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Asbury First United Methodist Church Newsletter February 2012 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 •

In This Issue AFUMC News, 3 Our Seniors’ Book, 6 Welcome Desk, 7 Youth Retreat, 11 Houghton Choir, 12 Galatians, 16

The Visitor

Mission Statement

Vol. XLVI No. 1

Through worship, education, outreach, and care, we develop dis-

(USPS 558-470) is published 10 times a year, monthly with combined issues for January/February and July/August, by Asbury First United Methodist Church.

ciples of Jesus Christ who live and proclaim the Gospel and thereby work to transform our culture.

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A Pastoral Reflection

Asbury First UMC Visitor 1050 East Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14607-2239 (585) 271-1050

At this writing, it is January 11 … only 11 days into the New Year and can you believe it? I have already lost out on three of my five new year’s resolutions. I suppose discouragement could take hold but each day is a new day and each day gives me a chance to start anew. There is at least one resolution that relates to each of you that has not gone by the boards … that is to hold you, the people of Asbury First, the body of Christ, in prayer daily. And this is what I pray each day for us.


Rev. Susan S. Shafer Rev. Phillip W. Phaneuf Rev. Lawrence Hargrave David T. Strong Dr. William J. Weinert Paula Dugan Melissa Bohrer Richard Moncrief Melody Guadagnino Michele Cooley

Jason Franklin Mary Van Keuren Ashley Eckman Duane A. Prill David T. Strong Bozena Granat Elizabeth Church Brian Bohrer Larry Dugan Megan Phaneuf

Senior Pastor Pastor Pastor Administrative Director of Music and the Arts Artistic Director of Music and the Arts Co-director of Children’s Ministry Co-director of Children’s Ministry Financial Administrator Administrative Assistant Dining & Caring Center Director Property Care Manager Communications Director & Editor Together in Ministry (Volunteer) Coordinator Organist Assistant Organist Director, Children’s Music Director, Bell Choir Director, Youth Music Director, Youth Theater Photographer

Gracious and Holy God, help us to believe in beginnings, to make a beginning, to be a beginning so that we may not just grow old, but grow new each day of this“wild, amazing life You call us to live with the passion of Jesus Christ.” Move with each of us as a church and as individuals in these days of beginnings and guide us in setting our course of living and loving upon Your Spirit of love and grace. In these days with streaks of hope and holiness when we are so thankful for being alive, give us eyes in love with seeing You, ears in love with hearing You, hearts in love with attending, and minds in love with connecting with each other and more deeply with You. In the midst of our scurrying and running errands, in the midst of bills to be paid, meetings to attend, in the midst of our worrying and watching, in the midst of purposeful planning, break in upon us with Your purpose and Your promises. Help us to not let our lives slip away; do come so close and remind us that You are in the small things, the gestures of generosity and will be in the mysterious moments to come. Teach us Your ways, that we may love the kindness of the prophets, practicing it toward the hungry of the world, the poor and sick and oppressed. Teach us through an awareness of Your creativity now as well as back then to responsibly tend the earth and all creatures therein. Guide us, O Great Jehovah …Your pilgrims of faith … and be with us in our longing, come stay with us in our needing, come go with us in our doing, come struggle with us in our searching, come rejoice with us in our loving … enable us to reconcile to ourselves, and then to the people around us, and then nation to nation, that none shall learn war any more. Reshape us in Your wholeness, each day. May there be peace within each of us. May we trust You, O God, that we are exactly where we are meant to be … May we be content knowing that we are each a child of Yours … May Your presence settle into our bones, and allow our souls the freedom to sing, to dance, and to bask in the light of Your Love. Amen.

Cover: Christ the King, above the East Avenue entrance to the Sanctuary. Photo by Megan Phaneuf. Please send all submissions, questions, comments, or concerns to Mary Van Keuren at or (585) 271-1050 x109.


Deadline for next issue: Monday, February 3

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AFUMC news United Way Reminder We want to remind members and friends of Asbury First that the United Way campaign will soon be underway. The Dining and Caring Center (Fund number 2202) and the Storehouse (Fund number 1367) are United Way organizations and can be your designated pledge recipients. Any contributions will be most appreciated as they serve a very valuable outreach service in our community.

