Sunday, August 23, 2020
 

Thanks to all who joined us for worship this morning! If you missed it or would like to watch again, you can watch the replay of today's service now!
Resources from Worship
 
Thanks to those of you who sent in prayer requests during the live stream this morning. We've forwarded them on to our prayer team!
 

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


PLARN SLEEPING MATS FOR THE HOMELESS

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.




PREVIOUSLY SHARED

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

Annual Ramos Work Day - September 26, 9AM - 12 PM
Ripple Community Center Collection - September 19, 12 PM- 2 PM
Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank - Weekly Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays (occasional Tuesday), 12 PM - 2:30 PM




Our next outdoor worship service is tomorrow, 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.





Church Council will be hosting a meeting via Zoom on Sunday, August 30 following the 10 AM streaming worship service to share updates on Asbury.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Please visit
to register now. Following registration, you'll receive an email with information on how to join the webinar.




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.



If you would like a print copy of the September/October 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 Health Ministry is offering flu shots on Sunday, October 4, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM on Asbury's campus (location TBA). Shots will be free to those with Medicare Part B. A high-dose vaccine will be available. All CDC guidelines will be followed.



Asbury's Stamp Ministry is continuing to collect used stamps to help raise money for missions and ask that you continue to save stamps to bring to the Asbury once the building is reopened. To learn more about the stamp ministry, visit asburylv.org/stamps.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Asbury, and your generous contributions have allowed us to continue to worship and minister together. 
 
We realize that your personal financial landscape may have drastically changed; but if you are able to continue to financially support the ministries of Asbury, please prayerfully consider doing so.
 
We strongly encourage you to give online through PushPay, our online giving portal, at asburylv.org/give, but you can also mail your weekly envelopes or a check in to the church office.
 
Your contributions will continue to help support the worship and ministries of Asbury. Additionally, we are retaining our commitment to compensating our staff at this time.

Thank you for your continued support!

We encourage you to watch a condensed version of today's lesson with your child via video!
 
Select your child's age group: 
SPARK
(3-4yr olds)
Say Cheese (new for 8/23)
 
BLAST
(PreK- 5th grades)
Indescribable (new for 8/23)
 
 Print Resources for this week:
For SPARK (3-4yr olds): Parent Cue 
For BLAST (PreK - 5th grades): 
God Time devotionals
 
Youth Ministries Zoom
Wednesday, August 26th from 8 - 8:45 PM

Join us as we play a few games and briefly check-in to see how everyone is doing before heading back to school.

Please use this link to register: https://forms.gle/RJWx3QUVoar3CJeD7


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.


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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