The Rider, AUM Church

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March 1, 2009 1st Sunday in Lent Traditional In the Sanctuary 8:30 a.m. Rev. Ed Boyd 9:45 a.m. Rev. Stephen Fife 11:00 a.m. Rev. Ed Boyd Spiritwind 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center Rev. Ann Sutton
March 8, 2009 2nd Sunday in Lent Traditional In the Sanctuary 8:30 a.m. Rev. Ann Sutton 9:45 a.m. Rev. Ed Boyd 11:00 a.m. Rev. Ed Boyd Spiritwind 11:00 a.m. in the Worship Center Rev. Stephen Fife
The Rider is a twice-monthly newsletter of Asbury UMC. To have information published in the next Rider, please submit by Tuesday, March 3, 2009 or e-mail: [email protected]
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February 24, 2009
Volume 14, Issue 4 The Rider February 24, 2009 Volume 14, Issue 4
A "Giving Tree" Story I cant believe its been a year. Christmas time always puts us in the ,,giving mood and reminds me of how much we truly have: our beautiful, Healthy children; my wonderful husband/partner-in-life; so much food we can waste some; a safe and warm home; all the clothes we need; etc. Being in a charitable spirit, I signed us up for various things through the Giving Tree expecting to do ,,our part and be done. I had no idea of the ,,gift my family and I were about to receive. This story revolves around the 2 families we were assigned: one needing food for a Christmas feast and the duration of the holiday break; the other a gift so an incarcerated Dad could let his child know he loved her. My husband, Simms, and I went to the first address to the deliver the ,,gift(s). The young mother and child we were delivering to lived with her Grandmother and a couple of other siblings. It was a neatly kept yard and a warm & lovely home with all the cozy fixings of Christmas. We explained who we were, where we were from, and how the gift came about. In closing, we bowed our heads and Simms gave thanks to God. We departed with a satisfied feeling that wed done a good thing. Our next stop didnt have the same warm -n-fuzzy feeling. The house was in a ,,less desirable area and needed repair ­ lots of it ­ including a fairly large hole by the back door you could see through (mostly) covered with Duck tape. We were greeted by a shy young lady; introduced ourselves and asked if we could bring in the groceries. This ,,little girl had a 2 yr. old on her hip and I thought, "A child raising a child". Although shy and in an awkward situation, she ("Mom") was most gracious and, with few words, relayed that shed recently lost her grandfather ­ who was the one who guided her the most. Even though they were living with ,,family, it was obvious that it would be a dismal Christmas for these two. On a regular basis my heart opens to situations of others but, for one reason or another, I generally go about my business probably assuming someone else will help. This occasion was very different, as well as out of my comfort zone. As we were leaving, I felt a pull I couldnt brush aside or ignore; yet, as badly as I wanted to, I couldnt ,,fix her world. A wonderful friend suggested I "just be a friend and listen" then Id know how to help ­ so I did. In the weeks and months to come, that young lady and I became more acquainted. I learned of the numerous challenges she faces in everyday life ­ everything from simple things we take for granted to things that rip into the heart. Have you ever had to take a bus everywhere you needed to go, 6 days a week? The bus doesnt run on Sunday or past 10 pm, so going to church and a ,,night job is difficult. Think of all the places you go: groceries, cleaners, bank, work, errands, doctor, etc. It takes about 2 hours each way ­ here in Lafayette! And, I cant remember the last time I worried about needing to use a telephone. I pick up my home phone or cell without hesitation, including those calls to the Insurance Company I know are going to be an hour + long. Oh yeah, I have insurance. By listening .. I learned of her pride and ambitions; I witnessed her being knocked down time after time, but getting back up to fight another day. I learned she is the only one in her family to graduate from High School and wanted a higher education. So, with the help of my other friends, we found a way and shes now in her second semester of college. The best part is that she has a beautiful daughter who is witnessing her moms strength and, one day, I hope to see her in college too. For a long time I thought we were just ,,helping someone else, not realizing how my life was changing right along with hers. I know Ive been very blessed in my life, but the bigger picture didnt sink in until getting to know this young lady. Where I landed at birth was