Asbury United Methodist Church

August 1, 2021
Tenth 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 has reopened for in-person worship. We will continue to live stream the service. Masks are required if you attend in person. The bulletin and announcements will be available by using your cell phone (text 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 of the singers and musicians by saying, “AMEN!”

Everyone is invited to attend our Aloha Zoom Room Children & Youth Arts Showcase today Sunday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. Look for the church-wide email sent out on Saturday morning containing the Zoom link to attend.

Asbury UMC is hiring Nursery Attendants Job Summary: Provide childcare for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 4 weekly during Sunday morning worship services once a month or more and/or for other programs on an as-needed basis for ages up to fifth grade. Paid position $14 to $15 per an hour.

  • Must be at least 16 years of age and be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, providing a copy of vaccination card.
  • Have experience in caring for children ages 0 to 4 years of age, and also preferably with ages 4 to fifth grade.

Contact the Asbury UMC office or call 925-447-1950 for more information and/or an application.

Our new Associate Pastor, Brad Biggerstaff will be joining us in worship on Sunday, August 1! He will be here for a weekend visit to secure housing. We invite you to come and meet him! He will officially begin on September 1, 2021.

Anti-Racism Ministry Concerned about racial and social justice? Want to grow in faith? The Asbury Antiracism group will conclude our discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson at our next meeting. Whether you’ve read all, some, or even none of the book but are interested in the topic, join us. The Zoom Meeting link. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 27 at 7:00 p.m.

The Antiracism Ministry at Asbury is Planning ahead for September and WE INVITE THE WHOLE CONGREGATION TO JOIN US. We will attend the comedy show of Faith Alpher at the Bankhead Theater on September 18 at 8 pm Tickets ($20 or $30) can be bought on-line at

Studying the ideas, people, and events that have shaped the United States in matters of race and justice can sometimes be heavy and even painful as we take a close hard look at our history to see where things may have gone wrong “and thus reimagine how things could go right in the future.” But as historian Ben Tumin goes on to say, “it’s possible to insert levity without taking things lightly.”

So levity will be the focus of our September event. Join us for this “autobiographical docu-styled comedy about humor, hate, race and grace. This brand-new show, a funny yet profound exploration of race, introduces you to characters from Faith’s present and past whose voices need to be heard. Her explosive storytelling style has audiences laughing and learning through love.”(quoted from the Bankhead website).

The Serving Others with Love Team is no longer accepting used magazines for the prison ministry because they have enough for now. We will let you know when they have a need once again. Thank you all for your donations.

Thank you, Asbury for your donations for the Community Interfaith Backpack Project. We have collected enough money to fund the backpacks. The Serving Others with Love Team would like to thank the congregation for its generosity in helping the needy Livermore students get off to a good start next month.

The Camp Fire, November 2018 was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Tragically, 85 people died. The fire burned over 150,000 acres and more than 18,000 structures. The towns of Paradise, Concow, Magalia and Butte Creek were largely destroyed. Sign-up is now available for this mission trip in the area of the Paradise fire, October 10-15, 2021, to help rebuild. We will be working in Paradise teamed with Hope Crisis Response Network. We will drive up on October 10, work the week of the eleventh, and return Friday afternoon, October 15. We will be staying at housing provided by HCRN. Two people per bedroom with a shared bath between rooms, plus gathering room and dining area. The limit on this trip is twelve people.

We will receive our work assignment about a week beforehand. HCRN is providing the tools. The cost will be $175. This includes the cost of carpooling, food and accommodations. For questions or to register, contact Steve Elliott at [email protected] or call him at 925-362-8697.

Adult Mental Health Educator, Cultura y Bienestar, City of Livermore, Livermore School district, AXIS Community Health are sponsoring a community event: Vacúnate! Where they are encouraging the Tri-Valley Community to receive their COVID-19 Vaccine and each person that is vaccinated will receive a $50.00 gift card. There will have great entertainment! This will be an outdoor event and masks are required. Saturday, August 14, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Garden, 678 Enos Way, Livermore and Sunday, August 15, 9-11:00 a.m. at May Nissen Park. Spread the word. Let’s help get everyone vaccinated.

Culinary Angels is an organization that provides meals primarily for people going through chemo. They would like your help in supporting their fundraising event Saturday, September 11, 6-10:00 p.m. at McGrail Vineyards and Winery, 5600 Greenville Rd. Live music by country music artists The Bell Brothers, catered BBQ, prizes and much more. To purchase tickets, visit

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

Caregivers Support Group is on recess for July and August. Contact Pastor Kathy, if you have questions. Watch for an announcement in September. Contact Pastor Kathy if you have questions.

Updated Guidance for Small Groups, Committees, etc. for meeting in person Asbury’s Re-opening Committee has prepared protocol and received approval for guidance for small groups who meet the qualifications to meet indoors. We also remind you that we have a protocol for small groups to meet outdoors, and now that we are in the yellow tier those meetings may resume. Please notify the church office and Pastor Kathy of any changes in your meeting times. If you are planning to start meeting in person at the church, please contact Ruth Hawley, Facilities Manager. If you need either or both protocols or have any questions please contact Pastor Kathy or on her cell 916-690-2321. Nursery Care will be provided for worship (9:30-11:30 a.m.) beginning August 1.

The Church Office is now open 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.

Parent Meet-Up Group: We have a new small group for parents of school-age children. Join us Sunday, August 22 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This is a hang-out for getting acquainted and talking about family and faith. Please invite friends and neighbors! We plan to meet as families in person outside at church once all are comfortable being together. In the meantime, we will get acquainted on Zoom. Mothers and/or fathers welcome. Contact Hilary Stankiewicz (425-395-9120) or Litza Bayless for more information.