Your talents are needed and welcome for Asbury First to sing God’s praises to the very best of our ability! For further information, contact Bill Weinert at wweinert@esm.rochester. edu or 274-1444. And if you love to sing but cannot commit to Wednesday evening rehearsals, consider joining the Asbury Singers. This ever-growing group is the resident choir at the 8:30 service each week. Singers with experience and a willingness to learn new music will find this group both challenging and spiritually rewarding! Warm-up and rehearsal is at 7:45 a.m. each Sunday morning, where we prepare that day’s offertory anthem. For more information, contact director Brian Bohrer at

Soup’s On! The youth’s annual SouperBowl Soup Sale will be held on Sunday, February 5. You’ll find a wide range of hearty, flavorful soups available for $10 a quart. Please plan on participating in this genuine win-win opportunity: you’ll be supporting a great cause (the youth mission trip) and you’ll be able to skip kitchen duties and watch more of the game! Thanks from the Library Members of the Asbury First Resource Library Committee have just learned exactly how successful the Nov. 28 book fair was. Thanks to everyone in the Asbury First community who visited Barnes and Noble in person or online, we earned $557 to buy new books! We’d like to thank especially the Bell Choir for performing at the book fair, and Mary Van Keuren, who helped us publicize it. Please stop in the library soon to see the latest additions to the collection.

What’s happening at School #41? January marks the beginning of the second half of the 20112012 school year. Our September orientation saw the return of many tutors and several new volunteers. Altogether we are 25 strong this year. In addition to reading and math assistance, we have two volunteers in the art room. Did you know that one of the gingerbread houses created in the art room was featured in the gingerbread house display at the Eastman House before Christmas? And, beginning this January, one volunteer will work with the teacher and students involved with theatre arts. In November 2011, children in our Sunday school classrooms began bringing staples to help fill grocery bags for twenty families. Added to the staples were a canned ham and a board game for each family. And, on December 20, the day before school ended for the holiday, the groceries were delivered to the school! Groceries were not the only way in which families were assisted this Christmas past. The Men’s Prayer Group helped a family with seven children, arriving at their home with gifts for everyone, mom and dad included. One member of the Men’s Prayer Group and his family assisted a smaller family of four. The joy,

CWU Plan World Day of Prayer Worship Service Church Women United will hold a World Day of Prayer this year on Friday, March 2. There will be a worship service at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St., Rochester, 14608 at 1:30 p.m., planned by Ellie Newell of Downtown United Presbyterian Church and Nancy Davidow of Asbury First. The meditation will be brought by Rev. Margaret Scott of Fairport United Methodist Church. Please join us for worship on March 2. Join Our Wonderful Choirs The Asbury First Sanctuary Choir welcomes new singers! Our Wednesday evening rehearsals (7:30-9:00) and 11:00 a.m. services provide a chance to praise God through a wide variety of choral music, new and old. We welcome singers with music reading experience in an atmosphere of fellowship through music.

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A Gift From the Heart Hannah Rosen Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty in Support of the Dining and Caring Center Hannah Rosen started serving on Sunday Team 3 with her mother, Lara, seven years ago – at the tender age of six. The last Sunday in August 2011, Hannah celebrated her 13th birthday by volunteering on Team 3 and serving our Dining Center guests – who surprised her by singing “Happy Birthday”! A week later Hannah became a Bat Mitzvah in a beautiful ceremony at her family’s synagogue. Hannah is an exceptional young woman – an excellent student, budding musician, and community-minded citizen striving to make the world a better place. In celebration of her Bat Mitzvah Hannah received many gifts from friends and family. Hannah knew the Dining and Caring Center was in need of a new commercial coffeemaker, and, in her words, “knew she wanted to share her gifts with the Dining Center because it is so important to her.” She and her dad did a little research and found exactly what Hannah had in mind – a brand new 100-cup coffeemaker. On a recent Saturday Hannah and her family delivered the coffeemaker to the center. This is a gift that will be appreciated by volunteers and guests for many years to come, and it was sorely needed. Hannah’s generosity and devotion to the dining center truly demonstrates what a very special person she is. All of us at the Dining and Caring Center are grateful for Hannah’s service (the entire Rosen family now serves on Team 3!) and we look forward to having her on the team for many more years! –Deb McLean, Team 3 Team Leader

Hannah with her coffee pot (top) and serving fresh brew to a Dining and Caring Center guest.

