This month’s Tidings is explores the subject of answered prayer. Those whose stories we tell have experienced the power of prayer and have learned first hand that our heavely Father truly knows what is best for us.
Notes from the Journey
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Tidings Staff Sandy Wagner Jan Weinheimer Juli Armour Lisa Tresch Lina Holmes
Asbury Tidings is a monthly publication designed to tell stories of lives being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. You may read back issues by visiting www.asburytulsa.org
I do not understand “how” prayer works. I have more questions than answers about it. This is one reason I’ve read the book “Prayer,” by Philip Yancey three times, have been in two study groups with it, and have listened to the audio CD’s twice. Our staff is will be reviewing it in 2008, too. Why should I prayer? All I know is that Jesus did it, and told us to do it, too. I know one very practical impact about prayer: it changes me. In one of Larry Crabb’s books, “The Safest Place on Earth,” he describes the spiritual life in terms of a house with two levels. The lower floor is our “natural” self (without Christ). When we become a Christian it is like being given an additional room. Crabb refers to this as “The Upper Room.” That has a rich meaning in the New Testament, as “The Upper Room” was the place of The Last Supper, the washing of the disciple’s feet, and it was in an upper room that the disciples went to immediately after Jesus’ ascension (Acts 1). I see prayer as my opportunity to elevate my spiritual life. It’s the time I choose to go into my upper room. In the upper room I live in the presence of God, not merely in my own wisdom and perspective. In the upper room I have the opportunity to give my concerns to God, not to wallow in worry and anxiety. In the upper room I have the opportunity to pray for others, not be consumed by self-interest. Prayer changes things because it changes me. (The Apostle Paul described this in terms of “sinful nature” vs. “spirit” in Galatians 5.) The great thing about being human is that we make choices that truly matter. I can do things to help others, to build up myself, and to further the Kingdom of God. Jesus modeled this. He is our teacher, example, inspiration, and Lord. The only answer to the question, “Why should I pray?” is: Jesus did, and He told us to. If you read Yancey’s book on prayer, you’ll find plenty of other reasons. I also hope you will follow along each and every day in Asbury’s “Daily Bible Study and Prayer Journal.” See you Sunday,
Tom Harrison, Sr. Pastor
at Asbury 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 am
Chancel Choir & Orchestra in the Sanctuary
Message from Pastor Tom in all services
Open House Worship in CLC
Chapel Service in Mason Chapel
Do you sometimes feel trapped in the everyday routines and obligations of life? Are you tired of being bound by someone else’s expectations of you? Come and be one of the Sisters Set Free at this year’s Asbury Women’s Retreat to be held at the Heart ‘O Hills Conference Center near Tahlequah on the weekend of April 18 and 19, with the option to stay until the 20th. You will thoroughly enjoy this relaxed wooded-lake setting, hear some of Asbury’s most dynamic speakers, and build special friendships. Our focus will be on our relationship with the One who knows us best and loves us most, our Lord Jesus Christ. So come get refocused, recharged and SET FREE! Watch for more information coming soon. 1
Did you know that in the Bible whenever God wanted to do something incredible he took people on a trip? · Adam’s trip started out all alone but soon included others, and his trip helped him find direction · Jonah’s trip began inside a big fish, and although he could barely stomach it, his trip shook him and the fish up. · Abraham’s trip started out with his obedience, and although he was not even sure of where or why, his trip helped cement his faith. · Although Moses’ trip started on the water, it wasn’t until later that a burning bush was used to GET his attention. Yup, trips can help us find direction, shake us up, cement our faith or get our attention or maybe all of the above! We love trips….but……. What really trips us out is this: Each year whenever we prepare for our Spring Break Missions trips, we think that we’ve already broken records with the number of participants (last year 300 total – 236 students). But once again we’re pleased to announce that this year we have……drum roll…..(you should be tapping lightly on your table or desk)….356 participants (276 students).
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Soooo…..our trip of raising the money is officially underway. Our goal once again is $85,000. The trips once again are:
Sunday, March 2 in Mason Chapel
7th – Houston,Texas to work with a variety of established Urban ministries
March 9 in CLC Gallery 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
8th – Red Bird Kentucky to work with rural poor 9th & 10th – Reynosa, Mexico to work with local missionaries in construction and evangelism 11 th & 12th Guatemala City to work with a local church in home construction and evangelism How are we able to pull off all these trips, you may ask? Well, there are a lot of reasons but two in particular….. 1) the overall support of our Pastor (thanks, Tom) and 2) the overall support of the people (that’s you, and we thank you).
This is a prayer opportunity you won’t want to miss! Commit to an hour of prayer in the Mason Chapel Prayer Room, on behalf of our Youth on Mission, March 15-22. Sign up for a time slot and be a part of a prayer effort to support our youth and sponsors as they serve in mission fields on U.S. soil and beyond.
And remember, stock money also helps throughout the rest of the year on a variety of other local missions projects as well. So join us on still yet another one of those great trips!
“Then you will call upon me and come pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12
Asbury’s VBS ‘08 Tuesday - Friday June 17 - 20 Kids will have a great time living God’s unshakeable truth on
Outrigger Island! Save the Date
The week’s activities will come to a close with our Family Fun Night, Friday, June 20 from 5:30 -8:30 pm. For additional information, call Kim Renkema, 392-1159. ASBURY TIDINGS 22
Notes from the Journey
TALKING TO GOD
By Lisa Tresch
’ve been talking to God quite a bit these days. Over the past year, circumstances and situations have driven me to my knees and placed me in a prayerful mode, which I have discovered is a pretty good place to be. I have made quite a few requests – many of them more like pleadings. I have done a little bargaining, some arguing, a bit of begging, and a fair amount of careful negotiation. It’s been an interesting year. One particular night of pleading last September found me pacing the parlor in our missionary friends’ home
come from me dragging around for days on end unable to do the work we had traveled halfway around the globe to do? So I asked God this question and waited for the answer.The clock in the parlor continued to tick and I heard nothing from God. I didn’t end up sleeping either.It made no sense. How hard would it be for God to arrange a state of sleep for my tired body? The answer is obvious:not hard at all. So why didn’t he? When I look back on last September, it’s amazing to realize that I hardly slept at all for ten days. My body did a
Asia at 3 a.m. But God did a work in me during those ten days, and it continues. I have learned that if you give God free reign to transform you into someone who looks like Christ, He might just take you seriously. And then it could get a little uncomfortable. I’m still praying this prayer, but I am also aware that God has a tremendous amount of work to do to make someone like me into someone who resembles Christ. Just getting me to trust in Him, instead of trusting in me seems to be a monumental task. I have many requests that I bring
in Central Asia at 3 a.m. For the second night in a row I had not slept and we had quite a bit to do the next day that would require being rested and alert.I did not understand why God couldn’t just answer my prayer and give me slumber.What possible good could
lousy job of adjusting to the nine-hour time difference throughout the entire trip, but God didn’t fix that problem. Instead he held me up and sustained me through it. And in doing so, He answered a much bigger prayer that I had been praying for months before the trip. God,do whatever it takes for me to become the person you want me to be. That’s a dangerous prayer, but it’s an amazingly freeing one.The answer can also be a little painful, and can lead you to places like dark parlors in Central
before God every day that make perfect sense to me.They are pleadings for healing of others, requests f or answers to career questions and a host of other supplications. But God cares much more about the person I am becoming than fulfilling my list of requests. He wants me to bring those requests to Him, but to also have the faith to realize that He will “never leave me nor forsake me”even if things don’t work out according to my specifications. He is teaching me to let go of my own tenuous control and He is teaching me this through prayer. “Whatever it takes” may mean that I walk through painful places and moments, but as I remember the sleepless nights last September, I am reminded that I never walk through those places alone. God is holding me up and sustaining me through the process of becoming like Christ.
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Photo by Lina Holmes
Praying FOR A LOST BRACELET W
hen I lost my father suddenly in June, I had no way of knowing how my life would change. After it happened, my immediate thought was how my faith was not strong enough yet to get me through what I was about to face. As I think about what has happened over the last seven and onehalf months, there have been many answered prayers but none as significant as the one on Wednesday, January 16. Our first holiday without dad was very difficult and painful. My mother surprised me with a special bracelet that she had made for me. On it was a charm of a pharmacy mortar and pestle that had been a tie tack that I had given my dad one Christmas. The bracelet was such a wonderful gift, something I could wear and feel my dad’s presence with me. I had worn it every day and it was very comforting. When I went to put it on that Wednesday morning and it was not there,the realization that I had lost it sometime during the previous day hit me very hard. I felt an overwhelming panic and despair. I had no time to search because I had to get my son to school and then go teach at a Bible study preschool program that I have been a part of for the last several years. I called my husband in tears and he suggested I call in and tell them what happened and that I could not come
that day. I didn’t feel that I could do that, so I went on with tears in my eyes, wondering how I was going to hold it together for the next three hours. We always pray as a leadership group before the Bible study starts. I decided that I needed to ask God to help me find the bracelet and to also help me to focus on Him so I could do my job and teach the lesson. After we left our prayer time, I was able to concentrate on the children. As I left the church, I began to think of a game plan on how to systematically search for my bracelet. It was then, that God gave me a clear picture of how my son and I had gone to the neighborhood park and had been by the swings. I felt a surge of hope that maybe I would find it. When I got home, I did a quick search around the house. Of course, it wasn’t there. I wasn’t looking forward to walking in the cold to the park, plus my feet were really hurting. I put on my coat and began a painful walk to the park,keeping my eyes open in case it had fallen off on the way. As I approached the playground, I thought, “Well, someone either picked it up or it has been covered up by all the sand.” I then thought “only God knows where it is.” When I got close to the swings, I looked down and there was my bracelet lying on top of the sand just under a swing. Words cannot describe the joy and amazement that I felt. It brought
me to my knees! It was like God was saying “See, I am here with you and have been the whole time. All you had to do was listen and trust.” Walking back home with tears in my eyes and a grateful heart, I began to realize just how significant finding the bracelet was to me. I had been walking down a path,hurting and feeling such a great loss. I had lost my earthly father, my rock. God showed me that I could rely on him as my Heavenly Father. He was my Rock and would help guide me through my journey. He heard my prayers and cared about my sorrow. Now, the bracelet will not only serve as a reminder of my wonderful father that I was blessed with on earth, but also a reminder of how my heavenly Father is with me and is always there to hear my prayers. -Heather Bates
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When I noticed one of my favorite, tiny earrings was missing from my jewelry box, I said a bullet prayer, “Dear God, this is silly, but if You desire, please help me find my lost earring.” A few days later, I found that tiny earring amidst my socks! Barbara Boothe Loyd ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
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Pastor Dub Ambrose performed the marriage ceremony for Jessica Bingham and Phillip Craig. ASBURY ASBURY TIDINGS TIDINGS
FOR A BLESSED MARRIAGE
ast September, a wedding took place. Jessica, daughter of Asbury member Candis Bingham, married the man of her dreams — Phillip Craig. The outdoor ceremony took place in a quiet setting overlooking a small lake. Dub Ambrose officiated as dozens of friends and relatives witnessed the young couple recite their vows. But one beloved family member was missing from the crowd . .. or so it appeared. Grandpa Mac had left his earthly body to join the Lord several years ago and never got to meet Jessica’s fiance. As a child, Jessica was very close to her Grandpa. They spent long hours together on the family farm talking, laughing and exploring. Needless to say, Grandpa was crazy about Jessica too. One of their favorite activities was raising Canadian geese. The two would lovingly tend to the newly-hatched goslings, care for them until they were old enough to be banded, then release the birds back into the wild. During the wedding ceremony, Dub read a letter that Jessica had recently written to her late Grandpa. It told of a vivid dream she had just a few days before her marriage took place. In that dream, a smiling Grandpa Mac visited her and warmly said,“Well kid, I see you finally met your P.C. .. . your Phillip Craig.” The guests heard how an 7
Jessica with Grandma and Grandpa Mac.
