October 10, 2021

Asbury Weekly Worship:

Sundays at 9 am:
Worship Service in the Sanctuary

Sunday at 10 am:
Sunday School

Sundays at 11 am:
Worship Service in the Sanctuary
& Live-Streamed Worship at http://www.visitasbury.org/worship
Dear Asbury friends,

Thanks to your prayers and concerns, my family is doing well in South Korea. We FaceTime with each other every morning (actually, it’s evening in Korea), which is one of my happiest times of the day. I’ve recently found myself saying to my wife and children, “I love you and miss you,” far more frequently than before. I thought to myself, “This is easy to do. Why did I often live without saying it to my family?” My wife sends me some pictures of our kids occasionally. Seeing the photos makes me smile. Then, I say to myself, “You should’ve given them more hugs.”

I admit that I often don’t realize how important people around me are until they’re gone. What about you? If you feel the same way I do, let’s try to show gratitude for the people in our daily lives this week. Why don’t you tell your family that you love them as often as you can? How about sending a thank-you card to those who have been a blessing to you? You can give a small gift to your best friend as well. 

Here is the other thing I want you to do this week: Love yourself. You are important to yourself too. Encourage yourself. Pat yourself on the back. Tell yourself that you’re doing a wonderful job. Remember that you are beautiful just the way you are. Taking care of yourself will give you the strength to love your neighbors.   

Asbury Blood Drive - THIS Sunday, October 10
from 9 am to 2 pm!

Asbury will be hosting a Blood Drive with the Community Blood Center on Sunday, October 10 from 9 am - 2 pm in Hager Hall!

All healthy individuals are called to make a life-saving blood donation. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins will be accepted as capacity allows.  Schedule your appointment by visiting the following link! https://donate.savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/73578
Rise Against Hunger - Sunday, October 24
at 12:00 pm

On Sunday, October 24, we will once again host a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in Hager Hall, at 12:00 pm (after the second service) to about 2:00 pm.

Rise Against Hunger events provide a fun, educational way for groups to literally lend a hand to people facing hunger across the globe. Rise Against Hunger combines an assembly line process with an educational experience to not only make a huge impact worldwide, but to touch the lives of those preparing the meals, as well.

We will begin with a short break for lunch, and then we will get to work packaging 10,152 meal kits to send to communities in need worldwide! All ages are invited to this event - making the meal kits are quite easy! Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and pull your hair up under a baseball cap if you have long hair (if this doesn't work, hairnets will be provided). We'll be following safe social distancing and COVID protocols such as wearing masks, gloves, and sanitizing all surfaces and equipment.

We'd love to have you join us for this humbling experience. Please visit http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/Asbury_Prairie_Village to sign up! We are excited to engage in this wonderful mission opportunity to feed people across the globe.
Soup Fest 2021:
Pre-Order Your Soup Today!

Help Us Reach Our Goal of Raising $2,000
for Our UMW Mission Projects!

Soup Fest 2021 has, once again, been Re-Imagined! The Asbury UMW Soup Fest will not be an in-person event again this year, but instead, the event has been "Re-Imagined" so we can still raise much-needed funds for our UMW mission projects. Choose one or more of the following options so you can be a part of "Soup Fest 2021"...

1 - Donate directly to UMW!
Send in a check to the church or drop off a donation in the amount that you would normally spend on a ticket to eat at Soup Fest (adults $12, children $6). Please make sure to clearly mark your donation for Soup Fest and make checks payable to Asbury UMW. You can also TEXT your donation or donate ONLINE! Text the word "SoupFest" to 913-774-6060 or go to https://app.easytithe.com/App/Giving/visitasbury and choose the fund "SoupFest" to make a donation.