CRAFTING A MERRY CHRISTMAS More than two dozen talented Asbury First members participated in a winning proposition this past December by selling their wares at the annual Christmas Craft Sale. The crafters were able to earn some money, help others to do a little Christmas shopping, and, at the same time, support a worthy cause. Participants donated a suggested twenty percent of their earnings to the Storehouse, and a total of $533 was raised, to the delight of all those involved. Crafters selling their wares at the Asbury First Craft Sale included (clockwise from top left): Dick Clements with his wood carvings, Eugene Fisher and his hand-knit caps; Megan Phaneuf with her photo montages featuring Asbury First scenes; and Sarah Kennedy (left) and Amelia Carter, who staffed a table selling T-shirts and other leisure ware personalized with the Asbury First logo, in support of the youth mission trip this year to Jamaica.


Project Chacocente Mission Trip


ix Asbury First members will be traveling to Masaya, Nicaragua from February 20 through 27 as members

of the Genesee Valley District mission team to work alongside the families of Project Chacocente. Elizabeth and Mary Church, Brennon and Bruce Thompson, and Ted and Austin Retzlaff are among nearly 30 team members led by District Superintendent Ted Anderson. Project Chacocente is a

clockwise from top left, Elizabeth and Mary Church, Bruce and Brennon Thompson, Austin Retzlaff, and Ted Retzlaff.

unique ministry inspired by United Methodist youth which attempts to alleviate extreme poverty by relocating families living in the Managua Dump and teaching them the skills needed to survive outside the dump. Safe travels to all and our prayers go with you!



Our Living

Asbury First proudly presents

in Community

Dr. Walter Brueggemann


Births & Baptisms

Merciful God, we entrust to your never-failing care and love

May the blessings of God’s love go with you in your new covenant

Internationally-known Old Testament scholar & theologian

We offer our prayers and sympathy to the family and friends of Katherine Jones who died on November 15, 2011

Marilee Keaton Zelazny daughter of Jon and Jennifer Zelazny, born on November 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Ed and Joanne are the proud grandparents.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $10/$5 students and seniors

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Dr. Kimberly Elmer and Dr. Harry Milleron the death of Dr. Miller’s mother Helen Rose Miller on October 20, 2011.

Dr. Brueggemann will also present a prayer seminar on Monday morning, April 23, at 9:30 a.m. We’ll have more information in the coming weeks

Bailey AnnMarie Gopie daughter of Christine Stallworth and Kevin Gopie, baptized on January 8, 2012.

New Members

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Bernie Meyer on the death of her sister Mildred Waddell who died in Morris, NY on December 25, 2011.

in the bulletin and a full report on his visit in the next issue of The Visitor. We’ll also be telling you about a church-wide book read with one of Dr.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Deb Smith and Jodie Schwartz on the death of their grandmother Esther Smith.

Brueggemann’s beautiful books of prayers.


Jaclyn Dinkins Robert Dinkins Carol Floreano Bonnie Jacobus David Jacobus Doris Smith

• A Book Worth Reading • O lde r Adults Celebrated in a rece nt Asbury First Publication by Jeanne Rowe


sbury First United Methodist

the Older Adult Council try to visit these

Church is blest to have in its

people at least once a month. The callers

midst members who have been active

find this a very rewarding experience with

participants in the life of the church for

close friendships often being forged. Coun-

many years. In an attempt to acquaint

cil members deliver plants to these shut-ins

the newer members of our congrega-

during the Christmas and Lenten seasons

tion with some of these people, the

and hold Lenten Communion gatherings at

Older Adult Council, after interview-

several area adult communities where some

ing them, has published a book about

of our members reside. Each spring and fall,

their lives and their faith journeys.

