Sunday, November 1st- Worship on LiveStream at 9:30am
THINK: Is It Helpful? & All Saints Sunday
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Jeffries
Are our words Helpful? Do our words build others up? Do our words tear others down? Do our words help influence God’s Kingdom or do our words not fit in with our Christian beliefs? Our words can help us accomplish great things. Our words can also destroy or detract from the great things we have done. This week we will reflect on how helpful our words can be if we THINK before we speak.
The scriptures teach us that words hold power. As we seek to grow by sharing the good news through all the world we need to consider the power of our words. As we look around we see the impact words can have from media personalities, celebrities, politicians and others with clout and power. Scripture teaches that with our tongues we can dole out great blessing or great pain and destruction. All of us have said something we regret, and we have probably spoken words in a way we regret. And yet, our words can have a great impact on our relationships and as we strive to build up God’s Kingdom. In this series, we will use the acronym THINK to reflect on our words and discover how we can be at our best when it comes to using our tongues to be Christian witnesses in our world. The key to doing this is to ‘Think Before You Speak.’
**Remember there is a time change this weekend**
Highlights This Week:
- Rise Against Hunger Signups are open!
- Staff Christmas Gift Information Available
- Help Asbury with an Online Review!
- Kids Ministry is BACK this Sunday (register on Eventbrite!)
- Meals needed for Family Promise on 11/13
At A Glance:
- Friday 10/30 – Fall Fellowship Night with a Food Truck for a Cause
- Sunday 11/1 – All Saints Sunday Celebration in Worship, First Sunday Prayer on Zoom
- Sunday 11/8 – Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due, First Handbell Rehearsal
- Sunday 11/15 – Rise Against Hunger (after worship)
- Friday 11/20 – Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Movie Night
- Saturday 11/21 – Student Ministries Trip to Chestnut Ridge
- Sunday 11/22 – Last Sunday of the THINK series
- Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27 – Office Closed for Thanksgiving
- Sunday 11/28 – Advent begins!
- Sunday 12/6 – Second Sunday of Advent
- Friday 12/11 – Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Night
- Sunday 12/13 – Third Sunday of Advent, Handbells in Worship
- Sunday 12/20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Worship On Campus or Online
We’re excited to have you on campus! Reserve seats for indoor worship online anytime at http://asburyraleigh.eventbrite.comAll services are posted through November! If you need help, e-mail email@example.com.
- 8:30am Outdoor Worship in the Amphitheatre – we can seat over 100 with social distancing. Abbreviated service with 2 praise songs and a sermon.
- 9:30am Contemporary – Indoor and LiveStream – Praise Band with 4-5 songs and Sermon – Kids Ministry Starts in November!
- 11am Traditional – Indoor and posted to YouTube – Piano, Anthems, Hymns, Children’s Time, and Sermon
This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. In our 9:30am and 11:00am services, we will have a time where people are invited forward to light a candle in honor of their loved ones who have died – this year or many years ago. In 9:30am, Pastor Jen and Pastor Andy will be lighting candles for the names posted in the comments on our Facebook LiveStream (And we encourage you to have a candle with you while you watch, too!) Then we will have communion, honoring the influence of those saints who helped to form our lives.
Signups are Open for Sunday November 15 Meal Packaging!
Join us on Sunday November 15th to package 40,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger. This Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event will be different in many ways due to the Coronavirus. We will be packaging meals from 12-6p on Sunday November 15th.There will be a combination of family packaging stations and single packaging stations. Please click on the links below to see all the safety protocols and to sign up for your shift today.
RAH is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.Ready to join in? Check the Website for details and a link to sign up!
Gift of Thanks to Staff
Thank you for faithfully supporting the ministries and staff of Asbury. Your church leaders would like to recognize our staff, who live out our mission every day. We would like to celebrate their ministry and bless our staff during the Christmas holiday. To contribute, use “staff gift” in the memo of your check and place in the offering box or give online at https://ppay.co/7w0NrkJWzE0. We also hope you will consider sending a note of appreciation to our staff. Thank you from the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
Kids Ministry is BACK this Sunday!
We are excited to begin our staggered approach to in person Kid’s ministry at Asbury. We will have in person services for Elementary aged kids only (K – 5th grade). We be requiring pre-registration through the Eventbrite site. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
You will have the opportunity to fill shoe box(es) with necessities and toys to bless children around the world and share the Gospel with them! Check out all the details for pickup or have boxes delivered to your porch.
We need help with Meals!Bring a meal to a person/family in need after surgery or life event. Asbury has three meal teams. Your commitment would most likely mean only one meal every 3-4 months or less. To join a team contact Faye Biffert at email@example.com. These meals have been called “God’s hands and feet in action!” – Come be a part of it!
Do you Love hand bell music for the Advent and Christmas season? Can you Count to 4? Do you have some time on Sundays? Eric would love to have you join us for our hand bells in worship on December 13! We will rehearse for just 4 weeks starting November 8th – the more players the merrier!(We will be spread out and masked for rehearsals and in worship) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested!
Help Us Spread the Gospel with a few clicks!
Could you help Asbury Church out and take a few minutes to write a 5-star review on Google? (And maybe even a few more minutes to copy it to our Facebook or Yelp?)Why? Because Google ranks “Churches near me” or “Churches in Raleigh NC” by the number of 5-star reviews we have. We get better rankings for the ones with a few sentences, too. But the rating itself can make a big difference. Can you share a few reasons why you are here at Asbury for others to hear? One of the best ways to connect to a church is through the words and testimonies of people who are already there and attending.
Not every church in our area is meeting in person, and many aren’t having Christmas Eve Services. As we know people might be Googling us in the coming weeks – NOW is the time to get our ratings and reviews in place. Can you take a few minutes and be part of helping Asbury reach those who are looking for Jesus in this last quarter of 2020?
Put a Review on Google
Put a Review on Facebook
Put a Review on Yelp
Would you like to get prayer concerns as they happen throughout the week? Our Prayer Partners Email List is a list of members of the Asbury Community who wish to be sent prayer concerns as they occur throughout the week. This is a separate list that will get emails as needed throughout the week to be in prayer as concerns arise. You can click to join this list on our website.