Dear Asbury Friends,
 
On Wednesday, I watched in horror at the violence and complete disrespect for the peaceful transition of power at our nation's Capitol.  And then last night, I watched with pride as our nation's leaders came together to ensure the American people that anarchy and lawlessness did not rule the day.  
 
While I am grateful for this response from our political leaders, today I am feeling spiritually and emotionally bruised, battered and broken.  I'm taking care of myself by limiting the amount of television news I am watching, talking to friends and family, and praying for God's peace - both for myself, for you and for our country.  Please make certain you watch the service this week online, as I know that Lee and I will both be talking about turning to God and coming together in these challenging times.
 
Joining together in difficult times is one of the ways we "practice what we preach..."

Gayla 
Virtual Men's Breakfast -
Saturdays at 8 am,
Beginning January 9 
 
Men of Asbury - looking for some fun fellowship time?  We're going to start up a Virtual Men's Breakfast at 8 am every Saturday morning, beginning January 9!
 
Anyone interested in attending the weekly Zoom call (or if you have any questions about the meetup) is invited to reach out to Roger Peck at roger.peck@outlook.com.
 
P.S. - If you're going to the Leadership Meeting on Saturday morning, we'll be done before that!  We'll gather for breakfast and head on over to the other Zoom at 9 am.   
Zoom Annual Leadership Meeting
on Saturday, January 9
from 9 am to 11 am
 
Serving on a church committee or team
in 2021?  You're invited!

We will kick off the new year with a Zoom call of all Asbury committee leaders & team members on Saturday, January 9 from 9 am to 11 am.  Anyone who is looking to learn a little bit more how things work here at the church is also invited to attend!

Our "itinerary" for the morning will include an opening devotion and prayer to set the tone for our new year, and then we will cover topics such as how to fill out vouchers, how to get reimbursed for a church purchase, scheduling events on the church calendar and reserving rooms, encouraging and inspiring your committee members, and more! 

Register today at https://www.visitasbury.org/leadership/.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sharlynn Verner, Director of Communications, at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.
Online Virtual Events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
on Monday, January 18 
 
1.  The Urban League of Hampton Roads is hosting their 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Event on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 7 am Central Time.  Join us online for our virtual event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognize dedicated leaders in our community.
 
Sign up for this event here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/37th-annual-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-community-leaders-virtual-event-tickets-129901660363

2.  AmeriCorps Project YES! will be hosting their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literacy Fair on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm.  The theme this year, "Today A Reader, Tomorrow A Leader," is a tribute to the power of literacy as a foundation for understanding and leadership.

This event allows members of the community to interact, learn, and have fun while exploring the different aspects of literacy.  Participants will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of literacy-based activities, including games, arts and crafts, and creative writing!  Families with readers of every age are invited and encouraged to attend.

Sign up for this event here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-literacy-fair-tickets-131531784107
 

Altar Flower Donations - Dates Available for 2021! 
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 - Beginning 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/.
 
 



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We 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! 
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!
 
The Upper Room for January-February 2021
Now Available!
 
We have both regular and large print copies of the January/February 2021 "Upper Room" Daily Devotional available in the church office.

If you would like one, please contact Phyllis Williams
at phyllisw@visitasbury.org or call the church office at 913.432.5573.
Please specify whether you would like regular or large print
and she will be happy to mail you a copy!
Children's Ministry
Sunday School 


Our faith word for January is "Include," and we'll focus on how God includes all people in God's love and community.
  We will strive to engage children's natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God's love and inclusion.  We'll encourage kids to ask big questions and help them explore the Bible in ways that feeds their imagination and encourages creativity.
 


3 years - Kindergarten: 
The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "Jesus' Baptism" (Matthew 3:13-17), were emailed out today.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday. 

1st-3rd Grade The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "Jesus' Baptism" (Matthew 3:13-17), were emailed out today.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.        
 




4th-5th Grade
:  We will continue our series "Everywhere You Look" and look at the lesson we can learn from the Netflix series "Fuller House."  All 4th and 5th grade students are encouraged to join us on Zoom at 11 am this Sunday.  A link was emailed out today.





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:  The Gospel According to Harry Potter 
 
 
This Sunday morning at 10 am, we'll continue our Sunday School series, "The Gospel According to Harry Potter," with Part 1 of "The Deathly Hallows."  All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to join via Zoom.  The link was emailed out today.



Youth Group 
 
Youth Group - Sundays at 6 pm

This week, we begin a new series, "Together, We Create," where youth will plan and lead the youth group lessons.  We encourage all youth to sign up to lead a lesson.  Heather and our youth sponsors are available to assist youth with their planning as needed.  We will continue to meet via Zoom, and youth can use a phone or computer to connect to the meeting.

The link was emailed out todayYouth are encouraged to grab a drink, snack, or even dinner to munch on during the meeting.  If you do not receive the youth emails, you can email heatherj@visitasbury.org to request the link and/or be put on the list.

 
Save the Date
Youth Family Trivia Night - Sunday, January 31
at 6 pm via Zoom

Save the Date for the return of Youth Family Trivia Night!  Our next night of fun is Sunday, January 31 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!




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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