Asbury United Methodist Church

May 22, 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

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Youth Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Sunday, May 22 – 9-9:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m.   $8/person; $25/family – Help the youth group raise money for their Sierra Service Project Trip to Smith River, CA this summer!

Rainbow Choir is for singers in 3rd – 5th grade and has returned to in-person rehearsals in the sanctuary on Sundays from  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  There will still be a Zoom component for those uncomfortable with in-person meetings. Masks will not be required but can certainly be worn.  Rainbow Choir uses percussion instruments, like chimes, xylophones, tambourines, drums, and finger cymbals. Choir director, Jean Braun, is REALLY wanting her singers to experience all that joyful noise before another choir year is over! The hope is to have Rainbow Choir participate in Music Celebration Sunday, June 5, playing instruments.  Please come join in on the fun. We will rehearse May 22 and May 29. (No rehearsal on May 15.)  Contact Jean with questions, comments, concerns and/or to let her know you are coming!

Grief Support Group 4th Wednesday of the Month. Join us on Wednesday, May 25 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – In-person: Asbury Conference Room or via Zoom. Sometimes it’s hard to put our grief into words. Join a support group and you might hear someone else speak about how you’ve been feeling!  Grief Groups are open to the public and all are welcome!   Zoom: Meeting ID 816 5232 4145; Password 041314

Celebrations of Life & Memorial Services –

Tim Evans
Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Asbury Sanctuary or
Reception to follow

Jim Culpepper
Saturday, June 4  at 2:00 p.m.
Asbury Sanctuary
Reception to follow

Calling all Graduates – Are you or a family member graduating from high school, college, university, technical school, or graduate school?  We will be recognizing all graduates on Sunday, June 5, and are putting together a video to honor them! Here’s what we need:

Graduate’s name
School they are graduating from (high school, college, university, and/or technical school)
Degree they are receiving
Their future plans
A graduation photo and a baby photo

Send everything above to Brad Biggerstaff by Wednesday, June 1st!

Announcements pertaining to Worship

Sunday Worship – Asbury is open for in-person and online worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Asbury Masking Policy Asbury will be following the guidance of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) regarding indoor masking.  When the ACPHD strongly recommends masking for all, Asbury will require masks be worn at all indoor events.   When ACPHD relaxes indoor masking recommendations, Asbury will follow suit and require masks for those not fully vaccinated. Sunday School teachers and nursery staff will continue to wear masks when children less than 5 years old are present indoors.  Getting vaccinated and boosted is also another way we can love our neighbor and do no harm. People are always welcome to mask if that is their preference. Group leaders or groups may decide to implement a mask mandate in their group to protect their members in need of greater protection

Prayer Time in Worship Beginning Sunday, May 1, we are going to offer a time of prayer in worship to engage the senses.  Prayer will begin with an invitation for worshippers to come forward and light a candle as they pray silently. Prayer request cards may be left in the basket by the prayer candles. Fernanda will accompany this time of prayer, which will be followed by a brief pastoral prayer and the Lord’s prayer.  On Sunday night or Monday, the prayer request cards will be compiled and sent to the congregation with a request to pray for these people and situations during the week. Please see Pastor Kathy or Brad if you have any questions.

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 at 925-447-1950 by Thursday night and one will be waiting for you.

During worship, please show your appreciation to all the singers and musicians by saying, “Amen.”

Group Meetings

If you are interested in being a part of one of our groups you can find a listing of them on our website at   Home / Adult / Groups

Youth Group News

Youth Group News – The Youth Group will not meet on Sunday evenings during the month of May. Watch for other youth activities.   Contact Brad for additional information or questions about Youth activities at text 925-989-9330 or Brad’s email.

Youth Confirmation Day Camp is this summer from June 21-24 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and we will have Confirmation Sunday; June 26. Anyone from 6th – 12th grade is welcome to attend. Confirmation will be a time to grow in our walk with Jesus, serve others, and grow in our ability to speak about our faith. Please sign up with Brad in the next few weeks so we can plan guest speakers, places to go serve, and how many mentors that we will need.

