Saturday, August 1, 2020


Asbury's mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. But how do we grow deeper in our faith? No one strives to be shallow. It's easy to feel lost when we go at it alone. But what if there was a way to thrive?

Tomorrow,  Pastor Eric begins a new sermon series: "Peter: A Flawed, Yet Faithful Follower of Jesus." Simon Peter was an ordinary fisherman who transformed into a follower of Jesus. He was faithful, yet flawed. Peter was the first to profess Jesus as the Son of God, yet he later denied knowing him. Peter went on to give his life for the sake of his call. In this series, we take an in-depth dive into the life, faith and character of Simon Peter.

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

Join us at 9:50 AM as we have a special pre-service celebration of our online VBS from this week!

The outdoor service is also tomorrow (weather-permitting) at 8 AM on the lawn by the lower parking lot. Visit asburylv.org/outdoorworship for more information and to register now.

Resources for Worship

 
A prayer from Bishop Gary Mueller of the Arkansas Conference;  originally featured on the Arkansas Conference website .

Lord,

Help me remember who You are in the midst of a world filled with so much hurt, hate and hopefulness. Help me remember whose I am whenever I begin to think I'm on my own as I try to get through today. Help me remember who I am whenever I begin to get my priorities mixed up.

Help me remember You are actively involved in making Your will just as real on earth as it already is in heaven. Help me remember I belong to Jesus who gave himself in love as a way to unleash forgiveness, healing and new life. Help me remember that the Holy Spirit is at work in my life guiding me so that I live the life You envision for me.

Help me remember Your goodness is all around me. Help me remember Your holiness is being infused into Your world. Help me to remember I can live with Your hope every moment of every day.

Yes, Lord, help me remember this and so much more - in the strong, strong name of Jesus.

Amen.



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



Print Resources for this week:
For SPARK (3-4yr olds):  Parent Cue 
For BLAST (PreK - 5th grades):
  God Time devotionals 
 
Videos for this week (new for 7/26):

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 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.



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.


UPDATED INFORMATION ON RAMOS SUPPLY COLLECTION

As you know, teachers at our partner school, Ramos Elementary, have requested supplies including Clorox wipes, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand soap to help keep their classrooms and students safe this fall.  It has been recently announced that Allentown School District classrooms won't be opening in September, but we're still collecting and Ramos will store the supplies for the teachers to be prepared when the classrooms do open.  We'll hold a drop-off for the items you've collected on Friday August 21 st  from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Saturday August 22 nd  from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Thank you, Asbury, for helping keep Ramos teachers and students safe.



Ever heard of  PLARN????

Wanted: people interested in making plastic sleeping mats for the homeless to insulate them from the cold dampness of the ground

Skills needed: cutting with scissors and single crochet (or team up with someone to share these two jobs)

Tools needed: scissors, a bigger-sized crochet hook (size "P" is recommended), a yardstick or measuring tape

Raw materials: clean used plastic shopping and grocery bags with soft seams - these are turned into a plastic yarn, called... plarn!

Guidance: Wendy Arbushites can teach you how to do the entire process. It's very easy!

Supply source: We currently have plenty of bags which have been "quarantined" for at least a week to avoid any Coronavirus issues. Please email Wendy if you are interested in helping at warb@rcn.com

Click here to view a slideshow with steps to make a mat.



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.

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 .



Due to changes in staffing at our hospitals, the church often can no longer reach hospital staff to find out if our Asbury members are hospitalized.
Please call the church office to let us know if you or a loved one is in the hospital, so we can provide pastoral care. Thank you!



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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