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 to get the Zoom link.

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive, Summer Full of Life Campaign: Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20, 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 to check appointment times and sign up or call 800-733-2767. Please sign up to donate today. Invite a friend, too!

Shower & Laundry Ministry

Asbury Shower and Laundry Ministry continues to need your help! In 2020, our shower and laundry ministry were able to operate because of a generous grant from the City of Livermore. While the City is still supporting our outreach to the homeless/unhoused, the budget for this year is only half of our previous budget. Donations of clothing (NEW, in original packaging; (see list below) and laundry supplies (see second list) 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 size Medium underwear and t-shirts. Donations can be dropped off at the office during normal business hours. We cannot accept used clothing.

Clothing (NEW only, original packaging):

  • Men’s white crew socks
  • Men’s boxer briefs, size M, L and XL
  • Men’s white t-shirts, size M, L and XL
  • Ladies’ underwear, size 5, 7 or 9 (or S, M, L, XL)
  • Ladies’ no-show socks
  • Ladies’ sports bras, size S, M, L, XL, 2XL


  • Laundry detergent – pods only please
  • Unscented/hypo-allergenic laundry detergent – pods only please
  • Drier sheets

Please no liquid fabric softener or liquid/powder detergent

Children's Ministries

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

  • Children have the opportunity to go into the courtyard to hear a Bible story during the sermon. Everyone ages two and older will be wearing a mask and we ask that children ages four and under attend with parent/guardian.
  • We are currently hiring paid nursery care attendants ages 16 and older to work in the nursery Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Please contact the church office for more information and/or an application.
  • We are working towards re-opening our nursery on Sunday mornings during worship service for ages 0 to 4. Watch for an announcement coming soon.

Online Camp Kindness Matters continues 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.

  • Sunday, August 1, 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend our Aloha Zoom Room Children and Youth Arts Showcase. See church-wide email sent out Saturday morning for the Zoom link to attend.
  • Sunday, August 8, 4:00 p.m. Zoom Room Movie Time. Children’s Ministry will host a movie hour in our Camp Kindness Matters Zoom Room. Contact Jackie for the Zoom room link.

Asbury Community Cookbook This summer, the Asbury children would like to put together a cookbook to sell copies of to raise money for Fertile GroundWorks. Visit to learn more about their organization and how they serve others with love. Contact Jackie with a recipe or two or three that you’d like to share, and include a picture if you’d like.

Moms Who Meditate meets Sundays at 8:15 a.m. via Zoom and in person in room 7. Contact Jackie to receive the Zoom link or for more information.

Join our Livermore Asbury UMC Children’s Ministries and Moms Who Meditate private Facebook group pages.

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

Godly Play Bible Stories on YouTube.

The United Methodist Church offers FREE Children’s Virtual Day Camp Video Offerings Camp without Boundaries.

Church Calendar: Happening This Week

View the entire Asbury calendar online.

Sunday, August 1 – Office Closed

  • 8:15 a.m. – Moms Who Meditate, via Zoom and in person, room 7
  • 10:00 a.m. – Worship Service in-person and Live-Stream from Asbury Sanctuary
  • 10:30 a.m. – Children’s Courtyard Bible Storytime
  • 11:00 a.m. – Camp Kindness Matters online in a Zoom Room
  • 4:00 p.m. – Pastor Kathy’s Small Group, via Zoom
  • 4:00 p.m. – Aloha Zoom Room Children & Youth Arts Showcase
  • No middle and high school youth group tonight

Monday, August 2 – 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

Tuesday, August 3 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 12-4:00 p.m. – Shower & 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 is meeting via Zoom. Contact Sara Subbiondo, Partners for Change Director at [email protected] for the Zoom link

Wednesday, August 4 – 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 RLCC

Thursday, August 5 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 6 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:15-4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 7 – Office Closed

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


August 8 – Jim and Renee Haugen
August 8 – Alan and Robbie Teruya
August 12 – Bruce and Sharon Gach
August 16 – Doug and Linda Webb
August 17 – Ken and Beth Giannotti
August 17 – Larry and Beckie Wiley
August 18 – Bob and Janet Johnson
August 22 – Allen and Alice Schell
August 23 – Jim and Linda Culpepper
August 23 – Bob and Debbie Whiteside
August 25 – Coleman and Bobbie Johnson
August 27 – Joe and Janet Malski


August 1 – Tess Cayton
August 1 – Sepp Hammer
August 1 – Janice Wakefield
August 2 – Thomas Cayton
August 4 – Jean Braun
August 6 – Doug Webb
August 7 – Keri Gnecco
August 7 – Bill Rose
August 8 – Jonah Johnson
August 9 – Maureen Bell
August 9 – Jackie Bennett
August 9 – Judy Guidry
August 9 – Amelie Larson
August 9 – Sheila Tabor
August 11 – Cheryl Seberger
August 12 – Hollis Molvik
August 12 – Nick Pauliukonis
August 12 – John Stevenson
August 13 – Steve Collup
August 13 – Ray Hudson
August 13 – Logan Levan
August 14 – Paula Leslie
August 15 – Juanita Benson
August 18 – Dick Crawford
August 19 – Raj Nathan
August 20 – Kyle McCammon
August 21 – Michele Yano
August 22 – Jonathan Molvik
August 24 – Dennis Henderson
August 28 – Christina Westfall
August 28 – Sheryl Bluck
August 29 – Logan Fernandez
August 29 – Dave Schlientz
August 29 – Liam Strait
August 30 – Beth Berger
August 30 – Sheryl Goodman
August 30 – Joyce Suter