Saturday, June 13, 2020
Asbury's building remains closed, but we're excited to connect tomorrow! Here's what's happening:

WORSHIP: 10 AM @ LIVE.ASBURYLV.ORG


This week,  Pastor Eric teaches in the second week of the  "Jonah" series. Do you regularly communicate with God or does it take hitting rock bottom to reach out to God? Join us as we examine Jonah's prayer from the belly of the whale and see what it means for us.

Worship will be streaming live at 10 AM at live.asburylv.org and will feature a variety of musical styles, both live and recorded.

Resources for Today's Worship Service

FOLLOWING WORSHIP: COFFEE HOUR


Join us for virtual coffee hours on Zoom following worship beginning tomorrow, June 14! No registration required. Meeting information is as follows:

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Weekly Framework
What do you do when that still small voice of God calls you to do something you don't want to do?  Like Jonah, many of us run in the opposite direction.   But just because you run, doesn't mean God is through with you. 

Moving Forward
From Pastor Eric's Daily Study Guide

 Like Jonah, God speaks to us today and may ask us to do something we don't want to do. And like Jonah, many times we look for a boat sailing in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, we don't realize that our disobedience to God may hurt others as well.  But when we run, God still pursues us and tries to get our attention through the storms of life. And it's in the midst of the storm that we can grow closer to God and be transformed.  

God of the seafarer,
Help me to remember that as I drift amongst the tumultuous waves that only you have and will calm the wild waters around me. Allow me the strength to turn over control of my untrustworthy vessel to Your perfect control.
Amen.



If you have a prayer request, send it to the prayer team at prayer@asburylv.org.

It's amazing to look back at all of the people who believed in God and put their faith in Him-people like Abraham, Moses, and David. They trusted in what they COULDN'T see. They believed that God is faithful and would keep His promises. They believed that it's always worth it to follow His plan.  Remember, faith is being sure of what we DON'T see.   That's what it says in Hebrews 11:1, which is actually our memory verse for this month.  Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see. We can have faith in Jesus even though we can't see Him.  Not only can we read about who Jesus is and what He's done, but we can also look to others who follow Jesus, too.  When you know how He has worked in other people's lives, you can see how He can work in your life too.
 
Print Resources from this week:
For SPARK (3-4yr olds):  Parent Cue
For BLAST (PreK - 5th grades): 
  God Time devotionals

Videos for this week (new for 6/7):


HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: join us Friday nights at 8 PM to catch up via Zoom! If it's your first time joining us, registration is required!
Register now at asburylv.org/HSSeniorZooms. Meeting information will be emailed to you after completing registration.

A second session for college students is being scheduled - watch for the date to be announced soon!


If you would like a print copy of the July/August issue of  The Upper Room  devotional, please let us know by completing this form. We'll mail it to you free of charge while our supplies last.


Asbury's building is now closed indefinitely. When the time comes to re-open, rest assured we will send that communication as far in advance as possible (and very ready to celebrate gathering again!).



For the safety of all, and to keep Asbury's building virus-free, access to the building is now limited to office and custodial staff only. All other key cards have been deactivated. Should you need to gain access to the building, please contact Israel Olivieri, Business Manager, at  iolivieri@asburylv.org.



The camps in our conference have made the difficult decision to suspend or cancel their summer camps and programs. Get more information about each camp at the links below:



For those wishing to support COVID-19 relief, we encourage you to consider giving to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Advance. 100% of donations to the Advance go to COVID-19 relief, as UMCOR's administrative costs are paid through connectional giving.



Catch up on past announcements, devotionals, and resources at  asburylv.org/coronavirus.

All updates regarding Asbury's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will also be shared at that page; as well as via email blast and on our social media feeds ( Facebook and  Twitter).



Please know that during the time that the office is closed, all calls to Asbury are being received by our answering service, as there is no one available in the office to take your call. Any messages you leave with the answering service are forwarded to us and we will relay your message to the appropriate staff member to respond to you as soon as possible.



Asbury is  now a drop-off site for home-sewn masks for Lehigh Valley Health Network. The collection bin is located at the doors by the upper entrance to the building. If you're able to sew masks, but not able to deliver them,  email Pastor Barbara to get connected with a helper. We do not have supplies available to offer; but could help coordinate a pickup for an order you place at a local fabric or craft store that's offering curbside pickup.

Instructions:



St. Luke's is also collecting personal protective equipment (PPE). Learn more about the items they're accepting and their drop-off locations (their Care Now urgent care locations in Allentown, Whitehall, Bethlehem, and more)  on their website.



Cancelled/Postponed Events
Include, but not limited to:
AIM Yard Sale (cancelled)
Reschedule dates (if applicable) will be communicated when available.
No physical meetings are being held at Asbury or off-site; but please check with your group/Circle leader to see if there are plans for your group to connect online.


Did you know that your Amazon purchases can help Asbury? While doing your Father's Day shopping, or getting a few needed items for home, visit smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1352369, or login to your account at smile.amazon.com and choose "Asbury Allentown United Methodist Church" as your charity. Asbury will receive 0.5% of the price of your purchase!


I f you are experiencing loneliness, or spiritual and emotional distress during these challenging days, or if there's someone you're concerned about, please reach out to Pastor Barbara at  blee@asburylv.org .



We know that these stressful times have and will cause hardships for some in our community. The following groups, recommended by Asbury in Mission (AIM), have resources available for assistance if you or someone you know has a need:

Kingdom Life Family Center Food Bank
4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
1401 Linden Street, Allentown, PA 18102

AIM also reminds us that while volunteer opportunities are few due to the current crisis, our mission partners can still be supported financially. Learn more about all of our AIM mission partners at  asburylv.org/aim.

If you are in a position to donate to the food banks, please be aware of the following information about donations:
Kingdom Life Family Center in Orefield wants people to make an appointment to drop off food on a Tuesday morning.  Call 610-398-0111
Salem United Methodist Church in Allentown, Food bank can take donations in the morning by appointment only.  Call Rev. Navin Satyarvata 610-432-2577
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