2 - PRE-ORDER a pint of our "SIGNATURE" Broccoli Cheese Soup
or our Chicken Noodle Soup!
Purchase a pint of soup for $10 to enjoy from the comfort of your home! One pint of soup provides approximately 2 servings for you to take home and re-heat or freeze for a future date. Pre-Order your soup using the following link ... https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054dacad28aa8-soup1

The DEADLINE for soup pre-orders is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th and PICK-UP will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th from 10:30 am - Noon or 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Asbury parking lot. There is a limited quantity of soup available, so order early! Payment of $10 per pint needs to be made when you pick up your soup. If you have any questions regarding soup pre-orders, please contact Paula Blood at 913-205-0100 or pdblood@sbcglobal.net.

Thanks for your support toward reaching our goal of raising $2,000 for our UMW mission projects - Days for Girls, Cross-Lines, Della Lamb, IHN (Inter-Faith Homelessness Network), UMW Prison Ministry, Asbury Youth, Asbury Children's Center, and more!!
UMW Gourmet Nut Sale - Now through Monday, October 25

It's that wonderful time of year again when our United Methodist Women are back with their annual nut sale! Lots of delicious options are available for purchase again this year. Nut orders may be placed by picking up an order form from the front desk at the church and leaving the completed form in the drop box, or by printing out the order form at the following link: Nut Sale Order Form. You may then either return your completed form to the Asbury office or scan and email it to Rick Starks at rsumc76@gmail.com

If you return the order to Asbury, please include a check payable to Asbury UMC, with "Nut Sale" included in the memo line. If you scan and email the order, please pay via either Easy Tithe or bring a check when you pick up your order (See pick-up dates on Order Form). For Easy Tithe, please visit http://www.easytithe.com/visitasbury. Choose "Other Fund" in the dropdown box, and then enter "Nut Sale" in the Note box.

The pre-order deadline is Monday, October 25. All profits are used for United Methodist Women's Missions! Thank you!
Join Connectors Class this October for Some Special Sunday School Events

The Connectors Sunday School class would like to extend an open invitation to all who may be interested in attending any of our October classes that are of interest. We meet during the 10:00 am Sunday School hour each week in Hager Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

  • October 10—Discussion of Afghanistan and the recent withdrawal of American troops. This is a follow-up to Professor Rebecca Best’s recent church-wide presentation. We are also encouraged to listen to a Podcast on Conversations with Bill Kristal for his interview with Eric Edelman, a foreign service officer. WE WILL MEET IN THE MSR ROOM—support the Blood Drive in Hager Hall!

  • October 17—Guest speaker is Brenda Mott from ScrapsKC. Brenda started this grassroots non-profit and has grown it into a community-wide resource for recycling and reusing items of every description. They also offer a homeless ministry. We are collecting used men’s long-sleeved T-shirts (no collars) in all sizes and new men’s boxer briefs, M-XL.  

  • October 24—Join us in Hager Hall to do the set-up for the Rise Against Hunger event that will occur at Asbury from 12:00-2:30 pm. The staff of Rise Up needs help getting their food assembly line ready for the event so we will be their worker bees to get everything ready!

  • October 31—We are joining the Seekers and Pathways to Joy classes for a presentation by Dr. Sofia Khan, the founder of KC for Refugees.

Kansas Interfaith Action's 2021 Faith and Public Policy Forum Series

Mark Your Calendars! This October, Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) invites you to join them for a series of conversations with advocates and activists on the most pressing social, economic, and climate justice issues facing Kansans.

Further details will follow on our Faith & Public Policy Forum Series event page. Let's put faith into action together!
Sympathy is expressed to the family of Paula Turner, a long time member of Asbury
who passed away on Monday, October 4. A memorial service will be held on October 13 at the McGilley & Hoge Funeral Home at 11 am.
Men's Breakfast - Saturday, October 2 at 8:00 am
The "Virtual" Men's Breakfast is going back to meeting in person! Come join us at 8:00 am this Saturday at the McDonald's on 77th & Metcalf in Overland Park.

