June 6, 2021
Asbury Weekly Worship:

Sundays at 9 am: Outdoor Worship

Sundays at 11 am: Indoor & Live-Streamed Worship

Register your attendance

Watch Live-Stream at 11 am: visit www.visitasbury.org/worship
Dear Asbury Friends,

On Sunday, June 27, at the 11:00 am worship service, we will be celebrating the ministry of the Reverend Lee Johnson as he transitions from full-time to part-time. We have been making plans to make this a special day to honor Lee’s wonderful ministry with us. 

If you would like to contribute to the gift that we will present to Lee that day, please send your donation to the church office by Wednesday, June 23. Checks can be made payable to "Asbury" noting that it is for "Lee’s gift."

One of the things I’ve learned about Lee is that he loves a party! So let’s make this a wonderful party as we celebrate how much we love him and how much he has loved us.


Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day - June 4, 2021
On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago, marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.

Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015 - what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. Now, it is observed nationally on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year. This year, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will fall on June 4. That will kick off Wear Orange Weekend on June 5-6, which will feature virtual events across the nation, of people coming together to wear orange and demand a change.

How can we participate in Wear Orange? At Asbury, we are going to turn our outdoor lights orange for the weekend. We encourage you to participate by wearing or holding anything orange, like a pin, scarf - or even an orange! - take a selfie, and share it via social media with the hashtag #WearOrange.

One of the most powerful parts of the campaign are the online dedications users post to share why they’re taking part. Examples include: “Today, I will #WearOrange…”
  • “because gun violence in the era of COVID-19 is even more lethal.”
  • “in honor of my beloved son or daughter.”
  • “because I’m a hunter, and I know gun safety saves lives.”
  • “because organizations like [xxx] continue to make a difference and reduce gun violence in my community every day”

Together, we can work to stop gun violence in our communities!
Memorial Services at Asbury in June -
Greeters and Ushers Needed

Thanks to everyone who volunteered in May to usher or greet at the Memorial Services held at Asbury. In June, three additional services are scheduled. All have been delayed from the past year because of the COVID pandemic.

Again, we need ushers and greeters for the following services:

  • Saturday, June 12 at 1:30 pm - Kathy Rogers
  • Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 pm - Richard Chatelain
  • Saturday, June 26 at 11 am - Betty McKelvy

If you can help, please call Lee Johnson at the church office, or you can email him at leej@visitasbury.org. Thank you very much for your help!
Worship with Us on Sunday Mornings!
Join us for in-person worship on Sunday mornings! We kick off the morning with outdoor worship at 9 am in the parking lot by the ACC / Chapel. You may either stay in your cars or sit outside, but we ask that you please bring your own chair with you. This service will be about 45 minutes long and outdoor Sunday school for youth and children will follow at 10 am.

And at 11 am, we will also hold an indoor service in our Sanctuary. All are welcome to come! While we're not requiring registrations any longer, we still encourage you to sign up / sign in to help us keep track of attendance. You can register your attendance here: https://forms.gle/L4GnYQ7uZEr1gJo66

One final note - since outdoor services will have to be cancelled in case of rain, we've set up text alerts for weather cancellations - all you have to do is sign up to receive a text alert if we ever have to cancel! Sign up here: https://www.remind.com/join/outdoorwor.

Online worship, Zoom youth group, and the videos for elementary Sunday school will continue to be available for those aren't yet ready to gather in-person.

Church & Society Zoom Presentation featuring Dr. Tyrone Michael Bates, Jr. of the SMSD

Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Bates is the Coodinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Shawnee Mission School District
On Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm, Asbury's Church and Society welcomes Dr. Tyrone Michael Bates, Jr., Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD). He will be speaking via Zoom about how the SMSD is working toward achieving diverse, equitable and inclusive communities in their schools.

Read more about Dr. Bates and register for this special Zoom presentation by visiting https://www.visitasbury.org/dr-tyrone-bates-presentation/. We look forward to having you!

Four-Week Outdoor Bible Study with Pastor Gayla in June:
4:00 to 5:30 pm on Sundays
This Sunday, June 6, at 4:00 pm, Pastor Gayla will be teaching a four-week study on the book, “Making Sense of the Bible.”

June 6: Chapters 1 and 2
June 13: Chapters 3 and 4
June 20: Chapters 5 and 6
June 27: Chapters 7 and 8

Come to the Hager Hall entrance and we will find a place in the shade to meet. If it is raining, we will meet in Hager Hall. Don’t forget to bring your book and a lawn chair!
Asbury Friends! Save the Date!

Friday, September 17 - “Bids and BBQ”
Join us for food, fun and fellowship
as we support the awesome Asbury Children’s Center!
Virtual Men's Breakfast - 1st and 3rd
Saturdays of the month at 8 am
(Next Meeting Saturday, June 5)
Men of Asbury - looking for some fun fellowship time? We host a Virtual Men's Breakfast at 8 am on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays mornings 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. Hope to see you there!
IHN Volunteer Training Resumes on June 24!
Great news!! We have a date and location for our first in-person volunteer training for IHN since the pandemic began. It's been over a year since we've been able to have training sessions, so this is exciting! We are very much looking forward to hosting our first IHN guests of the year at Asbury during the week of July 25.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (11100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210) has agreed to host IHN volunteer training on Thursday, June 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm. Full attendance is required for you to be considered a trained volunteer. Covid protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks will be followed.

