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here are several things to tell you about this month. Let me begin with a couple of key staff transitions. Mary Ann Smith our former Director of Global Outreach is now enjoying retirement. Jim Davis, who is the new director, started a couple of weeks ago after he and his wife Rachel relocated from Tennessee. We are very pleased to have him on board. On August 12 we said goodbye to Hart and Marty Morris as they also head into retirement. We will have interim directors for several months as we continue the hiring process. Ken Gabrielse, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at OBU, will be our interim director. Ed Morse, a member of Asbury and our orchestra, will support Ken as the interim orchestra director. We are fortunate to have these two gentlemen assist us in this transition period. The choir and orchestra are committed to supporting them as well as the new director when hired. This is the best way for all of us to honor Hart and Marty and their legacy. We are introducing myasburytulsa.org. I believe you will really appreciate this new service. It is a secure site that requires a log in. You will then have access to review and edit your contact information, view the church calendar, register for events, select from a list of preferred communication interests and set up regular giving. This use of technology provides convenience for our members and helps us be better stewards of the resources entrusted to us. The subject of communications has been frequently addressed in this column. It is a huge challenge for a large, diverse church. Additionally, Asbury is no different than other organizations attempting to communicate with their constituents. We are all busy; we are continuously bombarded with messages trying to get our attention. Sometimes, we simply quit reading these messages, whether they come through paper mail or electronically. The "preferred communication interests" feature of myasburytulsa.org is setting the stage for a significant change in our communications process. This change will take place later in the year and will be preceded by plenty of publicity. Messages sent to you will fall into two categories. If the content is of sufficient scope and importance, it will be sent "all church." Otherwise, you will only receive communication concerning subject areas for which you have selected. For example, if you want to hear from our global outreach ministry but do not need to receive communications about out student ministry, you can make those selections. Our hope is that a reduced volume of more focused communication will be more effective. Myasburytulsa.org will offer a much easier way for members to give their offerings using an automatic draft on their checking account. You have probably heard Tom say that he uses this method and advocates it. There are a couple of advantages. One is simply convenience. There is no need to remember nor write checks. The second advantage is more substantive. There is value in making a decision and then automating its execution. If you are not yet giving regularly or giving 10% (tithing), this is a great tool. You will be able to go online and set up an automatic draft. If you want to tithe and if you can't do it in one jump, here is a process proven to be effective. Set up an automatic payment now, however small. Work to reduce your debt and other expenses that should be secondary to your offerings. Set a reminder every six months to increase the amount of the draft. Before long, you will find that you have reached your goal of tithing. Thank you for all the ways that you support the ministries of Asbury.

Dwight Yoder Executive Director

Read more about myasburytulsa.org on the inside back cover.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Contents A Word from Tom Harrison 1 A Letter from Hart and Marty 2 Care and Marriage Factoids 3 The Wrap-Up of the Three Asburians 4 2 Much 2 Lose Challenge 5 Real Transformation Is Happening In the Congo 6 Transformed to Serve 7 Asbury's Missions Legacy 8 Asbury's Focus Areas 9 Extending the Healing Hand of God 13 Called to Missions 14 Estonia July 2012 16 Travel Tips 17 Home Away from Home 18 Grandpa John 18 The Cloud of Witnesses 19 Recipes of the Month 20 Opportunities 21 Special Announcements 30

We need you! Do you have a story of what God has done in your life? Please contact us and tell us a little bit about what God has done. We will all be encouraged by hearing stories of what God is doing in the lives of those around us. Are you a writer or someone who enjoys writing? The Communications Department is always looking for someone to do an interview and write a story for us for Tidings. Have you noticed that we’ve been making some changes in Tidings? Please give us your feedback— both good and bad. Email kmains@asburytulsa.org or call 918.392.1140. Asbury Tidings is a monthly publications designed to tell stories of lives being transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. You may read back issues by visiting www.asburytulsa.org. Editor: Asbury Communications Department, 918.392.1140, kmains@asburytulsa.org Graphic Design: Tim Jurgensen, tjurgensen@ asburytulsa.org Photographers: Mark Moore (mark moore.photo. net), Chris Lo (matchadesign.com) Guest Contributors: Marsha Baker, Holly Brobst, Melanie Burdick, Marcia and Mackenzie Culver, Jim Furman, Matt and Jennie Hester, Elliot and Sarah Janssen, Jim Lenderman, Dan Mazzei, Donna Miller, Mary Ann Smith, John Westervelt, Carolyn Yoder


A Word From Tom Harrison Why has Asbury been so globally mission-minded? 1. Asbury’s pastor-emeritus and SENIOR PASTOR for 29 years, Bill Mason, strongly believed in and advocated for missions. He consistently taught the priority of missions throughout his tenure. Asbury has helped ME understand more personally how vital mission is to us! Yet, Bill wasn’t the originator of the idea: Jesus commissioned us to “Go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18–20). 2. Asbury LAITY have a heart for missions and have stayed focused upon it. They have been visionary and have led us into new places of ministry in Tulsa and beyond. They lead us in determining where to go and where to invest in. Getting our laity to actually go into mission fields has been a critically important component of this as people often are transformed when they have mission experiences. 3. In the 25 years Mary Ann Smith served on our STAFF as our Global Outreach Director, we’ve seen our congregation become truly a “world class” leader in this area. We’ve also grown in staff, with Marilene Long and Missy Sistrunk investing their lives in this ministry. Jim Davis and his wife, Rachel, have come from Tennessee to further develop what Mary Ann has created here! 4. We BUDGET for missions (beyond our 10% apportionments primarily to the Oklahoma Annual Conference), we give an additional 10% to missions. 5. PRAYER has been an important strategy. Staff and laity pray for our mission efforts and for our international friends. 6. NETWORKING with different churches and agencies (locally, nationally and internationally) has fostered development, growth, and meaningful relationships.

How has this benefited our congregation? 1. Mission enlarges our WORLDVIEW. We have new friends, new passion, and now see the world differently because we’ve been there – done that!

2. Mission TRANSFORMS life away from “ME” and “MINE” to “GOD.” 3. Mission has been a great avenue to reach our STUDENTS and invite them to a significant place in the ministry of their church. 4. Mission unites us in an INTERGENERATIONAL cause. 5. Mission has helped us FINANCIALLY. While mission is costly, it provides a great “return on investment.” When people go to the mission field and personally see the need, they realize that what they do matters. They become eager to give their money and resources to the work of God. 6. Mission promotes SPIRITUAL GROWTH by seeing what God is doing in the rest of the world. When people understand that “God uses me!” it makes a huge impact. As long as I’m your senior pastor, we’ll never move from our historic and biblical focus on mission at Asbury. I’ve always liked this quote: “As fire exists by burning, so the church exists by mission.” We’ve been given a mission by Jesus to “Go!” It includes Tulsa, Oklahoma, the United States, and into all the world. As John Wesley said: “If your heart is as my heart, lend me your hand!” Dr. Tom Harrison Senior Pastor

After the success of the 9/11 Day of Service in 2011, Asbury decided to hold an annual event to serve the Tulsa community. Asbury’s Day of Service will be held on Sunday, October 7, from 12:00–5:00 pm. Asbury would like to mobilize 2,500 people to serve in the Tulsa community. Volunteers will be able to serve at various on and off site locations helping with food restocking, painting, moving furniture, packing care boxes, neighborhood clean-up, planting trees and church beautification.

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All logistics will be taken care of; all that is needed is a willing heart. Everyone can participate regardless of age. We especially encourage entire families (from young children to grandparents) to serve together. This is a great opportunity for Asburians to honor Jesus by serving others. Online registration is now available. Go to www.asburytulsa.org for more information.

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Dear Asbury Family, There are not words within our grasp to convey to you how grateful we are for your expressions of love and support over the past weeks. Your notes, letters, cards and personal words have been overwhelming to us. Your gift of a week in Breckenridge, Colorado, in September, and your incredibly generous contributions to the Amey Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund only increase our gratitude to you for all your expressions of encouragement. The past 20 years of ministry with you have been the most challenging, exciting, meaningful and rewarding of the 45 years we have spent in music ministry. You enabled us to grow personally, spiritually and musically, allowing us to experiment and try new ways of expressing our faith musically, and trusted us when we approached the edge of your comfort zone. We are thankful for that trust and your indulgence as we grew. We have become family, you and we, and it is never easy to leave family; the last weeks have been more difficult for us than we thought they would be. But in experiencing that difficulty, we have learned that the bond we share cannot be broken. Our work at Asbury is finished; others will carry on from here. But we have years of experiences to remember and relish—incredible memories of our work together, and the satisfaction of knowing that we were as faithful as we knew to be to God’s call. We are sad to leave but have not a doubt that this is the right decision, and the right time to make this change—for you and for us. Many will remember that Tom’s 1993 “Different is Good” campaign proved to be correct. We believe the same will be true now. Though we will no longer work together as Family Asbury—you will have new leadership, and we will have a new direction—we serve the same Lord, and have the same mission: making a difference in lives for the sake of the Gospel. We love you, and we thank you for every moment of the last 20 years. We pray God’s richest blessings on you as you carry on in His name. Hart and Marty Morris Asbury Music Ministry, 1992-2012

Blest be the dear uniting love that will not let us part; Our bodies may far off remove, we still are one in heart. Partakers of the Savior’s grace, the same in mind and heart, Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place, nor life, nor death can part. –Charles Wesley (1742)

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Editors note: Due to lack of space in last month's issue, we are including these care and marriage ministry factoids as part of the Asbury 50 year celebration.

Care and Marriage Factoids Care Ministry Factoids • Asbury’s first Stephen Ministry class was in 1989, led by Betty Melican (not pictured) and Rev. Michael Strange (not pictured). • Several of Asbury’s care ministries evolved beginning in 1990: Asbury Connection, with Carol Herwig, Cancer Support Group with Harold Manning, then Dolores Willits, the Funeral Meal Ministry with the Sisters of the Skillet, and the Mental Health Support Group with Betty Jane Bailey and Carol Herwig. • Various support groups arose through the years, as leaders and needs emerged. These have included: Alzheimers Support Group, Bipolar Support Group, Divorce Support Groups, Eating Disorder Support Group, Asperger’s Support Group, Survivor’s Support Group and others, some of which still meet. • More recent care ministries include: Healing Hats, Hospital Visitors, Military Connection, Prayer Card Ministry, Quilting Ministry, Respite Care, Senior Care Calling, SMILE (Single Moms in the Lord’s Embrace) and GriefShare.

