Opportunities To Serve

Asbury provides numerous opportunities to share God’s love.

These opportunities include the following:
  • outreach dinners to shut-ins September through May
  • the community food pantry, housed at Asbury Church
  • advocacy for social issues
  • volunteering to help with the youth ministry, Sunday school, or other established ministries
  • opportunity to create new ministries to serve others in Jesus’ name

Look for specific opportunities in Sunday’s bulletin or in the church’s monthly newsletter.


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.

Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, Romans 8:14-17

John 14:8-17

2nd Sunday Offering 

Following is a list of projects to receive the 2nd Sunday Mission Offering for the balance of 2019. If you would like to make a donation to any of these, please make a check payable to Asbury United Methodist Church and put “Missions” in the memo line.


UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)


FRESH START (Smyrna organization to help financially
compromised individuals)


LIBERIAN PARTNERSHIP (help with agriculture & education)


Smyrna community)


RED BIRD MISSION (located in Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky which provides outreach ministries for the area)


SUNDAY BREAKFAST MISSION (Christ-centered program to meet spiritual and physical needs of homeless or addicted persons.)

Air Conditioners and Fans

Many seniors don’t have air conditioning which is concerning when the heat index is very high. Warren Senior Center can accept donations of fans or good used window air conditioners which they then donate to people in need. They are located at 1775 Wheatleys Pond Road in Smyrna and can be reached Monday through Friday 8 AM to 2 PM at 302-653-4078. Please keep this in mind if you have either of these items available.


Many of our friends and neighbors need help to live at home and remain independent. Those who don’t drive need transportation to doctors appointments, the pharmacy and grocery stores. Faith in Action is an interfaith organization which strives to provide this service but they are in need of volunteers to be able to help more people. The Delaware Ecumenical Council can provide a rider for your car insurance to cover this Good Samaritan activity as well as a small stipend to help offset the cost of gas. Volunteer applications are available in the church office. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Lois Bowers (659-2910) or Cilla Ricker (653-4497).  If you would like additional information you can also contact Debbie Lewis of Faith in Action at 302-943-4018.

Bible Club volunteers are needed during the summer months.  Classes for 2 through 10 year olds during the 9:30 service.  To schedule your time please see the sign-up chart in Fellowship Hall or contact Wanda at wandaf.asbury@gmail.com.

Travelers keep up with regular offerings by giving electronically

Just as you rely upon receiving income on a regular basis, Asbury UMC relies on your regular contributions. Asbury appreciates the efforts of congregation members to make consistent donations throughout the year—especially during popular winter and summer travel periods. To assist you, the church provides a convenient electronic giving option for setting up regular contributions. Please contact the church office for details.

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We wanted you to know that your Strategic Planning Team, in conjunction with our previous Pastor and our new Pastor Julie Lewis, has been working for the past few months on developing a New Strategic Plan for Asbury for 2020 and beyond.  

The Planning process started with Gathering Feedback from church members through a survey in the fall. Thank you to those who participated! The team then reviewed and revised the Vision and Mission Statement and wrote our first core purpose statement. We will share the statements with Church Council members for their approval at their next meeting. After their approval we will publish them for the congregation.

We then developed Future Assumptions in each strategic area based on survey feedback and are in the process of working with our Church committees to validate them. After validation, we will work with those committees to develop the Execution Plan. 

The Franklin/Covey Execution Plan has four components.  In each strategic area we will develop:

  • Wildly Important Goals
  • Lead Measures & Strategies
  • Scoreboards
  • Cadence of Accountability

We invite all church members who are interested in helping develop the Execution Plan or have any questions to please contact any member of the Strategic Planning Team. The members are: Art Ricker, Dawn Marie Powell, Loren Langdon, Susan Wolfe, Kristen McCracken, Jennings Hastings, Rick Horsey, Pastor Dale Brown.         God Bless

Food Pantry 

The Food Pantry is asking for Vienna sausages, Spam, sugar, pudding/Jello and juice.  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.