February 15 & 16
"In the Meantime"
Matthew 25:14-30
Rev. Lee Johnson

Capital Campaign Update

If you weren't at Asbury this past weekend and missed Eric & Kelly Arnold and Roger & Kim Peck's presentation on the latest building work to be completed, we're going to give you a little update here!

1) HVAC work on the east wing of the building was completed.  The new equipment provides a higher level of efficiency, state of the art controls and better zoning for a variety of uses. 
2) HVAC screens were installed for the security of the equipment and to provide a visually appealing facade.
3) The dumpsters were screened in so that they weren't the first thing people saw when they entered the building!
4) The carpets in the MSR entry area, 3rd floor hallway, and youth classrooms that had become a tripping hazard were replaced.
5) The 3rd floor hallway, MSR entry area, and Narthex were repainted.
6) Currently, we are working on much-needed maintenance for the organ (it hasn't had any maintenance since it was installed in 1979!)

What's next on the list?  The refresh of the Hager Hall entry, an upgrade of the kitchen in Hager Hall, remodeling of the restrooms on the 3rd floor west wing, and improving the spot lighting in the Sanctuary.

As of last month, we currently have received $426,000 of the $908,000 pledged for these projects!  Almost half of the pledged amount has been received in 1/3 of the campaign timeframe.  We currently have sufficient funds in hand to complete the Hager Hall entrance and that process will begin shortly.

Thank you to everyone who has given so generously towards this much-needed maintenance of our church home!

Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith (LEAF) | February 16 & 17 at First United Methodist C hurch in Topeka, KS
LEAF is an ecumenical event hosted by Great Plains  
Conference United Methodist Women and Church Women United.  The theme for this year is "Breaking the Chains of Oppression," and the keynote speaker is Rev. Darryl Burton.  Lunch may include conversations with Kansas legislators.  It will be held at First United Methodist Church in Topeka, KS.  Registration and workshop information are located on the Great Plains website (greatplainsumc.org).  If you plan to attend, please let the Asbury office know, and whether you would like to carpool.  
Asbury 101 - Sunday, February 23 at noon
Are you interested in becoming a member of Asbury?  Sign up for Asbury 101 on Sunday, February 23 at noon and Rev. Gayla and Rev. Lee will serve you lunch and talk to you more about the church.  Please contact Julie Woodman and Michelle Funk at connect@visitasbury.org or call 913.815.6686 to sign up or if you would like more information. 

Repent & Resist Ash Wednesday 2020 | Wednesday, February 26 from 8 am-5 pm
at St. Paul's UMC in Lenexa 
This event was created by clergy in Wichita who noticed that the one-year anniversary of the Traditional Plan being passed at General Conference falls on Ash Wednesday this year.  Therefore, this will be a day of peaceful resistance to the Traditional Plan and all other forms of oppression in the church.  Everyone in the KC District is welcome to join us at this event at St. Paul's UMC in Lenexa from 8 am-5 pm (7740 Lackman Rd, Shawnee, KS 66217).  The day will be broken up into one hour "sessions," and each session will include a word from clergy, music, prayer stations, and the imposition of ashes.  
Help Serve at Lazarus Table | Saturday, March 14 from 10 am-1pm  
at Linwood United Church
Lazarus Table serves the homeless and hungry in Kansas City by providing hot meals each weekend.  In 2017, Lazarus Ministries moved from downtown to Linwood United Church in midtown.  A commercial kitchen operates weekly to prepare meals.  Lazarus Table offers meals "restaurant style."  Volunteers act as hosts, greeting each guest and waiters take and deliver orders.  Lazarus Table provides a place where Sojourners initially come for a meal, but ultimately find a sense of community.  Asbury serves meals at Lazarus Table three times a year.  We are looking for 8 people to serve on Saturday, March 14 from 10 am-1 pm.  Please use the Sign Up Genius link below to volunteer.  Contact Kim Peck at kimleypeck@gmail.com with any questions.  Thank you!
Donate Altar Flowers   
Would you like to donate altar flowers in celebration or honor of a loved one?  Celebrate a birthday or an anniversary?  We would love to honor your loved one in our weekly bulletin.  We have a standing flower order with Village Flower Company, and the cost is $50 to provide flowers for the altar.  Please call the church office at 913.432.5573 or email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org if you are interested in signing up! 
  <--- Click on the Church Calendar logo for upcoming Asbury events!  Do you have an event you would like to be listed on the calendar?  Please call the church office or email Phyllis Williams at phyllisw@visitasbury.org.  For inclusions in the e-Alive or weekly bulletins, please contact Sharlynn Verner at sharlynnv@visitasbury.org.  