Picture is of members of Stephen Ministry class of 1989 and 1990. Front row: Rev. Bill Mason, Nancy Jay, Sheryl Cory, Charlene Giles, John Cory. Second row: Carol Herwig, Billie O-Dell, Jill Glenn, Oralene Sherbon, Helen Hill, Nellie Hodge, Betty Jane Bailey. Third row: Katy Vaughn, Sandy Cozier, Alma Robson, Wini King, Lorraine Atchison. Back row: Paula Gresh, Vivian Briley, Esther Gene Morrison, Dewey Sherbon, Jackie Parker, Rev. Bill Wenker, Paul Hodge.

Marriage Ministry Factoids • In 1992 a team of twelve researched the best way for Asbury to reach out to engaged couples. In January, 1993, Asbury’s Couple-2-Couple Ministry was born. Components consisted of the PREPARE Relationship Inventory and a workbook by Norman Wright, Before You Say ‘I Do’. • Today we utilize a customized online version of PREPARE plus a workbook written by the following Asbury couples: Paul and Toni Melton, Charlene and Rod Giles and Scott and Kelly Luttenberg. • Each year over fifty engaged couples and 150 married couples benefit from Asbury’s marriage ministry. August 2007 “unveiling” of Preparing for a Marriage That Lasts a Lifetime • Through the years Asbury has offered a wide variety of weekly and weekend marriage enrichment opportunities including: Intimate Life, C-PREP, Fireproof, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, Pressureproof Your Marriage, Marriage Matters, Synergize Your Marriage, Dynamic Marriage, The Art of Marriage, and imarriage. Each year we also encourage people to attend a Weekend to Remember, sponsored by Family Life Ministries. • Beginning in 2000, Rev. Tom Harrison requested marriage ministry to host a special recognition for couples married 50 years or more. For several years Asbury provided free admission for these couples to attend the UMM Valentine banquet. Since coming to the current building Asbury’s marriage ministry has hosted a special Celebration Banquet each year on Valentine’s weekend to honor these special couples. Special recognition goes to Scott and Beth Brown, who have coordinated corsage delivery for many years, and Michael and Traci Owen for their organization of the banquet for the past several years. • Asbury also recognizes “milestone anniversaries” (5, 10, 15, etc. years) in Tidings, as well as drawing names every two months for a restaurant gift certificate.

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The Wrap-Up of the Three Asburians Around the world in 80 days – well, not quite.

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ur young adults have been in ministry around the world for 365 days – yes , a year in ministry in many places across the globe. Your support and faithfulness to pray for them this year as you have read their stories in Tidings has been most appreciated. They have felt your comfort in difficult situations and your encouragement as they both struggled and rejoiced in their areas of service. Christian has served in 11 countries over the past 11 months while Kayla worked with college students in Venezuela and Rachel discovered the joy of freedom for oppressed people in Asia. This is the heritage of the youth missions programs and in the interest in missions by the congregation. Thank you for helping provide financial support and encouragement through prayer to help these young people follow the call of God on their lives.

Christian: I learned to keep worshipping This past year taught me so many things, most of them not things that I went into the year expecting to learn. I can definitely say though that the past year and a half of my life (since this journey started) has been the most exciting and life-giving period of life and growth I have ever experienced. Coming home is weird in a few ways but, in most ways, it just feels really good. I'm excited to get back into life here and pursue the things that I have always cared about but with a deeper understanding of how much Jesus loves me. Jesus showed me that, apparently, there is leadership inside me, and I'm anxious to see what that looks like in my life outside of the World Race. I'm also excited to just keep worshipping. Worship was one of the biggest parts of my year, and I am not willing to let my love and desire for worship and for the intimacy that comes with it fade. Excited to see what the Lord has for this next season! Thank you so very much to those who have been reading my blogs and praying for me this year! Means so much more than you can even realize. Can't wait to reconnect with so many people in my community back here in Tulsa.

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Rachel: God's heart for justice Thank you Asbury for encouragement and support while I have been in South Asia this year. I have cherished your prayers and am so grateful to you for following me on the journey. I have learned so much about God's heart for justice and His love for His people this year. I will hold these lessons close to my heart for the rest of my life. As of right now, I have no idea what is next for me. I am spending a few days in Sri Lanka to debrief a bit, but after that, I have no idea. I plan on returning to Tulsa to see what is next for me. Thank you again for faithfulness in praying for me this year!

Kayla: Living out the Gospel I just want to thank Asbury and all its members who prayed, supported and encouraged me this year on this exciting adventure in Venezuela! I truly would not have made it there without you. Please know that having you all back home in my corner praying for me and my team helped so much. Thank you for showing me what it's like to be a part of the body of Christ and what we can accomplish together with the power of God. This year, I will be returning back to Valencia, Venezuela, to continue doing college ministry at the University of Carabobo. I will be working with some of the same team members as last year, but new people are coming from Ohio State as well. We will also be branching out to different universities in Valencia, launching new student movements. My main goal this year is to live out the Gospel by continuing to build into relationships that I started last year. I want to not only share the Gospel with my words but with my actions. I'm excited to meet new students as well and see what God does this year through me to advance His kingdom and draw students into deep relationships with Himself. I'm honored to be a part of what God's doing in Venezuela, and I thank you all again for helping me to do that! God bless!

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2 Much 2 Lose Challenge by Marsha Baker

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2 Much 2 Lose Challenge Projects - Created and carried out by Junior High Students!

ll Night Blast this year turned into a life changing event for all that went and for many parts of the world!! Our theme this year was 29 cents, 2 Much 2 Lose. We learned that 29 cents a day changes a person’s life in dire poverty to basic survival—and that we have 2 much 2 lose to not do something about that! We talked about how we become overwhelmed and distracted by TOO much stuff, while the majority of the world is dying from lack of basic necessities. The statistics paint the picture143 million orphans in the world, everyday 6,000 orphaned due to AIDS-that is every 3 seconds, 3 million children are sex trafficked every year, every 3.6 seconds someone is dying of starvation, 1 in 5 children have no clean water, 77 million children don’t get to go to school, one in five Oklahoma children is at risk of going to bed hungry every night, 44 percent of those getting food in Oklahoma are children, 400 people seek shelter and services each day at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. God calls us to make a difference and like our guest speaker, 8th grader, Matt Benjamin, who raised $32,000 last year by getting sponsors for a half marathon, we learned each of us can do something. We gave the students tools to raise money including fundraising packets with directions on how to ask for support. This was an opportunity to raise money by asking people to pledge per hour of service. Then we challenged each student: What will you do? Their response has been overwhelming!! (The first week they raised over $800!) Their stories and projects are going to rock the world…

Goal Completion Date: August 12

“I have recently had a great encounter with God moving in my heart telling me that I need to get up and do something. My youth pastors have given our 7th–9th grade youth group the 2Much2Lose Challenge. Kids in third world countries can barely survive and would give anything for just a little bit more money to pass by on, where as we as Americans can have anything we want right at our fingertips and have tons of money just floating around that we could use to make a difference. We have this desire to have a purpose in life, and they have the need for more to pass by. Mark and Marsha challenged us to make difference, so I thought to myself, how can I make a change? I prayed to God and asked Him to lay what He needs me to do on my heart, and I felt like He was calling me to help save the boys and girls who are being enslaved or being used for human trafficking. The organization that I chose works with slavery freedom and is called International Justice Mission (IJM). My goal is to raise around $5,000 because that would allow one human trafficking rescue and several aftercare packages and undercover operations. I know that it is a very high amount of money to raise, but I am going to do whatever it takes to raise this money! I plan on sending letters out to friends and family, and even to have a Zumba class as a fundraiser. I trust God will help me meet my need!” –Megan Huss, 8th Grade

Evangelism • Students: Coleman Bourke, Jordan Lenderman, Thatcher Chonka, Zach Woosley, Miles King, Chris Loerke • Tell as many people as we can about Jesus Christ!

Raised $863.19 for International Justice Mission • Students: Megan Huss, Chole Zahn, Sloan Kennedy • Fundraising Projects: Sponsor letters, Zumba class Raised $3,302.36 for an orphan home for Bless the Children Ministries • Students: Madeline McTigue, Cady Pax, Kiersten Arnold, Camryn McKinnon, Riley McElwain, Ashley Spears, Laken Angel,Claire Spatz, Mallory King, Laura Marshall, Nadia Geer, Katie Darden, Lauren Coleman • Fundraising Projects: Letters, sponsors, talent show, selling bracelets and garage sale Raised $123.15 for shoes for orphans • Student: Riley Savala • Fundraising Projects: Sponsor letters, dodgeball tournament Raised $92.73 for water wells for the Water Project • Student: Gabe Bryan • Fundraising: Sponsor letters

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Real Transformation Is Happening In the Congo by Jim Lenderman

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n 2011, Asbury began a global ministry partnership with the United Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our initial effort involved providing printed Bibles in their native heart languages. Since that beginning we have expanded our efforts to impact more people in more ways. The following is a sample of what God is doing there through Asbury:

(FCBH) to produce and distribute audio Bibles. These Proclaimers are loaded with dramatized readings of the New Testament. For the first time ever those who cannot read can now listen to the Bible spoken in their heart language. As one hearer put it, “Now we know God hasn’t forgotten about us because He speaks to us in our language.” Through this effort people will come to faith in Christ, new churches will be started and families will be strengthened.

Printed Bibles Our initial effort (Congo Bible Initiative – Easter 2011) raised more than $272,000 to provide printed Bibles in the languages of Kiswahili and Kiluba. Our initial gift of 500 cases of Bibles has been printed and is now being distributed. For the first time in the country’s history, every UM pastor and church has copies of God’s Word in their heart language.

Listening to the recording on a Proclaimer

Literacy training To address the illiteracy problem in the DRC, we entered into a partnership with Literacy and Evangelism International to produce 6,000 reading primers. These primers are being used to teach children and adults how to read. In lesson 12 participants are introduced to Jesus, and by the end of the lessons they have read 26 Bible stories. 80 percent of the participants accept Jesus Christ as their Savior while learning how to read! We are exploring how we can create additional primers in the language of Kiluba.

Seminary scholarships Since the church is growing so rapidly in the DRC, one of the great needs is for trained pastors. UM pastors receive three years of ministry training in preparation for ministry at a total cost of just over $400 per year (that’s a fully trained pastor for just over $1,200!). This year, through the designated gifts of some Asbury members, we provided 14 one-year scholarships.

