Tuesday, August 18, 2020
A new opportunity to serve others:

Asbury's Health Ministry team is holding a collection for the Ripple Community Center. Ripple Community Center is an Allentown outreach that supports Allentown residents Including people experiencing homelessness, housing instability, socially isolated, with a history of trauma or mental illness, and the working poor.

At this time they are in need of donations of the following items:
* Deodorant
* body & foot powder
* baby wipes
* razors
* tampons & pads
* socks
* new underwear (men & women)
* individually wrapped snacks
* juice boxes or powdered drink mix
* quarters (for laundry)
* Lysol spray
* Clorox wipes
* wooden coffee stirrers
* reusable rain pouches
* small umbrellas
* apples
* oranges
* bananas
* gift cards (Wawa, Grocery stores)

If you can help, please bring your donations to Asbury on Saturday, September 19, from noon until 2 PM.

There will be someone to accept your items, following all the current guidelines for social distancing.

The Asbury Health Ministry Team greatly appreciates your generosity!


Learn about some great ways to serve while staying socially distant:

Ramos Supply Collection [this weekend]
Drop-Off Dates:
Friday August 21, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday August 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Annual Ramos Work Day - September 26, 9AM - noon
PLARN Mats (Plastic Sleeping Mats for the Homeless) - create at home
Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank - Weekly Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays (occasional Tuesday), 12 PM - 2:30 PM

Weekly Framework

From Pastor Eric's Daily Study Guide 

The disciples were caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee and they were terrified.  Jesus walks on water in the midst of the storm and tells the disciples "Be encouraged, It's me, don't be afraid."  This story is about something that happened on the Sea of Galilee a long time ago, but it's recorded in the Gospel because it's something that happens in our lives all the time if we just realize it.  What can we learn about Jesus and what it means to be a disciple from this passage?


Tuesday's Reflection

From Pastor Eric's Daily Study Guide

Read Mark 1:32-39

Peter seemed content then to see Jesus' popularity spreading through Capernaum (some students estimate the town's population at about 1500). Jesus already had a broader focus- "he traveled throughout Galilee." He ultimately commissioned Peter and all his followers to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). How far do your hopes and visions for God's Kingdom extend? In what ways can you play your part in making that vision a reality?



90 Day Bible Reading Challenge


"Key Themes" Bible Reading Plan


The 'key theme' for this week's scripture passage is "God's Name." Read the applicable scripture passage for each day below using the 'SOAP' method of reading scripture.


Scripture - First read the scripture passage.

Observation - Think about what you just read and find one thing you think God wanted you to   hear that's relevant to your life and write it down.

Application - Think about what you need to do differently as a result of what you just read and write it down.

Pray-   Pray about what you just read.



This Week's Readings

Monday 1 Kings 8 

Tuesday Psalm 113
Isaiah 48
Ezekiel 20
Philippians 2


"A Sunday Prayer" (August 9, 2020), Bishop Gary Mueller of the Arkansas Conference; originally featured on the Arkansas Conference website.


Your love is the foundation of the world. Your love gets personal, and offers salvation in Jesus Christ. Your love penetrates brokenness, and brings healing. Your love envelopes sadness, and replaces it with joy. Your love confronts suffering, and inaugurates justice. Your love deals with everything and anything, and plants seeds of hope.

Thank You for this love that is the beginning and end of everything. Thank You for this love that changes life. Thank You for this love that even embraces me.

May I live in this love now and forever more.


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

If you like to cook or bake, you know in order to create something tasty, it's best to follow a recipe. It is possible to grab some ingredients and to throw them in a pan without a plan. But the end result probably wouldn't be as yummy. Having a plan is a good thing. According to Jeremiah, God has a plan for your life. He loves you and He wants you to trust Him, day by day showing you all the amazing things He has in store for you. God created you for a purpose, which means there is something you and only you can do..
Print Resources for this week:
For SPARK (3-4yr olds): Parent Cue 
For BLAST (PreK - 5th grades): 
God Time devotionals
Virtual Escape Room Zoom
Wednesday, August 19th, 8-9 PM, for all youth age students
We'll divide into teams and see which one can solve puzzles, discover passcodes and move from one room to the next until they're finally free. Will your team be the first to finish?
Register at: https://forms.gle/4yDzKiKTRVu2pEhZ9

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.

Our next outdoor worship service is this Sunday, August 23, at 8 AM. (Please note there will still be an online-only service streaming at 10 AM at live.asburylv.org).

Registration is required, even if you've previously attended an outdoor worship service. Register at asburylv.org/outdoorworshipregistration for any or all of the 3 scheduled outdoor services (through September 6).

Get more information about the service at asburylv.org/outdoorworship.

Mid-year financial statements have been released either through email (if we have a valid email address for you) or through "snail mail."  Please review and advise if there is something that does not match your personal records.  This is the first time that we are trying it this way, so your patience is appreciated!

Want to learn more about Asbury? There will be a virtual Adult Inquirers session on Tuesday evening, September 1. Those interested in joining the church will have an opportunity to do so afterward, but we also welcome those who wish to take the class for informational purposes only. Contact Laurie Wallace Theisen, Director of Lay Ministries(ltheisen@asburylv.org) to RSVP.

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.


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.

If 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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