eBulletin for December 20

Highlights This Week + Schedule


  • Sunday 12/20 - Fourth Sunday of Advent, Last Student Ministry Sunday Night
  • Thursday 12/24 - Christmas Eve Worship at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 11pm
  • Friday 12/25 - Christmas Day Prayer and Devotional With Pastor Jonathan at 1pm
  • Sunday 12/27 - Special "At Home" LiveStream at 9:30am, 11am In Person Traditional Worship (No 8:30am worship this week)
  • Sunday 1/3 - Epiphany Worship and Communion at 8:30, 9:30 and 11
  • Sunday 1/10 - Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, Student Ministry Sunday Nights Resume
  • Tuesday 1/12 - Discovering Asbury on Zoom at 6:30pm


Worship This Week

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20th

Sermon: Experience Christmas

     One of the greatest stories ever told is God’s covenant with His people and His plan of salvation for the world. This is the overarching theme of the Old and the New Testaments. In the seasons of Advent and Christmas we see God’s plan revealed to us in human form – the birth of Jesus. Through this birth, God fulfilled the prophecy about the Messiah. 

Through this birth, God’s Kingdom came in direct contact with humankind. 

Through this birth, God created a way for humankind to enter into an eternal, right relationship with Him. 

Through this birth, God would change the world. What were the event around this birth? Who were the important players in this part of the story? What impact do these have for our lives and the church today? Come let us reflect on the good news of Christmas and God’s plan to save the world.

Christmas Eve At Asbury!

Here at Asbury Church, we have a place for you to worship safely this year.

Schedule for Christmas Eve:

2pm - Indoor Family Focused Traditional Worship (South Building and YouTube)

4pm - Outdoor Family Focused Worship (Between both Buildings - Feel free to bring a camp chair or blanket if you have them!)

6pm - Indoor Contemporary Worship with Full Praise Band  (North Building and on the LiveStream)

8pm - Indoor Contemporary Acoustic Worship (North Building)

11pm - Indoor Traditional Worship (South Building)

For the safety of all, indoor worship services require pre-registration through Eventbrite to ensure proper distancing and capacity. Seats will be in pods by family size and masks will be required the entire time while indoors. Outdoor worship does not require pre-registration and masks are only required while directly interacting or speaking with those outside of your family. ​​​​​​​

Photo Booth for Christmas Eve

We are excited to have a photographer ready to take a family picture to remember this very different Christmas Eve! She will be in place from 5-6pm and all are invited to come and get your photo taken!

We're almost halfway there!

Asbury Church challenges our families to give a gift to God's Kingdom that matches what we spend on gifts for our families this Christmas. These donations help to fund various missions around the world. Are you ready to be a part? We already have $32,000 of our $78,000 goal!

Celebrate the Ministry of Steve Barnett

We are sad to share that Steve Barnett has chosen to retire from his role with our LiveStream at the end of 2020. He has been vital to helping us establish our LiveStream - something that became the true core and heartbeat of our church in 2020. Please help us celebrate Steve by sending or dropping off cards or gifts to the church office and tuning in to the 6pm Christmas Eve LiveStream as we celebrate him during his last official service with us.

Get Connected

Because this holiday may leave many of us alone in our homes, Pastor Jonathan is leading a short devotional and prayer time on Zoom. Join in at 1pm on Christmas Day.

Meeting ID: 858 5169 5540

Passcode: 1225

Call In Phone Number: 929-205-6099

Poinsettia Orders

Poinsettia Reservations are now live! If you'd like to make a donation to have one in Honor or in Memory of a loved one, fill in the form at asburyraleigh.org/poinsettia

Gift of Thanks to the Staff

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. We would like to celebrate their ministry and bless our staff during the Christmas holiday. To contribute, use “staff gift” in the memo of your check and place in the offering box or give online at https://ppay.co/7w0NrkJWzE0. We also hope you will consider sending a note of appreciation to our staff. Thank you from the Staff Parish Relations Committee.