Celebration following 1st Bible distribution

Nursing scholarships

120+ UM pastors and evangelists who received Kiluba Bibles

Audio Bibles Since at least 60 percent of the population in the DRC is illiterate we have begun a partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing

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Many people in the DRC die needlessly due to the lack of skilled medical attention. Because doctors are so scarce in many parts of the country, trained nurses provide the only medical attention many people will ever see. A nurse can be fully trained in just two years at a total cost of just under $300 per year (that’s a fully trained nurse for just under $600!). This year, through the designated gifts of some Asbury members, we provided seven one-year scholarships. If you would like to contribute to any of these ongoing funds, please contact Missy Sistrunk msistrunk@asburytulsa.org or 918.392.1163.

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by Mary Ann Smith

Go and make disciples – in all nations. This was a central theme for mission leaders and Rev. Bill Mason in the very early years of Asbury’s existence. Three couples led the way in establishing the missions effort and focus – Cecil and Bonnie Tyree, Bill and Trudy Brown, and Rex and Gladys Smith. In fact, the Global Outreach Leadership Team still uses the guidelines that were written by Bonnie Tyree many years ago. One of the early efforts was to organize volunteer teams to work in several ministries that Asbury supported. A youth/choir team went to Monterrey, Mexico, in 1984 working at the Juan Wesley Seminary that we still support. They also took an intergenerational team to McCurdy School in New Mexico which inspired many of our youth. From those humble beginnings, our youth missions developed, and in 1988 a large group of youth traveled to El Paso, Texas, to serve at a retirement home in Juarez, Mexico. One of the members of this team was Rachel Read who was just nine months old. She has gone on a mission each year since then! Each year more youth became interested and the missions program for the youth developed into today’s current efforts in Houston, Kentucky, Jamaica and Guatemala. From these missions have come long term friendships as well as long term ministry partnerships. Some of the youth have been inspired to make a major commitment of their life to ministry. Rachel Read has just spent a year in India, Megan Henry Schell is in full-time ministry in North Africa, Lori

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Schwinn Ferrell is in East Asia working with women leaving the sex trade while Kayla Dobbs is working in Venezuela with Campus Crusade. Garrett O’Dell has just left for a year of discipleship training in New Zealand and David Read leaves in September serving for a year in Great Britain. All of these young people were part of the junior and senior high spring break missions. And to think, this all started with trips to McCurdy with the Tyree’s, Brown’s and Smith’s! None of them could ever have dreamed of the number of disciples that have been made in these years through the efforts of the youth. You, too, can be a part of this. You can send more young people with your financial gifts and prayers. You can help with the vision and planning for these students and long term ministry efforts. You can even go yourself on one of our teams to see some of the long term ministry we participate in and to encourage our missionaries. Thank you for being a part of the ministry that Jesus gave us when he ascended into heaven – go and make disciples!

Bill and Trudy Brown

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Caspian Ministry

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Malaysia

As the team began their early apan research, they made contact with a missionary living in this prospective country and even discovered that a new couple at Asbury just happened to be from there as well! Ultimately, Asbury adopted this people, and we sent our first team in November of 2002 to research how we could get involved. orthern Mariana Islands

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needed to be inside the 10/40 window. Second, they wanted a group that was untargeted, with little or no evangelical work taking place among them. The team turned to the Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples List. They noticed that the largest populations of unreached lived in countries such as Iran, Syria, India, and China, countries that were extremely difficult to get into. However, they did discover a large Central Asian population, most of whom lived in a closed country, but a portion of this unreached people lived in a bordering Mongolia country that was accessible.

Marshall Islands

Guam

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Palau

Two areas of need were quickly identified. The first was Bible translation. This people group Indonesia had two different written languages, and Bible translation efforts were under way for both. Each translation was completed in 2010 and 2011 respectively, and we enjoyed the awesome privilege of helping support in the translation, printing, and distribution of the Holy Bible. The second area of need was to help recruit and support missionaries working in country. We have supported numerous long-term missionary couples through the years, and are excited that our own Matt and Jennie Hester are readying themselves to go serve. Brunei

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The story of Asbury's involvement in this Caspian country had begun a decade earlier with what the global outreach team termed the "adopt-a-people" project. The purpose was to focus our energies and resources on an unreached people group, which basically means less than 2 percent of its people are evangelical Christian and therefore have little hope of hearing the gospel message without someone bringing it to them. That initiative led our church to adopt the Kami people of Tanzania in 1997. French Southern and Antarctic Lands

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In 2006, our church took the first true VIM trip into the country. After discovering an organization led by Christians ew ealand who were working with people marginalized by the culture, we now had an avenue to go serve. And when asked if I wanted to join them, I said yes. Why? Because this is a spiritually dark area of the world in desperate need of the light of Christ. (Ephesians 5:8, 13-14) Someone needs to go scatter the seed. * The specific name of this country will not be mentioned in order to protect the missionaries and organizations that are working in country.

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you can only imagine how many lives have been touched in the years since and will continue to be reached in the years to come.

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A key area of support is for the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary which is in Tallinn in the Baltic Mission Center which also houses the Estonian and Russian speaking congregations.

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In addition to Andrus Norak we have supported Kaupo and Thea Kant; Ullas and Meeli Tankler to attend Asbury Seminary so the church leadership is strengthened.

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Asbury's involvement in missions to Mexico began with our youth spring break trips during the 1990's when high school students and their adult sponsors traveled to Juarez,Chile Rio Bravo, or Nuevo Progresso to do construction projects and perform puppet shows for the local children. In the late 1990's Asbury wanted to involve more Argentina adults and build a relationship with the Mexican Methodist church. It was also decided that all adult Asbury VIM teams would provide an evening Mission Bible School program for the local children. For five years Asbury worked with a small Mexican church in San Fernando, and its satellite congregation in Carboneras. Paraguay

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In the recent years teams from Asbury have been working with the Juan Wesley Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico. The 100 year old building was in terrible shape and resident missionaries, Tim and Daina Datwyler, were managing the remodeling efforts. In 2003, Asbury sent its first adult mission team to the Seminary to help with the work projects and in 2008, Pastor Tom Harrison initiated a new advocacy group of the U.S. Methodist Churches to help expand the seminary's influence. Asbury continues to support the seminary, the students, and the faculty in whatever way the deem the most beneficial through scholarships, financial aid, counseling and VIM team involvement. We also now support Humberto and Myrtha Flores in their missionary efforts in Cuba and Monterrey. Asbury continues to build many meaningful relationships and provide various levels of support for others connected to the seminary.

Madagascar To date, Asbury's involvement with Guatemala has been sending imbabwe student teams during spring break. The amibia youthBotswana have been going Mozambique to Guatemala since 2002 and have continued each year, at times sending over 100 people. Presently we have strong ties to three separate ministries in Guatemala City and Antiqua. The first is South Africa Shalom Church in Guatemala City where Pastor Alvaro ministers to people living in abject poverty in places called “Paradise.” The area is known for drug gangs, sex trafficking, abuse and neglect, and the people living there are largely ignored by the government. Pastor Alvaro has grown the church and a school which has several hundred students. Asbury has supported Shalom with building projects, summer interns and some teaching. The second ministry is a small orphanage called Hope for Tomorrow run by Kenneth and Diana Sese. This orphanage is in the heart of Guatemala City, and they take in children that are in very bad situations at home, abandoned, or ordered removed from the home by the courts. Hope for Tomorrow needs people to help with the special needs of the children, with speech and physical therapy, and construction projects. The third ministry is just beginning as a visionAntarctica of Nathan and Claudia Herdeman, missionaries who have worked with the children in “Paradise” and other neighborhoods of Guatemala City. Their desire is to take young men out of the environment of drugs, gangs and abuse and take them to Antigua to a boys home where they might be taught to be mighty men of God. This ministry is called Engadi with reference to the cave David hid in when Saul was pursuing him. Asbury teams are currently helping to build the facilities necessary for the boys’ home. Swaziland

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Frank, Bill and Dwight cautiously climbed out of the small plane and searched the faces of a gathering of curious onlookers for their missionary host. He was nowhere to be found. As the bush pilot quickly took off— leaving them alone on the runway—Frank turned to Bill and Dwight and whispered, “I think we just stepped out of the boat.” Shortly thereafter Herb, their skeptical Lutheran missionary host, arrived and their fieldwork commenced.

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“Three ‘cowboys’ from Oklahoma want to visit us,” he said to his wife as he hung up the phone. It was 1998. Asburians Frank Lester, Bill Abernathy and Dwight Yoder had just made their first contact with Herb—a Lutheran missionary who was at home in Minnesota on a brief leave from his work in Tanzania, East Africa. That visit did take place shortly thereafter—but not in Tulsa or Minnesota. Rather it began on an isolated grassy airstrip outside Morogoro, Tanzania.

Since 1999, Asbury’s Volunteer-in-Mission teams, under the Australia guidance of Marilene Long, have strengthened our relations with the indigenous church—annually providing medical clinics, drilling water wells, aiding in construction, Christian education and vacation Bible schools. Mark Dalton currently provides the lay leadership and vision for the Kami ministry. Seventeen years have passed since our “cowboys” followed their hearts and God’s leading. As a result of answering God’s call to Tanzania, Asbury has been blessed beyond measure and the Kami people are eagerly coming to the Lord and growing in their faith. We have supported them with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. Our mission is always "to glorify God and make disciples". French Southern and Antarctic Lands

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Secondly, God revealed to us a little more of Himself and what it means to say the "God of all nations." It can become easy for us to think of Christ as a Western idea or even a part of American culture when that’s all we’ve ever experienced. In addition to working along with many Tanzanians at the clinic, we attended church services in Swahili on the campus of the Lutheran Junior Seminary where we stayed. A highlight of the services was the amazing student choirs; they sang most of their pieces acapella, and it’s hard to describe it other than to say simply angelic. It was also awesome to hear and attempt to sing familiar hymns in Swahili. It was amazing to see two different people groups from completely different walks of life come together to worship the same God. What a big God we serve.

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his June was the first of what will be many medical mission trips for us! We are both medical students at OSU here in Tulsa and decided the month before third year rotations began was the perfect time to finally take a small step of obedience. Our vision is to do inner city medical missions and go overseas as God leads. As this was not only our first medical mission but our first overseas mission, there was plenty for God to teach us. Our job on the trip was to work where needed, whether that be taking vitals, directing patients to exam rooms, or sitting in on patient visits and observing the physicians. We were blessed with the opportunity to learn from some amazing doctors who were willing to let us watch and learn from them all week. We saw firsthand a different type of need than we experience in America, we worshipped God from a place halfway across the world from home, and we worked alongside the true global church. In many ways, Tanzania was exactly what we expected. Yet, there was so much we never realized God couldn’t show us until we left the comfortable, predictable sphere of America.

