ASBURY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Christmas Cantata is THIS WEEKEND
“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.***
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
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
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!
Here is our Kid’s Ministry Sunday Schedule. Please click on the picture and save it to your phone for future reference.
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.
Dec. 9-10 – Cantata
Jan. 10 – Discovering Asbury @ 6:00 PM
Jan. 27 – Backpack Buddies
Jan. 28 – Baptism and Membership Sunday
Feb. 4 – Scout Sunday
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday Service @ 7:00 PM
Feb. 21 – Worship Night