Asbury Newsletter

Asbury United Methodist Church, Columbus, Indiana, US

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Love Chapel
Cans of soup and boxed mac and cheese are being collected for Love Chapel for December. We have collected 58 cans of soup and 30 boxes of Macaroni & Cheese. Please place your donations in the basket labelled Love Chapel in the Information Area!

Pit Stop
Pit Stop’s last meal for 2018 will be served Thursday, December 13. Workers: Debbie Frazier, Wally Dietz, Laura Crossman, Jim and Wendy Brookover, Kathy Meyer, Donna Fleming, Pat Legger, Sue and Bill Linder, Robin Grady, Sheila Thompson, Don Stonecipher, Georgia Long, Laura and Sarah Hahn, and Sally Riddle. Cookie bakers: Laura Crossman, Kathy Meyer, Georgia Long, Laura and Sarah Hahn, Glenda Henry, Kit Akins, and Penni Lashua.

Staff Christmas Gifts
Asbury is blessed with a dedicated staff that serves us beyond the requirements of their positions. One of the ways we recognize them is by providing a monetary love gift during the Christmas season. If you would like to contribute to staff gifts, please drop your gift by the church office  before Thursday, December 13th and mark as “Staff Gift Fund”. This gift is shared with Pastor Dave, Dave Barnes, Jennifer O’Connell, Shawn Wadell, and Ed Bruenjes.

Christmas Eve Service
Monday, December 24th, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with organ prelude beginning at 6:30pm and service starting at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Bring your Christmas bells to the Christmas Eve Service, and we will ring them together as we sing, “Joy to the World.”

Asbury’s Weather Alert 
t’s that time a year when weather can quickly effect our worship schedule. If services need to be canceled due to bad weather, or a time change is necessary to a service, the cancellation or the delay will be posted on our website (on the front page) and on Channel 13 News.

On-Line Pictorial Directory
The Asbury Church Directory is available on our website under Quicklinks.  The Directory is password protected for your safety.  If you need the password, please contact the church office or Dave Barnes at

Did You Know….
The Story behind the Christmas Hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”?

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This carol tells the tale of the birth of Jesus, and was inspired by a pilgrim’s moving Christmas Eve experience in the Holy Lands.

Phillip Brooks was a distinguished man of faith and intellect. A Boston-born Episcopalian preacher, he’d earned a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Oxford, taught at Yale University, and publically advocated against slavery during the Civil War. But he’s best known for penning “O Little Town of Bethlehem” after a life-changing journey.

In 1865, Brooks rode on horseback from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where he participated in the Church of the Nativity’s five-hour long Christmas Eve celebration, complete with hymns. Returning home, this experience proved so profound that he channeled it into the song sung in churches to this day. Its first public performance was held three years later, performed by the children’s choir of his church on December 27.

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