Here at Asbury Memorial UMC we are very involved with the work of missions locally, nationally, and internationally. We strive to do all that we can to be servants of Christ in reaching out in love to our neighbors, focusing on issues of social justice, racial inequality, poverty and homelessness. Below is a listing of some of the Missions activities we undertake each year.
Each month we choose a deserving recipient for the Bread Tin Offering each week, a loose change offering that the children collect during the worship service that goes to help people from as near as downtown Asheville to as far as Kenya and China. The Bread Tin recipients for 2019 are listed here.
We also support the efforts of MANNA Food Bank to end hunger in Western NC by collecting food each year. This began in 2001 (the 200th anniversary of the founding of our church) when we collected 2001 pounds of tuna. Each year the target figure is the year, so in 2019 we are collecting 2019 pounds of vegetables. For more information, please call the church office at 828-253-0765.
Among our regular mission/outreach activities we support or participate in:
- Habitat for Humanity, Methodist/Presbyterian House.
- The CROP Walk for Hunger.
- Room in the Inn
- MANNA FoodBank
- Ira B. Jones School
- Methodist Camp Tekoa
- the Haywood Street Congregation
- Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry
We seek other opportunities to apply the teachings of Jesus in outreach to others, for instance, in our church’s enthusiastic participation in Rise Against Hunger, in April, 2019.