Dear Asbury Friends,
 
In 2018, I remember going to see a documentary on the life and ministry of Fred Rogers.  Fred was a Presbyterian pastor, whose ministry was focused on television for children.  Through stories, puppets, and conversation, he was able to convey the gracious and loving message of the gospel to children.  This Thanksgiving, the film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," starring Tom Hanks, will be released.
 
So it seems like a perfect time to offer a sermon series on the spirituality of Mr. Rogers.  During the next three weeks of worship, we will talk about the life lessons that Fred Rogers taught, and the way they were deeply rooted in the gospel.  Much of the teaching and preaching of Jesus focused on "neighbors" and how we are to treat one another.  This weekend, we will be asking the question, "Who is my neighbor?"
 
I also want to offer a friendly reminder to turn in your "Estimate of Giving Card" to Phyllis Williams in the church office.  The Finance Committee will soon begin to set our budget for 2020.  Knowing what giving we can count on helps us to plan a budget that reflects our commitment to be good stewards.
 
So many wonderful things are happening at Asbury!  Our ministry with children and youth continues to grow.  We already have two mission trips scheduled for next summer.  We continue to give hope and housing to homeless families.  We are energized with music in worship that is outstanding.  And we do all of this in a place where progressive and inclusive Christianity is practiced and preached...  
 
Blessings,
Rev. Gayla Rapp  
Senior Pastor
All church members are invited to attend Asbury's All-Church Conference on Saturday, November 23.  Information about the meeting is as follows:
 
When:  Saturday, November 23
Time:  9:00 am
Meeting Place:  Indian Heights UMC, 10211 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66207
 
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rev. Gayla or Rev. Lee.  Hope to see you there!

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What is a Charge Conference?  "The convening of the Charge Conference as a meeting in which all members of a local United Methodist church are invited to attend and are extended the privilege of vote.  A Church Conference is called to have broad participation of the members of the congregation.  The Church Conference may be authorized by the district superintendent."

Source:  A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by permission.
Asbury received a very kind thank you note from Rise Against Hunger,  
and we wanted to share it with you all!   
Thank you to everyone who participated at preparing meals  
for this event so it could be a success!!
Philip Gulley Lecture & Workshop | Friday, November 15 from 7:00-8:30 pm and Saturday, November 16 from 9:00-11:00 am
Asbury is very excited to host Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker Philip Gulley for two special upcoming events. The first, on Friday, November 15, will be a lecture on his most recent book, "Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe."  The second is a workshop on Saturday morning, November 16, entitled "Spiritual Aliveness." Gulley takes psychologist Abraham Maslow's characteristics of happy, healthy people and looks at these traits through a spiritual lens. Everyone is welcome to attend...invite your friends!  Please RSVP for the morning workshop by contacting the church office, so we ensure that we set up enough seating.
 
Help Our School Partner, Santa Fe Trail Elementary School!
Asbury has a long history of supporting Santa Fe Trail Elementary School.  We need volunteers who can occasionally help with school activities, especially during the holiday season.  The time commitment is small, but your impact is big!  OR, you could become an MVP (My Volunteer Pal) - someone who tutors/mentors, eats lunch with a child, or helps a teacher in the classroom.  A one-hour class is required, along with a quick background check, to be an MVP.  Contact Pam Ungashick at pamungie@gmail.com for details.  
 
Operation Santa Claus | Sunday, November 10, 17, 24, and December 1
Asbury's Christmas project this year will be in support of Della Lamb's Operation Santa Claus.  This program provides over 1000 low income Kansas City families with all items needed for a complete Christmas holiday experience.  Gift items include:
Children:  Infant to 12 years - large and small toys (no battery operated, no violence related), dolls (Black, Asian, Hispanic), books.  Teens: football, soccer balls, etc., books, jewelry, gloves, hat, scarves.  Adult Female: 1 wrapped gift consisting of 1 each: gloves, hat, pocket calendar.  Labeled w/ size.  Addressed: To Mom From Santa.  Adult Male: 1 wrapped gift consisting of 1 each: gloves, hat, socks.  Labeled w/ size.  Addressed: To Dad From Santa.  Please return your donations to the Welcome Center no later December 1st.  Cash donations accepted too.   Make checks payable to Asbury UMC, with Operation Santa Claus in the memo line.  For more information, contact Dan Clevenger at dannyclevenger@att.net. 
 
It's Time to Give H.U.G.S.!!
Asbury UMW and the Missions Team are setting up the annual Giving Tree in the Welcome Center from November 17-December 1.  We are collecting NEW hats, underwear, gloves, and socks for adults and children.  Donated items will be delivered to the Cross-Lines Christmas Store and the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.  Thanks so much for your help!
 
