Asbury Newsletter

Boy Scout Sunday

Asbury will be celebration Boy Scout Sunday on February 5th at the 8:45am & 11am Service.  Come and show your support and celebrate with us!! As a special thank you the Scouts will have chili available for take out after both services.

Asbury Scouts and Scout Sunday

Today’s Asbury Scout Troop 559 did not start at Asbury.  In 1944 the Troop began at Ogilville, IN as Troop 59 by five sponsors: Ogilville Methodist Church, United Brethren Church, Christian Church, Improved Order of Red Men, and Indiana Farm Bureau of Ohio Township.  There were a few active years, but the troop could not survive and was not chartered for about ten years.  In July 1957 Reverend Ernest Jones signed the application to charter the new Boy Scout Troop at Asbury.  Tom Collins was the first Scoutmaster at Asbury and scout Louis Kestner was the first Eagle Scout in 1960.  Steve Stanton was the Scoutmaster for many years with Troup 559.  Sometime in 1973 the leading 5 was added to the Asbury troop number because of mergers and duplicates of the scout districts.

Scout Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday in February each year and Troop 559 will be active in the February 5, 2023, service.  One of the 12 items of the scout law is that a scout is REVERENT which means be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.  Cub Scouts (boy or girl) are to be in kindergarten and up to grade 5.  Scouts (boy or girl) must be 11 years old (5th grade) and under age 18.  A scout learns to be religious without being orthodox.  Religion is fundamental to happiness.  But in Scouts, its not about attending the church, learning the Bible, or comprehending theology.  Religion is first acknowledging who and what God is; second, making the most out of the life He has given us and doing what He desires us to do.

What Happens on the Walk to Emmaus Weekend?

You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying, and participating in small groups.  Discussions center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy.  These talks present the theme of God’s grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community, and how it is expressed in the world.  You’ll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others. 
You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ.  You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Emmaus community.  You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership at your
church and in your community.
Find out more about the Walk to Emmaus: Join Dan & Dot Kirkling Sunday, February 5, at 5pm in the Lower Level.

Team 5 – Care and Follow-up/Library Discussion

Ministry: Library under Team 5 Care and Follow-Up
Bible Verse: Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.”
Leader: Dan Kirkling
Members: To be determined/ pending ministry focus changes.
Purpose/Goal: To provide resources for study, research, and recreation: check return & donation boxes weekly: inventory library yearly.
Role of members: Help leader tasks
Special Activities/Dates: Wednesday evening discussion at 6:30pm in the Library on focus changes. Every Wednesday in January meet for 20-30 minutes and all are invited to attend The Filling Station dinner downstairs (5:45 to 6:30 pm).
Are you interested in being a part of the Ministry Team? Also giving input in January is critical.
Contact phone number/email: 812-603-1228

Valentine Gala 2023

The Asbury Men’s Valentine Gala is back. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 18th at 6:30pm for a delightful dinner and entertainment. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, January 29th. Even with rising prices, we are keeping the ticket price at $10 per person. You can also reserve a ticket by calling the church office, 812-372-4555.

Singles are most welcome and you can invite friends to come with you. Our chef promises gourmet food and our youth are ready to give fast and friendly service.

What a great time for a night out with great food and entertainment with your Asbury friends.

Nursery Workers Needed

We are in need of volunteers who are interested in loving the youngest members of our church family by serving in the nursery. We need help on Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Friday evenings. If you are interested, please contact Will Speaker at or sign-up at the Guest Center.

2023 Pledge Information

Thank you to everyone who has pledged financial gifts to fulfill Asbury’s mission in 2023. Pledges to date are $242,717. We know many people will give unpledged dollars, too. The church council has estimated our budget for 2023 to be $518,116. We received $462,080 in gifts toward the general budget last year. Thank you for all of the time, talents, gifts, and prayers that you prayerfully dedicate to God’s work through your church.

Pledges for 2023 can still be made on realm or by contacting Shawn at

Pit Stop (Taco Church) – New Opportunity!

Join the Pit Stop ‘Workers’ and/or ‘Bakers’ to become part of the Pit Stop ‘Crew’!
Workers help, in various ways, to ensure the Thursday lunch takes place. Bakers provide the cookies that the students really appreciate. The volunteer schedules for school’s 2nd semester will be prepared soon. You are invited to say yes to this service opportunity and to join the ‘Crew’. For more information and/or to volunteer, contact Dot Kirkling at 812-603-0480 (text or call).

Pit Stop 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 11:30am -1:30pm.

If you want to witness the activity and feel the energy of Thursday lunch at Asbury, stop by any Thursday that school is in session about 11:15 am.  Bring $4 and while you are here enjoy the best lunch bargain in Bartholomew County.

Asbury on Instagram

One of the ways to stay up-to-date with activities at Asbury UMC is by following our social pages — specifically the Asbury Instagram (@theasburycolumbus).  This link will take you directly to our page where you can press the follow button and see us in your Instagram Feed. Need to sign up for a free Instagram account and learn how to use it? Here’s a step by step!

Statement Ending – November, 2022

November Revenue
Monthly $ 37,892
YTD $428,933
2022 Budget $445,000

November Expenses
Monthly $ 42,868
YTD $498,743
2022 Budget $567,474

Net Income = Revenue over Expenses
Monthly $ – 4,976
YTD $ – 69,810
2022 Budget $ -122,474

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.  If you are interested in joining one of those teams, please speak to the Team Leader or Recruiter for that team.   Find out more information about The Path.


Asbury History

There will be a copy of historical documents supplied and added to, regularly in a three-ring binder in the center of the Asbury library table for on sight use only.  Any comments, additions, corrections, and topic suggestions can be supplied to or through the church office.

Supplied by Dan Kirkling – Asbury Archivist