Dear Asbury Friends,

We have a crisis in this country, and we can't even agree about what we should call it.
 
- Mental illness.  Some people say the problem is untreated and uncared for mentally ill people who have access to guns.
 
- Too many guns that are way too accessible.  Some people say we need to have tighter restrictions on who has access to guns.
 
- Poverty.  Some people say that there are people living in extreme poverty and they do not see a way out.  They are imprisoned by hopelessness.
 
This week, I read an article about what motivates people to plan and carry out the kind of mass shootings that we saw this past week in California, Texas, and Ohio.  I'm providing a link to an an article I read a couple days ago that provided some interesting research about people who plan and carry out these horrific acts:
 
I've caught myself saying things like, "The problem is..."  I realize that I am actually part of the problem when I try to reduce the problem to a soundbite.  The problem has many layers.  It is complex.  Solutions will require more than one answer.  Right now, there are many people wanting to do something.  But this is an issue that requires a long-term commitment.  It demands that thoughtful, compassionate people who are willing to act will remain involved and engaged.
 
So, what can we do?  We can write letters to people who are in power to make decisions about gun control.  We can educate ourselves about the issues that lead to violence.  We can be advocates for mental health care.  
 
On Thursday, September 12, at 7 pm, our Church and Society Committee will be offering a forum on gun violence.  Kay Richter, an Asbury member whose son was killed by gun violence, will be one of the speakers.  I hope you will plan on attending this event and invite others to join us as well.
 
Thank you, Asbury Church, for being a place where we talk about difficult and important issues in our world.  
 
Blessings,
Rev. Gayla Rapp,
Senior Pastor
Need an Asbury Name Tag?
If you have requested a name tag, they are finished and are on the table in the Welcome Center.  Please pick it up.  If you need a new name tag or a replacement, e-mail Phyllis at phyllisw@visitasbury.org , or call 913.432.5573.  Specify if you want an magnetic back or a lanyard.  Thank you.
 
Interfaith Hospitality Network | Begins August 11  
Beginning on Sunday, Asbury will welcome guests from the Interfaith Hospitality Network into our church for a week's stay.  During this time, our members will set up 3rd floor rooms, provide food, spend time with our guests, provide transportation, launder the linens and put the rooms back into Sunday School shape.  It takes a village!  Please pray for our guests, our volunteers, and the IHN staff - together we are making a real difference in the lives of families. 
 
Church Council Meeting | August 13 at 7 pm in Hager Hall
All church members are invited to our upcoming church council meeting on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 pm in Hager Hall.  Come hear an updated finance report and reports from all Asbury committees on all the work that has been going on here at the church!  
 
Asbury 101 | Sunday, August 18 at noon 
Are you interested in becoming a member of Asbury?  Sign up for Asbury 101 on August 18 and Rev. Gayla and Rev. Lee will serve you lunch and talk to you more about the church.  Please contact Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org or call 913.432.5573 to sign up or if you would like more information. 
 
Chancel Choir Resumes August 25!
Calling all singers!!  Chancel choir will start back up on Sunday, August 25!  We will meet at 8:20 am in the Sanctuary to sing an easy anthem for the 9 am service.  August 28 will be our first rehearsal at 6:30 pm in the MSR.  New singers are welcome at either the 25th or the 28th!  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Lang at lindseyl@visitasbury.org or call 913.815.6690.
 
Gun Violence Awareness Event Hosted by the Church and Society Committee | Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm in Hager Hall
The Church and Society Committee will be hosting an event about gun violence on Thursday, September 12.  Our speakers will be Kansas Senator Barbara Bollier and Kay Richter.  There will also be an informational booth in the back of the hall by the group Grandparents Against Gun Violence.  The event will begin at 7 pm and will take place in Hager Hall.
 
Sign Up for Altar Flowers
We still have several available dates for Altar Flower sign-up.  E-mail Phyllis at
phyllisw@visitasbury.org or call 913.432.5573 to sign up.  Let us know who they are in honor, celebration, or memory of and if you want them to go to a home-bound member or you wish to take them home.  September 1, 8, 22, and all of October are open. 
 
