January 28, 2021  

Many people are not followers of Christ because of the problem of suffering, the problem of evil and how you reconcile that with the scriptures that proclaim a God of love and mercy. Let's be honest: we all wrestle with this question from time to time... even those of us who are people of faith. So how do we reconcile an all-powerful God with the existence of evil and suffering? Is it even possible?

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Eric continues the "Asking for a Friend" sermon series with the message/question "Why Does God Allow Evil if He is Really in Control?" 
Worship is streaming at 10:30 AM at live.asburylv.org.
Resources for Worship
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+

In-Person Worship Gatherings Remain Paused

Church Council is announcing an extension to the suspension of in-person worship services based upon the elevated level of cases of COVID-19 in Lehigh County. The decision included consultation with leadership at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Church Council will continue to evaluate this decision on a two-week basis.



Church Council will be hosting a meeting via Zoom on Sunday, February 7, following the 10:30 AM streaming worship service to share updates on Asbury.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Please visit asburylv.org/ChurchCouncilUpdate to register now. Following registration, you'll receive an email with information on how to join the webinar.
Upcoming UMW Circle Meetings:
Priscilla Circle (February 9 via Zoom):
Priscilla Circle will meet via zoom on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM. Ann Lee will lead discussion on Chapter 4: "The Gift of Love" of the study series, The Grace of Les Miserables by Matt Rawle. Visit Asbury's website to sign up to receive more info.

Scholarships Available
Asbury has a number of scholarships available for students heading off to or continuing their college education. Visit asburylv.org/scholarships to learn more and apply.
Upcoming Events

Sunday, Feb 7
 
 
 

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.
 

The listing of AIM's mission partners has been updated. We invite you to review the listing on our website to see how lives are being impacted locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.



Barrels of Love Featured in UM News
AIM's Barrels of Love program is currently the top story from the United Methodist News service. Read the article, "Wheelchairs Provide Freedom for 50 Liberians," on the UM News website!


Brendon Homan was one our campers for several years at our Asbury to Africa camps in South Africa from 2004 to 2009.  We are thrilled that he and his wife, Adeleigh had committed to be in fulltime mission through Fire & Fragrance (a program of Youth With a Mission).  Here are excerpts from the Homans' latest newsletter.
https://ffsouthafrica.com/ 




COVID had South Africa in National Lockdown for several months last year which directly influenced what "Missions" looked like. We had to find different and creative ways to continue pursuing prayer and worship. We saw God move through online platforms, in solitude and especially as a team. When the restrictions started to lift, we did multiple prayer walks in the city.

Serving in the surrounding communities had to look different in this time too. We had the opportunity to volunteer in our local hospital in the time when many health workers were infected with COVID. And our team could also help the local community with transporting food in the stricter lockdown levels.

In November, our team hosted a second School of Evangelism with CIAM in Potchefstroom alongside three local churches. The weekend stirred the faith of many young people in our town and we were in awe of the radical obedience and courage they responded with. We were privileged to see people saved, freed, encountered and activated.

Our team also had the opportunity to reach out to two high schools in Potchefstroom and one in Fochville in the last couple of weeks. God is moving in the youth of South Africa and has a calling on their lives that He wants to activate now already! What a privilege it is to partner with God in the lives of these young people.

Thank you so much for all your support, prayers and love. We are honoured to have you part of our team. We pray that He will keep you and guide you and your loved ones in this new year.

With much love,
The Homans



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)

Join us as we continue this 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 Evenings 1/31, 2/7 & 2/14 from 7:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Please register in advance at: https://forms.gle/f8qFZdha6csDs6pQ7



High Schoolers (9th - 12th grades)

Whether it's praying on our own, praying in groups, or praying out loud with a friend, it can feel awkward. This series will help us grow more confident in our everyday conversations with God.
Please join Erin and Rich on
Sunday Evenings 1/31, 2/7 from 8 - 8:30 PM
Please register in advance at: https://forms.gle/yjQjNjQe1cd4iG6g8


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.