April 24 & 25, 2021

Sign Up for In-Person Worship!

Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary
at 11 am, beginning May 2
Interested in coming to our Sunday service in person? We're bringing back services at 11 am in the Sanctuary, starting Sunday, May 2. We're going to try and make that feel as normal as possible for everyone, but we're still going to have some safety precautions. First, we'll only have 80 people max in the sanctuary for each service, so we'll have you sign up each week! We'll only take signups one week at a time, starting each Monday morning and ending by the end of the day on Thursday (so we have an accurate count in time for the weekend).

That signup link will be available on the Asbury website on our Worship page, but the link is also here as well: https://forms.gle/L4GnYQ7uZEr1gJo66.

Second, even if you've had all your shots, we're still going to continue wearing face masks for in-person worship and practice social distancing. We want to make sure you all continue to stay safe and healthy!

In addition to bringing back in-person services, we're also going to be transitioning the way we do worship online. Starting Sunday, May 2, we're going to begin our adventure in live-streaming! We're going to live-stream the 11 am service for people at home to watch along. What this means for our online service schedule is that we will transition from services being available on Saturdays at 5 pm to Sundays at 11 am.

And if you can't tune in on Sunday mornings, no problem! We'll still have our recorded services available to watch on our website, but it will be starting at 5 pm on Sundays instead of Saturday evenings at 5 pm.

Thanks, Asbury friends! As always, if you ever have any questions about tuning in or how to stay connected, please feel free to reach out to our Director of Communications, Sharlynn Verner, here at the church or by email at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.

Sign Up for the 2021 Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Trip!


Travel Dates are September 26 - October 1, 2021
For several years, Asbury members have traveled to Springfield, Illinois to serve as missionaries at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (also known as the MMDC - you can read more about them at https://www.midwestmission.org/midwest-mission/who-we-are). 
The Asbury Mission Team would like to invite you to participate in their 2021 trip!

The MMDC is one of nine cooperating depots in the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Supply Network. MMDC distributes UMCOR supplies in response to disasters within the United States and around the world. Supplies include a variety of kits, some of which address household cleaning, layette, students, hygiene, etc. Also, the MMDC uses recycled bleacher wood and donated counter tops to build children's desks for mission schools. The MMDC also refurbishes sewing machines and bicycles for distribution across the globe.

Depending on the needs for the day and the missionaries’ skills and abilities, work projects will be set up for individuals and groups. Missionaries assemble kits and desks, sort and count items, sew, stuff mailings, repair bicycles and sewing machines, help unload items, fill shipping containers, organize materials, and whatever the most pressing needs are at that time. No matter your skills or abilities, there is an important job that needs you!

This year’s trip will take place September 26 through October 1, 2021. Trip costs will include: A $42 material fee for each missionary; five nights of lodging at the Baymont Inn at a reduced rate of $60/night; and transportation and meal costs. All participants are encouraged to use scholarship funds available through the Asbury Mission Team.

Prayerfully consider this mission opportunity. If you are interested in participating, or have additional questions, please contact Dan Clevenger at 785-640-8823 or by email at dannyclevenger@att.net. Reservations required by April 30, 2021.



Special Church & Society
Zoom Presentation
with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II

Tuesday, May 4 at 7 pm -


Asbury’s Church and Society Committee is thrilled to announce that United Methodist pastor and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II will be the next in our series of Social Justice presenters, speaking to us via Zoom on Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm.

Representative Cleaver will speak regarding his views and experiences related to prejudices, discrimination, and how to effectively deal with people who have very different views than we do, from both a clergy and public servant standpoint. As a highly respected faith leader, political representative, past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, outspoken advocate for equity and justice - one who received a death threat after the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol - Rep. Cleaver brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on these issues.

You may register for this event in advance, at https://www.visitasbury.org/emanuel-cleaver-presentation/. This event furthers our Lenten social justice reflections, but we hope you will join us regardless of participation in the Lenten study. We look forward to having Rep. Cleaver as our very special guest!
Asbury Scholarships

Asbury Foundation Trustees welcomes all full-time students who will attend vocational / technical school, college, or graduate school during the 2021-2022 school year to apply for scholarships.

Each student is eligible to receive scholarship monies for a maximum of four years (three years for graduate studies).

The funds for these scholarships have been provided by generous members of the Asbury community who believe in the importance of higher education. We hope all students will apply, and we look forward to reviewing your applications. You can find the application online at https://www.visitasbury.org/scholarships/.

If you would prefer a hard copy, email our Director of Communications, Sharlynn Verner, at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org. All applications must be returned to Asbury on or before Sunday, April 25.
Virtual Men's Breakfast - 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 8 am
Men of Asbury - looking for some fun fellowship time? We have a Virtual Men's Breakfast that meets at 8 am on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month!

Anyone interested in attending the Zoom call (or if you have any questions about the meetup) is invited to reach out to Roger Peck at roger.peck@outlook.com.
Sign Up for In-Person Worship on Sunday, May 2 at 11:00 am!
Have you received both of your COVID-19 vaccines (or single shot, if you have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)? Are you really missing the community that comes from meeting face-to-face? Then join us for worship in person!