Save the Date

Young Adult Retreat at Lake Tahoe  Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30  – Cost: $75 (includes most meals, group discussion book, transportation, and lodging).  Registration  Join us for a fun weekend focused on Christian Leadership Development where we will be reading John 13 and Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why”.   We will plan to go out and explore Tahoe so bring some extra money for activities and for one dinner/snacks/drinks. As of March 25, masks will be optional at the retreat center.  We will leave on Friday evening from Asbury UMC and return Monday afternoon.  All young adults ages 18-35 are welcome.

Virtual Conference with Pema Chodron May 27-29
• Friday, May 27: 4:00pm-6:30pm
• Saturday, May 28: 6:00am-9:00am; 11:30am-2:00pm
• Sunday, May 29: 6:00am-9:00am; 10am Asbury Worship Service; 1pm virtual group lunch by RSVP
$99 (includes access to recordings for 60 days after event concludes)

Join Asbury’s Prayerful Meditation Circle for a virtual weekend conference featuring the first American woman to be ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, Pema Chodron. The focus of the retreat is “Awakening Through Difficult Circumstances: The Ancient Practice of Love and Compassion” and will explore what it means to engage the world in an open and deeply connected way.

You do not have to be an existing part of the Prayerful Meditation Circle to join in on the weekend! Simply register here and let Jackie know you’re attending. If you would be interested in a virtual group lunch at the conclusion of the retreat please let Jackie know and she will send you a Zoom link. You are welcome to join the lunch whether you’ve attended the conference or not.

Living Into Our Core Values Announcements

Blood Donations are urgently needed – American Red Cross Community Blood Drive, Friday, June 17, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall – Share your good health by giving blood or platelets. There is currently a shortage of blood.  Please consider donating this week at Asbury.  Donating blood could save a life. To schedule your appointment, visit 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!  Spread the cheer!

Livermore School Backpack Project – We’re beginning preparations for the annual Livermore schools backpack project!  Asbury has committed to 150 filled backpacks for middle and high schoolers. The approximate cost is $32 per backpack. If you would like to make a monetary donation to this project, please note on the memo line the gift is for the Backpack Project.  We’ll be returning to the pre-pandemic practice of each church doing the packing, which means we’ll have a packing assembly line this summer as we did in 2019.

Shower & Laundry Ministry

Information regarding our Shower & Laundry Ministry can be found on our website at     Home / Missions / Shower and Laundry Ministry


Children's Ministries

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

  • Childcare for ages 0 to 4 offered in our Nursery, where children learn about God through play in a loving and caring environment Sunday mornings during our worship service. Everyone ages 2 and older wearing a mask
  • Children Moment children are welcome to come down in front of the alter to sit on carpet squares or in the front pews to hear a message and say a prayer during worship service.
  • Children are welcomed to attend worship service with their parent/guardian.
    • If you have an extra wiggly child, we have a comfort room with sound, a large window, a couch, and play items, in the back of the sanctuary you are welcome to use at anytime.

Sunday School Classes Offered:

  •  Grades TK through 5th, every Sunday, after children’s moment during worship service.
    •  Teachers and children will meet at the back of the sanctuary to walk together to Room 6.
    • After worship service we will meet families in the courtyard or Fellowship Hall.

If you would like to be added to the email list to receive the Saturday morning Children’s Ministry e-Newsletter contact Jackie

Asbury is currently Hiring Paid Nursery Care Attendants ages 16 and older to work in the nursery, where children ages 0 to 4 learn about God through play in a loving and caring environment Sunday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am. Please contact the church office, or our Nursery Coordinator Lynn Tripp, for more information and/or an application.

New Playground Structure Fundraiser it’s time to replace our well loved play structure. So far we have raised $10,865.28 of the $130,000 needed to purchase and install Kompan’s ‘Four Castle Tower‘, chosen and approved by children, parents, children’s ministry committee, the recreational task force, trustees, and church council. If you would like to make a donation, please do so to the church office or offering boxes labelled “new play structure.”

Summer Camp Offerings:

Asbury’s Vacation Bible School Camp Kindness Matters Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22 for children entering grades 1st through 5th from 9am to 12pm. An inclusive Bible camp experience with science, art, recreation, music, storytelling, snacks & fellowship for children entering grades 1st through 5th.  All children and volunteers will need to show COVID-19 vaccination appropriate to their age group. Adults and youth interested in helping to plan and/or volunteer Contact Jackie. Registration closes July 1st.

