Weekly Update – Sept. 17, 2017

Weekly Update – Sept. 17, 2017

Sermon Preview: “Lord, How Can We?”
Matthew 18:21-25
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor

Have you forgiven if you haven’t forgotten? What about if they haven’t asked? Do we have to forgive people who don’t want to be forgiven? Forgiveness is hard, even among people who care deeply for each other and try really hard not to hurt each other. We all have a story about forgiveness and, if we’re brutally honest, excuses to justify the grudges we carry. Just a few days ago, we came face to face with a national tragedy where we were shamefully and unapologetically attacked. On September 11, 2001 innocent people paid the price of hate and none of our lives will ever be the same again. This Sunday, we’ll read Matthew 18:21-35 where Jesus instructs his followers to essentially forgive until they loose track of how many times. Do these words matter to us? Do they even apply in our context? What would it look like if these words do apply and how much more free might we be if we could live into them? Be sure to worship this weekend where we’ll ask “Lord, How Can We Forgive?” when the offense is so great and our excuses to hold a grudge are so many. God’s answer will bring light and life and we’ll all be better for it. Be sure to invite your friends and acquaintances to worship with you…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 September is: Friendship

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.



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!


LRES School Supply Delivery

Visit our Facebook page to see more pics of the delivery crew in action!

A BIG shout out to everyone who donated supplies for our Lynn Road Elementary School Supply Drive!! What an amazing show of love and support for our partners in education! They are so #grateful!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!


Learn More About Asbury and Baptism

Are you interested in exploring membership at Asbury or being baptized? Our next Membership and Baptism Sunday is October 8 and attendance at a Discovering Asbury class is a prerequisite for membership. Our next class is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 PM. We will meet in Asbury North – Room 307/308 and a light dinner will be served.  Reservations are required  for class attendance and nursery age children childcare. The baptism class will follow at 7:30 PM and will be in Room 301. Contact Alicia Petty for more information and to RSVP.

Jump In and Get Connected This Fall!

1) Short-term study led by Pastor Tom Newman (7 weeks) “Dying to Go on Vacation”; starts October 1 @ 6PM—$12
Info/Register here: http://asburyraleigh.org/events/dying-go-vacation/
2) Women’s Monday Night Study—“The Patriarch’s” Begins September 18 at 7 PM. Register on our website! $25
Info/Register here: http://asburyraleigh.org/events/womens-monday-night-study/
3) We still have space available in several fall LifeGroups.
Info: http://asburyraleigh.org/connect/groups/
4) Early Morning Men’s Group—2nd & 4th Fridays – 7:15 AM. Info: http://asburyraleigh.org/events/mens-life-group/

Contact Sharon Hensley with any questions at sharonh@asburyraleigh.org

 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.

Christmas Cantata Choir Kickoffchristmas choir cantata kickoff

Sunday, October 1, 3:30 – 5:30 PM in Asbury South. No experience necessary, just bring your desire to sing! Email bethp@asburyraleigh for info.

UMCOR Helps Volunteers and Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

We are still supporting the victims of the recent hurricane victims and we need your help! Asbury Church is still accepting financial donations for UMCOR and 100% of your donations will go to directly to hurricane relief. When writing your check, be sure to note “UMCOR Relief, Advance #901670” on the memo line. Also, we are blessed to have partnered with a Chapelwood UMC in Houston who serves as a primary relief hub in the area. Join us as we send words of encouragement to first responders, victims of Hurricane Harvey, and volunteers who are helping with the effort. There will be cards for you to write a personal message in the lobby after each service (and all week long). If you don’t have time today, feel free to take one and bring it back next Sunday.

Student Ministry is in Full Swing!

They are back!! Bring your middle and high schoolers back to church this Sunday and be sure they invite their friends! Also, parents can sign up to receive the Bottom Line every Sunday via text by signing following these instructions.

Falleluia is Coming – October 29th – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

We will have a bouncy house, carnival games, cotton candy, popcorn and more….Tell everyone you know and bring a friend! Costumes are welcome! Click “Going” on our Facebook event and invite your family and friends!!!




September 23 – Backpack Buddies Meal Packing Event
September 27 – Discovering Asbury & Baptism Class – 6:00 PM
October 1 – Christmas Cantata Choir Kickoff
October 8 – Baptism and Membership Sunday
October 25-30 – Mission Trip to Haiti
October 29 – Falleluia
November 12 – Pilgrimage
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