Asbury Newsletter

Asbury United Methodist Church, Columbus, Indiana, US

Meet Jason Shemanski
Asbury’s Children & Family Ministry Director

Jason is married and has a 2 year-old son and 3 year-old daughter

Favorite Foot:  Pizza
Favorite Color:  Navy Blue
Favorite Hobby:  Fishing
Favorite Book:  The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Favorite Song:  I Can Only Imagine
Favorite Musical Group:  Mercy Me
Favorite Holiday:  Thanksgiving
Favorite TV Show:  Wicked Tuna
Favorite Breakfast Drink:  Orange Juice
Favorite Subject in School:  History
Favorite Sport:  Baseball
Favorite Soft Drink:  Diet Mountain Dew
Favorite Indiana Area to Visit:  Evansville (wife went to USI)
Favorite US Area to Visit:  Florida Keys
Place in World You Would Most Like to Visit:  Australia
Current Person in the World You Would Most Like to Talk to:  Pope Francis
Person in History You Would Most Like to Talk to:  Abraham Lincoln

General Board of Global Missions
Bishop Desmond Tutu perhaps said it best, “The gospel to a hungry man is a loft of bread.” The provision of the bread often opens a dialogue that can also address the spiritual needs of the hungry man.

The GBGM considers evangelism an essential part of its response to the physical needs of people around the world.  To this end the GBGM proudly reports 1000 new church starts in 9 countries around the world int he last 13 years.

Seekers Small Group will be meeting Thursday, July 5th and Thursday, July 19th at 10am in the Library.

Join the Asbury Summer Choir
The Asbury Summer Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing and would like to sing in a choir.  We will be singing once a month thoughout the summer and our June date is Sunday, June 24th.  Rehearsal will be on Thursday, June 21st at 7pm in the Choir Room.  This is a fun, enjoyable and uplifting time so don’t miss out on a blessing!

Asbury at Brown County – June 22 – 24
We will have a great time of fellowship, worship, food, and activities for everyone in the family! Please mark your calendar that on Sunday June 24th, the First Service will remain at 8:45am in the Sanctuary but the 11am Service will be held at Camp Moneto. Bring a chair. Lunch will be provided after the Service.

Jr. High Mission Trip
June 22nd – June 25th to Knoxville, TN

On June 22nd at 8:30am everyone is invited to join us as we send our Junior High Mission Trip on its way to Knoxville, TN.  We will meet outside by the rock to pray over the group.

Sr. High Mission Trip
June 24th – 30th to West Virginia

June 24th at 7:15am everyone is invited to join us as we send our Sr. High Mission Trip to Clay County, West Virginia.  We will meet outside by therock to pray over the group.

Save The Date – Asbury Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 15th, 6 – 8pm.  Mark your calendar now for this annual event.  Sign-up sheet will be available soon.

United Methodist Mountain Mission
Mountain Mission will be at Asbury on July 17th.  Items needed for back to school:  clothes,  backpacks, folders, binders, etc.  All other items:  socks, underwear, men’s clothing, small appliances (blenders, toasters).  Please have all your items at church by July 16th packed in boxes if possible.

Feed My Starving Children
We have made our first payment to FMSC! Thank you so much for your donations! Please continue to donate as our second payment is due in July, and we will be deciding how many meals we can pack. We base that decision on the donations we have received. Go to to donate online or make a check out to Asbury UMC with FMSC in the memo line.

Love Chapel
272 cans of tuna have been collected for the month of June.  Please place your donations in the basket labelled Love Chapel at the Information Center.

Red Bird Mission Workcamp
The Red Bird Mission addresses the issues resulting from poverty in Clay County Kentucky (the poorest county in the United States). Red Bird Mission strives to meet needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.  Asbury, along with hundreds of other United Methodist churches, has supported Red Bird financially and with volunteer labor for many years.

The Asbury Workcamp Trip is September 9-15, 2018.

Please consider joining us this year. The total cost is $375/person with a $200 deposit due by June 15. Asbury members will pay the initial $200 deposit; Faith Promise funds pay the final $175 which is for building materials and supplies. See Mary Beth Wert if you have questions.

Seminary Scholarship
Asbury has a Seminary Scholarship Fund designed to provide financial assistance to seminary students from the Asbury congregation with tuition, books, or other academic expenses of seminary. The Staff Parish Relations Committee oversees the selection of recipients and the disbursement of funds from this account. There is a student currently enrolled in seminary who would be eligible for assistance. If you would like to make a contribution to this fund, please write “Seminary Scholarship Fund” on your contribution envelope or the message line of your check.

Pictorial Directory 
Last Summer we did our last directory and it is now time for our annual updated session.

The purpose of this session is multiple:

  • New families to Asbury can be added to the directory
  • Anyone who was unable to participate last year
  • Families whose dynamics have changed

The photo sessions will be on August 29th, 2-9pm.  Sign-up sheet will be available soon.   You will not have to have a photo retaken to be included in the new directory and the updated books should be available sometime in October.

Did You Know…
That there are over 1,000 light bulbs in Asbury’s building?  Now that’s a lot of light bulbs!!  A special thank you to the Trustees for changing the bulbs as they are needed.

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