by luck. I wasnt able to pick the family I was born into; I didnt know that they would love, support, and take care of me the way they did. Its crystal clear now that people dont just need food to live by. We all need love, compassion, a pat on the back, a stronger voice to stand up for us when we falter or are mistreated. We need to know that someone cares about us for the person we are and is in our corner. For me, reinforcement of this comes each time we talk; whether its hearing her smile while she tells me of a victory that day, or hearing her broken voice with something having gone wrong. Shes been through a lot, mostly by herself so I am honored to know that she trusts me, considers me a friend, and counts on me as a sounding board the same way I would count on a ,,family member. Simms and I have had the privilege of watching this young lady grow in confidence and ability. Not that her life will be "easy" just because weve entered it, but to her list of ,,possibilities she has added the dream of one day owning her own home ­ something that, a year ago, had never entered her mind. Im in awe of the way God led us to her and thank Him for opening my heart to receive His blessing. Janet Raybon
Asbury United Methodist Church 101 Live Oak Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70503 Phone: ( 337 ) 984-4211 Fax: ( 337 ) 984-7844 E-mail address: [email protected] Web page: Every Sunday -7:30am - 9:00am Breakfast in the Worship Center ($2.50/ person-$1.50/10 yrs and under) ($6.00 Per Family) Sunday Services Morning Worship In the Sanctuary 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am Spiritwind In the Worship Center 11:00am
Music Ministry Most of us remember that this time of year we celebrate the Lenten season. I hope you had a great Mardi Gras. We've planned lots of neat things for Lent! Lent serves as a season of preparation to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. In days past, Lenten observances have focused heavily on our sin and the need for repentance. None of us denies our sin, but while acknowledging our sin, it is easy to focus solely on our sin and miss the wondrous grace of God. Therefore our Lenten services will acknowledge our sin but will focus on God's grace. Our focus in worship should always be on God's action--not ours. Our sending forth, from the hymn O Sacred Head Now Wounded, keeps things in proper perspective for us: We thank God for his mercy and pray that we never outlive our love for "thee." Through the Lenten season, our ministers are preaching on "deep" questions submitted by our congregation. Topics include "Why do bad things happen?" "What is God's will for my life?" "What is heaven?" and "What is God's involvement in my life?" We'll have five unique services on Sunday nights at 6:30 during the Lenten season. The services will include a service of hymns on the cross, a Taizй style service led by Rev. Stephen Fife, a meditative service led by Walter, Jr., a Labyrinth walk, and a hymn sing led by Jim Fowler. Of course we'll have Lenten Luncheon services at noon on Wednesdays during Lent. This year, we'll hear from lay people from the Lafayette area. We hope you'll be part of every worship opportunity at Asbury through the season of Lent! Goodwill, Lee Cooke Lenten Lunch
If you would like to give flowers in mem- ory or in honor of someone, look for the flower calendar either in Spiritwind or in the glass hallway.
Mark Your Calendars! Lenten Lunch-- Wednesdays in Lent March 4th thru April 8th Join Us For Worship, Fellowship, and a light Lunch* 12:00 noon during the season of Lent Spiritwind Worship Center March 4 ­ Bud Lee ­ retired Assistant District Attorney. Member of First UMC, New Iberia. March 11 - Susie Aycock Fleniken - member of Spiritwind and business owner in Lafayette * a small fee will be charged for the lunch
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This-N-That ASBURY PRAYS Perseverance: Courage in the Midst of Trying Times 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed." There were plenty of reasons for discouragement in Pauls situation, yet he did not quit. He knew what he possessed in Jesus Christ. Instead of complaining about what he did not have, he rejoiced in what he did have. Prayer: Almighty God, Thank you for bringing all that I need regardless of my situation. Help me to focus on you in the midst of my trying times. In Jesus' name, Amen
TIME-STARVED? HUNGRY FOR IMPACT? Believe it or not, we have 1-hour positions open once a month with little or no experience or preptime needed! If you have one hour a month to spare and want to use that hour making a difference in children's lives, contact Lynley Jones for our "odd jobs" list!
