March 11, 2021  

Are you mastering your money or being mastered by it? Maybe it's time to adjust your approach. Instead of striving to have enough money to satisfy a me-first appetite, Jesus encouraged his listeners to have an others-first approach.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Eric continues the sermon series, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, with the message "Give - Where Your Treasure Is."
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+



Mark your calendar for Holy Week and Easter services at Asbury. Watch for a separate email with information on how to register for all of the in-person services being offered.


  • Palm Sunday (March 28)
    • 9 AM in-person
      • Registration for this service will be available beginning Sunday, March 21
    • 10:30 AM streaming-only
    • Drive-Thru Pickup of Palms: Saturday, March 27, 2 PM - 3 PM, lower parking lot
  • Maundy Thursday
    • 7 PM in-person with simultaneous live streaming
    • Communion will be served (if watching online, please have elements ready)
  • Good Friday
    • 7 PM in-person with simultaneous live streaming
  • Easter Sunday
    • 9 AM indoor in-person (Sanctuary)
    • 10:30 outdoor in-person
    • 10:30 streaming-only (pre-recorded)
All streamed services will be available at live.asburylv.org.
Remember to turn your clocks ahead before going to sleep on Saturday night! But don't worry if you sleep in... you can still attend the streaming worship service in your PJs.
Collection begins THIS Sunday for the children's book drive for BĂȘte Gbanee School in Paynesville and the Dominic Hena School in Kakata to celebrate Barrels of Love's 20th annivesary. 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.

The story of Barrels of Love is powerful! Learn all about the formation of this ministry to Liberia and the impact that it's made in the full interview with its founder, Connie Miller. (Portions of this video were shown during worship last Sunday).


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

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.

Registration required - visit asburylv.org/merger.



Video and the slide presentation from last Sunday's information session can be found on our website.

Worship Survey
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. Deadline is this Sunday, March 14.

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

Help Needed to Create Sleeping Mats (PLARN)
Help to create plastic sleeping mats for the homeless to insulate them from the cold dampness of the ground. Mats are created from plastic grocery bags. Wendy Arbushites can teach you how to do the entire process - it's very easy! Click here to view a slideshow with steps to make a mat.

Passing of Rev. Harry Frederick Wooters
The Rev. Harry Frederick Wooters, who served Asbury early in his pastoral career, passed away on February 14. More information can be found on the EPAUMC website.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Mar 14
 
 
 

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.
 




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.