The Circuit Rider Asbury United Methodist Church Newsletter – Published Monthly MAY – 2010 90 Church Avenue, Forestville, Connecticut 06010 Volume 17, Issue 5 Pastor Custodian The Rev. Laura L. Galbraith Bruce Lauzier Minister of Visitation Asbury Church Office: 860-584-0529 The Rev. Vincent Watson Office FAX: 860-584-0520 (call first) Music Director Dial-A-Prayer: 860-582-1225 Lauren Pouliot Parsonage: 584-1106 Organist Pastor e-mail: Jana Ros firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary & Circuit Rider Editor Secretary email: Melissa Gray email@example.com Nursery Coordinator Asbury Web Page: Linda Henry www.asburyumcforestville.com from Ghana, Mozambique and What about lunch? ANNUAL Cambodia. Travel the obstacle Lunch boxes will be served at no CONFERENCE course on a PET, Personal cost between 11:30am and Energy Transportation! 12:30pm. TENT 2: What happens 1:00 pm to 4:00 Engage in Advocacy Ministries! pm? Imagine 5,000 United Ever taken a privilege walk? · Let’s gather in the Arena! Methodists gathered in one place How is your personal income · We will begin with a Parade of to celebrate the MOMENTUM ranked globally? Try the photo church banners processing to the OF MINISTRY in the New York opts with John Wesley or be a Bishop’s Hymn sing! Annual Conference! circuit rider on a horse!! What is · We’ll recognize all our new Bishop Jeremiah J. Park extends Permaculture and why is the members! a special invitation to come to a world so interested? Experience · We’ll have a conversation “Parking Lot Festival” the shower of stoles or pray in a about our local church Saturday, June 12 prison cell. Momentum! Hofstra University, Hempstead, TENT 3: · Bishop James Swanson will lift New York from 10:00 am to Youth & Children in Action! and challenge us with his 1:00 pm. Build a handicapped ramp with preaching. UMARMY to be installed at a · Let’s honor the work of our How does it work? local residence. Why do over 200 Volunteers in Mission in global Three huge tents will host of our Youth give their time and service. exhibits, each one featuring energy to the Appalachian · Let’s celebrate the five years of interactive experiences and two Service Project each summer? VIM work in Biloxi – meet stages of live music! What’s in it for the children? owners of homes we have TENT 1: The Noah’s Ark inflatable is renovated!!! Experience Global Mission! In back!!! Three other inflatables For a small fee you may take a the Mission Tent, taste cultural plus a climbing wall. Take a turn bus from Asbury’s parking lot at tidbits from our global villages, at the Learning Center Putt Putt 8:00 am. The bus will return to enjoy dance from Ecuador, Golf Course. Children’s activites Asbury around 6:00 pm. Call Stretch out on the cot in the Haiti are scattered throughout the the church office to sign up and clinic, shop for handmade items festival! find out more details. Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 2 23. Daria Avery Harriet Donovan Nathan Butler Fred Dumond Becky Hoge for MAY 24. Margaret Ruel Worship Leaders MAY Daniel Martin 2nd.……….…...Lenny Cannon 1. Jennifer Butler Christine Ripa 9th………….…....Amy Majors Marion Mullins Jean Lunn 16th..…..……....…JoAnn Bacon 2. Bruce Wazorko 26. Theresa Spaulding 23rd………...…….Nick Roberts 27. Karen Fiorini 30th.….…...……Wayne Devino 3. Camilla Martin Raymond Pratt, Jr. 8:30 am service – Carl Aspland Mary Gagnon 4. Todd Hasler Greeters Christy Bolduc Ben Burrow 2nd…..…….…...Joyce Cannon Stephanie Clark 28. Elene Myers 9th….....Lee & Karen Cranford Kevin Fuller 16th..…….....…Carol Migneault Donna Adams 29. Bill Cranford Dawn Hazzard Ernest Szydlo 23rd……………..…Anabelle & Lynda Martin Megan Coloske 6. Brian Hagan Kate Marques 30th.…..Edith & Wayne Devino Amy Majors Fellowship Hour 80 Plus Club 7. Dan Fasci Bea Trafton nd 2 .....The Jim Taylor Family Pamela Clark Camilla Martin 9th…………....Kate Bechert & Mae McCabe Josh Nicosia 9. Erik Johnson Megan Kirschner 16th..……..…..…Mark Hultman I dreamed of sailing across the Virginia Jacobs 23rd….…….The Denski Family Bea Trafton sea to a wonderful, glorious land 30th.…….…………...