Asbury United Methodist Church

October 17, 2021
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Facebook Fellowship Group

Our Facebook Fellowship Group is available today and all throughout the week! It’s a private group just for Asbury. If you haven’t joined it yet, please contact Pastor Kathy and ask to be invited to the group.

Asbury News and Happenings

Asbury is open for in-person and online worship  at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Masks are required if you attend in person. The bulletin and announcements will be available by using your cell phone by texting bulletin or announcements to 844-969-4409 or print them out from the mailing that comes on Saturday with the live stream information. If you would like a paper copy of the announcements/and or bulletin waiting for you in the Sanctuary on Sunday, please contact the church office 925-447-1950 by Thursday night and one will be waiting for you.

During worship, show your appreciation to all the singers and musicians by saying, “AMEN!”

Community Trick or Treat Fun & Games Outdoor Event Sunday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Asbury UMC with fellowship, games, food, a balloon twister, DJ Stevie G (email [email protected] your church appropriate song requests), a craft, trick or treating experiences in the West parking lot, plus a contest for the Golden Mask, and everyone wearing a Covid-19 protection mask at the event.

  • Offer a trick or treat experience for children and youth from a kid friendly and not too scary decorated car, truck, tailgate, card table… in an assigned parking spot in the west parking lot. If you would like to be assigned a parking spot number in the west parking lot to provide a trick or treat experience from 2:45pm set up time to 4:45pm close down-time email the office. Voting will take place for the best trick or treating station and the prize of the Golden Mask will be awarded at 4:45pm.
    Can’t offer a trick or treating experience? You can still donate bags of candy to provide back-up candy for the trick or treating stations. Please drop off your bagged candy to the church office during the week or the sanctuary entryway on Sunday mornings. If you have questions, please contact the church office at 925-447-1950.

The Pride Festival is Saturday, October 16 at Carnegie Park from Noon – 5 p.m.. Asbury will have a glitter blessings booth. If you would like to help with the booth, please contact Pastor Kathy.  We hope many Asburyites will come and support the festival and will wear their Asbury t-shirts if they have one.

Prayerful Meditation Group meets online in a Zoom Room on Sundays at 8:15 a.m. We begin our time together reading a short devotion or scripture, prayerfully meditate for 25-minutes, and end with an optional fellowship time. Beginning October 31st we will read one of Jesus’ Parables before meditating. Email Jackie for more information or the Zoom Room link.

2022 Calendars – The United Methodist Women are collecting 2022 Calendars to be distributed to the unsheltered and disadvantaged.  Please drop off the calendars to the office during business hours or leave in the sanctuary entryway on Sunday.

Sunday Small Group Invites New Members Pastor Kathy’s small group is always open for new members on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. This group does not have homework. Just show up and join the discussion. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Pastor Kathy just to get the Zoom link.

Men’s Bible Study We’ll meet Thursday, October 14 at 7:45 a.m., via video conferencing. We have begun a new series, The History and Archaeology of the Bible.  Next week they will discuss  “The Settlement in the Promised Land.”  Whether or not you’ve been attending, you are welcome to join us. There is no homework. Contact Art Molvik if you would like to join this group.

Youth Group News – Going to Livermore G&M Farms Corn Maze, Sunday, October 24, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. All youth, their families, and siblings are welcome to attend. The cost is $10 per person, we ask that you bring money for your ticket.  G&M Farms closes at 6:00 p.m., please pickup youth at this time.  No meals will be provided at this event. Additional information in Youth News or Brad Biggerstaff at Brad.

Antiracism Ministry:  For our October meeting, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing via Zoom the story of Bob Zellner, grandson of a Klansman, son and grandson of Methodist pastors, and a white Alabaman who fought for voting rights in the South during the Civil Rights movement.  Interested?  Watch the recorded webinar, read the book (The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement by Bob Zellner and Constance Curry), and/or watch the movie (“Son of the South”) on You Tube.  Here are the links you’ll need:  Recorded Webinar with freedom fighter Bob Zellner:   ​​Video link .Movie Trailer on Bob Zellner’s life “Son of the South” You TubeWe hope you’ll join us on October 26 at 7 pm (Zoom link

If you would like to lead a small group, in person or online, contact Pastor Kathy. We have various curricula available and would be happy to help with resources for your group.

Craft and Chat meets Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. No crafting required, you can just log in to chat, craft, knit or whatever. Please contact Martie Muldoon to learn more about this group. Zoom Meeting Link or Zoom meeting ID: 879 4206 7865, Passcode: 745657.

The Church Office hours – Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:15-4:00 p.m. When visiting the office, please wear a mask.

Living Into Our Core Values Announcements

Axis bridge Mental Health Urgent Care – A FREE community service providing rapid urgent care access to counseling, psychiatry and connection to care for residents of the Tri-Valley.  Call 925-568-2080 Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Services are outpatient via telephone and video visits, providing counseling and linkage to longer-term care solutions for individuals (age 5 and up) or families regardless of insurance type or lack of insurance.  Axis also offers non-urgent mental health services.  For more information call 925-462-1755 or visit

Tenants’ Rights Workshop –  Centro Legal de la Raza is hosting its upcoming tenants’ rights workshop for the Tri-Valley on October 19 at 6:00 p.m.  Tenants can sign up for the workshop by registering at: website  We can also be reached by calling 510-437-1554 or email  The workshop will be conducted online over Zoom in English with Spanish interpretation available. Additional resources along with upcoming information events and sessions.

