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- Not a Better Marriage, a Fantastic Marriage

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Asbury

TIDINGS MAY 2010

ne misunderstanding about leadO ership is thinking that those at the top of an organization, or people with

a microphone (or a pulpit), are leaders. Certainly, these are noteworthy leaders, but they are not the ONLY leaders. Leadership has been defined as influence. If so, then everyone is a leader, whether at the top of the “org chart” or not. Moms and dads, grandparents, cousins, in-laws, aunts and uncles are leaders. Friends exert a tremendous influence. The attitude and behavior of teachers, secretaries, custodians, and kitchen workers influence, too. Fellow workers can inspire and motivate us. Children, students, and seniors all have leadership opportunities. Those with Down’s syndrome and their families often show us a more excellent way.

Deloss Welsh, and J.J. Stowe. I remember Gene Nease hiring me to be the youth director in Marlow, Oklahoma for two summers. I remember how David Thomas modeled Christian ministry during my teen years, and ever since. I remember John Keefe opening the door for me at Epworth in West Tulsa for three years. I think other students and professors at O.R.U. and at Asbury Seminary. Since adulthood, Dana has been by far the biggest influence on me of anyone. I am grateful for the gracious laity who received and trained me as a young and inexperienced pastor in Vici/Lenora, in Sallisaw, at Sunny Lane in Del City, and here at Asbury, too. I think of Bishops and District Superintendents who have served as leadership and pastoral care models. I think of pastoral friends and fellow staff members serving with me in The United Methodist Church. Bill Mason, in particular, has had a huge impact on me.

It might be a good exercise to ask: “Who are the EVERYONE is a leader because everyone has influence. people who have made the greatest impact on my life?” It is a matter of how we will shape people. Will we direct them towards Christ and wise living, or will we shape othSome of the people who have exerted the most iners in a selfish direction? fluence on my life have been at the top of the organizational flow charts. But most of them have not been in “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him those positions. The people who have had the greatshow it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility est impact upon me have consistently done two things: that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about 1. They have genuinely loved the Lord it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down 2. They have cared for me. from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you As we go through this sermon series in May and June find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:13-16) on various forms of leadership, let me emphasize the importance of love. Leadership flourishes in an atmoI was reflecting upon those who’ve been leaders for sphere of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. me in my life. Obviously, my parents and extended family come to mind first. But I also think of our youth sponsors, Larry and Verla Richardson. I remember with affection my Dr. Tom Harrison, Sr. Pastor ministers at Rose Hill Methodist Church: 3. 4. 6. 8. 10. 12. 14.

What’s Happening 16 Leadership; Why? 18. A Mother to Many Ten Steps to Leadership 20. Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts 21. Beyond Measure 24. Lead Your Children On a Gift Giving Journey

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

With This Life Wesley United Methodist Celebrates 100th Anniversary From Grandpa John’s Journal Asbury Road Map Opportunities

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Guest Contributors Katie Ruley, Sylvia Larose, Rev. Charlie Ryser, Heather Chabino, Jonni Segnar, Nikki Boyd, Dwight Yoder, Kim Beair, John C. Westervelt, Page 2


By Dwight Yoder

W hat does church growth look like?

I believe that everyone who is part of Asbury wants us to grow and is willing to work toward making that happen. Every so often Tom is asked if we are more focused on growing the number of members and worship attendees or if we want growth to be measured by deepening levels of discipleship. Tom’s reply is always the same: we must grow in both measures. We want growth in our numbers and we want more people becoming more complete disciples of Christ. Asbury’s growth strategy has been the subject of discussion recently. Last year we lost 195 members due to death, transfers, etc. It takes that many new members just to stay even. Last year, including our young people going through confirmation, we accepted 474 members for a net addition of 279. This month I want to talk about several things that contribute to Asbury’s growth. Our most effective “advertising” outreach is the Perceptions radio spots that Tom does each day. These play on several local stations none of which specifically target a Christian audience. Even though they are very low-key (Tom simply mentions Asbury’s name at the end of the spot) many people first come to Asbury because they heard Perceptions. It is amazing that Tom writes a different script for every business day. His stories are very effective. Many of us have heard people outside of Asbury observe that the messages are a good general witness to the community. All of us who give financially to Asbury contribute to making this a successful part of Asbury’s growth.

requires hundreds of volunteers to help on Sunday morning and to lead small groups for students and for many other tasks. Many additional volunteers are needed for special events such as Spring Break Mission trips, Vacation Bible School, Upward Basketball, and camps, just to name a few examples. We minister to almost 1,000 children and students every week. It takes significant facility, staff, and financial resources to support all of this, including the support of these many volunteers. The investment makes a huge difference in the lives of the kids and the entire family.

In the future I may talk in more detail about how our other ministries impact Asbury’s growth in numbers and discipleship. For now, due to space constraints, I’ll just list them: Music, Worship, Adult Ministries, Care & Marriage, Discipleship (Adult Communities and Roadmap), Celebrate Recovery, and Missions and Outreach. In each case you can think about the manner in which they help us grow. I invite you to also think about Our ministries also contribute to growth. Two that what is required to make them successful. Consider make big contributions are children and student min- the facility, staff, and volunteer resources needed for istries. It is not unusual to hear a family say that they each ministry. are at Asbury because they visited and their children It is rewarding to participate in things that result liked what they experienced in our children or stuin ever-increasing numbers and depth of transformed dent ministry programs. What a great thing to hear. lives - things that last. For each person who is contributing in some way we are thankful. For those who are Since the day Tom arrived at Asbury he has said, not yet engaged or who want to participate further we “kids come first.” We do invest heavily in these ar- encourage you to do so. And maybe you can encoureas financially and with volunteer service. Every week age someone else to begin serving. There are many our staff and volunteers invest in the personal and opportunities. Call the church office at 492-1771 for spiritual development of our children. Each week it more information.

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Leadership

WHY? by Katie Ruley

- A stay-at-home mom steps out of her comfort zone and into faith -

W hy would one want to step up and serve in leadership? In today’s busy beyond belief, over-scheduled, over-committed world, why would one choose to do this? Like we need one more thing to be responsible for? As if we want to risk the chance to look like a hypocrite?

So many potential risks…literally, your reputation at stake. Take my word for it, when our great and mighty God calls you to step up, don’t miss out on the opportunity! “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” I Peter 2:9 It was Spring 2004 when God clearly laid on my heart that I was to start a Bible Study for South Tulsa Moms. “Absolutely!” I said. “In a couple of years, I will be

delighted to!” God responded, “No Katie. The time is now.The study will be this summer and in your home.”

That would not have been such a big challenge for me to take in had I not just had my third baby a couple of months prior and two other small children to care for under the age of five. I did not know how in the world it was all going to come together, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was to obey the call. Needless to say, it was one of the most beautiful small group Bible Studies I had ever been a part of. Everything came together, and God provided everything needed to make it successful and fruitful. (Philippians 4:19) Looking back, I have seen miracles

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unfold from those 13 weeks that our small group spent together. And all because little ole me, a stay at home Mom, obeyed. “The Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Eph. 6:8). The following Spring 2005, I was contacted by a member of Asbury’s Roadmap Council to see if I would prayerfully consider leading a Bible Study at Asbury that coming summer. I was so honored to even be considered. But, once again, insecurities started to creep in. What if no one signed up, what if someone asked a question I didn’t know the answer to, what about my kids - is it okay to leave them once a week? After contemplative prayer, I knew the answer was to be “yes”. Once again, God was calling me to step out of my comfort zone and serve His kingdom in this way. Fast forward four years. Asbury’s Summer Bible Study grew to the God-size number of 160 women! To have the honor and privilege to be a part of a leadership team who helped make this incredible outreach to women all over Tulsa possible is something that I will forever hold dear in my heart. The past several summers have allowed me to grow as a mother, a wife, and most importantly, a woman of God. Being a part of Christian leadership allowed me to seek Christ in a whole new way. The only way to fulfill His good and perfect will is to be filled with Him and Him alone. People skills and project management only go so far. It was with the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit that I was able to be used in this regard.

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As Tammy Lou Waite writes in her article on Christian leadership, “First and foremost, you have to be able to love all people without limit. You have to be willing to go into dark places and shine the light of God’s hope. You have to be brave and bold enough to stand up for absolute truth and refuse to be swayed by popular rhetoric. You have to have the heart of a servant and want to give the best of yourself to communicate God’s love to a hurting world.” Combine these traits with intense study of the Word, daily intimate prayer and last, but not least, the real you, and you are armed and ready. No one relates to a fake, a perfect person or worse yet, a liar. The way to draw people to God is to allow Him to work through you, and that means flaws and all. Your story, and your personal hope, will draw people to Him. Be yourself and He will shine! Looking back over the past six years is such a testament to the power of God.The way that He used a stay at home mother of four’s obedience and willingness to bring forth abundant fruit for His Kingdom is phenomenal! He certainly doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. When we are weak, then He is strong. As II Corinthians 12:9 states, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Look at the Heroes of Faith in the Bible, each of them were ordinary people that God used in extraordinary ways. If you do anything this year, let it be an act of faith. Choose to step out so He can step up.You won’t regret it. Eternity for someone could be at stake.