we invite all church members over 80 years

Most of those interviewed are 87

of age to a Communion service followed by

years of age or older and still a vital

lunch at the church. Transportation is offered

part of our congregation.

to those who need it. It is a very meaning-

In November, the book, “A Rich

ful experience especially to those who aren’t

Inheritance” was made available for

usually able to have communion in the church

sale ($5.00 to cover printing costs)

sanctuary. It also gives these folks an opportu-

in the Welcoming Hall. We encourage all

nity to connect with their church friends.

to read it. We hope you will be inspired by the lives and faith jour-

The Older Adult Council is always in need of more members

neys of these people and that you will seek out the active members

and callers. Anyone interested in joining the Council is invited to

to meet them in person. It will be an enriching experience!

contact Ashley Eckman, Together in Ministry Coordinator, at 271-

While still interested in news from their church, there are many


older adults who are no longer able to attend Services. Members of

The Wisdom of our Elders Many of Asbury First’s older members have amazing stories to tell about Asbury First in the past and about their own lives. Here are a few interesting tidbits we gleaned from “A Rich Inheritance”: •

Nebraska natives Dick and Joyce Clements actually lived on the Asbury First campus for two years, on the second floor of 1050 East Ave. (the Wilson Soule House), where they served as caretakers.

Barbara Steen’s late minister husband, Tom, served the Asbury First community beginning in 1949. They lived at the parsonage that was, at that time, on Culver Road across from Cobb’s Hill Park. Several other members interviewed for the book remembered Rev. Tom Steen with great fondness.

Bernice (Bernie) Meyer’s late husband Jack created the beautiful model of Jerusalem that was used frequently by the Sunday School.

The late Flora Hunt worked in the Storehouse well into her 90s. She was a talented calligrapher who inscribed the church memorial book until she was 95.

At 104 years old, Lauretta Conwell may just be the most senior of our senior members! Every Sunday, Lauretta sings a solo at the worship service at the Friendly Home. She was honored last year at Livespan’s “Celebration of Aging.” 6

Together in Ministry

Volunteering at asbury first by Ashley Eckman Kathi adds, “Giving back is why I love greeting my ‘worship family.’ The Welcome Desk is the first place people see when they enter our church. A friendly smile not only welcomes people, but also opens the door for making new friends and getting to know fellow parishioners. It feels great to give back ... and a smile with a warm welcome is FREE!” How do you feel this role makes a difference to others at Asbury First? “With just a smile and a simple hello we can see people respond. It doesn’t matter if they are longstanding members, parents guiding small

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” -Hebrews 13:2


How does this experience make a difference to you? “Volunteering at the Welcome Desk helps us feel more connected with the many people who come to Asbury First. Whether I know someone’s name doesn’t matter. Acknowledging a fellow worshiper gives us a chance to praise God for our church community. As we get to know people better, greetings lead to handshakes and hugs over time.”

Are you interested in joining Greg and Kathi as a Welcome Desk host?


n many Sunday mornings, Greg and Kathi Johnson cheerfully greet and answer a variety of questions at the Welcome Desk. As members for over four years, Greg and Kathi still vividly remember how welcome they felt when they first visited Asbury First. They were excited to find a church home and didn’t look any further. Today, they want to ‘pay it forward’ by extending a welcoming hand to all who enter.

children, young adults, or new visitors. Everyone who looks toward the desk receives a good wish to enjoy the remainder of their day.”

All are welcome to join this vital ministry. Getting started is easy. Greg says,“All you have to do is bring a smile.” This is a very flexible volunteer opportunity. Some choose to host one time a month, while others host four times a year.

In their own words: Why do you enjoy volunteering as a host at the Welcome Desk? Greg says, “We enjoy sharing a smile and words of welcome with our church friends. It is good for the soul. It’s easier to feel happy when you are sharing happiness with others. The Welcome Desk is a great place to give service because people who are coming and going are part of our community of fellowship. It helps us feel a closer connection to the church and to God.”

