September 25, 2022

Asbury Sunday Worship:

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

10:00 am: Sunday School

11:00 am: Live-Streamed Worship
First Sunday Choir

Starting in October, the Chancel Choir will sing in the 11 am worship the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to join the choir in singing the anthem on those Sundays, please plan on joining us in rehearsal from 7:30-8:00 pm the Wednesday prior (September 28) in the Music Seminar Room.

We would love to welcome anyone to participate in this low-commitment musical opportunity. If you have any questions or conflicts, don’t hesitate to contact Lindsey Lang at LindseyL@visitasbury.org.
Weekly Bible Study
with Pastor Jeff -
Starting October 3!

Beginning Monday, October 3 at 10 am, Pastor Jeff will lead a Bible study each week for one hour in Room 208.

We will read through various books of the Bible, beginning with Ruth. Nothing to prepare or study ahead of time - just bring yourselves and your Bibles!
Meet Our New Nursery Care Attendant - Bette Bell!

Bette is an aspiring elementary school teacher with a background in childcare and Early Childhood Education. Her first job was in her childhood church nursery at 15, and since then, has worked as a Lead Infant Teacher at Heart & Soul Early Christian Learning Center, and Primrose School of Lee’s Summit. Over the last year, she has worked in the Lee’s Summit School District as an Elementary School Resource Aid and Paraprofessional. Bette is passionate about education and working with kids, and is excited for the opportunity to connect with and get to know the families here at Asbury!
 
Bette enjoys reading and writing poetry, and is an avid photographer in her spare time. She is also a full-time student, and the mother of a sweet little toddler named Ada! 
World Communion Sunday is Sunday, October 2!

On October 2, Asbury will join all different Christian denominations around the world to celebrate "World Communion Sunday." This day of observance began in 1933 and has grown into an international day of unity. We will participate in communion together, remembering Jesus's words: "That they may all be one."  

The special offering taken on October 2 will provide scholarships and training programs for racial and ethnic students to achieve their educational goals, ultimately giving back to the betterment of their communities. Your generosity helps these students prepare for leadership. The needs exceed what we can fund and your gifts can further growth and success!
Open Table Sunday School Class

The Open Table group is starting a new study and discussion topic this Sunday, September 25: "What's So AMAZING About GRACE?" by Phillip Yancey. 

Grace, long-standing and enduring, is a good concept to study and discuss, and to live! And the same for grace - grace not tied to religion.  Can you imagine a life without Grace, or even without grace? Can you recognize Grace, or grace, when it comes into your life?  

Sundays at 10 am, Room 208.  Shine a light!
Kansas City Heart of America CROP Hunger Walk:
Saturday, October 8 at 10 am

Join other walkers from around Kansas City to participate in the Heart of America CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 8 at 10 am. This walk will help support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

Tuesday, November 8 General Election Information

The November 8 General Election is slightly less than seven (7) weeks away. But there is a very important date less than four (4) weeks away to prepare for this most important event in our democracy. Tuesday, October 18, is the last day to register/re-register to vote on November 8.  

You do not need to re-register unless you have moved to a new address, or your name has changed. For new voters, you can register to vote if you are 17 years old and will be 18 by election date. You can register or re-register in one of three (3) ways:
  • In-person at your local county election office
  • Online. Go to www.KSVotes.org
  • By mail
***The deadline for all three (3) options is Tuesday, October 18.

Kansas allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can apply to vote by mail (VBM) also at the www.KSVotes.org website. The absolute latest deadline for a VBM ballot is Tuesday, November 1 (though it is not recommended to wait quite this long).

Additional information will be forthcoming as the general election gets closer. Please pass this information on to any Kansas eligible voter. Our democracy needs to be representative of ALL the people. Questions can be directed to Julia Cotter, Asbury Voter to Voter Team Leader. 
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.
Asbury Food Pantry "Food of the Week" -
PASTA SAUCE

If you can, please pick up pasta sauce to add to the pantry table in the Welcome Center. These items get snapped up quickly in our Food Pantry!
 
