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The Intentional Faith Team encourages everyone to consider reading one Bible reading each day Monday – Friday taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  Often they form the basis for preaching, teaching, and worship on Sunday Morning.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Psalm 8, Revelation 21:1-6, Matthew 25:31-46


Would you consider naming Asbury in your will? 


Treasurer’s Reports are available upon request at the church office.


2nd Sunday Collection, The 2nd Sunday collection for Missions in January will go to Carol Argo, our missionary in Cambodia.

Carol spoke at our church last spring.  She left for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last May.

So far she has been learning the Khmer language to be able to share the joy of Jesus. In Cambodia only 2% of the people profess Jesus and she is very committed to change that through her dental education and services.

She is working through “TMS Global”, an organization that sends people around the world to spread the love and message of Jesus.  As a missionary, she is required to raise her funding through donations and sponsorships.

CODE PURPLE:  Needed volunteers to cover the week of 1/13-1/19.  Sign-up sheet is at back door or contact Shirley Watterson at 302-653-7120.  Please help us to fulfill our obligation.



January Small Group Study:

The first small group study for 2019 is entitled Simon Peter and is authored by United      Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton.  This six week study highlights how Simon Peter was an ordinary person, like you and me, who left everything to follow Jesus Christ.  The study will help each of us discover how we have special gifts, abilities, and qualities that can be used by God in extraordinary ways.  The study will begin with a gathering for Session One on January 6 at 6:00 pm at the Smyrna Diner.  You are invited to eat dinner or dessert as we begin the study.  The study will continue on Wednesday afternoons, and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

(Please pick one)


__________  Wed., 1:00 pm @ Home of Cheryl Drummond

(The first Wed.1 pm  group Study is at the parsonage)

__________   Wed., 6:30 pm @ Home of Rick Horsey __________   Thurs. 6:30 pm @ the Parsonage


Safe Sanctuaries

Annual Review

According to the Safe Sanctuaries Policy of Asbury, each volunteer is required to participate in an annual review.  The policy has been placed on Asbury’s website. We are asking that all volunteers complete your annual review.

To complete the annual review online, follow these directions:

  1.  Go to asburysmyrnaumc.org.
  2.  Click on “Welcome to Asbury”.
  3.  Click on “Safe Sanctuaries” on the Pages list.
  4.  Click on “The Safe Sanctuaries Policy”.  Read through all 84 screens.
  5.  Return to the “Safe Sanctuaries” page.
  6.  Click on “The Annual Training Review Self-Certification Form”.  Print a copy of the form.
  7.  Complete the form and return it to the Sunday School mailbox or return it to Wanda Foltz.

If you are unable to do the annual review online, please contact Wanda Foltz.   Print copies are available in the Sunday School mailbox.  Thanks so much for your cooperation in this important matter.




































How do United Methodists understand Epiphany and Three Kings Day?


Epiphany is the day Christians remember the coming of the Magi to visit Jesus, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

It occurs on Jan. 6 every year, the 13th day of the Christmas season. The word “epiphany,” from the Greek word epiphania, means appearance or manifestation.

The arrival of these visitors was a sign that the incarnation of God in Christ had been made known and was recognized by the heavens to the whole world, so that even Gentile wise men from the East came to pay him homage. This is an observance of great majesty, solemnity and awe.

An even more ancient Christian celebration than Christmas, Epiphany originally focused on the nativity, God’s incarnation (God made flesh) in the birth of Jesus Christ, and Christ’s baptism. After the late fourth century, as Advent developed as a season of baptismal preparation in addition to Lent, Epiphany became associated with baptism. This is why we see images of the three Magi on many older baptismal fonts.

In many Hispanic cultures, Epiphany is a day of great rejoicing and celebration, often kicked off by a parade the night before in which people dressed as the three kings or carrying statues of the three kings pass through the towns and villages throwing out candy and small gifts to all around. Families and children alike look forward to Dia de Los Tres Reyes (Three Kings Day) as a time for presents, feasting and celebration. Attending church services that include the celebration of communion is also common in many of these cultures, even for those who may not attend worship regularly.
In England and some other European cultures, Jan. 5 is known as Twelfth Night, the culmination of the 12 days of Christmas feasting and partying. On Twelfth Night, many families gather in homes to celebrate with friends, food, singing and gifts. It is at these Twelfth Night celebrations that “Chalking the Door,” asking God’s blessing on those dwellings and upon all who live there, is most often observed.In New Orleans, Twelfth Night begins another season of celebrations that comes to fulfillment at Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday). Epiphany itself, Jan. 6, becomes the kickoff day for that season, but is also often observed with a full celebration in church, complete with incense, elaborate processionals, choral celebrations, and Eucharist.