Ruth VanDerLinden, program leader of membership, says “Kudos to Greg and Kathi for the welcoming spirit they exude at the Welcome Desk. Both are willing to answer questions and go the extra mile to make someone comfortable. Thank you, Greg and Kathi, for the positive face you give to Asbury First.” If you are interested in hosting at the Welcome Desk or would like to learn about additional volunteer opportunities at Asbury First, contact Ashley Eckman, Together in Ministry coordinator at 271-1050 x112 or


stewardship Update

Because of your generosity and that of many Asbury First members and friends, this year’s stewardship campaign was a success. The support of each one of you was vital in achieving this goal.

Your Estimate of Giving pledges for 2012 will enable us to fund the four areas that are central to Asbury First as well as help us to meet our commitment to the greater United Methodist Church: Worship: beautiful music and inspiring sermons in a sanctuary where we feel the presence of God’s love and grace. Education: our strong Sunday school programs for youth and children, plus a variety of offerings for adults. Outreach: all we do for people in need, both locally and globally. Membership care: loving pastoral care throughout the lives of our AFUMC members. Conference Connectional: our prayerful commitment to the United Methodist Church.

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good will and generosity expressed by Asbury First members for the children and their families at School #41 is truly a blessing. The administration, teachers and children of School #41 love Asbury First and everything we do for them. As a thank you, we received a “pop-up” card. Please take a moment to view the card and other school information in the display window in the Welcoming Space during January. As we approach spring, we will, once again, sponsor field trips to end the school year. Additionally, we expect to finish the painting of the bathroom walls and paint the cafeteria walls during the One Great Week of Service. Our support for School #41 children and families continues in both large and small ways, all made possible through the prayerful support and generosity of Asbury First members. Thank you all. – Nancy Davidow, School #41 Project Coordinator.

nized. Honored were Florence Kerr and Ann Englehardt. Ann served in many capacities, including receptionist, clerk and sorter. Florence, known best by Flossie, served as a clerk and repaired clothing. Both women served the Storehouse for more than 30 years. In addition to honoring two long-term members, we also recognized four others. Bob Fitch and Dick Clements, both Monday work-crew members, were honored for their commitment to repair jobs in the Storehouse; everything from installing a washer and dryer to replacing a door knob and everything in-between. Heather Hefernan, daughter of PR and Lani Anderson, was recognized for her contribution of a wall mural in the Storehouse reception area. Kay Layton was recognized for her on-going support of our annual Basement Sale. Through Kay’s efforts, we had a banner year, with profits of more than $8,000. The Saturday morning recognition time is the Storehouse Board’s means of recognizing all volunteers. We are thankful for each and every one!

Storehouse honors volunteers At the annual Storehouse recognition event, held on November 19, two members who have served for many years were recog-

Thanking Two Generous and Talented Volunteers Asbury First enthusiastically thanks Nancy Davidow and Betsy DiPaola for their six years of steadfast leadership at the Storehouse. In their tenure, they led the restoration of the reception area and added beautiful new flooring to the entire Storehouse. In addition, Nancy and Betsy worked to increase communication among the volunteers with bulletin boards, e-mail distribution lists, and a monthly newsletter. Nancy reflects on her experience by saying, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve people from so many walks of life. What a joy to have a child look up to me, with a sparkle in her eyes, and say, “Look, Serving with generous hearts: Storehouse leaders (l to r) Betsy lady, what I found!” It was a doll and stroller. Recently, a gentleman Christiansen, Nancy Davidow, Betsy DiPaola, and Judy Cohen. seeking clothes for a job opportunity arrived at the Storehouse and was transformed when he stepped out of the dressing room in a suit and a tie that we selected together. We laughed, and the look of pride on his face – it was so different from when he arrived. These encounters are true blessings.” Betsy says, “As I think back over the last six years, it brings a smile to my face. Working at the Storehouse has rounded out my life, and, as my children tell me, it is my life! This journey has made me feel so thankful for what I have. God wants our lives to be filled with joy and purpose, and I feel I have purpose at the Storehouse. Even though I am saying goodbye as co-chair, I have no intention of not being at the Storehouse. My life would miss a special place.” As we recognize the commitment of these two dedicated servants, at the same time, we welcome their successors. Judy Cohen, chair, and Betsy Christiansen, co-chair, are equally passionate and eager to lead this vital ministry. Thank you to each of the nearly 100 Storehouse volunteers who serve others as they distribute needed clothing and household goods. 9