……TBA Where the snow white waves Ushers 10. Jim Anthony washed the beach of silver and golden sand. Wayne Fuller, Bonnie Emery, 11. Deanne L. Keddy Bright colored birds with gorgeous Chad Lockhart, Dennis Floyd, Ryan Corvo plumes flew swiftly to and fro and Roy DiYulio Alexander Corvo While scented flowers blossomed Communion Stewards Mya Porrini there as they began to grow A gem filled path of precious Treaty & Wayne Fuller 12. Ron Keddy stones was quite a sight for me. May Altar Guild John Ingellis, II It led me to a golden street just Aiden Lockhart where I loved to be. Tricia Lockhart And then I saw an angel floating May Birthday Caller 13. Mae McCabe high above Lucille Hamel 15. Scott Colapietro And knew within my beating heart, Jennifer Charette I found a Place I love. But then the morning sun 17. Al Getchell streamed in I woke up feeling fine. Lauren Kirschner The dream was so delightful, just like a vintage wine, 18. Arthur Decker Once more my dreams will take The deadline for the June Circuit Rider is May 16th. Please leave all 20. Bruce Parsons me to a place where I may trod articles in the mailbox in the Bradley Pinette To that very lovely land I'm sure church office or e-mail them to Sharon Scott was made by God. firstname.lastname@example.org. Allen Bingham Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 3 Dear Asbury Church Family, FAMILY PAGE Thank you everyone for all the cards, notes, phone calls, and Please keep these people support. It’s so comforting to have in your prayers…… so many concerned and helpful Arlene Chabot, Elsie Lyons, friends. I’ve had an extended Rachel Manning, Jack Topalian, struggle, but I’m hoping to get Sue Bromirski, Ellinor Archer, relief soon. Just keep praying for Dorothy Zurawel, Mae McCabe, Dear Asbury Members, me. Anna Petit, Edward Coloske, Thank you for all of your Thanks so much, Norma Golnik, Douglas Henry, prayers, cards and visits while I Rachel Manning Vinnie Lewis, Vera Bough, Fred was in the hospital. You are a very Dear Asbury, Dumond, Bob Conrad, Shelly special group of people. I’m very I would like to send thanks to Pierce, and others who have needs grateful to have all of you in my Geri and Carli Beveridge, Joyce of which we may not be aware. life. I remember all of you in my Cannon, the Fosters and Amy Serving Overseas daily prayers. Majors for the very nice cards sent Scott Maskery, Todd Anderson Lucille Hamel to me during the Easter Holidays. Dear Pastor Laura, Vinny, and Especially the part “from your Asbury Church Family, Asbury Family”. It has been many During my 15 days in ICU, I was moons since my brother Bob and I not aware of much except there sat where the altar is now located was someone there holding my when we were assigned the task of PRAYER CHAIN hand at times. For my time in the being the ushers. The cards If you wish to relate prayer needs hospital and nursing home, I thank brought back memories of more to the chain, please call Phyllis you all for your prayers, cards, than 60 years ago. Petit at 589-6059 or Dorothy visits and flowers. Love from, Zurawel at 589-4079. Please keep Then when I got home, Eula and Lee Cobb, Jr. your call brief, and be aware of the Cecil Foster came with food. The My Dear Friends, privacy rights of the person(s) for Asbury church family is certainly Thank you so much for your whom you are requesting prayers. one of a kind. thoughtfulness. Thank you so much and Blanche Galbraith God Bless You All, Dorothy Zurawel Gratitude For the many prayers Dear Members of Asbury, Offered up for me. Thank you for all your prayers NEW MEMBERS and gifts, especially the pies which For the many cards sent we really enjoy, as well as the so thoughtfully, On April 4th, Easter Sunday Kate Bechert and Josh Nicosia joined oranges and cookies! We really For the soup made with a loving the Asbury family. appreciate you thinking of us. hand, Kate is the daughter of Jim and Thank you again, and God Bless None better in our great land. Debbie Bechert. Both Kate and all of you! For all this I thank you, Josh make their homes in Bristol, Sincerely, God’s people, loving and kind, and both have become active in the Arlene Chabot and Truer friends I will never find. life of Asbury, joining a disciple Millie Suroweicki Blanche Galbraith class and recently serving at Dear Asbury Friends, Fellowship Hour. I want to thank you for your cards, messages and especially your prayers during my illness. FORESTVILLE I’m home now and doing much MONDAY, MAY 31ST better. Hope to see you all soon. AT 12:00 PM God Bless you all, Joyce Pullen MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 4 Dear Friends, who live here. Thank you for Just a note to tell you that we have sharing in our mission to “Serve moved again as we needed to get a Those Who Have Served.” bigger place as my Mom, This is an important time for the Vina Dudek is moving in with us. veterans we serve. In addition to the She fell and fractured her hip in completion of the Sgt. John L. December, and needs more care Levitow Veterans Health Center, we than an assisted living can give her. are upgrading the domicile and She is legally blind and cannot walk improving the grounds as we anymore without a wheelchair. She Dear Asbury Senior Fellowship, prepare to support the new veterans still has a pretty good memory for From all the airmen, soldiers and of the current