Dear Asbury Friends, 

As a child, I remember going with my parents on Memorial Day to Hutchinson, Kansas, where we would place flowers on the graves of their parents - my grandparents.  We took with us peonies from the garden, which were placed in metal containers covered with aluminum foil.  It may sound odd to some of you, but I cherished these times with my parents as they shared with me the stories of their parents and other relatives gone but not forgotten.

Memorial Day, which used to be called "Decoration Day," is a time set aside for us to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  This Memorial Day weekend, I hope you will find time to give thanks for people who made the supreme sacrifice for our freedom, as well as give thanks for family members and friends who are now part of that great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.  

One more thing...thank you, Asbury friends, for the incredible support that you are giving during these challenging times.  Your generous stewardship has allowed us to continue our ministry and even expand our care to people in our community who are hungry and hurting.  I also appreciate the messages of support I have received from people who have expressed thanks for our decision to not yet open the church for worship.  I have read, as I'm certain you have also, tragic stories of churches that reopened too soon, with devastating results.

When Asbury church leaders decide it is time to reopen, we will let you know!  As our sign in front of the church says, "we have the grace to wait."  And we do.  And we will.

Blessings,
Gayla

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It Is Well with My Soul:  Historical Origins of the Hymn & the Tune
It Is Well with My Soul:
 Historical Origins of the Hymn & the Tune

Click on the video above or the link below to read more 
about the story behind "It is Well with My Soul!"
Food Drive This Saturday 
at Asbury!

THIS Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 2 pm,  Asbury will be hosting a Curbside Food Pantry Drop-Off for our outdoor food pantry ministry.  Drop off your non-perishable food items or much-needed household items such as toilet paper, disinfecting cleaners (Lysol, etc.) and hand sanitizer in our back parking lot by the main entrance.

Our church address is 5400 W. 75th St.,  Prairie Village, KS 66208.
Contact Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com  if you have any questions
  or would like to help out.  Spread the word to your friends and family,
and let's rally together to help out our neighbors in need!
Ready to Take the Leap 
into Membership?

Are you ready to become a member of Asbury United Methodist Church?  Be a part of history as we receive new members during a time when we are not even meeting for in-person worship!

We will receive new members (using Zoom)  in June.  Let us know if you are ready to join  by contacting Julie Woodman and Michelle Funk, Directors of Connectional Ministries, at connect@visitasbury.org.

We look forward to welcoming new friends into the Asbury family!
Flower Displays for the Memorial Garden

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, a time for remembering loved ones and friends.  If you have a family member or friend whose ashes are buried in Asbury's Memorial Garden, you are welcome to bring cut flower displays to the garden anytime between Thursday, May 21 and Monday, May 25.  All displays will be removed after Wednesday, May 27.  


A special thanks to all Asbury Garden Angels 
who keep the garden looking so beautiful!

Prayers of Joy and Concern

Did you know that you can submit a prayer request online?  We are always keeping our Asbury family in prayer!

If you would like to submit a prayer request for yourself or someone you know, please visit  https://www.visitasbury.org/pastoral-care/.

If you would like to visit our Prayers of Joy and Concern page, you may find it here:   https://www.visitasbury.org/pastoral-care/current-asbury-prayer-requests/.
Please be aware that the church office will be closed 
on Monday, May 25  for Memorial Day.  
We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 at 9 am!
Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
30 Days of Laughter Starting in June!
Would you like to receive a daily message that brings a smile to your face and maybe even makes you laugh?  On June 1, we will begin "30 Days of Laughter!"  Each day, you will receive a joke or funny story to brighten your day and hopefully release the healing power of laughter.   To sign up, please email Sharlynn Verner, Director of Communications, at  sharlynnv@visitasbury.org , and she will place you on a special email list for your daily dose of laughter!

And just in case you're not sure if you want to sign up, here's a joke that might help you decide...
Why did the elephant sit on the marshmallow?
So she wouldn't fall in the hot chocolate!


Gun Violence Awareness Day | Friday, June 5
Friday, June 5 is Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Did you know that m ore than 38,000 people die from gun violence each year?  Of those 38,000 gun-related deaths, 62% are suicides (about 23,500), 35% are homicides (about 13,300) and 3% to 4% are accidental shootings (about 1,200).  This number puts deaths from firearms as the third leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide, behind poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.*  To commemorate Gun Violence Awareness Day, we would like to encourage everyone to "Wear Orange" on Friday, June 5, to fight for a future free from gun violence.  If you would like more information, please visit  https://wearorange.org/.