excited Jessica called her Mom the next morning to tell her about the dream. Through tears,Candis told her daughter that she may not remember, but when Jessica was very young she used to chase frogs in the yard. Her Grandpa always told her,“One day you’ll catch one of those and he’ll be your P.C. .. your Prince Charming.” As Dub concluded Jessica’s letter, two Canadian geese flew over the lake as if on cue, and happily honked at the wedding party. A collective gasp went through the crowd of guests, along with many joyful tears from the bride and her mother. You see, Jessica and Candis had been praying to God to bless this marriage. And the Lord answered with a wonderful gift of love. When you invite Him, He comes. -Sylvia LaRose
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Even though this was seven or eight years back I have never forgotten how wonderful answered prayer can be when you truly put your faith in God. I had felt that God was calling me to go on a medical mission trip toTanzania. I was so excited and afraid at the same time! I just couldn’t imagine myself going to Africa to help give medical care to others in need. I had been on the Mexico medical mission trip and it seemed just fine. And as a young girl I remember thinking how fun and exciting it would be to go to Africa. I remember praying about these feelings that I was to sign up to go but was somewhat reluctant. Somehow, I did sign up to go. As the time grew closer to leaving and the meetings had begun, I really became afraid and wondered what I had gotten myself into. I finally decided that I was going to put my faith in God and ask him to take the haunting fear away since it seemed it was taking all the fun out of going to serve. Daily I began to ask him to please help me not to be afraid since I was doing what I thought he wanted me to do for him. It was really amazing. I can’t remember exactly how long it took, but I suddenly remember thinking I was no longer worried or scared to go to Africa. What a relief. Even though I had never been out of the country other than Canada and Mexico, I just knew this was what I was supposed to do and have a great time serving the Lord. I went, had an awesome experience seeing the wonderful people of Tanzania and getting to know other Asbury folks and am getting ready to go back this summer. I can hardly wait. Cindy Hill ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
At 52 I have been allowed to go back to college at TCC to continue my education with the help of the VA. All books and classes paid (full ride) plus a small income for attending class. Of course, there are some stipulations to coures of study and passing grades. Thank you, God. Gordon W. Hard ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
Praying FOR FRIENDS H
is name was Bobby Montour. I recall his beautiful dark brown eyes and even darker hair shade. His smile radiated the entire classroom as he greeted me every morning when I arrived to Mrs. Chalacomb’s Kindergarten classroom at the young age of five. With a fluttering heart and a stammering “Hello,” I was confident I would never know such an attractive young boy as Bobby. Georgy enjoys the likeness of Bobby Montour. He enters Children’s Ministry with his best buddy, Rich, and a smile that often leaves me with the sense I have witnessed it before. His gracious demeanor assures me I am to enjoy one more visit from Georgy Herrera. Georgy and his mother, Imelda Martinez, have resided in Tulsa since he was five years old. Mom knew it would not be easy coming to a city with no family or friends, but Asbury and the “power of prayer”made Tulsa home. At the young age of seven, Georgy did not have a single friend in Tulsa after living here for two years. Georgy was of the opinion if he replaced his hair color from black to yellow, he would make numerous
friends. Mom shared that he simply needed to pray to his Heavenly Father for friends. After an extended visit to his grandparents, Georgy was delighted to hear a young boy,Rich, had been in constant prayer that he would return to school in Tulsa. Georgy had been introduced to the Cub Scouts which meet at Asbury weekly. Unfortunately, he began to miss meetings because of the change in his mom’s work schedule. Georgy knew it was impossible to make the meetings, but agreed with Mom that they would offer this dilemma to God. They prayed for HisWill to be done on this request and they would honor whatever the outcome. Two more weeks passed and an Asbury Cub Scout mom, Christy Capps, phoned about their absence and offered to take Georgy to the meetings on Monday nights. Christy has been responsible for his ride and Monday dinner for the last year. God continues to answer prayers for Georgy. Many Cub Scout events are for Father and Son.With Mom’s continued prayer for her sweet son, God answered yet another prayer for this family. Georgy received an invitation
Georgy was awarded Best Scout of the Week for Asbury’s Pack 10
from an Asbury Cub Scout dad, Mike Capps, to attend the “Dad and Lad” overnight campout. Georgy was delighted and Mom overwhelmed with the kindness and willingness to make this little boy feel so special.Mike did not stop with this event. He invited Georgy to every future activity that required a dad to attend. J. Heinrich Arnold is quoted in the book,“PRAYER…Does It Make Any Difference?”-- “Christian discipleship is not a question of our own doing; it is a matter of making room for God so that He can live in us.” I often observe people offering such kindness to others. What a difference this Asbury family has made in young Georgy’s world. Are these kind souls just designed to do so or have they chosen to make room for Him to live through them? -Vicki Ihrig
Mike Capps teaching Georgy Her rera how to use a belt sander to shape his pinewood derby car for the Saturday race. Above: Mike, Rich Capps, Georgy and Dylan Capps at Cub Scout Pack meeting. Left: Mike, Rich Capps, Georgy, Jackie Capps, Dylan, Christy Capps, and Imelda Martinez.
Praying FOR LOST FAMILY MEMBERS BACH CAO (left) and her Vietnamese family.
bout 15 years ago a Christian couple made a cold call on a young family from Vietnam. The couple just knocked on the door of Bach and Nghia Cao’s home and talked to them about Jesus.The Caos became friends with the couple and would eventually accept Christ because of their witness. When Bach received a devastating telegram from her mother in Vietnam that her father was very sick and about to die, those same friends offered to pray for Bach and her father. It was then that Bach asked Jesus to come into her heart and take over her life.She prayed and asked God if it was in His will to let her see her dad before he passed. God “accepted”her request and allowed her to visit her father not once but twice, as he actually lived for three more years. Bach admitted she had no other words to say except, “Thanks be to God.” Bach explained how the Holy Spirit is teaching and guiding she and Nghia every minute of the day and how
they know that when they die they will have eternal life. But they wanted their whole family to have what they have. Bach said it’s like eating a sweet orange––“We want everyone to know how sweet the orange is!” So about seven years ago she and her husband traveled to Vietnam to visit their family and witness to them about Jesus Christ. “We wanted them to see how Jesus changed our lives,” Bach said.“God loves us unconditionally, and we wanted to share that love.” The Caos realized they could only show God’s love to their family through the testimony of their life. During that visit seven years ago, only Bach’s mother accepted Christ but the Caos didn’t give up;they continued to pray and believe that one day their brothers and sisters would also accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Bach said she loves Mark 11:24,in which Jesus proclaims, “Therefore I tell you,whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” This Scripture helps her to trust
God and hold onto His promises. Bach comments that God is teaching her to pray through good and bad. And He is teaching her to be patient. She says prayer is just talking to the Father, and she can trust Him because He knows everything. He knows what is best. Bach said even though she doesn’t deserve it, God who is the King above all kings, came down and died for her. He used His blood to wash all her sins away and make her His precious daughter.“And now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and prays for me,” she mused. A few weeks ago two of Bach’s sisters called to share how they had gone to church and asked Jesus into their hearts! Now they are taking a class to be baptized. Bach invites her spiritual family at Asbury to rejoice with them for this long-awaited answer to prayer.To all who are hoping their family members will be saved, Bach’s advice is don’t give up on your family. Pray for them and show them God’s love! -Stephanie Hurd ASBURY TIDINGS 10
ast year I became a prayer journal-er. My first entry reads:January 8, 2007––For building improvements to be expedited and within our financial means. The entries march on like this in steady procession for 13 pages. I wince to look at them, but I will not despise the day of small beginnings! I had to start somewhere, and January 8 was the first step toward a much deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. As I flip through the journal I see the entries getting longer and more conversational over a period of weeks and months, until they eventually morph into an ongoing prayer dialogue with my new best friend. I write about Bible passages and other good books I’m reading; I have notes from Ross Murphy’s teaching and Pastor Tom’s preaching. One page has comments from a news program–– current events that needed prayer.
Scripture I want to keep close, brainstorming sessions, flashes of insight, and even on occasion, amazing revelations! During a walk last fall I found a giant leaf, about 14 inches across. I said aloud,“Hey Lord, that’s not bad as far as leaves go.” He quickly replied, Not bad? I’d like to see you make a leaf! I recorded the incident in my journal so I will always remember our witty exchange. In a rare moment of righteous rage I prayed, God help me––I hate those #@*!#s for what they did! (It was something related to world events.) No, it wasn’t a Christ-like attitude but it’s pointless to feign sanctimony when He already knows my heart. I’m thankful I was honest with Him because over the next few days He impressed on me that He was still in control so I need not worry,and certainly not hate anyone on His behalf.
