Building a community of strength, hope, and love
27 West 2nd Street
P.O. Box 808
Waterford, PA 16441
Phone (814)796-6012
Email umc@asburywaterford.org
www.asburywaterford.org


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Asbury Waterford UMC Church Announcements


 • All of our video worship services and sermons can be found here.

This Week in the Life of Asbury


June 22
      7:00 Trustees Committee
June 23
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 Sweet Hour of Prayer
      7:00 Gospel of John Study
June 26
      7:00 AA
June 27
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
      12:30 Pastor Tori's Ordination Celebration

June 20, 2021 And happy Father's Day! Today I got to lead worship with my own dad, Pastor Dan Owen. It was such a joy. Check out our tag team children's sermon and his sermon at the June 20 service here..

Dear Church Family, This week, on Friday, June 18 at 7:00pm, I'll be getting ordained as a full Elder in the United Methodist Church along with many others.

I SO WISH I could invite each one of you to the service in person! But alas, Covid restrictions won't allow that.

So, instead, you're invited to watch the service online from the comfort of your own home. :)

Use this link and scroll down to the big yellow button that says, "Annual Conference Livestream" at 7:00pm on Friday, June 18 and you'll be able to tune in.

I'm beyond grateful to have you and all of Asbury UM Church in my life.

In Christ,

Pastor Tori

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services Sunday, June 20th, please use this link to register.

Dear Asbury Congregation: First we would like to thank everyone for your patience and faithfulnsss through the past 15 months. Thank you also for completing the survey regarding returning to worship. The survey was very helpful in the decision making process on how to best move forward.

The Asbury Church Council met on Tuesday, June 8th and as a result, I am happy to announce that we have placed hymnals, bibles & pencils back in the pews.

After much discussion and careful consideration we have decided to make the following changes Effective on Sunday July 4th:
     • We will be returning to our previous schedule of 1 service on Sundays at 10am.
     • Sign ups will no longer be required.
     • One side of the church will have social distancing for those who prefer it. The other side will have no distancing.
     • Masks will be at your option.
     • Both entrances will be open on Sunday mornings.
     • Greeters will be at both entrances and will mark off each persons attendance since we will not be passing attendance pads at this time.
     • Offering plates will be located at both the front (current location) and back entrances.
     • Bulletins will be located with the offering plates and will no longer be placed in the pews.
     • Hymns will no longer be printed in the bulletins but will be displayed on the TV screen.
     • Regular cleaning of the church will still take place after Sunday worship.
     • Please Note We will continue the Live stream for those who prefer not to attend in person or are unable to attend at this time. The link for recordings will continue to be distributed by email post service.
     • Meetings, Sunday School, and Bible Study may also continue with no restrictions.
     • Dinners may resume in fellowship hall. The only restriction will be that if the dinner is buffet style there will need to be servers provided.

We are excited to see many gathered together again! We will continue to monitor and assess these changes. Please know that the health and saftey of our congregation is very important to us all. Please also continue to consider others when you are attending in person and if you are ill we ask that you choose to worship via live stream until you are well.

God bless,

Lori Buie, Church Council Chair

& Pastor Tori

This Week in the Life of Asbury


June 14
      10:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry
      6:30 Nominations Committee
June 16
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 American Heritage Girls
      6:00 Sweet Hour of Prayer
June 17
      NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
     
June 19
      7:00 AA
June 20
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church



Hello Asbury Family! Thanks to our Outreach Team, we will be getting some new CHURCH T-SHIRTS! (and long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts and hoodies!) The above designs are what they will look like and you get to choose which color (or both) you would like to order! We're excited about this because we can represent our church out in the community and even wear them for special church events like the strawberry social during Waterford Heritage Days.

Please click this link to fill out the order form by June 14th. Additional helpful information is at the top of the order form.

Have a great day,

Pastor Tori

Hello Church Family, Asbury Church Council is wanting to understand how the congregation feels and what you are wanting for worship and meetings at the church in order to move forward with COVID guidelines.

Please take a minute to fill out a brief survey to help the Church Council know your thoughts on worship and meeting practices.

This will help the Council make an informed decision at the meeting on June 8, 2021.

Please know that this survey is anonymous.

Click here to take the survey: Survey Link

Thank you!

Lori Buie, Church Council Chair

Tori Heath, Pastor

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services this Sunday, May 30th, please use this link to register.

