Be Like a Tree This Summer
Dear Ashford Family, did you know that trees do most of their growing in the summer? That's what our foresters tell us. In summer, trees have the most access to sunlight, and young trees can grow as much as 1/2” per day! This is incredible growth, and we all enjoy the fruit (or nuts), the shade, and the beauty that trees provide us.
May is typically a very busy time of year for us - sports banquets, end of year parties, graduations and other events fill our calendars almost to their saturation point. However, I want you to take this opportunity to position yourself for a summer of real spiritual growth. Start a Bible reading plan, pick up a good book on Christian living, subscribe to a new podcast, or engage in a new pattern of prayer this summer. Let the Holy Spirit push you to new growth in how you can love God and love others.
Our Christian education committee has been listing some great resources that are easy to use, and know that I am always happy to give a recommendation.
May this be a season of great growth in Christ for us all this summer!
P.S. - As I was writing this, I thought of the old ‘zinger’ we used to say to people back in school. “Make like a tree...and leave!” Just know that’s NOT what I mean about being like a tree :). In fact, as you travel, I hope you make the effort to be back before worship on Sundays at Ashford. Your presence makes a difference as we worship our great Lord together!
Sunday Worship Schedule
9:00 am Worship Service
10:00 am Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Worship Service
Ashford offers two traditional worship services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The format of these services are identical, with the exception that there will not be a choir or children's church offered at the 9:00 a.m. service.
The 9:00 a.m. service offers Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month for those who wish to partake of the sacrament on a more frequent basis.
The 11:00 a.m. service will be streamed through our YouTube page, Ashford Memorial Methodist Church. You can find it at this link: Ashford YouTube Channel. The 9:00 a.m. service
WILL NOT be streamed on YouTube.
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.
Physical Address: 1 South Main Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 344
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
The Ashford Church Office has moved into the Murray House (the yellow house across the parking lot). As a reminder, the church office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00 with an hour lunch break.
Office (706) 769-6928
THE CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet the first & third Wednesday of each
month in the fellowship hall from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in
this ministry is welcome. You don't have to be an advanced knitter.
Those who crochet are always welcome, too.
CARE Team will meet on Wednesday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m.
Sunshine Girls for April are Ava Arp, Carole Denman, Beth Kraps, and Mary Mills. The Sunshine Girls provide meals to Ashford families in times of death, birth, or illness. Please keep the church office informed of anyone needing a meal. If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up on SignUp Genius (link at bottom of newsletter). If you have any questions about becoming a Sunshine Girl, please contact Lonna Hanley.
Ashford Memorial Methodist actively supports many local and international missions. You can view our recent and upcoming activities in our May Missions Newsletter.
Contact our missions coordinator to find out how you can help.
Save the Date
May 31: Summer Food for Kids Food Donation deadline
July 6: Athens Area Homeless Shelter Meal Volunteer Needed
July 12: Ashford Blood Drive
July 16 – 23: Family Promise Hosting Week
Monday Morning Ladies meet at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. The study is The Chosen, Part 3.
Thursday Morning Men meet at 7:00 a.m. weekly. Led by Pastor Robert. Bring your Bible.
THE BIBLE RECAP PLAN
The Christian Education Committee would like to invite all members of Ashford to join us in reading the entire Bible this year using The Bible Recap plan. This chronological plan includes daily Bible readings as well as a recap or explanation of the Scripture. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Elder or Julie Lucas.
Ark Encounter - June 20-22, 2023
Adults: $500 (Single Room)
Adults: $400 (Double Room)
Children: $50 (under 10)
($15 discount if over 60.)
Balance Due: June 15th
Bible Land Exploration - January 8-17, 2024
If you have questions about the trip, please call 800-247-0017 and speak with one of the Guest Advocates.
Vacation Bible School - "Stellar"
VBS celebrating God's Greatness!
Monday, June 5 - Thursday, June 8 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Deadline to Register is May 15th.
We cannot wait to see you!! Get ready for a STELLAR week of games, fun, fellowship and God!!