May 12, 2024

Asbury Sunday Worship:

9:00 & 11:00 am: Worship in the Sanctuary

10:00 am: Sunday School

11:00 am: Live-Streamed Worship

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Help Serve Lunch at Lazarus Table. 10 am-1 pm, Linwood United Church. Learn more and sign up by clicking here!

Travel More. 10:30 am in the Parlor. Email Pastor Kim for more info.


Kids Sing. 11 am in the Sanctuary. Our kids will share a song for Mother's Day!


Bible Study with Pastor Jeff. 10 am in Room 208. All are welcome.

This Sunday in worship, we'll be focusing on the ascension of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. What is the meaning of this story, and what does it have to do with our faith today?

Have a listen to Pastor Jeff as he talks about this and more in his weekly video!

Schedule Changes for Travel More: Trip to Africa

Our friends at the Ushindi United Methodist Fellowship needed to reschedule our visit there, so here is the new schedule for Travel More: Trip to Africa!

Saturday, May 11: Watching the movie “The Good Lie” (2014/PG-13 rated/1h 50m) from 10:30 am-12:45 pm in the Asbury Parlor. Childcare will be provided.

Saturday, May 18: Visiting the Ushindi United Methodist Fellowship from 11 am-1:30 pm at The Hub Argentine (3730 Metropolitan Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106)

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Daekyung at Thank you!

Graduation Recognition Sunday is May 19

We will celebrate our graduates (high school, college, and post-graduate), and award our scholarships at both the 9 and 11 am worship services on Sunday, May 19. There will be a small reception in the Welcome Center following each service.

If you have a graduate this year, please email the following information by Tuesday, May 14:

  1. Name of graduate
  2. School issuing diploma
  3. Degree (college & post-graduate)
  4. Future plans

Banned Book Club: Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm

Join the Banned Book Club on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor, as we explore Sarah J. Maas' captivating fantasy novel, "A Court of Mist and Fury."

This book follows the journey of Feyre, a young woman navigating the dangerous world of the faerie courts while discovering her own strength and courage. Contact Pastor Jeff with any questions (

Altar Flower Donations

Would you like to donate altar flowers in celebration or honor of a loved one? Celebrate a birthday or an anniversary? We would love to honor your loved one in our weekly service. We have a standing flower order with Village Flower Company, and the cost is $50 to provide flowers each weekend for the altar.

Check out our available dates below! If you have questions or would like to reserve a date, please call the church office at 913-432-5573 or email Phyllis Williams at

May: 19, 26, June: 2, 16, 23, 30, July: 7, 21, August: 18, 25, September: 1, 15, 22, 29, October: 6, 13, 20, November: 17, 24, December: 1, 15, 29

144 Envelope Fundraiser

There's a big board with 144 envelopes attached to it on the wall by the west entrance of the Sanctuary. The envelopes represent monetary amounts ranging from $1 to $144. Together, the envelopes represent $10,441 in monetary donations. If all the envelopes are selected, returned, and donations match the amount on each envelope, we will meet our fundraising goals for both this year's youth service trip and the pilgrimage: $5,220.50 each!

Here's how the fundraiser works:

  1. You decide the amount you would like to give to support the youth service trip to Slidell, LA, and the pilgrimage.
  2. Select the corresponding envelope(s). For example, if you want to give $50, select envelope #50. If 50 is no longer available, select envelopes that equal $50 (such as 24+26, or 49+1). 
  3. Fill out the little card inside the envelope.
  4. Return the card, your donation, and the envelope to the church. It can be given to Phyllis at the front desk, or placed in the offering plate or in the drop box outside of the Finance Office. 

You will also find blank envelopes on the counter next to the big board, where you can make a donation if the envelopes left on the board do not reflect the amount you would like to give.

Lastly, you can give online via Easy Tithe. If you give online, please select "Youth Missions Trips" from the drop-down menu. 

Check out this video from our Director of Family Ministries for more info!

What is Leadership Lab?

Leadership Lab is a newly launched discipleship/leadership development program through the Great Plains Conference for high school youth. Each module is called a "quest" and the completion of the three-phase quest earns a "badge." Each Leadership Lab youth has a mentor to help guide them through the leadership lab process. 

Potential quests are: Emotional Intelligence, Social Holiness, Grit & Resilience, Fruit of the Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Engaged in Ministry, and Spiritual Practices. Each of these quests involves three phases: learn, live, and lead. At the end of each phase there are questions for youth to discuss with their mentor.

What do each of these phases entail?

LEARN involves working through material prepared by the conference. This could be videos, articles, podcasts, and/or books. 

LIVE involves putting what they've learned into practice. Our Leadership Lab youth have created a rule of life (click here to read), served in the nursery, served in children's church, served as liturgists, and served as ushers and greeters as part of this phase. 

LEAD involves selecting a project and working to bring it to fruition. Our Leadership Lab students have: planned a work day at Fred Burns and Kay Richter's community garden, planned and led Sunrise Service, taught the Confirmation class about prayer, and led an Earth Day presentation for multiple Sunday School classes. They are also leading the devotionals and planning the evening activities for this year's service trip, which you all will hear about as they lead services on Youth Sunday in August. 

Leadership Lab youth can also earn a badge by serving on a ministry committee, speaking/preaching, creating their own quest, and participating in conference events like the Mercy and Justice immersions. Our Leadership Lab youth serve on Family Ministry Team, participated in the Mercy and Justice encounter in KC in January of this year, and are creating their own Racial Justice quest. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Director of Family Ministries. 

