May 15, 2022
Asbury Sunday Worship:

9:00 & 11:00 am:
Worship Service in the Sanctuary

10:00 am: Sunday School

11:00 am: Live-Streamed Worship

Upcoming Events:

Dear Asbury Friends,

On Confirmation Sunday, I used this quote from Frederick Buechner in my sermon:
"If you don't have doubts you're either kidding yourself or asleep. Doubts are the ants-in-the-pants of faith. They keep it alive and moving."

I wanted our confirmands – and really all of us – to know that a healthy and alive faith asks questions and even has doubts. My only experience of faith is that doubts and questions have kept me learning and growing.

This Sunday, we are going to hear Luke 24:13-27 (click here for Scripture), which is another post-resurrection appearance of Jesus. His followers do not recognize him. And as Jesus speaks to them, it is obvious they have doubts. But rather than seeing these doubts as a barrier to faith, maybe we can reframe them to understand them as a bridge.

Also this Sunday, we will be awarding scholarships to our Asbury students. I’m so grateful for the generosity of our church members that enable us to do this. These are young people who were baptized, confirmed, attended youth group, and went on mission trips through Asbury. We continue to show our love and support of them on this next stage in their life’s journey as we award these scholarships.

It's one of the ways that we, as a community of faith, "practice what we preach…"

Gayla
Last Call -
Help Us Celebrate Our Asbury Grads!
If you have a graduate – high school, college, post-graduate – in your family this spring, please share their name and degree information with Sharlynn Verner at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org by Friday at noon so we can celebrate with you as a church family this Sunday,
May 15.
Help Fill the Big Blue Barrel in the Welcome Center!

Support the Recycled
School Supply Drive with Scraps KC


The Mission Team is hoping that Asbury's members, family, and friends will bring their used school, office, and art supplies to be donated to Scraps KC.

The goal of the Scraps KC School Supply Drive is to divert gently used school and office supplies from the landfill, repurpose the materials, and provide them to local teachers free of charge.

Scraps KC inaugurated the first School Supply Drive in 2017; 6,000 pounds of unwanted school supplies were collected, cleaned, and repurposed by community and homeless volunteers. One hundred classrooms received supplies to support their educational programming.

Over the last five years, 30,000+ pounds of new and gently used school supplies have been collected and distributed to over 800 teachers who serve over 20,000+ children. Scraps KC has supported teachers in the metro area and as far away as Pittsburg, KS, and Nodaway County, MO.

Please spread the word and help FILL THE BARREL!
Asbury 101: A Class for New Members
Sunday, May 22 at 12 pm


Are you interested in becoming a member of Asbury? Sign up for Asbury 101 on Sunday, May 22 at noon, and we'll serve you lunch and talk to you more about the church. 

Please sign up by Friday, May 20 by contacting Pastor Daekyung Kim at daekyungk@visitasbury.org, or by calling the church office at 913.432.5573.
Focus on Generosity

This is the third in a series of five articles of how our stewardship of God's gifts are out of step with the consumer marketplace.

The Consumer Culture says, "Give to get." This attitude can even infect our spiritual life when we believe that our giving is a kind of inducement for God to give us back more. This "prosperity gospel" message has even worked its way into some churches.

The Faithful Way says "God calls us to give because God cares about economic justice." The growing inequality of resource distribution is one of the great issues facing our world today, and it is creating much conflict in the world. Throughout the Scriptures, material blessing has been linked to obedience, particularly in reference to justice and compassion for the poor. If God has blessed us beyond what we need, it's so we can help those less fortunate, not just to increase our standard of living. We are called to love. We can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving (from Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being).

I hope you find these articles helpful in furthering your relationship with God. Any questions or comments can be directed to Dan Clevenger at danc@visitasbury.org.

Dan Clevenger, Director of Generosity and Stewardship
Nehemiah Assembly Follow Up

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Nehemiah Assembly at COR last week! At least 1200 people attended this event that included a reflection on how faith-based community organizing works, overviews of the research that has been conducted about homelessness and mental health in Johnson County, and powerful testimonials from both network members and members of the community.

Next up, we're planning to continue working on a comprehensive plan to end homelessness, assure that our county's new Housing Coordinator will address the systems around chronic homelessness, and commit to working on a mental health crisis stabilization center in Johnson County.

The final event of the season will be a Celebration Event on June 13 at 6:00 pm at the Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave., OP KS 66212). We will celebrate all we have accomplished this season and launch our investment drive!

Want to learn more about the Good Faith Network and their plans for the fall season? Visit here: https://www.thegoodfaithnetwork.org/, or contact Church and Society Chair, Ruth Hopkins, at ruthhopkinspv@gmail.com for more information.
The Big Garden Presentation:
Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm

The Big Garden is a Methodist sponsored group that operates out of Nebraska. They plant seeds and use the plants to help others. Asbury has labeled plant tags for them before. There is also a local person here in Kansas.

Molly Baurain will come and talk with Lydia Circle on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm, and all are invited to come and learn more about the program!
Next IHN Host Week at Asbury Begins May 29!

HOST WEEK – Asbury’s next service week begins on Sunday, May 29 (Memorial Day weekend). We are doing well with our sign-ups, but still have some open staffing positions and need additional cooks. Please sign-up in the Welcome Center.on Sunday or contact Donetta Shaner (donetta0314@hotmail.com) or Linda Stinnett (lgstinnett@kc.rr.com) to volunteer. Thanks so much!