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- YoungLives provides spiritual mothers to teen mothers in need -

By Sylvia LaRose

It is a celebration of pink and blue, food and games, encouragement and

smiles. And here, Mother’s Day isn’t recognized only on May 9th, but at every gathering of Asbury’s YoungLives. Bringing the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents is the mission of YoungLife, a nationwide ministry based on nurturing youth in God’s Word with adult guidance. YoungLives is a spin-off of that organization which pairs teen girls, who are expecting or raising a child, with mature Christian women to provide counseling and ongoing support. The group is about laughter, respect and eternal life. It’s about letting teen moms be teenagers, and providing relief from isolation with someone to help them figure out who they are and who they will become. It’s about modeling Christ’s love to young women who may not have experienced real love before. One Asbury member who is providing friendship, advice and love to these high school girls is Doris Schlafke. Years ago, while looking for organizations specifically serving parenting teenagers, she was saddened to realize that very few groups exist. While many organizations served pregnant teens, very few were available to teens who chose to raise a child on their own. “How could I, as someone who believed that all life is created by God, and therefore, sacred, ask a pregnant teenager to give her child life and then not offer her encouragement, resources and practical assistance?” says Doris.

That question became an obsession. And now, Doris is a mothering mentor to young women who need her. She and YoungLives offer fun, as well as meaningful time for a serious and relevant look at Christ. For many of these young women, their involvement with a mentor is the first time they hear of God’s desire to give them a personal relationship with Christ. “At first I thought the mentoring experience would take off and be a piece of cake,” says Doris. “But it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my whole life. I wanted to quit several times because it did not look like a success. But to look back and see what God has done after I got out of the way has been incredible.” Teen moms face many challenges because they are truly living in two worlds. They have a desire to be a teenager, yet they have all the responsibilities required of parenthood. They often feel alone and abandoned by significant people in their lives once their child is born. Mentoring is about relationships. And real relationships can be messy. “In the beginning, I found it intimidating to leave my comfort zone and view life at their level and bring God into their world,” Doris continues. “The magnitude of the needs of these girls can be pretty overwhelming. I learned to just focus on the fact that Christ is going to meet their needs. I could only meet some. Their biggest need is their need for Christ – having a relationship with Him is a revelation for them. When that happens, we see their parenting change. We see the focus of their lives change.” Page 6


shows that Recent data the rate of teen pregnancies is falling, although the US still has the

highest number of teen births in the western industrial world, with 35 percent of young women becoming pregnant at least once before the age of 20. Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school, let alone earn a college degree. Oklahoma is one of the top ten states for births among women 15 to 19 years of age. Research also shows that today’s youth can benefit from a planned mentor program. Just as Jesus treated people with compassion, grace and a personal touch, mentors at Asbury, like Doris, are touching the lives of teens and their children by being able to meet them right where they are and helping with parenting, housing, job placement, schooling and transportation. They provide a listening ear, emotional support and prayer. By teaching teen parents how to value their children, mentoring is impacting this generation and the next. Doris trusts that God will multiply those efforts. “My experience as a mentor enriched and stretched my life in ways I would have never dreamed,” Doris exclaims. “Mentors don’t pretend to be perfect, but (we) have a willing heart for spiritual mothering, and God is using each one of us in a labor of love.” A former member of YoungLives reveals, “You have helped me, even when you knew I wasn’t on the right path. Your organization gave me so much courage even when I was miles away from you in a whole different state – to still attempt to walk the path of righteousness, to hope when no hope seemed real and available to me, for my life and my child’s life. And now look! I have three beautiful children, a wonderful and safe place to live, marvelous friends and family with whom I share my support, and my loving God who forgives me at every turn and whim. God is good all the time.” Friend to friend, mother to mother…pouring the love for God into another. They will begin to see His mission for their young lives.

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TEn Steps

TO LEADERSHIP By Kim Beair, MS, LPC, NCC

are born with a Spiritual Gift to lead, but all of us lead SOME PEOPLE every day whether we realize it or not. A full-time mom leads when she tends to a play group, a teenager leads when he gives the convenience store clerk back the change he was over-paid, and the retiree leads when she gives up her space in the coffee shop line to accommodate a rushed business man.

Consider even the smallest events of your life as leadership opportunities and evaluate your efforts based on the following guidelines for success:

1. get real

We must assess any situation accurately; not what we want it to be through our feelings, but through the honest truth of the situation.

2. shoot straight

If we mince words, people may not truly understand where we are coming from. Direct is always best, whether people like that approach or not.

3. future focus

Visualize a bright future and have the ability and gumption to go for it – in a structured way. Assess if this is a viable option to pursue, then predict and anticipate obstacles. Move forward with a plan B or C if necessary.

4. bounce back

You have already planned for predictable obstacles, but realize there will be obstacles you did not anticipate. Bounce back with a clear vision of whether you should stay the course or jump ship. Even if you abandon your effort, be resilient in your recovery.

5. be bold

Know that the path of least resistance is oftentimes the fastest way to tragedy and heartache down the road. Strength, courage and truth must always be in the forefront because it is harder to do the right thing than the easy thing. Everyone may say what others want to hear, but it might not be what people need to hear. Being the “bad guy” at times is a given for a person of truth and strength.

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MAInTAIn bALAnCE

Sympathy (mercy) tempered with boundaries. It is always good to attempt to understand where people are coming from, but no one will progress without clear boundaries and accountability to the truth.

7. Seek counsel then evaluate

Know yourself, get sound advice when needed then act confidently on what you know. Ensure your accountability team wants what is best for you rather than just telling you what you want to hear.

8. self-aware

Know yourself so well that you can evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and make adjustments when needed.

9. run with the pack

Ensure you are in the right pack. Strong horses yoked together can be pulled down by one weak horse, and so can you. Be aware of who you let into your inner circle, and only travel with those of like mind. Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing; be as innocent as doves, but as shrewd as snakes (Matthew 10:16).

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It is true that Eagles fly alone. Eagles fly high and rise above the chickens, which end up in the frying pan. Though we need to stand for our convictions and rise like the eagle in life, we need to remember that in community, we need to interact as Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes describes in “The Goose Story” (ARCS NEWS, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1992): discovered that geese fly in V formation, because as each SCIENCE HAS bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are. When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind? Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation, to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand up for each other like that. “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16.

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By Rev. Charlie Ryser

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he matter of spiritual gifts and the Holy Spirit has perplexed many Christians through the years, just as in John Wesley’s time and right on back to the Apostle Paul and even Jesus’ first disciples. The problem for many Christians is that they try to define or put the Holy Spirit in some kind of box and think “now we understand the working of the Spirit.” Some of this stems from our insistence upon various denominational perspectives and experiences and also perhaps from a cultural bias that lacks personal experience. When we drink deeply of the scriptures, it doesn’t take long for us to come face to face with the reality of the Holy Spirit. It’s obviously important to Jesus and his ministry, as well as his desire to share the Holy Spirit with his disciples and subsequent generations of the faithful.

There is a natural tension established in the followers of Jesus between simply doing those things “I” think are good, and doing those things God wants me to do, (Romans 10:1-4 and Ephesians 2:10) It is all too easy to simply become zealous in a cause and then ask God to bless it instead of seeking God’s good purposes for which he created us. For me, this is the key, God created each of us for his awesome purposes so that we are somehow mysteriously and wonderfully connected to the greater body of Christ and the Kingdom of God. If you’ll take a moment to really meditate on and savor this image, you’ll realize and revel in the knowledge that God’s good purposes for your creation have cosmic implications. Paul wrote of creation rejoicing when a follower of Jesus does as the Spirit directs because that means salvation

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or redemption, healing and restoration to wholeness in a way only God can provide. (Romans 8:18-27) After receiving the Holy Spirit, a follower of Jesus begins a journey of discovery of the spiritual gift(s) specifically chosen for them to develop and deploy for the building up and strengthening of the body of Christ. Some spiritual gifts challenge us to step forward as leaders while other gifts invite us to work quietly and gently behind the scenes. Some gifts challenge us to be bolder and more daring in our witness, like Peter, Paul, Priscilla and Phoebe, while other gifts might dare us to become encouragers of others like Barnabas, Tabitha and Junias. (Romans 16) The gifts of the Holy Spirit are numerous with some authorities saying there may even be over 125 identifiable gifts in the scriptures! No matter how many you count, the point is that every follower of Jesus receives at least one spiritual gift that is desperately needed to be put into service today. Many of these spiritual gifts are often quite obvious to the individual follower or to others that they have come to trust with their opinions and show up as passions that are energizing to that individual. But, not all spiritual gifts are initially obvious. They could be latent or under the surface gifts that only through continued maturation in Christ develop, grow to maturity and become evident to the follower or other disciples. Like all spiritual gifts, if the follower doesn’t recognize and exercise their spiritual gifts they will atrophy and die. The role of the body of Christ is to provide opportunities to stimulate awareness of one’s gifts, help nurture those gifts so that they grow strong and bear fruit so that new seeds of faith are created and planted in the world and can be nurtured towards maturity in the gospel and spirit of Christ. Asbury provides our members with an opportunity to gain insight into this special work of the Holy Spirit by offering a free, simple survey that can be taken in the comfort of your home using your computer. On the Asbury website, www.asburytulsa.org is a Spiritual Gifts tab. After hitting that tab you will be asked to fill out some information and then submit it. The service we have contracted with will usually respond within 48 hours to provide you with a special code so you

