Weekly Update – August 6, 2017

Weekly Update – August 6, 2017

Communion Sunday

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Sermon: “Smackdown!”
Genesis 32:22-31
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor


This week we’ll meet the “Great Contender” – Jacob. At least, he wanted to be a contender. He spent a big portion of his life in an unending struggle with no hope of winning. Sometimes we feel that way too. Life feels more like a battle than a quiet stroll along the shore. Jacob tried so hard to get ahead only to find unexpected obstacles at every turn. With every obstacle he overcame it seemed like a bigger one took its place. Sound familiar? God designed life to be more than a constant wrestling match, or worse, an unending episode of the WWE Smackdown! This week we’ll read Genesis 32:22-31 and take a closer look at Jacob. There are lessons in Jacob’s story we can learn that will help us. Perhaps if we can discover what Jacob was missing, we’ll also discover more joy and an expected power for our lives. God designed us to be more than a weary contender in an unending battle. Worship this weekend and we’ll discover together how we can move from weary contender to victorious overcomer in Jesus’ name! Be sure to bring friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else you can invite…they’ll be glad you did!

Worship Services
9:30 AM & 11:00 AM
LiveIt! Classes for Grades K-5
9:30 AM
Noah’s Ark Adult Class
9:45 AM
Prayer after 9:30 AM Service
If you would like prayer after the 9:30 AM service, a caring individual in room 302 or 303 will be waiting to pray with you.
Sunday Children’s Ministry – Nursery and Preschool
Parents and youth partner with our nursery staff to provide a safe and nurturing experience for our birth – 3 year olds. The nursery is available for our 9:30 am and 11:00 am services.  During the 9:30 am service, we provide a classroom experience filled with activities and a story for our 3-5 year olds.

Creating Community
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. To learn more, contact Sharon Hensley.
LiveIt! is our Sunday environment for K-5th grade from 9:30-10:30am. 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. Contact Crista McKenzie for more information.
The virtue for August is: Respect
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. Contact Andy Mannes for details.
*Please note we are taking a summer break from our Sunday evening 412 & DASH meetings. See you in September!*


2017 InterVarsity Tour of Raleigh

Andy & Cheryl White [Asbury sponsored missionaries] lead the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship ministry to international students at NC State University. Approximately 1,000 new international students arrive each fall. The Whites organize the “Tour of Raleigh” each summer to help acclimate these students to their new home away from home. Drivers and Guides are needed to help make this a success. The route is planned out with various stops. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning, making new friends and “engaging in relationships where Christ transforms.” Would you consider spending 4 hours to help make someone feel welcome?  Sign up to find out more or volunteer!

Student Ministry is seeking volunteers!

Are you excited about Jesus? Are you willing to give of your time and share His love with our kids? If so, we need YOU! We have an exciting year ahead of us in Kid’s Ministry. We are looking for people who are willing to spend one Sunday morning a month to play with, love and minister to the kids in our community. We provide an easy to follow curriculum and all the supplies you need. For more info, email Mary at mary@asburyraleigh.org or check out the available slots on our SignUpGenius: bit.ly/2tDeMQY

Lynn Road Elementary 

The collection for our Lynn Road Elementary School Back to School Supply Drive has begun and will continue through September 10th!! Bring your donations on Sundays or to the church office during the week. A list of needed school supplies is in the lobby at the information desk and on the Lynn Road Community Service page on our website. 

Monthly First Sunday Prayer Meeting

Please join us this Sunday for our Monthly 1st Sunday Prayer @ 5:30 in the Asbury South Sanctuary for prayer, reflection and restoration. “You will be like a watered garden and Iike a spring of water whose waters will not fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

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Desserts & Mission Sharing Event – Sunday, August 20 @ 4:00 PM
Come hear from some of our 412/DASH students and small group leaders about their mission experiences this summer.  Desserts & beverages will be served in Asbury North beginning at 4 PM! RSVP on our Facebook page here or email Michelle!

GroupLink is coming on Sunday, September 10, 2017
Our next GroupLink opportunity will be held on Sunday, September 10th at 10:30 AM in the Asbury Courtyard. This is our LifeGroup connection event where you will have the opportunity to meet LifeGroup leaders, gather information about group dynamics, meeting times and locations, and most importantly, GET CONNECTED. Email Sharon Hensley for questions.
Ongoing through Sept 10 – Lynn Road School Supply Collection
August 6 – First Sunday Prayer @ 5:30 PM
August 19 – Student Ministry Lake Day
August 20 – Desserts & Mission Sharing @ 4:00 PM
August 27 – Kids Ministry Training; 412 & DASH Parent Meeting
September 3 – No LiveIt!
September 4 – Church Office Closed (Labor Day)
September 10 – Promotion & Bible Sunday; GroupLink
September 27 – Discovering Asbury & Baptism Class – 7:00 PM
October 25-30 – Mission Trip to Haiti
October 29 – Falleluia
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Thank you for staying connected with Asbury Church!