Asbury Newsletter

J.A.M. Class will only be available at the 11am Service on Sunday, October 17, and there will be no Sunday School Classes offered due to fall break.

Clergy Appreciation
The month of October is Clergy Appreciation month. Nick and his family have had plenty of challenges in these first months in Columbus.  New home, new schools, new congregation and all those adjustments that come with life in a new community.  Through all this, they have persevered and with God by their side, are powering through.  

The most heartfelt way to show our appreciation is through supporting Nick and the church.  If you are called and asked to serve, please pray, keep an open mind and answer yes, when so moved.  Having a vibrant and alive church is the greatest gift we can give. Look for ways to serve in our church and community to help others to Come.  Build.  Love.

As we celebrate Clergy Appreciation Month, it is certainly appropriate to celebrate the accomplishments achieved.
Congratulations, to our pastor, Nick Robinson are in order. Nick was recognized by Bishop Trimble for his five years of participation in the 2021 class of Called to Fruitfulness. The purpose of Called to Fruitfulness is two-fold, To honor and appreciate those who are serving in ministry and to seek to inspire and encourage them to engage in renewal for themselves and for others. Pastor Nick will receive a $1,000 spiritual renewal grant as part of this recognition.

The Garage Sale is Back
Donations can be dropped off in the Fellowship Circle starting Monday the 18th, for the sale which will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 7:30 – 11:30am. Contact Kelly Axsom (812) 344-8244 or Mary Ferdon (812) 343-5688 if you have stuff that needs to be picked up. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Youth Mission Trip and Mission Columbus

Storytime with CMO
Opportunity knocks. Love reading stories to children? Asbury is looking for a few fine folks to read a short story to classes of children in CMO. Stories will be short and can be selected by the teachers. We want to start this program on Tuesdays from 12 – 1:30 rotating through the 3 classes. If we get several volunteers, we can rotate through the list. (Wear your mask as you read, of course, and you will sit several feet away.) Take the time and enjoy the smiles as you can connect with our CMO family. Contact the church office or Susan Reid if interested.

A Tribute to John and Sue Rhoades
John and Sue Rhoades have been active Asbury members for many years.  They have recently decided to sell their home and move to Hoosier Village in Zionsville to be closer to their family.  Their move is planned for October 14th.

Through the years, John and Sue have worked tirelessly on many committees and ministries.  John has worked on sound system for a number of years.  John has been one of the church photographers, most recently helping for the Realm directory update. John and Sue have been the Asbury librarians.  Sue has taught Bible School, Sunday School, and Bible Studies and was a member of the Asbury Knitters.  They have both been excellent examples of Christian leadership and have been spiritual mentors to youth and adults. 

We wish them well in this next journey of their life.  Asbury members will miss their faithful leadership, friendship, and support.

Afghan Donation Drive
Close-toed Shoes are needed. Men’s sizes 7 -10 and Women’s sizes 6 – 9. Items can be dropped of at Love Chapel and the Library. The last date to receive donations is Saturday, October 23rd. Thank you in advance!

Children’s Ministry Update for This Week
We will not have Sunday school classes for children and youth on Sunday, October 10th and Sunday, October 17th for fall break. We will only have JAM at 11am both of these Sundays, as well. (No 8:45am JAM). Asbury Kids will meet this week Wednesday, October 6th and be on break Wednesday, October 13th for fall break.

Trunk or Treat!
Sunday, October 31st from 5 -7pm Asbury will be hosting our first Trunk or Treat event!  We will give out Bibles, candy, and gift bags for all, and also have a prize basket giveaway. The Men’s group will provide dinner, grilled hot dogs, chips, and drinks.

We will need 10-12 vehicles here with a few volunteers at each station to hand out the candy, gift bags, and Bibles to families! This is a great opportunity for families to serve together. Costumes are encouraged (no scary costume please.)

We desperately need candy, and other gift items that would be appropriate to give out.  Donated items can be dropped off at the church office during the week from 7:30am to 3pm or on Sunday mornings. To sign up to volunteer to serve at the event, please email Heidi at

Mission Columbus News
Mission Columbus has a full slate of outdoor construction and repair projects lined up for the Fall. If you are looking for local mission work and have a passion for safe & dignified housing and want sharpen your “do it yourself construction skills, contact  the Church Office at 812-372-4555. 

We are also looking for a “Tool Trailer” manager. This service role involves keeping the trailer stocked, organized and ready to go, for the next construction ministry project or disaster. 

Mission Columbus needs 3 to 4 additional volunteers for an exterior painting project on Saturday, October 16.   This is the last step in a structural repair & weather sealing project, to enable our client to remain in the house that her husband built over over 50 years ago.    If you are able to help, please contact Steve Ferdon at 812-344-0276 or

Financial Update

for Statements ending July 31, 2021                
  Monthly YTD   2021 Budget          
July Revenue $30,042 $280,732   $507,045.00 (budget includes expected PPP forgiveness)
July Expenses $43,227 $313,172   $541,854.00          
Revenue over Expenses -$13,185 -$32,440   -$34,809.00          
* Expenses do NOT include the last section of the Treasurer’s Statement (Additional Cash Requirements)    

Asbury Kids and Youth Wednesday Evening Classes 
Rasbury Kids ages 4 years – 1st grade, Asbury Kids grades 2nd – 5th grade and Asbury Junior High grades 6th-8th grade will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Each class will have a Bible story, a craft or activity, a snack, a time of prayer, and a time of fellowship. Asbury Kids are AWESOME! Come join the fun. As always, your kids and youth can bring a friend!

Pit Stop (Taco Church)
Asbury United Methodist Church has a ministry called the Pit Stop. The 2021-2022 school year starts the 15th year for this ministry. The mission statement is: In response to God’s call, Christian servants have a local mission opportunity to serve high school youth an inexpensive lunch in a safe environment. Every Thursday, when school is in full day session, a $4.00 taco/chicken lunch is served from 11am-1:30pm. There have been around 150 or more students per week taking advantage of this lunch every week.

Many people from Asbury’s congregation have donated money so more high school students can have the opportunity to experience this lunch.

A Name Tag Announcement From the WOW Team
The WOW Team is requesting that in-person worship attendees start wearing their name tags. Wearing name tags will help our new pastor, Nick, learn our names.  Wearing name tags will also benefit us as our in-person increases, as well as help with identifying and making new attendees feel welcomed in our church.

We ask that you put on your name tag before you enter the Sanctuary or the Contemporary Worship Center for worship.  Name are located in the Fellowship Circle.  Please return your name tag to the name tag tray and place it in alphabetical order to make it easier to find the following Sunday.  If you find that you do not have a name tag, please contact Jennifer at the church office and one will be made for you.

Who are the Asbury Ministry Team Leaders?
Below is a chart of our 7 Ministry Teams and the current leadership members.  This chart is also hanging on the main bulletin board just west of the Fellowship Circle.  There are still a few openings for your participation.  If you are interested in joining one of those teams, please speak to the Administrative Leader for that team or the team Recruiter.   You can also find more information about The Path on our website under the Quick Links.

Address or Phone Changes
If you have any changes to your address on phone number, contact the Church Office at 812-372-4445 or

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