Dear Church Family,
I pray that that you experience Christ in many meaningful ways this Advent and Christmas season! Already we have had several great missions opportunities and services to highlight Jesus’ coming to save us, and there are others to come!
Don’t miss the Christmas Candelight services on December 18th or 24th - both services are at 5:30 pm. Additionally, we will have one worship service at 11 am on Christmas Day. Kids are invited to wear their pajamas if they want. We will also have one worship service on January 1 (also at 11 am) as we kick off the new year.
Finally, for students in 6th grade and up, I will be leading Confirmation Class. This is a time for students to learn about the Christian faith and be prepared to make a profession of faith or be baptized if they have not made this commitment previously. Throughout the course of my ministry, working with students at this phase of their lives has been a tremendous highlight.
Our sessions will primarily be held at the church on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30 pm, though we will have our kickoff on Friday, January 13 at the youth house fire pit from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Please contact the church office to register your student for Confirmation to be led by Pastor Robert.
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.
Ashford Memorial Methodist actively supports many local and international missions. You can view our recent and upcoming activities in our January Missions Newsletter.
Contact our missions coordinator to find out how you can help.
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, January 25th at 10:00 a.m.
Fifth Sunday Breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 29th during the Sunday School hour (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Please RSVP and sign up to bring your favorite breakfast or brunch item on SignUp Genius. We look forward to this time of fellowship.
Men's Gathering: February 2 at 6:00 p.m. Ashford will be having a men's ministry event on February 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Ashford fellowship hall. Our speaker will be Kevin "Chappy" Hynes, who served as the chaplain for the UGA Football team for several years. This event is open to men and boys, 6th grade and up. Bring your appetite as Pastor Robert and Ken Roberts will be cooking a whole hog with all of the fixings. Guests are welcome but please call or email the church office to sign up.
Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Ashford's Annual Steak Dinner will be held on Sunday, February 12th at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Steak, potatoes, salad, and dessert will be provided and prepared by the men of the church. Donations will be accepted. This is always a fun time of fellowship! Please RSVP with the number of people in your party on SignUp Genius. Let the church office know if you have any questions.
Sunshine Girls for January are Jackie Carson, Lonna Hanley, Marcia Massengill & Mary Ellen Pruitt. 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. If you have any questions about becoming a Sunshine Girl, please contact Lonna Hanley.
Save the Date
January 18th: Prayer Shawl Ministry
January 29th: 5th Sunday Breakfast
February 2nd: Men's Gathering
February 12: Steak Dinner
The Bible Recap Plan
The Christian Education Committee would like to invite all members of Ashford to join us in reading the entire Bible next 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.
Sunday Evening Ladies Bible Study will begin "Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath" by Priscilla Shirer. This is a 5-week study and will begin on January 15th at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Please contact Ellen Elder for more details and to sign-up.
Monday Morning Ladies Bible Study will meet on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. We will be studying the book of Ruth using the book "Ruth", by Kelly Minter. You can order your book from Amazon, but you can get the book on different sites. Looking forward to seeing all the Monday Morning Ladies at 10:00 on January 9th. If you have not found a Bible Study group yet, please know you are invited to join.
Disciple Bible Study will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall, with the exception of the first Wednesday of the month, when the sessions will be from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in the Murray House due to the monthly board meeting
Men's Bible Study will meet in the fellowship hall on Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. Pastor Robert will lead this study which is open to men college age and older. Bring your Bible.
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