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may then return to our website and enter that code which will give you access to the Spiritual Gifts Survey. Upon submitting your answers, (and if you run into any problems utilizing the survey, you can contact Doroto during normal office hours for assistance,) your responses will be evaluated and you will be provided a document which outlines, based on your particular personality, the Spiritual Gifts you have been blessed with. There are always a few surprises that you had not considered and should begin to develop further through the many opportunities at Asbury and the Oklahoma Annual Conference. It can also be a great point of discussion between family and friends or in your community and a marvelous starting point of a new relationship with Christ both in study and service. Do you know why God created you and selected special spiritual gifts for you? Are you fulfilling those purposes as a follower of Jesus? Get started today! It’s an exciting journey. To find out more about how to access your spiritual gifts visit: http://www.asburytulsa.org/get-involved/ spiritual-gifts.html


BEYOND MEASURE - FINDING GOD’S LOVE AND GIFTS THROUGH MOTHERHOOD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS -

By Jonni Segnar

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13-14)

I BEGIN WITH THIS VERSE

because it reflects how I feel at this point in my life. I love how the Word speaks the truth to us in our circumstances and keeps us centered. As a little girl my only true aspiration was to be a mom. I also always felt certain that I would have a child with special needs. When I was pregnant with Michael I would lift prayers up that if he were to have special needs please God do not let it be autism. What I knew about autism up until that point made me think it was the one and only disability I would not be able to deal with. At the age of three and after a long journey of questioning, our son Michael was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is high-functioning autism. This is when I fell in love with the Mother Theresa quote, “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” I pictured having a child with autism to mean that I would have a child who couldn’t love me back. Our Michael is now eleven years old and the love he offers me is beyond measure. The challenges families face when they have a child with autism are so similar and yet so different from one to the next. While we felt fortunate to have a child in the high-functioning category, it came with unique challenges of its own.

Michael has one foot in the real world and one foot in the world of autism. He doesn’t seem to fit in either world completely. He looks like every other child yet he stands out. I was never fully comfortable with dropping Michael off at Sunday School. If the volunteers in the class were not personal friends I felt like I had to stay with him. There was too much to explain and sometimes explaining just wasn’t enough to provide understanding. I have found myself thrust in to leadership positions many times but never before had I felt called to do so. In 2007, I heard about efforts to start providing support for children in our church with special needs. I was frustrated that things weren’t moving at the pace I hoped for. I found that my thoughts on this were all-consuming. No matter how hard I tried I could not think of anything else. Having worked for an autism pilot program in our state, I had seen the bigger picture. I knew that my family had skipped many “family friendly” events which were not “Michael friendly.” I was finally comfortable with the fact that Michael was no longer invited to birthday parties. Our social circle does not expand in the way other families do – getting to know other parents through your kids’ activities. Not only did my family have to fight the isolation that comes from having a child with autism, but the Page 12


In picture: Jonni and Michael Segnar

majority of the families I worked with were believers who didn’t feel like they could go to their church. A church should be the one place you feel safe and yet it was the place they felt the most judged. This was bigger than just me. I made an appointment to speak with Pastor Tom and gathered up some notes. While he wasn’t able to immediately solve my Sunday morning dilemma, he did suggest that I start a support group. I left that meeting knowing that none of my problems were solved and yet I felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. This is how the Asperger’s Support Group for Moms (Tulsa RAM – Resources for Asperger’s Moms) began. From Pastor Tom to Charlene Giles to me starting in a tiny little room on Thursday evenings where we began just months after one meeting. That come. there. tended similar Page 13

first evening I didn’t think anyone would I was shocked when we had eight people The majority of the moms who have atour group had never met another family in circumstances. The networking and brain

storming that goes on in this group can be life-altering. Even the professionals we pay to help on this journey are not able to provide us with the knowledge and support we gain from each other. For many, we are merely a springboard towards getting started down this road. We understand each others’ struggles and we rejoice in each others’ victories. God has blessed me with this group of women. It is as much for me as it is for them. We can support each other in ways our families and friends cannot. And as for autism, it was not the curse I perceived it to be. Michael is nothing less than a gift to us. We have been blessed with both of our boys and I am more assured of His faithfulness each and every day. But that’s a whole other story. Note: Tulsa RAM meets the first Thursday of each month (except for July) in room 1506 from 7-9p.m. Email Jonni at thatsbaloney@gmail.com for more information.


With This Life

- a couple’s legacy of their 42 years with Campus Crusade

By Nikki Boyd

Don and Sue Myers

want to leave a legacy that says, “Have faith in God, have fun with people, have feelings for others, and have thankfulness in everything.” And they have cultivated that kind of heart for God and people not only in their family. For the last 42 years, they have poured their lives into fellow servants and national ministers on the field - leading them and loving them into a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Myers married in 1952 and as a young couple, spiritual leadership wasn’t a priority. “Neither of us were really true ‘born-again’ Christians,” says Don. “And, my Air Force experience had only deepened our secular spirit and lifestyle.” Upon returning from military service, Don and Sue settled in Tulsa and went to work with Don’s father at his floor-covering business. A few years later in 1963, a conversation over coffee would completely change the course of their lives. It happened during a business call Don had with an old high school friend. After talking “carpet” for a while, the friend began to ask questions, the last being,“Don, since Jesus Christ will not invade your life without your permission, would it surprise you if you discovered that Jesus was still waiting on your decision?” Don was flustered by the question. “I had to admit that there was no time in my memory when I had consciously opened my life to Christ,” recalls Don.“If that were true, then that might explain some of the many problems in my life - my spirit of anger, my vulgar vocabulary and our troubled marriage.”

He began to tell God how sorry he was for the bitterness, envy and pride in his life. Don claimed God’s forgiveness and asked Him to take control. Knowing Jesus made a drastic change in Don’s life, his language cleaned up and anger tantrums vanished. Don’s attitude and behavior transformed so rapidly that his family took notice - especially his wife, Sue. Sue wanted the same transformation. She began reading books about the Christian life and finally prayed to God that if He could change lives - even her husband - then He could change her. As she “willed her will to be God’s will,” the Peace that passes all understanding entered into her heart and life. As Don and Sue grew in their faith, the desire to do more for God deepened. They began to consider seminary or the mission field, though some thought them too old or having too many children. But within two years, the Myers were serving with Campus Crusade in New Staff Training. Though this new position met their spiritual and theological needs, God was opening other doors. “Without realizing it, I married a woman who had always harbored a secret desire to become a missionary in Africa,” says Don. When he got the news of a new assignment involving Lay Training in Nigeria, Don says Sue got so excited he “practically had to peel her off the ceiling!” Sixteen of the 42 years Don and Sue served with Campus Crusade, they directed the Africa ministry. In 1973, there was a staff of 67 thinly spread over six countries. In 1989 when the Myers handed the leadership

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over to three African leaders, the ministry had grown to 750 on staff, representing 28 countries. Of those serving, 68 percent of the staff and 80 percent of the leaders were African! The legacy of Don and Sue has reached worldwide. They have conducted more than 60 conferences

pastor in Surinam stood up at the end of the training and said with tears rolling down his face, “Now I know what to do! Now I know what to do!” Personal mentors like Dr. Henry Brandt and Dr. Bill Bright have inspired the Myers. “Both of these men spoke into our lives many times in many ways,” Don

“Our usefulness to God can endure to and though tribulation, trouble and into ripe old age because inwardly He renews our spiritual energy and the joy of serving Him.” (FamilyLife Marriage, Parenting and other staff conferences) in 31 countries. They have reached out to executives in London’s suburbs. And the Myers have also participated in discipleship and pastoral training in Kenya, Uganda, Nairobi, Jamaica, South Africa and South America, just to name a few. Don recalls some experiences of how God moved in the lives of missionaries they were training. One father of four was profoundly appreciative, learning that his wife and children deserve top priority. How they should have ‘interruption privileges’ to bring him out of any meeting at any time. One Dutch missionary

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says. “They demonstrated risky faith and showed us how to ‘step out’ for the Lord and risk failing unless God showed up!” Don and Sue continue to “speak into the lives” of so many, building a legacy that honors God and leads others to Jesus. With hearts empowered by the Holy Spirit and the same determination to trust and obey, we can do the same. For those who wish to lead the way, the Myers offer encouragement: “Our usefulness to God can endure to and through tribulation, trouble and into ripe old age because inwardly He renews our spiritual energy and the joy of serving Him. So never give up!”