Memorial Garden News
The upkeep for the garden still needs helpers as well as donations of $25 given in celebration of or memory of your loved ones. While many donations are given monthly, donations can be made in any amount or increment. You can sign up on the poster near the Memorial Garden entrance. To learn more about giving or volunteering, contact Kathie White at 913-362-5827 or email kathiemsnsq@gmail.com.  Most recent donations to the garden are from Stephanie Noland, given in memory of her mother, Harriet Noland, from Cindy Simpson, given in memory of Janis Barnett, and from Jim and Elaine Hager, given in memory and honor of their father-in-law, Al Hager.  
Children/Youth Ministry News
Heather Jackson, Director of Family Ministries
HeatherJ@VisitAsbury.org and 913.815.6685
 
WOW! Choir
As you are planning for the upcoming school year, we hope you make WOW! Choir a part of those plans! WOW! Choir is Asbury's children's choir for singers in kindergarten through 5th grade.  We rehearse every Sunday during the school year from 9:30-10 am in the children's Sunday school wing. During that time, your singer will participate in vocal warm-ups, learn a variety of performance and rehearsal songs, and participate in various movement and music theory activities. It's like a free private group lesson every week! We look forward to meeting your singer on Sunday, August 18!
  
Sunday School @ 10am
     Children (Prek-5 th grade)
o  In August, we will be hearing stories about David:  David and Samuel, David and Abigail, David and Mephibosheth, and David and Solomon.  Through these stories, kids will learn: that God knows us deeply, seeing into the heart of each of us; that God calls us to be peacemakers; that the world wants us to claim power, but God wants us to show love and care; that families can teach us about God and God's unconditional love.
o  Coming Sunday, September 1:  Kids' Hour - A year-long adventure in loving God and loving neighbor in and through community. 

Youth (6-12 th grade)    
o  Helping with Children's Sunday School in the Children's Wing (3rd Floor east side of building)  
o  On Sunday, September 8, we will have both a Junior High and a High School Sunday school class. 
 
Fathom:  The Bible (Junior High Sunday School lead by Pam Ottaway) - Begins Sunday, September 8 in Room 353
The mission of Fathom is to dive deep into the story of God that we find in the Bible.  We'll encounter Scriptures filled with inspiration and encouragement, and we'll also explore passages that are more complicated and challenging.  Each lesson will focus on one passage, but will also launch into the larger context of how God's story is being told through that passage.  More importantly, each lesson will explore how God's story is intimately tied to our own stories, and how a God who is beyond our imagination can also be a God who loves us deeply and personally.  We'll be invited to wrestle with this and more as we dive deep into God's story.  We will begin our quest with the book that is written for us but not to us:  the Bible.
 
High School Sunday School (lead by Lori Wilkerson) - Begins Sunday, September 8 in the Youth Lounge
Taking a cue from Mark Batterson's book The Grave Robber, we will be looking at the seven miracles in the Book of John.  Youth will discover Batterson's teachings that "Our impossible situations are God's greatest opportunity to reveal God's glory.  There are miracles all around us all the time, but you won't see them if you don't know how to look for them."

 
Youth Activities 
Sunday, August 18
o  10am - Youth Sharing about Mission Trip
o  No Youth Group
Sunday, August 25 @ 6pm - Youth Group
 
Save the Dates:
o  Sunday August 18 - Blessing of the Backpacks at the 11am service 
o  Sunday August 25 from 3-5pm:  Fall Kickoff at Pastor Gayla's House - Bounce Houses & Ice Cream!
o  Saturday October 5 (please note change of date!):  Camp Chippewa Day
                                                      o  Sunday October 27 from 4-6pm:
    Trunk-or-Treat & Haunted Hallway 
 
If you are not receiving the children's ministry or youth ministry emails and would like to please email heatherj@visitasbury.org to get on the list.
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