Did you know you could make an offering to Asbury electronically?  You can use your credit or debit card at easyTithe.com/visitasbury, or download the app on your smartphone. 
Rise Against Hunger Meals sent to Madagascar

In October, many Asbury folks stayed after worship and helped assemble 10,000 meals to feed hungry people around the world.  The Asbury meals were stored in Indianapolis and have now joined 275,000 others in a container on its way to Madagascar.  Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the local partner distributing the meals.  Find Madagascar on a map and imagine the children who can concentrate on their school work after enjoying lunch with their friends.  May God continue to bless the efforts of Rise Against Hunger.  We are blessed to be part of God's good work.

https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/global-impact/ --> Click on the "Impact Stories" tab and find Madagascar!
Children's Ministry
Camp Chippewa
Camp Chippewa will be presenting about their camps during the first half of Sunday School.  Parents, please join your kids in the Children's Wing to learn about these amazing camps!  They will also have a table in the Welcome Center.

UMW / Blanket Sunday
Next Sunday (February 23) is UMW / Blanket Sunday, and we need kids to help carry the blanket to collect money for missions.  Please let our Director of Family Ministries, Heather Jackson (heatherj@visitasbury.org), know which service your child will be attending.

WOW! Choir (K - 5th Grade)
There will be no practice this week (Sunday, February 16).  Rehearsals resume next Sunday at 9:30 am in the Children's Wing (3rd floor East). 
Children's Sunday School - Sundays @ 10 am   
Elementary in the Children's Wing

PreK - 3rd Grade:  Loving God and Loving Neighbor (3rd floor East) -- We'll make crafts, watch a video, play games, and more!  
o  This week:  The Servant Girl (2 Kings 5:1-19)
o  Next week:  Josiah (2 Kings 22:1-23:23)    
4th - 5th Grade:  Submerge (3rd floor East) -- Empowering older elementary kids to ask tough questions, have deep discussions, and creating space for individual exploration of where faith connects with culture.
o  This week:  Collecting Treasures (Matthew 6:19-34)
o  Next week:  The Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)

Youth Sunday School (6th-12th Grade):  10-10:50 am, 3rd floor West Wing
Middle School Sunday School:  Connecting Faith and Justice - led by Pam Ottaway in Room 353

High School Sunday School - led by Lori Wilkerson in the Youth Lounge

Camp Chippewa will be talking with the youth about Institute during the second half of the Sunday School hour.

Youth Activities
  • Sunday, February 16 at 6 pm - Youth Group in the Youth Lounge (The Incredible Hulk and the Social Principles)
  • Sunday, February 23 at 6 pm - Youth Group in the Youth Lounge (Thor and the Social Principles)
Youth Group - Sundays @ 6 pm in the Youth Lounge
Our youth series for January and February connects faith and justice with pop culture.  We'll look at Marvel's Avengers franchise to find connections with the character bios and their mission and our identities and the ways we are called to put our faith into action in the world.  We'll spend time discussing some of the dilemmas the characters encounter and relate them to the dilemmas we face in our own lives.  We will dive into the movies, scripture, and both the 2017-2020 Social Principles and the proposed 2020 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.  This week we will look at The Incredible Hulk.
Mission Trips
We have 3 spots available on the High School Mission Trip to Chicago from May 31-June 5.  All current 8th-12th grade students are invited to register.  Invite your friends!  Contact Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for more information.
The Middle School Mission Trip to Omaha / Lincoln is FULL! 
If you are not receiving the children's ministry or youth ministry emails and would like to,  
please email heatherj@visitasbury.org to get on the list.
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