Finally, it was an honor to serve alongside the resident missionaries Robert and Linda Spitaleri and the local pastors and evangelists. We were only there for a week, but the Spitaleri’s, pastors and evangelists that work with them will develop relationships and continue the work that was only just started while we were there. The Spitaleri’s are truly filled and driven by the Spirit, and they spurred us on to carry the mission of Jesus obediently wherever He ends up leading us. We are learning more and more what it means to be a part of the body of Christ- the truly universal church. Whether we end up serving as physicians in Oklahoma or halfway across the world, we know we’ll be working for the glory of God along with brothers and sisters throughout the world.

The first thing we experienced in Tanzania was a different type of poverty and need than we had ever seen. For instance, we’ve never thought twice about water and certainly never had to worry about intestinal or even neurologic disease from our drinking water. Illnesses and minor problems that would get taken care of in the U.S. are often left to progress and lead to suffering and death. In the five days that we held medical clinics, there were many patients with malaria, abundant hernias and cervical disc compressions, and various diseases from an abdominal pregnancy to two cases of leprosy. Every patient was given vitamins and worm medication, because poor nutrition and intestinal worms from the water are almost a given. To be honest, though, we knew we would see these things; but now that we can place faces and names with the statistics and news reports that we so often hear, it changes everything.

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9 With a smile on his face and a glimmer in his eye, there’s no doubt Jim Davis knows he is exactly where he’s supposed to be as Asbury’s new Director of Global Outreach. However, this moment has been 20-years in the making, in God’s time. The Tennessee native and 21-year civil engineer always had a passion for mission work. It wasn’t until he met his wife, Rachel, that God’s plan would unfold in such a divine way. The couple not only met on a blind date because of a common interest in Estonian missions, but together, they continued their work with a program called “Friends of Estonia” – a program Asbury is also very involved in. The past three years, Jim joined his wife at an annual conference by the same name, getting to know many people, including Asbury’s outgoing Director of Global Outreach, Mary Ann Smith.

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Last November, while Rachel searched the web for mission work, she came across Asbury’s job posting for a new Director of Global Outreach. “When we read the job posting, it was a rather uncanny fit from my list of experience with missions,” Jim Davis explains. “I was like ‘Whoa! But why would we possibly move to Oklahoma?’ I even remember making the statement, ‘If this job was in Knoxville, I’d be all over this!’ But we never did anything about it.” Three months later, it was time for another Friends of Estonia conference. “I ran into Mary Ann and said ‘Hey, I saw your job posting last fall. What kind of person did you wind up hiring?’” Davis recalls. “She said, ‘We haven’t found anybody.’ It hit me like a ton of bricks.” After a weekend of discussion, Smith encouraged Davis to send in his resume. “I had to laugh because all I had was an engineering resume. I thought, ‘I’ll have to work on this a little bit!’” In April, Davis and his wife had a chance to visit Asbury for the first time. “It was pretty obvious it was a good fit from both sides,” recalls Davis. “And we have had so many confirming things leading up to this, we really knew this was the right place.” In an effort to be sure, Davis even wrote a letter laying out how he knew this was a calling, not just a job opportunity. “I was working through it myself,” he says. “I had to be sure. Before we accepted this job, before leaving engineering, before leaving family and friends in Tennessee, I really wanted to work through, ‘Okay, how do we hear God calling us?’” He describes what couldn’t be coincidental incidents: the meeting of his wife (a very missions-minded woman). How they came across the job opening online. Running into Mary Ann Smith. The contractor on his previous home setting back the date for a planned expansion (only to later discover the expansion was never in their future). Family, friends and colleagues reaffirming the decision through prayer. And the list goes on.

“Without question, God had a plan far beyond these past few years,” says Davis. “This move has been 20-years in the making.” It was 20-years ago, during college at the University of Virginia, that Davis really found a passion for mission work. He was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and spent a summer in Japan working with English-speaking college students. When he moved to Knoxville, he found a very missions-minded church and dove right in, starting on their missions committee back in 1997. He first served on the World Missionary Care Team, a team who would correspond, pray and care for missionaries all over the world. More recently, Davis worked with the country of Mozambique. There, he used his civil engineering skills to work on a drinking water project in one of the country’s villages. After meeting his wife, his passion grew even stronger. “After we married, we talked about what God would have for us. We were certainly willing to look at moving overseas. There was no question we would be involved in missions--as foreign missionaries, U.S. based missionaries, working on a church staff-we knew there would be some involvement.” As the doors opened up at Asbury, Davis knew this is what he’d been searching for. “Not once this summer have I thought, ‘What are we doing?’ It is a life change to buy and sell a house, to leave a 21-year engineering career. But, we have a feeling of total peace about it.” In Davis’ acceptance letter to Asbury he wrote: “It then becomes an issue of obedience. Jesus gives us the simple command, ‘Follow me.’ Once you commit to obediently following, there is true rest in Him. That has been the process, and it’s nice to reach that rest after much seeking. We look forward to what God has in store for us in Tulsa and at Asbury.”

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ission trips are part of Asbury’s core. The church encourages mission work from the time kids are very young and continues this vital part of its ministry throughout adulthood. As a staff member, I have been interested in going on a mission trip to Estonia for almost five years. This summer was my opportunity, and I was very fortunate to share this experience with my daughter Mackenzie. We left Tulsa with very little expectations about our mission trip together other than spending this time together and seeing what God had in store for us. We knew that we would enjoy this opportunity because we would be with kids at Agape church in Parnu and we would be helping with preparations for VBS. One of our first discoveries, after meeting Kulli, Tonu and the Agape volunteers was that you can communicate much without many words. During our mornings at VBS, Mackenzie and I spent time playing with the kids and it required little verbal communication. We have learned that despite language barriers some things are universal: A smile A laugh A frisbee A soccer ball A hug A hula hoop God's love I’ve learned that my daughter is a trooper. She started to get homesick about one week into our trip but she pushed through and was very brave. Our team members had no idea that she was very upset in the evenings, missing her daddy and brother. I also enjoyed watching Mackenzie make friends that I know she will treasure in her heart for years to come. She spent many hours each day after VBS playing with Emmeliine, Heria, Eero, Egert, Viktorya They were quite the band of brothers by the end of our time in Parnu.

A special note from Marcia: I’ve always known that God works in ways that we do not understand. One of my favorite analogies is the back of a needlepoint rug. Most of the time, we view our life from the underside of a needlepoint rug. We see many unrelated things, knots, strings and even a big mess. However, there are moments in life when we get to glimpse at the top and see the beauty that God sees in our life everyday and the plan that he has for us that we can only see a small piece of. When I went to Estonia, I saw one of God’s beautiful views.

I asked Mackenzie the basic Who, What, Where, When and Why questions about her trip. The following is her summary.

My husband and I lost our oldest child last June after 15 years of battling cancer, paralysis and many complications from both. Our son’s name is Kenneth. Kenneth made me stronger because of his strength and perseverance. He constantly renewed my faith because when doctors say there is no hope, you need something to believe and hope in. I am a better person because of the time that God gave me with Kenneth. God reminded me of this in Estonia.

I wanted to go to Estonia to help Agape church with VBS and serve God. We planned what we were going to do and had little workshops so the kids could pick what they wanted to go to. We prayed and wanted to show the kids God’s love when they saw us. It was fun getting to know new friends, going on my first mission trip and having a great time. It was very hard to leave my new friends. I loved learning a few Estonian words and a new game, Ice Bear. Ten years from now I will remember the friends that I made at Agape.

When I returned to work after the mission trip, someone asked me what my personal best was on this mission trip. There was a boy at Agape for VBS. He was probably 8 to 10 years old. His name was Kenneth. We asked Kulli, the VBS leader, who he was. She had never seen Kenneth before and thought he was American because of his non-Estonian name. He was very much Estonian and at VBS all week. This was my God moment. I knew that after waiting five years to go on a mission trip that I was supposed to be on this trip.

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Serving as the VIM (Volunteers In Mission) Coordinator for over eleven years has provided opportunities to observe and experience various tips in preparing for a missions team endeavor. Let’s start with the positive approach, followed by the not-so-positive mindset. TRAVELERS’ 10 COMMANDMENTS

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1. Thou shalt not expect to find all things precisely as they are at home. Thou hast left home to find things different. 2. Thou shalt travel in a spirit of utter humility. The fact that people may think, speak and act differently does not make them inferior. 3. Thou shalt not let thy travel companions get on thy nerves, for thou art paying good money to enjoy thyself. 4. Thou shalt not worry about things at home or at the office while thou art away, for he or she that worrieth hath little joy. 5. Thou shalt not judge all people of a city or a country by one person with whom thou hast had a problem. 6. Thou shalt remember that waiting lines, delays, cancellations and bad food are part of traveling, and thou shalt smile and not complain. 7. Thou shalt not expect or demand that everyone speak English. 8. Thou shalt carry thy passport on thy person at all times, for it is said that a person without a passport is a person without a country. 9. Thou shalt not litter or in any way spoil the places thou shalt visit. Take away only memories; leave behind only a smile. 10. Thou shalt not make promises to the people you meet unless thou shalt follow through (Author unknown).

1. Act like you are there alone. Stay to yourself. Isolate others. 2. Think you are much too important for the work you have been assigned. If you are given dish duty, weasel out of it. 3. Don’t pray or study your Bible. You won’t have time for it anyway. 4. Be well organized and inflexible so nothing can interfere with your agenda. 5. Point out what your hosts are doing wrong. Help them “improve.” Help them be more like you. 6. If you are single, try to become romantically involved with someone on the team or one of our hosts. Try to be near that person, even if it means that other team relationships suffer. If you’re married, get away frequently to spend time together and to discuss how you’d run things differently if you were the leader. 7. Don’t bother trying to speak the language. Seek out English speakers, and then communicate only with them. 8. Point out the faults of people on your team. Try not to be seen with the socially awkward people on the team. 9. Make sure you don’t eat the local food. Try to find a grocery store that sells something familiar. If you are forced to eat the local cuisine, complain. 10. Be generally disappointed in how things are going. Whine when things go wrong.