a cold night, like traveling to a new place, and like coming home. Recently I lamented: Lord, I’m filled with so much anxiety and consternation today. Then I spent several pages laying all my cares on Jesus. I finally flung myself at Him, confessed my anxiety for the sin it is, and cried: God help me overcome my unbelief. And then I fell asleep. I’m no stranger to difficult beginnings. Having worked in retail for several years, I’m compassionate toward store clerks.Whenever I get a new one who bungles the transaction, gets confounded, and eventually seeks assistance, I wait patiently.When he apologizes, I give him a warm empathetic smile.“Don’t worry about it. Everyone is new at something sometime.You’ll soon get the hang of it,” I reassure him. When I read my first entry I’m reminded of that “new clerk”experi-
By May the entries are filled with thanksgiving and praise, confessions and pleas for mercy. I solicit God to meet me in nature and in my dreams. I’m constantly asking for wisdom and discernment,and the pages overflow with whole passages of scribbled
In one of my favorite entries I rejoiced: Good morning my Lord and my Love! I adore you like the smell of rain, like watching my children sleep, like laughing so hard my face hurts, like a warm chocolate chip cookie melting in my mouth, like a down comfor ter on
ence. But I’m elated that I took the initiative and started right where I was with those 11 tedious words. God is way more patient with me than I am with a sales associate, and if I didn’t start on January 8, 2007 with my sophomoric attempt to journal, I may never have grown or progressed in my relationship with God to where I am today.When I sought the Lord, He revealed Himself to me. I asked for help and He answered me––and lest I forget this, I wrote it all down. Sure, my journal’s a bit anomalous at times, but it’s from the heart.And I gladly give the Lord my whole heart, especially the written part. -Stephanie Hurd
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Praying FOR HEALING & VICTORY M
y son, Jonathan, played football all his life and had dreams of playing in college as many boys do. In the spring of his junior year at Union High School, he sustained a severe back injury, followed by months of pain and rehab. He finally ended up having surgery in Louisiana just before his senior year.Then he had some post surgical complications, so playing this senior year was pretty much ruled out. It has been a very rough road since he sustained his injury, but through it all he has persevered in his faith. I am so very proud of him for staying with the football program, supporting his teammates, and never missing a practice or a meeting, though he couldn’t even jog or throw a ball. He cheered his team on to victory each and every week with a smile on his face (of course, he made it look a whole lot easier than it was) And the team showed him how much they appreciated him as well; he was voted a team captain by the players.When he would get discouraged, he would just double up on reading the Word and each time, the good Lord would lift him up stronger than before. Miraculously, the second to last week of the “post” season, the doctors cleared him to play ball.While that was music to his ears, it was pretty late in the season to even think about trying to 13 ASBURY TIDINGS
play. He had not done any exercise in eight months, so to jog, run, put on full pads and block and hit was going to be a challenge. Once again, God had bigger plans. Jonathan suited up for the semifinals game and actually got to play a few downs.Though he didn’t see any “action” it was still awesome to see him on that field. The state championship game against Jenks was the next week and the coaches put him in for punt returns.
Jonathan in. He ran out there, and he “took out” the Jenks quarterback in a tackle that was so awesome that it was named the “Taco Mayo crunch of the game.” So, in only one opportunity to make a play, he was able to reclaim his name, no longer an “injured” player, but now a “Healed of the LORD” player. Although Union lost the game to Jenks,Jonathan came out a winner in the game of life.
He was so pumped! The past few years he has been blessed to play first string on punt returns and strong safety, so he was elated to get a chance to run with the ball again. Unfortunately, Jenks wouldn’t kick to him, so he did not get a chance to make any plays. As a young man coming back from such a rough time, it meant so much to him to just have the chance to prove to himself that he could still “do it” and more importantly, to show“the world” that he was indeed healed. He could still give others hope and faith that God does answer prayers. He was interviewed several times throughout the season and each time he would continue to say that he was giving it all to God and that he believed God would be glorified in this situation. Well, at the very end of the championship game, the strong safety was injured,and the coach put
It is his hope, and that of my family as well, that others will hear of his story and their faith will be restored. God ALWAYS has a bigger and better plan. Of course, Jonathan missed playing most of his senior year.The team played in Ohio on national TV and while he did travel with the team, he did not get to play. He missed the first Union / Jenks game (Union won) where the NFL and Nike-sponsored the game and again, was nationally televised. These were “once in a lifetime” opportunities, but what he gained was immeasurable. His faith has grown in a way that is greater than any fame on the field; he has been honored in ways that will mean more to him than any punt return or tackle or interception. We praise God for this miraculous recovery as we give thanks to all those whose prayers sustained him. -Kay Ameen
Praying FOR THE RIGHT JOB
God always answers prayers, but not always in the way we want. Several of our pastors have responded with prayer experiences where the answer was not what they desired or expected.
Praying FOR GOD’S PERFECT WILL
am continuing to learn that “God is always out to do me good!” This is helping me to grow in my trust in Him, so that when I pray and ask for something, I am learning to accept what He sends or allows to come my way. As I consider unexpected answers to prayers, what first comes to my mind is something that many others have experienced. My Dad was taken to the hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, several years ago when I was at a conference in Chicago. I received a call and decided to leave the conference
and fly directly to Fort Worth. On arrival, I immediately went to the hospital and saw my Dad and spoke to the doctors. It didn’t look good. I decided to stay with him overnight. It was a time I will never forget as I was able to be by his bedside, to pray for him and to talk with him, even though he was not responsive. My prayer was simple--”Heal him, Lord!” I possessed as much faith as I could muster and was hoping for my Dad to recover, but within a couple of days, he was gone.
hen has God answered your prayer in a way other than what you desired? I can honestly say God has never answered my prayers the way I desired. Thank the Lord! In my experience, our Heavenly Father’s responses to my prayers have always been richer, broader, and more grace-filled than I ever could have imagined. I’ve come to understand that, “God’s plan for our good and vision for our life is so much greater” (Jeremiah 29:11) – one that I could not have envisioned or even believed! Just three years ago, Sally and I prayed hard that doors would be opened somewhere and we would discern God’s place for us. We were very discouraged, but then came an e-mail of an opening in the chaplaincy program at Hillcrest Medical Center. While I was completing that program my fellow residents kept asking why I shouldn’t try to return to Asbury? I explained how that couldn’t happen but that didn’t stop them from praying for me while our personal prayers came to a point of complete surrender to the Lord’s will. Supported by a number of Christians that we knew were praying for our good, God surprised me and I am so blessed to be a part of the staff here at Asbury! Charlie Ryser ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
It was not what I was expecting, but it was when I was praying that my Dad was indeed healed! No longer did he have to live in a diseased and painridden body. No longer did he have to be limited by time and space. My prayer was answered... he was completely, eternally healed! Dub Ambrose
would have to say most recently it was my prayer as I was battling the respiratory stuff that kept me from work for over a week. My prayer was for immediate healing and to be able to keep working. I don’t like to slow down very often. Instead I seemed to get worse each day. When I finally stopped working and let my body rest, I found myself with a quiet house and lots of quiet time. I didn’t bounce back like I had initially hoped and prayed, but ended up with a nourishing time for my heart and soul while my body was healing. It turned out to be very enriching. Had God responded the way I wanted I would have missed a few quiet days that I didn’t even realize I needed. Cindy Mayes
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hrough the years there have been those intimate moments with the Father out of which I have seen prayers being answered. Those prayers were not always answered the way I expected, for I have discovered that God knows what is best. When Patty and I began to think about retirement a few years ago, our prayer was that God would enable us to “grow old” together and to be able to settle down in a quiet place, sit back and take it easy. Part of that prayer is being answered as we anticipated “getting older” and we share our aches and pains together. What wasn’t anticipated was how we would find ourselves in a church like Asbury where we would become more involved in ministry than ever. Oh what a joy and how grateful we are that God isn’t through with us yet. David Thomas
hen Asbury was considering the purchase of new property several years ago, I had my eyes on a particular property that I thought would be perfect for Asbury. EVERY time I drove past that property I prayed that God would make it available for us to purchase, trying to convince God that my idea was just what He wanted for us! Now that property is filled with a grocery store and a housing subdivision, and because of God’s wisdom and faithfulness we have settled into God’s perfect location for us! God’s promises are always accurate: “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to give you a hope and future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Dick Read
FOR ABOUT GOD’S CALL
t was about two in the morning, about 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean. I was flying back home from a three week trip visiting the rigs in Papua, New Guinea. I couldn’t sleep so I began to journal about the trip I had just completed, the adventures, and characters I had met flying around the jungles and spending time with the employees of Parker Drilling Company. On this particular trip I was invited to take a brief helicopter ride to visit one of the villages where once upon a time they would have loved to have me over for supper . . . literally! As the day passed I was able to share Jesus with some of them and found that a missionary woman from England had been there and established a Christian church long before my visit, but it was still fun to see their faces when you mention Jesus. In fact after asking this one man, “Do you know Jesus?” he responded enthusiastically, “YES! Do you know him too?” As I wrote in my journal I came to the point where I laughed out loud at a thought that came to me. Here it was some 12-13 years after entering the ministry that I recalled asking God, “Please Lord, just don’t call me to be a missionary,” that I had discovered that’s exactly what I had become, and I loved every minute of it.Yes! God does have a sense of humor and a sense of knowing just exactly where I needed to be in my journey. Thanks be to God! Sonny Plischke
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rayer has been and still is a priority in my life over the many years of learning to trust God more. I have noticed a flow in my prayer life. When I was Senior Pastor of Asbury, one thing I never seemed to learn was when a staff person left our employment, I would pray and “stew” about where a competent replacement would come from. I found myself placing more dependence on my assuming full responsibility or finding that replacement. As I did this I was placing less dependence on God. Without fail, God provided! My reaction would be, “You did it again, Father.” Why from the “get go” I did not rely on Him, I do not know. One would think I would just know “trust God and He will provide.” As I look back over the 29 years, He was so very faithful.Why do I doubt? Bill Mason
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I took a study at Asbury in the summer 2006 called “Believing God” by Beth Moore. At the beginning you write out what you want to believe God for and then at the end of the session you look back to see how God has worked in your life. What I believed God for was to heal my heart after our miscarriage that past April and to give us the chance to have another baby. Everyday I wrote in my prayer journal and ended with what I knew God could feel in my heart--the longing for another child. The last week of class it turned out I was three weeks pregnant. God also lead me to a new OB, who I believe saved the pregnancy. We now have a healthy nine-month-old son, the completion of our family. GOD is so GOOD! BELIEVING GOD! Leanne Campbell ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
Years ago, when my husband was doing a lot of international travel, I was in fervant prayer for his safe return. Seeking only the comfort that God’s word can bring I opened the Bible and found myself looking at Philemon:12 - I am sending him..... back to you. Instant answer and instant peace. Barbara Graves ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
In 1999 I started a personal prayer list. I enter a name or situation on the Excel spreadsheet in sequence of when it is received as a current prayer request. The basic reason is to just keep up with the times God answers prayer. This list covers many we know including Tom, Dana, Dub and many others at Asbury. It also includes my wife, family, work associates, et al. This list basically keeps up with the answers to prayer we can recognize. So since 1999 the count to date is 623 answers to my prayers. On a monthly basis, the average number of God’s answers to is 6.47. Not all of my prayers have answers yet. ANONYMOUS
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POWER OF PRAYER
have prayed all my life. It has sustained me through life’s darkest moments. It has deepened my faith in ways I didn’t know were possible. In the summer of 2000, I was taught another lesson—the power of prayer with other caring Christians. Late that summer, my grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma,a cancer that preys on young children.It literally rocked my world and that of my family. From the day Christian was admitted to St. Francis, to this very day, we have been surrounded by my Asbury family and it’s ministers.They have prayed without ceasing through a year of Christian and his parents at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a stem cell transplant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, treatment at Sloan Kettering, and his continued treatment. They prayed for me as I helped care for Christian’s two brothers.They still pray for Christian’s recovery,for my family and me. Oftentimes it was difficult to feel beyond the pain I was feeling for Christian, my family and myself,but God answered my prayers every day as I leaned on Him for comfort and support. Sometimes, this came in the form of my Asbury family and Discipleship Community.It still does.
