Dear Congregation and Friends of Asbury UMC,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It was a great, if different, Holy Week and Easter Celebration! I appreciated those of you who joined us online in celebrating Holy Communion and the Good Friday Services. As I called through the church directory this week, I was told stories of individuals who awoke on Easter morning and worshiped with the sunrise. We might not be physically together, but we are worshiping together united by the Holy Spirit. For that I give thanks.
Here are some updates for this week:
- Upon guidance from Bishop Carter, all in-person worship services have been suspended through May 15. As we approach that date, a decision will be made regarding in-person services for the rest of May.
- All of our worship services will continue to be accessible online. I encourage you to visit our website (http://asburyop.com) and Facebook page for the link to the video. You will be able to pray, sing, and listen to the sermon as if you worshiped with us in-person. I would also encourage you to create a Facebook Watch Party. This is a virtual party through Facebook that allows you invite Facebook friends to watch the video together. One member had seventeen individuals throughout the country join her for watch party. This is a great way to involve any of your friends who might not attend a church.
- I encourage you to continue to give your tithes and offerings. We may not be gathering weekly but the church is still active. We are still supporting our ministries and missions in this time of great need. To help in your giving, there is a link on our webpage (http://asburyop.com) that will allow you to submit your tithes and offerings via a credit/debit card or transfer from your checking or savings account. You will also have the ability to check a box on the form to offset the processing fees associated with this method. Of course, you are also welcome to use Bill Pay through your bank or mail a check (16 College Dr., Orange Park, FL 32065)
- In light of the stay-at-home order, the church office is still closed. Bethany and I are still able to be reached by calling the church phone number or by email. The church phone number has been forwarded and will be answered. Emails will be answered.
Each and every one of you remain in my prayers. I encourage you to stay safe and follow the instructions of local health officials and the CDC.
May God continue to bless you with the grace and love that is greater than our fears!