Dear Asbury Friends,
This weekend in worship, we are going to begin a four-week series on "gratitude."  Dr. Diana Butler Bass, who is a religion professor at Duke University, has written a book about gratitude.  She begins her book by confessing how much she disliked writing "thank you notes."  She wondered, am I supposed to write a thank you note to someone who just sent me a thank you note?!  The result of her struggle is a beautifully written book that helps us reframe what it means to show and share gratitude.
We will also gather with our brothers and sisters around the world at the communion table for "World Communion Saturday/Sunday."  What a powerful message we convey to the world, when we say all are welcome at this table.  We don't always agree with each other, but we all are hungry people.  All are welcome, and I invite you to join us this weekend at the table.
Also, this will be our last weekend to collect peanut butter for Prairie Village Peanut Butter Week.  Drop off your jar or jars of peanut butter in the Welcome Center and pick up a "Nutter Butter Peanut Butter" sandwich cookie as our way of thanking you. 
Rev. Gayla Rapp,
Senior Pastor
Dear Asbury Friends,

I want to express my gratitude to Rev. Lee Johnson and Dr. Barbara Lukert for the wonderful presentation they did Thursday evening on "Science, Scripture, and Sexuality."  Lee and Barbara also presented this program in Topeka on Monday will be presenting in Lincoln, Nebraska on Monday, October 7.  The research and information they shared is an important part of the conversation about how we understand human sexuality.  It is a part of the conversation that, unfortunately, the United Methodist Church has failed to consider as they have talked about who we welcome to be ordained and serve in our churches.

Please join me in thanking Lee and Barbara for this important work that they have done and for their commitment to sharing it with others.  We are blessed and grateful for their leadership.

Rev. Gayla Rapp
Asbury Fall Day of Caring
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Come join the Asbury Mission Team on Saturday morning, October 12, for a "Fall Day of Caring!"  We will be doing some behind the scenes work at two organizations dedicated to helping the homeless of Kansas City.  All times include travel to and from the Asbury parking lot.

Uplift - 1516 Prospect, KCMO - 8:15 am to 12:30 pm - Sort donations, fold clothes, and stock shelves.
ScrapsKC - 3269 Roanoke, KCMO - 9:30 am to 1:30 pm - Prepare the store for its first ever fundraiser.  This will include moving supplies, sweeping, and tidying up the store.
Sign up online using this link ---> CLICK HERE <--- or contact Dan Clevenger at 785.640.8823 for more information.  Hope you can join us for these great opportunities for helping those less fortunate!

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Asbury United Methodist Women (UMW) Collection for Della Lamb | Sunday, October 6 in the Welcome Center
UMW are collecting NEW sweat suits, underwear, socks, and children's books for boys and girls ages infant through 14/16 years, to be given to Della Lamb to help meet the needs of low income families in Kansas City.  Donations may be placed in the box in the Welcome Center on October 6.  Thank you for your help!
Kansas City Musical Club Program and Reception |  
Monday, October 7 at 12 pm in the Asbury sanctuary 
The season's first Kansas City Musical Club program and reception will be held Monday, October 7, at noon in the Asbury sanctuary.  Ho Anthony Ahn, cellist, is scheduled to perform, accompanied by Dr. Janet Fetterman, pianist.  Concert and reception are free; donations are always gratefully accepted.  Learn more about the club (including how to become a member) at or by visiting with Elaine Minden or Chris Evans Hands.  Hope you can join us!
Men's Fellowship Group | Beginning Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 am
Guys, come out for breakfast and fellowship, beginning Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 am.  We'll be meeting at the McDonald's on 77th and Metcalf.  Come when you can, leave when you have to.  We'll try and meet every week, but understand if you have other commitments.  No need to RSVP.  If you have any questions, contact Roger Peck at or 816.853.8125.  
Asbury Fall Day of Caring | Saturday, October 12
Come join the Asbury Mission Team on Saturday morning, October 12, for a "Fall Day of Caring!"  We will be doing some behind the scenes work at two organizations dedicated to helping the homeless of Kansas City.  All times listed on the link include travel to and from the Asbury parking lot.   Sign up online using this link ---> CLICK HERE <--- or contact Dan Clevenger at 785.640.8823 for more information.  Hope you can join us for these great opportunities for helping those less fortunate!
WE NEED YOU!!  Volunteers are needed for the 36th Annual Soup Fest
on Thursday, November 7!
Join with your friends to volunteer for Asbury UMW's 36th Annual Soup Fest on Thursday, November 7.  A variety of options are available to help from 9 am - 8 pm in the Kitchen and Dining Room.  There are also opportunities available to help with event preparations on Wednesday, November 6 from 9 am to noon.  All are encouraged to volunteer.  Sign up online here --> or you can also sign up in the Welcome Center on October 20, 27, and November 3.  Alternatively, you may contact Libby Schoeni at or 913.649.5994 if you have any questions or if you would like to help!  

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  Recent donations to the garden are from Ann Ford in memory of her husband, Don, and Marchea Jennings in memory of her mother. 
Children's Ministry
WOW! Choir
WOW! Choir, Asbury's children's choir for K-5th grade, rehearses every Sunday during the school year from 9:30-10:00 am in the children's Sunday school wing (3rd floor east).  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!  See you Sunday! 
Children's Sunday School - Sundays @ 10 am 
Toddler Tales in the Nursery  
All three year-olds and non Pre-K four year-olds are invited to join Ms. Gloria at 10 am for a fun, hands-on lesson on a kid-friendly Bible story! 
Elementary in the Children's Wing
All Pre-K through 5th grade students are invited to the children's wing (3rd floor east) to learn about "Loving God and Loving Neighbor."  We'll sing and dance, watch a video, play games, and more!
o  This week:   Call to Freedom (Exodus 2:11-3:22; 5:2-13:9) 
o  Next week:  The Community in the Wilderness (Exodus 15:22-17:7)   
Last week to RSVP to Heather ( for our Children's Ministries outing to see A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Coterie Theater on Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm.
Tickets are $10 per person and we need payment this Sunday (October 6).  Thanks!
Youth Sunday School (6th-12th grade) - Sundays @ 10 am
Fathom:  The Bible - Middle School Sunday School (6th-8th grade) - led by Pam Ottaway in Room 353
This week we will be completing our study on how to read and understand the Bible.  We will be learning about a method to help interpret the Bible and apply it to everyday life.  This exegetical method is build around light as a metaphor for how we can go about studying the Bible.

High School Sunday School (9th-12th grade) - led 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
o  Sunday, October 6: 
12 pm - Youth Delivering Communion (be sure to bring money for lunch)
6 pm - Youth Group 
o  Thursday, October 10 @ 6 pm - Throwback Thursday:  The Sandlot  
o  Sunday, October 13 @ 6 pm - Youth Group
o  Sunday, October 20 @ 6 pm - Youth Group

o  Saturday, October 26 @ 6 pm - Sunday, October 27 @ 7 pm:  Youth Lock-In 

Calling all current 8th-12th grade students!  Registration for the 2020 Mission Trip to Chicago is currently open!  Invite your friends!  Please contact Heather ( to register or for more information concerning this trip.
Information about a middle school (current 5th-7th grade students) mission trip is coming soon!
Family Ministries Save the Date 
o  Saturday, October 5 - Camp Chippewa Fall Festival Day - RSVP to Heather ( 
o  Saturday, October 12 - Fall Day of Caring - RSVP at 
o  Sunday, October 27 from 4-6 pm:  Trunk-or-Treat - RSVP at  
If you are not receiving the children's ministry or youth ministry emails and would like to, please email to get on the list. 
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