100th Wesley United Methodist

to celebrate

Anniversary in Motown Style

After 100 years of service

to the Lord and to this community, Wesley United Methodist, now known as Wesley Chapel Praise & Worship Center, will celebrate its centennial anniversary by bringing in musical talent known for its love songs: The World Famous Platters. “The history of this church shows that Wesley has always been a people of love,” says Pastor Chris Beach, who is leading the congregation into its next century of servanthood. “We see that now more than ever, our North Tulsa community needs a message of love to transform the challenges of this day.” May 1, a Saturday night, will feature the Platters performing its hit favorites at Venue 68 to raise funds for North Tulsa youth initiatives aimed at educating, inspiring and encouraging the future generation to be leaders marked by character, compassion and servanthood. The cost for full concert tickets will be $20 and must be ordered prior to the event.Tickets may be purchased by calling 734-0471 or going to www.wesleyministrycenter.org. May 2, Sunday morning, the Platters will perform several gospel songs during the 11 a.m. worship services at Wesley, located at 2750 North Cincinnati. At both venues, Wesley’s efforts to transform the children and families of its community will be featured in video and brochure format to allow others in the community to partake in efforts to rebuild the North Tulsa community. Not surprisingly, many of Wesley’s 100th Anniversary activities are centered around youths and preaching the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ. “We find that the children have always been the top focus at Wesley,” says Doris Colbert, who supervises many youth initiatives at the church including Sunday School, summer camp and movie nights. “The new outreaches that have been developed for children will help instill in them positive attitudes, spiritual growth, a sense of unity and leadership skills.”

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PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS COMMEMORATIVE EVENT AT WesleyMinistryCenter.org The 100th Anniversary initiatives to be kicked off by the Platters visit include:

* Wesley’s annual Kids Care! Summer Leadership Academy. The camp is set to extend to six weeks this summer, up from last summer’s five-week expedition * The introduction of a Fall, Winter, and Spring break camp to serve the unmet food, tutoring and youth activities needs of area children during extended school breaks.

* Wesley’s community garden to inspire youths to cultivate an improved nutritional life, stronger work ethics, and a oneto-one correlation between seedtime and harvest. * A September community block party

help area neighborhoods develop a stronger sense of community.

to

* The dedication of a new food and clothes pantry to reach the needs of those in our surrounding area. * A Christmas revival serving area families with food, clothes, gifts and an old-fashion come-to-Jesus gospel presentation worthy of a 100th anniversary.

* A new basketball outreach dedicated to instill leadership and game skills to the children who no longer have access to the closed North Tulsa community centers. * The Wesley 10 Commandments Pizza Palace restaurant to serve and activate the community’s youths in business and leadership activities.

* The Wesley Ice Cream Truck, a new youth-run, youth leadership entrepreneurship initiative to help youths learn business skills. * The Senior Salvation House, to provide activities

for seniors.

Wesley Chapel Praise & Worship Center is a member of the United Methodist connection that was formed in 1910, rebuilt after Tulsa’s 1921 race riot, and thrived and prospered to make disciples of Jesus Christ and reach the lost at any cost ever since. Now located at 2750 North Cincinnati, the church has a rich heritage of ministry to youths, families, seniors, and those who struggle with deep life issues. For more information on Wesley, please go to www.wesleyministrycenter.org.

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From Grandpa John’s Journal By John C. Westervelt

A

pril 2008 - The four-year-old class would be entertaining their mothers at a luncheon on this late spring day. Round tables in the parlor next to the children’s classrooms were covered with table clothes in several spring colors. The bright colors continued in the placemats made by the children for their mothers. In the center were fresh, spring flowers. The little girls wore their prettiest dresses for this occasion. As McKinlee entered the classroom in her ankle-length dress, Kiara said,“You look like Mary Poppins,” and she did. November 2008 - Jordon was drawing at an art center in the weekday preschool four-year-old class. As I stood nearby, she looked up and said, “Grandpa John, my little dog Jenny died.” I said, “I am sorry. What happened?” Jordon said, “Jenny and a big dog were let out together at the kennel. The big dog bit Jenny, and Jenny died. I miss Jenny, and so does my mommy. When Mommy talks on the telephone about Jenny, sometimes she cries.” May 2009 - Zane, in the four-year-old class, looked up at me and said, “There was a car accident and a girl was hurt really bad. It was on TV. The helicopter came to get her. If they had not, she would have died.” I said, “I am glad they saved her.” Zane said, “The helicopter coming was smart thinking.” February 2010 - The first thing the four-year-olds do as they enter the Asbury preschool classroom in the morning is pick up their wide-ruled sheet of paper and print their name. In the fall, the teacher had written their first name at the top in big letters. For the second semester, their last name is at the top for copying. Sitting at the table with the children to check their work and collect their papers, I told Cora, “You look nice in your pink striped dress.” Cora looked across the table at me and said, “I am not clashing any more.”

February 2010 – Miss Sue was trying to help the threeyear-olds understand that they were born in Oklahoma. First, she pointed out two children who were born in Iowa. Looking into the children’s faces on the rug in front of her she asked,“Where were you born?” Jordyn raised her hand and said, “The pink building.” Miss Sue, Miss Jan, and I knew that she meant Saint Francis Hospital. Reign’s hand was up, so Miss Sue called on her. Reign said, “A doctor took me out of my mommy and washed me in the sink.” February 2010 - My sister’s great grandson, Will, was being interviewed for readiness for kindergarten. The teacher asked,“Can you draw a circle?” Will said, “No.” Drawing with her pencil, the teacher asked, “Is this a circle?” Will said, “Actually, no. It’s an oval.” February 2010 - As I left the sanctuary after the 9:15 service, I passed a boy scout holding a sign telling about an upcoming spaghetti dinner. Drawn to the uniform similar to one I had worn seventy years ago, I stopped to look at the boy. As I studied his smile, I said, “You are Rich Capps!” Rich replied, “Grandpa John” and held out his arms for a hug just like he had done so often as a three-year-old in my Asbury preschool class. After visiting for a moment, I turned and walked down the hall toward the north door and out to the parking lot. My step was lighter than usual as I thought about the miracle of a child who had so quickly become a handsome, mature boy.

More stories at www.jwestervelt.com

I stopped to think for a moment about her use of a big word and then reasoned she likely picks her clothes to wear, and at some time in the past her mom had said, “Those colors clash.”

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WELCOME TO ROADMAP,

your guide along the journey of Christian growth and education. We are pleased to offer a variety of biblically based classes for all ages. Register for RoadMap classes by calling the Registration Hotline at 392-1191. To insure that you will have materials by the first class session, call at least 2 weeks prior to class start date. After that, registrations will be accepted up to the start of the class, but no guarantees will be made concerning your materials. Childcare will be provided unless otherwise noted.

BIBLICAL STUDIES The Truth Project - 12 sessions

Tuesdays, May 4-July 27 (will not meet June 15) 1:30-3:30 p.m. Room 1335 Instructor: Dewey Sherbon Cost: $5 No childcare

In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed the stunning statistic that only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview. Because of this, today’s believers live very similarly to non-believers. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.To counter this slide within the body of Christ, Focus on the Family launched The Truth Project, “one of the most ambitious and powerful projects in the history of our ministry.” The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum comprised of 12 one-hour lessons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This study is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

This 6-week course is designed to teach, encourage, and promote the memorization of God’s Word. Learn what the Bible Thursdays, June 3-July 15 (will not meet June 17) says about memorizing God’s Word as we examine the different 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Room 2820 learning styles, memory theories, and processes. Discover appliInstructor: Eldon Trimble & Emsy Clark cation opportunities in the Word of God as we learn and memCost: $10 orize Scripture together. Our prayer is that Scripture memory accountability groups will form as a result of this course.

Scripture Memory - 6 sessions

DISCIPLE Part I - 17 sessions (first half of a 2-semester course)

Class A: Tuesdays, August 10- December 14 (will not meet Oct. 12 or Nov. 23) Class B: Thursdays, August 12 – December 16 (will not meet Oct. 14 or Nov. 25) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Room 2818 Instructor: Dr.Vaughn Story Cost: $38 (materials supplied for both semesters)

BETH MOORE BIBLE STUDIES When Godly People Do Ungodly Things - 7 sessions Wednesdays, June 2 – July 21 (will not meet June 16) 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Room 1400 (CLC) Instructor: Jessica Dyer - Cost: $15

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These two concurrent 34-week courses are for adults wanting to study the whole Bible in order to learn what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. No previous Bible knowledge required. Second half of the course continues in the Winter 2011 RoadMap semester, beginning in January.Those interested in participating in either Class A or Class B must attend only one 6:30 – 7:30 PM Orientation in the CLC to register. Orientation schedule:Tuesdays, July 27 or August 3, or Thursdays, July 29 or August 5.

In this biblical guide to authentic repentance and restoration, Beth examines why devoted followers of Jesus Christ can fall into the traps of Satan. Christians are still subject to Satan’s attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of believers, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have “fallen” may not recognize the devil’s schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This six-week Bible study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy.The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God. Please attend an orientation on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the CLC to get your book and sign up for your small group.


