Weekly Update – September 3, 2017

Weekly Update – September 3, 2017

missing statue at Duke ChapelTHIS SUNDAY @ ASBURY – Communion
Sermon Preview: “Got to be Starting Something…”
Matthew 16:13-20
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor

Something is up. Someone has started something and I’m not sure it is good. Sometimes I wonder if we’re all being distracted from something much bigger. It’s 2017. Most sane and rational people wonder how there can still be any kind of supremacy group, let alone Skin Head, Neo-Nazi or just plain KKK descended white supremacists. I feel dragged back decades to revisit old, dead issues. You can rest assured that I won’t hate anyone and when I dislike someone it will be for a far more important reason than the color of their skin! As I have wondered and prayed with other Christ followers, life has continued. School has started. We experienced an eclipse. Friendships have been forged and loved ones have “out run us to The Father’s House.” I’m thinking it is time to stop reacting. It’s time to start something of our own…something holy and righteous and life giving. This week we are reading Matthew 16:13-20 where Peter makes a powerful declaration. Jesus used Peter’s words to start something of God…the Church. Jesus started a movement, not a monument and we are called to be an active part of God’s movement in our world. Rather than fight for or against a monument, I want to start something God honoring and life affirming. Don’t you? Worship with us this Sunday and we’ll explore what God might be starting among us and how we can be a part of what God is starting. Be sure to invite the people you know and care about…they’ll be glad you did!


Worship Services

9:30 AM – Contemporary Service

11:00 AM – Traditional Service


LiveIt! Classes for Grades K-5 – 9:30 AM in Asbury South (First time guests can pre-register their children here)

Noah’s Ark Adult Class – 9:45 AM in Asbury South, Room 100

Sunday Kid’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. (First time guests can pre-register their children here)

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.



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. Click here to learn more or contact Sharon Hensley.

Asbury Kid’s Ministry

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. Click here to learn more or contact Crista McKenzie .  The virtue for August is: Respect

Asbury Student MinistryStudents

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 or contact Andy Mannes for details.  *Please note we are taking a summer break from our Sunday evening 412 & DASH meetings. See you September 10!*


Family of Wake Promise Service Opportunity – Volunteers Needed

Family Promise guests are coming to Asbury North starting Sunday, September 10 and this will be a great opportunity for you to serve. We will need:

  • A set-up team on the morning of  Sunday 9/10
  • Drivers, sleepers, dinner and social teams – each day from 9/10 – 9/16
  • A tear-down team on Sunday 9/17

Sign up here! Thank you in advance for your support!

Save the date!  Saturday, 9/9 is Campus Clean Up Day for LRES.

We need 100+ volunteers to spread out over the campus and rake, spread mulch, trim shrubs, paint, and weed eat.  WE NEED YOU! There will be jobs for all ages…it’s a great opportunity to serve together as a family or as a LifeGroup.  Grab some lawn tools and gloves and join us – work begins at 8 AM but we welcome late arrivals too.


Backpack Buddies Meal Packing Event

Our next meal packing event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at 10 AM in Asbury North. We will pack
backpacks with weekend meals for children from food-insecure homes. This is a GREAT service project for families! RSVP on our Facebook event page here or email Crista!

Lynn Road Lions Banner

Become a Lynn Road ES Lion Pal

The mission of the Lion Pals program is to provide identified students at Lynn Road Elementary School with a mentor who can consistently offer support and guidance on a one-on-one basis at school throughout the year. Lion Pals are expected to meet with their students once a week for a minimum of 15 minutes, at a time that is convenient for both Lion Pal and the student. Lion Pals will also be invited to participate in a couple of special celebrations held during the school year. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please email Melissa Plum, Lynn Road’s school social worker, at mplum@wcpss.net.

Lynn Road Elementary School Back to School Supply Drive

The collection for our Lynn Road ES Back to School Supply Drive is underway 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.


No LiveIt! This Week

Remember, due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no LiveIt! this week! Bring your kids to worship this Sunday with you and we’ll see you on September 10th (Move Up Sunday)!

Get Back 2 Church Sunday – September 10, 2017

You won’t want to miss church on Sunday, September 10 – we have something for everyone!! At 9:30 AM, our Kids Ministry will be promoting their students and you will witness the Kindergartners and 3rd graders receive their Bibles. Our GroupLink event will be at 10:30 AM in the Courtyard and you will have the opportunity to meet LifeGroup leaders and gather all the information you will need to get connected. And finally, our Student Ministry returns to their regularly scheduled meetings on Sundays in Asbury North. Click here for 412 and DASH meeting times.  So, we encourage you to invite your friends and come see what’s new at Asbury Church! We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!!

Monthly First Sunday Prayer – September 3, 2017

Holy Spirit, Rain Down: Join us Sunday, September 3 at 5:30 PM as we pray for the Holy Spirit to saturate all the groups and activities starting in September. Please join us in the Asbury South sanctuary.


Asbury South – Adopt a Garden

Do you love flowers and gardening? We’re seeking 2-4 volunteers to help us maintain the flower gardens around the South Lobby entrances. Interested in helping? Contact Alicia Petty.

Have You See the Available List of LifeGroups?

Our GroupLink being held on Sunday, September 10 will be at 10:30 AM in our Courtyard. The time of the event was intentionally scheduled so that everyone from both services may attend and have an equal opportunity to sign up for a LifeGroup. We have lots of new groups and leaders and the listing of all available LifeGroups can be found here. We are also excited to have two fall short-term studies held this year. One is being led by our very own Pastor Tom Newman,  and will tackle a question we all ask sometimes – why do bad things happen to good people? You will also find that our Women’s Monday Night Study will be returning with a 10-week study of “The Patriarch’s.” Be sure to click on the link to see what groups you can sign up for!

 Joy Group Returns Thursday, September 21

Fall has come and our Joy Group Seniors (55+) will have their first meeting on Sept. 21 at 11:00 AM. We will meet every 3rd Thursday (except for in October) in Asbury North, Room 307/308. Flu shots will be available so please be sure to bring your insurance cards. We will also have a delicious BBQ lunch served for just $6.00.  For more information, contact Jeanne Davis or Betty Dunn. 


Ongoing through Sept 10 – Lynn Road School Supply Collection
September 3 – No LiveIt!
September 4 – Church Office Closed (Labor Day)
September 10 – Promotion & Bible Sunday; GroupLink; Student Ministry Kickoff
September 23 – Backpack Buddies Meal Packing Event
September 27 – Discovering Asbury & Baptism Class – 7:00 PM
October 8 – Baptism and Membership Sunday
October 25-30 – Mission Trip to Haiti
October 29 – Falleluia
Stay up to date with our Events Calendar and never miss an Asbury Church event!

Thank you for staying connected with Asbury Church!