Ashford Welcomes Reverend Robert Greene as Head Pastor
To learn more about Pastor Greene and his family, please click here.
Greetings Ashford Family!
What a wonderful welcome you have given to me and my family! On behalf of Kate and the kids, I want to thank you for the wonderful lunch on our first Sunday; and also for the calls, visits, gifts, and other expressions of Christian love you have sent our way. We look forward to much great ministry ahead.
As your new pastor, I am eager to build relationships with everyone in the Ashford family. The title “pastor,” literally means a shepherd, one who tends sheep. Throughout the Bible, God’s people are referred to as sheep, and of course, Jesus proclaimed that He is the Good Shepherd in John 10. Therefore, Jesus is the Chief Shepherd, and folks like me get the honor of being subordinate shepherds, accountable to Him, tending the flocks He has put in our care.
There is a wonderful verse in the Old Testament which (though in this context is not primarily referring to ministry) summarizes the heart and calling of a pastor. It is found in Proverbs 27:23 and offers this sound instruction:
Know well the condition of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds.
Your pastor intends to know the condition of the Ashford flock and pay attention to the precious souls God has gathered together here. It will be a privilege and a blessing for me!
See you soon,
Thank you to Judy and Larry Welton for your 15 years of love, support, and guidance to Ashford.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
10:00 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Worship Service
FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UPDATE ON ASHFORD'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
As COVID-19 case numbers in Georgia continue to decline, and the number of Georgians receiving COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise, the Ashford Memorial Church Board of Directors continues to reassess and update our COVID-19 response guidelines.
1. Singing: We have resumed congregational singing of hymns during our worship service. The choir will hopefully soon resume singing as well.
2. Masks: Masks are optional during worship service and other church activities.
3. Sunday Lunches: We have resumed church lunches for special occasions after Sunday worship.
4. Attendance: No sign up is required to attend worship services. Please feel free to attend any service with your entire family, including children and guests.
5. Seating: Seating is fully available. Please sit wherever you feel comfortable.
6. Offering: Offering plates remain available by the doors as you exit.
7. Remote Viewing: We continue to offer viewing of our Sunday service live on YouTube, but we hope that you and your entire family will attend in person.
Please know that we appreciate all of you. We continue to try our very best to help Ashford serve God's glory by reaching as many members as possible in a safe and spiritually fulfilling manner. We hope that you will continue to support our church and its mission through your attendance, service, gifts, and prayers.
Thank you for continuing to support Ashford financially. We are set up to receive PayPal, if that is more convenient for you. We are blessed to be able to continue to support our missions, service people, and ongoing church expenses.
Sunday morning services will continue to be streamed through our Ashford Memorial Methodist Church YouTube page.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Thank you for continuing to support Ashford financially. We are blessed to be able to continue to support our missions, service people, and ongoing church expenses.
Ashford now has a PayPal account. If you choose to use PayPal, please use the donate button below. As always, checks can be mailed to P. O. Box 344, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
MONDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY will meet on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. They are studying the book "Exodus" by Jen Wilkens. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kraps.
SUNDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY
All ladies are invited to join us for a new study on The Chosen, the groundbreaking television series about the life of Jesus. This study delves into Isaiah 43 and its fulfillment in Jesus. What does it mean to be CHOSEN? Join us in the church office on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to find out! Our first meeting will be held on August 1st. Dinner will be provided. Get your copy of study guide online. Please contact Ellen Elder if you are joining.
CHURCH WATER COLOR
Bess Carter is offering prints of the Ashford Memorial Methodist Church watercolor gifted to Pastor Welton upon his retirement. All prints will be 11X14 in size and are $40 each. You will be notified when the prints arrive and payments can be made with cash, check, or Venmo at pickup. Half of all proceeds will be donated back to AMMC. If you are interested, please fill out the online form to request your signed and numbered print of AMMC. This form will close on JULY 31, 2021.
NURSERY WORKER NEEDED
Ashford is in need of a nursery worker. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the position, please contact Patrick Lucas.
ASHFORD CHURCH CHOIR
Great news!! The choir will resume singing during the worship service on Sunday, August 8th! We will begin choir practice on Wednesday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. We invite everyone who has missed hearing the choir to prayerfully consider joining this wonderful group. We always have room for new singers! If you have questions, please contact Laura Smith, Ann Evans, or Tyler Stampe.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School! VBS will be held July 26-30 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., and is for rising kindergarteners through rising fifth graders. Thank you to those who have so graciously volunteered. We now have plenty of volunteers. A Google form has been sent for families to indicate who will be attending VBS.
**If you are a volunteer for VBS, please stay after the worship service on Sunday, July 18th for a quick meeting.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL & BACK TO SCHOOL COOKOUT will be held on Sunday, July 25th at 5:30 p.m. More information to come on this event.
Pastor Robert will lead AMMY each week on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you have any questions about AMMY, please email him directly.
AMMY – Youth Week 2021 Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 21 – TRIP TO SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA
Thursday, July 22 – ATHENS AREA FOOD BANK
Friday, July 23 – MOVIE NIGHT
Saturday, July 24 – POOL PARTY at the Lucas’