Construction Open House March 8 Get a sneak peak of the new Children's Building, Sunday, March 8. All morning long before and after services the building will be open for you to see what was once a dream. FREE DESKS! Computer Desk and Office Desk to be given away. First come, first served! If youre interested, contact Diane Forest, [email protected]
The Children's Ministry is collecting coke tops to help furnish the new building. We plan on buying electronics with the reward points. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please start collecting bottle tops and boxes and turn them in to the "collection stations" in the church office and Spiritwind. Thank you for your support.
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Stewardship Campaign Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service - A Report on Asbury's Stewardship for 2009 The season of Lent is upon us. Wonderful worship services highlighting our annual Lenten journey have been planned. Sunday School and small group opportunities for adults, children, and youth follow the way of the cross throughout this forty days. The friends of Christ who make up this body of the church called Asbury are active in the community of Lafayette and in the world making disciples. Pledges of prayer, talents, and financial giving have been received from 208 families as of this writing. The total currently pledged to financial stewardship for 2009 is $660,410.78. In the next two weeks, the Finance Committee will meet to begin the process of finalizing Asbury's budget for programs, worship, music, missions, outreach, and campus maintenance for this year. Are you in on the plans? Have you prayerfully considered your needs in Asbury's community of Christ throughout this year? It is never too late to make your commitment to participate in the life of Asbury through your prayers, presence, and gifts of money and service. Thank You I want to thank my Asbury family for the cards, prayers and flowers. The words of encouragement from you at the time of my foot surgery and the death of my Brother last month were deeply appreciated. It is special times like these that we know what a great place Asbury really is! Sincerely, Sue Segura Memorials In Memory of.... Christine Pullum: A gift was made to the Building Fund in her memory by Joseph and Vicki Ornowski and Family. Richard E. "Dick" Chandler: A gift was made to the Music Fund in his memory by Rosemary Ham. Logan Benham: A gift in his memory was made to the Building Fund by John and Marilee Townsend. Bricene Elwell: Gifts in her memory were made to the Building Fund by Jerry and Marina Bishop, John and Marilee Townsend, and Sarah Borel. Kenneth Futch: A gift was made in his memory by Paula Futch. Geraldine Hogue: A gift to the Building Fund was made in her memory by Bette Harris, Kathryn Hill, the Jerry Seams Family, and the George Hogue, Jr. Family. Elizabeth "Libby" Shondeck: A gift to the Music Fund was made in her memory by Nita and Don Harrington. Jerome Bush: A gift to the Music Fund was made in his memory by Nita and Don Harrington. In Honor of... Glenna Goforth: A gift to the Love Fund was made in honor of her February birthday by the Kaleidoscope Sunday school class. Sue Segura: A gift to the Building Fund was made in her honor by Jill Aucoin and Family. Page 6
Donation to projects Angel Tree Acadiana Belles Adopt-A-Family Holiday Food Basket Welcome Home Bags Meals on Wheels We Care Bags
Children 37 20 75 95 105
Adult 28 30 35 42 90
$1,500 1,950 4,800 2,600 2,400 750 2,000
Monetary Gifts: Second Harvest Bridge Market Soldiers Fund *Snowflakes **Giving Tree
$1,200 500 2,600 350 2,000
Combined Total:
*Funds are used year-round for homebound and Meals on Wheels clients. **$1,000 donated to the Giving Tree will be transferred to Snowflakes to provide for homebound and Meals on Wheels year-round. Thank you so much for giving your time and gifts to bless the lives of others at Christmas. The Giving Tree Committee MORE CHILDREN AND ADULTS WERE ADOPTED AND THIS WAS THE LARGEST TOTAL AMOUNT EVER CONTRIBUTED!!!!