CHRISTIAN LIVING Financial Peace University - 13 weeks

Wednesdays, August 18 – November 17 (will not meet October 13) Facilitator: Rick Boothe OR Sundays, August 22 – November 21 (will not meet October 17) Facilitator: Ron Carter Room 2818 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cost: $93 for kit, one kit needed per couple No childcare available for Sunday class

CARE AND MARRIAGE S.M.I.L.E. (Single Mothers In the

Lord’s Embrace) 4th Thursdays of each month of summer, beginning June 26 6:00-8:45 p.m. Room 1900 (Parlor) Facilitator: Kellie Austin Cost: None

This program is not a quick fix for financial worries. It is a 13 week program which requires real commitment. By teaching you money management basics, FPU can give you hope and provide a solid plan to walk you from the financial bondage of debt into true Financial Peace. Attend one of four free orientations from 6-7 p.m. in room 2818 on either Wednesday nights August 4 or 11, or Sunday nights August 8 or 15 for an overview of FPU course material and to decide if you are ready to change your family tree.

This is a new ministry seeking to strengthen, empower, and support single moms while providing emotional and spiritual encouragement and a place to belong and to be loved and accepted. Single moms, here is your opportunity to walk with others through this challenging journey and know that you are not alone. Childcare and free time included! For more information, contact Kellie Austin at 693-0611 or kaustin10@cox.net.

GriefShare - 13 weeks

GriefShare is a special weekly video series and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to Wednesdays, May 5- August 4 (not meeting June them. It’s a safe place to be around people who understand what 16) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Room 2314 Facilitators: you are feeling. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information Claudia Kleeman & Jan Schueller Cost: $13 about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future. Group sessions are offered three times per year. You may begin attending this group at any time...each video session is “self-contained.”

Dynamic Marriage - 9 weeks

Tuesdays, June 22 – August 17 OR Wednesdays, June 9 – August 11 (not meeting on June 16) 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Room 2201 Facilitators: Nationally certified facilitators Cost: $130 per couple (many materials included, scholarships available) $50 deposit holds your spot

Give us 9 weeks…we’ll give you a dynamic marriage! This is an interactive class that will help you replace old habits with new ones in a unique, safe environment. Go from good to great, mediocre to magnificent or hurt to healed. To register, contact Jackie or Ron at 251-6665 or email at asburydynamicmarriage@ windstream.net. Limited to first 12 paid couples in each class.

Couples Comedy Club

Friday, August 6 7:00-9:00 p.m. Let us plan your date night! Enjoy Christian comedian Joe McFamily Room Gee for laughs and marriage insights (no matter how long you’ve Cost: $10/couple (Registration Required ~ Tick- been married!) Desserts served first class. ets available in church office beginning in June) No Childcare

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COME ANYTIME STUDIES ~

These studies may continue beyond the semester parameters and may be joined at any point in time.

Women of the Word

Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00 am (not meeting on June 16) Ongoing, year-round Room 2319 Instructor: Darlene Johnson, Pastor to Women No childcare Open Bible study focusing on the practical application of the Scripture sermon series

Believers Bible Study

Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm May through July (not meeting on June 16) Room: 1508 Instructor: Don Herrold Study on the Book of Zechariah

New Members Asbury Exploration Class I Session - Choose a Sunday: May 2, June 6, August 8 (none in July) 12:15 – 2:00 pm (after church) Lunch provided Community Life Center Presenters: Pastors and staff Childcare by reservation Asbury Exploration is a time to meet the Asbury pastors. It is a time of food, fellowship, and presentations. A brief history of Methodism is presented, as well as a short history of Asbury United Methodist Church and a review of where we are headed. Much of what Asbury has to offer and what is expected of members is discussed, and the process of how to join Asbury. Written information on all the above topics is provided to each family. Please call for reservations at 392-1191. If you have questions about membership with Asbury, please call Don Hubbs at 492-1771 x1104.

Childcare Available During Core Hours Children may be dropped off 15 minutes before parent’s Roadmap class begins. Monday & Tuesday mornings 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. No Childcare on these dates: May 31, June 14-18

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asbury

opportunities GENERAL INFORMATION

THE GAZEBO IS OPEN CDs of Tom’s message of the day are available immediately following the worship service - $3. Prayer Journals are also available for $5 each. RECYCLING Recycle unwanted paper products. Three bins are available, located in the south and east parking lots.

BREAKFAST Served from 7:15-9:00 am in the CLC. ASBURY FAMILY NEWS is available at the Welcome Come enjoy fellowship with Asburians along with Centers. It includes births, deaths, marriages, baptisms fresh donuts,bagels,biscuits & gravy,sausage,eggs,fruit, and military listings. and cereal. $3 for adults & $1 for children 12 & under. DOORS OF ASBURY posters are at the Welcome CenSUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP ters...FREE! Suitable for framing. 8:00 am Mason Chapel (Traditional Communion) 9:15 am Sanctuary (Contemporary) NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY 9:15 am CLC (Open House Worship) The Asbury Library is a wonderful resource. Thank you (Acoustic Worship, Casual Setting) to all who continue to contribute books to our Library. 11:00 am Sanctuary (Traditional) 11:00 am Venue 68 (Modern with sign interpreter) ACCESS Hands of Love Sign Choir SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP Sundays, 6:00-7:00 pm, Rm. 2821 6:30 pm Venue 68 (Modern) Friends in Christ Community SUNDAYS FOR CHILDREN AND STUDENTS Sundays, 11:00 am, Rm. 1507 6 Weeks - 4 Years 8:00, 9:15, and 11:00 am K-6th Grades 9:15 or 11:00 am BIBLE STUDY 7th, 8th & 9th Grades 9:15 & 11:00 am ROADMAP 10th, 11th & 12th Grades 9:15 am only Check out the Summer 2010 RoadMap courses in the new brochure and on the Asbury website at www.asADULT DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITIES burytulsa.org. Accept Pastor Tom’s challenge to get Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, & 11:00 am, Carpenter’s Work- actively involved in digging deeper into God’s Word ~ shop on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Shepherd’s there is something for everyone! Flock on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. 20/30 Vision meets at 9:15 Sunday mornings in room 1507 for ages 20s- Beginning May 4, join Dewey Sherbon Tuesdays at 1:3030s, and A Gathering for couples in their 20s on 3:30 in room 1335 for The Truth Project, a DVD-based Sunday evenings at 5 pm in room 2821. If you are a small group curriculum comprised of 12 one-hour lesmotorcycle enthusiast, try our new Circuit Riders, sons taught by Dr. Del Tackett. Each lesson discusses in who meet in front of the statue on the west parking great detail the relevance and importance of living the lot each Sunday at 2 p.m. for a ride before fellowship Christian worldview in daily life. time (weather permitting!) SURGERY OR HOSPITALIZATION SCHEDULED? Be sure to let Asbury know ahead of time by calling Pam at 392-4589 so your pastors can be in prayer for you. When you enter the hospital, please designate Asbury as your church.The after-hours pastoral emergency line can be reached by calling 492-1771, selecting option 6, and leaving a message for the pastor on call.

CARE AND SUPPORT

GRIEFSHARE Wednesdays, May 5 – August 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Room 2314 (no meeting on 6/16). GriefShare is a special weekly video series and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It’s a safe place to be around people who understand what you are feeling.At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future. Group sessions are offered three times per year. You may begin attending this group at any time... each video session is “self-contained.” Cost: $13 for workbook. Call 392-1191 to register. Childcare available.

ENGAGED COUPLES If you are planning to use an Asbury pastor to officiate and/or use Asbury’s facilities, be sure to book ASAP to allow ample time for Couple-to-Couple (required premarital sessions). AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Six months to one year lead time suggested. Sunday, May 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm,Venue 68 North Lobby. Please call 1-800-GIVELIFE to schedule your appointment. Page 24


S.M.I.L.E. (Single Mothers in the Lord’s Embrace) A new ministry that seeks to strengthen, empower, and support single moms while providing emotional and spiritual encouragement; a place to belong, be loved, and accepted; allowing ‘me’ time with free childcare. An opportunity for single moms to walk with others through this challenging journey knowing they are not alone. Meets the 4th Thursday of each month this summer beginning June 24 in Parlor. For more information, contact Kellie at kaustin10@cox. net. Childcare and free time included! HEALING HATS MINISTRY A new Asbury ministry created to provide hats to cancer patients who have lost their hair. Home spun with knots of love, woven together with help from above! Simply knit, crochet or sew a hat of your choice and drop it in the collection box located next to the Gazebo. Find more information in the literature rack attached to the collection box. Contact Sue at 455-2816 for more information. VISITS TO ASBURY MEMBERS Asbury has a group of volunteers (Asbury Connection) who regularly visit people who are homebound, in nursing homes or in assisted living facilities. If you are interested in being visited, call Adrena at 392-1144, or contact the coordinator, Abby Sluice at 392-4583 or asluice@asburytulsa.org. RÉSUMÉ ASSISTANCE AND REVIEW Do you have an effective résumé? An extra set of eyes can make a difference. E-mail your résumé to employ. transitions@yahoo.com. OJT (Overcoming Job Transitions) Are you on a job hunt? Would you like to bless someone who is? Asbury offers this hands-on workshop helping with résumés, networking, interviewing and other help as well as prayer and support. Send us candidates! Tell us about jobs you know about! Come be a part and lend us your network! Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Family Room. Questions? Contact Russ Knight at OJTjobs@gmail. com or call Ruth at 392-1146. PRAYER CARD SENDING TEAM Usually meets first and third Mondays at 10:00 am in Room 1508 to send cards with God’s encouraging words and our prayers to those who are ill or going through hard times. Cards and care packages are also sent to Asbury-related military personnel. Contact Gwen Mohler at GRMOHLER@aol.com for more information, or call Ruth at 392-1146. ASPERGER SUPPORT GROUP FirstThursday from 7:00-9:00 pm in Rm 1506.For mothers of children withAsperger Syndrome.Childcare available. Page 25

