Sunday, September 20, 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
"Key Themes" Bible Reading Plan
September 21-25
The 'key theme' for this week's scripture passage is "Forgiveness." 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: Psalm 25
Tuesday: Psalm 32
Luke 6
Acts 10
Friday: Colossians 2

Join us for worship on Sundays! In-person worship is offered at 9 AM in the Sanctuary (registration required; capacity limited - visit for info and to register). Streaming worship is offered at 10:30 AM on Sunday at

Saturday, Sep 26 Ramos Elementary Work Day
Sunday, October 4 Flu Shots (Health Min.)
through Sun, Oct 11 (Virtual) CROP Walk
Saturday, October 17 Bazaar Beans and Bean Soup Pickup

Please note that all on-site events are subject to to the continued approval of the church Trustees and Council, the Church being generally open for worship services, and/or state, federal and county government dictated COVID-19 requirements.

The UMW Bazaar Beans and Bean Soup Sale is LIVE now. Make your purchase at

Learn more about the Bazaar and get the full calendar at

Thanks to all who contributed to the Ripple Community through yesterday's collection! The Ripple Community nurtures community and connection in Allentown by fostering a sense of community among our neighbors who have traditionally been marginalized and by cultivating connections across social boundaries.

Over two carloads of supplies were delivered, including snacks, fresh fruit, grooming supplies, socks, underwear, cash donations, and many gift cards for food. The many generous gifts  by members reached an estimated $2500.
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, 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: 
(3-4yr olds)
Ice Cream Sundae (new for 9/20)
(PreK- 5th grades)
Friends (new for 9/20)

SPARK (3 & 4yr olds)
Please join Miss Rebecca for weekly Sunday School via Zoom
Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10 AM
Please register in advance at:

BLAST (PreK - 5th grades)
Please join Miss Lindsay, Miss Judy, Miss Cindy, Miss Patty & Miss Tara for weekly Sunday School via Zoom
Sunday mornings from 10 - 10:30 AM
Please register in advance at:

For more information on Children's Ministries contact Pam Unrath, Director of Children's and Youth Ministries, at to be added to our Children's Ministries' mailing list.

All high school aged students (9th-12th grades) are invited to join Erin and Rich for: 
"Stand Strong"
  A 3-week virtual, small group study encouraging Christians to stand strong in the face of various trials and temptations.   
Sunday Evenings: TONIGHT (Sept. 20th), Sept. 27th & Oct. 4th from 8 - 8:30 PM
Please register in advance at:  

Middle school students (6th-8th grades) are encouraged to join Pam for:
"This or That"
A 3-week study about the dangers of comparing ourselves to others instead of celebrating our unique gifts. 
Sunday Evenings: TONIGHT (Sept. 20th), Sept. 27th & Oct. 4th from 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Please register in advance at:

Excerpts from a letter from Dr. Mark Zimmerman and family, Nepal, where Mark serves at Patan Hospital.

The COVID surge crept up on us. [In] early July, Patan Hospital's COVID ward held 40 patients, but only two were serious, so some of us still clung to the notion of a mysterious protective effect. Now, with each subsequent week of August, it's become apparent Kathmandu is not going to dodge the pandemic. Transmission of large numbers of cases in this bee-hive of a city has prompted the government's strictest lockdown yet, allowing only food shops to open until 9AM. Patan is a COVID referral hospital and, with 110 PCR-positive patients, its COVID wards are now full. Over the last weeks, we've seen an average of two deaths a day. And our ICU's 15 COVID-dedicated ventilators have proven to not be the final line of defense we'd hoped - not one mechanically-ventilated patient has survived...

The COVID section has recently expanded into the private ward to house seventeen Patan Hospital staff who've tested positive. Out of concern for their families, who often live in close quarters, no one will go home until they become negative. As we enter room after room, I'm surprised to find yet another colleague and old friend. "You, too?!" I exclaim. Our laughter is a cover-up. More than the ICU's mounting death toll, it's all these colleagues testing positive which punctures any illusion of immunity. Proceeding down the hallway I remark to [my partner, Dr.] Sunny, "Well, at least no one's symptomatic here," sliding a mental barrier against worry, but he replies, "Yeah, but I just heard our medical officer Dr. Saurav [who worked in COVID ICU] has a high fever..."

Thank you for praying for us at Patan Hospital, including for Deirdre, who remains its lone dietician.

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
PLEASE NOTE: Asbury's website ( is scheduled to be down for maintenance on Tuesday evening, September 22, as we revamp our website.
Asbury's building is currently only open for limited worship services. Should you need to gain access to the building, please contact Israel Olivieri, Business Manager, at The office remains closed, but any phone messages you leave will be answered as soon as possible.
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