We meet regularly every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 8 am. Any questions? Contact Roger Peck at roger.peck@outlook.com. Hope to see you there!
IHN Guests Arrive on Sunday
For the first time in a year and half, we will have the opportunity to feed and shelter IHN guests in the comfort of our church beginning this Sunday. Currently, there are seven guests who will join us: four women, one teen and two children. We will have a full house and a full crew of volunteers to serve them! Thanks to all who are able to pitch in this rotation. Please pray for our guests, volunteers and the IHN staff.
After disaffiliating from the national Family Promise program, the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) has officially become Joco IHN, A Community Response to Homelessness.  
Calling All Singers!
After 18 long months, the Chancel Choir is starting to sing again! The singers have been rehearsing for a few weeks now and would love to invite you to join us. 

We are taking new safety precautions to keep our choir healthy—singers are currently required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and are being asked to wear a mask while singing. Now is the perfect time to join the music ministry at Asbury—just show up to a choir rehearsal from 6:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday nights in the MSR, or visit with Lindsey Lang (lindseyl@visitasbury.org) with any questions. The choir will resume singing at the 9 am service shortly.
Fall Clean Up at Asbury - Saturday, October 23 from 9:30-10:30 am
Calling all people who like to work outdoors and who would like to help out with doing a "fall clean up" of the Asbury grounds!

We will be working from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, October 23. Bring garden gloves and a mask, in case you end up working near another person while outdoors. Any questions? Contact Julie and Michelle at connect@visitasbury.org. Green thumbs welcome - we'll find something that you can help out with! Thanks, friends!
Coming Soon - Della Lamb's
Operation Holidays
Della Lamb’s (https://www.dellalamb.org/) Operation Holidays kicks off in 40 days. 500 families in need will receive a Thanksgiving meal, warm winter clothes, and holiday gifts in the span of 5 days.

This is a powerful event from beginning to end, and the preparation is just as important as the distribution. Join members of Asbury’s Mission team on November 6 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm to help prepare gifts for distribution. Please use this link to Signup Genius to reserve your slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eadae2ca7fcc70-operation.

If you can’t make the 6th, but would still like to help, please note that there are several volunteer dates throughout the "operation." If you have any questions or would like to carpool on November 6, contact Dan Clevenger at dannyclevenger@att.net or call 785-640-8823. Thanks!
If you are interested in blessing the life of a foster or at-risk child this holiday season, the Mission Team has just the opportunity for you! We are supporting the non-profit agency Christmas Families through their Red Bag program. To learn more about this grassroots organization, visit their website at redbagskc.com.
Last year, several of our members adopted a child/teen and provided 8-10 gifts for them to open on Christmas morning. This would also be a good project for Sunday School classes, scout troops, sports teams, etc. The delivery date for items is Saturday, December 4. Your Red Bag chock full of goodies can be brought to the church prior to that date.
For more information, contact Donetta Shaner at donetta0314@hotmail.com or 913-897-2488.
Donate Food to the Asbury Food Pantry!
We'd like to thank everyone at Asbury for their continued support of our Asbury Community Food Pantry. We've helped a lot of folks in need who have greatly appreciated our generosity!

We need some more items to help keep the pantry stocked. Anything that you can donate helps. Some of the more specific needs include: pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables other than corn or green beans, granola and/or cereal bars, toilet paper, paper towels, and any kind of personal care items.

If you are donating food, you may simply leave your donation on the donation cart outside the main entrance. If it isn't easy for you to stop by a store to pick up some food, we also welcome monetary donations! Donations may be made by calling the church office, or online at http://www.easytithe.com/visitasbury. Under the drop down "Fund" box, simply choose "Other Fund," and then type in "Food Pantry" in the "Notes" box.

If you have any questions about the Asbury Food Pantry, please feel free to reach out to Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your help!
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!
Save the Date
Mission Morning - Saturday, October 23
from 9:00-11:30 am
On Saturday, October 23, join the Asbury Youth in serving at a local community garden and orchard that serves the greater Kansas City area. We invite you to come for some hands-on mission work. We'll be working on repairing raised beds, mulching, and gardening. All you need to bring is a pair of work gloves!