*source - Grandparents Against Gun Violence,  https://moksgagv.org/get-the-facts/

Community Blood Center Blood Drive at Asbury |
Sunday, June 28 from 9 am to 2 pm
Due to the success of our last blood drive with the American Red Cross, Asbury has signed up to host another blood drive, this time with the Community Blood Center.  This blood drive will be on Sunday, June 28 from 9 am to 2 pm in Hager Hall, so mark your calendars now for this event!  More details will be coming soon!


Vision Quilt Project - Fighting Gun Violence with Love
Inspired by the worldwide reaction to the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the 1980s, the founders of Vision Quilt hope to replicate that response with a digital quilt suited to the age of social media, seeking to empower communities to create their own solutions to gun violence through the power of art and inclusive dialogue.  The virtual quilt is composed of individual 18" x 24" panels, either mailed to Vision Quilt or uploaded online, and then displayed online, allowing them to be seen by millions all over the country and the world!  Anyone interested in making a panel for Vision Quilt is invited to do so.  Please visit https://www.visionquilt.org/make-a-panel.html for more information.


Planning Ahead - Nametags for Church!
Brand spankin' new nametags are being printed for church members for that day when we all get to meet together again!  If you have not had a nametag in the past, please send Phyllis Williams your information by either calling the church office at 913.432.5573 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday, or via email at  phyllisw@visitasbury.org.


 


<--- 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.   
 
 
 
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We still need your help to keep our operations running during this tough time of needing to close down.  Coronavirus has made things challenging for everyone and Asbury is no exception!  Please consider giving to the church electronically through one of these four ways:
  • Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
  • Online through Easy Tithe (www.easytithe.com/visitasbury)
  • Text the word "Give" to 913-774-6060
  • Download our giving app, "Church by Ministry One" (find Asbury under zip code 66208)
Also, you can still just write a check and send it in the mail!  Our mailing address is as follows:

Asbury United Methodist Church
5400 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208 
 
We love you all and appreciate each of you so much.  Stay safe and healthy! 
Our current sermon series, called "Behind the Music," tells the story behind a different hymn each week.  This week, Rev. Lee Johnson discusses Horatio Spafford's "It Is Well with My Soul," the correlation between a stressed out body and a stressed out soul, and how we can tend to both.  

Click on the link below to read more!

All of Rev. Lee's Bible studies can be found on the Asbury website under the tab
 "Bible Study in Anxious Times," at www.visitasbury.org
We hope that you enjoy reading a little more about the songs "Behind the Music!"
Psalms of Lament, Hope, and Praise:
A Bible Study for NOW


Join Pastor Lee Johnson for a Virtual Bible Study to be offered on Thursday evenings in June from 7-8 p.m.   Each night will focus on three different Psalms - one of lament, one of hope, and one of praise - as we begin a summer unlike any other.   The study will be live via Zoom on June 4, 11, 19 and 25.   

To sign up and receive your Zoom invitation, and participate in the live study, click on the following link:   https://www.visitasbury.org/bible-study-in-anxious-times/summer-zoom-bible-study-registration/  
Missing Sunday School and Bible Studies?  Sign Up for Zoom 
to Stay Connected!


Everyone's talking about Zoom these days!  Are you feeling a little behind the curve?  That's okay, we all do sometimes.  But if you're missing your friends and want to sign up for a FREE Zoom account to use for Sunday school classes, small groups, or just visiting with your friends & family, let me assure you - it's easy!

All you need to do is follow these steps, and you'll be Zoomin' in no time!
  1. Go to Zoom's sign up page at https://zoom.us/signup.  At the top, you can enter your email in the box labeled "Your work email address."  Even though Zoom asks for a work email, a personal email will work fine!  
     
  2. Check your email inbox for an activation email from Zoom.  Click the "Activate Account" button in the email.
     
  3. On the page that opens up in your web browser, fill in your first and last name and a password.
     
  4. On the next page, you can invite other people to create a free Zoom account via email.  You can skip this step if you want.
     