Do you have an event you would like to be listed on the calendar? 

Please call the church office or email Phyllis Williams at

Want to include something in the weekly Alive Newsletter?

Please submit all material by WEDNESDAYS AT NOON for inclusion

in the Thursday newsletter, or it will be posted the following week.

Questions? Contact Sharlynn Verner at Thanks!

  • Electronic Fund Transfer
  • Online through Easy Tithe
  • Text the word 'Give' to 913-774-6060

Sign Up to Help with Lazarus Table on Saturday, May 11

Click here to sign up!

We need eight people to either help serve lunch or assist in the Lazarus Boutique on Saturday, May 11 from 10 am - 1 pm at Lazarus Table (Linwood United Church, 3151 Olive, KCMO, 64109). Come out and help with a wonderful mission opportunity!

Lunches are served 'restaurant style,' so kitchen volunteers can assist with hosting, greeting, plating, and/or serving. Lazarus Boutique volunteers serve as personal shoppers to guests, assisting people one on one in finding clothing, hygiene items, linens, or other household goods they may need. 

IHN Week at Asbury is June 2-9

Asbury’s next IHN service week begins on Sunday, June 2 and ends on the morning of Sunday, June 9. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities to help with amazing local ministry that helps folks experiencing situational homelessness.

If you can help with staffing, food, laundry, set-up or take-down, please sign-up in the Welcome Center this week, or contact Emily Morris at or Linda Stinnett at

If you are interested in providing a meal, please contact Kim Peck at Thank you for your help!

Midwest Mission Distribution Center Trip: September 22-27, 2024

Be a part of this fun, worthwhile, and uplifting experience at the MMDC in Springfield, IL. No matter your skills or abilities, there is an important job that needs you!

Work activities might include refurbishing bikes and sewing machines, building desks from old wooden bleachers, or assembling sleeping mats. In the evening, enjoy fellowship at the Comfort Inn where we will stay. The Mission Scholarship Fund will cover material costs payable to the MMDC. Individuals will be responsible for lodging, transportation and meal costs. All participants are encouraged to use scholarship funds available through the Asbury Mission Team. Questions can be referred to Dan Clevenger at Reserve your slot by July 15!

Food Pantry Item of the Month

The Food Pantry's "Food of the Month" for May is cereal. This includes any option in that category as well, such as breakfast bars and granola.

The Food Pantry volunteers are very grateful for the donations from Asbury members! Thank you to all for your continued generosity. Please feel free to visit the pantry and storeroom any time with Rosie Sanders, Director of the Asbury Food Pantry to become acquainted with what we're doing there to provide food for our neighbors. 

Family Ministries Day at the K

Join us for a night of fun at the K on Tuesday, August 6 to celebrate a great summer and to watch the Royals take on the Red Sox.

It's Dollar Dog night and tickets are $26 each. The game starts at 7:10 pm and we'll carpool from the church. Contact our Director of Family Ministries, Heather Jackson, to reserve your tickets. This event is open to parents/guardians, youth, and kids. 

Kids Hour: Sundays at 10 am

Kids' Hour is a great way for kids to make friends and build community while learning Bible stories. Kids (PreK - 5th grade) are invited to join the fun of exploring Bible stories through weekly rotations such as art, music, games, cooking, drama, science, and videos. 

Kids Sing: Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day)

Kids will offer their song this Sunday during the 11 am service. Kids will need to arrive by 10:40 am.

Children's Church: 11 am after the Children's Time

Kids PreK - 3rd grade are welcome to join us for Children's Church after the Children's Moment at the 11 a.m. service in the kids' wing (3rd floor east). We might make a craft, play a game, watch a movie, or learn a new song and dance. No matter the activity, kids will have fun learning and growing together!

Sunday Nursery Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

9 am: The nursery is open for children who need it, up to 3rd grade.


11 am: The Nursery is open on Sundays for children aged infant through 5-years-old (if they haven’t started Kindergarten yet). Children who have started Kindergarten are encouraged to join the Kids Sing.

Save the Date

VBS Registration is Open!

Join us for some VBS fun June 16 - 20 from 6-7:30 pm! An optional light meal will be served at 5:30 pm. 

Our 3-year-old through 4th grade campers will explore timeless Bible stories that show how biblical characters trusted God in the face of their own fears, and went on to do great things in God’s name. Click here to register your 3-year-old-4th grade student!

GodSquad: July 29 - August 2

GodSquad is our annual service week for those in 4th - 6th grade. We will serve at a variety of local nonprofits throughout the week.

Participants will meet at the church at 9 am each day and head to the service sites, and will return to the church by 1 pm daily. Click here to register your child today!

Coffee and Convos: Sunday at 10 am in the Youth Lounge

All youth 6th - 12th grade students are invited to come enjoy treats and drinks while diving deeper into the Bible. 

Youth Group: Sundays at 6 pm in the Youth Lounge

No youth group this week due to Mother's Day.

Save the Date! GodSquad: July 29 - August 2

GodSquad is our annual service week for those in 4th through 6th grade. We will serve at a variety of local nonprofits throughout the week. Participants will meet at the church at 9 am each day and head to the service sites, and will return to the church by 1 pm daily. Click here to register your youth today!