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A church with a history and relevance to now. Join us Sunday at 9:00 or 11:00 am in historic downtown on the corner of Harden Hill and Main. We'd love to meet you!

PASTOR'S ARTICLE

Dear Church Family,


This month we celebrate our nation’s independence. I know you join me in feeling so blessed that we are able to live in the USA - the greatest nation on earth!


What has made it great is the commitment to our Judeo-Christian values. I am inspired to think about the heroic leadership of great Americans like George Washington, Ben Franklin, Clara Barton, General George Marshall, and Ronald Reagan. There are many others not as famous, but just as deserving of our appreciation for the ways they have given so much for our freedom. I see many  great patriots when I look out across our sanctuary every Sunday!

 

One of the great lines ever given in a speech was John F. Kennedy’s challenge to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Here in 2024, I think we really need a refresher on that across our land. Generally, as a culture, we have become far too entitled and focused on our own selfish desires.


Kennedy’s challenge echoed the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who called us to lay down our lives and take up our cross daily. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 that the Son of Man came not be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” This principle of giving, not taking is at the heart of being a follower of Christ.


Some good questions to ask yourself to help us keep a servant’s heart:

  • What kind of world/community/church would we have if everyone served like I do?

  • Am I asking for the church to do for me or am I asking what I can do for the church?

  • In what ways am I contributing to the strength of our country?

  • How can I make service a consistent part of my walk with the Lord?

One of the many things I love about Ashford is that there is a strong spirit of service here. We are not a church of consumers, but a church of servants. And I can assure you the path of service is the more joyful way!


May God bless you and may He continue to bless the USA!

 

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Robert

MUSIC AND WORSHIP
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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.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Sunday Evening Ladies Bible Study, 5:30 p.m. Meets in the Murray House and supper is provided. All are welcome. More information on the start date and study coming soon.


Monday Morning Ladies Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. meets in the Fellowship Hall. This Bible Study includes a video series followed by small group table discussion. All are welcome. For more information, contact Lane Downs or Beth Kraps.


Thursday Morning Men meet at 7:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The men are currently studying the Book of Acts and is led by Pastor Robert. Bring your Bible. All men are welcome. 


The Bible Recap Plan

Many members of AMMC are reading through the Bible in 2024 via the Bible Recap. This study is done on an individual basis with a ‘Group Me’ app check-in. For more information, contact Ellen Elder.

RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES

Indian Springs Camp Meeting: AMMC will attend the annual Camp Celebrations Meeting at Indian Springs, Tuesday, July 16th. This event is free and open to all members. Participants will gather the church at 9:00 AM, attend the 11:00 AM Camp Service, have lunch in Jackson, Georgia, attend the 3:00 Camp Service and return that evening. Email office@ashfordmemorial.org if you would like to register for this event.


Ashford Ladies 2024 Weekend Event: A Women’s Retreat will be held on August 24, 2024. Participants will attend Priscilla Shirer’s “Going Beyond Live” event at the Classic Center in Athens, and will gather at the AMMC parking lot at 7:30 that morning to carpool to Athens for this event. For more information email office@ashfordmemorial.org. This event is currently full, but does have active waiting list.

 

FYI: Kristi McLelland is hosting a Women’s Retreat event, “Feast”, September 13-14, 2024, in Gardendale, Alabama. Email office@ashfordmemorial.org if interested. For more information, the website is:
https://www.lifeway.com/en’events/feast/birmingham

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ashford Memorial Methodist Youth (AMMY)

  • July 7: AMMY

  • July 12: Six Flags - leave at 9:00 am, return by 7:00 pm

  • July 14: High Schooler / Parent Session 2 - McCurdy house

  • July 18-20: Camping and Rafting Trip

  • July 28: AMMY

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.


St. Mary’s Grief Support Group is open to anyone who is needing support. This group normally meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month in the conference room across from the coffee shop. Parking is validated so bring parking slip with you. Facilitator is Jessica Chicken.

Ushers Needed: Please complete this form if interested. If you have any questions contact Terry Jones.

MISSIONS

Ashford Memorial Methodist actively supports many local and international missions. You can view our recent and upcoming activities in our July Missions Newsletter.

Contact our missions coordinator to find out how you can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY MISSIONS

 

Blood Drive
Please help us Save Lives at our upcoming Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 10 from 2:00 - 6:00!
www.redcrossblood.org/AshfordDrive

 

Global Samaritans
Ashford has been invited to participate in the Christmas in July program in order to provide gifts for our sponsor children, Joyce and Kelvin, and any General items. Please see the link below to select items and drop off all donations by July 20!
www.signupgenius.com/Global


Family Promise
Our next hosting week is July 21 - 28. Ashford members can sign up for a volunteer opportunity. www.SignUpGenius.com/FP2024

Summer Food For Kids
Packaging We will have an opportunity to help package the Summer
Food For Kids weekly boxes at the NEW Oconee Area Resource Council office will be on July 24 at 10:00am.
www.signupgenius.com/SFFK

 

ACTS
Our next opportunity to serve is on Friday, July 26. Please see the SignUp Genius below to offer your time.

www.signupgenius.com/ACTS

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 Pushpay account. If you choose to donate electronically, please scan the QR code or use this link.

As always, checks can be mailed to P. O. Box 344, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

CONTACT US

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

 

office@ashfordmemorial.org

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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday

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