Children in preschool through sixth grade are invited to join us on for:

Pretzel Sunday March 4 9:45 a.m.-noon

This year we will be enjoying a “Morning of Miracles” as the children participate in stations that explore Jesus’ miracles. We will be singing songs, telling stories, making crafts, playing games, and baking pretzels. We look forward to sharing this morning and Jesus’ miracles with your children.

Are you ready to SHINE?

Save the date for Asbury First’s

Annual Talent Show! April 28 ~ 6:00 p.m. We’ll have more information and a registration form in the next issue of The Visitor.


youth ministry news AFUMC Youth Enjoy Retreat Filled With Fun, Discussion, and Meditation


oth Confirmands and UMYFers (Grades 8-12) attended a Winter Retreat weekend at Camp Casowasco – one of the many fine UMC Camps in New York State. Just South of Auburn, we not only took time to sled and play, but fruitful discussions centering on the stress of high school life and discussions regarding the importance of the Bible in our life stories filled the weekend. Over 25 of us participated in this event! What a wonderful group of youth Asbury First has – that they come together for a time apart and enjoy one another’s presence! On Sunday morning, we each took silent walks with the challenge of listening for God in our lives – quite a different tack than our noise-filled worlds. It was a remarkable experience to walk near the Owasco lakeshore in quiet solitude! I believe we all came back from the weekend experience with a deeper ability to listen, play, and pray! – Rev. Phil Phaneuf

Photos courtesy of David Rice


music & the arts join us for the next concert in our 2011-2012 series!

Houghton College Choir Friday, March 16 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10/$5 students and seniors Widely acclaimed for its artistry and sensitivity, the Houghton College Choir upholds the sacred a cappella choral tradition of its origins, flexibly embracing diverse styles. Whether performing a Renaissance Mass setting, a baroque motet, or an African American spiritual, the choir delights in well-crafted sacred choral music. And save the date for these other spring shows: Envisioning the Passion – A multimedia concert featuring classical and sacred music of the Easter season underscored by fine art images. Friday, April 6 (Good Friday), noon and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not needed; a free will offering will be taken. Cordancia Chamber Ensemble –a vibrant, versatile ensemble playing a non-traditional classical repertoire. Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/$5 students and seniors. Tickets are available in the church office during regular business hours or on Sunday after services. 12

Library news It’s 2012—let the reading begin! Start the New Year with a trip to the church library. Join us in exploring the library resources for all ages. Take a look at the following books available in the library’s collection of books for children, youth, and adults. The library is located just off the gathering space near the elevators. Everyone is welcome! Children The View From Under the Pew, by Diane Winters Johnson. This beautifully illustrated storybook introduces children to the true story of Walter, a guide dog who assists Pastor Diane through her day at the church. Walter helps Pastor Diane minister to others as they visit the sick at the hospital and attend church meetings and potluck suppers. Walter loves his view from under the pew, where he can listen to the choir sing and see the faces of families who have come to church to worship God together. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

The Cage, by Ruth Minsky Sender. A teenage girl recounts the suffering and persecution of her family under the Nazis, in a Polish ghetto, during deportation, and in a concentration camp. A reader says “This is one of the best stories of strength I have ever read.” It is written especially for ages 12-up. Adult Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden strengths of Teenagers, by Peter L. Benson, Ph.D. (649.125). The goal of this book is to show parents and teens how to find and develop a talent, an interest, a skill, or the reason for being in the world. A well-respected author and psychologist, Benson trains educators and other professionals as CEO of the Search Institute in Minneapolis. He fills this book with stories of kids who have recognized their spark and how their parents nurtured it. To help parents understand their teens, he turns to the Myers-Briggs test. The idea is excellent, the presentation upbeat, and the anecdotes inspiring.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien. This Newbery Medal winner tells the story of Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, who is faced with a dangerous problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. This book is especially appropriate for ages 8-12.

