Dear Asbury Friends,
 
This month in worship, we are talking about how we might restart our relationships.  The good news is that no matter how broken or flawed our relationships might be, it is never too late to push the "restart" button.  This week, we will talk about the importance of "honesty" in rebuilding, restoring, and keeping healthy relationships.
 
It is believed that Benjamin Franklin is the person who said, "Honesty is the best policy."  Honesty is among the basic values we teach our children.  But sometimes, we are surprised by the honesty of our children.  Many years ago, my then three-year-old neighbor Ethan came over when he saw me working in the yard.  He wanted to help.  After helping me, I said to him, "Ethan, I think you are really special," and he responded, "And I think you are really pretty. Some of the time." 
 
I hope you'll join us this weekend in worship as we talk about what it means to be honest - with each other, with ourselves and with God.  We will find that being honest not only helps us to restart relationships, it also helps us to "practice what we preach..."
 
Blessings,
Rev. Gayla Rapp,
Senior Pastor
Outstanding Summer Food Drive!
The Mission Committee wishes to thank everyone who so selflessly and generously contributed food to support Santa Fe Trail elementary school children over the summer. The grocery bags overflowed with food and kindness! With your donations, we assisted in fighting hunger in our community.
 
Sign Up for United Methodist Women (UMW)!
If you are looking for connection through women's ministries, Asbury United Methodist Women has a place for you!  United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.  We develop a creative, supportive fellowship through small groups called circles.  We support mission both locally and through participation in the global ministries of the church. You may choose to be involved in regular meetings and activities or you may choose to help with specific projects/events.  Whatever you choose, UMW welcomes you!  Please contact Kim Peck at kimleypeck@gmail.com or call her at 816.550.8550 if you would like to join or if you would like more information. 
 
Gun Violence Awareness Forum |Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary 
The Asbury United Methodist Church Commission on Church and Society will present a Gun Violence Awareness Forum on Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm in the church sanctuary.  Speakers include Kay Richter and Kansas State Senator Barbara Bollier.  Richter has been an Asbury member since 1971.  In October of 2012, her 29 year old son, Ross, was one of five people murdered in a Colorado restaurant.  Bollier was elected a Kansas State Senator in 2016.  She represents much of Prairie Village, KS.  Previously, she served in the Kansas House of Representatives.  
   
Lazarus Table | Saturday, September 14 from 10 am - 1 pm 
Thank you to all who signed up to help serve meals at Lazarus Table!  We have filled all of our volunteer slots for September 14.  A reminder to those of you who volunteered, we will carpool from the Asbury parking lot at 9:30 am.  Contact Kim Peck at  kimleypeck@gmail.com or call 913.648.7249 with any questions.
 
Presentation on Midwife Training in Papua New Guinea | Sunday, September 15  
at 12:15 pm in Hager Hall
Maternal and Child Health is a focus area for United Methodist Women and Asbury UMW is pleased to welcome Carla Orner, Program Director for Heart to Heart International, to present a program on her experience as a Midwife trainer in Papua New Guinea.  ALL are invited to attend this interesting and informative presentation on Sunday, September 15 in Hager Hall.  A light lunch will be served at 12:15 pm prior to the program.  Please RSVP to the church office by Wednesday, September 11.  Childcare is available upon request.
 
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. 
 
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.  Recent donations to the garden are from Carrie Lenahan, and also a gift in memory of Andrew Mullin was made by his parents, John and Charlotte Mullin. 
Children/Youth Ministry News
Heather Jackson, Director of Family Ministries
HeatherJ@VisitAsbury.org and 913.815.6685
 
WOW! Choir
WOW! Choir performs this week at the 11 am service!  If your K-5th grade child participated in VBS, they already know the song, so show up at 9:30 am in Gloria's Great Room for a refresher and join in the fun! 
 
 
Sunday School @ 10 am  
Toddler Tales with Gloria from 10-10:30 am in the Nursery
   
  Children (Prek-5 th grade)
o  Kids' Hour - A year-long adventure in loving God and loving neighbor in and through community.  
o  This week:  Communities Accept (John 4:1-42) 
o  Next week:  Welcoming Others (Mark 10:46-52)   
 
   
   
Youth (6th-12th grade)

"Fathom:  The Bible" - Middle School Sunday School (6th-8th grade) - Lead by Pam Ottaway 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 (9th-12th grade) - Lead by Lori Wilkerson 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 how "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, September 8 @ 6 pm - Youth Group  
Sunday, September 15 @ 6 pm - Youth Group  
Sunday, September 22 @ 6 pm - Youth Group
Sunday, September 29 @ 6 pm - Youth Group  

Save the Dates:
o  Tuesday, September 10 @ 7 pm:  Family Ministries Book Club - Inspired
by Rachel Held Evans.  RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2360625124019560/
o  Thursday, September 12 @ 7 pm:  Gun Violence Awareness Forum in the Sanctuary
o  Tuesday, October 1 @ 7 pm:  Family Ministries Book Club - Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
o  Saturday O ctober 5 :  Camp Chippewa Fall Festival Day - RSVP at
o   Saturday, October 12:  Fall Day of Caring
o   Sunday October 27 from 4-6pm: Trunk-or-Treat -- RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/440199179916635/
 
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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