Dear Asbury Friends,
 
While news about the continued spread of COVID-19 disheartens us, we see a glimmer of hope as we hear news about the research being done for a vaccine.  We cannot let this hopeful news damper our vigilance to wear masks, wash our hands and maintain social distance.  Please, Asbury friends, do all that you can to stay safe.
 
I know that many people are disappointed about Thanksgiving and the fact that they will not be able to spend this holiday the way they usually do.  Sitting together at the table for Thanksgiving dinner is not the only way we can connect with loved ones.  Phone calls, Zoom, FaceTime...these are all ways that we can communicate and connect with the people we love.  Also, it's not too late to send a Thanksgiving card or write a letter to someone letting them know that you love them and that you are thankful for them.
 
We continue to keep the church closed, out of concern and safety for all people - but ministry continues!  Just a reminder that our amazing United Methodist women are collecting H.U.G.S. - hats, underwear, gloves and socks.  This will be distributed to area agencies helping people in need.  The UMW has also graciously offered to give some of these donations to the Food Pantry Team so that they will be available for people using our 24/7 food pantry.
 
Thanksgiving calls us to both give to those in need and give thanks to God.  Let's be bold and creative as we do both of these things.  It is the way we "practice what we preach..."  

Gayla
Soup Fest Re-Imagined Update 
 
Thank you to everyone that supported Soup Fest Re-Imagined by donating funds and buying pints of our Signature Broccoli Cheese Soup!  We are pleased to announce that we sold 60 pints of soup, and when combined with the many generous donations we received, we raised nearly $2,200 for our United Methodist Women's mission projects!
 
THANK YOU, Asbury Community!
 
- Paula Blood 
CHANGES to Asbury's IHN Host Week
Beginning on Sunday, November 22
 
 
As we have experienced many times, and in many ways over these last eight months, circumstances are ever-changing.  That includes IHN!  Because of the high number of COVID cases in our metro area, our current guest, Judy, has been and will continue to stay in a motel; we will not be staffing or providing meals.  No other women or families will be admitted during our week.
 
Our support church, Leawood United Methodist, has provided the requested Price Chopper gift card for $125, so that Judy can make meal purchases.  Her room is equipped with a refrigerator and microwave.  We will pay $350 for her week's stay at the motel.  Those who have committed to helping with that expense will be contacted in the next few days.
 
In the meantime, IHN is moving forward with helping guests who have graduated from the network
by providing gift cards for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
- Donetta Shaner 
Chrismons for Christmas!
 
So, what's a Chrismon, you ask?  Chrismons, meaning "Christ monograms," traditionally are white and gold designs made from Christian symbols that signify Christ.  Often displayed on an evergreen tree during the Christmas season, symbols such as stars, crosses, fish, crowns, and the alpha and omega remind us of Christ's identity, his story, and of the holy Trinity.

We're offering several Chrismons for purchase this year, at a price of $20 each.  This price includes postage and mailing, as we will be sending them out to your homes!  All the proceeds from Chrismon sales will benefit our youth ministry's mission trips and GodSquad.  

Check out https://www.visitasbury.org/chrismons/ to see pictures of available Chrismons this year, and to place an online order.  Orders may also be placed by contacting Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org.

Each Chrismon has a limited supply, so please indicate your first choice as well as a second choice when you order, in case your first preference isn't available.  The cutoff date for ordering is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11.  If you have any questions, please contact Char Keith at 913.526.4008.  Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday!
It's Time to Give H.U.G.S.!! 
 
Asbury United Methodist Women are sponsoring a collection of Hats, Underwear, Gloves, and Socks (H.U.G.S.) for adults and children at Cross-Lines Community Outreach.  Items must be NEW and can be dropped off at the church November 29 - December 31.  Look for the collection barrel near the Main Office Entrance.
 
There will also be an opportunity to drop off your donations during Drive-Through Communion on Sunday, December 6. 
Financial donations are also welcome - just make sure to indicate
that the funds are for H.U.G.S.
 
Let's help our fellow Kansas Citians stay warm this winter! 
Zoom Webinar on Medicaid Expansion in Kansas
and Health Care Equality -
Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm
 

Church and Society is sponsoring a Zoom webinar with Spencer Culver, Advocacy Specialist with Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, for Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm.  Topics will focus on health care equality and Medicaid expansion in the state of Kansas, as well as how we can be a part of the advocacy process.
 
If you would like to sign up to be a part of the webinar, please register at https://www.visitasbury.org/spencer-culver-presentation/You should receive a confirmation screen if everything goes through - if you don't, please try again!  Zoom invitations will be sent out with the link to the meeting on the morning of Tuesday, December 1.  If by chance you do not receive your invitation by noon on Tuesday, December 1, please contact Sharlynn Verner, Director of Communications, at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org, and she will be happy to send you the link.
 
