Asbury Newsletter

Asbury United Methodist Church, Columbus, Indiana, US

Quarterly Contribution Statements
Thank you for your generous tithes and gifts.  1st quarter contribution statements may be picked up at the Information Center on Sunday, April 22nd.  Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding your statement.  To decrease paper storage, we only keep offering envelope documentation for a period of six months.  Please HELP US SAVE POSTAGE and pick up your statement before you leave the church.

Job Opening
Asbury United Methodist Church of Columbus, Indiana is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Children and Family Ministry Director. The person in this position is to envision, create, coordinate and lead ministry to nurture spiritual growth from an early age. It is expected that this person will spend 70% of their time in children’s ministry, 15% with youth ministry, and 15% with family ministry.  For more information visit To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email to:, in person or by mail to Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th Street, Columbus, IN 47201. For a complete job description, please contact Asbury at or call 812-372-4555.

Love Chapel
66 jars of Peanut Butter have been collected for April–please place your donations in the basket labelled Love Chapel at the Information Center.

Pit Stop News
Workers for Thursday, April 19:  Jerry & Pam Simo, TJ Anderson, Bill & Sue Linder, Robin Grady, Wally Dietz, Debbie Frazier, Sally Riddle, Sarah and Laura Hahn. Cookie Bakers: Pam Simo, Robin Grady, Karen Blystone, Rayette Mize, Michele Gilbert, Mary Ferdon, and Debbie Frazier.

Camp Moneto Outing
Saturday April 21st those coming to the hike and bluebird house installation will meet at Camp Moneto at 9 am.  Camp Moneto is located at 551 Camp Moneto Rd, Nashville, IN 47448 and is about a 30 minute ride from Asbury.  I will meet you at Takomoke lodge (up the hill) to have a short discussion on the camp and what we will do and what we may see on the trails.  Dress in layers and maybe boots pending the weather situation.  Rain or shine we will install the bird houses and meet at the lodge.  Several people are expected and we may break up into more than one group.  No cost or reservations are required, contact Dan Kirkling for questions at 812-603-1228.  The next hike will be at the Asbury Family Camp and anyone can come to the Saturday hike event even if not attending the entire weekend.  More info to come after I survive the first hike!

Faith Promise Sunday
Faith Promise Sunday is May 6th.  Our featured program is Red Bird Mission. Our guest speaker will be MaryBeth Ingalls, Craft Marketing Manager. We are hosting a craft show on Saturday May 5 from 9-2 in the Contemporary Worship Center.

Red Bird Mission Craft Fair
Asbury will be having a Red Bird Mission’s Appalachian Craft Fair on Saturday, May 5th 9am – 2pm, in the Contemporary Worship Center.  The Fair will feature many beautiful crafts made by the crafters of the Red Bird River Valley in Kentucky. Many unique crafts including woven rugs and mats, corn shuck flowers, wood kitchen items, jewelry, wooden toys, candles, pottery, and other hand-made items will be for sale.

Fun Committee Outing
Indians game on May 6th at 1:35 pm.  So let’s start our spring and summer off with a baseball game.  Tickets are $14 each for shaded box seats! Just look for the sign-up sheet at the Information Center and sign-up a.s.a.p so we know how many tickets we will need.  Children 14 and under eat for free.  (hotdog, chips, and bottle of water).  First 1,500 kids get an Indians bat and ball.  Please give your ticket money to Carrie Riley or Robin Grady ahead of time or pay a Fun Committee Member the day of the event.

Vacation Bible School
Announcing VBS is on the Calendar for June 10th -13th, 6:00 – 8pm.  This year’s theme will be, “Shipwreacked – Rescued by Jesus” Your children will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. More information to come very soon.

Asbury at Brown County
Camp with your Asbury family at Camp Moneto on June 22-24.  Fellowship, worship, food, and activities for everyone in the family!


Registration opens on March 5 and closes on June 8. Payment should be directed to the Asbury Office.

Cost: $75 per person, a maximum $250 per family (Children 3 and under are free.)

Registration includes five meals, lodging for Friday and Saturday night, activities, crafts, and more! More information available at

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.

Feed My Starving Children
FMSC – SAVE THE DATES!!! The 2018 Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event at Asbury will be September 7th, 8th and 9th. Please mark your calendars to pack with us. You may begin donating anytime. You may do so online or make a check out to Asbury with FMSC in the memo line. We are always looking for help so if you would like to volunteer in any way please contact Carrie Riley at 812-343-3505 or Samantha Steele at 812-374-2129.

Did you Know…
That each member of the Board of Trustees are assigned to take care of a specific area of the church?

Area of Responsibility
Bob Anderson:  pest control & parsonage
Joe Mickel:  plumbing, trash & Recycling
Melissa Begley:  facility engineering
Jim Fleming:  AVL Equipment & Security
Chris Anderson:  rolling equipment, insurance, janitorial
Susan Whipker: kitchen
Edgar Katterhenry:  internet, phone, and office equipment
Alan Mize:  Electrical & HVAC
Kelly Stilson:  grounds, maintenance & sprinkler system.

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