THE B.E.A.R. CLOSET
With our B.E.A.R Closet ministry, our goal is to help families who need some extra assistance to take care of their babies. We help supply them with the basic necessities a baby needs early in life. We also serve to connect these families to resources in the community that they may not have known about.
Jesus taught us to love the little children. This is what guides our work as we seek to improve the lives of families living at or below the poverty level who have children or are expecting. We give. We work. We help.
Equipment available from the B.E.A.R Closet covers many of the critical needs for newborns, young babies and their families. Clothes and diapers are freely given. Most families return equipment items such as high chairs, cribs and playpens as soon as they are outgrown.
The B.E.A.R. Closet is open at Abernethy UMC the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10 am to 1 pm. Volunteers are always needed to sort the huge volume of donations and to serve the families who need our help.
THE PUMPKIN PATCH FUND
For many years, the Abernethy UMC Pumpkin Patch has been a fixture in West Asheville, welcoming families to carefully choose the pumpkins for carving or cooking in the celebration of Halloween and also Thanksgiving.
As our largest fundraiser, the Pumpkin Patch is a Mission Project in two ways. First, we receive a portion of profits from sales which allows the church to make substantial contributions to local charities. Charities that have benefited from Pumpkin Patch proceeds include the Salvation Army, Steadfast House, Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, ABCCM, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Meals on Wheels, Pisgah Legal Services, Haywood Street Ministries, and Children First. The remaining portion of profits goes to the Navajo Indians in Oklahoma to pay them for the pumpkins they grew.
Note: In 2019, the Pumpkin Patch is “on vacation”. We look forward to selling pumpkins again in 2020.
Thank you for supporting our missions in the past by buying your pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch!
GOOD FAITH GARDEN
For years, the vegetables from our Good Faith Garden have been delivered by dedicated Abernethy members to Steadfast House (a local shelter for homeless mothers and their children), the Veterans’ Shelter in Oteen and to our homebound members. Abernethy’s clubs and organizations donate generously to the garden to pay for plants and supplies.
The garden is comprised of 17 raised beds that produce a variety of wonderful veggies: cucumbers, yellow squash, green beans, green bell peppers, banana and not peppers, spring onions, Swiss chard, okra, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, broccoli, kale and leaf lettuce.
Ronny Lowe has been the primary planter and maintainer of the garden for over 10 years.
ABERNETHY PRAYER CHAIN
Christian service begins with prayer. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he advises us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Our prayer ministry seeks to lift these burdens up to God, so that we may build each other up in prayer. If you want our Prayer Chain to pray for you or any loved one, please call the church office, 828 254.2612 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY
Prayer quilts are created by a loving team of Abernethy ladies. Prayers are a part of each quilt from the time the materials are selected and purchased and as the stitches are made. The quilts are given to those who are ill or facing surgery. Our quilters gather weekly on Thursday at 10 am in the Growing Christians classroom to quilt, talk, and pray together. Contact the church office for more information, 828.254.2612.
WEST ASHEVILLE GROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
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Abernethy UMC has been home to the West Asheville group of AA since 2001. The group has meetings in the fellowship hall every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 pm.
The Wednesday meeting is a closed meeting. That means only current AA members or those who want to stop drinking are welcome.
The Saturday meeting is an open meeting. Anyone interested in finding out about the AA program and its 12 Steps is welcome to attend.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 138
CUB SCOUT PACK 138
Both units are 50+ years old with highly experienced leadership.
Troop 138 was chartered in 1968, following the Boy Scouts of America principles and offering opportunities for youth development in leadership skills. Community service is a strong emphasis in the Scouting program and one that Boy Scout Troop 138 and Cub Scout Pack 138 are proud to participate in.
Each year, we enjoy helping Abernethy UMC in its programs. For instance, in recent years we have helped with unloading pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch. In 2019, the scouts planted beautiful flowers in several planters to enhance Abernethy’s fellowship hall patio.
Cub Scouts meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Boy Scouts meet Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Cub Scouts includes boys or girls from first grade to 11 yrs.
Boy Scouts includes boys or girls from 11 yrs. to 18 yrs.