Today, Christian is 11 yeats old and in the fifth grade. He is a straight A student, plays the clarinet and is active in drama. He is a true testament of God’s love and power. God gave a miraculous talent to the doctors who continue to treat Christian, but he gave us all the awesome power of prayer. Prayer is our opportunity to talk one-on-one to God, either with others or alone. I know things might be entirely different if prayer hadn’t played a part these past seven years.Christian has touched more lives than I could ever have imagined, and has shown that God has great plans for him and those plans continue to make themselves known. We never know what life will bring to us. Our lives can change in a split second.We may not be able to understand why certain things have happened to us or those we love until we are with the Lord, but He has been and is with Christian. I know that sometimes it is difficult to feel beyond the pain that we are feeling, but I’ve learned to remember that “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him, to all who call upon Him. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will hear their cry and save them.” (Psalm 145:18-19) -Linda Freeman
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Praying TO OVERCOME DRUG HABIT
any at Asbury know that there was a very dark period in the life of our family when our beautiful daughter, Lindsay, who was raised in this church and in a family that encircled her daily with love, became addicted to meth (“the devil’s drug). In a state of excruciating pain and total disbelief, I would fall on my knees in prayer, often literally crying out to God to release her from this demon that appeared bent on destroying her. We belong to a very special and loving community called Harvest. A wonderful thing happened when we shared what we were living through. So many prayers were lifted up on our daughter’s behalf, for weeks that ran into months.Julie and Preston Reynolds held a prayer vigil in their home specifically for prayers to be lifted up for Lindsay;we were literally surrounded by the love and prayers of Harvest members.Were all of these prayers answered? I’ll let Lindsay tell you in her own words. “For so long in my selfishness and in my drug and alcohol messed up mind, I didn’t really understand prayer. My mom talked about it and I knew she was always praying for me when all I was doing was scaring her, breaking her heart, and hurting her. I kept on hurting my parents and my f amily, but they never stopped praying for me,” explained Lindsay.“Their friends at church in the Har vest community were
praying for me all the time as well. I wasn’t very responsive to that, but at the same time I couldn’t ignore it in my heart.Then there came a serious and dark time in my addiction when my dad told me that if I didn’t quit what I was doing or accept help or rehab again that I would have to leave the house.We got my bags and I packed them. I’ve never in my life seen my mom cry so hard. My dad took me to a friend’s house. I began to realize then how much my parents loved me and I knew I had to change if I wanted to live. It was then that I was so grateful that God loved me and had listened to all of the prayers.” I have no doubt that our daughter being drug free for nearly a year now and her sweet heart full of love for us and for God is absolutely due to prayer. Not only is she drug free, but she is a different person, a kinder, softer person that I always knew was inside of her somewhere,” said Sally. “One Sunday after I had completely given up the drugs and alcohol, I went to Harvest with my parents. I
really did not know the people there very well, but I was really touched because they knew me and they were warm and caring and had big smiles that seemed to say they were very happy I was there and I was okay,” said Lindsay.“They hugged me and talked to me and I felt so loved.I was amazed that those people could love a person like me and care enough about me to pray for me for such a long time. I am very, very grateful to them and to my parents for not giving up on me and for praying so long for my recovery. I love God. I love Jesus. And I pray every day because I know God is listening and He has loved me unconditionally. He has listened to my prayers, touched my heart, and helped me remain drug and alcohol free for a year now. I know he will always be with me.” No one could ever convince me that He does not listen to parents who pray for their children, friends who pray for friends, and all other prayers spoken to Him in the name of His precious son, Jesus Christ.There is something, however, that I believe we have to remember, and it is often very difficult to remember when we are in the depths of pain, sorrow, or depression over present circumstances. God works for us,His children in His own way and His own time which is not necessarily our time. Sometimes in our desperation we cannot understand His ways and we don’t always remember that He alone knows what is best.That is where faith comes in, and faith will give us peace. Our family goes forward now with our faith strengthened and with the knowledge that prayer is amazingly powerful. -Sally and Lindsay Nail
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Praying FOR A CHILD A
few years ago a wellknown company ran a series of commercials with the tagline,“Having a baby changes everything.” One shows a dad holding hands with his daughter while you hear,“You were always destined for big things.Who would have thought the biggest thing to happen to you would be the smallest.” As sweet as those ads are, for a couple struggling to have a child, they can be almost painful to watch. The journey of infertility can drive some to hopelessness, but in the testimony of Jennie and Jarrett Miller,it drove them to their knees. Jennie and Jarrett met at a workrelated golf tournament. After four years of dating they married and it didn’t take long for them to talk about starting a family.But after a year of trying, they decided to run some tests. The results put them in the “unexplained infertility category.” “From there, we started the journey that really strengthened our faith and marriage,”explains Jennie. The struggle caused them to pray together and trust God’s plan for them to become parents.“We had to be patient and wait for His perfect timing. 19 ASBURY TIDINGS
At times this was very difficult, but it has brought us closer together and stronger in our faith.” Both Jennie and Jarrett grew up in Christian homes and came to know Jesus early. Jarrett began to grow in his relationship with Jesus as a teen,while Jennie sees her spir itual growth taking off as an adult. Having Jesus in their lives has given the Millers guidance to make wise choices and build strong relationships with others.“Knowing Christ has also taught us that He has a plan for our lives,” Jennie says. And in their struggle to become parents, God has used prayer in a very profound way. “Prayer through this journey has allowed me to lay my deepest fears and greatest hopes in Christ’s hands and trust in Him that they will be handled in His time,”explains Jennie. ”It has taught me to focus on answered prayers and how Jesus answers every day, in big or small ways, if you take the time to notice.” A friend gave Jennie a scripture that encouraged her to not give up praying: “Blessed is she that believed,for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45) Promises like this have
helped the Millers stay focused on God’s faithfulness and not give in to fear. There are many others who have continuously prayed alongside the Millers as they’ve continued to ask God for a child.Jennie calls these prayers offered up on their behalf amazing gifts. “Sometimes infertility can make you feel very alone and knowing there are others praying for the same things we are is very comforting.” When Jennie and Jarrett found out they were expecting last fall, they were overwhelmed with gratefulness to God. “It made us want to run out and hit our knees and thank God for His faithfulness to us and for listening to all our cries to become parents.” As the Millers await the arrival of their son, Jennie says she’s lear ned some lifelong lessons in prayer:“I have lear ned to stay with prayer for others until God answers and to stay focused on Him so I don’t miss when He answers. It may not always be the answer I expect or at the time I expect.” -Nikki Boyd (Jennie has helped establish a support group that offers encouragement for those struggling with infertility. For information, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Talking WITH GOD ABOUT EVERYTHING S
ix mornings a week at an early hour, I pray for family and friends. You might call this my “serious” prayer time. Since becoming a widower 20 years ago, I carry on a conversation with God and Jesus throughout the day. You could call these my “not-so-serious” prayer moments. After shaving each morning, I wash my face with a washcloth wrung out from hot water, and it feels good. I say,“Thanks God for the steel of the razor and the cotton of the washcloth.” I enjoy bacon and eggs and toast five mornings a week. With a twist of a knob, the utility company’s generator heats my skillet and my oven broiler. I say,“Thanks God for the convenience of my kitchen.” As I enjoy the taste of a glass of cold orange juice, I say,“Thanks God for those who planted the orange trees, for those who nurtured the trees, for the ones who picked the fruit, for the people who processed the oranges, for those who shipped the fruit to my hometown, for the person who put the orange juice on my grocery store freezer shelf, and for the efficiency of each person, so that I can enjoy this glass of orange juice for 20 cents.” My companions at breakfast, Asbury’s Daily Bible Reading and Prayer Journal, Asbury’s Acts 29, and Proverbs, bring me joy.
On my volunteer job each morning, I play with Asbury preschool children. Sometimes I hear the voice of God through the children. In the afternoon I write a weekly letter to my family and other stories. I thank God for my computer, which makes it easier
to write. On some afternoons, I simply manage my household. When my arthritic ankle hurts, I say,“Thanks God for the ten thousand things that are working well.” I save my newspaper to read with supper. After a bite of brisket mixed with a bite of baked potato with salt and butter, I close my eyes for a moment and say,“Thanks God for taste buds that bring me such pleasure.” On Saturday morning, I fix pancakes, in part so I’ll not forget how. On this laundry day, I say,“Thanks God for my washer and dryer that let me maintain my household with less energy than I once had.” I express my appreciation to God for city water and sewer, electric power, and natural gas. Having reached age 80, I am up once or twice during the night. Sometimes I am awakened by a frustrating dream. Awake and in the bathroom, I tell God,“I love reality.” Back in bed with my eyes closed,I ask Jesus to pull up a chair and stay with me until I fall asleep. These conversations are my attempt to follow Paul’s instructions in I Thessalonians 5:16-18“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -John Westervelt
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The Lord’s Prayer MATTHEW 6:5-13 5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9"This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
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I was hit by a car that exploded, killing the young driver. I was pinned in my car and could see flames. After determining I couldn’t get out, I prayed. God sent a man with a large truck which he used to move my car away from the burning one. Margie Kirkendall ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
On my Walk to Emmaus in 2003, I was in prayer asking God to r eveal the unknown source of my anger. My father and I were very close—he was my spiritual mentor, especially since my second husband’s death in 1992. During incredible prayer time with my amazing small group, my burden was lifted. God has allowed me to become a source of support and comfort to my mother since my father died only three months later—God’s perfect timing, as always. Jane Hedrick ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
In July 2007 our daughter-in-law’s parents told us that she was living with a gang member. We immediately began praying for God to protect our grandchildren and to do what was best in that situation. Of course, I wanted the dude to move out; but you can’t manipulate the Lord to do what you want. Last week our ex-daughter-in-law told me that the dude moved out!!! Her mom confirmed it and boy, was I thrilled. Pat Wellendorf ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
While living in the military, I had a Sunday school teacher who told a story about asking God for a set of mag wheels for his truck and miraculously getting them. I never forgot that story. I was raised to thank God for what I had…not to ask for anything. BUT, one day I found myself desperate…my three-year-old daughter did not have a pair of shoes, and I had no money to buy any. I was devastated and decided to pray and ask God for a pair. The next day my mother stopped by with a bag of children’s clothes from a great aunt that had no little ones, so that was odd. My mother started digging through the bag to show me something she thought was a real find. In doing so, she pulled out a brand new pair of tennis shoes that were my daughter’s size! Time stood still! I was speechless and stared in awe, while my mother was still digging in the bag! THAT was my first “miracle” of trusting God to provide for me. He still is! Vicki Taylor
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Conversation WITH GOD A transcript of a recent conversation between God and me: Me: God! God: Yes? Me: Oh, sorry, I was actually just saying the name in frustration. God: I know. You do it a lot. Stop it. Me: Sorry. I thought it sounded better than the alter natives. God: It doesn’t. Trust me, I hear everything. Anyway, what did you need? Me: Oh, nothing. God: Come on, you dragged me away from the playoffs. Don’t you know I’M the reason they put the hole in the roof at Texas Stadium? Me: At least I’m cheering for the right team. God: Son,why did you call me? Me: Because I feel empty. God: I hear that a lot. Me: Then why do I feel so alone? God: Because you’re looking for help in the wrong places. Me: Sir, this has gone on for so long that it’s just become a way of life. God: “Sir” sounds like you’re addressing a drill sergeant. I prefer God, Lord,Almighty, Your Omnipotence… Me: I get it. Lord, I don’t know any different. God: Yes, you do. Me: Well, then,what is it? God: I’ve been telling you for some time, but you haven’t been listening. Me: I’m sorry, I’ve been distracted. God: I’ve noticed. Me: I’m really in the hot seat, aren’t I? God: You called ME. Me: Okay, I’m listening. God: First of all, somewhere in your house, there’s a book. It’s been misplaced and it’s dusty. It’s pretty much the instruction manual for your life. Me: Oh, you mean “What WivesWish Their Husbands Knew about Women?” God: I like jokes. But only GOOD ones. Me: I’m sorry. I know, you’re talking about my Bible. God: Your pastor tells you to take it to church every Sunday. He tells you until he’s blue in the face, but you ignore him. Me: I get what I need from his sermons. God: Where do you think he gets his sermon ideas?