This Week in the Life of Asbury
May 24
      6:00 SPPRC Meeting
      7:00 Missions Committee
May 25
      7:00 Trustees
May 26
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
May 29 7:00 AA
May 30
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church

This Week in the Life of Asbury
May 16
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
May 18 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
May 19
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 American Heritage Girls
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
May 20
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study, Zoom Study Link
May 21
      Wedding Rehearsal
May 22
      4:00 Wedding
      7:00 AA
May 23
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
      4:00 Youth Group

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services on Sunday, May 16th, please use this link to register.

This Week in the Life of Asbury
May 9
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church
May 10
      10:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry
May 11
      6:30 New Membership Class
May 12
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
May 13
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study
May 15
      9:00 Noon Asbury Work Day
      7:00 AA .May 16
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church
      4:00 Youth Group

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services on Sunday, May 9th, please use this link to register.

This Week in the Life of Asbury


May 2
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church
      3:00 District Conference
      4:00 Youth Group
May 4
      6:00 Walk for Wesley Woods (Meet at Asbury)
      7:00 Trustees Committee
May 5
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 American Heritage Girls
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
May 6
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study
May 7
      ERIE PRAYS
May 8
      7:00 AA
May 9
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church

Erie Prays: Asbury UMC is taking every 7th day of the month throughout the next year to pray and seek the Lord. This is May's virtual sign-up link. We hope you join in on this movement of prayer!

Ruth Humes will be 100 years young on April 19th! Ruth and her family would like us to join in the celebration! Her family will be handing out cupcakes to everyone after each Worship service Sunday.

If you would like to send Ruth a card, please mail it to:
Mrs. Ruth Humes
3929 West 38th Street, Apt. 223
Erie, PA 16506

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services this Sunday (April 18th), please use this link to register.

April 14, 2021
Dear Church Family, The Church Council met last evening and had much discussion about our current and future practices in worship at Asbury UMC. Within the conversation we again recognized that any decision about worship practices will encourage some to attend and yet distance others. We, of course, wish this weren't the case.

We are grateful for a Church Council who is willing to sit with, listen, and discuss with each other the options we have as a worshiping community in this strange season of history.

As follows is the policy that Asbury UMC will be following for worship: Face masks will be worn:
     • When entering or leaving the building
     • When approaching another person
     • When singing in worship
Once you are seated in worship and are properly spaced from others, it will be your choice to wear or remove your face mask.

This is the practice that many restaurants are following, so many of us may be used to this sort of action already.

As always, worship is live-streamed at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays and will continue to be available on our church's Youtube channel: Click this link for Asbury UMC' YouTube Channel

Please continue to pray for our church community and leaders as we continue to discern and practice safety and love.

In Christ,

Asbury UMC Church Council

Lori Buie, Council Chair

Pastor Tori Heath

This Week in the Life of Asbury Church
April 12
      10:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry
April 13
      6:30 Finance Committee
      7:00 Church Council
April 14
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
April 15
      6:00 Backpacks
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study
April 16
      Wedding Rehearsal
April 17
      7:00 Wedding
      7:00 AA
April 18
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church
      4:00 Youth Group

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services on Sunday and have not registered yet, please use this link to sign-up.

Click here to learn about the upcoming Refuge Golf Tournament on the 21st of June.

Card Shower:


We want to celebrate Ruth Humes turning 100 years young on April 19th by filling her mailbox with cards!
Please help us honor Ruth by mailing her a card to:
Mrs. Ruth Humes
3929 West 38th Street, Apt. 223
Erie, PA 16506

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services on April 11th, please register with this link.

Asbury UMC is taking every 7th day of the month throughout the next year to pray and seek the Lord. Click here to sign-up.

This Week in the Life of the Church


April 7
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 American Heritage Girls
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
April 10
      7:00 AA
April 11
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church

If you would like to attend either our 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. in-person Maundy Thursday Service, please use this link to register.

The Maundy Thursday Service will also be live-streamed at 8 p.m.

If you would like to attend either our 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. in-person Easter Sunday Service, please use this link to register.

You do not need to register for the 7 a.m. Waterford Community Sunrise Service at the Park

This Week in the Life of the Church


March 29
      6:00 Backpacks
March 31
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
April 1
      6:00 Maundy Thursday Service
      8:00 Maundy Thursday Service (Live Streamed)
April 2
      Noon 9:00 p.m. Good Friday Meditation
April 3
      7:00 AA
April 4
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church

If you would like to attend our 8:30 or 11:00 in-person Worship service this Sunday (March 28th), please use this link. -----------

This Week in the Life of the Church


March 23
      7:00 Trustees Committee
March 24
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
March 25
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study. Click this link to access.
March 27
      7:00 AA
March 28
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
      4:00 Youth Group

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Worship services this Sunday (March 21st), please register with this link.

