Asbury Newsletter

Asbury United Methodist Church, Columbus, Indiana, US

Pit Stop News
Pit Stop starts Thursday, August 16th!! Workers: Rosemary Bolenbaugh, Pat Legger, Wally Dietz, Beth & Norm Smith, Sue Eaglin, Pat Spurlock, Sue & Bill Linder, Robin Grady, Patty Hauck, Wendy & Jim Brookover, Susannah Lipinski, Laura & Sarah Hahn. Cookie Bakers: Beth Smith, Robin Grady, Rosemary Bolenbaugh, Sue Linder, Glenda Henry, Debbie Frazier, Mary Ferdon, and Marsha Sunkel.

Don’t Mention Age
DMA will meet on Friday August 17th at 5:30 p.m., for a pitch-in and program in the Contemporary Worship Center.  Chuck VanNatta will present the program, “An African Safari-pictures of the people and animals of Africa”.

Family Tailgate Party
Asbury Family Tailgate Party, August 24th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This will be a time to celebrate the Columbus North vs. East football game. Hot dogs and water will be provided.  If you would like to share a side, please let Jason know.  We also need volunteers to help with grilling hot dogs, games, and taking pictures.  We will start setting up at 3:30 p.m.  Contact Jason at or 502-415-8159 if interested in helping in anyway.

Asbury Golf Outing
Sunday, August 26th from 2-4pm at Clifty Creek Golf Course.  The cost is $16 for each person for 9 holes.  Dan Kirkling’s delicious grilled hotdogs will be waiting for you when you finish your  9 holes of golf!  It will be worth coming out to play that day just for the hotdogs and company!

Special Meeting at Hope United Methodist Church
Pat Miller, former State Senator and former committee member for the “Way Forward” will be speaking at Hope UMC on Sunday, August 26th at 6pm.  Pat will be discussing options that will be coming up at the General Conference in February.

Feed My Starving Children
Registration is going strong! We actually have a wait lists for the shifts. If you would like to be added to a wait list email Samantha Steele at or call/text 812-374-2129. The shifts are ever changing and spots open up leading up to the event so you may still be able to pack. We have other options to serve such as setting up, greeting or checking in volunteers and so much more.  Go to to donate or sign up!

Feed My Starving Children – Prayer Moment
“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”
Luke 12:48b NLT

Generous Father, we who live in Columbus, Indiana, USA have been given so much from your generous hand. We want to give back in response to Your loving generosity. Please use our monetary gifts to FMSC to feed the hungry in our world and to remind them that you see them and love them. Bless our gifts and multiply them. Amen.

FMSC: Stories of Hope
To read a new “Story of Hope” please click on the attached link

Love Chapel
117 cans of fruit have been collected for the month of August.  Please place your donations in the basket labelled Love Chapel at the Information Center.

Pictorial Directory
The Pictorial Photo Sessions will be on August 29th at 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.  We still need to fill some photo time slots.  If you can help us out, please sign-up.  Sign up is available on front page of our web-site,  or contact Dave Barnes at or 812-603-4885.  The updated directories should be available sometime in October.
Did You Know
In 2018 the church will be celebrating 50 years of the United Methodist Church, formed with the uniting of two denominations, the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and the Methodists. For most persons in local churches questions about the union were not so much about should bishops be elected for life and who is going to publish the Sunday school material, but how will we get along with that church down the street since we are now part of the same denomination.Most parts of the country had few EUBs and in those areas EUB churches were easily absorbed into the heavily Methodist conferences. But in Indiana it was a different story. Methodists and EUBs had been wildly successful in their years of ministry in Indiana; perhaps too successful for some communities. Indiana United Methodists would now have 1,682 churches and 413,740 members. What shall be done in Claypool, Indiana, where the town of 458 people would have two churches, a former EUB and a Methodist church just blocks apart?   Or what about Wells County where 23,000 total inhabitants had 22 United Methodist Churches to choose from?   On one rural county road one could pass three open, country United Methodist churches in a two-mile stretch.Then there were the cities. All of the predecessor groups now forming the United Methodist Church had been successful in Elkhart. The result was that a city of 43,000 persons would now have 14 United Methodist Churches. Fourteen United Methodist pastors could make up a ministerial association all by themselves. And none of the churches were weak.   First EUB was formerly First Evangelical Church, which at one time had a Sunday school of 1,000, had hosted the General Conference and was once one of the strongest churches in the denomination. Grace Methodist had once been Grace Methodist Protestant, the second strongest church in the Methodist Protestant Indiana Conference. Trinity Methodist was a premier church for the Methodists and likewise as Castle EUB Church (named after the famous Indiana United Brethren bishop) in the EUB north conference.   But even then the churches were not strategically located. A number of the churches were bunched near the downtown while some of the suburban areas would have no UM churches.This, of course, had been discussed by committees working on unification. Even if not outlined in an official document the word spread that in the interest of good stewardship and for the sake of mission there would need to be mergers or yoked parishes. When the denominational unification came a number of local church mergers were attempted with mixed results. One merger was most successful however. In Elkhart four near downtown churches, a former Methodist Protestant (Grace), a former Methodist Episcopal (Simpson), a former Evangelical (Alblright), and a former U.B. (Good Shepherd), came together and became the nucleus of what was basically a new church start in Concord Twp., namely Faith Church, under the direction of Larry Kurtz and (eventual bishop) Frank Beard. The church today is worshiping nearly 500 persons each Sunday.Submitting a Story to the Asbury News
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