Have you ever felt like God has given up on you? Sometimes we are ashamed of our actions and think God will never use us again. But what we learn from the story of Jonah is that God is a God of second chances. But how do we get that second chance?
From Pastor Eric's Daily Study Guide
What's most surprising to you about this parable? How does it challenge the way you view God?
Let me never forget that while I've been given freedom to wander, my home will always will with You. Guide my feet to the paths that lead back to Your embrace.
A note from Asbury in Missions (AIM)
Now that we're in Yellow, we've decided to proceed with the shipping of much needed medical supplies THIS SATURDAY, June 27th to Dr. Chris Hena, our Liberian mission partner. We'll start at 10:00 am at an old school in Lehighton (1122 Fairyland Rd, Lehighton, PA 18235) that Through These Hands is using as a warehouse, to pick up some of the larger and awkwardly shaped items. This is less than ½ hour north of Asbury up the NE Extension. As much as we'd like to carpool, with social-distancing we should probably only travel with family members. From there will drop down to Through These Hands in Slatington (454 Chestnut St, Slatington, PA 18080) to pick up 250-300 boxes of medical supplies. All volunteers will be required to wear masks and gloves and practice social distancing. We should complete the loading of the truck by 1:00 pm. Please contact Dick McCreight (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help or if you need additional details.
Thanks, Asbury for your ongoing support of this life-saving mission.
SOME OF THE ITEMS BEING SHIPPED
The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church has announced the schedule for 2020 Annual Conference, a hybrid of online and in-person events taking place Tuesday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 14. To learn more, read
Bishop Peggy Johnson's announcement
For SPARK (3-4yr olds)
For BLAST (PreK- 5th grades)
With a parent's permission, go outside and find a small rock. Then read Psalm 18.2. Why do you think God calls Himself our rock? Well, He probably wasn't referring to the tiny piece of earth in your hands. But that piece of rock may have once been a part of a much bigger rock, or even a mountain. And when you think about the strength and size of a mountain, God calling Himself our rock makes more sense. If you were alive during biblical times, you also might imagine yourself hiding behind a large rock during a battle, or resting in its shade before there was air conditioning in the hot summer months.
Stick the rock in your pocket or on your dresser to remind you that you can face your fears because God is your rock.
Know that God is your place of safety, so you can face your fears.
Videos for this week (new for 6/21):
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!
A second session for college students is being scheduled - watch for the date to be announced soon!
Asbury's 2020 Charge Conference has been scheduled for Thursday, September 24th at 6:00 PM at Asbury. More details to follow.
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.
Join us for virtual coffee hours on Zoom following worship! No registration required. Meeting information is as follows:
Gilberton UMC is spearheading an effort to provide relief for their flood-ravaged town of Gilberton, PA. Torrential rains on June 10 caused major flooding in homes and owners are in need of help to salvage or even rebuild. Learn more about this effort at asburylv.org/GilbertonFlooding.
Donations will be received and processed through the
Gilberton UMC (the only active church in town),
monitored by the North District.
GOOD NEWS: initial gifts toward this recovery effort will be
matched by District funds (up to the first $5,000.00),
meaning that a $10,000.00 goal should be within our reach!
Congregation and individuals wishing to support these efforts
can send their checks (made payable to the The North District) to:
The North District Office
PO Box 820
Valley Forge PA 19482
please note "Flood Relief" in the memo line.
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
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.
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 (
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.
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.
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
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 getting a few needed items for home, visit
, or login to your account at
and choose "Asbury Allentown United Methodist Church" as your charity. Asbury will receive 0.5% of the price of your purchase!
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
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
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.
Salem United Methodist Church in Allentown, Food bank can take donations in the morning by appointment only.
Call Rev. Navin Satyarvata 610-432-2577