This Week in the Life of the Church


March 15
      6:00 Missions Committee
      7:00 Worship Committee
March 17
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:00 American Heritage Girls
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
March 18
      NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study. Zoom Bible Study Link.
March 20
      3-6:00 Soup Pick-up
      7:00 AA
March 21
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship & Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
      4:00 Youth Group

If you plan on attending either our 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. In-Person Worship this Sunday, March 14th, please use this link.

REMINDERS
      Sunday, March 14th is UMCOR Sunday and we will be having a special offering
      Sunday, March 14th is the last day to order Soup and Lilies

2021 SPRING LAY MINISTRY SCHOOL


The 2021 Spring Lay Ministry School will begin in mid-March via Zoom. Registration will be open from Friday, March 5th to Wednesday, March 10th (No Exceptions with March 10th deadline). The cost of each course is $30, which includes shipping of materials to each participant.

Please register using the following link: link.


 • Lay Servant Ministries (Basic Course): This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.


 • Called to Preach (Preaching, Advanced Course): This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastors absence. It is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study.


 • Anti-Racism Course (Elective Course)

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH


March 8
      10:30 Prayer Shawl Meeting
      6:30 Preschool Board Meeting
March 10
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer
March 11
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study. Click for Zoom Meeting
March 13
      7:00 AA
March 14
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person Worship and Live Stream Worship
      11:00 Children's Church
      4:00 Youth Group


 • February 28, 2021 Bulletin Inserts

So you don't miss them, here are two inserts from the February 28th Bulletin.
      Easter Lily Order Form
      Soup Sale Insert

ERIE PRAYS



Asbury UMC is taking every 7th day of the month throughout the next year to pray and seek the Lord.

This is March's virtual sign-up link. We hope you join in on this movement of prayer!


 • If you plan on attending one of our in-person Worship services this Sunday (Feb 28th), please use this link to register.

This Week in the Life of the Church



February 22
      6:00 SPPR Committee
      7:00 Worship Committee

February 23
      7:00 Trustees Committee

February 24
      10:00 Bible Study
      6:30 Sweet Hour of Prayer

February 25
      6:30 Zoom Bible Study. Click for Zoom Meeting

February 27
      7:00 AA

February 28
      8:30 In-Person Worship
      9:45 Sunday School
      11:00 In-Person & Live-streamed Worship
      11:00 Childrens Church
      4:00 Youth Group

Grace and Peace to you,

Pastor Tori


 • If you aren't interested in purchasing a hard copy of our Lenten devotional book called, "Soundtrack: A Forty-day Playlist through the Psalms" you can receive a daily email by registering with Seedbed (the publisher of the book) by clicking the following link and then clicking the big green button that says, "Send me the Daily Text."

Click to suscribe.

Each devotional reading will come right to your inbox for free! If you do want to purchase a hard copy, we still have a few at the church for $13 each.

(I won't be sending out video recordings during this devotional series, in case you were wondering.)

Blessings as you journey toward the cross,

Pastor Tori


 • Sunday School Announcement:
Our Children's Sunday School and our adult Acts 2:42 Sunday School classes will be resuming this Sunday, February 21st at 9:45 a.m. The children's class will be upstairs and the Acts 2:42 class will be in Fellowship Hall. All COVID restrictions will be followed. Sermon Series

I'll be purchasing another batch of books (The Story of God, the Story of Us), to give away that are guiding us through our new sermon series. If you haven't let me know that you would like one, please tell me so I can make sure I order enough! You can also buy the book on Amazon here: link.

Keep up the good work of reading through the Bible! Many of you have said you're following the reading plan in the Sunday bulletins, which is so great. Even if you haven't jumped in yet and don't have time to catch up, just start with today's reading - some scripture is better than none. :)


 • New Sermon Series
We started a new sermon series today, called "The Big Picture" and looked at the beginning of the story of the Bible: Creation. We'll be following the outline of a book called, The Story of God, the Story of Us. It's an interesting book that reads like a story, itself. I have 10 copies for those of you who would like to have one free of charge - first come, first serve! Email if you'd like a copy. You can also buy the book on Amazon here: Click here.

Keep up the good work of reading through the Bible! Many of you have said you're following the reading plan in the Sunday bulletins, which is so great. Even if you haven't jumped in yet and don't have time to catch up, just start with today's reading - some scripture is better than none. :)



Church Announcements before January 17, 2021

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