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International Community Outreach

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by Mary Ann Smith A home cooked meal, a friendly smile or advice for how to handle new experiences in a foreign country – these are some of the things that are a touch of home for all university students but even more for those so far away from family, friends and their familiar culture. Asbury members, Rob and Linda Marshall, are leading Asbury’s efforts in partnership with International Community Outreach, a ministry at the University of Tulsa that works with students from all over the world. Asbury members help serve a free lunch to international students at the Wesley Foundation each month while other churches provide food and service other weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity for Asbury members to provide a simple service near home while having the opportunity to learn about a country and the people of a country they may never visit. No skills required – all food is purchased by the Marshall’s or other volunteers – you just have to show up and be willing to chop, stir and serve. Then you get to interact with students. Other events for the students are organized by ICO – a welcome party, special holiday events, craft parties for the wives of students, English language practice, furniture and transportation. The English corner is open every Wednesday evening at the student center on the TU Campus. No skills are required – just speak English with the students. All of these provide new friendships and in many events, an opportunity for spiritual conversations. These students come from countries such as Germany, China, Iran, Vietnam, Malaysia and Saudia Arabia. What a wonderful way to “visit” a country without having to pack a suitcase! Asbury global outreach also wants to thank the Asbury UMW for helping provide furniture for the Furniture Fest held at University UMC in August. Furniture from the garage sale in July goes to help provide resources for the Furniture Fest. Students arrive without a single thing for their apartments and the Furniture Fest allows them to purchase the furniture for a very small amount. Earl Stutzman also provides homemade ice cream for this event which is also a big hit with the students. Providing a friendship to someone far away from home can be invaluable for both you and the student. There is great joy in new relationships – and part of the great commandment to welcome the stranger and care for him/her. If you would like to join in this ministry, please contact Missy Sistrunk at 918.392.1163.

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moved into Crestwood retirement home on the campus of Oklahoma Methodist Manor on the last Tuesday of June. My son Paul stayed all week to help me move. On Saturday night, I let my head sink into the pillow sitting on the back of the couch while watching the Texas Rangers play the Minnesota Twins. For the first time in a month, my mind went limp. I had not had much time for feeling, but now I wondered why my enthusiasm was not as euphoric as my children’s for my new home. As the ballgame announcer softly shared a player’s statistics, this thought came clearly into my mind: “Let your heart reside where your home is.” My eyes left my vision of the pitcher, batter and catcher as I moved to the dining table to write down these words, all the while wondering where they had come from. The next day as I read, “Let your heart reside where your home is,” I recalled my childhood home in Oklahoma City during the Great Depression and World War II (kindergarten through high school). I could visualize Mother, Daddy, Wallace and me on Saturday morning gathered around the clothes wringer on a stand between two washtubs of water. I turned the handle on the wringer as fast as I could because I knew that the front yard softball game would soon begin. Wallace, my year-older brother, Harriette, my year-younger sister, and I were in high school when Daddy died from a perforated ulcer. My siblings and I found half-day jobs during the school year. Mine was at the telephone company, and this employment continued through college in Norman. After the war, my mother was able to buy a small brick house. My heart

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was warmed by Mother’s pride in her dollhouse home where she planted roses and pecan trees. A fraternity house in Norman with two or three boys per room was my home for four years. This was followed for three years by a much smaller room with three-tier bunk beds for junior officers aboard a navy destroyer during the Korean War. After the navy, I returned to the church of my youth to worship God and meet girls. I noticed across the Sunday school room a trim girl in a light blue chiffon dress that matched the blue of her eyes. Nelda and I were married and moved to a onebedroom apartment in New Jersey. My heart was warmed by the joys of marriage. After moving to Tulsa, heartwarming memories accumulated for forty-eight years. Nelda’s early departure for heaven 25 years ago left me remembering alone. Still the memories were good. How could they not be when grandchildren Brett and Amy came to my house every Saturday to build things at my workbench in the garage? My void when Brett and Amy moved to Texas was soon filled by volunteering to help with three- and four-year-olds in Asbury’s weekday preschool. This continued for 17 years. On June 26, I entered the final lap of my journey of life with a move to Crestwood. Saturday night the Holy Spirit restored my peace with His words: “Let your heart reside where your home is.”

Other stories at www.jwestervelt.com


1925 he became a full time missionary to the Chinese. During WWII he was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned. Before his death, it was said by fellow prisoners, that his last audible comment was, “it’s complete surrender.”

The Cloud of Witnesses by Dan Mazzei

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everal years ago I was asked to share my thoughts on “The Cloud of Witnesses” referenced in Hebrews 12:1. Taking the liberty of adding more recent members to that ancient group, the following is a brief excerpt of the discussion: In the 1930s, Dietrich Bonhoffer, an outspoken critic of Hitler’s final solution, helped many Jews escape Nazi Germany. As a participant in the failed plot to assassinate Hitler he was arrested, imprisoned and executed. Prior to his execution he said “Death is the ultimate celebration of freedom.” His life is a great example of Christ’s words in Matthew 16:24, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” In the 1500s, WilliamTyndale, unsuccessfully sought the church’s permission to translate the bible into English. Defiantly, he produced the translation, and smuggled copies into England. He was eventually captured, punished, hanged and then burned at the stake. His last words were “Lord open the King of Englands’ eyes.” One year after his death, the king of England ordered copies of his work placed in every church and made available to every family. Patrick of Kilpatrick near Dumbarton (or Saint Patrick) was a 1st century Scottish missionary. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders, taken to Ireland and sold as a slave to a druid high priest. He later escaped, found his way home, and became a minister of the gospel. He was told in a vision to return to Ireland and share the gospel. Forgiving his former captors, he obeyed. Through several incredible and miraculous interventions, the Holy Spirit helped Patrick win over tens of thousands to Christ. In the 1800’s James Hudson Taylor became a surgeon and medical missionary to China. He broke with tradition by assuming the dress and customs of the Chinese people. He was ostracized by his fellow missionaries, equally embraced by the Chinese people and changed the fate of millions. His son said of him “He prayed about things as if everything depended on the praying…but he worked also, as if everything depended on the working.” Known as the Flying Scotsman, Eric Liddel, honored his faith, his convictions and his God by choosing to forfeit his best race (the 100 meters) during the 1924 Olympics because it was scheduled for Sunday...a day he believed was set aside to honor God. He ran instead a race he was not favored to win, the 400 meters. He set a personal record, won the race and set a new Olympic record. In

Jim Elliot, a missionary to Ecuador, gave his life to the cause of Christ in 1956. He was attempting to introduce the gospel to a tribe who neither understood his message nor his true intentions. They killed him, and his comrades out of fear. His wife, Elisabeth, displayed supernatural forgiveness by continuing to work with the same natives that killed her husband. She, with others, led them into right relationship with Jesus Christ. Amy Carmichael, a servant of the orphaned children of India, began her walk with Christ at the age of 16. She tirelessly fought for the rights of young girls who were “married to the gods” and forced into a life of prostitution. She rescued countless youngsters, and raised them in her children’s home with Christian love. Brother Andrew smuggled bibles into the former Soviet Union when it was surrounded by what Winston Churchill called the Iron Curtain. This region was ruled by authoritarian, atheists who despised people of faith. He repeatedly drove across heavily guarded borders with box loads of bibles to deliver them to the hungry. He was never caught and his story is amazing. George Washington was still an officer in the British Army, when engaged in a battle against the French and Indians near the city we know today as Pittsburgh. The engagement was a disaster for the British, most of the officers were killed, but our future president survived. Fifteen years later he met the leader of the Indian fighters who said his men had repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to kill him with rifle fire. Realizing Mr. Washington had divine protection they ceased trying. During the meeting the chief was quoted as saying, “...I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle." Mr. Washington trusted in the protection of Providence, and became a tremendous force for good. Tisquantum was kidnapped in 1614 by English slave traders, shipped to Spain and was about to be sold as a slave. He was rescued by a Spanish friar. He returned to America five years later as an advisor to a merchant expedition and was eventually adopted by the Wampanoag. Several years later he emerged from the forest to help the English settlers of Plymouth Rock avoid starvation. He is known today as Squanto. Few could argue that he served the purposes of heaven when he could have chosen a path of unforgiveness. These characters were flawed by their humanity yet triumphant in their service to the Creator. They bore their crosses well and accomplished what was asked of them. They are now part of “The Cloud of Witnesses” whom I look forward to meeting. I wonder, however, what I will say when they ask me, “What did you do for the Kingdom?” I hope to have a good answer to that question, and I hope that you do also.

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RECIPES OF THE MONTH

In honor of the missions issue, this month we have recipes from around the world.

Azerbaijan: Pilaf (Caucasus) Rice with Almonds and Sesame Seeds Serves 4 to 6. ½ cup sliced blanched almonds 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup unconverted long-grain rice Freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon white sesame seeds ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the almonds on a cookie sheet in a single layer and toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, watching for any sign of burning and regulate the heat accordingly. Set aside. Melt the butter in a heavy 1 ½-2 quart casserole set over moderate heat. Add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon until the rice turns somewhat white and opaque. Stir in the sesame seeds, then pour in the chicken stock, ginger, salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil, then cover the casserole tightly and bake in the center of the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the liquid has all been absorbed and the rice is tender. Sprinkle the reserved almonds over the rice and serve at once.

Tanzania: Chicken with Tomato Sauce Almost always served after church services. Serves 4. 1 chicken, cut into pieces 2 tablespoons oil

1 onion, thinly sliced 2 stalks of celery, cut into thin rounds

1 teaspoon salt 1 hot pimento or chili pepper

Fry the chicken in hot oil until golden. Remove pieces and cook onions in the same pot. When they, too, are golden brown, return chicken pieces to the pot and add tomatoes, celery, salt and hot pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender.

Ecuador: Locro de Papa Ecuatoriano 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon aji amarillo paste (optional) 1 teaspoon cumin 2 pounds yellow potatoes

2 cups chicken stock 2 cups water ½ cup cream ½ cup milk 1 egg 5 ounces Monterey jack cheese, grated

Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a heavy soup pot. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and optional aji amarillo paste. Saute onions over low heat until soft, fragrant and translucent. While the onions are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes. Set aside. When the onions are soft and golden, add 1 cup of the chicken stock. Remove mixture to a blender and process until you have a smooth puree. Set aside. Add the potatoes to the soup pot along with 1 tablespoon

Diced avocado for garnish (optional) Crumbled queso fresco cheese for garnish (optional) Aji sauce (optional)

butter. Saute until potatoes are fragrant and just start to turn golden. Add onion liquid back to the pot with the potatoes, along with another cup of chicken stock and 2 cups water. Bring liquid to a simmer, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook potatoes until they are very tender, about 20-25 minutes. Mash the potatoes thoroughly in the pot with a potato masher.