How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life, by Paul Kropp (649.58). This book by a teacher with over 20 years of experience is cited as “ important addition to the library of any parent who wants to give a child the gift of learning—and loving—to read.” It provides a listing of more than 300 must-have books for parents and children to enjoy. It provides recommendations on current and classic books for children from infancy through the teen years.

Youth A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass. In an intriguing first novel, Mass introduces a 13-year-old heroine with an unusual perspective. Mia Winchell is a synesthete; her visual and hearing senses are connected so that numbers, letters, words, sounds and even some people’s auras appear to her as colors, and Mia’s beloved cat, Mango, is surrounded by an orange cloud. Mia’s unique view proves to be both a blessing and a curse. Recommended for ages 10-13.

Golfers: Save the Date! •

Tired of shoveling snow?

Wish you could pull out those great plaid shorts that remind you of the good old days?

Ready to pack up the ski poles and pull out the number 9 iron? Then grab your calendar and pencil in this info:

2012 Annual Asbury First Golf Tournament Monday, August 6 ~ 12 noon (registration) Lake Shore Country Club $80/person includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, steak dinner, and a free drink on the course. There will also be numerous prizes given out.) Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Jason Franklin at (585) 271-1050 x120 or for more information. 13

WORSHIP worship schedule

Sunday January 29 Mark 1:21-28 Rev. Phillip Phaneuf, preacher

10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion

Sunday February 12 Mark 1:40-45 Rev. Susan Shafer, preacher

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

Sunday February 5 Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle preacher

10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

February 1  I Corinthians 13:1-13 2  I Corinthians 14:1-25 3  I John 2:1-17 4  I John 3:1-18 5  I John 4:7-21 6  John 3:1-21 7  John 3:22-36 8  John 4:1-42 9  John 4:43-54 10  John 5:1-18 11  John 5:19-47 12  John 6:1-24 13  John 6:25-71 14  John 7:1-24 15  John 7:25-52 16  John 8:1-30 17  John 8:31-59 18  John 9:1-41 19  John 10:1-21

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Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, preacher 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion

10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Wed., February 22 Ash Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion Sunday february 26 Communion; Lent I Genesis 9:8-17

Sunday march 4 Lent II Mark 8:31-38 Rev. Susan Shafer, preacher 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:00 a.m. Informal Worship with Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

Wednesday, February 22 6:30 p.m. Please join us for our traditional Ash Wednesday service as we begin the holy season of Lent.

John 10:22-42 Psalm 23 Psalm 51 John 13:1-20 John 13:21-35 John 14:1-31 John 15:1-17 John 15:18-16:15 John 16:16-33 Mark 12:28-44

We also invite you to join us for our other Lenten worship services:


Every Wednesday in Lent 6:30 p.m. A contemplative service featuring music and silence.

March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Sunday february 19 Transfiguration Sunday 2 Kings 2:1-12 Rev. Phillip Phaneuf, preacher


Psalm 84 Psalm 80 Psalm 86 Psalm 90 Psalm 91 Psalm 57 Psalm 59 Psalm 61 Psalm 62

Every Wednesday in Lent 5:00-7:00 p.m. An ancient practice, walking the labyrinth helps you to center yourself and re-connect with the divine in your life. Labyrinth stewards are on hand to answer your questions, and a harpist provides quiet music while you walk. 14

the last word 1 by Bob Stickney 2

Making a Difference When Bob Stickney asked if he could be a team leader for one of our Sunday teams, I immediately said “yes. It is not often that someone volunteers for this “position” which requires a lot of effort and organization. This was during my first few months at the ADCC and I did not realize what it meant to Bob. It was apparent that the team leader opportunity was very important to him. After you read his story I am sure you will agree that he is truly grateful for Asbury First and the Dining Center. If you too would like to be a team leader we have an opening. Perhaps Bob’s story will inspire you. – Michele Cooley, DCC director.