Jan 6, Sun       NO Youth Group 5pm

Small Group Smyrna Diner 6pm

Jan 7, Mon       Morning Bible Study

Jan 8, Tues

Jan 9, Wed      Outreach 4:30 pm

Jan 10, Thurs




Jan 13, Sun    Youth Group 5pm

Lighthouse 4pm

Jan 14, Mon     Morning Bible Study

Mission Team 1pm          

Jan 15, Tues    Prayer Care Team 10am

                           Worship Team 4pm

                           Music Meeting 5 pm

Choir 6:30/Bells 7:30

Chill café 5:30 pm

Jan 16, Wed     Methodist Men 8 am


The Food Pantry is asking for spam, canned chicken, beef stew, dry milk and crackers.  Don’t forget to bring in your coupons (no need to clip).  The basket is located at the back door.  Please call Asbury office at 302-653-8415 for more details.   Please no expired food.  We are looking for more volunteers to pack food in the pantry on a monthly basis and we are also looking for a new volunteer coordinator.



Asbury UMC welcomes all who listen by radio on WDSD at 7:00 am.  You may also access our audio recordings on our web site asburysmyrnaumc.org.  You can also obtain a CD of a service by emailing your request to Smyrna@rcn.com or calling the church office.






If a name is placed on the prayer list, and there is no card or any contact information, that name will be removed after one month. 


In Hospital:


At Home:

Week 4 12/9

Regina Brown, Felicia Butler, Crystal Corazza, Brian Pearson, Jim Simmons, St. Jean Family

Week 3 12/16

Rev. Vernette White

Week 2 12/23

Mary Argoe, Lanham Ayers Family, Sherie Collison

Week 1 12/30

Kay Wood Bailey, Bill Carney, Donnie Baker





At home

Wayne Neff,  Shirley ONeill, Valerie Ponsini (MD), Allene Poore,   Harry & Betty Powderly, Courtney Powell,  Jayda Powell & family, John Rofrano (NJ),  Rosie, Glen Rude, Catherine Sears, Chase Southward, Richard Tritt, George Wicks, Meredith Wilder, Catherine Woyee (NC)



Dover Place, 1203 Walker Road, Dover, DE 19904:  The  Garber’s, Jeanne Carson

Elizabeth Carrow, Arden Courts, 700 ½ Foulk Rd., Wilm.DE 19803

Harbor Health Care, 301 Ocean View Blvd, Lewes, Delaware 19958: Charles Blanchfield

State Street Assisted Living, 21 N. State St., Dover, DE, 19901: Henry Dukes RM. 334

Dan Bloxom, 170 Westminister Dr., Dover, DE 19904

Westminister1167 Mckee Rd. Dover, 19904: Janet Clark



Pray for our military

Major Justin Broome, Georgetown, Ben Wattay, Pensacola, FL, Nathan Foltz, Sammi Mullen Air Force, North Dakota, Ensign Leonard Voss, III, USS Farragut DDG 99, Unit 100239 Box 1881, FP AA 34091.




If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and how to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, feel free to speak to the pastor.  He would be happy to talk with you and to answer any questions you may have.


Well-supervised child care is provided for children two-years-old and younger during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Sunday school classes exist for children two-years-old and older at the same time. The Cribbery and Sunday school rooms are in the Sunday school wing, downstairs from the Fellowship Hall.  If your child needs you while you are upstairs, your identification number will appear on the black screen behind the praise band.




Attendance: 12/30/18  8:30- ?? * 9:30 – 58 * 11:00 – 82 * * ??? Total 



Amount needed weekly for regular giving  $6,863.00

Received 12/30//18                      $ 7,371.26

2nd Sunday $45.00                   Pastor Discretionary $250.00

Sunday School $15.00             Envelope offset $25.00






Church Office Hours

Monday-Fri.: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Office phone:  302-653-8415

Office fax: 302-653-1798

Web site:  www.asburysmyrnaumc.org

E-mail address:  asburyumcsmyrna@gmail.com

Mailing address: 20 W. Mt. Vernon St. Smyrna, De 19977

Rev. Dale L. Brown – Pastor 381-8834 (c)

e-mail:  dale.brown1963@gmail.com

Michelle Wilson – Youth Director


Wanda Foltz – Children’s Ministry


Gina Degnars – 9:30 Music Coordinator

Kristen McCracken – Administrative Secretary