About Spencer Culver:  Spencer Culver is the Advocacy Specialist for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition working throughout Kansas, encouraging people and organizations to promote policies that ensure everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.  Spencer coordinates with grassroots advocates across the state, working to shape the public conversation around Medicaid expansion.  Spencer, a native of Kansas City, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Communication degree and returned to the Midwest to work in healthcare advocacy.
Zoom Yoga Class with Kim Peck:
Every Other Sunday at 4 pm - 
Next Class Sunday, November 22
 

Join Kim Peck for a Zoom yoga class every other Sunday at 4 pm!  These classes will meet via Zoom through November 22.  This class is open to all levels, and will include both traditional yoga poses and restorative poses intended to relieve the effects of chronic stress.  It will be taught using basic yoga props, such as blocks, straps, and bolster, although all poses can also be done without props.  This class will also include a brief meditation or meditative reading to close.
 
Sunday afternoons a difficult time to log on to a class?  Then check out our Zoom Yoga page at https://www.visitasbury.org/zoom-yoga/ - all of Kim's videos from each week will be posted here as well, and can be accessed at any time!

For more information, or if you would like to sign up, please contact Kim Peck (kimleypeck@gmail.com). 
UM News:  Protocol Legislation Tops Agenda of Top Court 
The United Methodist Judicial Council expects to decide soon whether it has the jurisdiction to consider the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed plan for separating the denomination.
 
Interested in reading more?  Click here to read the full article:  https://www.umnews.org/en/news/protocol-legislation-tops-agenda-of-top-court 


Save the Date for Our Next Blood Drive - Sunday, December 27 from 9 am to 2 pm!  
What's exciting about having a Christmastime blood drive?  It's that it's a CHIEFS blood drive!  Our next blood drive through the Community Blood Center is on Sunday, December 27 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall...and, as a special gift, each presenting donor will receive a FREE limited edition Chiefs t-shirt! 

The local blood supply has been low since the onset of COVID-19 and donors are urgently needed.  Appointments are strongly recommended, as walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity safely allows.  Make an appointment today at https://donate.savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/73248 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 last blood drive of the year a success! 
     
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! 
This Week's Bible Study from Pastor Lee:
"A Different Kind of Thanksgiving"
 
 
Thanksgiving sure is going to look a lot different to us this year.  For some of us, it's hard to maintain a perspective of thankfulness with all the craziness in the world going on.

Pastor Lee talks about thankfulness (and also when we feel the lack of it) in his Bible study this week.  Click on the link below to read more!
 
Children's Ministry
Children's Ministry

Children's Family Trivia Night - TONIGHT at 6 pm

Children's ministries is hosting our third kid friendly family trivia night via Zoom on Thursday, October 29 at 6 pm.  There will be questions for all ages.  It's sure to be an evening of fun!  We utilize breakout groups so invite your friends to join your team!  You don't have to be in the same room or even under the same roof!  Let us know you are joining the fun at https://fb.me/e/3vzVCzZej.





Sunday School


This month our faith word is "blessing" and we'll focus on stories about blessings
.  We will strive to engage children's natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God's love.  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, "Jacob's Ladder" (Genesis 28:10-22), 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, "Jacob's Ladder" (Genesis 28:10-22), were emailed out today.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.        




4th-5th Grade
:  We will continue our new series "Everywhere You Look" based on the Netflix series "Fuller House" this week on Zoom.  4th and 5th grade students are encouraged to join us on Zoom at 11 am on Sunday.






Save the Date

Virtual Paper Bag Pageant
Asbury's annual paper bag pageant is going virtual! All our children's ministry families should be receiving a packet containing masks and craft sticks.  We are asking that your families color some or all the masks and then record themselves walking toward the camera with masks and pausing as they get close to the camera. 

You can record as many characters as you would like.  Then upload the video to the cloud based storage of your preference and send an editable link to Heather (heatherj@visitasbury.org), our Director of Family Ministries, so she can begin editing the pageant together.  Please send videos to Heather ASAP.  Hold on to your masks so you can participate in the pageant on Christmas Eve!!

If you have grandkids, nieces, nephews or friends that would like masks, there are some extra sets available in the church office.  Or, you can email Heather (heatherj@visitasbury.org) to request an email file for the masks or for a packet to be mailed to you.  


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 "The Goblet of Fire." 
All youth are invited to join via Zoom. 
The link was emailed out today.



Youth Group

Youth Family Trivia Night - Sunday, November 22 at 6 pm 
We had so much fun at our Youth Family Trivia Nights that we decided to make them a monthly event.  Our fourth night of fun is Sunday, November 22 at 6 pm via Zoom.  RSVP at https://fb.me/e/1InBU9sIb.

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!!


Save the Date 
 
Youth Virtual Christmas Party - Sunday, December 13 at 6 pm
Info coming soon - watch this space, Facebook, and your emails for additional details!

 
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. 
SHOPPING ON AMAZON? 
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2. Search "Asbury Methodist Church"
3. Select the Prairie Village location...and SHOP!