Asbury Newsletter

Asbury United Methodist Church, Columbus, Indiana, US

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Good News UMC in Santa Rosa Beach Florida is an UMCOR distribution center for Hurricane Michael relief.  Shane & Shannon Hartman and will be traveling to the area on October 26.  They will be taking a trailer of supplies.  If you would like to donate to the relief efforts please bring the following to the church by Thursday, October 25, (3 pm) and they will make sure that it gets to Good News UMC.

(Please note: this list is from the coordinator of the efforts.  Please stick to this list as much as possible)

Tarps, work gloves, roofing nails and screws, heavy duty garbage bags, diapers, formula, baby wipes, squeezable baby food, Clorox wipes, small size of shampoo, deodorant toothpaste, Band-Aids, toothbrushes, individual snack packs (peanut butter crackers, trail mix, fruit snacks, fruit cups, applesauce), individual powder drink packs, feminine hygiene products, new socks and underwear-kids and adults

*Good News is not taking any other clothing donations except for what is listed above.

Family Fall Festival

Seekers Small Group
The Seekers Small Group will meet on October 18th at 10am in the Church Library.

Don’t Mention Age
DMA will be meeting on Friday, October 19th at 5:30pm in the Contemporary Worship Center for a pitch-in and program. Pastor Dave and friends will share pictures from their latest trip to Israel. If you would like to attend the program only, it will begin at 6:15pm.

All Saints & Legacy Sunday
On Sunday, November 4th – Asbury will have one service at 10am in the Contemporary Worship Center followed by a reception in the Fellowship Circle. We will be remembering the saints of Asbury who have passed on in the last year and we will be recognizing Asbury family members who are over 90 years old and the legacy they are passing down to the younger generations.  No JAM or Sunday School Classes will meet on November 4th.

Turkey Dinner
The Church-wide Thanksgiving dinner will be Sunday, November 18th , in the Contemporary Worship Center immediately following the 10:30am combined Worship Service. The traditional turkey dinner will be prepared and served by the men of the church. Men who would like to help, should indicate their intentions on the sign-up sheets in Fellowship Circle. There is no need to sign up to attend, we will have plenty of food for everyone.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Blasdel (812-603-6461) or Don Leggiero (812-350-9689).

Worship Setup Help Needed
We need help setting up the chairs in the Contemporary Worship Center for Sunday worship. A couple of volunteers can set up the chairs in less than 30 minutes. If we can find 8-10 volunteers then no one would have to serve more than one Saturday a month . If you would be willing to be of service, please contact Jim Fleming (812-343-8185 or

Asbury Stewardship Newsletter
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Stewardship September/October Newsletter in the back of the Sanctuary or at the Information Center.  You will see some familiar faces and hear about lots of wonderful work being done with your gifts to Asbury and its many missions.  If you have events you would like to see featured, don’t hesitate to tell a committee member! (Kristen Bridgeman, Charlie Byers, Norm Smith, Janet Baldwin, and Becky Harding.)

Sunday School Teachers for Preschool Class Needed
We are fortunate to have a group of preschoolers as part of our Asbury family. These precious children need a Sunday School class of their own. We have a classroom. We have easy-to-teach curriculum. We need, however, at least two people who love children to staff this class. A teacher and a helper need to be present each Sunday. We can set up teaching duties in a variety of ways to accommodate, including alternating weeks or months. Please, prayerfully consider if God is calling you to this area. It is genuine privilege to work with the young people of this church! If interested, please get in touch with: Mary Sue Stone, Dave Blystone, or Dot Kirkling.

The United Methodist Church News Service
The United Methodist Church has a news service that will email you news reports about what is happening across the denomination. You can choose to receive the news on a daily basis, a weekly basis, or both. You can subscribe to the service by following this link. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Feed My Starving Children Fundraiser
Judy Smith will be selling her jewelry and Christmas bags on Sunday, November 25th. Proceeds will go to Feed My Starving Children.

Love Chapel
Asbury is collecting 500 boxes of Brownie mixes for Oct and Nov for the Love Chapel Holiday Food Drive. 116 boxes have been donated -Needed:  384.  Please place your donations in the basket labelled Love Chapel at the Information Center.

Operation Christmas Child 
It is Operation Christmas Child time again! You are invited to participate in this mission project. Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are available at the Information Center. Shoe boxes need to be turned in by Sunday, November 11th along with $9.00 per box. On November 11th, noon – 3pm, the Children’s Ministry will be having a packing party. Anyone interested in joining us, please bring items to pack or donations toward shipping a box.

For gift suggestions and what not to include, visit

Mission Columbus
Hurricane Florence – The team is looking at a possible trip to North Carolina sometime between February and April, 2019. It will take at least that long for Local Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery organizations to establish a structure and process for managing volunteer reconstruction crews. In the meantime, if you would like to do something now, for those whose lives have been forever changed by this historic storm, cash donations to UMCOR, Samaritan’s Purse or the American Red Cross are recommended. Please do not send food, water, clothes or any other material goods, unless we receive an official and specific request from a “boots on the ground” NGO. Yours in Christ – Steve Ferdon

Mission Columbus Help Wanted
As the requests for assistance continue to come in, the M/C crew is looking for two volunteers to fill the following roles on the leadership team.
• COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR – volunteer to keep Facebook and web page on updated and complete.
• TOOL TRAILER QUARTERMASTER – volunteer(s) to organize and re-stock the tool trailer between projects and trips. Also responsible for keeping up with the tire, wheel bearing & lights maintenance schedule.
If you are interested in one of these roles, please contact Steve Ferdon (812) 344-0276 to discuss.

Did You Know….
The History behind the Hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul?”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

The author, Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888), was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago. He had established a very successful legal practice as a young businessman and was also a devout Christian. Among his close friends were several evangelists including the famous Dwight L. Moody, also from Chicago.

Spafford’s fortune evaporated in the wake of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Having invested heavily in real estate along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, he lost everything overnight. In a saga reminiscent of Job, his son died a short time before his financial disaster. But the worst was yet to come.

Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck tells the story: “Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters as well as wishing to join and assist Moody and [his musician Ira] Sankey in one of their campaigns in Great Britain, Spafford planned a European trip for his family in 1873. In November of that year, due to unexpected last-minute business developments, he had to remain in Chicago, but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Havre. He expected to follow in a few days.

“On November 22 the ship was struck by the Lochearn, an English vessel, and sank in twelve minutes.

Spafford left immediately to join his wife. This hymn is said to have been penned as he approached the area of the ocean thought to be where the ship carrying his daughters had sunk.

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