Sunday, February 21, 2021

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

There is still time to sign up for a small group study around the book "The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life"This 6-week study, which will also serve as the basis for the Lenten sermon series, focuses on some of the core pieces that all followers of Jesus must have. Visit to register and for more info.

All registration at

Monday Nights at 7 PM (in-person, outside)
Begins 2/22, led by Shirley Nylund

Wednesday Mornings, 10 AM (on Zoom)
Begins 2/24, led by Marsha Johnston

Thursday Nights, 6 PM (on Zoom)
Begins 2/18, led by Carlen Blackstone

Thursday Nights, 7 PM (on Zoom)
Begins 2/25, led by Tim Lebrecht

Saturday Mornings, 8:30 AM (on Zoom)
Begins 2/20, led by Sarah Kinzel & Lisa Olivieri

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

Scholarships Available
Asbury has a number of scholarships available to students in various fields of collegiate study. VIsit to learn more and apply.

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.

Asbury's Barrels of Love ministry was started with a book drive by Connie Miller and her daughter Devin 20 years ago! At that time, the end of the civil war in Liberia was in sight and Dr. Chris Hena (who was stationed in Kazakhstan at that time) requested children's 
books to replace those destroyed during the war. Several thousand books were collected in that first Barrels of Love shipment.

In March we'll be conducting a 20th anniversary children's book drive for BĂȘte Gbanee School in Paynesville and the Dominic Hena School in Kakata. Please gather new or gently used children's books (no textbooks please). Look to your children for titles they particularly enjoy(ed). Deliver them to the upper parking lot at Asbury on Sunday, March 14 and March 21 between 9 AM and 10:30 AM.

Thank you for sharing the gift of reading with these Liberian children and helping Asbury celebrate 20 years of the Barrels of Love ministry.

In early January, we asked you to sign up to write notes of encouragement to educators and staff at Parkway Manor Elementary, right down the street from Asbury. Those cards were delivered in late January; and this week during our drive-thru imposition of ashes, a staff member from Parkway Manor delivered a thank-you card to us in gratitude of the notes and support.

Some of the comments included:

"Thank you so much for this very sweet gesture. It truly brightened by day!"

"What a surprise! Thank you for the card and the Wawa gift card! It is nice to feel appreciated!"

"Much appreciated! An amazing idea from amazing people. Thank you!"

"Thank you for showing such kindness and appreciation for what do. Your card and words of encouragement meant so much to me. Thanks again!"

Thanks for your support of this initiative to let our local school staff know that they are appreciated in these challenging times.

Two wonderful pieces of news from Pastor Jerome Kennedy, one of our mission partners in Liberia:

1. Clothing from Barrels of Love was distributed to children at the Kennedy Early Learning Daycare in Liberia
2. A project to provide clean drinking water for a town in Bong County, Liberia has gotten underway thanks to your donations and the leadership of Asbury in Mission

Thanks for all of your continued support of missions in this community and around the world.

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)
Out of This World (new for 2/21)
(PreK- 5th grades)
Rules for Life (new for 2/21)

SPARK (3 & 4yr olds)
Please join Miss Rebecca to watch the Ollie story video and a brief lesson via Zoom.
Sunday mornings from 9:30 AM - 10 AM
Please register in advance at: 
BLAST (PreK - 5th grades)
Please join us for our weekly Bible story video and small group activities via Zoom.
Sunday mornings from 10 AM - 10:30 AM
Please register in advance at: 

 Contact Pam Unrath, Director of Children's and Youth Ministries, at to be added to the Children's Ministries' mailing list to receive all information and updates about Asbury's Children's Ministries program. 

Middle Schoolers (6th-8th grades)
Wrapping up a 4-week series to see how Jesus' words equip us to take control of our emotions rather than let them rule us.
Please join Pam on
Sunday Evening 2/21 from 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Please register in advance at: 

High Schoolers (9th - 12th grades)

This 1 week lesson that not only looks at the definition & history of Lent but also offers practical ways to observe the season by giving up or taking up certain things in our lives. 
Please join Erin and Rich on
Sunday Evening  2/21 from 8 - 8:30 PM
Please register in advance at:

Contact Pam Unrath, Director of Children's and Youth Ministries, at for more information about Asbury's Youth Ministries.

If you have to go to the hospital, our pastors want to be able to provide spiritual and emotional support.  Please have a family member call the church office, and notify hospital registration that you are a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Our church code is "743."
If you shared our a prayer request during the live stream this morning, we've forwarded them on to our prayer team, who will be fervently praying for you this week. If you have something you'd like prayer for and haven't yet shared it, send it to the prayer team at
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.

Thank you for your continued support!
Asbury's building is currently only open for limited worship services and activities. 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.