FOOD COORDINATOR - After many years of faithfully coordinating the meals for our IHN guests, Libby Schoeni is taking a well-deserved retirement! Even when we started providing seven meals rather than five, Libby kept going; we owe her a debt of gratitude. We welcome Kim Peck as our new Food Coordinator and know that she, too, will do an outstanding job in ensuring that our guests are well fed! Thank you, Libby and Kim!
UM News Service Article: "Church Court: Conferences Can't Exit Unilaterally"

The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, ruled that current church law doesn’t allow U.S. annual conferences to leave the denomination. The church court said that annual conferences have a right to vote on disaffiliation, but only General Conference can set the process for doing so.

MMDC Mission Trip: September 18 - 23, 2022

Once again, Asbury will send a group of fun and dedicated adults to serve at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (www.midwestmission.org) in Springfield, IL. Plans are to work Monday through Friday at noon (Wednesday afternoon will be a time to explore sites in the Land of Lincoln).

No matter your skills or abilities, there is an important job that needs you! However, special skills like woodworking, mechanical, or sewing could be put to use to refurbishing bikes and sewing machines, or building desks from old wooden bleachers. Other tasks could include assembling flood buckets, rice meals, or supply kits (e.g. tornado, birthing, hygiene, etc.).

In the evening, enjoy fellowship at the Comfort Inn, where we will stay. The Mission Scholarship Fund will cover material costs payable to the MMDC. Individuals will be responsible for lodging, transportation and meal costs. All participants are encouraged to use scholarship funds available through the Asbury Mission Team. Confirmation to Dan Clevenger at danc@visitasbury.org required by July 20. We look forward to having you as part of the team!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is part of our everyday lives - sometimes we just need help noticing it. This Mental Health Month, use these 31 simple, unique, and accessible ways to make mental health a priority in your daily life.

Explore the actions below to find what works best for you this month, and enjoy the added benefit of supporting your mental health!
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

  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Text the word 'Give' to 913-774-6060
  • Online through Easy Tithe (click here)
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Intergenerational Sunday School
Rev. Daekyung and I (Heather) have been dreaming together about an intergenerational Sunday school comprised of children, youth, young adults, and older adults.

We’ve decided to give it a try this summer during the Sunday school hour. This is an opportunity for all ages to learn from each other and grow together. We’re pretty excited about it and hope you all will join us on Sundays at 10 am in June and July in the Asbury Café! If you'd like more information, please feel free to email me at heatherj@visitasbury.org.
Sunday School
Delayed Earth Day Tree Planting: Sunday, May 15 at 10 am
All kids Pre-K through 5th grade and their parents are invited to join in planting trees on the Asbury grounds.

We had planned to do this for Earth Day 2020, then the pandemic shut everything down. So we are excited to be able to plant trees and talk a little about creation care on Sunday, May 15! This family event is done in partnership with the Asbury Trustees who have picked out the locations and trees for us to plant. 
Save the Date
VBS 2022 - Food Truck Party: Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23
Ready to cook up some fun? Food Truck Party VBS invites children of all ages to get on a roll with God as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into their neighborhood for the summer's biggest party!

This VBS invites children to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11, "Give us this day our daily bread." These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God - and that it's by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met.

Register your 3 year old - 4th grader today at https://www.visitasbury.org/vbs/!
GodSquad 2022: August 1-5 from 9 am to 1 pm

Mark your calendars for our local service week for those who have completed 4th-6th grade!

Registration is now open 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.
YOUTH
Sunday School
All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to the Youth Lounge (3rd floor west) for Sunday school at 10 am.
Youth Group:
Together - The Importance of Good Friends
Join us in the Youth Lounge as we continue our discussion about how friendship is portrayed in movies and what it can teach us about love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and justice.
Save the Date
2022 Youth Mission Trip - Motown Mission (Detroit)
Be in prayer for the 12 youth and 4 sponsors heading to Detroit to serve with Motown Mission June 4-12.
Celebrating John Wesley's Birthday - Tuesday, June 28
We will celebrate John Wesley's birthday in a way that I'm sure he would approve of - serving at Scraps KC!! We will serve at Scraps KC from 12-2 pm, and then return to the church for some delicious birthday refreshments! Rumor is there will be cake or cupcakes.

This is an intergenerational service opportunity, so youth & parents are welcome to join in the fun!
Institute 2022: What’s in A Name – Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30
I’m so excited to return to the campus of Baker University for in-person Institute!! Institute is a week of Christian spiritual growth and faith development for high school students. It is held at Baker University in Baldwin City, and is intentional about making disciples for the transformation of the world.

The week will be packed with powerful worships, impactful small groups, and meaningful workshops. Instituters will stay in the dorms at Baker. A high school only camp planned by youth for youth! Learn more: https://campchippewa.org/home/institute/ or register today at https://campchippewa.campbrainregistration.com/. Scholarships are available. Email heatherj@visitasbury.org for more information.
SUMMER GAME NIGHTS!
Kansas City Royals Game –
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:10 pm

We’re loading up the buses and heading to the K for Dollar Dog Night and to watch the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers!!

This is open to all incoming 6th graders – outgoing 12th graders and their families. We have room for 22 more on the buses, and if we have more than that, we will figure out additional transportation.

We plan to leave the church between 5:30-6:00 pm. Please RSVP ASAP to heatherj@visitasbury.org so we can get tickets reserved and transportation arranged.
Kansas City Current Game –
Sunday, August 28 @ 6:00 pm

What better way to celebrate the start of a new year in youth than a night at Children's Mercy Park to watch the KC Current take on NC Courage on Inspiring Women Night!

We have space on the buses for 28 youth (6th-12th grade). We'll leave the church around 5:00 pm. Please RSVP ASAP to heatherj@visitasbury.org so we can get tickets reserved and transportation arranged.
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