Saturday, July 4, 2020
Asbury's building remains closed, but we're excited to connect tomorrow! Here's what's happening:

WORSHIP: 10 AM @ LIVE.ASBURYLV.ORG


The United States of America is a nation of laws. But laws don't necessarily inspire virtue.  When we confuse what is legal with what is moral, everyone looks for a loophole to serve his or her own interests. The rich rule the poor, women become commodities, racism prevails and children become victims. We as Christians are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to do unto others as God, through Christ, has done unto us. Leveraging our individual rights for the benefit of others is how our liberty makes our nation more like the kingdom of God.

Join us as Pastor Eric dives into this subject!

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! No registration required. Meeting information is as follows:

Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81517126618?pwd=eHR1Rnk3QjJFRjgyUGxxNUI3QTJOQT09
Meeting ID: 815 1712 6618
Password: 654634

Weekly Framework
Jonah becomes angry with God because God is compassionate and merciful to the Ninevites.  This passage challenges us to consider who it is that we categorize as "other" and beyond God's reach.  This week, we consider how God's love and compassion for us should guide our way in the world.

Saturday's Reflection
From Pastor Barbara's Daily Study Guide
Read Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
Harboring bitterness can be dangerous, especially if you are unable to pray. A hidden hatred can not only diminish one's spiritual life, it can also affect our mental, social and physical well-being. Why does the Apostle Paul say we should be tender-hearted and compassionate to others?

Moving Forward
As God's mercy and compassion for you make you more tender-hearted, where is God calling you to act? Is God calling you to forgive someone in your life? How can you bring more justice for those who have been categorized as "other," for so long? Pray and ask God to guide your next steps.

In your own words, pray for God to help you let go of bitterness and embrace compassion.



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

Teachers at our partner school, Ramos Elementary, have requested supplies to help keep their classrooms and students safe this fall.  Please start gathering, Clorox wipes, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand soap for classroom use.  We'll have a collection day at Asbury in August to gather these items for delivery to Ramos.  If you have questions, contact Dick McCreight (dickmcc@ptd.net).



The Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank needs volunteers noon to 2-2:30 pm Monday, Thursday and Friday and an occasional Tuesday to pack groceries for clients.  Everyone must wear mask.  Contact Vanessa by calling 610-821-1332 or emailing aaefb1978@gmail.com.

Prayer

Dear God,

I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to defend and to lead this country, I am grateful. Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have.  Help me never to take these blessings for granted. 

Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone's life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Jesus.

In your name, I pray.

Amen.

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 6/28):

Upcoming Zoom for all youth- aged students with Erin, Rich & Pam Wednesday, July 8th from 8 PM - 8:45 PM.

We want to check in and see how everyone is doing.

Registration is required: https://forms.gle/5jDCV2vR8PEtsbbVA

Hope you can join us!! 



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!


Asbury's leadership has developed a survey to gather congregational input as they consider the next steps in "re-opening" Asbury's facility in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have not received the link to the survey, please respond to this email and let us know.



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.


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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