We are starting up weekly worship services at 11:00 am on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary, beginning Sunday, May 2. We'll require ongoing registrations on a week-by-week basis, beginning each Monday morning and ending at the end of the day each Thursday, so that we ensure that we have an accurate count for the weekend! (We're opening up registrations a little early for this first Sunday back, but beginning the week of May 9, we'll have registrations from May 3-6; for May 16, we'll have registrations from May 10-13, and so on.)

Sign up at the following link so that we can mark you down as attending! https://forms.gle/L4GnYQ7uZEr1gJo66

To ensure social distancing requirements are met, the in-person service will have a max of 80 seats available each week. Face coverings will still be required for everyone while on church property and for the entire service.

If you're not ready to worship in person with us yet, we totally understand. We will still have weekly online worship available on the Asbury website, just as we have done throughout the past year. Visit www.visitasbury.org/worship to tune in!

Younger Adults Zoom Meeting with Gayla and Lee - Third Sundays of the month at 10 am
Calling all "younger" adults (those 50 & under, with kids or without!)! Gayla and Lee invite you to a monthly Zoom fellowship time with you all on the Third Sundays of the month from 10-11 am. Come chat and catch up with your fellow Asbury friends! We'd love to have you.

Any questions? Contact Gayla at gaylar@visitasbury.org, or our Director of Communications, Sharlynn Verner, at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.
We're Hiring! Child Care Coordinator Position Open at Asbury
We are looking for a Child Care Coordinator to head our nursery and supervise other nursery staff. This person will be responsible to the Director of Family Ministries; and will work alongside them to oversee the maintenance and cleanliness of the nursery and the care and safety of its children. They will plan and implement age-appropriate faith formation and other activities, supervise paid nursery staff and monitor the ratio of workers to children, and serve as a point of contact for new families with nursery-aged children. This person will be responsible for working with the Director of Family Ministries on the nursery budget, overseeing the Safe Gatherings certification for all nursery staff and volunteers, and training volunteers in the nursery. This position will be part-time, requiring an 8:30 am to 12:30 pm regular commitment on Sundays, and some additional evening and weekend hours. Average hours worked per week are 10-15.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Heather Jackson, Director of Family Ministries, at heatherj@visitasbury.org. Thank you!

Part-Time: This position will be part-time requiring evenings and weekends. Paid hourly; pay is commensurate with experience. Experience working with children 0-5 preferred.
AmazonSmile Donations for Asbury
Did you know that every time you shop on Amazon through AmazonSmile, Asbury can get 0.5% of your purchase price as a donation?

It might sound like a small amount, but last quarter Asbury received $57.70 through Amazon purchases made through AmazonSmile. Just think how that could grow if everyone who reads this newsletter - who also shops on Amazon - set up Asbury as their charity of choice!

It's very easy to set up. Just visit this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-0678661, or click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter. Thanks, Asbury friends!
Altar Flower Donations
Would you like to donate altar flowers in celebration or honor of a loved one? Celebrate a birthday or an anniversary? We would love to honor your loved one in our weekly service. We have a standing flower order with Village Flower Company, and the cost is $50 to provide flowers each weekend for the altar.

Please call the church office at 913.432.5573, email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org, or fill out the online form at https://www.visitasbury.org/altar-flowers/ to sign up!

Weekly Services Online - Saturday Evenings at 5 pm  
Many of you have been watching our weekly online worship services. We're so grateful during this pandemic that we can stay connected in this way! We'd like to remind everyone that worship services are released every Saturday at 5 pm. Visit https://www.visitasbury.org/worship/ for our latest video!

If you aren't able to watch the service on Saturday or Sunday, no worries at all. The latest video will always be posted on the Worship page of the Asbury website, so you can visit it (and, if you like, read Pastor Lee's accompanying Bible Study) throughout the week. You can even check out services from previous weeks at the bottom of the page! So you never have to miss a single service - or you can revisit an old favorite!

If you would like to stay connected with us online, please "Like" / follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AsburyUMCPrairieVillageKS/, as well as our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/. Thanks for worshiping with us!
Prayer Requests and Concerns
Did you know that you can submit a prayer request online?  We are always keeping our Asbury family in prayer!

If you would like to submit a prayer request for yourself or someone you know, please visit https://www.visitasbury.org/pastoral-care/.

If you would like to visit our Prayers of Joy and Concern page, you may find it here: https://www.visitasbury.org/prayer-requests/.


<--- Click on the Church Calendar logo for upcoming Asbury events! Do you have an event you would like to be listed on the calendar? Please call the church office or email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org. For inclusions in the Alive Newsletter, please contact Sharlynn Verner at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.
Giving to Asbury
Help support Asbury and its missions and consider giving to the church electronically through one of these four ways:

  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Online through Easy Tithe (www.easytithe.com/visitasbury)
  • Text the word "Give" to 913-774-6060
  • Download our giving app, "Church by Ministry One" (find Asbury under zip code 66208)

Also, you can still just write a check and send it in the mail! Our mailing address is as follows:

Asbury United Methodist Church
5400 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208

We love you all and appreciate each of you so much. Stay safe and healthy! 
Coronavirus Vaccine Updates
Have you received your COVID-19 vaccine yet? We'd love to help by pointing you in the direction of where you can get signed up for your shot. Check out our guide below, locate the place where you live and/or work, and sign up for your vaccine today!

