WELCOME TO ASHFORD
A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR
“Then Jesus said to them, Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’” Luke 11:5-6 (NIV)
I look at our Prayer List in the Newsletter and when we put it in the Order of Service as part of Worship. We are coming before our Heavenly Father on behalf of many, many people – friends, families, strangers. And many names remain on the list for weeks and months. Yet Jesus had a parable about prayer for His disciples then which still applies to His disciples today. We call it the “Friend at Midnight” and the quote above is how it begins. In our case, we knock at Heaven’s door for those who are hospitalized, in recovery, homebound or in assisted living, needing comfort for death has come to loved ones, in the military, or first responders and a myriad of other challenges. We seek the same thing from the Lord as did the man with an unexpected traveler – to fill a need for another which is beyond our resources – and we continue asking, seeking, knocking, week after week.
This is intercessory prayer at its purist, even its most audacious! Jesus goes on in the parable to say, “yet because of your shameless “audacity” he will get up and give you as much as you need.” (vs 8) So, Jesus said to them and He does to us, “keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.” (vs 9) Persistent prayer for others makes us intercessors of the purist and audacious kind. Let's keep that in mind as we experience the challenges of this Fall.
Grace and Peace,
- Larry -
Lowrie J. Welton, Pastor
MUSIC AND WORSHIP
We will be together in our church home! As a next step in Ashford's response to COVID-19, we are happy to announce plans to safely host inside worship services beginning Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11am.
This phased opening is exciting for all and will begin with our traditional worship service in the sanctuary and streaming available in the fellowship hall. Our live streaming will now go straight to our You Tube channel . Sunday school and the nursery will be opened at a later date.
As a reminder, the CoVid-19 Response Committee was tasked with how to respond to the CoVid pandemic in a manner that maintains the health and safety of our congregation. This committee has met and discussed CoVid plans numerous times since inception. The committee has spent hours viewing government, local and school policies regarding CoVid-19. The committee has also looked at their own practices in their respective medical professions for guidance. The following recommendations have not be taken lightly.
Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be in effect. A maximum of 60 people will be allowed in the sanctuary. An additional 30 people may be seated in the fellowship hall.
Families will sit together in locations marked by bulletins throughout the sanctuary and fellowship hall. The bulletins will be placed by members of our CoVid committee to ensure social distancing. CoVid committee members will also assist our congregation if questions arise.
All entrances will be open. Members will be dismissed in a controlled manner by rows and directed to their exit by ushers and/or CoVid committee members. Six feet of separation is encouraged at all times.
Offering plates will be available as you exit the service.
There will be no singing at this time. Pre-recorded and live music will be provided during the service.
You should not feel any pressure to join Ashford Methodist in our indoor service. This is a personal decision for each member and family. Please continue to support each other and to pray for our church, our community, and for our leaders.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
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.
We will have a small, outdoor Halloween gathering for children 5th grade or younger and their families at the church this afternoon from 5:00-6:30 p.m. We will have activities where we can socially distance, and dinner will be provided.
Costumes are encouraged, and masks are expected. If you have any questions, please contact Julianne Blackburn.
SUNDAY EVENING LADIES BIBLE STUDY meets Sundays at 5:30
p.m. on Zoom. If you would like to participate, please contact Ellen Elder.
MONDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY meets Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please email Beth Kraps if you have any questions.
CARE TEAM will meet on Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. in
the fellowship hall.
AMMY will NOT meet Sunday 10/25. The youth will pack the boxes for Operation Christmas Child on Sunday, November 1st at 4:30 p.m.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT SWAP will be on December
14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., at the Center for Continuing Education's
Savannah Room. Please RSVP on SignUp Genius if you would like to join us.
OARC FOOD NEEDS
The Oconee Area Resource Council has some immediate food needs
that can be placed in the baskets in the Fellowship Hall.
Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup (pop top can)
Campbell’s Tomato Soup (pop top can)
We will be providing 60 pre-packaged sack lunches to the Sparrow’s
Nest on Friday, October 30. A SignUp Genius will be going out if you would like to financially donate to this effort.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
You can make a monetary donation to this mission with a check
earmarked Operation Christmas Child. All items are being purchased this week and our AMMY group will package the boxes outdoors on Sunday, November 1.
We also invite families who want to make their own Shoeboxes, to
do so and bring those packed boxes by Sunday, November 15.
Ashford will be collecting food items during the month of November. Collection bags and list of items will be available on Sunday, November 1.
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