Dear Asbury Friends,

This weekend in worship, we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion.  If you are able, we invite you to come to the church parking lot on Sunday, between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, for drive-through communion.  Please enter the church parking lot on the East/ACC side.  You will see Lee and I standing close to the Hager Hall entrance.    

Lindsey Lang is going to have some music playing in the parking lot and we will also have a place where you can drop off school supplies.  Communion, music and service...all in the same place this Sunday at 11:00 am in the church parking lot!

Don't forget to join us online for worship, which will include the words of the Great Thanksgiving for communion.  If you are unable to come to the church parking lot on Sunday, please have your bread and juice available at home so you can partake of communion there.

I look forward to breaking bread with you this weekend, either online or in the church parking lot!  Communion at home?  Communion in the church parking lot?  Either place, God will be there.

Blessings, 
Gayla
A Food Pantry Update 
from Steve Trenholm

More people are being helped through Asbury's food ministry than ever before!  Our team has been working hard to keep up, but sometimes we are falling short.  This is not for lack of trying.  Food and monetary donations come in, yet the pace of food items going out continues to increase and exceed our expectations. 

So please give if you can!  Both food and monetary donations are appreciated.  If you are donating food, you may simply leave your donation on the donation cart outside the main entrance around back.  Myself or one of our hard-working food pantry volunteers will grab it soon after it arrives.  We are there often!

Monetary donations?  Please call Phyllis Williams at Asbury UMC (913.432.5573) to make arrangements. 

If you have any questions or comments about the Asbury UMC Community Food Pantry, please let me know.  You can always email me at satrenholm08@gmail.com.

Here are some of our current needs for the food pantry:

- Pasta
- Canned vegetables
(other than corn or green beans)
- Pasta Sauce - Granola / cereal bars
- Peanut butter - Toilet paper
- Canned meat - Paper towels
- Canned fruit - Any personal care items

At a time when everything around us seems so unsure, Asbury's Community Food Pantry is making a positive difference in so many lives.  Thank you so much for your continued generosity!

Your Asbury UMC Food Pantry Volunteers,
Steve Trenholm, Susan Strongman, John Cotter, and Roseann Sanders
Bids & Pizza Fundraiser 
for the Asbury Children's Center:
August 2-9, 2020


The Asbury Children's Center's "Bids and Pizza" online event begins Sunday and ends on August 9!  We have some great items to bid on, and all proceeds will go toward new playground equipment for the ACC.  Visit the following website to bid:  https://www.biddingowl.com/AsburyCC

If you would like further instructions on how get set up on Bidding Owl so that you can bid, please click the following link:   https://www.visitasbury.org/bids-and-pizza/

Don't forget that Wednesday, August 5 is Pizza Day!  When you visit Minsky's Pizza in the Village that day, and mention "Asbury Children's Center," the ACC will receive proceeds from all the profits that day!

If you have any other questions, please contact Ann Porter, Director of the ACC, at 913.677.5008 or annp@visitasbury.org.  Happy bidding!
August Blood Drive at Asbury | Sunday, August 9 
from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall
Due to the overwhelming success of our last blood drive, Asbury  will be hosting another blood drive through the Community Blood Center on Sunday, August 9 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall.   Feel free to share this event with your friends and family! 

Appointments are highly recommended.  Walk-ins will only be accepted  if capacity allows.  Make an appointment today at  https://donate.savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/72346  
or call 1.877.468.6844.  

All donors are asked to wear masks to their donation.  Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place.  For more information regarding CBC's response to COVID-19, please visit  https://smarturl.it/CBC_COVID19FB.  For medical eligibility questions, please call 800.688.0900.  Thank you so much for your consideration, and let's help make this blood drive  a success as well!


Cross-Lines Ministry Update
The Cross-Lines Thrift Store is closed until at least the 1st of the year.  In the meantime, any donations left in the Asbury Cross-Lines box (across from the elevator on the 1st floor) will be donated to the Salvation Army Family Store in Mission.

Cross-Lines is no longer accepting furniture.  They are joining with Flourish Furnishings, a ministry of COR and joined by other metro non-profit agencies.  Cross-Lines clients who have a case worker are entitled to furniture from the Flourish Furnishings warehouse in Grandview.  The Cross-Lines truck will pick up their selections from the warehouse and deliver them to the client's home.

If you have good used furniture that you wish to donate, visit the website  flourishfurnishings.org  and go to "Donate" to see goods donation guidelines.  To request a pickup, scroll down the "Donate" page until you see "Schedule a Pick Up" and click on this button. 
You may also type 
www.flourishfurnishings.org/pickuprequest  into your browser to schedule a pick up.

Cross-Lines is still accepting monetary and food donations!  The Kitchen will eventually go back to its regular schedule of serving breakfast, hot lunches, and providing sack lunches for those who need them.


Save the Date for Interfaith Hospitality Network's Annual Auction - Tuesday, September 29
SAVE THE DATE  for IHN's 9th Annual Auction on Tuesday, September 29th!  We are going online! 
Help to empower situationally homeless families and single homeless women by attending IHN's only 
fundraising event this year.  We will have silent auction items and a live program with Joe Lauria and Fund-a-Need, just like you are used to at our previous events!  

IHN continues to serve our homeless families and single women during this pandemic, providing a beacon of hope!  Please continue to support IHN by participating in the online auction.

Ways to participate include:
  1. Donating items or gift cards for the silent auctions.  All donated items must be received at IHN by September 11, 2020.
     
