, and information, check out our full calendar at asburyfirst.org/events

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Want to submit an announcement for the next News Sheet? Email communication@asburyfirst.org or fill out the bulletin form at asburyfirst.org/bulletin-announcement.

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DEADLINE FOR APRIL NEWS SHEET IS MONDAY, MARCH 20.

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Keeping Our Promise (KOP) Update 

Published March 2, 2023

Organization Highlights:

  • Since 2014 we have assisted over 820 allies who now call Rochester home.
  • Our Wheels for Work Car Grant gifted 60 cars in 2022!
  • Over $216,000 was paid in rent and security deposits in 2022.
  • KOP is the 2022 winner of the Best of Rochester Award in the Non-Profit Organization category!
  • One of our resettled children, who is now a senior at Mercy, has been accepted to attend college at St John Fisher University and Nazareth College. We are all so proud!
  • KOP recently hired 2 new part-time Operations Assistants, one of which was resettled to Rochester by KOP in April 2022.
  • We have already resettled 12 Afghan families to Rochester this year!

Community Opportunities: 

  • We are looking for space to hold a small volunteer CommuniTea with KOP gathering sometime in March at 12 pm.Volunteers will bring their own brown bag lunch and listen to organization updates and training.
  • Historically KOP has utilized volunteer support to clean our temporary guest house between new arrivals. With low volunteer and community interest for this opportunity, we hope to shift to hiring one of our Afghan women needing some extra income for contract work. KOP is seeking a private grant or donation to fulfill this need.
  • As we fully outfit homes with furniture and necessary household items, we appreciate groups, churches, organizations, and businesses who are willing to hold a donation drive for needed household items. Please reach out for a list of our most needed supplies, and for materials to advertise your donation drive.
  • KOP does not receive any government funding and relies solely on private funds and fundraising events to accomplish our work. We invite you to join us for our upcoming Road to Resilience Gala fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26. Tickets now available! For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our website here [https://www.keepingourpromise.org/road-to-resilience-gala.html?fbclid=IwAR2grPmg5xzP8wfSOqI6THRjwPD1yefKJDRuhLe68j6Jwq-4d3mNcSVVf7c].

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We are in this together, even while apart, so let us know what you are doing to spread love and kindness during these strange times. Please submit all text and photos to Sarah Brubaker at sbrubaker@asburyfirst.org.