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Asbury Opportunities GENERAL INFORMATION BREAKFAST

Come enjoy fellowship with Asburians along with fresh donuts, bagels, biscuits & gravy, sausage, eggs, fruit, and cereal. • Served from 7:00–9:00 am in the CLC • $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

8:00 am 9:15 am 9:15 am 11:00 am 11:00 am

Mason Chapel (Traditional Communion) Sanctuary (Contemporary) CLC - Open House Worship (Acoustic Worship, Casual Setting) Sanctuary (Traditional) Venue 68 (Modern with sign interpreter)

SUNDAYS FOR CHILDREN AND STUDENTS

6 Weeks–Pre-K K–6th Grades 7th, 8th & 9th Grades 10th, 11th & 12th Grades

8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 am 9:15 or 11:00 am 9:15 and 11:00 am 9:15 am only

Recycle aluminum cans by bringing them (in plastic garbage bags) to the wire collection cage located up the short driveway towards the east side of Asbury’s main church building. Thank you for helping to support the Boy Scouts. DOORS OF ASBURY POSTERS ARE AT THE WELCOME CENTERS...

FREE! Suitable for framing.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY

The Asbury Library is a wonderful resource. Thank you to all who continue to contribute books to our Library. OJT (OVERCOMING JOB TRANSITIONS)

Invite people you know dealing with job issues to OJT. We offer encouragement, prayer support and hands-on workshops helping with resumes, networking, interviewing, the internet and more. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. • Tuesday, September 18, 6:30–9:00 pm • Room 2319 • Contact Russ Knight at OJTJobs@gmail.com

ACCESS ADULT DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITIES

Adult Bible study, belonging, and serving together • Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 am • Options during the week - Wednesdays at 6:00 pm

• Sundays, 5:30–6:30 pm, Family Room

SURGERY OR HOSPITALIZATION SCHEDULED?

• Sundays, 11:00 am, Room 1507

HANDS OF LOVE SIGN CHOIR

FRIENDS IN CHRIST COMMUNITY

Be sure to let Asbury know ahead of time by calling the church receptionist at 918.492.1771 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 918.492.1771, selecting option 6, and leaving a message for the pastor on call.

BIBLE STUDY Check out our adult bible studies listed in our RoadMap brochures found at all welcome centers or online at www.asburytulsa.org/ AdultMinistries/Roadmap.aspx.

THE GAZEBO IS OPEN

CDs of Tom’s message of the day are available immediately following the worship service - $3. UMW Cookbooks available for $20. Additional volunteers needed. RECYCLING PAPER

Recycle unwanted paper products. Three bins are available, located in the south and east parking lots.

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CARE AND SUPPORT GRIEFSHARE

GriefShare is a weekly support group for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group offers a comfortable environment where the emotions and process of grief are understood and welcomed. Participants will learn practical strategies for grief recovery through the highly acclaimed GriefShare video series, study guide and group discussion. Individuals may begin attending this group at any time.

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• Wednesdays, September 5–December 5 (no meeting on November 21) • 3:00–4:30 pm OR 6:00–7:30 pm • Room 2319 • Cost is $15 • Childcare available for evening class only • Register online or call 918.392.1191 BEYOND GRIEFSHARE

Especially designed for those who have completed the GriefShare video series, this weekly support group will provide participants an opportunity to continue processing their grief while deepening their spiritual walk. Through small group study and discussion, participants will focus on transitioning from the pain of grief to hope and optimism for the future • Wednesdays, September 5–December 5 (no meeting on November 21) • 3:00–4:30 pm OR 6:00–7:30 pm • Room 2201 • Cost is $12 • Childcare available for evening class only • Register online or call 918.392.1191 CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING—A WAY OF LIFE

Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend? The world needs people who want to offer care in a compassionate and Christ-like way. Explore real-life issues people confront when caring for others. Learn practical ways of caring in the everyday moments that need God's touch. "Christian Caregiving" is a core text used in Stephen Ministry training, but is useful for all. • Wednesdays, September 5–November 14, 6:00–7:30 pm • Room 2500 • Cost is $15 • Childcare available • Register online or call 918.392.1191 DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL MATURITY

This 9-week class will unleash a revolution in your life in Christ. Through Peter Scazzero’s book and DVD series, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, we will explore the top ten symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality, common problems of Christians who are not healthy emotionally and how to seek healing and become the emotionally mature adult that Christ desires. • Thursdays, September 6–November 8 (no meeting on October 18), 6:30–8:00 pm • Room 2500 • $25.00 • Childcare available • Register online or call 918.392.1191 • For information, contact Tommy Keeter tkeeter11@gmail.com or 918.695.5329

LEANING FORWARD INTO LIFE AS WE AGE

Missy Buchanan, a nationally recognized advocate for older adults, will speak on aging gracefully while facing the challenges of aging. She will illustrate through case studies how to be authentic and not lose sight of our blessings. Aging well is really a balancing act. It’s about facing the tough realities of an aging body while also leaning forward into life with a sense of hope and adventure. Sponsored by Stephen Ministry. • Thursday, September 6, 7:00–9:00 pm • Room 2319 • No cost and no registration • Childcare available. S.M.I.L.E. (SINGLE MOTHERS IN THE LORD’S EMBRACE)

Join us for a DVD series and book entitled “21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom.” You will learn to apply specific, workable guidelines so you can flourish spiritually in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. Each principle/video session is self-contained, and you may begin attending at any time. • Third Thursdays, 6:00–8:45 pm • Parlor • Childcare provided • $12 for book • RSVP to Kellie at asburysmile@ymail.com HEALING HATS/BALL CAPS

An 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 or decorate a ball cap 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. In addition, the following groups meet regularly for fellowship, while using their creative ability to make hats: • Crochet Group –– Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 pm –– Room 1506 –– Contact Sue Fisher at healinghatsmin@aol.com or 918.455.2816 • Ball Caps (If you can cut and glue this is for you!) –– Fourth Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30 am –– Room 1508 –– Baseball caps and decorating items available –– Contact Sue Fisher at healinghatsmin@aol.com or 918.455.2816 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. • Contact Lisa at 918.298.9014 or lisa_dalt@sbcglobal.net

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PRAYER CARD MINISTRY

Send cards with God’s encouraging words and our prayers to those who are ill or going through hard times. • Usually meets first and third Mondays at 9:30 am • Room 1508 • Contact Gwen Mohler at 918.258.5479 or grmohler@aol.com 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. Send complete name and address to: • Jo VanDeWiele at 918.459.0888 or Gwen at grmohler@aol.com DIVORCE RECOVERY

For those suffering from the early, highly emotional stages of divorce and separation trauma. • Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 pm • Room 1335 • Childcare available • Contact Malia Miller at 918.494.9596 or malia.miller@ sbcglobal.net DIVORCE REBUILDING

For those ready to rebuild their lives after separation or divorce. • Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 pm • Room 1335 • Childcare available • Contact Jim Small at 918.697.4220 or divorce-rebuilding@ cox.net MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES

For family members or caregivers of people affected by a mental illness. • Usually meets the fourth Thursdays from 1:30–3:00 pm • Parlor • Contact Linda Lytle at 918.298.2707 or lllytle@wildflower.net

SUNDAY MORNING VOLUNTEERS

Children’s Ministry is actively pursuing classroom, security and hospitality volunteers. We have two rotations: Alpha (1st and 2nd Sundays) and Omega (3rd and 4th Sundays) at both the 9:15 and 11:00 class times. • Contact Abby Sluice at 918.392.4583 or asluice@asburytulsa.org WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE

Join us on Wednesday nights for worship in the Chapel—kid style. We will combine music, high energy, verse memory and a Bible lesson in a setting that encourages kids to learn about worship. Our lessons will tie right into what we are doing on Sunday mornings. • Wednesdays beginning September 5, 7:00–8:00 pm • For more information contact the following staff members: kindergarten - Stephanie L. at 918.392.1171; 1st and 2nd grade - Shanon at 918.392.1170; 3rd-5th grade -Leanne at 918.392.2183. MURDOCK VILLA VISITS

4th, 5th and 6th graders can serve at an assisted living housing project once a month where the majority of the residents have physical disabilities. Space is limited to the first 10 students. Make sure you sign up early and have a signed permission slip. • Sunday, September 16, meet at 12:30 pm • Rock 6 room • Cost is $5 for a pizza lunch • Contact Christina Treat at 918.392.1172 or ctreat@ asburytulsa.org 4.5 HIBERNATION CELEBRATION

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. • Contact Sue at suemorey@yahoo.com

CHILDREN Registration forms for all children’s activities are available in the preschool and elementary lobbies.

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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: • Sunday 9:00 am–12:00 pm • Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

There is nothing better than a sleep party with your friends. Come spend the night with us playing games, eating snacks, ice skating, watching a movie, and sleeping all night in the church. We’ll start off the night at Asbury for our games, projects, and snacks. Then we’ll head over in the church vehicles to the Oilers Ice Center where we will have the whole rink to ourselves. After we are all worn out, we’ll head back to the church to get comfy, watch a movie, and catch some ZZZZZZZZ’s. In the morning, maybe your family can plan to attend Second Saturday together. • Friday and Saturday, September 7–8, 8:00 pm–8:00 am • Asbury children’s 2nd floor children’s area and off site • Cost of $20

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• Register by August 27 • Contact Jennifer Barnes at 918.392.4582 or jbarnes@ asburytulsa.org ODD SUNDAY

6th graders, come join us for an afternoon of bowling at Andy B’s. Parents can drop off and pick up at the alley…8711 S. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa. • Sunday, September 9, 3:00–5:00 pm • Cost is $12 which includes bowling and shoe rental • Register by September 2 • Contact Stephanie Long at 918.392.1171 or slong@ asburytulsa.org 3RD GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION

On this very special Sunday, all children entering the 3rd grade will receive their own copy of the Word of God. This annual event is a great stepping stone of immense significance. The presentation will take place during all worship services. The third graders and their parents will come forward and line the altar rail for the Bible presentations. You are then invited to attend a reception in their honor. More information will be sent to third grade families as the date draws nearer. • Sunday, September 23, during all worship services • Reception in the café on the north side outside the Family Room at either at 10:30 am or 12:00 pm • Call Shanon at 918.392.1170 or sbrown@asburytulsa.org for more information BIBLE EXPLORERS

In this class you will learn how the Bible was written, discover how it is organized and see how to use it. It is designed for the 3rd grader and an adult (parent). We will meet in the Family Room from 3:30–5:00 pm for two Sunday afternoons. You may come whether or not you received a Bible September 25. • September 23 and 30, 3:30–5:00 pm • Family Room • For more information contact Shanon at 918.392.1170 or sbrown@asburytulsa.org 2.3 TAILGATE PARTY

2nd and 3rd graders, wear your favorite team shirt or jersey for a tailgate style dinner followed by games, crafts and a video. • October 5, 5:30–9:00 pm • 2nd floor of children’s area • Register by September 23 • For questions or more information contact Stephanie Long at 918.392.1171 UPWARD BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading promotes character and self-

esteem in every child! • Registration begins Sunday, September 1, for 5 yrs old thru 6th grade for the 2012–2013 school year • For more information, contact Leanne Campbell at 918.392.1183 or lcampbell@asburytulsa.org. CELEBRATION STATION

Celebration Station is a 52-week complementary children’s program to Celebrate Recovery. While adults explore topics that bring healing and wholeness, kids discover the same truths in ageappropriate ways through worship, crafts, games and activities. • Mondays, 7:00–9:00 pm • Faith Zone • Contact Eryn Wallis 918.392.4588 or ewallis@asburytulsa.org SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS FOR SPECIAL KIDS!