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Me: Usually from movies or the St. Louis Cardinals. God: Okay, that joke was better. Find your Bible and take it to church. And READ it. Me: Yes, Lord. God: Next, find someone down there and make him or her believe that you love me. Me: Who? God: Find a person who you think needs me even more than you do. It’ll do you good to focus on someone else’s problems for a change. Me: I can think of someone right now. God: That’s a good choice. Me: How did you know what I was thinking? God: I’m all-knowing. Me: Terrific. You know everything and you hear everything. You’re like a politician with a hearing aid. God: Please don’t attempt a career in comedy. Me: Don’t worry. The writers are on strike, anyway. God: Oh, one last thing you must do. This is the most important one. If you don’t do this, nothing else matters. Honor me. Me: How do I do that, God? God: Inwardly and outwardly, care about me. Let me know you love and appreciate me. Let everyone else know you love and appreciate me. Treat me like a spouse, only one who’s silent and invisible. Me: A dream come true. God: What did I say about the comedy? Me: Sorry. So how do I start? God: Do something. Me: That’s rather vague. God: Read. Write. Sing. Hug. Do all the things you’ve wanted to do but haven’t. Me: You really do know everything,don’t you? God: The sooner you accept it, the better off you’ll be. Me: Okay. God, can I ask you one more question? God: Hurry. It’s fourth down and two, and I feel a prayer coming on. Me: What if I really need something, but even if I call and call, I don’t hear you? God: Read the manual. -Joe Simmons
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encouraging words and our prayers to those
Wednesdays, through April 9, from 1:00-4:30
who are ill or going through hard times. Cards
pm in Rom 1504.
and care packages are also sent to Asbury-
Lay Speaker Training
Thursday Night Worship 6:45 - 8:00 pm Simply Worship (CLC) (Casual, Praise and Worship) Sundays for Children and Students 6 Weeks - 4 Years 7th, 8th & 9th Grades 10th, 11th & 12th Grades
Mohler at GRMOHLER@aol.com for more
serve the church and community in a wide
information, or call 392-1146.
variety of ministries. Lay Speakers offer their
Asperger Support Group
gifts in the areas of caring, leading and
First Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm in Rm 1506.
9:15 or 11:00 am
communicating. Some examples of our service
For mothers of children with Asperger
9:15 & 11:00 am
include visitation, teaching, volunteering in the
Syndrome. Childcare available.
9:15 am only
community, worship leadrship, support for the
8:00, 9:15, and 11:00 am
related military personnel. Contact Gwen
Lay Speakers are trained volunteers who
Alzheimer’s Support Group
grieving, prison or nursing home ministry,
Third Thursday, from 1:30-3:00 pm in Rm 1621.
coordination of food or clothing banks and
Christian hope, support and education for
leadership of committees and project groups.
friends and family of those with Alzheimer ’s or
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm in the CLC. Cost:
There are virtually no limits to the possibilities
$5-adults, $3-children ages 2-12, $20
in ministry available to Lay Speakers.
maximum per family. (No dinner March 19 due
Training is required. Basic and Advanced
Second Sunday of each month, 4:00-6:00 pm,
to Spring Break.)
courses will be offered March 28 and 29 -
Parlor - For those living with cancer and their
(Friday, 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am -
family and friends.
Adult Discipleship Communities 8:00, 9:15, & 11:00 am and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm Family Night Dinners
Surgery or Hospitalization Scheduled?
Cancer Support Group
Be sure to let Asbury know ahead of time by
4:30 pm). If you are interested, please contact
calling Ruth at 392-1146 so your pastors can
the Tulsa District Office, 742-7496. There is a
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 2319 - For those
be in prayer for you. When you enter the
$30 fee per person, which includes materials
suf fering from the early, highly emotional
hospital, please designate Asbury as your church.
stages of divorce and separation trauma.
The after-hours pastoral emergency line can be
reached by calling 492-1771, selecting option 2, and leaving a message for the pastor on call. Engaged Couples If you are planning to use an Asbury pastor to officiate and/or use Asbury’s facilities, be sure
Hands of Love Sign Choir Sundays, 6:00-7:00 pm, Rm. 2821 Friends in Christ Discipleship Community Sundays, 11:00 am, Rm. 1507
Childcare available. Divorce Rebuilding Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 2319 - For those ready to rebuild their lives after separation or divorce. Childcare available. Eating Disorder Recovery
to book ASAP to allow ample time for Couple-to-
For individuals seeking support in the recovery
Couple (required premarital sessions). Six
process. Wednesdays at 12:00 pm in Room
months to one year lead time suggested.
1621. Bring a sack lunch. Contact Marcy McMurry at firstname.lastname@example.org. ASBURY TIDINGS
Save the Date for VBS ‘08
attention of a circle of preschoolers during
Need a second set of eyes to review your
Tuesday - Friday, June 17 - 20...Kids will have
Bible story time? Then join us for this interac-
resume? Free male and female one-on-one
a great time living God’s unshakeable truth on
tive, casual, fun class. This is for anyone who
support available through Asbury’s Employment
Outrigger Island! The week’s activities will
has an opportunity to teach children about
Transitions at email@example.com
come to a close with our Family Fun Night,
God’s love - whether in their home or on
Friday, June 20 from 5:30-8:30 pm. For
Sunday morning. Usually the first two Wednes-
additional information, call Kim Rendema, 392-
days of the month, Children’s Ministry Office
Lobby. No cost. No obligation. You’ll be glad you
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren First and third Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Rm 1506. Mental Health: Support for Families (formerly Family-to-Family)
came! Sponsored by Asbury Children’s Ministry.
For family members or caregivers of people
Wednesdays through April 30 (except March
affected by a mental illness. 4th Thursdays
19), 7:00-8:00 pm in the Children’s Ministry
A mission opportunity for our 5th & 6th grade
from 1:30 - 3:00 pm in the Parlor. Call Ruth
Area for kindergartners - 4th graders. On
students. Usually the second Sunday of the
Wednesday nights, Faith Zone will be the
month from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Cost is $5 for
place to be as children learn to apply biblical
CiCi’s Pizza. We’ll eat then visit Murdock Villa
To demonstrate the love of Christ, periodic care
truths to their lives. Our goal each week will
where we will play Bingo and do crafts with
packages and monthly encouragement cards
be to reinforce the lesson that was presented
special needs adults. It is an amazing time to
with God’s Word are sent to Asbury-related
on Sunday with hands-on activities that they
witness in our local community. Limited to 10
military personnel. The Prayer Ministry also
can apply to their lives. We will create an
kids each month. For further information
covers them in prayer. Please send contact
environment that will be both educational and
contact Jami at 392-1166.
information (complete name and address) to
entertaining. Kids will have the opportunity to
Gwen Mohler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
build relationships and go deeper into hiding
God’s Word in their hearts. Can’t wait to see
Prison Fellowship Support
Children’s Choirs Wednesdays, 6:00-6:50 pm, Various Rooms 5.6 Road Trip
you there! Pick up your registration form and
April 19, 6:00 am - Midnight. At the crack of
First Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm.
sign up early so that we may be wise
dawn, we will all pile onto a charter bus and
For family and friends of people who are
stewards and plan accordingly. Contact Kim
head for Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri,
incarcerated. Meets offsite. Call Ruth at 392-
Renkema at 392-1159 for more information.
returning close to midnight that evening! Plenty
1146 for location or send an email to email@example.com.
5.6 Bible Study
of sponsors will create a fun and safe
Wednesday nights through March 12 from
environment for our 5th and 6th graders to
7:00-8:00 pm. On Wednesday nights our 5th
have fun and fellowship, and to blow off some
Asbury Bear Bags with coloring books have
and 6th graders will get to experience Bible
end-of-the-school-year steam. The cost is $65
comforted young children for many years, but
study. They will meet together each week to
(includes the official Road Trip t-shirt). You
now you may give a Bear Bag with a
work on a study called “Journey - The Claim to
will need to bring an additional amount of
scripture-based journal included instead! Great
Life.” This study will cover topics like worship,
money for personal food costs (lunch &
for teens and adults. Anyone may deliver an
prayer, forgiving, serving, courage and many
dinner) and souvenirs, etc. We won’t stop for
Asbury Bear to someone who is grieving. For
others. This is a good introductory study for
breakfast, so eat before you come or bring it
more information, contact Beth at 392-1116.
our 5th and 6th graders. You may pick up a
with you; it’s a long time until the park opens at
registration form in the Elementary or Pre-
10:00 am. The deadline to register for this event
Asbury Bear Bags
school area; your early registration helps us
is Sunday, April 6 or until we get 94 kids. For
Registration forms for all children’s
have the correct number of study books. Our
more information, call Jennifer Barnes at 392-
activities are available in the preschool
6th graders will promote to youth for Wednes-
4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have
and elementary lobbies.
day nights beginning March 26th and our 5th
openings for 20 adults wanting to go on the trip.