Kindness Matters Camp (VBS) 2022 Camper Registration Form

Kindness Matters Camp (VBS) 2022 Youth and Adult Volunteer Registration Form

Sunday, July 24 Everyone is invited to join us at Asbury’s Summer Fest 2022 with lunch, fellowship, and a giant waterslide following our 10am Worship Service.

Asbury’s Children’s Music Camp Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 5th and Sunday, August 7th for children entering grades 1st through 5th. Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 12:15pm, Friday from 8:30am to 1pm, and Sunday 9am to 12:00pm. All children and volunteers will need to show COVID-19 vaccination appropriate to their age group.  For inquires Contact Fernanda.

Church Calendar: Happening This Week

View the entire Asbury calendar online.

Sunday, May 22 – Office Closed

  • 8:15 a.m. – Mom’s Prayerful Meditation Circle, via Zoom Room
  • 8:30 a.m. – Sierra Service Project (SSP) Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. – Nursery Care Provided during worship, Room 1-2
  • 10:00 a.m. – Worship service, in-person (Asbury Sanctuary) and live stream (Asbury website for link)
  • 10:15 a.m. – Sunday School Grades TK through 5th grade –  in-person Room 6
  • 11:00 a.m. – Sierra Service Project (SSP) Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Fellowship Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – Cherub Choir, via Zoom
  • 11:30 a.m.  –  Rainbow Choir, Sanctuary
  • 11:30 a.m. – Youth Choir, Room 11-12
  • 12:30 p.m. – Church Council Meeting, via Zoom
  • 4:00 p.m.   Pastor Kathy’s Small Group, via zoom
  • —   Middle and High School Youth Group, Not Meeting

Monday, May 23 – 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 Ministry, Fellowship Hall
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 6:45 p.m. – Boy’s Scout Troop 900, Fellowship Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. – Amor Y Servicio, Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 13

Tuesday, May 24— Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 12 – 4:00 p.m. – Shower and Laundry Ministry- 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

Wednesday, May 25 – 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
  • 4:30 p.m. – Grief Group, Conference Room & Zoom
  • 7:00 p.m. – Amor Y Servicio – Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 11
  • 7:30 p.m. – Faith Choir, Sanctuary

Thursday, May 26 — Office Open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • 10:30 p.m. – Women of the Spirit, Fireside Room
  • 1-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 6:00 p.m. – Partners for Change, Fellowship Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 11-12

Friday, May 27 — New Office Hours:  10:00 a.m. to Noon

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Open Heart Kitchen, provides free “To Go” Meals at Community Center
  • 7:00 p.m. – Amor Y Servicio, Alcoholics Anonymous, Room 11-12

Saturday, May 28 – Office Closed

  • 9:00 a.m. – Grill Team Practice, Parking lot
  • 10:00 a.m. – Craft and Chat Group, via Zoom

May Anniversaries

01   Karl & Rhonda Item
02   Steve & Burlyne Wilson
05   Steve & Sheryl Goodman
07   Kelly & Jolin Gully
10   Michael & Janice Wakefield
11   Tim & Nancy Ackerman
14   Ray & Pam Spooner
28   Dave & Jackie Schlientz
30  Mark & Lesleyann Coker
31   Rich & Jackie Bennett

May Birthdays

01   Susan Danan
04   Peter Danan
04   Mackinna Hart
05   Hitomi Westfall
09   Brett Bernstein
10   Marcia Cayton
10   Gretchen Rutherford
10   Andrea Schlientz
11   Allen Larson
12   Burlyne Wilson
14   Sharon Grant
14   Mitchie McCammon
14   Shawn Neilson
15   Lisa Levan
18   Rebecca Kohlmoos
19   Terri Gamble
20   Kevin Bernstein
20   Nikolas Campos
21   Anna Lim
22   Julie Item
24   Bob Berger
24   Cory Coll
24   Lindy Webb
26   Jim Lobao
26   Alice Schell
26   Allen Schell
27   Christopher Ptak
27   Karena Sanford
29   Ben Barrientos
29   Jacob Neilsen
30   Annalisa Juan
30   Caitlin Tripp
31   Kayley Strait
31   Zachary Wakefield