March 4, 2021  

If you have ever volunteered to do something for which you felt totally unqualified, then you already know what an experience like that can do for your faith. One of the primary ways God grows our faith is through serving others.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Eric continues the sermon series, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, with the message "Serve - Here I Am Lord, Send Me."
COMMUNION SUNDAY
We will be celebrating holy communion together this Sunday!

For our 10:30 AM streaming service, we ask that you have your own bread, juice, or similar items ready to partake.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP: 9 AM IN THE SANCTUARY

Registration is required. More info and registration at asburylv.org/inpersonworshipregistration. More information about the service is available at asburylv.org/inpersonworship.

Registration for the in-person worship service closes at 12 PM (noon) on Saturday.

STREAMING WORSHIP: 10:30 AM @ LIVE.ASBURYLV.ORG
Join us at live.asburylv.org for an online-only service featuring a variety of musical styles.


Resources for Worship
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+



A merger between Salem UMC and Asbury Church is set to become official on March 31, with final approval to come at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference's Annual Conference in May.

Two upcoming webinars will be held; registration required for both - visit asburylv.org/merger.

Informational Webinar - This Sunday, March 7, following 10:30 AM streaming Worship
An informational webinar, hosted by Pastor Eric and Fulton Brown, Staff-Parish Relations Chair, will be held Sunday, March 7, following worship on Zoom. A question-and-answer time will be part of this session.

Charge Conference Webinar - Thursday, March 18, 5 PM
In accordance with para 2546 of the 2016 UM Book of Discipline, Merger of Local United Methodist Churches, a special Charge Conference is being held by Allentown: Asbury UMC, called by Superintendent Steven Morton, for the purpose of considering a proposal to merge with the congregation at Allentown: Salem UMC, effective 3/31/21. All are welcome to attend but only the elected members of the current church council are responsible for voting on the proposal (para 246.2). The Charge Conference will take place Thursday, March 18, at 5 PM via Zoom.

Help as we Plan for Worship 
Opportunities

As we approach the spring months, and as vaccinations continue to become available, Asbury's leadership continues to seek to make responsible and safe decisions, acknowledging the desire to return to in-person activities while prioritizing the health and safety of the congregation.

Help the Worship Team by completing a short survey at asburylv.org/springsurvey.

Upcoming UMW Circle Meetings:
Susanna Circle will meet via Zoom on Monday, March 8, at 7 PM. Pastor Barbara Lee will lead discussion on the history of Lent and why this unique season may be vital for you personally as you seek to grow as a disciple of Christ. Visit Asbury's website to sign up to receive more info.

Priscilla Circle will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 PM. Cyndi Frank will lead discussion on Chapter 5, "Building the Barricade," of the series The Grace of Les Miserables by Matt Rawle. Visit Asbury's website to sign up to receive more info.

Children's Book Drive (Barrels of Love)
New and gently used children's books are being collected for 2 schools in Kakata, Liberia. Collection dates (at Asbury) are next Sunday, March 14, and Sunday, March 21, from 9 AM - 10:30 AM. Learn more:

Scholarships Available
The first deadlines are approaching for scholarships via Asbury.  Visit asburylv.org/scholarships to learn more and apply.

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General Conference Postponed Until 2022
The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has been postponed until August 29 - September 7, 2022. Learn more on the UM News website.

Upcoming Events




 
 
 

Please note that all 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.
 

A love story in a picture. A story of Christ's love for us and us responding with love for our neighbors around the world. A story of the love of a husband and wife who have recently been reunited.

Dr. Chris Hena provided this photo of a husband and wife of many years who are both physically challenged and had been living apart in different homes due to their need for care and their lack of mobility. Chris says, "We were told about their situation and decided to help. She needed the wheelchair and he needed the walker. What a joy it was when they were finally able to come together and actually see each other. There were many tears of joy that day."

Praising God for the ministry of Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia and all who support this ministry.





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!

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





We hope children and their families will join us for a fun, unique approach to celebrating Holy Week and Easter. Families will receive palms and be part of a drive through Palm Sunday Parade, see stations representing The Last Supper, Jesus Praying in the Garden and more.

What: Journey Through Holy Week
When: March 27 from 10 AM - 11 AM. (raindate 3/28, 1-2 PM)
Where: Asbury's lower level parking lot. Please enter off of Winchester Road.

Families can take palms home with them following the event to have them available for online worship on Palm Sunday.


VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
We hope your child will join us for online Sunday School this week!

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: https://forms.gle/k4T5LLZVVosL4FGNA 
 
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: https://forms.gle/pKDw79r8219GRVKUA 




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



VIRTUAL GATHERINGS
 
Middle Schoolers (6th-8th grades)

 
Hope you can join us for this small group series designed to help us recognize, understand, resist, and deal with temptation in our lives.
Please join Jen and Pam on
Sunday Evenings from 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Please register in advance at: https://forms.gle/f8qFZdha6csDs6pQ7 
 

 
High Schoolers (9th - 12th grades)


A 4-week series that looks at events from the last week of Jesus's life and how they can encourage students to consider which path they will choose.
Please join Erin and Rich on
Sunday Evenings from 8 - 8:30 PM
Please register in advance at: https://forms.gle/yjQjNjQe1cd4iG6g8



Contact Pam Unrath, Director of Children's and Youth Ministries, at punrath@asburylv.org 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."


Asbury's building is currently only open for limited activities. Should you need to gain access to the building, please contact Israel Olivieri, Business Manager, at iolivieri@asburylv.org. The office remains closed, but any phone messages you leave will be answered as soon as possible.