Note From The Pastor-January 2017

Hey church! As we gathered earlier this week for our first staff meeting of the year, we celebrated what God did in and through Asbury in 2016. We began Faith and Family Nights and put out a new church website. We said goodbye to the portable building and had a record-breaking attendance at VBS. We began a highly successful partnership with Ideal Impact that is making us much better stewards of God’s resources. This year our drop in facilities costs enabled us to triple our ministry dollars. We welcomed a gaga pit and a volleyball court, began a partnership with Zoe Ministries, and started Bible Studies at San Jac and Pasadena Memorial High School. Our attendance was up by 8%, and we welcomed many new families. And finally, I am so happy and grateful to be able to say that we closed our deficit gap and are operating fully in the black at the beginning of the New Year. Way to go Asbury! This is a mighty congregation in the hands of a mighty God, and we would not be where we are if not for your service and sacrifice.
A couple things I want to highlight as we move forward into a new year:
1) Faith and Family Nights will continue this semester, from January 11th-May 24th (off for Ash Wednesday, Spring Break and Holy Week). However, we will only be doing potluck dinners on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning February 1st. All other nights, we’ll have nursery, JAM camp for preschoolers, Kid’s Life, Encounter Student Ministries, and a Bible Study I’ll be leading called “Christian Core” from 6:30-7:30pm.
2) Frozen Winter Wonderland is January 28th, from 10am-2pm. Shifts will be 1-2 hours a piece, and this is the day when we’ll see the most visitors to our church all year. I hope you’ll be willing to come, connect with visitors, serve, and use it as an opportunity to invite folks to worship with us. Sign up sheets for volunteers and for raffle basket donations are both in the main hall.
3) I want to give you an update on this Spring’s capital campaign. The feasibility study will be conducted in February, and the campaign will take place in April. Please be in dedicated prayer for wisdom and success for this ministry. With all God has done in and through Asbury, I can’t wait to see what He accomplishes in 2017!

Note From The Pastor-December 2016

Hey church!
We are hard-core back into the world of cartoon movies in my house. Introducing the kids to some of the oldies, like that Robin Hood with all the animal characters, of course the new ones like Zootopia and The Good Dinosaur. In another year or two it’ll be time to watch Aladdin.
Do you remember that song “Make way, for Prince Ali!” with Robin Williams promising we’re going to love this guy? Now that you have it stuck in your head, you’re welcome. : ) I do wonder, though, how good we are at making way. Sitting on a kiddie train, riding past a nativity scene with an admittedly huge baby Jesus, the only comment the mom behind me made about Jesus to her kids was, “There’s something wrong with that baby.” What part of Jesus do we make way for? How much of Him and His story will we let in?
The earliest Christians weren’t called Christians, and their religion wasn’t called Christianity. It was called The Way, since Jesus announced himself as “the way, the truth, and the life”. You are the only one responsible for your priorities, what you make way for.
My hope for you this Advent, leading up to Christmas, is that you’ll make way for The Way.  And please be in prayer for our upcoming capital campaign. We’ll be hosting meetings and sending out surveys in January, and really get underway in a big way in February. Be looking in the mailbox next week for more information about the campaign.
Christmas peace and joy!
Pastor Lindsay