KANSAS

  • Johnson County - If you are age 16 or older and live or work in Johnson County, sign up today for your vaccination appointment! Visit here to RSVP: https://jocovaccine.rsvpify.com/

  • If you need help making an appointment, call 913-715-2819. They are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Questions can be emailed to JCDHE@jocogov.org.

  • Wyandotte County - Anyone age 16 or older who lives in Kansas can get a COVID-19 vaccine with an appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Use the following form to make an appointment or call 3-1-1: https://vaccines.wycokck.org/

  • Anyone age 16 or older who lives or works in WyCo can get a COVID-19 vaccine with or without an appointment at the following vaccine sites. Please bring a proof of address with you if you will be going to a walk-in site:

  • West Location: 10500 Parallel Parkway (formerly Best Buy), Kansas City, KS 66109
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday, April 26th  
  • NEW: Thursday: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Central Location: 7836 State Ave (formerly K-Mart)., Kansas City, KS 66112
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
  • NEW: Wednesday: noon – 5:30 p.m.

  • East Location: The Armory, 100 S 20th St., Kansas City, KS 66102
  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24th: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

MISSOURI

  • Jackson County - All Missourians over the age of 16 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out their community calendar for dates and appointment registration links. Please note that all clinics on our calendar require an appointment unless otherwise noted: https://jacohd.org/events

  • If you need help making an appointment, call the health department at (816) 404-6415. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can email questions to COVID19@tmcmed.org.

Weekly Bible Studies from Rev. Lee Johnson
Every Thursday or Friday, Rev. Lee publishes a Bible study on the Asbury website that goes along with the worship material for the weekend. Whether it be during times of anxiety and uncertainty, or of joy and hope, he helps us navigate what the Scripture tells us to do.

Click on the link below to check out some of Rev. Lee's current studies!
 
Children's Ministry
Sunday School
Our faith word for April is "Share," and we'll focus on how "the community of believers was one in heart and mind (Acts 4:32)."

Share is the perfect word for Easter, and the weeks thereafter. It is during this time that the disciples were to go and tell others - share - about the resurrection. Little children may have trouble with the concept of witness, but they will understand sharing. Children of all ages can be encouraged to share how much they love Jesus and how much Jesus loves them.
3 years - Kindergarten:  
The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "Believers Share" (Acts 4:32-37), were emailed out today. A video will be posted to Facebook on Sunday.

1st-3rd Grade The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "Believers Share" (Acts 4:32-37), were emailed out today. A video will be posted to Facebook on Sunday.     
4th-5th Grade: No Zoom Sunday school - it's Trivia Time!!
Family Trivia Sunday
Save the Date for our next Family Trivia Sunday! Our next time of fun is this Sunday at 11 am via Zoom.

You can play as a family or we can mix it up in breakout groups. The Zoom link was sent out today.
Save the Date

VBS
Knights of North Castle is tentatively scheduled for June 27 - July 1. This will most likely be a hybrid format providing both in-person and virtual options. More details and registration coming soon.
GodSquad
GodSquad is our annual service week for those entering 5th-7th grade. We will serve at a variety of local nonprofits throughout the week.

Participants will meet at the church at 9 am and head to the service sites, and return to the church by 1 pm daily.

This week of service is scheduled for August 2-6. A registration form will be available in May.


Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:  https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/ or email our Director of Family Ministries (heatherj@visitasbury.org) to be added to the children's ministry email list.
YOUTH MINISTRY
Sunday School
This Sunday morning at 10 am, we'll continue our Sunday school series, "Connecting Faith and Justice." All youth 6th - 12th grade are invited to join us on Zoom for these discussions.

We will look at scripture and sometimes the Social Principles to help youth discover where they are being called to put their faith into action. This week, we will discuss "immigration." The link was emailed out today.
Youth Group - Family Trivia Night: Star Wars Edition
Now might be a good time to start a Star Wars marathon, so you are ready for this month's trivia night! Prove that you deserve to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4 by showing off your inner Yoda this Sunday night at 6 pm via Zoom.

You can play as a family or we can mix it up in breakout groups. Youth do not need to convince their family to join the fun in order to participate. Do you have a child in college? Invite them to join the family fun! The Zoom link was sent out today.
Save the Date:
2021 Youth Mission Trip: For Our City
After talking with youth parents and sponsors, we've determined that this year our youth will stay and serve locally for their mission trip. Our priority dates for this trip are June 14-18, and we have backup dates scheduled for July 12-16.

We will be working with Della Lamb, at a community orchard, and a community garden during this week. We are still looking for one more service site.


Stay up to date on all that's happening in youth ministry by following our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Youth-Group-1339326239545966/
or email our Director of Family Ministries to be added to the youth ministry email list.
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