Core Childcare Hours
graders will begin a new study. If you have any
Please let us know by April 6. Your cost will be
Parents who are involved in RoadMap
additional questions, contact Jami Moss at
$15 for your travel, t-shirt and park admission.
classes during these core hours will have childcare provided for children 6 weeks - 12 years of age with no reservations needed:
392-1166 or Kim Renkema at 392-1159. Teaching Minds...Training Hearts Ever wish you knew how to talk to your
discipleship Discipleship Communities
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
children about God in a more natural and
If you have not yet found an Adult Discipleship
Mon & Tue
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
comfortable way? Ever want to learn some
Community check out “Get Involved” on our
Tue, Wed, & Thur
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
fun and creative ways to enhance a Bible
website, www.asburytulsa.org or pick up a
story? Ever want to be able to hold the
brochure at one of our Welcome Centers.
New Discipleship Community
Fulfilling men’s need for a compelling vision of
missions/outreach Eyeglass Donations
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Shepherd’s Flock -
Biblical masculinity, this teaches men how to live
a community for all who desire to strengthen
lives of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus
Are you wondering what to do with those
their relationship with the Lord through prayer,
Christ and directed by the Word of God. More than
old eyeglasses? Donate them to missions!
biblical teaching, mission and service projects,
just a rally or Bible study, it is designed to help men
You may drop your glasses off in the Global
as well as fellowship with other believers.
come together, strengthening each other through
Our general focus is to strengthen the ministry
weekly session of biblical teaching and small
to God’s precious children. We invite you to
group interaction. Facilitators are Rev. Dub
Save Campbell’s soup labels for missions.
come and join us as we support one another
Ambrose, Greg Ruley and Glen Fisher. Call 392-
Please note that a different part of the label is
and grow in the love of God.
1191 to register.
now required. Please cut the UPC symbol and
employment opportunities Children’s Associate Position
Campbell’s Soup Label Changes
the Labels for Education symbol together.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 am in the CLC.
Turn these in for missions! Questions:
Attention men of Asbury. Make plans to join us
Contact Missy Sistrunk at 392-1163.
Do you want to share the joy of your walk
for a great time of meaningful worship, life-
with the Lord? Would you enjoy working with
changing prayer and an awesome big
A monthly newsletter is available with recent
other Christians who want to see your faith
breakfast, all for just $3 per person. First-time
news of mission happenings. If you would like
grow and put into practice? Do you have a
guests are free.
to receive the newsletter, please contact Missy
creative spirit that needs an outlet?Then we
have the job for you! We are looking for a fun-
email@example.com. Preference is for
loving, creative individual to help with our 4
the email version, but hard copies can be
and 5 year-olds. For more information about
this flexible, part-time position, please contact
Car Care Saturdays
Sistrunk at 392-1163 or
mailed if needed. Global Outreach Prayer Ministry
Amy Russell at 392-1175 or
March 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This every-
News and prayer requests from our
other-month workday is provided for Asbury’s
missionaries and ministries are sent each
widows and single moms. While the ladies wait
week to our prayer ministry list. If you
in the comfort of the cafe, volunteers check
would like to join and become a prayer
tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries. They
intercessor for those serving around the
If you are planning to use an Asbury p astor to
also vacuum and wash the vehicles, then
world, contact Missy at 392-1163.
officiate and/or use Asbury’s facilities, be sure
update owners on what’s running smoothly
to book ASAP to allow ample time for Couple-
and what needs professional attention. This
to-Couple (required premarital sessions). Six
free service gives our men the opportunity to
marriage & family Attention Engaged Couples
months to one year lead time is suggested. Milestone Wedding Anniversaries Email your May or June Milestone Ann iversary (5,10,15,20, etc.) to Carolyn Schutte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 392-1146.
membership Asbury Exploration Come to a lunch/class to learn more about
put their faith into action through loving and serving those in need. No reservations required; just get your vehicle in line by 11:30 am. Home Improvement Ministry Saturday, April 19 The Men’s Ministry offers home improvement for widows, widowers and single moms within the Asbury family. Volunteers make themselves available every other month to help folks out with minor home repairs and/or home improvement projects.
becoming a member of Asbury. Sunday, March 2
Just pick up a request form at the South
from 12:15-2:00 pm in CLC. Lunch provided and
Welcome Desk, or call your request to Pam
childcare is available for children six weeks
Wallace at 392-1199, ext. 253 at least ten days
through 6th grade. Call 392-1191 to register.
before the scheduled work day. A Home
men Men’s Fraternity: The Quest for Authentic Manhood Wednesdays, through April 30 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Mason Chapel and CLC. Cost: $10.
Improvement volunteer will contact you, and make arrangements to get the job(s) done.
missions/vim Volunteers-In-Mission Opportunities March 29 – April 7
Construction & Teaching,$2400 March 29 – April 5
Construction & MBS, $950 April 23–27
Rio Bravo, Mexico
Men’s Construction, $550 May 2 – 4
Cookson Hills, Oklahoma
Light Construction, $50 May 22 –June 3
Tanzania, East Africa
Work Team, $2500 June 11-23
Construction & MBS, $1800 June 12-23
Lighthouse MBS & Construction, $2500 June 18-30
Tanzania, East Africa
Medical, $2700 June 19-30
Camp Gideon, Programs & Const., $2500 August 1-10
MBS & Light Construction, $2500 Sept/October
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The day after the ice storm I looked out over my wooded two and one-half acres and had the most hopeless feeling flood me. Being a widow, all I could see was about a year of work ahead of me. However, during a Sunday service, Tom announced that anyone that needed help should sign up after the service. Of course, I made a beeline for the sign-up sheet. I was amazed when Joe Hooks showed up the very next week with helpers to start clearing all the mess. My Asbury family had come to my rescue. Joe was here for the next four days with different volunteers every day. At the end of the fourth day it had all been done. Something that would have taken me a year to accomplish. Each day I offered to supply lunch, but they wouldn’t accept anything. PRAISETHE LORD FOR MY ASBURY FAMILY.It feels so good to belong! DeeDee Crow ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
I pray every day that God will surround my two sons with Christians who will witness to them in a way that they’ll believe and understand. I’ve been praying this everyday for years. My younger son, Mark, was deployed to Iraq in August 2007 and is supposed to return toTwenty-nine Palms, California on March 17. After he got there and got his duties assigned, he called us one day. He had guard duty from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.-10 p.m. He told us that the Iraqi guard he did duty with was a Christian! I just couldn’t believe it. Who would have ever thought that out of all the Iraqi guards and Marines in his group that he would be paired with a Christian! It just showed me how great our God is and that He can do anything. I could just see a big smile on His face as he watched my expression when Mark told us.I immediately knew what happened. I caught myself smiling back at God and thanking him. Mark has since had different duties, and I don’t know what seeds were planted, but it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it was a sign that God gave me to tell me, “Yes, I will take care of your son no matter where he is.” Jeanine Gray 21 ASBURY TIDINGS
I continually stand in awe of God’s grace and blessings each time I pray. Each time I ask, “Father, why do you do this for me?” He always answers, “Because you are Mine.” At nine years old I had a ruptured appendix, at 32 a rare arterial disease that closed the arteries around my heart with scar tissue, requiring arterial bypass surgery to my brain. At 37 I had a surgery uncovering massive amounts of indodemetriosos to find that I could not have a child - ending my marriag e and leaving me devastated. Then four and a half years ago I was diagnosed with stage three cancer, systemic lymphatic melanoma, and was given a 37 percent chance to be alive in a year. At the core of each were God and prayer--so many prayers from so many people in so many places. I am healed of all my illnesses, yes, even cancer. God healed my cancer before my surgery to remove almost all my lymph nodes on one side of my body. I knew the moment I was healed. So, I told my surgeon he could only take nodes if he found the cancer still there. It no longer existed in my body. My surgeon only took three. I have been blessed with an incredible family and friends who believe in prayer. God has answered my prayer for healing with the best doctors and surgeons, but more importantly the Great Physician. Why me? Because I am His. Tammy Pallares ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
For years I had serious drinking problem and I would pray to God to help me quit. Since I never really wanted to stop, I wasted God’s time. Then one day I told God that I was going to stop drinking. I realized He had given me the tools all along to stop. That was nearly ten months ago and I have never missed a day thanking Him for his support. Kevin Caruthers
During the aftermath of the Tulsa December ice storm, I felt an oncoming cold, trickily throat and runny nose. I felt the impending results were ominous. On Monday night, December 17, I earnestly prayed to the Lord to remove this malady. Tuesday mor ning when I awoke, I had no trace of any such symptoms. Praise the Lord! Beth Cowles ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
My daughter and her boyfriend were hit by a car. He died. She flew 200 feet, hitting a metal pole. She was badly broken and has undergone 30 surgeries. Many Christians have prayed on her behalf. GOD saved her for her child and to witness that MIRACLES do transpire if we BELIEVE. Linda ○ ○ ○Gorton ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Through the wonderful, amazing, grace of God, and prayers from my brother and sister-in-law’s church in West Virginia (my sister-in-law is the pastor of that and another Methodist church now) through Oklahoma to New Mexico (Catholic churches) and on to Oregon , chemo (leaving me bald for my daughter’s wedding) and radiation. I am now taking medication to help God keep me cancer free (I am high risk for recurrence of cancer, according to medical statistics, but not according to God’s statistics). He works through whatever means HE chooses. I have been breast cancer free for three years. By the way, one of the prayer warriors is now my husband of two wonderful years - Rick Dietrich! May God’s Holy Name Be Praised! Susan Dietrich ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
We skidded on a patch of ice on a mountain road in Colorado. As we went over the side, I screamed, “Save us, Lord.” There was a small level area with a few trees and the deep snow stopped our descent into the valley. EMT’s were there who helped us. Betty Godsey
Construction & Teaching, $2400 October 11-18
MBS & Construction, $950 Fall
Cookson Hills, Oklahoma
Light Construction, $50 November 5-9
Hiding any hurts, habits or hang-ups? God
Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make
never intended for you to live in bondage.