While RSVP's aren't necessary to attend training, if you are thinking about volunteering for IHN, please contact Donetta Shaner at donetta0314@hotmail.com or Linda Stinnett at lgstinnett@kc.rr.com, so they can make sure enough chairs are available at the training session. All people are welcome to become a volunteer - we would love to have you and working with our IHN guests is so rewarding. Thanks, Asbury friends, for considering this wonderful mission opportunity!
Donate Altar Flowers
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!
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.
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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Thanks for worshiping with us!
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! 
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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!
Outdoor Worship - Sunday at 9 am
We love outdoor worship, and we are looking forward to doing it again this week! We know many of our children and youth are not fully vaccinated, and this is a great way to be together for worship while doing our best to keep everyone healthy.

Please bring your own chair. This service will be about 45 minutes long, and outdoor Sunday school for youth and children will follow at 10 am.

Online worship, Zoom youth group, and the videos for elementary Sunday school will continue to be available for those aren't yet ready to gather in-person.

Sign up to get text alerts in case of weather cancellations at https://www.remind.com/join/outdoorwor.
Introducing Our Interim Childcare Coordinator!
We are happy to announce the hiring of our interim childcare coordinator: Jessica Moore!

Jessica has been attending Asbury since 2001, and has volunteered with the Asbury Children's Center since 2013. She is currently attending Kansas State University as a Secondary English Education major, focusing primarily on middle and high school students. She is so excited to be filling the role of nursery care coordinator this summer and hopes to see you there!
Nursery Reopening
We are excited to reopen our nursery and help our families get back to church! As we reopen this week, it is important for both our families and our nursery staff to know what to expect so we can provide a fun, safe, and loving environment for all.
We are following the CDC guidelines requiring all children over 2 years of age to wear masks. We are also requiring our nursery staff to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. We will sanitize items and surfaces frequently and there will be no communal craft/crayon bins. Kids will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and we have removed all plush items from the nursery.

We want to make sure our nursery is adequately staffed, and you can help by letting us know if you will need nursery care here: https://forms.gle/CfhJDvdY3hVSFJog9.

We hope to see you soon!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Sunday, June 27 - Thursday, July 1
Register for VBS

Knights of North Castle is scheduled for June 27 - July 1. This will be a hybrid format providing both in-person (outdoor) and virtual options.

You can register for either option online at https://www.visitasbury.org/vbs.
Volunteer for VBS!
There are several ways to help with VBS this year. You can volunteer an hour to help set up tents before VBS, or an hour to help take everything down after VBS. You can also choose to help us make videos for our virtual VBS or volunteer for in-person outdoor VBS.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact heatherj@visitasbury.org.
Summer is upon us! We are aware that we live in extraordinary times that require flexibility, playfulness, and kindness.

Over the next six weeks, our elementary kids and the adults who serve in our children's ministry will grow together in their understandings of kindness. We'll hear, wonder, play, pray, and act!
3 years - 3rd grade Hybrid Sunday School:  

In-person: We will meet at 10 am this Sunday on the basketball court (east side of the church). We will be learning about how "kindness is thankful" through the story of the thankful woman in John 4:1-32.

Online: We will be learning about how "kindness is thankful" through the story of the thankful woman in John 4:1-32. The lesson and activities were emailed out today, and Ms. Jinhee and Ms. Heather will continue to make videos. Videos will be posted to Facebook on Thursday.

4th - 5th grade Hybrid Sunday School 

In-person: We will meet at 10 am this Sunday on the basketball court (east side of the church). We will be learning about how "kindness is thankful" through the story of the thankful woman in John 4:1-32.

At home: We will be learning about how "kindness is thankful" through the story of the thankful woman in John 4:1-32. The lesson and activities were emailed out today.
Save the Date
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. You can register online at https://www.visitasbury.org/godsquad/!

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.
Outdoor Sunday School

Youth Sunday school will be in-person (outdoor) this Sunday at 10 am. Youth will need to bring a chair and wear a mask. We can't wait to see you!!
Youth Group - We'll resume our series, "We Can," this Sunday at 6 pm via Zoom.

We will be looking at the ways the first followers of Jesus imagined something different and dream about what we can do together. Youth are encouraged to bring food, snacks, and drinks to our Zoom time together. The link was emailed out today.
Save the Date:
2021 Youth Mission Trip: For Our City
We are currently registering youth for this year's local service week, "For Our City." The dates will be June 14-18.

The two forms necessary for registration were emailed out today. There are also copies at the front office desk at the church. Please fill them out and return them to Heather via email at heatherj@visitasbury.org, or drop them by the church office. The times listed on the release forms are tentative.
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.