And thank you to those who brought sugar and flour the last two weeks - we received nearly 70 pounds! 
IHN is Coming Soon - Sign Up Today!

Our host week begins on Sunday, October 16 and we’ll need our Asbury Village to pull together to make it a successful one for our situationally homeless guests. 

Please visit the table in the Welcome Center to sign up to help with set-up/take-down/laundry/meals (no training required). If you can provide a meal, please contact Kim Peck at kimleypeck@gmail.com. And of course, we will need lots of trained volunteers for staffing - 44 SPOTS IN ALL! 

Our other need is for drivers in the event that transportation is required for any of our guests. If you are interested in learning more about driving requirements, please contact Linda Stinnett at lgstinnett@kc.rr.com or 816.868.1052. Thank you!!
Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC)
 
Please pray for the seven members of the team representing Asbury at MMDC this week: Joan and Lanny Bachtle, Fred Burns and Kay Richter, Dan Clevenger and Ginni and Steve Duggan. 

We know their service will be a boost to the MMDC mission of getting emergency supplies in the hands of those who need them. We also collected $600 for this purpose—thanks to all!

  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Text the word 'Give' to 913-774-6060
  • Online through Easy Tithe (click here)
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Save the Dates
Mission Morning: Saturday, October 15
from 9 am - 12 pm
 
Mission Morning is a quarterly youth and youth family led intergenerational service opportunity. Our vision is to both develop leadership in our youth and build relationships across generations while serving our community. 

Mark your calendars to serve at the community garden and orchard of Fred Burns and Kay Richter on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am - 12 pm. A light breakfast and transportation for 30 volunteers will be provided.

Save the date and join the Facebook event here. All ages are welcome! Questions? Email heatherj@visitasbury.org.
Acolyte Training
We'll be training kids to participate in this important element of worship - acolyting - in the coming weeks. 

Being an acolyte is more than just lighting candles. "Jesus said: ‘I am the light of the world' (John 8:12 NRSV). The presence of the light reminds us of Jesus coming into our world and into our lives. The light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of Jesus coming into the presence of the worshiping community. [...] At the end of the service, the light carried out into the world is a sign that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere, and that Christ goes with his people into the world where serve as his living body." (umc.org)

We hope if you have a child in 3rd-8th grade you will encourage them to participate in worship in this meaningful way.  
Kids' Hour - Sundays at 10 am in the Children's Wing (3rd floor east)
Kids’ Hour is designed with kids in mind and uses crafts, music, games, and kid’s books to encourage kids to learn, live, and lead in and outside the walls of the church. We've designed it to be interactive and full of movement!!

Come check out our new way of creating space for kids to be kids. This week's lesson is based off the book "Say Something" by Peter H. Reynolds.

Check out our playlist of the stories we've been reading and songs we've been learning!
As we head into fall, be sure to stay up to date on all things Children's Ministry
by following our Facebook page!

You can also email our Director of Family Ministries (heatherj@visitasbury.org)
to be added to the children's ministry email list.
Youth Sunday School: Coffee and Convos

All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to the Starbucks in the Prairie Village Shops (6920 Mission Rd) for a time of connecting and enjoy some food and/or beverage.

Youth can meet at the Starbucks at 10:10 am, or take the bus from the church at 10 am. We'll cover the cost of drinks this week!
Youth Group: Community - Sunday at 6 pm

All 6th - 12th grade youth are welcome to join youth group this Sunday in the youth lounge on the 3rd floor (west). We’ll have a meal together and have some fun. We’ll also begin talking about the importance of community as a way to teach students about the importance of understanding justice, and the value of embracing diversity in our lives so that we can provide a sacred and welcoming environment for all youth. 
Stay up to date on all things youth on our Facebook page!

You can also email our Director of Family Ministries (heatherj@visitasbury.org)
to be added to the youth ministry email list.