Weekly Update – March 15, 2020

Weekly Update – March 15, 2020


I Love My Church: Service
Romans 12:1-8
Jen Swindell, Pastor of Groups & Communications


This week and next, we will meet virtually only at 9:30 AM via LiveStream on our website and Facebook page.

Along with churches across North Carolina, we are taking seriously our calling to do all we can to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which includes “social distancing” as the best preventative. In order to best do that, Asbury Church will only meet virtually on Sunday, March 15th. ALL on-campus events for the day will be cancelled including (9:30&11am Worship, LiveIt, Confirmation, 412, DASH, Q&A with the Pastor, Financial Workshop, and First Impressions/Hospitality Meeting). Our JOY Group cancelled their March meeting previously scheduled for Thursday. We encourage LifeGroups to make the best and safest decisions for their members during this time. We also plan to worship exclusively through LiveStream on Sunday, March 22nd as well.

We hope to see many of you online via our LiveStream on Facebook or on this website at asburyraleigh.org/live. Kevin Thompson and Jen Swindell will lead a slightly abbreviated service via LiveStream with the support of our dedicated technical team. Engaging in relationships where Christ transforms looks a bit different these days, as we’re facing a health event which is novel to us in many ways. We are blessed to have the technology to continue to meet together during this time.

In these times, please do all you can to help minimize the impact of a virus that has surpassed anything we could have imagined. Though the impact of this virus is great, we know our God is greater still. With God, the worst thing is never the last thing, and there’s no act too small to help to make someone else’s experience with the virus to be lessened, made easier, delayed, or avoided altogether.

Sermon Series

This March through the series “I Love My Church!”, we will learn WHY God designed the Church and how we can find fulfillment and spiritual growth through loving God and His church.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35

Lent Challenge Devotion Feb 26 – Apr 12

This devotion challenge titled “Lent: Remembering the Life of Jesus” will help you grow closer to God during this Lent season. It’s available by downloading the YouVersion Bible App in Apple or Google Store.

Pastoral Care
The Asbury Care Team (ACT) is here to care for you, under the leadership of our Lead Pastor, for general or specific life issues such as grief, illness, and life changes. For assistance and to meet our Care Team members, please visit our Care Team page.

Sunday Evening Prayer
Every Sunday 6:00 – 6:30 PM join us for prayer in the South Sanctuary. Join us to pray for God’s best for Asbury’s future during these times of transition, both locally and world-wide.

Family Sunday – March 29 at 9:30

Fifth Sundays are Family Sundays at Asbury! Join us for a family friendly service, followed by popsicles on the playground!

Holy Week – April 5 – 12

  • April 5 – Palm Sunday – Worship with Communion
  • April 9 – Maundy Thursday – Remembering the Last Supper
  • April 10 – Good Friday – Remembering Jesus’ journey to the cross and final words
  • April 12 – Easter Sunday – Bring your flowers to bring new life to the Easter Cross. Sunrise Service, Contemporary Service and Kid’s Ministry, Egg Hunt, Traditional Service


Financial Workshops – Each Sunday, March 1 – 22 at 6:00 PM

One of the world’s largest stressors centers around money. To support our families with their finances, Asbury has invited Jarrett Wood with Thrivent Financial to lead us through connecting our faith and finances. If you were unable to attend one of the first sessions, don’t worry each week features an independent workshop. Join us Sunday nights from 6-7 pm. Childcare is provided. Please register so we can plan on numbers . More info? asburyraleigh.org/thrivent

Joy Group

Joy Group Meeting has been cancelled for March. Please contact Jeanne Davis at 239-248-9066 for additional information.


Get Connected!

LifeGroups are made up of 8-12 people meeting, often in homes, to form friendships, talk about faith and the Bible, have social times and do service projects. People are at different stages of life and faith-creating diverse and relaxed environments. Click here to learn more.


Nursery – 5th Grade

LiveIt! is our Sunday environment for K-5th grade from 9:30 -10:30 AM. It is a small group experience with a large group component where a host and storyteller make the Bible come alive and help children apply biblical principles to everyday life. Click here to learn more or contact Crista McKenzie.  


Middle School – High School

A fun, exciting place to do life together for our tweens and teens! Large group worship, small study groups, service projects, and retreats. Life change, deep friendships, and spiritual formation happen at 412 and DASH. Click here to learn more or contact Andy Mannes.


First Impressions and Hospitality

Interested in helping Asbury welcome guests in worship? We’ll be hosting a gathering, if possible, at 12:15pm on Sunday March 29th. Contact jen@asburyraleigh.org

Do You Have the Gift of Hospitality? We need you!

We’re looking for a few folks who are looking to take the next step and get connected! Volunteers are needed to help with:

next steps
  • Sunday Morning Snacks
  • Communion Servers
  • Coffee Servers
  • Church Office Reception (Tuesdays or Wednesdays 9:00 – 12:00)
  • Greeters (9:30 service)

Meet new people! Serve! Have fun! To find out more; contact Cathey at cathey@asburyraleigh.org To volunteer just complete a NEXT card, found in the lobbies, and return to an usher OR call 919-847-2818.

“I Love My Church” Service Day!   Saturday Mar 28 starting at 10:00 AM – Campus Clean Up and Backpack Buddies

Serving our Church and Our Neighbors:  Help us “Spring Clean” our campus inside and out and to package our next round of backpacks filled with food for students in need at Lynn Road Elementary.  Come by for a few minutes or a few hours – family friendly service options are available. 


We’re Hiring!

  • Accompanist for 11:00 AM Traditional Service
  • Administrative & Financial Assistant
    Please see our website for more information and how to apply.

 Thank you for staying connected with us!