Stephen Ministry Workshop A Half-Day Workshop Featuring: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief An Introduction to the Stephen Series System of Lay Caregiving Ministry How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way When: Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:00 A.M.­1:00 P.M. (registration begins at 8:00 A.M.) Where: Asbury United Methodist Church 101 Live Oak Blvd., Lafayette, LA Cost: No cost to Asbury Members To Register: Visit the church office
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ASBURY (HEART'S-- with a heart) KIDS! Asbury's Children's Ministry works to provide a safe place where children explore and experience what Jesus can do in their lives. But have you ever wondered WHY? What motivates Asbury's Children's Ministry team? We love Your children and we know that your children have fabulous potential! We don't want any child to miss even one of God's blessings because we didn't reach that child for Him (God). Our goal is to have your kids beg you to bring them to church because they love it here! It could happen...
Asbury Academy has almost 1/2 of it's members from outside Asbury! What a tremendous privilege to teach, not only our own children, but the community's as well! We're thrilled to be sharing God's love (and some practical life skills) with these wonderful children! The same phenomenon is working in Kids' Club! We have 3-5 non-Asbury visitors a week! Kids love it and they're brining their friends to check it out! Mommy & Me Play Date March 13, 2009 10 ­11 a.m. Mother's Day Out Playground PARENTS' NIGHT OUT Feb. 28, 2009 5:30 PM UNTIL 8:30 PM. Reservations: [email protected]
3rd to 6th Graders Second Monday of Every Month 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. In Fellowship Hall March 9 Gardening You Are Invited! "All Around Easter" Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m.-12:00p.m. Asbury United Methodist Church Christ-centered games, face painting, snacks and food, egg hunt, cookie walk, music , etc. For more information, call 984-4211 For ages 0 - 6th grade
Children's Ministry is in need of : plastic Easter eggs egg cartons bags of individually warpped candy
March 1st Sunday School Kick-Off Baby Beginnings: 0-36 months Located in the Childrens Wing Nursery Room 9
Save-the-date: "Crocodile Dock" Vacation Bible School will be June 1-5th. Now taking volunteer applications! If youre interested, contact Lynley Jones, [email protected] Call now, volunteer spots are filling fast!
Learning Lab: 3 years to Kindergarten Located in the Childrens Wing Rooms 7, 8, & 11 Faith Zone: 1st-5th Grades Located in the Childrens Wing Rooms 1, 2, 3, & 5 Grapple: 6th Grade Located next to the Chapel in Room 12
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Thank You Challengers Class! For hosting Pastoral Conversations in your classroom for 7 weeks For being so generous with your classroom space for 7 weeks For putting your normal class routine on hold for 7 weeks For greeting "visiting adults" so graciously for 7 weeks For making this unique pastor-led study opportunity possible on Sunday mornings for 7 weeks For giving our Asbury family such a wonderful example of making sacrifices on behalf of others for 7 weeks For living out your faith so beautifully every day Power Prayer team member Needed JOB DESCRIPTION: Volunteer to pray through a list of prayer needs in the Prayer Room at Asbury on one Sunday a month. SKILLS NEEDED: Dedication, discretion, and a love and calling to communicate the needs of others through prayer. SERVICE COMMITMENT: Volunteers serve a three month term, with the option of "re-upping" at the end of three months. RESPONSIBILITIES: On your assigned Sunday, go to the Prayer Room at 8:15 a.m. Pray through the prayers listed on the "assignment" sheet. The sheet will be prominently displayed in the Prayer Room. Some prayer examples are: Pray for all four Sunday Worship Services Pray for our ministers Pray for the Sunday school teachers, leaders and volunteers Pray the requests as printed on the "green prayer cards." Pray for any other Asbury need, either as your are lead, or as you are instructed on the prayer list. If you cannot pray on your assigned Sunday, please contact one of the other four Power Prayer Team members and ask to switch Sundays. Worse case, you may pray where you are (if you are out of town, i.e.). Communicate with the Power Prayer Team leader if you have any suggestions or ideas that would improve this ministry! VOLUNTEER TRAINING: As needed, training will be held at the beginning of each Power Prayer Team term. QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about this ministry, contact Madge Odom, [email protected] We love find out areas where better communication are needed! Page 5

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