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP Third Thursday, from 1:30-3:00 pm in Rm 1621. Christian hope, support and education for friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Second Sunday of each month, 4:00-6:00 pm, Parlor - Reflections on the 23rd Psalm & sharing for people with cancer and their families. DIVORCE RECOVERY Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 1335 - For those suffering from the early, highly emotional stages of divorce and separation trauma. Childcare available. DIVORCE REBUILDING Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 1335 - For those ready to rebuild their lives after separation or divorce. Childcare available. EATING DISORDER RECOVERY First and third Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm, Room 1621 - For individuals seeking support in the recovery process. Bring sack lunch. GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN First and third Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Rm 1506. MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES For family members or caregivers of people affected by a mental illness. 4th Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm in Rm 1507. MILITARY CONNECTION Please join us in praying for our troops in harm’s way and their families. Periodic care packages and monthly encouragement cards with God’s Word are sent to Asbury-related military personnel.The Prayer Ministry also covers them in prayer. Please send contact information (complete name and address) to Gwen Mohler at grmohler@aol.com or call Ruth at 392-1146. ASBURY BEAR BAGS Asbury Bear Bags with coloring books have comforted young children for many years, but now you may give a Bear Bag with a scripture-based journal included instead! Great for teens and adults. Anyone may deliver an Asbury Bear to someone who is grieving. For more information, contact Beth at beth.bears@yahoo.com.

CHILDREN Registration forms for all children’s activ-

ities are available in the preschool and elementary lobbies. CORE CHILDCARE HOURS Parents who are involved in RoadMap classes during these core hours will have childcare provided for children 6 weeks - 12 years of age with no reservations needed: Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 pm / Mon & Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / Tue, Wed, & Thur 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


PROMOTION SUNDAY Children’s Ministry is excited to announce Promotion Sunday, June 6, for all children as they move into their new classrooms for 2010-2011.We hope to make the transition as stress-free as possible. Below is a listing of ages and new classrooms by the child’s birthdate or the grade they will enter into in the fall. Asbury’s Children’s Ministry has classes for children infant through 6th grade. DOWNSTAIRS EARLY CHILDHOOD Nursery (Rooms have 2 staff members and volunteers) Infant Room Room 1912 Crawl Room Room 1914 13 months to 15 months Room 1915 16 months to 18 months Room 1917 19 months to 21 months Room 1954 2 Years Room Number and Birthdates (Rooms have 1 staff member and volunteers) 1964 July & August 2008 1962 April, May & June 2008 1961 Jan, Feb & March 2008 1960 Nov & Dec 2007 1957 Sept & Oct 2007 3 Years Room Number and Birthdates 1948 July & Aug 2007 1925 April, May & June 2007 1946 Jan, Feb & March 2007 1930 Nov & Dec 2006 1932 Sept & Oct 2006 4 years Room Number and Birthdates 1938 May, Jun, July & Aug 2006 1942 Jan, Feb, Mar, & April 2006 1951 Sept, Oct, Nov, & Dec 2005 and Growth Year UPSTAIRS ELEMENTARY Kindergarten 2945 Sept 2004—Dec 2004 2946 Jan 2005-April 2005 2947 May 2005-August 2005 Elementary 2927 - 1st and 2nd Grade 2909 – 3rd and 4th Grade 2901 – 5th and 6th Grade VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2010 - Cosmic Quest Blast off with us to Asbury’s VBS! It will be a journey to eternity and beyond! Through Meteorite Music, Bible Booster Theater, Cosmic Crafts, Missions Possible and Galactic Games, kids will build bonds of friendship with each other and with their crew leaders. They will discover that God made the earth by His power and we can worship Him! VBS For children 1st through 4th grades (fall 2010) June 14th – 17th , 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Cost: $10.00 per child

Our 1st -4th graders will begin their day with worship and then spend 25 minutes in each area of VBS. The cost includes a VBS shirt. Please register online awesome time. To make your registration complete, make sure you return the signed form to Asbury with the fee and pick up your T-shirt. For additional information, call Jennifer Barnes, 392-4582 or jbarnes@asburytulsa.org. VBS CHALLENGE CAMP 5th and 6th graders (fall 2010) Monday, June 14th AND Thursday, June 17th – 8:45am – 5:00pm Tuesday, June 15th AND Wednesday, June 16th 8:45 am to 12:45 pm Cost is $30.00 for the entire week Challenge camp takes place in Venue 68 the same week as VBS and is the next step for our older kids. We will have a longer day on Monday to do our planning, including worship and lunch and then head right into our VBS rotation. Tuesday and Wednesday we will have our normal VBS rotation. Each day they will share VBS with each other and end with worship. They will also have a day to practice their missionary skills in the Tulsa community. We will celebrate on Thursday following the VBS day to end our week of hard work. We’ll stay in the Venue for lunch and then head out for lots of fun! Parents can pick up at 5pm. Please register online. To complete your registration, make sure you return the signed form to Asbury with the fee and pick up your T-shirt. For additional information, call Amber Cox, 392-1171 or acox@asburytulsa.org. VBS T-SHIRT PICK UP DAYS After you’ve completed your paperwork and turned in your money, you may pick up your T-shirts on Sunday mornings in the 2nd floor Children’s Lobby area on May 2nd, May 16th and June 6th. Please remember that registrations received after Friday, May 22nd are not guaranteed a T-shirt. VBS VOLUNTEER TRAINING Thursday, June 10th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (childcare available on Thursday only) or Saturday, June 12th, 8:30 - 10:00 am If you are interested in volunteering with VBS, you may call Jennifer Barnes at 392-4582 or Kim Broadhurst at 392-1165 to find a place that works for you. There is VBS for kindergarten age and younger if you volunteer on site all week. You may register them online. Volunteers must attend one of the mandatory training sessions to ensure a successful week teaching our kids about Christ while keeping them safe. TEEN TRAINING / Wednesday, June 2nd 2pm – 3:30pm Teen volunteers who are entering 7th grade through 19 years old are also needed! If your teen is interested in volunteering, have them register online, print out the form,sign it,have a parent sign it and put it in the drop box in Venue 68. Training is mandatory; you will be able to pick up your t-shirt then. For additional information, call Jennifer Barnes, 392-4582 or jbarnes@asburytulsa.org. Page 26


DISCIPLESHIP

DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITIES If you have not yet found an Adult Discipleship Community check out “Get Involved” on our website, www.asburytulsa.org or pick up a brochure at one of our Welcome Centers.

ENDOWMENTS

Leave a legacy that continues to give forever to a ministry you want to support. There are endowments that support many areas of Asbury’s outreach including children, youth, music, missions, and training of pastors as well as a General endowment. You can easily impact a ministry thru your will or a current gift. Contact DwightYoder at 392-1113 or dyoder@asburytulsa.org.

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

DYNAMIC MARRIAGE. Give us 9 weeks…we’ll give you a dynamic marriage! This is an interactive class that will help you replace old habits with new ones in a unique, safe environment. Go from good to great, mediocre to magnificent or hurt to healed. Cost: $130/couple (many materials included, scholarships available) $50 holds your spot.To register, contact Jackie or Ron at 251-6665 or asburydynamicmarriage@windstream.net. Limited to first 12 paid couples in each class. Childcare available. Classes start Tuesday, June 22 OR Wednesday, June 9, 6:30-9:00 pm, room 2201. ATTENTION ENGAGED COUPLES If you are planning to use anAsbury pastor to officiate and/ or use Asbury’s facilities, be sure to book ASAP to allow ample time for Couple-to-Couple (required premarital sessions). Six months to one year lead time is suggested. MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Email your upcoming Milestone Anniversary (5,10,15,20, etc.) to Carolyn Schutte at brucars2@ cox.net or call Ruth at 392-1146.

MEMBERSHIP

ASBURY EXPLORATION Come to a lunch/class to learn more about becoming a member of Asbury. Sunday, May 2, from 12:15-2:00 pm in Community Life Center. Lunch provided and childcare is available for children six weeks through 6th grade. Call 392-1191 to register.