  Asbury 101 | Sunday, November 17 at noon
Are you interested in becoming a member of Asbury?  Sign up for Asbury 101 on Sunday, November 17 and Rev. Gayla and Rev. Lee will serve you lunch and talk to you more about the church.  Please contact Julie Woodman & Michelle Funk at connect@visitasbury.org or call 913.815.6686 to sign up or for more information.
 
EncoreKC! Fall Choral Concert | Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 pm 
Come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music performed by the area's premier choir for singers 50 and up!  EncoreKC! will be holding their fall choral concert in the Asbury sanctuary at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 17.  Special guest chorus appearance by the Midwest Boys' Choir.  This concert is FREE to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted.  Want to learn more about the group?  Visit https://www.facebook.com/encorekcchorus/!
  
Sing with the Chancel Choir in our Annual Christmas Program!
Come sing with the Chancel Choir in our annual Christmas music program on December 15 at both Sunday services.  No auditions, and only three rehearsals!  Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays Nov 20 (7-8 pm), Dec 4 (7-8 pm) and Dec 11 (6:30-8 pm) in the MSR.  Email Lindsey Lang at lindseyl@visitasbury.org if you have any questions.   We'd love to have you join us!
 
Memorial Ga rden News
The upkeep for the garden still needs helpers as well as donations of $25 given in celebration of or memory of your loved ones. While many donations are given monthly, donations can be made in any amount or increment. You can sign up on the poster near the Memorial Garden entrance. To learn more about giving or volunteering, contact Kathie White at 913.362.5827 or kathiemsnsq@gmail.com.  Recent donations to the garden are from Kathy Rogers in memory of her husband, Bob, Ann Ford in memory of her husband, Don, and Marchea Jennings in memory of her mother.  
 
  <--- 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
Children's Ministry
WOW! Choir
WOW! Choir, Asbury's children's choir for K-5th grade, rehearses every Sunday during the school year from 9:30-10:00 am in the children's Sunday school wing (3rd floor east).  During that time, your singer will participate in vocal warm-ups, learn a variety of performance and rehearsal songs, and participate in various movement and music theory activities.  It's like a free private group lesson every week!  See you Sunday! 
 
Children's Sunday School - Sundays @ 10 am 
Toddler Tales 10-10:30 am in the Nursery  
All three year-olds and non Pre-K four year-olds are invited to join Ms. Gloria at 10 am for a fun, hands-on lesson on a kid-friendly Bible story! 
   
Elementary in the Children's Wing
All Pre-K through 5th grade students are invited to the children's wing (3rd floor east) to learn about "Loving God and Loving Neighbor."  We'll sing and dance, watch a video, play games, and more!
o  This week:   Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6:13-9:17)    
o  Next week:  Daniel and the Lions (Daniel 6:1-28)   
 
It's Coming and You're Invited!!
YOUTH MINISTRY
Youth (6th-12th grade) 
 
There are six spots still 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.






Registration for the Middle School Mission Trip to Omaha/Nebraska from June 14-18 is open.  All current 5th-7th grade students are invited to register.  Invite your friends!  Contact Heather at heatherj@visitasbury.org for more information.

Youth Activities
o  Sunday, November 10 @ 6 pm - Leaving to watch "Harriet" at the Cinemark in Merriam 
o  Sunday, November 17 @ 6 pm - Youth Thanksgiving (pot-luck) 
o  Sunday, November 24 - NO YOUTH GROUP
o  Sunday, December 1:
12 pm - Youth Delivering Communion
6 pm - Youth Group

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  Sunday, December 8:
4 pm - Youth Caroling
6 pm - Youth Christmas Party 
 
Youth Sunday School - Sundays @ 10 am  
 
CORE - Middle School Sunday School (6th-8th grade) - led by Pam Ottaway in Room 353
Designed to help teens gain a greater understanding of their incredible value, worth, and potential.  We hope they come to realize how special they are as individuals and that God created them with a purpose.  This week, we'll discuss the external influences that can affect teens' views of themselves. 
 
High School Sunday School (9th-12th grade) - led by Lori Wilkerson in the Youth Lounge
Taking a cue from Mark Batterson's book The Grave Robber, we will be looking at the seven miracles in the book of John.  Youth will discover how "Our impossible situations are God's greatest opportunity to reveal God's glory.  There are miracles all around us all the time, but you won't see them if you don't know how to look for them."
 
Family Ministries Save the Date 
o  Friday, November 15 @ 7 pm:  Philip Gulley lecture (https://www.facebook.com/events/908936432811888/
o  Sunday, December 22 @ 10 am:  Christmas Pageant in Hager Hall   
 
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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