Weekly Update – March 3, 2019

Weekly Update – March 3, 2019

Sermon Preview: “Defined by Generosity”
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor

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This Week: Personal Goals and Commitment

What defines your life? Is it wealth? Belongings? Faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. During this Sunday’s service, we will take action to change our lives by setting five specific personal goals to work toward over the next year. We invite you to complete a “Personal Goals and Commitment” card and place it in your Bible for your personal reference in the coming year.

One of these five commitments is your estimate of giving for the coming year. In the first week of March, you will receive an estimate of giving commitment card in the mail. On a practical level, we ask our members to turn in estimate of giving cards each year so that our Finance Committee is able to set an accurate ministry budget for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. On a personal level, the commitment card is an opportunity for you to spend time in prayer and reflection, considering what offering you would make to God through our church in the coming year. Please be watching for the mailing; then fill out the card and bring it with you to worship next Sunday. You also can pledge online at asburyraleigh.org/pledge.

Communion Sunday

9:30 AM – Contemporary Service (North Building)
11:00 AM – Traditional Service (South Building)

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.

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Visit our LifeGroup page to learn how we create community.


Click here and check out what our Student Ministry is all about!


Visit our page to learn more about Asbury’s Kids Ministry!


Don’t Stop Serving!
Thanks to everyone who wrote a card, donated items, gave of their time, organized events, gave monetarily, and who prayed for all of the projects! You don’t have to wait for the next #gonow initiative to continue spreading the love! Keep the Asbury hearts beating throughout the community and right here at Asbury. Check your local listings and get involved in something, grabbing friends and family to join you! You can also find some suggestions on our Serve page! #gonow2019


An Asbury Family Needs Our Help
Michael and Margaret Worthen had a fire recently in their house. Thankfully, the family got out in time (including their 2 dogs) but Michael did suffer some burns. They have been displaced to a hotel for at least a month and we would like to join in and help the family with meals. A meal train has been started and if you can sign up and help with a meal, it will be greatly appreciated.

Seeking Volunteers for Backpack Buddies – March 23 @ 10 AM
We will be packaging bags for backpacks for children at Lynn Road Elementary School as part of the backpack buddies program. All of the food and beverages will be purchased locally in bulk. Sign up by clicking here and then meet us in the North Building on March 23rd. This is a GREAT service project for families! (Children 4 years and older are welcome)


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Asbury Church’s Statement Following the UMC General Conference
On Tuesday, the United Methodist Church decided to take an official stance on homosexuality in favor of the Traditional Plan. Asbury church has officially put out a statement regarding this very subject. Click here to read it.

Men’s Softball Team
Want to connect with some of the men at Asbury? Come join the Men’s Softball team! We have one game per week on Mon, Tue. or Thur. and we play from April through July. It is fun for the whole family! If you are interested, please email Tim Moore by March 4 at tmpcmoore@gmail.com.

Discovering Asbury – March 20 @ 6:30 PM, Asbury North
If you are curious to find out what Asbury Church is all about or considering making this your church home, you are invited to attend Discovering Asbury. A light dinner will be served and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP here (required for headcount purposes).  Our next Baptism & Membership Sunday will be Sunday, March 24.

We are going to Israel!
Pack your bags and get your passport ready! We are going on a pilgrimage through Israel and Palestine! Mark your calendars for January 19, 2020 through January 29, 2020 and let’s prepare to learn and have fun on this amazing journey! You can get all the details, including cost and a registration form on our Pilgrimage 2020 page! Pastor Tom will also host an interest meeting on March 10 at 3:00 PM in the Asbury South Sanctuary. #pilgrimage2020

Ash Wednesday – March 6 @ 6:30 PM
Join us in the Asbury South Sanctuary as we mark the beginning of the Lenten season. Together, we’ll enjoy a worship experience through prayer, scripture, music, and the imposition of ashes. Childcare is provided through age 5.

First Sunday Prayer Meeting – THIS Sunday @ 5:30 PM
All are invited to join in corporate prayer for our church, our community, and our nation. Meet us in the South Sanctuary.

Are you interested in our Asbury Preschool?
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is in full swing!!  To get more information and/or to arrange a tour, email Stephanie Tarrats or give her a call at (919) 846-4773.

Spring Forward NEXT Saturday, March 9!
Don’t forget that NEXT Saturday, March 9, you will need to set your clocks back! Put it on your calendars so you are not late for church on March 10!! #springforward



  • Mar. 3 – First Sunday Prayer Meeting @ 5:30 PM
  • Mar. 3 & 10 – Consecration Sunday (both services)
  • Mar. 6 – Ash Wednesday Service @ 6:30 PM
  • Mar. 20 – Discovering Asbury @ 6:30 PM
  • Mar. 23 – Backpack Buddies @ 10 AM
  • Mar. 24 – Baptism & Membership Sunday (both services)
  • Mar. 31 – Family Sunday
  • Apr. 5 – Senior Sneak
  • Apr. 6 – Preschool Carnival @ 10 AM
  • Apr. 14 – Palm Sunday
  • Apr. 18 – Maundy Thursday
  • Apr. 19 – Good Friday
  • Apr. 21 – Easter
  • Apr. 22 – Office Closed
  • Apr. 28 – Preschool Sunday
  • May 19 – Rise Against Hunger

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