MEN

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 am in the CLC. Attention men of Asbury. Make plans to join us for a great time of meaningful worship, life-changing prayer and an awesome big breakfast, all for just $3 per person. First-time guests are free. May 5 Todd Johnson May 12 Bill Johnson Page 27

May 19 Mark Springer May 26 Dub Ambrose MEN’S OPEN BASKETBALL Fridays, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm, Gym. Men! Make plans to join other Asbury guys and their friends each week as we get together for a little “round ball” and lots of fun! Come show us what you’ve got, and we’ll have a great time of exercise and fellowship. Invite your friends, and we’ll see you on the court! MATURE MEN’S MINISTRY R.O.M.E.O. LUNCHEON Are you a “Retired Old Man” who wants to “Eat Out?” If so, then these luncheons are for you! Two groups of men are meeting every Thursday or every 2nd & 4th Friday at 11:15 a.m., for good food and great fellowship. Both groups meet at Luby’s Cafeteria (71st and Riverside), and are open to anyone 60 years and up. Choose a day and join us this week! For more information, contact Bud at bdmathes@cox.net (Thursdays), or Jim at rober@cox.net (Fridays.) CAR CARE WORKDAY Saturday, May 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Outside Breakaway entrance, northeast side. Car Care Saturday is an every-other-month workday provided for Asbury’s widows and single moms, through our men’s ministry. While the ladies wait in the comfort of the café, volunteers check tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries. They also vacuum and wash the vehicles, and then update owners on what’s running smoothly and what needs professional attention. This free service gives our men the opportunity to put their faith in to action through loving and serving those in need. If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Mike at mnalley16@cox. net. If you are in need of these services, just get your vehicle in line by 11:30! No reservations necessary! HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK DAYS Saturday, June 19, meet in the CLC at 8:30-9:30 am for planning. The Home Improvement Ministry serves widows and single moms within the Asbury family. Our men’s ministry volunteers make themselves available every other month to help folks out with minor home repairs and/or home improvement projects. If you’d like to help, contact Michiel at michiel0930@ sbcglobal.net. If you are in need of help, just pick up a request form at the south welcome desk, or call your request in to Pam Wallace (392-2589), at least ten days before the scheduled work day. A Home Improvement volunteer will contact you, and make final arrangements to get the job(s) done!

MISSIONS

HABITAT 2010 BUILD The Habitat Build began on April 24 at 2205 N. Atlanta Court. Volunteers are needed to work at the site and to help provide morning snacks and lunches each Saturday through June 19. Work site volunteers


can sign up online at: www.hatitat-tulsa.org and click volunteer up. If you would like to help provide food, contact Linda Pat Colgan, 366-3287 or Missy Sistrunk, 392-1163. Habitat building update or rainout information, 280-7125. 2ND SATURDAY Looking for an easy way to make a difference and share Christ’s love in Tulsa! Join us this 2nd Saturday, May 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Venue68 and choose between local mission opportunities. At 8:45 we head to the ministry sites. Teams work from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and buses return to Venue68 no later than 12:15. Families with children welcomed and encouraged! Contact Betty Higgins at carevets@aol.com for more information.

MISSIONS/VIM

VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION 2010 OPPORTUNITIES May Cookson Hills, Oklahoma, Light Construction May 13-24 Central Asia, College Students June 3-14 Estonia, Lighthouse June 5-12 Ecuador, MBS & Construction June 16-28 Tanzania, East Africa, Medical July 22-August 2 Estonia,Parnu,MBS & Light Construction September 15-27 Tanzania, East Africa, Construction

PERPETUAL LIGHT Thursdays, 10:30 to Noon, Rm 2506 SAINTS OF SWING DIXIELAND BAND Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Rm 1510 ASBURY SINGING AMBASSADORS Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00, Choir room SUMMER SONG Registration for SummerSong 2010 (children’s musical production week) will be Sunday, May 2 and 9 in the music office. Cost is $25 for the week of June 7-11 and is due at registration.

PRAYER

ALTAR PRAYER If you would like someone to pray with you during Holy Communion or immediately following a worship service, please come to the altar rail. A pastor or member of the Altar Prayer Team will be glad to pray with you for your needs – physical, emotional or spiritual - at the altar or in the Prayer Room.

PRAYER ROOM RESERVATIONS The leadership of Asbury’s prayer ministry would like to remind you that the main facility Prayer Room is open not only to individuals desiring to pray in a quiet, meditative atmosphere, but also to prayer groups within comSeptember or October Central Asia, Relationship, munities and ministries. Just give Debbie in the Adult Teaching & Light Construction Ministries office a call at 392-1177 to reserve the Prayer Fall Cookson Hills, Oklahoma, Light Construction Room for your group on a weekly or monthly basis. October 16-23 Monterrey,Mexico,MBS & Construction PRAYER ROOM DAYS & TIMES November 3-7 Monterrey, Mexico, Medical Our prayer rooms are accessible to you at these times: VIM Leader Training: New date-April 24-Oklahoma City as well as September 18 - Oklahoma City and October 23-Oklahoma City.

Mason Chapel & Venue 68 Sundays from 7:00 am -12:30 pm through the interior doors.

Contact Marilene Long at 392-1164 or mlong@asburytulsa.org if you are interested in serving on any of these teams or being part of the VIM Leader Training.

Main Facility, Mason Chapel, & Venue 68 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MUSIC

CHANCEL CHOIR Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, Choir Room

To obtain pass codes, call Debbie in the Adult Ministries office at 392-1177.

NEW COVENANT ORCHESTRA Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, Rm 1510

VBS PRAYER VIGIL Sunday, June 13 – Thursday June 17. Make a difference in the lives of children. Commit to one hour of prayer, on-site, while our children attend Vacation Bible School. It is essential that we pray for our children during VBS, considering many children make first time decisions for Christ while attending. Sign-up will take place on Sunday, June 6 in the south lobby & Sunday, June 13, in Venue 68. “The little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them.” Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mat. 19:13-14 Page 28

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS Wednesdays, 6:00-6:50 pm, various rooms ASBURY POWER & LIGHT Sundays, 8:15-9:15 am, Rm 1510 CELEBRATION RINGERS Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, Rm 2506 YOUTH ORCHESTRA Wednesdays, 5:30pm, Rm 1506


RECOVERY

CELEBRATE RECOVERY Come join this supportive group of people each Monday night at 6:00 pm. Dinner at 6:00 pm;Worship from 7:00-8:00 pm;Small Groups from 8:00-9:00 pm;Dessert from 9:00-9:30 pm. Hiding any hurts, habits or hangups? God never intended for you to live in bondage.

SENIOR ADULTS

VISITS TO ASBURY MEMBERS Asbury has a unique group of volunteers (Asbury Connection) who regularly visit people who are either homebound or in nursing homes. If you are interested in being visited, call Adrena at 392-1144, or contact the coordinator, Abby Sluice at ozyanks2000@yahoo.com SENIOR SIT AND FIT STRETCHING CLASS Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-9:30 am in the Gym. All senior adults are invited to join us for a time of stretching, coupled with lots of fun and fellowship. No high impact workout here.We take it nice and easy. Come give it a try. SENIOR WALK IN THE GYM WITH HIM Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30-9:00 am in the gym. All senior adults are invited to join us for power walking, coupled with lots of fun and fellowship. Come give it a try. SENIOR GAME TIME Every third Thursday – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Attention Asbury Senior Adults! How would you like to get together on a regular basis with a wonderful bunch of folks and play a few rounds of cards, dominoes, or whatever board or card game you chose? You KNOW you’d love it! If you’re a senior adult age 55 and up, come check it out in Room 2820. Bring a friend and stay for as long as you like! This fun group will meet every third Thursday, so mark your calendars! SENIOR ADULT MEAL & MOVIE Attention all senior adults of Asbury! If you’re 55 years of age or over, our monthly meal and movie day event may be just the “ticket” for you! We get together at a different Tulsa restaurant each month, and then head off to see a “first run” movie. The dates and times vary according to the movie selected, but those who express an interest will be contacted a few days ahead of time so they can make plans accordingly. For more information or to sign up for the call list, contact Sally Wood, sally-wood@sbcglobal.net. MAY TWEENAGERS PROGRAM & LUNCH Everyone aged 55 and up is welcome to join us for our monthly Tweenagers meeting & luncheon, taking place on Thursday, May 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the CLC. Our program will be presented by Pastor Tom Harrison on “The State of Asbury.” You don’t want to miss this program,and don’t forget to invite your friends!

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Call the main office at 492-1771 to make your reservations BY NOON, Monday, May 24. If, during that week, you find you need to cancel, please also let us know as we need to give an accurate count to the cooks. Should you choose, you may make a donation for the meal when you check in that morning. Come join us for fun and fellowship!

SINGLES

DIVORCE RECOVERY Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 1335 - For those suffering from the early, highly emotional stages of divorce and separation trauma. Childcare available. DIVORCE REBUILDING Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rm 1335 - For those ready to rebuild their lives after separation or divorce. Childcare available. SINGLE ADULT LUNCHEON Sunday, May 30, 12:15-1:30pm, CLC. Come be a part of this luncheon designed for singles of all ages, with plenty of good food and great fellowship! The catered luncheon will consist of a delicious entree and salad, with homemade bread and dessert. The cost is just $5 for adults, and children 10 and under eat FREE!

