Weekly Update – Sept. 24, 2017

Weekly Update – Sept. 24, 2017

Sermon Preview: “Hey! Not Fair!”
Matthew 20:1-16
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor

elderly man and young child“Hey! NO Fair!” We learned to shout these words even before heading to kindergarten. Every game we played had to be fair. Somehow, we got the notion that life must be fair too. It’s not. We live in a world where innocent people are victims of terrible crimes, little children get diseases like cancer and the “playing field” is unequal in many ways. Some of us get a lot better than we deserve while other get much worse…and we wonder why. This Sunday we’ll read Matthew 20:1-16 and consider ways God isn’t fair and how that actually might be a good thing. Maybe we don’t want things to be fair if we can have grace instead. Be sure to worship this weekend and bring friends, loved ones and acquaintances 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 THIS SATURDAY!

Our next meal packing event is scheduled for this Saturday 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 !


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 the church office with any questions.

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 Beth Philemon for info.

UMCOR Helps Volunteers and Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

We 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. Last day to submit a card is October 1.

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 – First Sunday Monthly Prayer Meeting
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
Stay up to date with our Events Calendar and never miss an Asbury Church event!

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Thank you for staying connected with us! 

Soli Deo Gloria
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