May 26, 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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Church offices & Food Pantry closing at noon.


Memorial Day - Church offices & Food Pantry closed.


Evening Care. 6:30 pm in Hager Hall. A weekly program for our friends with special needs.

This weekend at Asbury, we celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who have gone before us. We'll be looking at a scripture from the Psalms that talks about God alone being our rock and salvation, and talk about what that means for us.

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

Take Our Asbury Summer Series Survey!

In July, we are planning a sermon series and we need your feedback! 

One sermon series possibility is tentatively titled 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Church but were Afraid To Ask,' and the other possibility is 'Sizzlin Hot Topics for a Sizzlin Hot Summer.' 

What do YOU want to hear about this summer? Please take our short survey by clicking here. Your responses will help us greatly!

Peace with Justice Sunday is May 26

This Special Sunday is a denomination-wide celebration intended to raise awareness that even in a world plagued by war and terror, violence and destruction, people of faith have a clear call to build peace with justice.

An offering is taken on this Special Sunday to support programs and ministries to educate, equip and mobilize actions in support of identified Economic, Health, and Gender Justice Priorities. 

50% of the funds collected will remain in the Annual Conference to develop and strengthen social justice ministries within the local conference. The other 50% fund national and international peacemaking ministries and grants. We achieve peace with justice efforts by working with the World Council of Churches, interfaith and ecumenical bodies, and secular organizations for social-justice policies and programs that seek the wholeness of shalom for all of God’s people. Three different grants are available to United Methodist congregations and organizations that support Ethnic/Minority Local Church ministries, and programs related to the Peace with Justice Sunday.

KC PrideFest is June 7-9

We are so excited to be sharing a booth at KC PrideFest this year with our friends at Keystone, Country Club, and Trinity United Methodist Churches!

From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 at Theis Park (4800 Oak St., KCMO), we are asking for volunteers to help serve a 2-3 hour shift at the event. This is a great opportunity for our churches to support diversity in our community and let everyone know they are LOVED!

For more information, please visit the online Sign Up Genius link at or contact Traci Keck, Office Manager at Keystone UMC, at or 816.363.4084. Thank you!

2024 Scholarship Update

The Asbury Endowment Committee awarded $1000 scholarships to thirteen degree- seeking Asbury students on May 19 during the 9 and 11 am services. Congratulations to all of our award recipients!

The 2024 scholarship program was funded by a variety of sources including: Endowed Scholarship funds (Leighton, Logan, Borel, Nance/Hager), the Morris Family Scholarship Fund, nine gifts in response to a direct appeal; three memorial gifts (Carolyn Morris, Ruth Vogt, Don Hougland) and one small gift from the Endowed Undesignated Fund. We are grateful for this funding for our students seeking higher education.

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.

If you have questions or would like to reserve a date, please call the church office at 913-432-5573 or email Phyllis Williams.


The Trip to Africa ended on May 18. For the past three weeks, we enjoyed the West African eats in the Lenexa Public Market, watched a movie about the suffering and resilience of a Sudanese family who came to live in Kansas City, and joined the Ushindi United Methodist Fellowship for their exuberant worship service in Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and English. It was so much fun to learn about and interact with our neighbors having different cultures. Check out some photos below. More photos available online in our photo gallery: just click here!

We’re taking two more trips in the fall this year: Trip to Japan in September and Trip to Spain in November. Please be on the lookout for more information here in the newsletter.

In the meantime, there are two international festival events we can enjoy during summer. See below for these opportunities! If you have any questions about the Asbury Travel More Project, please feel free to let me know.

Pastor Daekyung Kim

Global Neighbors & Flavors Fest

When: Saturday, June 1 from 10 am-1 pm

Where: Lenexa Public Market (8750 Penrose Ln, Lenexa, KS 66219)

Feast on cuisines, performances, and experiences from around the world at this Public Market event! We have partnered with the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City to celebrate the rich cultures that make our community diverse and vibrant. Shop vendors, take in live performing arts and try diverse flavors from Public Market merchants and globally inspired food trucks.

This is a free event, no tickets or registration required. While there is no group visit scheduled, anyone is welcome to attend. Click here for more info!  

45th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival

When: Friday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug. 18

Where: Swope Park (E Meyer Blvd & Swope Parkway, KCMO, 64132

The Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City is proud to present one of the largest gatherings of multiculturalism - focusing on the traditional cultures found here in our home, Kansas City, and its surrounding metro area.

The Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City is 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting over 60 cultural organizations and communities. General admission is $5 at the gate. FREE for children 12 years old and younger. Parking is FREE. Click here for more info!

144 Envelope Fundraiser

UPDATE: We are only a few hundred dollars short of our service trip goal!! Thank you for your generous support so far. You will be hearing from the Leadership Lab youth soon and the majority of funds going forward will be put toward the $5,000 needed to send our four Leadership Lab high schoolers on the pilgrimage to Greece to follow Paul's travels. 

There's a big board with 144 envelopes attached to it on the wall by the west entrance of the Sanctuary. Together, these 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.
  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. 
  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. 

Our Asbury youth tell us more about what they're excited to encounter on their Youth Service Trip to Slidell, LA from June 1-9 with the Epworth Project!

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

New at Asbury: Ministry Grants!

The Asbury Endowment Committee is excited to announce the inaugural offering of Asbury Ministry Grants. Asbury endowed funds are underwriting grants of up to $1000.

Individuals, committees, and small groups are encouraged to use these grants to sustain, enhance, or create mission and ministries within the Asbury faith community.

Grants will be offered quarterly throughout the year. Application deadline for the second quarter is June 15. Application and instructions can be found by clicking here.

For questions, please contact Dan Clevenger at 913-432-5573 or at

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!

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. 

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 Children's Church.

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

No Youth Group This Sunday

No youth group on Sunday due to Memorial Day. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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!