March 27 & 28, 2021

Hey, Batter Batter,
Batter Swing!!

Check out the short videos about the Negro League Baseball Museum as part of this week's
Social Justice Challenge!
Social justice involves so much more than what we would consider traditional discrimination. Broaden your horizons - consider the following topics this week:

  • Storied: 22 Stories about the Negro Leagues
  • Coming Out: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People
  • Across the South, Covid-19 Vaccine Sites Missing from Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods
  • Can Art Amend History?

These topics - and more - are part of Asbury's Church and Society Committee's "Social Justice Habit-Building Challenge" this week, intended to advance a deeper understanding of social justice issues in our personal lives, communities, and world.

Each week of offerings will be posted on the Asbury website. Click on the link to read more! https://www.visitasbury.org/social-justice-challenge/
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.
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.
THANK YOU to our Lazarus Table Volunteers!
Thank you to Fred Burns, Dan Clevenger, Denny Coffman, Sally Day, Janelle Johnson, Nathan Ladd, Terri McGovern, Elaine Minden, Kelly Mulvaney, Kay Richter, Reid Samuel, and Roseann Sanders, who volunteered at Lazarus Table! Their volunteer team had a very fulfilling time at Linwood Church in midtown KCMO, keeping busy with visitors and learning all they could about how Lazarus Table serves the community. About 40 guests received lunch that day, and clothing if they requested it.

We'd love for you to be a part of our volunteer team the next time Asbury serves at Lazarus Table! Our future volunteer dates are July 24 and September 25. Watch the e-Alive for announcements prior to those dates! Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers.
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
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! 
Coronavirus Vaccine Updates
We know that this is a stressful and confusing time with looking for vaccines. Who is eligible? Who isn't? What phase am I in? We'd like to help by posting some resources to check out below. Stay safe and healthy, Asbury!

KANSAS




  • The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations without an appointment for people aged 65 and over AND high-contact critical workers who live in Wyandotte County.
  • Seniors ages 65 and over and high-contact critical workers are welcomed to walk-in between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday, at the site most convenient to them:
  • West Location: 10500 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66109
  • Central Location: 7836 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112
  • East Location: 100 S 20th St., Kansas City, KS 66102
  • Seniors should bring the following with them:  
  • Proof of Age (ID, driver’s license, other government ID, birth certificate, or similar) 
  • Proof of Wyandotte County address (ID, piece of mail, or similar)  
  • Workers should bring the following with them: 
  • Proof of employment (work badge, pay stub, W-2, or similar)  
  • Proof of Wyandotte County address (ID, piece of mail, or similar) 

MISSOURI



Weekly Bible Studies from Rev. Lee Johnson
The road we’ve traveled this past year has been a hard one. Pastor Lee writes in his Bible Study this week:

"On this weekend, I am mindful of the past year and all it has given us to think about. More than 500,000 people in the United States have lost their lives to COVID-19, an increase of 100,000 since January 21. Over the year, tens of thousands have been forced to die alone, even my own mother. The total number of COVID-19 diagnosed cases in this country now exceeds 30 million."

How is this hard road we've been walking on this past year like the narrow one Jesus mentions in Matthew? In the two concluding verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus points to the “narrow gate.” Behind it, says Jesus, is a “hard road.” How do we find the life that comes from walking that narrow road?

Click on the link below to read more from Pastor Lee's Bible Study!

Easter Goodie Bag Donations Needed
We are assembling goodie bags for the kids attending our outdoor Easter services and the Drive-In / Outdoor movie on Easter Sunday! We are asking for financial donations or donations of Skinny Pop, Goldfish, and candy.

Donations can be mailed, delivered to, or dropped off at the church during normal business hours (M-F 9a-5p) before Tuesday, March 30. If you need to set up another time for drop-off or pick-up, please email heatherj@visitasbury.org. Thanks!
Message from the Easter Bunny
It's the final week to help support the Asbury youth and send a little happiness to a loved one! The youth will be creating personalized video messages from the Easter Bunny. Three easy steps:



  • You or your loved one will receive their personalized message from the Easter Bunny by Saturday, April 3. Happy Easter!
Children's Ministry
Sunday School
Our faith word for March is "Remember" and we'll focus on the words of Jesus from Luke 22:19, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Remember is the perfect word for the Lenten season of reflection and the rituals often associated with Jesus' final week. Although children might not grasp the meaning behind Jesus' actions, they can remember that Jesus set an example for others to follow about serving and loving. 

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 feed their imagination and encourage creativity.
3 years - Kindergarten:  
The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "Jesus Enters Jerusalem" (Matthew 21:1-11), 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, "Jesus Enters Jerusalem" (Matthew 21:1-11), were emailed out today. A video will be posted to Facebook on Sunday.     
4th-5th Grade: NO ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOL this week -- it's Kids' Trivia!!
Family Trivia
Join the fun on our next Family Trivia Sunday on Sunday, March 28th at 11 am via Zoom. You can play as a family or we can mix it up with breakout rooms. There will be questions for all ages!! Let us know you plan to attend on Facebook at https://fb.me/e/1d5YHA769.
Save the Date
Easter Drive-In / Outdoor Movie
We'll be showing "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" between our two outdoor services on Easter Sunday, April 4. The movie will begin at 10:15 am and end at 10:45 am. There will be goodie bags for kids.

RSVP is required - watch Facebook and your emails for more details. If you have questions, contact Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org.
Family Ministry Book Club:
Our next book discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at 7 pm on Zoom. We'll be reading "Educated."



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: Connecting Faith and Justice
This Sunday morning at 10 am, we'll continue our Sunday school series, "Connecting Faith and Justice." All youth 6th through 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 ponder "Who Belongs to God." The link was emailed out today. 
Youth Group / Family Trivia Night - March Madness Edition
Join the fun on our next Family Trivia Night on Sunday, March 28th at 6 pm via Zoom. You can play as a family or we can mix it up with breakout rooms. It will be all about March Madness (or at least basketball).

Let us know on Facebook if you are coming! https://fb.me/e/2cu7jaGID.
Save the Date:
Virtual Sunrise Service: Claiming the Promise
We are excited about the service we are creating and hope everyone will take the opportunity to worship virtually with our youth on Easter Sunday, April 4.

You can watch the service at sunrise, or later on Easter Sunday - or even later during the week or month!
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. We are still working out the details, and have set tentative dates of June 14-18, and back-up dates of July 12-16.

We will get more details emailed out to our youth families as soon as possible. Watch your emails, the Alive Newsletter, and Facebook for additional details!


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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