  2. Sponsoring at various levels.  Information on sponsorships will be available on our website soon at www.jocoihn.org/auction.
     
  3. Attending the fun-filled evening online.  Consider inviting a small group to your home to enjoy an evening of fellowship while supporting IHN!  More information about the online format, including registration for the event, will be available on our website soon at www.jocoihn.org/auction.


Grandparents Against Gun Violence 
7th Annual Community Forum |
Monday, October 12, 2020  from 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Grandparents Against Gun Violence (GAGV) welcomes all those interested to participate in their 7th Annual Community Forum entitled "Gun Violence:  Going Beyond Thoughts and Prayers," on Monday, October 12, 2020, from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.

The coronavirus has upended almost every part of normal life, including the need for social distancing.  One part of life that hasn't changed, however, is gun violence and GAGV's work to prevent its deadly spread.  During the pandemic, more than 2.9 million firearms have been sold, which some observers believe may partially explain the current tragic increase in homicides in metro Kansas City and across the country.

The twin needs of social distancing while promoting gun safety have prompted GAGV's decision to bring this year's annual Community Forum to the comfort and safety of your home or office.  You can register for this year's online forum by visiting moksgagv.org/community-forum-organizations/.  Your sponsorship helps GAGV continue presenting forums to educate the public about gun violence and support their "Lock it for Love" gun safety education program, as well as their new Vision Quilt project, advocacy activities, compelling monthly programs exploring gun-related issues, and more.

If you have any questions about Grandparents Against Gun Violence or the October online forum, please fill out their online contact form here:  https://moksgagv.org/about-gagv/contact-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/.
 
 
 
 


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We still need your help to keep our operations running during this tough time of needing to close down.  Coronavirus has made things challenging for everyone and Asbury is no exception!  Please 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! 
Love The Upper Room Daily Devotional?
Check Out These Offerings as Well!

The Upper Room is offering several different resources on top of their usual bi-monthly daily devotionals.  They are listed below.  If you are interested in any of them, simply click the underlined blue link and it will take you to the corresponding page!
Our church secretary, Phyllis Williams, also has copies of  The Upper Room in both regular and large size print.  If you are interested in having one, please let her know you would like a copy and she will be happy to mail one to you.  You can reach Phyllis at 913.432.5573 or  phyllisw@visitasbury.org.
Weekly Bible Study from Rev. Lee Johnson


Every Thursday or Friday, Pastor Lee releases a new weekly Bible Study to help us navigate what the Scripture tells us to do - whether it be during times of anxiety and uncertainty, or of joy and hope.  Interested in reading more?  Click on the link below!

Children's Ministry
Children's Sunday School

Preschool :   Emails containing the week's story sheet and at-home activities for this week's lesson, "A Tent for God" (Exodus 25-31:15; 35:4-40:38) will be emailed out on Saturday night.

PreK-K :  Emails containing the week's lesson, "A Tent for God" (Exodus 25-31:15; 35:4-40:38) , will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  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.

1st-3rd Grade Emails containing the week's lesson, "A Tent for God" (Exodus 25-31:15; 35:4-40:38), and activities will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  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.


4th-5th Grade
:  Zoom Sunday school at 11 am.  This week we'll be discussing the lesson "Moses" (Exodus 3-4:17).  A link will be emailed out on Saturday or you can email heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.   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.


WOW! Choir will be recording a song for an upcoming service on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm.  All kids K-5th grade are invited to participate.  A Zoom link will be sent via email, or if you do not receive the children's ministry emails, you can request the Zoom link by emailing heatherj@visitasbury.org.




We will record the Children's sermon on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30 pm.

A link will be sent out via email.  If you don't receive the children's ministry emails, you can request  the Zoom link by emailing our Director of Family Ministries (heatherj@visitasbury.org).
YOUTH MINISTRY
Sunday School:  The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss


This week, we'll be discussing the connection between "The Zax" and Luke 15:13-19.  We will gather on Zoom at 10 am and a link will be sent out via email.  If you do not receive the youth emails, you can email  heatherj@visitasbury.org  to request the link and/or be put on the email list.



Youth Group - 6 pm
Youth group will meet via Zoom.  We will begin our new series "Isms and Phobias."  Throughout this series, we will be hearing from multiple voices - videos, articles, and hopefully some people live (either by Zoom or in-person) - about the ways that sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and xenophobia impact society and our ability to fully be the beloved community of God.  I hope you will consider joining us for these discussions.

Youth can use a phone or computer to connect to the meeting.  Heather will email out the meeting link and password.  If you do not receive the youth emails, you can email heatherj@visitasbury.org to request the link and/or be put on the email list.  Youth are encouraged to grab a drink, snack, or even dinner to munch on during the meeting.  We are treating the online meeting just as we would a face-to-face meeting and we will keep the 6 pm start time.

Wednesday Check-in and Prayer:  7 pm
Youth and College students are invited to connect and pray on Zoom.  This short time of connecting will be about 15-30 minutes.  Check your emails for the Zoom link, or email Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.

Save the Date

Senior Dinner:  Our annual senior dinner to honor our graduating seniors is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 12.  This will be a picnic in the Asbury parking lot.  More information will be emailed out to the youth ministry email list in the coming weeks. 


Stay up to date on all that's happening in youth ministry by following our Facebook page!
or email our Director of Family Ministries to be added to the youth ministry email list.
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