the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15
Medical, $900 November 12-16
and anoint him with oil in the name of the
Rio Bravo, Mexico
Men’s Construction, $600 VIM Leader Training February 23, Oklahoma City September 13, Enid October 25, Ada All costs are approximate. For more information about these exciting mission opportunities, contact Marilene at 392-1164 or email@example.com
Visits to Asbury Members
Holy W eek Youth on Mission
Asbury has a unique group of volunteers
24/7 Prayer Vigil
(Asbury Connection) who regularly visit
March 15 through March 22 in the Mason
people who are either homebound or in
Prayer Chapel. Commit to an hour of prayer on
nursing homes. If you are interested in being
behalf of your Youth on Mission. Sign up
visited, call Ruth at 392-1146, or contact the
dates: Sundays, February 24 and March 9
coordinator, Abby Sluice at
from 8:00 am - 12:15 pm in the CLC and
Sunday, March 2 from 8:30 am - 12:15 in the
A Spiritual Event Sunday, March 2, 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Come enjoy an evening of beautiful music as the Asbury Singing Ambassadors, our senior adult choir, presents “A Spiritual Event,” a concert of your favorite spirituals and gospel songs. Chancel Choir Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, Choir Room New Covenant Orchestra Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, Rm 1510 Asbury Singing Ambassadors Tuesdays, 1:00 pm, Choir Room Celebration Ringers Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, Rm 2506 Asbury Ringers Wednesdays, 6:00-6:50 pm, Rm 2506 Perpetual Light Thursdays, 10:00 am-noon, Rm 2506 Asbury Power & Light Sundays, 8:15-9:15 am, Rm 1510 Saints of Swing Dixieland Band Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm, Rm 1510 Children’s Choirs Wednesdays, 6:00-6:50 pm, Various Rooms
prayer Service for Healing and Wholeness Wednesday, March 5, 6:00-6:30 pm in Mason
Asbury Singing Ambassadors Choir
Mason Chapel. “Then you will call upon me
Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Choir
and come and pray to me, and I will listen to
Room upstairs through June 24. Come enjoy
you.” Jeremiah 29:12
fun and fellowship with other senior adults
(60+). This awesome choir is made up of
If you would like someone to pray with you
over 160 senior adults who sing on occasion
during Holy Communion or immediately
during Sunday morning worship services and
following a worship service, please come to
on special occasions and holidays, as well
the altar rail. A pastor or member of the Altar
as out in our community. No experience
Prayer Team will be glad to pray with you for
necessary...just show up and sing!
your needs – physical, emotional or spiritual at the altar or in the Prayer Room. Prayer Room Reservations
‘Tweenagers Program and Luncheon Everyone aged 55 and up is welcome to join us for our monthly Tweenagers meeting &
The leadership of Asbury’s prayer ministry
luncheon, Thursday, March 27 from 10:30 am.
would like to remind you that the main facility
to 1:00 p.m. in the CLC. Our program will be
Prayer Room is open not only to individuals
presented by Tom McCloud, Tulsa Community
desiring to pray in a quiet, meditative
Spirit publisher. The guest soloist will be Paul
atmosphere, but also to prayer groups within
Hocket. Call the church office at 492-1771 to
communities and ministries. Just give Debbie in
make your reservations BY NOON, Monday,
the Adult Ministries office a call at 392-1177 to
March 24. If, during that week, you find you
reserve the Prayer Room for your group on a
need to cancel, please let Doni know as we
weekly or monthly basis.
need to give an accurate count to the cooks.
Prayer Room Days & Times
Should you choose, you can make a donation
Our prayer rooms are accessible to you at
for the meal when you check in that morning.
Come join us for fun and fellowship!
Mason Chapel (during construction)
AARP Safe Driving Course
Sundays from 7:00 am - 12:30 pm through
Fridays, March 28 or April 25 from 9:00 am -
the interior door.
5:00 pm in Room 2820. Cost: $10. Class size is
Main Facility Monday - Friday
limited to 35. First come- first served. The 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
first and largest refresher course for drivers
12:30 pm - 9:00 pm
age 50 and older that has helped millions of
recovery Celebrate Recovery
drivers remain safe on today’s roads. It is designed to help you: 1. Tune up your driving skills and update your
Chapel. “Is any one of you in trouble? He
Come join this supportive group of people each
knowledge of the rules of the road.
should pray. Is anyone of you sick? He should
Monday night at 6:00 pm. Dinner at 6:00 pm;
2. Learn about normal age-related physical
call the elders of the church to pray over him
Worship from 7:00-8:00 pm; Small Groups from
changes, and how to adjust your driving to
8:00-9:00 pm; Dessert from 9:00-9:30 pm.
allow for these changes.
3. Reduce your traffic violations, crashes and chances for injuries.
students Student-Led Prayer Service
4. Drive more safely.
Join us every month on the second Tuesday in
5. Get an insurance discount. Auto insurance
the Student Ministry Area from 7:00-8:00ish pm
companies in most states provide a multi-year
for a time to be still, pray and seek God.
discount to AARP graduates.
Everyone is welcome.
To sign up, call Asbury’s Registration Hotline at
7th - 12th Metro Worship
Mandatory Spring Break Missions Training Guatemala Students and Leaders - March 9 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Bring $3 for lunch. Mexico Students and Leaders - March 9 from 12:30 - 5:00 pm. Bring $3 for lunch. Spring Break Missions Commissioning Sunday, March 9. Mandatory for students and
392-1191. At least 12 participants are required
Wednesday, March 5. Come join students
leaders going on Spring Break Missions. All
for the class to take place, so tell your friends
from all over the city in a night to just worship
students and leaders serving on a Spring
and neighbors and sign up today.
Jesus. We meet the first Wednesday night of
Break Missions team will be commissioned to
every month from 7:00-8:30ish. If you need a
go out and serve in the 9:15 am and 11:00 am
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
ride, meet at the church by 6:30 pm; we will
services. Please meet in the Student Ministries
9:00-9:30 am in the Gym. All senior adults are
be back by 9:00 pm. Or you can just meet us
Area at 8:30 am to get ready.
invited to join us for a time of stretching,
over at Believers Church, 47th and Memorial.
coupled with lots of fun and fellowship. No high
Questions? Call Todd at 392-1154.
Senior Sit and Fit Stretching Class
impact workout here. We take it nice and easy. Come give it a try. Senior Walk in the Gym with Him Class
7th - 12th Grade Small Groups Hey, did you know that we have great small groups for 7th - 12th grade students? A small
Spring Confirmation Meeting If you are in Spring Confirmation, don’t miss your mandatory meeting March 11 from 4:005:00 pm in the Student Ministries Area. 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Breakaway
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
group is a group of 10 students and two
Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:30 am in the
8:30-9:00 am in the gym. All senior adults are
leaders who have fun while exploring the
Breakaway Area. This isn’t your normal
invited to join us for power walking, coupled with
Word of God and learning what it means to live
Sunday school. Come join us for worship, fun
lots of fun and fellowship. Come give it a try.
a Christian lifestyle. Small groups meet on
and games, interactive talk/lesson, and
Sunday nights. If you are not plugged into one,
sometimes free candy and gift cards.
singles Singles Ministry Potluck Luncheon
you need to be. Call or come by on Sunday and get plugged in.
7th, 8th & 9th Grade Bible Study Wednesdays through April 30 from 6:30-8:00
Sunday, March 30 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the
7th-9th Grades meet every Sunday night
Parlor. Come, bring your children and enjoy a
through April 27. Contact Marsha at 392-1157
learn more about the heart of God? Then don’t
delicious lunch, courtesy of your fellow
miss Wednesday Night Bible Study!
singles. Just bring a “family-sized” food item,
10th- 12th Grades meets Sunday nights.
pm. in the Student Ministries Area. Want to
Called to Ministry - 10th, 11th, 12th
homemade or purchased. Great food, great
Time and places vary. Contact Todd at 392-
Is God speaking to you, leading you...okay,
fellowship, new friends. It just doesn’t get
1154 or Amy at 392-1156 to get plugged in.
maybe CALLING you into a future vocational
much better than that.
(Small Groups will not meet March 9, 16 or 23.)
ministry? You may not know what that looks
Singles Meet and Greet
7th - 12th Life Hurts, God Heals
like; you just know that God is stirring
Sunday mornings from 10:20-10:50. All singles
Wednesdays through April 30, 6:00-8:00 pm in
something in you. Join us every month on the
out from communities or worship services are
Rm 1502 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Face it, life hurts,
SECOND SUNDAY from 12:30-2:00 pm in the
invited to join together for a short time of
but the truth will set us free! This spring, we
Student Ministry Area for lunch and to talk
fellowship. Look for the singles signs, just
will be doing another semester of the 13-week
about what this means for you. This is for
outside the CLC near the staircase and we’ll
small group experience called Life Hurts, God
10th, 11th and 12th graders. RSVP to Amy at
see you there!
Heals, created specifically for teenagers who
392-1115 the Thursday before.oi an tme.
have experienced some type of pain in their
10th, 11th & 12th Breakaway
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 2319 - For those
lives - divorce, bad breakups, friends,
Join us March 12 and 26, 6:30-8:30ish pm in
suffering from the early, highly emotional
sexuality issues, disappointment, rejection,
the Student Ministry Cafe for a time of
stages of divorce and separation trauma.
abuse, alcohol, etc. Groups start January 9
connection and worship. Our desire is to
and end April 30 and will meet W ednesday
explore who God really is and how our lives
nights (except March 19). Come any time or
matter to Him. We get started around 6:30 and
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 2319 - For those
come by the Student Ministry area if you have
wrap up around 8:30ish. Plan on hanging out
ready to rebuild their lives after separation or
questions. We will start with pizza, so come
afterwards for pizza. Ninth graders will begin
divorce. Childcare available.
hungry! Parents, if this is something that grabs at your heart to help lead, we need you.
attending Breakaway March 26!
Please call Marsha at 392-1157.
(See information listed below under “Women.”)
UMW Scholarship Program
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Student Spring Break Missions
clearer idea of God’s purpose for your life? All
to play games, then bring those and your
Please pray for our students as they travel to
of these things and many others will be
friends on up to the church on Friday, April 25
Houston, Kentucky, Mexico and Guatemala.
addressed in our class on Spiritual
from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets are just $8
Pray that lives will be transformed as our
Empowerment. You will find out what is
and may be purchased from the church office
students represent Jesus.
blocking your growth and also get scriptural
through Monday, April 21 and even includes a
No Student Programming
guidance on building from right where you are.
delicious lunch. Watch future publications for
No 7,8,9 Bible Study, Life Hurts God Heals, or
This class is designed to assist you in better
10,11,12 Breakaway on March 19 due to
understanding the process of growth, things
that interfere with that growth and techniques
March 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This every-
and strategies for moving past obstacles in
other-month workday is provided for Asbury’s
your life. Our guest speakers will be Pastor
widows and single moms. While the ladies
women UMW Scholarship Program
Car Care Saturdays
Darlene Johnson and Jackie Cleary, Asbury
wait in the comfort of the cafe, volunteers
Applications for the United Methodist Women’s
member and a Licensed Professional
check tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries.
