Weekly Update – December 29, 2019

Weekly Update – December 29, 2019


God with Us: Jesus!
John 4: 7-21
Tom Newman, Lead Pastor



11:00 AM
Combined Worship Service (South Building)

Sermon Series

A remarkable thing happened that first Christmas, Jesus was born as Immanuel — which means “God with us.” And at Asbury Church we believe God is still with us, bringing hope, joy, love, and yes, peace – in all circumstances. This Christmas season, start a new tradition and join us to dive deeper into the meaning behind Christmas and learn more about God’s love for you and your family!

Join us for a Q & A session each Sunday at 5:00 PM in Room 100. Enjoy chatting about this Sunday’s sermon in a safe and informal session with Pastor Tom.

Pastoral Care During the Holidays and Year Round
The Asbury Care Team (ACT) is here to care for you, under the leadership of our Lead Pastor, for general or specific life issues such as grief, illness, and life changes. For assistance and to meet our Care Team members, please visit our Care Team page.


Women of Faith: Applying Biblical Principles as We Face Everyday Challenges

Thursdays from Jan 9 – Mar 5, 2020,
10 – 11:30 AM, Room 307-308.

An 8-week facilitated discussion for women. Facilitated by Janet Bickel. Each week we’ll discuss a topic and relate it to our everyday lives. We’ll see how New Testament scripture leads us to respond with practical applications that encourage us to lead lives that follow Christ. Topics include:  Finding our Purpose; Who is the Holy Spirit; Prayer; Forgiveness; Scripture and Values; Gratitude; Getting Beyond Ourselves in the midst of busy lives. We’ll discuss these difficult topics, learn from each other, in hopes of encouraging our faith to be real and authentic. Questions?   Email Janet at janadu52@gmail.com.


Get Connected!

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.


Nursery – 5th Grade

LiveIt! is our Sunday environment for K-5th grade from 9:30 -10:30 AM. 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.  


Middle School – High School

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 to learn more or contact Andy Mannes.


Asbury Blood Drive – Jan 4
10:00 – 2:00

“Sharing Life. Saving Lives”. Asbury Church has partnered again this year with The Blood Connection to bring their mobile drive right here to our own parking lot. Together we are making it so easy for you to make a difference in our community. And you can even sign up to reserve your own spot! Simply go to https://bit.ly/2sjUAaX


Church Office Closed – Jan 1

Our staff have worked tirelessly during the Advent season. The office will be closed New Year’s Day!

January Sermon Series – Reset!

Could you use a reset in your life? People all across the nation are asking God for a fresh start, so join us in the new year for this sermon series! Through the topics of reset my heart, reset my mind, reset my voice, and reset my hands, you can find real hope and your ultimate reset. There is a new start waiting for you! Series begins January 5, 2020.

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday

Asbury does Christmas differently. Our congregation accepted a challenge to spend as much on a gift for Jesus as we did on gifts for our families. We call it Christmas Is Not Your Birthday (CINYB). Asbury has chosen to continue this tradition by collectively contributing towards a gift to honor Jesus on His birthday. We invite your family to take the challenge and help us reach our $78,000 goal! Place a check in the offering (put CINYB in the memo line) or donate online at: asburyraleigh.org/serve/cinyb

Year-End Gifts

Thank you for your generosity and support that makes such a difference at Asbury, our community and far beyond. If you would like to make a gift for 2019, it must be received or postmarked by December 31. Stock transfers are handled through the United Methodist Foundation or Wells Fargo. Or to give electronically, go to www.asburyraleigh.org/give. Please contact Paula Jones for more information.

Discovering Asbury – Wed, January 15, 2020

We invite you to take your next step at Asbury. Discovering Asbury is an informative session where you can learn about becoming a member and ask questions about how and what it means to be baptized. The class is at 6:30 PM, a light dinner will be served and childcare provided. Attendance is required for membership, so please RSVP by visiting www.asburyraleigh.org/membership. Our next Membership & Baptism Sunday is January 26.

Church Directory Photos

Pictures have arrived for those who requested their free 8×10 portrait to be delivered to Asbury. You can pick them up in the office during regular office hours, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM Friday.

 Thank you for staying connected with us!