Dear Asbury Friends,

This weekend in worship, Asbury members Dan Clevenger and Erin Nielsen will join Pastor Lee and me in the pulpit!  Actually, Lee and I spent time this past week talking with both of them about the ways they live their faith in their vocation and in service.  We will see from their example that faith is not about finding all the right answers or having certainty, but is a lifelong journey of learning, growing and serving.  

I also want our congregation to know that we continue to talk about when we will reopen the church for worship.  We know that some churches are already having in-person worship on a small scale and with very clear and safe restrictions.  I will be putting together a task force to help us discuss when and how Asbury should reopen for worship.  If you would be willing to help by serving on this task force, please let me know at gaylar@visitasbury.org or by calling the church office at 913.432.5573.

And until we are able to reopen the church for worship, remember this -- our building might be closed, but the church is still open as we love and serve our community.

Gayla 
Blessing of the Animals:
Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 am-12 pm
by the Main Entrance!



It's back!  Our popular "Blessing of the Animals" is coming back to Asbury on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 am to 12 pm in the church parking lot by the main entrance.

So bring your cat, dog, or favorite sweet creature to receive a special blessing from our pastors.  We'll do this the way we do outdoor communion - enter the church on the east side by the ACC/Chapel, have your pet receive a blessing from your car, and then exit the church on the west side by Nall Avenue.  We're looking forward to giving a special blessing to these furry members of our family who have been there for us through thick and thin - especially in these pandemic times!
"People Food and Pet Food" Collection:
Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 am to 12 pm!
 
 

On "Blessing of the Animals" Sunday, we are also taking up a special collection of "People Food and Pet Food!"  So bring a few cans of food for our food pantry, and while you're at it, let's not forget about the needy pets in our community
and bring some food for them as well!

All definitely means ALL here at Asbury - 
all God's creatures big and small are important and loved!
Prophetic Hope from the Old Testament: 
A six-week Zoom Bible Study with Rev. Lee - Thursdays from 7-8 pm, Starting TONIGHT!
  

It's not too late to sign up for Rev. Lee's six-week Zoom Bible Study on the story world of Prophetic Hope from the Old Testament!  Register here in order to participate (Rev. Lee will send you a link after you do) - https://www.visitasbury.org/fall-zoom-bible-study/.

  The study will look into the kind of hope expressed by the Old Testament's three Major Prophets:
Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.  Each has a different perspective on hope, timely for our world today.
The study will be held on Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm, September 10 through October 15.
We look forward to having you as part of our study group!

Zoom Yoga Class with Kim Peck:
Sundays at 4 pm, Beginning Sept. 13
(THIS Sunday)!
 

Join Kim Peck for a Zoom yoga class on Sundays at 4 pm, beginning September 13!  These classes will meet every other week 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.

For more information, or if you would like to sign up, please contact Kim Peck
at kimleypeck@gmail.com
Zoom Series on Racism:
Next Presentation Tuesday, Sept. 29
at 7:00 pm, featuring 
Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram
 

What does it mean to break ground?  Maybe even a glass ceiling?  Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram, during her ministry in the Nebraska Annual Conference and the Great Plains Annual Conference, did just that - 
both as a woman, and as a woman of color.
 
On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm, in a discussion with Rev. Lee Johnson, Rev. Dr. Abram will talk about her story and the obstacles of bias she encountered on her journey.  To register for this next Zoom presentation, please visit https://www.visitasbury.org/charlotte-abram-presentation/
 
About Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram:  Rev. Dr. Charlotte Abram was the first African-American woman to become an ordained elder in the former Nebraska Conference of the UMC, and received an honorary doctorate from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.  She has pastored a variety of congregations - large and small, African-American, European-American, and multi-cultural.  In retirement, she serves as the Christian Education Director at Living Hope, a mission congregation in northeast Omaha.  Throughout her career, she has experienced and navigated many difficult conversations.
Zoom Grief Support Group:
Sunday evenings in October from 7-8 pm
 

If you've lost a partner / spouse / friend / relative / loved one during the past few years, consider being part of a "Zoom Grief Support Group" on Sunday evenings in October from 7-8 p.m.  Rev. Lee Johnson will lead the group, in the hope that the support group will especially help ready participants for this year's holiday season, which promises to be different than any other because of the COVID-19 virus.
To be part of the group, please fill out the online registration form at https://www.visitasbury.org/zoom-grief-support-group/.
 
Sympathy is expressed to Dan and Marian Neal
upon the death of Dan's mother, Emma Neal, on September 5.
It's Time for Flu Shots!
It's that time of the year again when we need to schedule our annual flu shots!  While Asbury has in years past offered a flu shot clinic, this year we will not be offering one at the church.  However, we want you to know that flu shots are available at nearly all pharmacies, even those in grocery stores, Target, and Walmart.  There is usually no cost for those with Medicare or most insurance.  The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment also is offering a walk-in clinic for flu shots.  More information can be found here:  https://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/health/flu/flu-shots 

It's more important than ever that people get a flu shot this year, so schedule yours today! 


October Blood Drive at Asbury - Sunday, October 11 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall
We're hosting another blood drive through the Community Blood Center on Sunday, October 11 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall.  Feel free to share this event with your friends and family! 

Appointments are highly recommended.  Walk-ins will only be accepted if capacity allows.  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.  

or call 1.877.468.6844.  Thank you so much for your consideration, and let's help make this blood drive a success!


Census Count Finishing Early:  Every Person Counts!
Federal law requires the Census Bureau to send population totals to the President by December 31 of every census year.  This year, the Trump administration announced a decision to end the 2020 Census count on September 30, 2020, which is four weeks early.