You can meet us at Asbury UMC at 9:00 am to caravan or ride in an Asbury van. Or, you can meet us at our worksite by 9:30 am. We plan to work from 9:30-11:30 am. We'll be back at Asbury for pick-up at 11:45 am.

Coffee, juice, and treats will be provided. You're welcome to invite friends to join us for this service event! Please RSVP at the following link: Mission Morning Sign-Ups.
Candy Donations Needed for Trunk-or-Treat

Bring all your candy!! We are collecting candy for our annual Trunk-or-Treat in the welcome area. There will be a decorated trunk on one of the tables to fill with candy/treat donations. Help us make our October 30 Trunk-or Treat great for our kids!!
Nursery Volunteers Needed
We continue to look for a new Childcare Coordinator, but have not found the right fit yet.

This means we are in need of people, like you, to serve in the nursery on Sunday mornings from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. If you would like to bless our families by helping to provide a safe and loving environment for infants through 5 year olds, please email our Director of Family Ministries at heatherj@visitasbury.org
Family Ministry Book Club
Join us for a laid back and lively discussion of Bishop Michael Curry's book, "Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times."

The book is available for purchase at the following link: link to purchase "Love is the Way"

Watch your emails for the location of this book club meeting, or email Heather Jackson at heatherj@visitasbury.org for more details.
Celebrate Wonder (3 years old - 3rd Grade)
Celebrate Wonder is a curriculum that seeks to celebrate spirituality through wonder. Children are naturally spiritual beings and everyday theologians. We want children to recognize and name this spirituality found within themselves and in all the world around them through play, discovery, biblical exploration, faith conversation, and relationship.

Children will learn spiritual practices which can become building blocks for holy moments and enrich the faith lives of each and every child. We hope you will come wonder with us as we celebrate the Spirit of God in the lives of children.

This month we are learning about Moses!
In-person Sunday at 10 am:
God Speaks to Moses (Exodus 3:1-22). Our faith word this month is "Awe." We'll wonder together outside on the basketball courts at 10 am this Sunday. Kids should bring a chair or something to sit on, and a mask in case they need to enter the building.

Join us as a family anytime and anywhere this week as we continue to wonder about Moses and our faith word "Awe." The lesson God Speaks to Moses (Exodus 3:1-22) and activities were emailed to parents today. A complimentary video to Facebook on Sunday.
4th - 5th grade
Hebrews 11 tells the stories of people of faith throughout the Bible, offering encouragement to the original audience that they can step forward in faith surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. In the creeds of the church, we profess belief in the "communion of saints." These are both ways of saying how important our foremothers and forefathers of faith are to our own relationships with God. Their stories offer wisdom for living, inspiration and encouragement, and a sense of spiritual companionship. We will be exploring these people and their stories this quarter. You can join us in person or virtually.

This week, we'll be learning about Teresa of Avila.

In-person at 10 am: We will meet at 10 am on the basketball court (east side of the church). Kids should bring a chair and a mask in case they need to enter the building.

Virtual: Join us as a family anytime and anywhere this week! Lessons and activities were emailed to parents today, and a complimentary video will be posted to Facebook on Sunday.
Save the Date
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.
Sunday School: Born to Trouble
This week, we'll continue our series, "Born to Trouble." We'll meet outside at 10 am. We will gather on the basketball courts on the east side of the building.

Youth should bring a chair. While masks are optional outside, youth should bring a mask in case they need to enter the building.
Youth Group

Youth Group continues this week at 6 pm on Sunday with our new series, "Do What You Love!" We'll have snacks and drinks. We'll also spend some time connecting before we dive into our series.
Save the Date
Youth Family Trivia Night - Sunday, October 24 at 6:00 pm

Save the Date for our next Youth Family Trivia Night on Sunday, October 24 at 6 pm via Zoom!! It'll be a Halloween edition!!

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! https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Youth-Group-1339326239545966/
or email our Director of Family Ministries to be added to the youth ministry email list.