Pastor’s Ponderings

Each year in June your pastors and elected lay delegates to Annual Conference head off to join with other United Methodists from around California and Nevada. This year we traveled to Modesto, where thankfully the weather decided to behave and it was not too hot for the four days we were there. Annual Conference is […]
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From Pastor Kathy…

As you may know we have a Special Pastor’s Fund that enables Asbury to help those who are in vulnerable situations. I want to take this opportunity to share a couple of stories of how we have used this fund to help others and in doing so are being God’s love through our hands, our […]
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Pastor’s Ponderings

A few months ago, Pastor Kathy and I were at a training our conference was hosting for pastors. In this training we were learning about different types of churches. We learned how healthy vibrant churches who are engaged in mission and ministry in their community are sometimes growing but most often in this day and […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

Advent is perhaps one of the most misunderstood seasons in the church year. We meet it every year, and yet every year it seems like the world around us rolls strait from Thanksgiving to Christmas. There is no waiting, we move strait to the joy and the celebration. Of course this makes total sense. Christmas […]
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From Kathy

As we approach the holiday season, I invite you to be mindful for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. As most of us know this can be a particularly difficult time. As friends it is important to invite those who are grieving to have dinner, go to a movie, to share […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

As we enter into October and the Fall, we enter into our Stewardship Season, a time when we reflect on how we use our money and our resources and how God is inviting us to be people who practice gratitude and generosity in all the parts of our lives. I know it’s tempting to stop […]
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The Future of Our Denomination

From Kathy… As most of you know the 2016 General Conference (Worldwide) of the United Methodist Church made the decision to establish a commission on A Way Forward to deal with the denomination’s impasse on issues related to human sexuality. The commission was appointed by our Bishops and developed 3 models for the special session […]
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Pastor’s Ponderings

Last month a group of Asburyites ventured into the wilderness of Camp Shelly for a weekend of Family Camp. It was a time of fun, community, nature, bears, and lots of laughter. And it got me reflecting about one of our core values: celebrating community. Last year, as we celebrated Asbury’s 150thbirthday, Rev. Krisie Olah […]
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Pastor’s Pondering

Can checking your email be holy? Can doing your laundry or mowing your lawn or going to a meeting be spiritual activities? Every Sunday in worship we end with benediction—a fancy word for blessing—and we are sent forth. Week after week we are blessed and sent, blessed and sent. We are blessed with the awareness […]
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Testify to Love

Christmas offers us the gift of entering into this New Year with the fresh reminder of God’s presence with us and a renewed awareness of our call to be shaped by that awareness. It takes intentional choices—the choice to pause, the choice to pray, the choice to worship, the choice to serve others—for us to […]
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