Taking part in the 2020 Census is part of the civic duty of every person, citizen or not, living in the country.  It is a way for everyone to participate in our democracy and say, "I COUNT!"  It is private and secure.  It is against the law for the Census Bureau to release responses in a way that could identify anyone.  By law, responses cannot be used against anyone.

If you have not completed the census, it can still be done, even if you never received an official letter.  Go to https://2020census.gov/ to get started!


John Wesley Wants YOU to Wear Your Asbury Mask!
Did you know we have Asbury masks available?  Have you reserved one for yourself yet?  Show off your Asbury pride by wearing your stylish mask around town and help out the food pantry while doing so!

We are asking for a $5 donation for each mask - with all profits being donated to our Asbury Community Food Pantry!  Call Phyllis Williams in the church office at 913.432.5573 to reserve one (or more) today! 
 

Altar Flowers for Weekend Services
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 online service.  We have a standing flower order with Village Flower Company, and the cost is $50 to provide flowers each weekend for the altar.
 
We have several openings through the end of December for altar flowers.  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!


Asbury Community Food Pantry
One of our biggest community ministries is our Asbury Community Food Pantry.  During these tough times, we're helping feed more people than ever before.  So please give if you can!  Both food and monetary donations are always appreciated and welcome.  
 
Some of our current needs for the food pantry are:  pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit, canned vegetables other than corn or green beans, granola / cereal bars, toilet paper, paper towels, and any kind of personal care itemsIf you are donating food, you may simply leave your donation on the donation cart outside the main entrance around back.  Monetary donations may be made by calling the church office at 913.432.5573, 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 or comments about the Asbury UMC Community Food Pantry, please let Steve Trenholm know.  He welcomes anyone to reach out to him at satrenholm08@gmail.com.  Thank you, Asbury, for your continued generosity with this essential community ministry!  
   
 
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.   
 
 
 
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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! 
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!


Plan on driving by the church TONIGHT and picking up a child or youth goodie bag
from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  We'll be handing out back-to-school goodie bags to celebrate the end 
of the first week of school.  Make sure to come by!!
Children's Ministry
Sunday School

Last week, we begin a brand new
curriculum that invites children to "Celebrate Wonder."  This curriculum engages children's natural sense of curiosity to help them understand God's love.  It creates a safe environment for kids to ask big questions - helping them explore the Bible in ways that feed their imagination and encourages creativity.  Through carefully-selected Bible stories, songs, videos, and hands-on activities, Celebrate Wonder gives children the tools to explore their faith while incorporating it into their daily lives.  This month, we'll focus on Creativity.


3 years - Kindergarten
:  The lesson and activities for this week's lesson, "God Creates Living Things" (Genesis 1:20-25), 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, "God Creates Living Things" (Genesis 1:20-25), were emailed out today.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday. 




4th-5th Grade
:  Zoom Sunday school at 11 am.  This week we'll discuss "Practicing the Presence of God" (John 15:26 & Galatians 5:22-23). 
A link was emailed out today.  If you did not
receive the email, you can contact heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.







We will record the Children's sermon on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm.  A link was sent out via email.  If you do not receive the Children's Ministry emails, you can request the Zoom link by emailing our Director of Family Ministries at heatherj@visitasbury.org.






Save the Date
Children's Family Trivia Night -
Thursday, September 24 at 6 pm
 

Children's Ministries is hosting a kid-friendly family trivia night via Zoom on Thursday, September 24 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!  Watch your email and the Facebook page for more details.


Halloween Drive-In Movie Night - Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm


In lieu of Trunk-or-Treat, we will be hosting a Halloween-themed drive-in movie night for kids.  There will be goodie bags for kids filled with trunk-or-treat items.  We will show "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and another kid-friendly Halloween movie that will be announced soon.  Physical distancing guidelines will be followed.  

RSVP to Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org and watch your emails and Facebook for additional details.



Family Devotional Now Available! 
We've purchased a family devotional from the same company that created our virtual VBS material.  We are allowed to make up to 50 copies of the devotional.  If you would like a copy, please email heatherj@visitasbury.org and specify if you want a PDF copy or if you would like for us to print and mail you a copy.



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 Dr. Seuss
 

This week, we'll discuss "The Butter Battle Book" and its connection with both Matthew 5:38-39 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  We will gather on Zoom at 10 am.  A link was sent out via email today.  If you do not receive the youth emails, you can email heatherj@visitasbury.org to request the link and/or be put on the email list.




Youth Group

 
We will resume Youth Group on Sunday, September 13 at 6 pm with our Physically Distanced Scavenger Hunt.  Youth will need to have a cell phone to participate in the scavenger hunt, as they will need to text youth sponsors selfies of them with the items on the list.
 
There are two ways for youth to participate:  1) in-person at the church, or 2) complete the scavenger hunt in their own neighborhoods.  Please RSVP to heatherj@visitasbury.org and let us know if you are participating in-person or virtually.

Save the Date
 
 
Youth Family Trivia Night -  
Sunday, September 27 at 6 pm
 
We had so much fun at the last Youth Family Trivia Night that we decided to do it again!  Our second night of fun is Sunday, September 27 at 6 pm via Zoom.  

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!  There will be a prize for the winning team!   

Save the Date and RSVP to heatherj@visitasbury.org to receive the Zoom link. 



Youth Drive-In Movie (Weather & Pandemic Permitting) - Sunday, October 11 at 6 pm

Youth and their families are invited to come to the church parking lot for a drive-in movie!  Feel free to bring your own dinner.  Youth and their families can sit in their cars or in a physically distanced parking space.

RSVP is required for attendance - please email heatherj@visitasbury.org to RSVP.




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