War on Terror. Your her age so we want her to be able to civilians out here in Iraq, we thoughts and generosity are enjoy the rest of her life, and be able appreciate all the goodies you send. especially needed now. to still get out and do things. We It makes us smile every time we Thank you for remembering our have great help here with her every know someone is thinking of us. veterans and the sacrifices they have day so it’s easier on all of us. God Thanks again, made. bless all of you and we miss you all. C.R. Hayes Sincerely, Keep us in your prayers. Catherine Cook Love, CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sharon Parsons Dear Friends in Mission, Our new address is: Lake View A massive earthquake on January Oaks, 14209 Cyber Place, Apt 104, 12th devastated Haiti, taking Tampa, Fl 33613. Our phone thousands of lives and leaving more numbers are the same. than a million in need of water, food, shelter and medical care. Dear Asbury Church Family, Within hours, United Methodist I’d like to thank all of you who Dear Friends, Committee on Relief (UMCOR) take the time to recognize my father On behalf of all of us at St. friends like you responded with with visits, cards and flowers Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, prayers and gifts. thoughout the year, especially Rev. Inc. I would like to thank you for Thank you for your gift of Watson, Mernie Whitcomb and your donations to the Women with $2,351.25 through The Advance, the Phyllis Petit, and those of you who Children program of: toilet paper, designated giving channel of The faithfully deliver all the holiday paper towels, tissues, baby wipes, United Methodist Church. Thank flowers. It means so much to me, coffee and shampoo received on you also for your thoughts and my sisters and of course my Dad. March 31, 2010. prayers during this time. 100 My father is now the oldest living It is only with the support of percent of your gift is helping our member of Asbury. He joined the individuals and groups such as neighbors in need in Haiti. church in high school and has many yourselves that we are able to You can find out more about wonderful memories of the Epworth continue to help the less fortunate UMCORs work by visiting our League (youth group), especially the among us. website at www.umcor.org. We basketball team and all his many Thank you, also welcome the opportunity to friends. Phillip J. Lysiak speak with you if you have We are so lucky he is sharing a Executive Director questions and/or concerns. The Gift room with Bob Conrad at Sheriden Processing Unit can be reached at Woods, and it’s comforting to know Dear Joan Tilley, Pat Sallstrom and 212-870-3611. To learn more about Marian visits every day and that the members of the Tuesday The Advance please visit they both look out for each other. morning crochet group, www.advancinghope.org. Thanks again for your On behalf of Commissioner Linda Grace and Peace, thoughtfulness and caring ways. S. Schwartz and the over 500 Roland Fernandes Love, veterans who live here at the CT General Treasurer UMCOR Karen Cranford Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill, I Shawn Bakker want to thank you for your recent Associate General Secretary donation of two bags of crocheted The Advance lap blankets for the needy veterans Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 5 Scrip Cards for Mission Work at Asbury UMC 100% of the proceeds go towards Mission Work here at Asbury UMC. Thank you to all who have begun and continue to use this program in A big thank you to the Trustees and support of the Mission work here at Mark Hultman for the purchase of Asbury UMC. It’s very easy to the new folding machine. The participate: Simply drop off your bulletins look good again (no more May 2010 Scrip Order Form with your crinkled paper!) and the machine is payment to the Scrip Table in Holiday Food Collection easier to use, quicker than the old Wesley Hall each Sunday and stop Thank you to all who donated food one and is saving lots of time. by the following Sunday to pick up items for the Asbury UMC Easter Thank you again! your Cards. If every family in the Food Basket collection. Our families in need were especially congregation were to use these cards appreciative. And thank you to the to do their weekly groceries, Asbury volunteers who help to package and would have over $15,000 next year. deliver the food boxes each season. So please, stop by to do your every day shopping. Soup Kitchen Thank you to the Men’s Club who Cosmetic Bags for Prudence served the meal at the Zion Lutheran Crandall Women’s Shelter April was a very busy month for Soup Kitchen on April 13th. The If you are traveling in this upcoming us! We worked on crafts for the