Thanks to all who joined us in our Historical 1800’s Christmas Eve worship service this past year! We had a record attendance of 308, and we were able to usher in Christmas Day in grand fashion as it might have been done when our church was first founded in the Beaverdam Valley some 215 years ago! Some images from the service can be found on our website among the other special event photos by clicking here. Thanks also to Mardy Murphy for these great photos! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Our children will be presenting a special program during the service on Sunday, December 13th at 11:00 am which you will not want to miss.
We are pleased to say that we will again be presenting our Historical 1800’s Christmas Eve Candlelight service on December 24th at 5:00 pm. Last year we had an attendance of 303 at that service, so you’ll want to be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Parking will be available on Beaverdam Rd., Kimberley Ave., and overflow parking will be available in the parking lots of Jones Elementary School and the Beaverdam YMCA.
Our service will begin with a special concert of period music by the group Primrose featuring instrumentation of the hammer dulcimer, harp, and guitar. Additionally, the old pump organ has been refurbished for this year’s worship service, allowing us to hear the sounds of the old organ that haven’t been heard for almost a century! We will also be treated to music on the flute by Dr. Leslie Welker. Our service will feature period music (all from the early 1800’s or before), and the worship leaders will be clad in period attire as well.
The liturgy of the service itself is taken from John Wesley’s Sunday Service for the Methodists in North America (1784). Come out and experience the true meaning of the Christmas season as it might have been when our church was founded by Bishop Francis Asbury back in 1801! If you happen to have some “old timey” clothing you are encouraged to wear it too. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for all ages. A nursery will be provided for young children.
On Sunday, November 22nd, we will celebrate what we have been referring to as “Gratitude Sunday” for a number of years here at Asbury Memorial. It has been our custom on the Sunday immediately before Thanksgiving to celebrate all that God has given us by remembering the need to give back and sharing a meal together after the worship service.
The church will be providing turkey, gravy, dressing, beverages, and bread. Members are asked to bring a side dish to share. The meal will take place in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the worship service.
As part of our celebration of Gratitude Sunday, there will be a time during the service when you will have the opportunity to fill out a pledge card and place it in a ceramic cornucopia (handcrafted by our own Derick Tickle) at the altar railing. Pledge cards will be located in the pews during the coming weeks. If you’re unable to attend a worship service, we’d be happy to mail you one the old fashioned way (Just call Mandy at the church office and she can get you one sent out).
Pledging is one way that you can help the church be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted us with. Though stewardship is about more than just money, it is not about less, and we hope you’ll consider helping the ministry of Asbury Memorial UMC go forward in ministry to the world in the coming year and beyond. As you may know, we’ve had several major expenses in the past year (replacing the roof on the Educational Building and the need to replace the roof on the Sanctuary in the coming years) and we are most certainly in need of your help to keep going strong. We’ve been sharing the love of Christ for 214 years here in the Beaverdam Valley and beyond, but it’s only through the generosity of our members and friends each year that we are able to continue reaching out to those in need and providing the spiritual foundation you’ve come to rely on. (Please know that all information regarding your pledge will be kept confidential). We are grateful for your generosity and for all you do to fund the ministry of Asbury Memorial UMC! So, at this time of the season, please know that we are thankful for you!