Do you have a heart to help children with special needs? If so, the Children’s Ministry needs you to volunteer. • Contact Dotti Westerberg at dottiwesterberg@hotmail.com or 918.381.0874

DISCIPLESHIP DISCIPLESHIP COMMUNITIES

If you have not yet found an Adult Discipleship Community check out “Community Life” on our website, www.asburytulsa.org, or pick up a brochure at one of our Welcome Centers. • If you are 20’s to early 30’s, come check out our newest Sunday morning group at 9:15 am in room 1507, “Transitions,” or “Rooted” for married couples in room 2314

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 through your will or a current gift. • Contact Dwight Yoder at 918.392.1113 or dyoder@ asburytulsa.org

HOSPITALITY We were recently asked, “why don’t you have volunteers holding the doors open on Sunday morning?” The simple answer is we have very few volunteers willing to do it. Most say Asbury is a friendly church, yet we don’t have enough friendly people willing to serve on Sunday mornings when the need is great to welcome folks who have possibly had little contact with people during the week. We need new volunteers to serve in a hospitality role as greeters and at Connection Corner where

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many people have their first experience at Asbury. The Gazebo needs new volunteers as well. Are you one of those friendly people? Contact the church office at 918.492.1771 to volunteer.

MARRIAGE & FAMILY DYNAMIC MARRIAGE

For all couples interested in growing their 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. For scholarship information, contact Jackie or Ron at 918.251.6665 or asburydynamicmarriage@ windstream.net. • Thursdays, September 6–November 8 (will not meet October 18) • 6:30–9:00 pm, room 2201 • Facilitators: Guy & Tammy Yoes • Cost: $130 per couple, $50 deposit holds your spot (many materials included, scholarships available) • Register online • Childcare available ATTENTION 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 meetings).

MEMBERSHIP ASBURY EXPLORATION

Are you interested in membership at Asbury or just want to learn more about who we are? Plan to attend Asbury Exploration. After a wonderful lunch, which is provided, you will enjoy time with our Asbury pastors as you learn about the ministries of Asbury, important United Methodist beliefs and how you can get into the mainstream of our life together at Asbury. • Sunday, September 9, 12:15–2:00 pm • Community Life Center (CLC) • Childcare available for children six weeks through sixth grade • Lunch provided • Call 918.392.1191 to register

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MEN’S MINISTRY – HOME IMPROVEMENT VOLUNTEERS

Home Improvement teams help widows and single women, who are Asbury members, with minor home repairs and/or small home improvement projects five times a year. If you are handy with a hammer, like to paint or clean out flower beds, please consider joining a team! You will be truly blessed! • Saturday, October 20 • Meet in the Family Room Lobby at 8:30 am for planning and assignments • Contact Michiel Conner at 918.640.4382 or michiel0930@ sbcglobal MEN’S MISSION TRIP TO RIO BRAVO, MEXICO

Men, would you enjoy building casitas (small houses) for those in desperate need and help local churches in Mexico? If so, you can become a part of an Asbury mission team traveling to Rio Bravo, Mexico, to do just that! You will not only be serving others and showing the love of Jesus Christ, but you will get to know other men in our church and form relationships that will last a lifetime. No building experience or skills are required - just a willing spirit! This is a great opportunity for "first-timers" but there will be many who return to volunteer again. A minimum of 30 men are anticipated. • November 14–18, 2012 • Registration deadline October 29 • Cost is $595 per person but there may be incremental costs after the first 30 spots are taken, or for extra charges (partial scholarships may be available) • A $100 deposit holds your place; balance due October 29 • For questions or to sign up, contact Jim Furman at jnlfurman@ cox.net or 918.625.1316, or Frank Field at frank.field@ wpxenergy.com or 918.630.0717 MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST

Make plans to join us for a great time of meaningful worship, lifechanging prayer and an awesome big breakfast. • Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 am • CLC • Cost is $3 per person; first-time guests are free MATURE MEN’S MINISTRY R.O.M.E.O. LUNCHEON

If you like to work on cars, check tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries, we have an opportunity for you. Put your faith and skills into action. Come join other volunteers as we perform basic maintenance checkups on the vehicles of widows and single women of Asbury. Workdays are every other month, 5 times a year. • Saturday, September 8, 9:00 am–noon • Family Room entrance

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• To volunteer, contact Mike Nalley at mnalley16@cox.net

Are you a “Retired Old Man” who wants to “Eat Out?” If so, then these luncheons are for you! A really awesome bunch of guys meet for good food and great fellowship. • Meet every second and fourth Friday, 11:15 am • Village Inn (71st and Memorial) • Open to anyone 60 years and up • Contact Bud at bdmathes@cox.net or Jim at robersonjim29@ ymail.com

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NEW COVENANT ORCHESTRA

MISSIONS/VIM

• Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 pm • Orchestra room

2ND SATURDAY

Looking for an easy way to make a difference and share Christ’s love in Tulsa? Join us for 2nd Saturday and choose between local mission opportunities. Families with children are welcomed and encouraged! • Saturday, September 8 • Venue68 • Head to the ministry sites, 8:45; teams work from 9:00–11:30 am; buses return to Venue68 no later than 12:15 pm • Contact Betty Higgins at carevets@aol.com OPERATION HOPE 11TH ANNUAL FALL FUNDRAISER

Help celebrate the success of Operation Hope by attending a dinner followed by both a silent and live auction. • Friday, October 12, 5:30 pm • CLC • Tickets are $40 • Contact Janet at 918.625.1967 VIM 2012 TEAM SCHEDULE

• September 13–25 –– Tanzania, East Africa, Construction, $2,800 • Fall –– Cookson Hills, Oklahoma, Light Construction, $60 • November 7–11 –– Rio Bravo, Mexico, Medical, $700 * Tentative All costs approximate. For more information about these exciting mission opportunities, contact Marilene Long at 918.392.1164 or mlong@asburytulsa.org. For information about the men’s Rio Bravo, Mexico opportunities, contact Jim Furman at jnlfurman@cox.net. VIM LEADER TRAINING

• September 8 (OKC area) and November 3 (Chapel Hill UMC, OKC)

MUSIC CHANCEL CHOIR

We have so much fun…singing, laughing and serving together. Come share your God-given talent with us. • Wednesdays, 7:00–9:00 pm • Choir room • Available for seventh grade through adults.

PERPETUAL LIGHT

• Thursdays, 10:30 am–12:00 noon • Handbell room CELEBRATION RINGERS

• Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 pm • Handbell room ASBURY POWER & LIGHT CO.

• Sundays, 8:00–9:15 am • Orchestra room

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 communities and ministries. Just call the Adult Ministries office at 918.392.4589 to reserve the Prayer Room for your group on a weekly or monthly basis. PRAYER ROOM DAYS AND TIMES

Our prayer rooms are accessible to you at these times: • Mason Chapel and Venue 68 –– Sundays from 7:00 am–12:30 pm, through the interior doors • Main Facility, Mason Chapel and Venue68 –– Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–9:00 pm –– Saturday, 10:00 am–3:00 pm –– Sunday, 12:30 pm–9:00 pm To obtain door codes, call Pam in the Adult Ministries office at 918.392.4589.

RECOVERY CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Come join this supportive group of people. Hiding any hurts,

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habits or hang-ups? God never intended for you to live in bondage. • Every Monday night: 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

SENIOR ADULTS SENIOR ADULT SUMMIT

Open to all senior adults. Awesome sessions and speakers (including Bishop Robert Hayes and Pastor David Thomas), workshops which are educational, fun and full of fellowship, as well as fun-themed meals. For more information and to register, pick up a registration form at the south information desk. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. • Monday–Wednesday, September 10–12, Camp Egan • Cost is $130 for triple occupancy or $145 for double occupancy • Includes 6 meals and 2 nights lodging • Scholarship information and assistance is available • Contact Joanne Stadler at ej2stadler@cox.net SENIOR ADULT EVENT "COME MEET GEORGE WASHINGTON AT GILCREASE MUSEUM"

We will depart on shuttles from the Family Room entrance. First stop will be lunch of your choice at Golden Corral, then on to Gilcrease Museum to enjoy a fascinating exhibit of George Washington, ranging from his youth to his final days. There are more than 100 objects on display, from books he studied, to farm tools, Mrs. Washington's original jewelry and china, as well as a replica of the pew Washington used at the Episcopal Pohick Church in Virginia. This is a great opportunity to view artifacts that display the values, strength, courage, abiding faith and freedoms demonstrated by George Washington and the founders of our great national. • Friday, September 21, 10:15 am–3:30 pm • Cost is $17 (Gilcrease members $11) • Registration deadline Tuesday, September 18 • Registration forms available at south welcome desk TWEENAGERS PROGRAM AND LUNCHEON

Mark your calendars to attend this special event. We will begin in the CLC and then walk together to Mason Chapel for a presentation by Dr. Bill Mason on “See What the Lord Has Made” as he shares information and stories on our beautiful stained glass windows. Music will be provided by Barbara Graves and Bill Mason. Come enjoy the program, a delicious lunch and fellowship. • Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am–1:00 pm • CLC then Mason Chapel • Lunch is $1.00, and donations for missions and other expenses welcome • No reservations required • Ages 55 and older are welcome

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ADULT GAME DAY

Attention all adults! How would you like to get together on a regular basis with a wonderful bunch of fun adults and play cards, dominoes, or whatever board or card game you choose? Bring a friend and stay for as long as you like! • Every third Thursday, 1:30–4:00 pm • Room 2821 SENIOR WALK IN THE GYM WITH HIM

All senior adults are invited to join us for power walking, coupled with lots of fun and fellowship. Come give it a try. • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30–9:00 am • Gym SENIOR SIT AND FIT STRETCHING CLASS

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. • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00–9:30 am • Gym SENIOR ADULT MEAL & MOVIE

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

SINGLES SINGLES MINISTRY LABOR DAY PICNIC

All Single adults and their families are invited. Please bring a "family" size covered dish (with serving utensil), dessert or soft drinks to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and paper goods will be provided. Don't forget your lawn chairs, Frisbees and games. This family-friendly event is a great way to say farewell to summer. • Monday, September 3, 4:00–7:00 pm • Haikey Creek Park ADULT VOLLEYBALL

Do you enjoy playing recreational volleyball, mixed in with a little bit of competitiveness? Then come join us for a few hours of exercise, fellowship and fun. All skill levels of play are welcome. Good sportsmanship and positive attitudes are required. It’s free and you do not have to be a member of Asbury to participate. • Every Sunday, 6:00–9:00 pm

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• Gym • Contact Doug at 918.607.0830 for questions

8TH GRADE SMALL GROUPS

COMMUNITIES

You are always welcome to join any other communities that are not “Singles Only”, as most are a mix of singles and marrieds. • Sundays, 9:15 am – New Beginnings Class, Transitions (mixed singles/married) • Sundays, 11:00 am – Ambassadors for Christ, Footprints (ladies only), Salt & Light, Christ Centered Singles, Single B.A.S.I.X.