  5. Next, you'll be given a link to your personal meeting URL and will have the option to click an orange "Start Meeting Now" button to start a test meeting.  If you click that orange button, you should be prompted to download the Zoom desktop app.  Follow the prompts to install the app.
     
  6. After you've installed the Zoom app, you'll see buttons to "Join a Meeting" or "Sign In."  To start your test meeting, click "Sign In."
     
  7. On the next screen, enter the email and password you just used to sign up for Zoom in your browser. 
     
  8. Once you're logged in, make sure you're on the "Home" tab, and then click the orange "New Meeting" button in the Zoom app.  Your meeting will start.  Now you're ready to Zoom!
Loving Your Neighbor

1.  Letters to Lakeview
Some retirement places and nursing homes are allowing people to send notes, pictures, etc. to the people living there who cannot have visitors right now.  I have checked with Lakeview Village and they are still allowing mail deliveries.  If you are interested in doing this, please let me know and I'll send you a list of addresses for some of our Asbury folks living at Lakeview. 


 

2.  Food Pantry
Asbury has a food case outside its main entrance.  If you have non-perishable food, please drop some off on the case outside, or you can always order from Amazon and have it sent to the church.  If you are in 
need of food, or know someone else who might be in need, please let them know they can drive by and 
grab some food from the case.



3.  Food Drive
Asbury is hosting a curbside food pantry drop-off for our outdoor food pantry ministry this Saturday morning from 10 am to 2 pm!  If you would like to help out with this event, please contact Steve Trenholm at satrenholm08@gmail.com.





4.  Hero Hearts
The other day while walking my dog, I saw hearts in windows with the names and job titles of "essential" workers and healthcare professionals.  I thought this was an amazing way to honor those who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can create your own hearts for your windows, and/or email our Director of Family Ministries at heatherj@visitasbury.org names and job titles, and we will create hearts for social media and the windows at the church.
Children's Ministry
Children's Sunday School

Preschool :   Emails containing the week's story sheet and at-home activities for this week's lesson "Paul Escapes" (Acts 9:20-25), will be emailed out on Saturday night.

PreK-K:  Emails containing the week's lesson, "Paul Escapes" (Acts 9:20-25), will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:   https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/

1st-3rd Grade This class will Zoom Sunday from 10-10:30 am.  Zoom link will be emailed out on Thursday.   Emails containing the week's lesson, "Paul Escapes" (Acts 9:20-25), will be emailed out on Saturday night.  Heather will make a video and post it to Facebook on Sunday.  Follow the Facebook page to stay up to date:   https://www.facebook.com/Asbury-Childrens-Ministry-206583193254141/




4th-5th Grade
:  We will have Sunday school via Zoom at 11 am this Sunday.  A link will be emailed to parents on Thursday.  We will be discussing the lesson "Paul and Barnabas Preach" (Acts 13:1-14:28).
YOUTH MINISTRY
Sunday School
Sunday school at 10 am via Zoom with Pam.  An email containing a link to the meeting will be emailed out to students prior to Sunday.

Youth Group - 6 pm
Youth Group will be via Zoom.  Youth can use a phone or computer to connect to the meeting.  Heather will email out meeting link and password.  Youth are encouraged to grab a drink, snack, or even dinner to munch on during the meeting.  We are treating the online meeting just as we would a face-to-face meeting and we will keep the 6 pm start time.

Wednesday Check-in and Prayer

6 pm:  6th-9th grade students are invited to connect and pray on Zoom.  This short time of connecting will be about 15-30 minutes.  Check your emails for the Zoom link or email Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.

7 pm:  10th grade through college-aged students are invited to connect and pray on Zoom.  This short time of connecting will be about 15-30 minutes.  Check your emails for the Zoom link or email Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for the link.

Mission Trips

High School:  Virtual Mission Trip with DOOR May 31 - June 5!  More details coming soon!

Summer Camps

The Great Plains Conference announced this week that all camping ministries will be suspended until the end of August.  If you registered your child or youth for a Camp Chippewa camp or Institute, you should have received an email concerning your registration.  Learn more at 
https://www.greatplainsumc.org/newsdetail/great-plains-camps-suspend-traditional-summer-programs-13998577.


Stay up to date on all that's happening in youth ministry by following our Facebook page!
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2. Search "Asbury Methodist Church"
3. Select the Prairie Village location...and SHOP!