Scholarship will be available beginning
Counselor. We sincerely hope to see you in
They also vacuum and wash the vehicles,
Thursday, February 7 in the main office. This
the class. It will be a fun, intimate evening with
then update owners on what’s running
$1,200 scholarship is to be given to an Asbury
hope of change and growth in the air.
smoothly and what needs professional
senior high school young woman. To be
Sisters Set Free Women’s Retreat
attention. This free service gives our men the
eligible, the applicant must have a relative who
Friday, April 18 (5:00 pm) through Sunday,
opportunity to put their faith into action through
is currently a member of Asbury’s UMW or a
April 20 (5:00 pm). A second night option until
loving and serving those in need. No
member of the Priscilla Circle. She must be an
11:00 am on Sunday is available. Heart O’Hills
reservations required; just get your vehicle in
entering freshman at an accredited university
Retreat Center. Do you sometimes feel trapped
line by 11:30 am.
for the 2008-2009 school year. The deadline
in the every-day routines and obligations of
for the completed applications is noon, Friday,
life? Sisters in Christ, unite. Come and
Saturday, April 19. The Men’s Ministry offers
April 11. The church office business hours are
thoroughly enjoy a relaxed wooded lake
home improvement for widows, widowers
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
setting, hear from dynamic speakers, including
and single moms within the Asbury family.
and Fridays, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. For more
our own pastors, Darlene Johnson and Cindy
Volunteers make themselves available every
information, contact Dyanne Sidner,
Mayes, and take the opporutnity to makes lots
other month to help folks out with minor home
Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
of new friends. Choose from various fun
repairs and/or home improvement projects.
activities such as paddle boats, miniature golf,
Just pick up a request form at the South
Thursday, March 6, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
or just curl up with a book during your free
Welcome Desk, or call your request to Pam
Attention ladies! The program planned for
time period. You’ll enjoy good food,
Wallace at 392-1199, ext. 253 at least ten days
March’s UMW Luncheon will be a wonderful
comfortable hotel rooms and even a bonfire!
before the scheduled work day. A Home
piano and organ duet presentation by our very
There’s an optional second night with a
Improvement volunteer will contact you, and
own Barbara Graves and Rosanna Corrales
Sunday morning outdoor chapel service. The
make arrangements to get the job(s) done.
on “Hymns of the Church.” Our scripture
focus will be our relationship with the One
emphasis for this month comes from
who knows us best and loves us most. So
Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 am in Rm 2319.
Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell
come get re-charged, re-energized and set
Rev. Darlene Johnson, teacher.
in you richly as you teach and admonish one
free! “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is
another with all wisdom, and as you sing
FREEDOM! Stand firm and do not let yourself
Ladies, would like a “cheer me up” with your
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with
be shackled again by chains of bondage!”
morning coffee? We have dedicated, caring
gratitude in your hearts to God.” A delicious
2 Cor. 3:17, Gal. 5:1. Cost: $55 for cabin, $69
women who would love to meet that need in
luncheon by Virginia will be prepared for just
for 3-4 per hotel room/ $79 for 1-2 per hotel
your life by being your very own “phone
$6 per person. Bring a friend and be a part of
room plus $40 for second night and $20 for
buddy.” Call Shirley Martin and she’ll connect
you with a loving volunteer.
UMW March Luncheon
Women’s Spiritual Empowerment: Growing and Serving
Whirlwind Game Day
Home Improvement Work Days
Women of the Word
Crafty Ladies Fellowship
Friday, September 25 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mondays, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, Rm 2820. We
Thursday, March 13 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Rm
in the CLC. Come one, come all and be a part
gather to work on our own individual arts and
2818. Do you ever wish you had more
of our Game Day. Hosted by Asbury’s United
crafts, stop for a delicious potluck lunch, and
courage? Do you sometimes feel like you are
Methodist Women, this awesome, fun-packed
continue on through until 2:00 pm. We would
fighting your battles all alone? Maybe you
fundraiser benefits the Circle of Care
love to have you join us! For more contact
question your faith, or dream of having a
Ministries, Child S.H.A.R.E. program. If you like
Beverly Clarke and stop by some Monday!
welcome to asbury... ...we’re glad you’re here! Chad and Brandi Bules and Maicy
Tom and Kerri Zimmerman
Cindy Hibblen, Preson and Pierce
Patric and Jennifer Todd and Jordan
C.F. and Betty McGee
Blake and Jennifer Simpson
If you are interested in learning more
Bob and Jan Elms
Jeff and Meg Pense, Addison, John, Baylor and Megan
about who we are, plan to attend one of the Exploration classes designed to tell you more about Asbury and what we believe. We will spend our time looking at Asbury’s “Mission – Vision- Objectives.” Most of the time will be spent in talking about our eight objectives.
Choose from one of the upcoming Sunday membership classes: Mar 2, 2008 Apr 6, 2008 May 4, 2008 June 1, 2008 Aug 3, 2008 Sept 7, 2008 Oct 5, 2008 Nov 2, 2008 Dec 7, 2008 Classes are from 12:15 – 2:00 pm Call 392-1191 to make your reservation. Childcare is available and lunch is included.
Tim and Becky Anderson, Madie, Parker, Cooper and Tate ASBURY TIDINGS
Jason Wilson Jim and Joanne Benson
Mark and Kitty Rubertus Cory and Nick Porter Lea Knight
Kevin and Arnell Rogers Ashley, Brycen, Chance and Lexi
Dennie and Carrie Botjer
Tracy Cinocca and Javen
Lance and Sue Hightower RaeLee and Sterling
Tom and Cindy Raffensperger Robert and Barbara Avakian 31
you are invited... in appreciation...
My grateful thanks to the five men who came and worked so hard for several hours to rid my backyard of tree limbs and the ice storm debris. They wished to remain anonymous - so I only know that they were from the Faithbuilders Community. They did a beautiful job and in so doing, gave this doddering old lady a huge lift. God bless them, and God bless Asbury. Edie Washburn Dear friends at Asbury, Thank you to all who sent your loving support in some way when we lost our beloved husband and father. Thanks to the Ambassadors for the music; Dub Ambrose, Pec Clark and John Keefe for the wonderful messages; the Disciples Community for all their support and the luncheon; and to those who sent cards of comfort, phone calls and donations to the Nomads, the Gideons and the Church in Duane’s honor and memory. Love to All, Grace Lee and family Thank you to my many Asbury family and friends. To Tapestry Community, UMW Dorcas Circle, Darlene’s Women’s Bible Study, Stephen Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Tweenagers and many other friends. Thank you for your prayers, food, cards, calls and visits. With your help, prayers and support, my family and I have been able to stay strong and courageous through our recent sad time. I know that my precious daughter, Sue, is at rest in the arms of God and my family and I find peace in God’s love and in yours, too. God bless you, Pat Finch and Family
in celebration of marriage... 55 Years Robert & Ruscel Holtzapple March 10, 1953 Gary & Celeste Zarley March 28, 1953
40 Years Bill & Mary Jane Sparkman March 25 50 Years Bruce & Carolyn Nixon March 29, 1958 Report your Milestone Anniversary (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) to Carolyn Schutte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 392-1146.
25 Years Tom & Susan Golliver March 26 10 Years Gene & Kay Spell March 10
to a celebration in honor of Esther Gene Morrison
for 25 years of service and 85 years of life, Monday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. If you have been a member of Mothers’ Fellowship in the past, please join us for this time of commemoration. Sponsored by Asbury’s Mothers’ Fellowship
we rejoice... with those who have experienced the joy of welcoming a new baby:
NathanDaniel Harris son of Rodney and Sarah Harris brother of Haleigh and Emma January 15, 2008 Caleb Jordan Craig son of Todd and Stephenie Craig brother of Ethan grandson of Don and Janet Craig February 7, 208
we remember... and celebrate the lives of:
Jack Bourns January 21, 2008 Richard Maio husband of Karyn January 21, 2008 Clint Bales brother of Terry Bales January 22, 2008 Howard Stone father of Leslie Stone January 23, 2008 John Hubbard husband of Ethyl January 29, 2008 Chet Leet husband of Rae February 13, 2008 ASBURY TIDINGS 32
He Protects Us Dear Members and Support Group, I am writing you all in regards to my thanks for everything you all do. I spoke with my mother, Pamela Parrish, the other day and she told me something I found very interesting. So now I’m writing you all to say how thankful I am for our church and your group! On December 3, 2007 at 11:30 am in Masul, Iraq, my vehicle was destroyed by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) while we were in route to another mission where my Platoon’s support was needed. All of my crew survived and they were not injured. I took shrapnel to my face and I have fully recovered with no scars. I continued on with missions even after this incident. My mother told me that you all pray over every soldier’s piece of mail you send out and it came to one of your members that on December 3, 2007 at 11:30 am (Central Time) you all prayed over my mail. I found that very interesting and it has opened by eyes and heart a lot more. I thank you for this blessing you have given me. I felt that I needed to send everyone my thanks! I sit here every day in the line of danger and I will never know when it’s my time, but I would like to ask that you pray for these men that we have lost over here. We lost three men so far from my Squadron and I hope and pray that we don’t lose any more. Well thank you all so much for your support and I hope to see you all when I’m home on leave. God bless you. Thank you, with love, Sgt. Harrison Parrish P.S. I hope to be able to stand in front of our congregation and send out my thanks as well!
I had the very distinct pleasure of visiting with one of our Asbury military men last November. His name is Hunter Smith and we have sent him prayer cards while he was with his Marine battalion in Iraq. He is a tall, handsome, Christian young man, with a sparkle in his eyes and a smiling countenance. His parents, Len and Laneta Smith, are in my Family Fellowship community, and he joined them in our seven-couple small group meeting at Dick Read’s home. He was home with his family for a few days, then back to Camp Pendleton, CA. He told me that he REALLY appreciated the bi-weekly reminder that someone cared enough to pray for him and send him a special Asbury card in the mail.
Before he left the USA in February ’07, his Marine Chaplain prayed for the safety of all 1,000 men in the battalion. They were given Psalm 91 prayer cards. (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust…”). Hunter kept his Psalm 91 card on him every day. When they left Iraq the first of October ’07, about one fourth of the Marines still had their Psalm 91 cards. With all of their equipment hauling and movement, he thought that was so cool that there were so many sacred cards still intact. But here is the amazing part: every single Marine…all 1,000 of them…returned to Camp Pendleton. Only 14 had been injured. Hunter claimed it as “God’s miracle of protection.” Here’s the best news. I asked him, “Tell me the truth, from the inside of Iraq, do you really believe that Good is winning over Evil?” He looked me square in the eye, and with a strong voice said, “Absolutely!” Don’t ever give up praying. Miracles still happen. Good still wins over evil. Love in Christ, Darlene Truman
Please pray for the safety of my son-in-law, Bryan Davis. One of his times out on patrol, the main gun was jammed. Pray for him and all the young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan and other volatile places in the world. It is a scary place to be, but not one of those brave soldiers complain. They know that any day could be the day they meet Jesus Christ face to face, but most are not afraid, either because of their faith or because they are so patriotic and believe in what they do. God becomes really close when the danger of death is so near. It is very real to them, but it does not stop them from defending what they believe in and that is a strong belief in the United States of America, the belief in freedom and the freedom of worship. We are indeed blessed with these young people at the helm of this ship. Phyllis Friesner
The prayers for our soldiers and their families are so important. If you would like to join us in the important ministry of prayer and encouragement, please contact me Gwen Mohler at GRMOHLER@aol.com or call 392-1146.