Christian Outreach Committee has season and have no use for the small Fall Fair with Pat Sallstrom, held a volunteered to serve the meal on soaps, shampoos and toiletries Teacup Auction to raise money for May 11th. If you would like to offered by hotels and motels, please our treasury, helped to set up and volunteer in this very rewarding save them for Christian Outreach. price items for the Tag Sale in outreach, please see Amy Majors. We put together bags of various addition to working on Tag Sale Again, thank you to everyone who items and donate them to Prudence Day and helping to clean up after. assists in this extremely worthwhile Crandall Women’s Shelter. Please We also sent out and hand community outreach service. see Amy Majors with your delivered many Easter cards that our donations. cheer person, Lucille Hamel had Food Bank at Salvation Army made for friends and homebounds. And Zion Soup Kitchen The next Christian Outreach The Senior Group also made an We are continuing to accept Meeting is scheduled for May 2nd in extra donation to the “Budget donations for the two Food Banks in the Library starting at 11:30 AM. Shortfall”. Bristol. There is a box on the stage All are welcome to join us. Our Eula Foster in Wesley Hall for these items. meetings are held on the 1st Sunday Thank you to all who donate food of each month. SENIOR FELLOWSHIP items for this very worthy and needy ACTIVITIES cause. FOR MAY Paper Goods for the Women’s Shelter at St. Vincent De Paul 6th – Movie – Lunch in Thank you for the continuous 13th – Miniature Golf – Lunch at donations of paper goods for the Kizls. folks at St. Vincent De Paul. They Jim Taylor with help from the 20th – Luncheon at Asbury with are very appreciative! This is an Men’s Group and the Senior Prospect UMC Speaker: ongoing Christian Outreach project Fellowship is continuing Earl Pastor Laura for donations of all paper goods: Struble’s mission to send packages 27th – Birthday Celebrations and paper towels, toilet paper, paper to our service men and women activities. Bring a brown plates, napkins, etc. The donation overseas. There is a donation box box is located on the stage in on the stage in Wesley Hall for bag lunch. Wesley Hall. items, or contact Jim Taylor for a list of what is needed. Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 6 would work best for you to come to the parsonage, and have fellowship and discussion about NEED MORE MUSIC? this book that is starting a movement in the world. GOSPEL NIGHT Beulah AME Zion Church Mother/Daughter Dinner 138 Circle St., Forestville Friday May 14, 2010 May 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm at 6:00 pm A Free Will Offering Tickets on sale now! will be taken See Lori Schaffrick, Heidi Ann Pearson from the New York Archie Thomas & the Harmony Annual Conference is holding a Borkowski or contact the church Angels of New Haven and office district wide Vacation Bible Soul Lifters along with New School Workshop at Asbury on Ticket Price: $6.00 for Adults, Marvaneers of Waterbury Saturday, May 1st $3.00 for children under 10 will be performing as well as from 9:00 to 11:00 am Menu: Baked Chicken, Rice, many more! If you work with youth, or have a Vegetable and Salad EVERYONE IS WELCOME! desire to work with youth, this is provided by Gnazzo’s. the workshop for you! Dessert & Beverage provided by Please call Pat Sallstrom at 860- Ruth Circle 261-4148 for more information The theme this year is weddings and to register for this event. and Ruth Circle would like to borrow your wedding gown, Come, share your passion to picture and/or mementos to raise the status of women and help display. If you can help, please end global poverty. One way to contact Heidi Borkowski or Lori start is to read "Half the Sky: Schaffrick asap. Turning Oppression into Asbury’s MYF is scheduled to Opportunity for Women participate in Bristol’s Relay for Worldwide." It is a new book by Life on June 4th to 5th. Michelle Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and Casey Voisine are Captains of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl the team "B. E.lievers"(Bristol WuDunn, and it will move you, Eastern believers). But you don't just as it horrifies you. But don't have to go to BEHS to participate take just my word for it. Let me or help this team. Our MYF will tell you what others have said of it. be holding a bake sale on May Melinda Gates called it: "Both a 23rd for this cause, and you can brutal awakening and an donate to our team or a specific unmistakable call to action, this individual then or log onto June 11th book should be read by all." www.relayforlife.org/bristolct<http 7:00 pm Angelina Jolie said: "For female ://www.relayforlife.org/bristolct> at Asbury