It works both ways, as life is a two way street. About five years ago, while struggling to find employment after being laid off, a couple of the guys whom I’ve assisted helped me cope. They said that if I was patient it would come. Soon my prayers were answered and I landed at a high school in Penfield as a custodian. In early March of 2008 I was facing the idea of putting a beloved pet to sleep. Volunteers came to my aid to help. Like many people in my age group, I have aging parents who are in their early 90s. They face tough challenges due to serious injuries and changes in their living facilities. Several of the guys helped me through some tough days and to see things in a better light. That’s how things go at the Dining Center.

About 13 years ago I came to Asbury First United Methodist Church. I was searching for a place where I’d be a part of a community and serve God. As a person who was always sharing the fruits of his labors from my backyard garden, I’d drop veggies off at the church office. Someone told me, “You might want to drop those off at the Dining Center.” “Where’s that?” I’d inquired. Nestled in the basement of 1010 East Ave. I found a community center where folks come for assistance, whether it is nutritious meals, help with housing, support for locating employment, working 12 step programs, or bicycles for transportation.

One of my goals working at the AD & CC was to become part of the leadership team. In order to become an effective team leader, I would often volunteer with other teams and observe their operations. Two and a half years ago, there was an opening on Team #2 for a team leader. Without really knowing what I was getting myself into, I decided it to give it a try. This brings me to Thanksgiving 2011. One of my dreams over the years has been to donate my time on Thanksgiving Day instead of celebrating with my immediate family. But then again, the folks at the dining center are like family to me. Once again opportunity knocked and a door opened to make that happen. On Thanksgiving morning I walked through the doors of the dining center. Aromas of turkey and all the fixings filled the air. Our master chefs Dave and Jeannette were strategizing the finishing touches for the bountiful meal. Soon 15 or so volunteers descended upon our cozy and warm dining facility to serve more than 100 guests! For a team leader who’d never worked with the 15 or so unknown volunteers, it was a wonderful experience. Everything went off without at hitch. Nobody walked away hungry.

Often during my first year at the DCC I could be found when I was off duty from my job as a Firefighter/EMT for Kodak FireRescue serving a meal, bussing/washing dishes, prepping a meal; you name it. I thought all I was doing was serving meals. Then someone told me about my gift. Because of my issues in life and having walked in someone else’s shoes before; the dining center was the place for me. I inquired of several guests: “Do I make a difference?” “Yes, you do.” “How come”? “You know my name. You reinforce with me that if it is cold outside, I should be aware of the elements and stay warm.” I had found a home.

It never ceases to amaze me the commitment and dedication of the volunteers who walk through the portals of the Dining and Caring Center. From the morning breakfast crews, to Carol Trout’s Wednesday lunch team, to Dave Hearne, a Friday breakfast team leader/ cook, to Eugene Fisher. It doesn’t take one to make a difference; we all do, wherever we go. To coin a phrase, “You get out of something what you put into it, and make the time and take the time for someone less fortunate than yourself;” as the rewards we reap go far beyond the imagination.

Over the years I would often come and eat with the guys on Wednesdays for lunch or Sunday for dinner. One gentleman was suffering from PTSD after experiencing a family tragedy. I could relate to that. I found out that the man had been a lobbyist with the transportation department in Washington, DC. One can learn a lot if you’re willing to listen. On another occasion a guest had some difficulties in deciding his housing issue. We discussed several options. He came by a few weeks later and thanked me for my assistance and input.

God bless all who make a difference. Amen. 15

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Galatians Charter of Christian Liberty A short-term Adult Elective Sundays, beginning February 26, for six weeks 9:45 a.m. 1050 East Ave. Dining Room Led by Rev. Dr. Charles F. Christiansen Paul’s letter to churches in Galatia addresses basic issues of Christian faith and life. It was a key text in Martin Luther’s sixteenth century struggle to reform the church. It reminds us that “For freedom, Christ has set us free.”

The Visitor: The Newsletter of Asbury First United Methodist Church  
The Visitor: The Newsletter of Asbury First United Methodist Church  

A monthly newsletter with information about the events and people who are the members and friends of Asbury First UMC in Rochester, New York...