May 24, 2020

Dear Asbury family and friends,

            My prayer time for you all this morning was focused on the transmission of the Holy Spirit. Satan’s attempt to steal from God’s playbook as always takes something very sacred and tries to spoil it. In John’s gospel Jesus breathes on them and passes the Holy Spirit. The most direct transmission of Covid-19 is breath from the infected. So my prayer for you all this Sunday morning (24) that you would seek and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives boldness to witness and act in the face of resistance and persecution. I pray that He will give you the boldness to minister to others in this season. Also in my devotional time this morning the chorus “My Hiding Place”, whenever I am afraid I will trust in you. So I prayed that your fear will turn to trust. As I read each name, I thought of you all.       

In the meantime let’s not forget to thank God for His blessings and help in our lives and county. We rejoice that we are in the yellow phase of reopening. Pray for the leadership of the church as we talk about reopening for worship and other things.

          Pray for those who have contracted COVID-19 and pray that we will be able to reach out to each other.

Here is some updated information. If you know anyone who is not connected on email and social media share this with them

FYI

Tithes and Offerings: Thanks for those who stopped by or mailed their offerings into the office this week. Please continue or if you haven’t done so yet consider it this week

 Church Building: We continue to leave the church building open for personal prayer and small group meetings and committees as determined by the chairpersons of each committee.

Office: Please do as much interaction with the office and the pastor by phone or email as possible. We will require mask to be in the office. We will still ask that you do most of your business on line or via phone. Don’t be offended if we ask you to pass things to be copied through the window so Sandy can do the coping for you. The mail boxes are now in the back office. A key for the back office are available. Sandy can retrieve your mail for you. She has discretion to allow you in while she is in the office. Since the office is small no more 2 including Sandy should be in the office at a time, even with masks. Thanks for your cooperation.

We are still available to talk and help you. Check with us before you come to make sure we are here and available.

Worship: If you would want to stop in for personal worship time feel free. I am there from 8am to 9:30am Sunday mornings for personal worship and if you like prayer, please stop by. Plans for the worship on the 31st did not materialize as some of had hoped. But the worship committee and council are still working on them so stay tuned.

Bible Study: It will be at 6:00pm on Wednesday. We will be have a hybrid Bible study some in person and others connected either through Zoom or phone. Hope to see you or at least hear you then. We will continue in 1 John

 Pastor Bruce