readers it gives a new sense of Just put in our team or our names Cost: $10.00 what it is to be a woman. For and it will lead you to the correct Ruth Circle is sponsoring this husbands, sons and fathers, it will area to donate. Anyone who wants event and will be providing infuriate and astound you. You to participate can join our team as desserts and coffee. will not want to put it down." well on that same website. Come for an evening of great fun Many others also gave praise, You can also leave donations at and fellowship. The group but I hope you will want to see for the church. Just label them for performed here 3 years ago, and yourself. We would like to have a MYF or Relay for Life. Check donated half of their proceeds back study with this book. If you are donations should be made out to to Asbury to help pay off the interested, please contact Pastor the American Cancer Society. stained glass windows. Laura or Melissa Gray, and let Any questions please contact them know what day of the week Michelle Voisine at 860-589-0167. Asbury United Methodist Church MAY – 2010 The Circuit Rider Page 7 office. Camperships are for Methodist camps and are to support campers and are paid directly to the camps. Academic scholarships and campership applications should be into the church office by the end of May. Here’s an update on our THANKS TO ALL financial giving: THE CLEAN UP CREW On Palm Saturday, March 27th we As of the end of March, our had the best clean up day ever! weekly envelope offering total We almost spread all 25 cubic was at $37,731. yards of mulch! I think all will THANKS to everyone who This compares with $35,514 agree that it was not only a time of contributed to our Lent and Easter programs. You made soup and for the same period last year. work, but also a time of great fellowship. The grounds looked sandwiches; you sang for worship Also, as of Easter Sunday, or for a program on Wednesday great for Easter Sunday, and thank our Special Lent and Easter you to all of the trustees and the night; you purchased, arranged envelope offerings for both many others who came out to help. and/or delivered flowers; you did years compare as follows: A special thanks to Geri and all her your regular jobs of ushering, Girl Scouts too! singing, leading, setting up Communion, teaching Sunday 2010 2009 MORE THANKS School, that you do each Sunday; TO THE PAINTERS Lenten Beginning the week after Easter, you cleaned the grounds and scooped mulch; you cleaned and/or Envelopes $2,333 $1,730 Wayne Bacon, Jim Doncet, Lee decorated the sanctuary and Cranford, and Dave Barry began narthex for the Easter celebration; painting the woodwork in the Easter and you did, as always, so much sanctuary around the stained glass Envelopes 2,903 2,024 windows. Great job as always! more! Thank you and God bless! NEW LOCATION FOR THE CT DISTRICT CONFERENCE Easter GRAND PIANO SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2010 Flowers 820 1,156 Most of you have noticed that the 3 P.M. --- 5 P.M. grand piano is now on the same Join with Methodists throughout Totals 6,056 4,910 side of the church as the organ. the CT District for District Thanks again to the trustees and Conference on Sunday, May 2, While there are increases in others who helped move things hosted by North UMC, Hartford giving in the 2010 amounts, around a bit to make Jana’s when we will celebrate our shared movements to play all three ministries and work in mission. there are increases in some Our preacher this day will be instruments a bit easier and to of our expenses also, prevent our need to remove a front someone who spent 18 years in particularly the $3,000 in pew (we needed that pew on Easter prison for a crime he didn't Conference Apportionment Morning, wasn’t that great?) The commit. Can you imagine? How bitter would you be? How deep increases. There just never electric piano, has been relocated to directly next to the organ to would your rage against your seems to be enough as it government and your God run? make it easier for Jana during already appears we will see transitions to that instrument. And how unkindly would you another very significant year CAMPERSHIPS AND regard the eyewitness whose false end shortfall this year. ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP testimony took away the best years of your life? James Calvin Many thanks for your APPLICATIONS Tillman's words will surely amaze continued support of our Application forms for camperships and inspire. We will meet in and academic scholarships can be special offering requests. Asbury’s parking lot at 2:30 and found on a table in the narthex and Your Committee on Finance are also available from the church carpool to North UMC for this exciting afternoon.