The Fertile GroundWorks Garden was hopping these past two weekends as the organization held its second annual Garden Appreciation Event to celebrate and to thank garden supporters and the roughly 2,000 volunteers that give their time at the garden this year. This summer the garden produced over 132 varieties of squash, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, okra, melons, beans and herbs—to name a few. So far in 2021, garden volunteers have been able to harvest and share over 19,230 pounds of produce with our community. The event also marked the coming of the fall and winter crops which we have begun planting. marked the coming of the fall and winter crops which we have begun planting.  Year round, the Fertile GroundWorks organization partners with local community kitchens and food pantries around the Tri-Valley region to provide a continuous stream of fresh produce to help feed the hungry. Since 2012, the garden has yielded over 197,000 pounds of fresh food to give to our neighbors in need. To keep up with the increased need for food during the pandemic, dedicated volunteers helped to start a fruit orchard, expanded the number of garden beds, and began building a new greenhouse.  If you’re interested in coming out to join the team of dedicated volunteers, go to FGW website to sign up. Garden volunteer hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, and Fridays from 3pm-6pm. Bring your friends, family, and colleagues, and get ready to play in the dirt!

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Friday, November 19, 12-6:00 p.m. Share your good health by giving blood or platelets. Donating blood could save a life. To schedule your appointment, visit redcross to check appointment times and sign up or call 800-733-2767.  Please enter Sponsor Code: ASBURY925.  Please sign up to donate today. Invite a friend, too!

Adult Childcare Person needed for Partners for Change  Partners for Change, the program that helps people access sustainable living through education, community support and goal setting, is in need of a or some adult volunteers for childcare. We meet on Tuesday nights for dinner at 6 p.m. The program starts at 6:30 and goes until 8 so childcare is needed from 6:30-8. We have two wonderful teens who work as Childcare workers and relate well to the children. We need an adult to provide gentle supervision, an adult presence, able to solve minor concerns that arise, minimal planning about activities and of course be with the children. We meet on the Asbury campus. If you might be interested in volunteering one or more Tuesdays a month, please contact Pastor Kathy or the Partners for Change Director Sara Subbiondo. This is a wonderful way to provide support to a program that is life changing.  For more information, please contact Pastor Kathy. Thank you!

Shower & Laundry Ministry

Asbury Shower and Laundry Ministry continues to need your help! Donations of clothing (NEW, in original packaging and laundry supplies (detergent pods, dryer sheets) are welcomed, as are financial donations via check, Zelle, credit card (memo line: 3085).

While all donations are welcome, we especially need laundry detergent, men’s socks, and men’s medium, large & x-large underwear and t-shirts. Donations can be dropped off at the office during normal business hours. We cannot accept used clothing.

Children's Ministries

During our 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service:

  • Childcare offered in our Nursery for ages 0 to 4 during our worship service on Sundays, with everyone ages 2 and older wearing a mask.
  • Bible Storytime children ages 4 and older have the opportunity to go into the courtyard (or chapel if it is too cold or wet) to hear a Bible story during the sermon, while wearing a mask, and children are welcome to bring a parent with them if they would like to.

Online Sunday School in a Zoom Room on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Contact Jackie to be added to the email list to receive our weekly Children’s Ministry paper containing the Zoom link to attend.

Asbury’s Community Trick or Treat Fun & Games Event Sunday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. See announcement above.

We are currently hiring paid Nursery Care Attendants ages 16 and older to work in the nursery Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please contact the church office for more information and/or an application.

Join our Livermore Asbury UMC Children’s Ministries and Livermore Prayerful Meditation Group private Facebook group pages

Children’s Moment Video Puppet Messages by former Asburyite Nancy Deis.

Godly Play Bible Stories on YouTube.

Church Calendar: Happening This Week

View the entire Asbury calendar online.

Sunday, October 17 – Office Closed

  • 8:15 a.m.  –  Prayerful Meditation Group, via Zoom Room
  • 10:00 a.m. – Worship service, in-person and live stream (Asbury Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Fellowship Time, Courtyard
  • 11:00 a.m. – Camp Kindness Matters, via Zoom Room
  • 11:30 a.m. – Cherub, Rainbow Choirs, via Zoom
  • 11:30 a.m. – Youth Choir, Meet outside Room 12
  • 4:00 p.m. – Pastor Kathy’s Small Group, via Zoom
  •  5:00 p.m. –  Middle and High School Youth Group, Courtyard
  •  5:00 p.m. – Stephen Ministry, via Zoom

Monday, October 18– Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 12-1:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen Seniors Meal Pick-up Program at Community Center
  • 12-4:00 p.m. – Shower and Laundry Program (Fellowship Hall)
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center

Tuesday, October 19 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 12-4:00 p.m. – Shower and Laundry Program (Fellowship Hall)
  • 12-1:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen Seniors Meal Pick-up Program at Community Center
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 7:00 p.m. – Partners for Change, Fellowship Hall & Courtyard
  • 7:00 p.m. – Alanon, Room 15

Wednesday, October 20 – Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 12-1:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen Seniors Meal Pick-up Program at Community Center
  • 12-4:00 p.m. – Shower and Laundry Program (Fellowship Hall)
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 7:00 p.m. – Faith Choir, outside in courtyard

Thursday, October 21 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 7:45 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study, via Zoom
  • 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm – American Red Cross Blood Drive, Fellowship Hall
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 12

Friday, October 22 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:15-4:00 p.m.

  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center

Saturday, October 23 – Office Closed

  • 10:00 a.m. – Craft and Chat Group, via Zoom