Weekly Update – Dec. 10, 2017

Weekly Update – Dec. 10, 2017

THIS WEEKEND @ ASBURY

ASBURY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Weekend Preview


WORSHIP

Christmas Cantata is THIS WEEKEND

cantata

“We gather to tell the story of Emmanuel, God with us! We gather to remember this story, to wait, and watch for Him to come again – even now. Come, Lord Jesus!” This weekend, the Asbury Celebration Choir presents “Sing Joy to All the World,” a Christmas cantata with orchestration and narration. It celebrates the promise that joy comes to those who wait; that following the long dark night, the breaking of dawn brings joy for the new day. Incorporating new melodies with familiar carols in a work that ranges from contemplative to celebratory, you will not want to miss this moving musical celebration.  Join us in Asbury North’s Worship Center on Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, December 10 at 10:00  AM (a combined service).

***During both performances, we will only be offering Nursery services (birth – 3 years old) in Asbury South. Please bring your preschoolers and elementary aged children to the Cantata and let them witness this amazing performance with you.***

Classes

There will be no  LiveIt! this Sunday. All families are invited to join us for this weekend’s Christmas Cantata.

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

Kids Ministry Dec. Schedule

Sunday Kid’s Ministry – Nursery and Preschool

We will only have the nursery this weekend at both performances (birth – 3 year olds).  First time guests can pre-register their children here.

Asbury Care Team (ACT)care team

ACT is here to confidentially serve our church community under the leadership of our Lead Pastor, for general or specific life issues such as grief/loss, unemployment, illness, and life changes. To learn more and meet our Care Team members, click here.


GROUPS

LifeGroups

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.
Kids

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 November is: Gratitude

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.

SERVICE

Apostle’s Build is Seeking Volunteers for THIS SATURDAY, December 9th!

There is still so much work to be done! We are looking for more volunteers THIS Saturday, December 9. Please sign up to help ASAP right here: http://vhub.at/apostlesbuild

Greeters, Snack Donors, and Coffee Volunteers are Needed for 2018sunday volunteers needed

Are you looking for ways to serve at Asbury on an ongoing basis? We are looking for you! Volunteer at least once a month and help us continue to make Sunday mornings a great experience for all! Call Alicia at the church office or send her an email for details!

Lynn Road Elementary Coat Drive – COATS DUE THIS SUNDAY

Please don’t forget to return your coat donations to the church in a gift bag (with the TAG ATTACHED) THIS SUNDAY.  Drop off will be in Asbury South by the white Christmas tree.  Thank you for helping us to continue our mission of providing for kids in need within our own community.


NEWS AND NOTES

New Blog Post

Every week, someone within our church administration (and maybe within our community) will share life nuggets with us and be a source of knowledge and inspiration through their stories! Be sure to check them out every week on our Church Blog. This week, our Director of Traditional Worship, Beth Philemon, challenges us to engage in singing, particularly to others, this holiday season. You will be further inspired to Sing Joy to All the World! and attend this year’s Christmas cantata after spending some time with Beth in her blog.  Read it here!

Discovering Asbury—Wednesday, January 10, 2018—6:00 PMdiscovering asbury

Here at Asbury Church, attendance at our Discovering Asbury class is a requirement for membership. Our next class will be on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. A light dinner will be served at 6PM and all participants must RSVP. For details and to RSVP, email alicia@asburyraleigh.org. Baptism and Membership Sunday will be Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday (CINYB) is here! Are you ready to show radical love this holiday season?

Over the past five years, our congregation has been approaching Christmas differently. We were challenged to include Jesus in our gift giving by giving as much to our outreach in Haiti as we spend on our family at Christmas. We lovingly call this initiative “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday” (CINYB) and the response has been overwhelming! Two years ago, CINYB expanded to include Backpack Buddies at Lynn Road Elementary School and Stop Hunger Now. We are ready to see what God has in store for us this year! Check out the brochure that will be distributed this Sunday or click here to learn how you can join us in showing radical love! Also, gift cards will be available at the information desks and now you can Text 2 Give at your convenience – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

Friday Night Support Group – Starting January 5, 2018 – 7PM – 8:30 PMsubstance abuse support group

Do you have someone in your life that has a Substance Use Disorder? Do you struggle with this alone? Now, you don’t have to. Join a weekly support group that will be held at Asbury Church. It’s free and all are welcome! Take a moment to register here.

Gift of Thanks to Staff Staff Gift

Thank you for faithfully supporting the ministries and staff of Asbury. Your church leaders would like to recognize our staff, who live out our mission every day.  To contribute, use “Staff Gift” in the memo of your check and place in the offering plate or give online by clicking here. We also hope you will consider sending a note of appreciation to our staff.  Thank you! ~The Staff Parish Relations Committee

2018 Youth Missions Tripstudents houston

Check out what we have in store for our Youth in 2018 (click here)! Also, registration for the Houston Missions Team has been extended and you can still register RIGHT NOW  through Sunday, December 17th!

Kids Ministry Dec. ScheduleKid’s Ministry Sunday Schedule for December 2017

Here is our Kid’s Ministry Sunday Schedule. Please click on the picture and save it to your phone for future reference.

Considering a Year-End Gift?

Our fiscal and tax year ends December 31. Gifts must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31 to receive acknowledgement for 2017. All gifts received on or after Jan. 1 will be credited to 2018. To give electronically, click here. Stock transfers are handled through the United Methodist Foundation or Wells Fargo. For more information, contact Paula Jones. Thank you for your generosity, which is making a difference at Asbury, in our community, and beyond.


LOOKING AHEAD

Dec. 9 – Apostles  Build (Sign-up to volunteer: http://vhub.at/apostlesbuild)
Dec. 9-10 – Cantata
Dec. 24 – Family Christmas Service @ 9:30 AM; Traditional @ 11:00 AM; Candlelight Service @ 7:00 PM & 11:00 PM
Dec. 25-26 – Church Office Closed for Christmas
Dec. 31 – Regular Service Times
Jan. 1 – Office Closed
Jan. 10 – Discovering Asbury @ 6:00 PM
Jan. 27 – Backpack Buddies
Jan. 28 – Baptism and Membership Sunday
Feb. 2-4 – Youth Ski Trip
Feb. 4 – Scout Sunday
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday Service @ 7:00 PM
Feb. 21 – Worship Night
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