UMW ARTS & CRAFTS BAZAAR
Each year, in October, the Abernethy United Methodist Women sponsor an wonderful Arts and Crafts Bazaar as a marketplace to local and global arts, artisans and vendors from Asheville, Africa, Central America and beyond!
Proceeds from the rent of table space helps fund UMW global missions, Abernethy UMW missions and local crafters. Vendors, both locally and globally earn a fair wage for their labors.
Following are examples of the arts and crafts offered at the Bazaar:
We partner with Ornaments 4 Orphans to sell beautiful handcrafted, fair-trade crafts from Africa. Local artisans employed by O4O experience a reliable income, which enable them to provide for their families. If you admire Central American crafts, we often offer items from Mayan Hands, handcrafted from Guatemala and art from India from UMCOR SERRV. If coffee and chocolate is your preference, we offer these two items and more from Equal Exchange, a fair-trade company supporting global farmers and workers.
Specific items usually sold at the Bazaar: Fair Trade items, jewelry, jellies and jams, aprons and other kitchen gear, holiday gifts, oil paintings, home decor items, children’s clothing and accessories, bags, purses, scarves & more.
Ministries for active seniors at Abernethy include a wide range of opportunities for fellowship, service, learning, and pastoral support. Wherever you find yourself as the years go by, there is a place for you here.
The Abernethy congregation is strongly committed to volunteering to help the larger community. Active seniors at Abernethy love being involved in our B.E.A.R. Closet ministry (clothes and supplies for disadvantaged children), the Prayer Quilt Ministry, and United Methodist Women circles. Your involvement with these groups will be a blessing to our church and also to you. Please call the church office for meeting schedules, 828.254.2612.
Abernethy UMC cares about you. In the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, we seek to provide care through our Congregational Care Ministry to those facing life’s spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges. Using church and community resources, we respond to real-life needs through the pastoral ministry as well as caring lay people.
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
Sometimes people are unable to come to worship because they are homebound, hospitalized, or recently home from the hospital. Abernethy volunteers take Holy Communion to those who are unable to come to worship services. If you would like to be involved in the Communion Ministry, please contact the church office, 828.254.2612.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday school classes for adults are settings for study of the Bible, of modern day issues, and of Christian practices. Some classes have a rotation of teachers while others are subject-based and are taught by members of the class or outside guests. There are two Sunday school classes for adults: The Houts Class, for seniors, delves into the heart of discipleship and missions. The Growing Christians Class, for middle-aged and seniors, often delves into specific issues such as Grace and Forgiveness through scripture. Often, the Houts Class and the Growing Christians Class combine to study together in the fellowship hall where our DVD projection system is available. The Godly Play Class, for children 3 to 7 years old, delves into the sacred seasons of Christianity, the meaning of rituals during the church service and teaches lessons from the Bible that develop Christian values.
THE CHANCEL CHOIR
The Chancel Choir sings for almost every Worship Service throughout the church year. The Choir is for adults and for high school students who love to sing. Music highlights include an annual Christmas Cantata, Palm Sunday Festival Celebration, as well as music for Easter Sunday. There is no audition required for membership and all are welcome.
Derrick Everhart, Music Director and Organist, is always recruiting for the choir. “Joining the choir is the perfect way to become part of the church family,” said Derrick. “The choir is for anyone who wants to praise the Lord and be part of a wonderful, fun group while they’re doing it.”
Rehearsals: Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Please Join Us!
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole person through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church.
A special emphasis of UMW is children because women care for children. UMW commits to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and more.
The Abernethy UMW is a very active organization with two separate Circles that welcome newcomers–the A.M. Group and J.O.Y Band. You can expect great fellowship, good food, conversation about faith, and lots of laughter when you join the UMW and a Circle group.
UNITED METHODIST MEN
The United Methodist Men’s group meets on the second Sunday morning of the month at 9:00 am, following our monthly breakfast at 8:00 am, which is open to everyone. The Men’s group takes on service projects throughout the year and are focused on building up men of God. The Abernethy UMM has been chartered since 1948.