Asbury’s Anti-racism Ministry

Asbury is in the beginning stages of forming an Anti-Racism Ministry.  Many of us attended the virtual Anti-Racism workshop offered by the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis of Middle Church in New York City in mid-June.  A second workshop building on the first will be offered in late July.  We hope many people will attend. Here […]
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Ways Asbury is Helping Our Community to Stay Connected

We have a Task Force on Re-Opening who has prayed, study and met together and reviewed the protocols from the Annual Conference about Re-Opening. After much discussion and study and remembering the General Rules of Methodism that we are first to Do No Harm we have decided not to petition the Annual Conference leadership to […]
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From Kathy…

From Pastor Kathy… Your Asbury staff has been meeting every week on GOTOMEETING since the Shelter in Place Order was given. Normally we met twice a month. However, we felt the need for support and sharing as we try to stumble through our mission, our jobs, our tasks in these unprecedented time. One of our […]
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Worship Themes for July

New Series: Based on Phillip Gulley’s book, If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus, this sermon series looks at the practices that Jesus taught us to incorporate into daily living that would bring us closer to God and create a more loving and just community among those who say they follow the […]
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From Pastor Kathy…

I write this column after our nation has surpassed  the grim marker of 100,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. Monday, June 1 has been set apart by religious communities and mayors across the nation as a day of lament and mourning.  I invite you to watch this video produced by Sojourners https://sojo.net/media/national-day-mourning-and-lament    And I invite you […]
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A Change in District Superintendents

Shinya Goto has been our District Superintendent (D.S.) for 3 years. Effective July 1, he will be appointed the Superintendent of the Los Rios District. Their current D.S. is retiring. Our new District Superintendent effective July 1 is Samuel Hong. Rev. Hong comes to us from the position of Senior Pastor for the Korean United […]
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Worship Themes for June

New Series: Coded Letters is all about the Book of Revelation. Written in code by its author, John, who lived on the island Patmos under Roman house arrest, Revelation is a book is a series of letters written to encourage the persecuted struggling church to stay the course and to encourage and inspire Christians who […]
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Meet Asbury’s New Part-time Minister of Congregational Care

We welcome Heather Leslie Hammer as our new part-time Minister of  Pastoral Care beginning July 1, 2020. Heather is a retired United Methodist Minister having served three churches in the California-Nevada Conference during her active ministry: San Ramon Valley UMC (Alamo), St. John’s UMC (Rohnert Park), and Lynnewood UMC (Pleasanton). In retirement she has served […]
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Meet Asbury’s New Worship Accompanist and Hand Bell Director

We welcome Fernanda Van Atta (pronounced FUR-NAHN-duh VAN A-tuh) as our new worship accompanist (both organ and piano) beginning June 1 and as Asbury Ringer’s Director in August (or whenever we are able to gather in person again).  Fernanda begins the worship accompanist position part-time as she and Allen Schell share the position. Fernanda will […]
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From Pastor Kathy…

I share a reflection with you about the Season of Lent from Steve Garnaas-Holmes (He has a daily blog which can be found at Unfoldinglight.net) Jesus was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. — Luke 4.1-2 In Lent we enter The Forty Days. We […]
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