May 20, 2021  

Asbury's leadership announces the following updates/changes to coronavirus policies for worship at Asbury as well as updates to our worship offerings:

9 AM indoor worship is moving outdoors beginning Sunday, May 30. For this service:
  • Registration is no longer required
  • Masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated
  • We are still following social distancing guidelines (6 feet of distance between you and those outside of your family pod)
  • Congregational singing will be allowed for all
  • Seating will be in the parking lot. Bring your own chair if desired, otherwise we will have seating available for you.
  • In the case of adverse weather, the service will be moved into the Sanctuary
  • This service will not be streamed, even if it is moved inside
  • Streaming worship will continue to be offered at 10:30 AM at

10:30 AM worship is opening to in-person attendance in addition to being streamed beginning Sunday, June 6. For this service:
  • Registration is not required
  • Masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated
  • We are still following social distancing guidelines (6 feet of distance between you and those outside of your family pod)
  • For those who have been vaccinated, congregational singing is permitted
  • This service will be streamed at 10:30 AM at

The Holy Spirit is God's indwelling presence in our lives. If you ever feel weak, weary or powerless, you need the Holy Spirit. If you ever feel anxious, afraid or alone, you need the Holy Spirit. If you hope to grow deeper in your faith, to see your life transformed into the person God created you to be, you need the Holy Spirit. And if you hope to experience more of God's presence and power in your life, you need the Holy Spirit.

Join us as we continue the 3-week sermon series, The Holy Spirit, this Sunday with the message "Fruits of the Spirit."


Registration is required. More info and registration at More information about the service is available at

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

PLEASE NOTE: this service will be moving outside NEXT Sunday, May 30, and registration will no longer be required (see the first item in this email for more information).


Join us at for an online-only service featuring a variety of musical styles.

Students who have completed our Confirmation class, both in 2021 and in 2020, will be joining the church during this service! Confirmation is for middle- and high-school students to learn about joining the church, culminating in them becoming members of Asbury.

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

The Rise Against Hunger Experience, a meal-packing event where we will team up with Rise Against Hunger to package 10,000 - 20,000 meals, is taking place THIS Saturday, May 22, roughly from 8 AM - 12 PM in the Wesley Center. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Learn more and register at:

Text Giving Number Changing
The number used for text giving (via PushPay) is changing, effective June 1. The new number will be (833) 245-6268. Please continue to use the current shortcode until that point.

Upcoming Small Group Meetings:
9:30 AM, offsite
Meeting at the Pavilion in the Lehigh County Soccer Fields at Parkway Road and Broadway in South Whitehall Township. Attendees are asked to bring a chair and a beverage. Rain date is Wednesday, May 26, at 9:30 AM.
Visit Asbury's website for more info and to contact the group.

EPA Annual Conference
The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church's annual conference is taking place today through Saturday. Learn more on the EPAUMC website.

Outdoor Worship Resuming
An outdoor worship service will resume beginning next Sunday, May 30, at 9 AM. Streaming worship will continue to be offered live at 10:30 AM at
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.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 22

Sunday, May 23
Confirmation (during 10:30 AM streaming worship)

Sunday, May 30
Outdoor worship resumes (9 AM service)

Sunday, June 6
10:30 AM worship opens to in-person attendance (this service will continue to be streamed)

July 26-30


Rev. Barbara Lee and Rev. Evelyn Stupp, a retired United Methodist pastor and certified grief counselor, will hold a monthly Grief Support group at Asbury. This is an ongoing group, but newcomers are welcome. The group will meet in room 202 (behind the Sanctuary) from 2 - 3:30 PM. Entry will be through the upper doors; please park on the upper level. Registration is encouraged but not required - please sign up on our website. Contact the church office (610-398-2577) or with any questions.

The group will meet on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, June 22
  • Tuesday, July 27
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Tuesday, September 28
  • Tuesday, October 26


We hope that you will join us for
"Discovery on Adventure Island VBS"
Children (ages 4 yrs-old through 5th grade) will arise and shine each day as we search for different infinity lanterns to light our way. Through Bible stories, games and crafts, kids will seek out the light of God's Love, Trust, Faith, Joy & Hope.

July 26th - July 30th

Please use this link for more information and to register your child(ren):

Limited in-person slots for VBS are still available - secure yours ASAP!

Register for virtual SPARK & BLAST this week (5/23)

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.

We hope you will join us this Sunday Evening (5/23)
Middle Schoolers (6th-8th grades)

Continuing a five-week study looking at important practices that help us grow our relationship with Jesus and strengthen our faith.
Please join Jen and Pam on
Sunday Evenings from 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Please register in advance at: 

High Schoolers (9th - 12th grades)

Conitnuing a 4-week series designed to walk through the first four chapters of Acts in order to help see how the movement of Christianity began.
Please join Erin and Rich on
Sunday Evenings from 8 - 8:40 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."

Asbury's leadership is continuously reviewing COVID-19 policies and how they intersect with Asbury's in-person offerings. Visit for the most current information. Contact Israel Olivieri, Business Manager, at for specific inquiries. The office remains closed, but any phone messages you leave will be answered as soon as possible.