STUDENTS

LIFE HURTS GOD HEALS & 789 BIBLE STUDY Life is crazy hard and everyone needs a safe place to get real and deal with it!That is exactly what Life Hurts God Heals is all about. Every Wednesday night 6-8:15pm in the Venue, 7th-12th grade, welcome anytime contact Marsha for details 392-1157. Or come learn about God in 789 Bible Study every Wednesday 6:30-8pm! 789GRADE BREAKAWAY Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:30 am in the Breakaway Area.This isn’t your normal Sunday school. Come join us for worship, fun and games, interactive talk/lesson, and sometimes free candy and gift cards. 789 SMALL GROUPS Small Groups have begun! Being a part of a small group is awesome. It’s a great place to grow your relationship with Jesus, have fun hanging out with guys/ girls your own age. A Small Group is made up of same gender and the same grade PLUS two incredible adults that want to hang out with you. 7th and 8th Grade Small Groups all meet in the Student Ministries Area this year. 9th Grade groups are meeting in homes. Yes you can be in a 7th grade small group and not be a part of Confirmation! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do that on Sunday mornings or just come to the church on Sunday nights, 7th grade 4:30-6:00; 8th


Grade 5:00-6:30; 9th grade times vary depending on the small group. For more information contact Mark or Marsha. 789 – Disciple Forms Due Disciple is an incredible 5 day experience at Camp WOW for all 789 Grade students. June 18-22, registrations due May 2, don’t let your student miss this awesome opportunity!

ings to work on our own individual arts and crafts, stop for a delicious pot-luck lunch, and continue on through until 2:00 p.m. We have a wonderful time together, and would love to have you join us! For more information, contact Betty Seetin, and stop by some Monday and check us out!

UMW MAY PROGRAM & LUNCHEON Thursday, May 6, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, CLC. Attention ladies! The program planned for May’s luncheon will 101112 Breakaway be an observance of the National Day of Prayer, led Every Wednesday night we come together for a time by Lyn Thompson. We will also be installing the 2010of connection and worship. Our desire is to explore 2012 Circle Leaders. A delicious luncheon prepared who God really is and how our lives matter to Him. by our church hostess, Virginia, will be provided for We get started around 6:30 pm and wrap up around just $7 per person. 8:30ish. Plan on hanging out afterwards for pizza. Our scripture emphasis for this month comes from 101112 grade Small Groups Jeremiah 33:3:“Call to me and I will answer you and tell Get Connected – Are you looking for a way to get you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” more connected? Are you looking for a place to grow in your walk with Jesus? Then being a part of a small COMMON GROUNDS: FRIENDSHIP, FUN & FAITH group is where you need to be. If you are already in a FOR WOMEN small group, don’t forget to re-sign up for your group. Thursday, May 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Family Rm & Café. Our small groups meet every Sunday night, times vary. Women of all ages are invited to join us for this first Some of the groups meet in homes and others meet Thursday of the month gathering, designed to inspire at the church. Call Todd @ 392-1154 or Amy @ 392- friendship, fun and faith. May’s program is entitled, 1156 to get more info. “Healthy, Happy Women”. Come hear the latest tips from Asbury women physicians on how to be proac7th-12th Grade Metro Worship @ Venue 68 tive and preventative with your health, and be inspired Come join youth from all over the city in a night to by one woman’s story of victory over despair. just worship Jesus. We meet the first Wednesday night of every month from 7 – 8:30ish. Whether you are new to the church, visiting, or a life-time member, this is a perfect opportunity to join GRAD CELEBRATION other women in discovering our Common Ground. Sunday May 16 meet in the main church foyer at Childcare for children six weeks through sixth grade is 10:30am wearing your cap and gown, then you’ll head provided. We hope to see you and your friends there! over to both the 11:00 Venue & sanctuary services. After the 11:00 service, you and your family are invit- CAR CARE WORKDAY ed to lunch in the CLC to celebrate the class of 2010 Saturday, May 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, Outside Break(RSVP required). You won’t want to miss out on the away entrance, northeast side. Car Care Saturday is special grad video, the memories, or the really good an every-other-month workday provided for Asbury’s food! Please RSVP by April 28 to Amy 392-1156 widows and single moms, through our men’s ministry. While the ladies wait in the comfort of the café, volunVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES teers check tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries. They Get plugged in! Volunteer opportunities have been also vacuum and wash the vehicles, and then update updated and can be found at the information desks owners on what’s running smoothly and what needs near the main entrances and Venue68. Updates are professional attention. This free service gives our men also posted on the website. There is a link in the left the opportunity to put their faith in to action through column on the home page. loving and serving those in need. If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Mike at mnalley16@cox. WOMEN net. If you are in need of these services, just get your WOMEN OF THE WORD vehicle in line by 11:30! No reservations necessary! Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 am in Rm 2319, Rev. Darlene Johnson, teacher. HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK DAYS Saturday, June 19. The Home Improvement Ministry CRAFTY LADIES FELLOWSHIP serves widows and single moms within the Asbury Mondays, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, Rm 2820. Ladies, if you family. Our men’s ministry volunteers make themenjoy doing crafts and fellowshipping at the same time, selves available every other month to help folks out this activity is for you! We gather on Monday morn- with minor home repairs and/or home improvement Page 30


projects. If you’d like to help, contact Michiel at michiel0930@sbcglobal.net. If you are in need of help, just pick up a request form at the south welcome desk, or call your request in to Pam Wallace (392-2589), at least ten days before the scheduled work day. A Home Improvement volunteer will contact you, and make final arrangements to get the job(s) done! UMW ANNUAL GARAGE SALE – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Friday & Saturday, July 16 & 17 in the CLC. Start cleaning out those closets! It’s almost here!

WORSHIP

8:00 am Communion Service Mason Chapel. Traditional service with music led by Hart Morris. Communion is served and Dr. Harrison preaches. 9:15 am Contemporary Praise & Worship Sanctuary. Contemporary music led by Mark Bennett and team, time of prayer and the message will all carry a prevailing theme for the morning. Dr. Harrison preaches. 9:15 am Open House Worship Community Life Center. A relaxed atmosphere with engaging worship led by Dub Ambrose and team. Dr. Tom Harrison’s message is simulcast with an occasional live sermon from another pastor. 11:00 am Traditional Service Sanctuary. The Chancel Choir, the New Covenant Orchestra and various vocal and instrumental ensembles offer a variety of styles of music led by Hart Morris. Dr. Tom Harrison preaches. 11:00 am Modern Service Venue 68. Rich blend of ancient and modern worship, led by Chris Cleveland and team. Sign interpreters for the deaf are offered. Dr. Tom Harrison’s message is simulcast. 6:30 pm Modern Service Venue68. Rich blend of ancient and modern worship, led by the Ben Kilgore and team. Rev. Spencer Smith preaches.

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asbury marriages births & deaths marriages:

Richard Mears & Kristin Ward were married March 13, 2010.

births:

Josie Olivia Henderson, daughter of Joe and Lauren Isenberg, was born February 9, 2010. Garrett Lynn Rhoton, son of Jeff & Jennifer Rhoton, was born January 20, 2010. Brynn Avery Franks, daughter of Doug & Karen Franks, was born March 2, 2010. Grant Nicholas Hawkins, son of Nick & Laura Hawkins, was born March 3, 2010.

deaths:

Cary Enterline died January 29, 2010. Barba Reams died March 3, 2010. Betty Boyd died March 5, 2010. Thomas McBay, husband of Elizabeth, died March 6, 2010. Zelma Ritschel, mother of Linda Cypert, died March 21, 2010. Paul Lehman died March 22. Ken Bays, father of Kent (Diane) Bays, died March 22


asbury

anniversaries! 55 Years

John & Shirley Ann Smith May 31, 1955 Bob & Helen Frymire May 21, 1955

50 Years Edwin & Anna Lynne Parker April 14, 1960 Ken & June Scoggins April 16, 1960 Edwin & Anna Lynne Parker

Ken & June Scoggins

John & Shirley Ann Smith

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asbury

new members

Emma Batchelor

Nancy Bauer

Eugenia Bomford

Tom Dresher

Logan D’Souza

Carol Farrell

Chelsea Hoffman

Tommy & Kristen Keeter with Rett, Claire & Kyle

Ted & Pat Kelly

Tina Kerwin with Luke & Allison Page 33

Katie Kirkpatrick

Arrick & Staci Klugh with Tyler


Turner Land with McKenzie

Ron & Gail Miller

Heath & Sharon Sharp

Kevin & Kathy Mailot with Sarah & Jacob

Juliet Paul with Micah

Warren & Christie Singleton with Hunter

Larry & Pam Markham

Bill Schultheis

Jim & Lavonda Wallis

asbury exploration classes

if you are interested in learning more about who we are, plan to attend one of the Exploration classesdesigned to tell you more about Asbury and what we believe. Upcoming 2010 Exploration classes will be held on – May 2, June 6, August 8, September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Please call 392-1191 to reserve your place. Childcare is available and lunch is provided Ron & Carol Watkins Page 34


Glorify God...Make Disciples Page 35


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