STUDENTS JUNIOR HIGH SUNDAY BREAKAWAY

Sunday Mornings we have two great options. At 9:15 am, we have our large group time with a worship band, fun games and God's Word. Then at 11:00 am, we have a small Bible Study group. Whatever your preference, don't miss out. 7TH GRADE CONFIRMATION PARENT/STUDENT MEETING

Confirmation is a parent/student-based experience where they are encouraged to seek and search together through adult-led small groups for the students and parent-led home discussions. This meeting will cover the details. • Sunday, September 16, 4:00–4:45 pm • Venue68 • Contact Marsha 918.392.1157 for questions 7TH GRADE CONFIRMATION

It's learning about God, Jesus, the church, what it means to be Christian, what it means to be a member of the United Methodist Church and more. • Sunday, September 16, 4:45–6:00 pm • Register online by September 2 7TH GRADE SMALL GROUPS

Yes, small groups begin this year! You do not need to be in the confirmation class to be involved; simply note it on your registration. • Twice a month beginning September 16 from 4:45–6:00 pm • Venue 68 • Register online by September 2 • Questions? Contact Marsha Baker 918.392.1157 8TH GRADE PARENT MEETING FOR PURITY CLASS

Please plan on attending our parent meetings to learn your role in "The Battle" that we are teaching your student about this year. • September 16, October 14 and November 4 from 6:15–8:00 pm • Questions? Contact Marsha 918.392.1157

Sex is a hot topic today so where better for our 8th graders to learn the truth and understand God's intentions for sex than at church. Twice a month, Marsha will teach the girls and Mark the boys. • Began August 19–December 16, 6:15–8:00 pm • Children's area 9TH GRADE SMALL GROUPS

Another year is here and that means that small groups are back. This year, meetings are twice a month and held at their leader's homes. Can't wait to see you there! • Contact Marsha Baker 918.392.1157 7 8 9 FALL RETREAT

Fall retreat is an awesome weekend focused on fun, worship, discipleship and learning what it means to start a rebulution for God! • September 7–9 • Meet at Vene68 at 5:30 on September 7 • Cost is $97 • New Life Ranch • Call Marsha Baker at 918.392.1157 if you haven’t registered HOUSTON AND RED BIRD, KENTUCKY, SBM STUDENT/ PARENT MEETINGS

Spring Break Missions this year is March 18-24, 2013, and we want you to join us on our adventures around the country as a 7th/8th grader. Parents and students will get an overview of the trips at this meeting • Sunday, September 23, 9:15 am • Venue68 LIFE HURTS, GOD HEALS

For most teenagers, “Life Hurts”, but the good news is that “God Heals,” and He has lots to say about growing through pain and hard times. That's what we want to work through together in these nine weeks. • September 19, 26; October 10, 24, 31; November 14, 28; December 5 • 5:00–7:00 pm • Green Room in Venue68 upstairs 10 11 12 SUNDAY MORNINGS

Join us every Sunday morning for an in depth Bible study and discussion. • Sundays, 9:15 am • High school room 10 11 12 SMALL GROUPS

Get connected. Grow in your walk with Jesus. Our small groups meet every Sunday night, times vary. Some meet in homes and

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others at the church. Don't forget to re-sign to your small group. • Call Todd 918.392.1154 or Amy 918.392.1156 for more info

• No reservations necessary • Contact Mike Nalley at mnalley16@cox.net

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UMW COOKBOOK SALE

Every Wednesday night we come together for a time of connection and worship. Our desire is to explore who God really is and how our lives matter to Him. • Wednesdays, 7:00 until around 8:30 pm • Hang around for pizza afterwards 10 11 12 FALL RETREAT

We're headed to New Life Ranch for a fall retreat. It's a chance to rest and discover your heart, to connect to God and have fun! We will meet at the Venue68 Friday afternoon. • Friday–Sunday, October 12–14 • Cost is $85 • Register online by September 26 • Call Todd or Amy for information JAMAICA/GUATEMALA PARENT/STUDENT SBM MEETING

Come and be sure to learn all about this opportunity. There are limited slots so don't miss out. • September 30, 10:15 am • Applications available at meeting • $100 deposit due October 28

WOMEN UMW SEPTEMBER UNIT LUNCHEON

Karen Streeter, Executive Director of the Transitional Living Centers of Oklahoma, will share how their organization provides “TLC” for women with children as they transition from homelessness, learn important independent living skills and regain the confidence to become self sufficient. Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:8. • Thursday, September 6, 11:30 am–1:00 pm • CLC • $7.00 for lunch. • No reservations necessary CAR CARE WORKDAY

Single women and widows of Asbury, while you wait in the comfort of the Family Room café, volunteers from the Men's Ministry will check your tires, belts, fluids, filters and batteries and do a basic maintenance check up. They will also vacuum and wash your vehicle, and then update you on what is running smoothly and what needs professional attention. This free service gives our men the opportunity to put their faith and skills into action by serving others. Workdays are every other month, 5 times a year. • Saturday, September 8, beginning at 9:00 am • Have your vehicle in line no later than 11:30 am • Family Center entrance

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This wonderful cookbook not only comprises over 600 delicious recipes from some of the best cooks in town, it also serves as a pictorial journey through some of our best times as a church family! Stop by the south foyer table to pick up several copies for family and friends. They make GREAT gifts for weddings and birthdays! • Sunday, September 9, 9:00 am–noon • South foyer table • Cost is $20 UMW OCTOBER UNIT LUNCHEON

Come hear the personal and poignant story of Asbury's own LeAnne Taylor Erwin as she shares her personal view of breast cancer. Well known as the Six in the Morning Anchor, LeAnne will discuss from diagnosis to treatment the things which she dealt with along the way and focus on what helped her through it all: her faith, family and friends. Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11. • Thursday, October 4, 11:30 am–1:00 pm • CLC • $7.50 for lunch (No reservations necessary) HOME IMPROVEMENT WORKDAY

The men’s ministry serves widows and single women, who are Asbury members, by helping with minor home repairs and small home improvement projects. H.I. volunteers make themselves available every other month, five times a year. If you are in need of help and qualify, just pick up an application at a welcome desk, fill it out, and return it at least ten days before the scheduled work day. A volunteer from the H.I. team will contact you and make arrangements to get the job done. • Saturday, October 20 • Questions? Contact Michiel Conner at 918.640.4382 or michiel0930@sbcglobal.net. WOMEN OF THE WORD

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Wednesdays, 10:00–11:00 am Room 2818 No childcare available Teacher is Rev. Darlene Johnson

WORSHIP 8:00 AM COMMUNION SERVICE

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Mason Chapel Traditional service and music Communion is served Dr. Tom Harrison preaches

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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. Tom 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 • Dr. Tom Harrison preaches 11:00 AM MODERN SERVICE

• Venue68 • Rich blend of ancient and modern worship, led by Chris Cleveland and team • Sign interpreters for the deaf are offered • Rev. Todd Craig preaches

Marriages, Births and Deaths MARRIAGES

DEATHS

• Mignon Loop and Tracy Perrin married 6/15/2012 • Matthew Glenn Haswell and Miki Onishi married 6/23/2012 • Jacob Bonsu and Donye Ashleigh Monnet married 6/23/2012 • Ashley Nichole Blom & William Martin Ewing, Jr. married 6/30/2012 • Jennifer Anne Murphy & Kyle Andrew Smith married 7/14/2012 • Miranda Leigh Knapp & Steven David Bryant married 7/21/2012 • Joy Marie Patrice Claire & Matthew Joseph Schillaci married 7/21/2012

• Wanda Burns died 6/23/2012 • Nancy Parks died 6/24/2012 • Suzanne Fossett died 6/25/2012, wife of Paul Fossett • Thomas A Beckmann died 6/29/2012, husband of Rolanda, father of Jordan, son of Joanne Beckman • Carol Ann Evans died 6/27/2012, mother of Susan Evans, Ed (Angela) Evans and grandmother of Brooke & Matt Evans • Joe Lee McArthur died 7/10/2012, husband of Carolyne Riviere McArthur

BIRTHS • Micah Pate Riddle born 6/21/2012, parents are Brian & Autumn Riddle, little brother of Asher Riddle • Analeigh Faith Peterson born 7/20/2012, parents are Todd & Laurajane Peterson, siblings are Caden, Jordan and Abigail

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Milestone Anniversaries 60 YEARS • Lee & Oneta Roles

30 YEARS 9/19/52

• Asa & Suzanne Adamson • Steve & Cathy Haguewood

50 YEARS • Don & Carol Martin • Tom & Hazel Robinett

9/03/82 9/18/82

20 YEARS 9/08/62 9/08/62

• Larry & Julie Tarwater

9/05/92

MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Email your upcoming Milestone Anniversary (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.) to Carolyn Schutte at brucars2@cox.net or call 918.451.1559.

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Don & Carol Martin 9/08/62

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New Members

Diana Bevard

Jim & Terry Cooper

Gloria McGee-Denton & Carter Denton with Kalissa and Kiara

Kristin Streett with Taylor and Kate

Jake & Destiny Corbin with John

Judy Howard

Doug & Michelle Minton with Lillian and Adam

Jeff & Natalie Wilson with Reid

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